Vivo V5 vs Zenfone 3 Max : Which One Should You Buy?

Vivo V5 vs Zenfone 3
Vivo V5 vs Zenfone 3


Vivo V5 and Zenfone 3 Max are the two smartphones launched this month. Both phones are priced almost similar. Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL is priced at 17990 and Vivo V5 has priced Rs. 17890. So, we thought to compare these two phones and see what one should you buy if you have the budget around Rs. 18000 and you are considering these two options.

In this article, we will be comparing these phones in sections because both phones are designed for different kind of needs. So, look at different aspects and then match with your needs before selecting the one.

Design and Display

Both Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL and Vivo V5 have the metal unibody design. While Vivo V5 has the design similar to iPhone with the same kind of placing of buttons and cameras, Zenfone 3 Max has a unique kind of back panel which makes it more attractive. Both phones look similar from the front but Zenfone 3 Max lacks any physical key while Vivo V5 has a physical button equipped with the fingerprint sensor.

For me, both phones are equally attractive, but I recommend Zenfone 3Max because I will not like if someone would call my phone the copy of iPhone.

Zenfone 3 Max ZC553KL comes with 5.5-inch Full HD display with 401 PPI pixel density but Vivo V5 comes with 5.5-inch HD display with 267 PPI pixel density. So, it is clear that Zenfone 3 Max offers the better display that will offer sharper images with more clarity.

Performance and software experience

If I talk about performance both phones come with the octa-core processor. While Zenfone 3 Max comes with Snapdragon 430 chipset, Vivo V5 comes with MediaTek MT6750. Now if we see the RAM. Vivo V5 comes with 4GB RAM while Zenfone 3 Max only comes with 3 GB RAM. Both phones have similar processors, but larger RAM helps Vivo V5 to deliver better performance.

Gaming experience is almost similar but Vivo V5 has the advantage due to larger RAM. But graphics processor in Zenfone 3 Max is slightly better.

Software experience depends on person to person. Because both phones run on custom UI over the Android and both UI offers lag free experience.


The camera is the primary advantage in Vivo V5.  Vivo V5 comes with 13 megapixels rear camera with dual LED flash along with a 20 megapixels front camera with LED flash. This front flash is known as moonlight glow flash. It claims to offer moonlight to make your selfies look like captured in the moonlight and avoid the pale effect. So selfie crazy people will surely see Vivo V5 better.

On the other hand, Zenfone 3 Max comes with 16 megapixels rear camera, dual color LED flash and 8 megapixels front camera. Laser autofocus is an advantage in Zenfone 3 Max but both phone support PDAF.

Now, Vivo V5 is the clear winner with its awesome selfie camera performance. While the rear camera seems to be better in Zenfone 3, both phones offer similar rear camera performance. In low-light, Zenfone 3 Max is slightly better with its low-light mode.

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Connectivity and battery

Both phones come with similar connectivity options. Both phones support 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and microUSB. So, there is nothing that could make anyone special.

If I talk about battery Zenfone 3 Max comes with 4100 mAh battery as compared to 3000 mAh battery in Vivo V5. So, you will get longer battery life in Zenfone 3 max. Asus also offers advanced battery saving modes that give you even better battery life. Zenfone 3 Max also supports reverse charging. So, you can also use it as the power bank to charge other phones. The battery is a crucial thing we look for in a phone. With the large battery in your phone, you do not need to carry a power bank with you.

Final Words

We have clearly mentioned the pros and cons of each phone in sections. You know that Vivo V5 is basically a selfie phone for those who need a phone to capture selfies. On another hand, Zenfone 3 Max is a phone for those who need a phone to deliver good performance and long battery life. If you are a business person who travels a lot and need a phone to deliver longer battery life, Zenfone 3 Max is a good option. This also offers better display hence better experience on videos and reading. If you just care about selfie, Vivo V5 is the option for you.