Can you spot the difference between these two smartphones?
If you cover up their logos, there’s no telling between the Vivo V5 and the Oppo F1S.
While both come from competing brands, they share the same parent company and presumably the same manufacturing resources so similarities are to be be expected.
Pricing is the same too. Which leads us to a question that seems to be on a lot of minds – Vivo V5 or Oppo F1S?
Before we dive in. It’s only fair to mention that the Oppo F1S was released 3 months ahead of the V5 – so Vivo had a few months to one-up its close competitor.
For the spec obsessed here’s what both phones look like side-by-side. On paper The V5 has more memory and more megapixels on its selfie camera, while the F1S has a slightly bigger battery.
|Vivo V5||Oppo F1S|
|Release Date||November 2016||August 2016|
|Processor||MediaTek MT6750||MediaTek MT6750|
|Display||5.5-inch 720p||5.5-inch 720p|
|Rear Camera||13MP f/2.2||13MP|
|Selfie Camera||20MP f/2.0||16MP|
|Battery||3000 mAh||3075 mAh|
Battery Life & Charging
In the real world though battery performance is pretty much even-steven. Both phones will last a solid 9 hours with average use and take roughly the same amount of time to charge – in our tests 2 hours and 15 minutes and 2 hours and 30 minutes for the V5 and F1S respectively.
When it comes to power, the difference between both phones is pretty much unnoticeable even with the extra memory on the V5. Graphics intensive games like Asphalt 8 and NBA 2K17 run fine on both devices. More RAM theoretically means you should be able to run more apps in the background without any noticeable lag, so in theory the V5 should do a tad bit better in this regard.
Both phones run their own custom skins on top of Android, on Oppo it’s called Color OS while on the Vivo its called FunTouch. While we prefer the Vivo FunTouch skin better, both are clean and easy to use. However the V5 wins this round because of more updated software – the V5 runs on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, while the F1S still runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.
When shooting outdoors both the V5 and the F1S take pretty decent photos for their price point but the V5 shoots better photos in low light.
If you take a look at the samples below notice how both phones produce similar images in daylight with the V5’s photos looking slightly brighter and warmer.
When there is little to no light available, the V5 outshines the F1S bringing out more colors with the same amount of noise.
Objects in Low Light
Bottles with hardly any light
Selfies are where both the V5 and the F1S are supposed to shine. Vivo claims you can take “perfect selfies” with the V5, while Oppo calls the F1S the “selfie expert”. While the V5 has more megapixels on its front camera (20 vs 16) one doesn’t necessarily stand out from the other. The only advantage of the V5 is its selfie flash, unlike the F1S which uses the screen to illuminate the subject, the V5 has a selfie flash built in – which comes in handy if you’re taking selfies in the dark. See the samples below.
Vivo V5 or Oppo F1S?
If you’re looking for a smartphone in the $250 price range – both the Vivo V5 and Oppo F1S are two of the best options out there. You’ll be happy either way. But if you’re looking for the best value for money, that would be the newer V5 from Vivo.
Sony’s PlayStation is back, Xiaomi outs new Mi 8 variants: Weekend Rewind
Ending the week with nostalgic feels
Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.
1. The iconic PlayStation is back!
Let’s kick things off by taking a trip down memory lane. Almost 25 years after its debut, Sony is bringing back the iconic first-gen PlayStation and it will come as the PlayStation Classic.
It’s basically a miniaturized version complete with a pair of original controller replicas. What’s even more exciting is that fans of the original PlayStation will be able to relive 20 legendary titles including Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3!
2. Razer Phone 2 gets a launch date
Razer officially confirms the arrival of its second gaming smartphone — the Razer Phone 2. It succeeds the Razer Phone that was launched last November and based on earlier leaks, it’ll be a familiar-looking product.
The phone should sport the same body as its predecessor including the display with buttery-smooth 120Hz refresh rate. Of course, the internals will have beefier specs as well. We’ll know the low down real soon during its special event at California this October 10.
3. Apple is on the lead!
While it may be true that Apple didn’t sell the most number of smartphones, they still earned more than their competitors. According to the latest data from Counterpoint Research, Apple had the biggest share of industry profits during the second quarter of 2018.
