The vivo V5 Plus is fitted with a 5.5-inch FullHD IPS display. Pixel density is 401ppi, so it's plenty sharp and our microscope shot revealed, quite expectedly, a standard RGB arrangement with equal number of subpixels for each primary color.
The V5 Plus posted good numbers for maximum brightness, allowing it to beat LCD-equipped competitors Redmi Note 4 and Huawei nova plus, but falling short of the Zenfone 3's scores. As for AMOLEDs both the Moto Z Play and Galaxy C7 can crank up the brightness even higher than the V5 Plus, when you put them in auto mode. The Oppo R9s is dimmer than its vivo cousin, and so is the OnePlus 3T, and neither gets a boost in auto.
The well contained blacks on the vivo V5 Plus result in a very good contrast ratio that the Zenfone 3 matches, but the Redmi Note 4 can't. AMOLEDs are all superior in this respect, by definition.
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Color reproduction isn't particularly accurate - average DeltaE is 6.1 and it goes all the way up to 11.9 for some colors. Whites are also visibly bluish.
Sunlight legibility is not great either. It's on par with the nova plus, and better than the Redmi Note 4, but the Zenfone 3 is superior in this respect and so are all the AMOLEDs.
The V5 Plus is a dual SIM device and it accepts nano SIMs only. Only one card at a time can tap into a 4G network, but the other one can meanwhile be on 3G too - it's not limited to just 2G connectivity. Alternatively, you can have both cards connected to a 3G network.
Vivo itself doesn't detail what category LTE the phone supports, but Qualcomm's specs page for the Snapdragon 625 says Cat.7 downlink (300Mbps theoretical maximum) and Cat.13 uplink (150Mbps).
There is dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi direct and hotspot support, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS, GLONAS and BDS for positioning. An FM radio is missing, sadly, and so is NFC.
A microUSB 2.0 port is used for charging and attaching peripherals (OTG needs to be enabled in settings), and there's a good old 3.5mm headphone jack.
The battery inside the vivo V5 Plus packs 3,160mAh worth of juice. The Redmi Note 4 has almost 1,000mAh more, while the Zenfone 3 we mentioned only makes do with 3,000mAh. The OnePlus 3T's cell is rated at 3,400mAh, but there's a more power-hungry chipset to feed there. The Moto Z Play, on the other hand, has the same Snapdragon 625 as the V5 Plus and 350mAh higher battery capacity.
A whole day plus a couple of hours of voice calls on a 3G network should be more than enough for even the heaviest of talkers. The Zenfone 3 only does 16h, the Redmi Note 4 (the Mediatek version) manages a few minutes more than 21 hours, but then the OnePlus 3T outlasts the V5 Plus by over 5 hours in our testing.
In the Wi-Fi web browsing test the vivo handset conked out after eleven and a half hours - not bad at all, yet 2 hours short of the Redmi and 4 hours before the Moto Z Play. The Zenfone 3 calls it quits an hour and a half earlier than the V5 Plus, while the OnePlus 3T can't even make it to the 9-hour mark.
Video playback longevity isn't as great, though the 9+ hours aren't strictly a disappointment - more like an average number among very good ones. The Redmi Note 4 can do half an hour more, the Zenfone 3 will play for a full hour after the V5 Plus has died, and the AMOLED screen of the OnePlus 3T allows it to loop videos for thirteen and a half hours. AMOLED plus an even bigger battery equals eighteen and a half hours of video playback on the Moto Z Play - exactly twice as long as on the V5 Plus.
The individual tests add up to an overall endurance rating of 76 hours - 2 more than the Zenfone 3, 7 short of the Redmi Note 4 (Mediatek) and 24 less than the Moto Z Play.
The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.