- Analysis by KJ David
Released alongside the much-larger XL5, the Vivo X5 offers a blend of entry-level and mid-range pros and cons. For starters, its 5.7-inch interface, although mimicking those of some higher-specked Androids with its 18:9 aspect ratio , suffers from a low-class 720p-only sharpness and a pixel density count of only 282ppi -- a few models within its price group tout Full HD (1920 x 1080) screens.
Also among its cons is its 64GB-only external memory ceiling (It has 64GB of native storage) and not-so-competitive 1.6GHz octa-core engine , the latter sounding rather mundane compared to the chips used by some popular octa-core-powered smartphones featured here on Phonerated. It comes with no more than 3GB of RAM , which is far from impressive, at least by the mid-range standards around the time of this on-paper review.
Its appreciable specs, on the other hand, include an 8-megapixel selfie camera accompanied by a dedicated LED flash -- sure, the best selfie phones in town boast higher camera resolutions, but flash-rigged cameras do not come by that often in the low-end Android category. At the back, it features a 13-megapixel LED-flash main camera, underneath which sits a circular fingerprint scanner that works hand-in-hand with its encrypted file management system for security.
The BLU Vivo X5's pros also include the combination of a metal frame and a Leather Black finish , although we were expected a bit more than 2800mAh of raw battery power.
The X5's pros and cons also include dual nano SIM card slots, standard 4G (LTE) network connectivity, and the Android 9.0 Pie operating system.
All-in-all, this 2019 update to BLU's Vivo smartphones series seems like a feasible choice for those who want a relatively-cheap eight-core smartphone.
** This phone is also known as: BLU X5
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