For comparison, Apple earned 62 percent of the second-quarter smartphone profits. Samsung, which is the top-selling smartphone vendor, is responsible for just 17 percent of smartphone profits in the quarter. Huawei takes the third spot with eight percent of the profits.
4. A complete but affordable smartwatch
Huami, Xiaomi’s sub-brand in China, has a smartwatch that offers tremendous bang for your buck. The company just unveiled the Amazfit Verge and it’s got everything you could ask for in a wearable without the high price tag.
The Amazfit Verge has a GPS, heart-rate sensor, and a full-circle AMOLED display. It’s also equipped with a microphone and loudspeaker that allow voice calls through the smartwatch.
5. Xiaomi outs Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite
On a related note, Xiaomi also held a quick event to announce a few things including two new Mi 8 variants — the Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite.
In a nutshell, these are additions to the flagship Mi 8 family. The Mi 8 Pro is similar to the Mi 8 with the same specs like its Snapdragon 845 processor, up to 8GB of memory, and 128GB of expandable storage. Although, this model comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
As the name suggests, the Mi 8 Lite is a toned-down Mi 8 and comes with a midrange Snapdragon 660 chipset, dual rear cameras, and a 24-megapixel front camera. Both phones are initially available in China, but international availability is yet to be announced.
Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.
Singapore’s first iPhone XS buyer goes all out
He went for the 512GB storage!
Whenever new iPhones launch, a familiar scene is people lining up in front of Apple Stores long before launch date. The same is true in Singapore where the iPhone XS and XS Max officially became available on Friday, September 21.
We visited the Apple Store in Orchard Road and caught up with the first person to cop the new iPhones. His name is Daniel and he went all out getting two units of gold iPhone XS Max with 512GB of storage. Watch our interview with him.
The same situation is true elsewhere in the world. In countries like the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, and more, lines formed as those who pre-ordered got ready to claim the new iPhones.
This is the first time that the two sizes of iPhones feature the same specs. In years past, there was always a plus model that had more features other than just having a bigger form factor. In 2018, the only difference is the screen size — 5.8 inches for the iPhone XS and 6.5 inches for the iPhone XS Max. Both phones are equipped with the new A12 Bionic processor. Apple says it’s their smallest and most powerful chip to date. Both also sport dual cameras.
The Apple Watch Series 4 also launched today. It’s a significant update to Apple’s primary wearable featuring medical advantages other than the usual improvements. As always, it still is a lifestyle gadget and comes with an array of available looks.
Apple iPhone XS unboxing: Beautiful gold color!
We have them early!
It’s now mid-September and if you’ve been following technology news, you’d know that means one thing: new iPhones from Apple. And if you’ve been following GadgetMatch closely the last few years, you’d expect us to be brewing content by now.
This year, we got them early. What we are unboxing the 5.8-inch model, dubbed the iPhone XS and the bigger variant, the iPhone XS Max. There’s also a more affordable 6.1-inch iPhone XR coming later in October.
The box has not changed much — it’s still the same minimalist white box with the image of the phone you’re getting. Inside are a packet with manuals and stickers, USB-A charging brick, Lightning cable, and a pair of Lightning EarPods (not AirPods, they just look alike).
It’s worth noting that the bundled charger is the regular adapter and cable from yesteryears, even if the new iPhones already support fast charging. To get fast charging on the iPhone XS and XS Max, you need to spend an additional US$ 75 for a Lightning to USB-C Cable and a 29W USB-C adapter.
Since omitting the 3.5mm headphone jack, these new iPhones are also the first ones to not include a headphone jack to Lightning dongle — an extra US$ 9 purchase if you ever need one.
Unlike previous years where you need to get the bigger model to have the best features iPhones have to offer, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are essentially the same phones — the latter just has a bigger display and battery capacity.
The iPhone XS and XS Max also come in a new beautiful gold color, something similar to our favorite iPhone 8 and 8 Plus color from last year — a subtle, non-tacky shade of gold. A slightly darker gold but shiny stainless steel band also highlights the edges of the phones. Button and port placements have not changed, and the notch housing Apple’s TrueDepth Camera technology lives on.
We have more iPhone content coming in the next few days so make sure to stay tuned for that. Our unboxing video is also coming where we unboxed a new case color as well. Subscribe to our YouTube channel if you haven’t yet.
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