Which Vivo phone to get this Christmas

A reader asks: “What is the best Vivo smartphone to give as a gift?

There are quite a number of Vivo smartphones released in the Philippines this year so it really depends on a number of factors. You might need to consider the person you’re going to give this to, your budget of course and the main purpose for which it will be used.

Lets list down the best smartphones Vivo can offer and we’ll tell you why they’re a good choice.

Vivo V7+

Vivo V7+ specs:
5.99-inch 1440 x 720 All Screen Display, 267ppi with Gorilla Glass 4
84.4% screen-to-body ratio
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core CPU
4GB RAM
64GB internal storage
up to 256GB via dedicated microSD card slot
Face Beauty in Video Calls
Dual-SIM (nano)
4G LTE
Dual-band WiFi b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
16MP OV16880 f2.0 rear camera w/ LED flash
24MP f/2.0 front camera w/ Moonlight Glow
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
USB OTG
FM Radio
Fingerprint scanner
Face ID Access
AK4376A Hi-Fi Audio Chip
Funtouch OS 3.2 (Android 7.1 Nougat)
3,225mAh battery
155.87 x 75.74 x 7.7 mm
160 g
Price: Php 17,990

If you have the budget and you, or the person you’ll be giving the phone to, loves selfies then the perfect gift would be the V7+. The phone has a large screen, above average battery life, immersive speakers, and a lot of selfie customization. It also has respectable performance and a big internal storage, perfect for storing those selfies. You can check out our review of the device here.

Vivo V7

Vivo V7 specs:
5.7-inch 18:9 All Screen Display @ 1440 × 720 pixels, 282ppi
83.6% screen-to-body ratio
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 1.8GHz octa-core CPU
Adreno 506 GPU
4GB RAM
32GB internal storage
up to 256GB via dedicated microSD card slot
16MP OV16880 f2.0 rear camera w/ LED flash
24MP f/2.0 front camera w/ Moonlight Glow
Face Beauty in Video Calls
Dual-SIM (nano)
4G LTE
Dual-band WiFi b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
USB OTG
FM Radio
Fingerprint scanner
Face ID Access
Funtouch OS 3.2 (Android 7.1.2 Nougat)
3,000mAh battery
149.3 x 72.8 x 7.9 mm
139 g
Price: Php 14,990

If you’re a little short on budget but still want the same performance and features that the V7+ has, except for a few minor downgrades, then you can go and pick-up the Vivo V7 instead. It has the same large screen, battery life, camera, and selfie features as it’s sibling although the sound quality and the internal storage are a bit lower. Still, the phone will provide almost everything that the V7+ provides but with a lower asking price. You can check out our review of the device here.

Vivo V5

Vivo V5 specs:
5.5-inch HD IPS display @ 1280 x 720 resolution
2.5D Gorilla Glass
64-bit MediaTek MT6750 octa-core CPU
4GB RAM
32GB internal storage
Expandable up to 128GB via microSD
13MP rear camera w/ PDAF, LED flash
20MP Sony IMX376 front camera w/ F2.0 aperture, 5-piece lens, LED flash
Dual-SIM
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
GPS, A-GPS
USB-OTG
AK4346 Hi-Fi audio
Fingerprint scanner
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Funtouch OS 2.6
3,000mAh battery
153.8 x 75.5 x 7.55 mm
154 g
Crown Gold, Grey
Price: Php 12,990

If you still need a selfie device but can’t reach the price point of Vivo’s latest flagships then you can look to their previous one, the V5. While it was the previous generation front runner it’s can still provide you with the necessary performance and features of a selfie-centric device. It has an impressive set of cameras, good selfie customization, and just the right amount of battery to get you through the day. We’ve reviewed the device here.

Vivo V5 Lite

Vivo V5 Lite specs:
5.5-inch HD IPS display @ 1280 x 720 resolution, 267ppi
1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750 octa-core CPU
Mali-T860 GPU
3GB RAM
32GB storage
microSD card support (uses SIM 2)
13MP rear camera w/ LED flash
16MP front camera w/ Moonlight Glow
Dual-SIM
LTE
WiFi
Bluetooth
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
USB OTG
FunTouch OS 3.0 (Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
3,000mAh non-removable battery
153.8 x 75.5 x 7.6 mm
155 g
Crown Gold, Rose Gold
Price: Php 9,990

The V5, like the V7+, actually has a toned down version — The V5 Lite (review here). Like any good “lite” version of a phone, it carries on the performance of the better-specced V5 but with a few minor modifications. While it does have a lower RAM capacity and front camera pixels, it still has the same performance as the V5. Not to mention, it even lasts an hour longer than its beefier sibling and all that for a lower more affordable price tag.

Vivo Y55s

Vivo Y55s specs:
5.2-inch HD IPS display, 282ppi
1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 octa-core CPU
Adreno 308 GPU
3GB RAM
16GB internal storage
Up to 128GB via microSD
13MP rear autofocus camera w/ LED flash
5MP front camera w/ screen flash
Dual-SIM
4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.1
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
USB OTG
Funtouch OS 3.0 (Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
2,730mAh (non-removable) battery
Price: Php 8,490

Let’s move on to their more budget oriented offerings. Now, these devices won’t have groundbreaking features or revolutionary tech but they do get the job done and at very affordable price tags. Let’s begin with the Vivo Y55s (review here), which was released only a few months ago. The device has a good display, a dedicated microSD slot (apart from it’s dual SIM card tray), and respectable performance for its price. It’s a good all arounder especially for those looking for a phone at the sub-10K price range.

Vivo Y53

Vivo Y53 specs:
5.0-inch IPS LCD @ 960 x 540 pixels, 220ppi
1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core CPU
Adreno 308
2GB RAM
16GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 256GB (dedicated slot)
8MP rear autofocus camera w/ LED flash
5MP front-facing camera w/ screen flash
Dual-SIM (Nano)
4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS w/ a-GPS
USB OTG
FunTouch OS 3.0 (Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
2500mAh non-removable battery
144.2 × 71.4 × 7.64 mm
137 g
Price: Php 5,990

Last but not the least on this list is the company’s Y53. The device is the cheapest of the bunch but it still packs quite the specs for its price. It has a Snapdragon processor, decent battery life, and a clear loudspeaker. While it may not be the flashiest among the devices on this list, it does provide its users with enough performance and features for a sub-6K device.

And that’s it, these are currently the best Vivo phone’s you can get on the market. Of course, it’s now the holiday season so some of these devices may be on sale making them even more enticing. So be sure to visit your local malls and retailers if you’re looking to grab any of Vivo’s devices.

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