Review Vivo V15 Pro 8/128 GB

VIvo V15 Pro

SPECIFICATION

NETWORK
Technology : GSM / HSPA / LTE

BODY
Dimensions : 157.3 x 74.7 x 8.2 mm (6.19 x 2.94 x 0.32 in)
Weight : 185 g (6.53 oz)
Build : Front glass, plastic body
SIM : Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)


DISPLAY
Type : Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size : 6.39 inches, 98.9 cm2 (~84.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution : 1080 x 2316 pixels (~404 ppi density), DCI-P3 100%

PLATFORM
OS : Android 9.0 (Pie); Funtouch 9
Chipset : Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11 nm)
CPU : Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver)
GPU : Adreno 612

MEMORY
Card Slot : microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal : 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM

MAIN CAMERA
Triple : 48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm, 8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
Features : LED flash, HDR, panorama

SELFIE CAMERA
Single : Motorized pop-up 32 MP, f/2.0, 0.8µm
Features : HDR

SOUND
Loudspeaker : Yes
3.5mm jack : Yes, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

COMMS
WLAN : Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth : 5.0, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX
GPS : Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC : Yes (market dependent)
Radio : FM radio
USB : MicroUSB 2.0

FEATURES
Sensors : Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

BATTERY
Type : Non-removable Li-Po 3700 mAh battery
Charging : Fast battery charging 18W (24% in 15 min)

Review VIvo V15 Pro 8/128 GB

REVIEW

Design

this Vivo V15 Pro has Eye catching, attractive design, like a lot of recent Vivo and Oppo phones, the back of the phone is all sorts of interesting, with gradient style colorways. It’s definitely going to turn heads. 

On the front, the phone is all screen, and looks really damn good, it's an expansive viewing field that is as close to the concept of all screen devices as we’ve gotten to so far. This is not a small phone, but the gently curved edges and back make it very comfortable to hold. Vivo has also done a really good job with weight distribution, and the phone nestles very easily in the palm of your hand. There’s a direct shortcut for Google Assistant on the left side of the phone, double clicking the button activates Google Lens or Vivo’s own Jovi image recognition. 

Also, The in display fingerprint scanner works perfectly well. There's also perfectly capable face recognition that uses the unique pop up selfie camera (takes less than half a second to pop-out).

Sadly, The volume rocker is a little bit too high up, sometimes requiring a little shimmy to reach. Also, the location of the fingerprint touchpoint for the in display scanner is a little too low on the screen and you might find yourself having to bend your thumb over a bit too much to unlock the phone. Lastly, Coming as the the Vivo V15 Pro does with a glass back, the usual caveats apply.  The phone is slippery, and is nearly impossible to keep the back clean of fingerprints and smudges (having said that, Vivo is throwing a well designed case in the box, which takes care of these issues).

Display

The large, vibrant, 6.23 inch display Super AMOLED display of course stands out. The screen is nice and sharp with crisp text rendering, it's also excellent for media consumption, with no notch to disrupt a clean experience, it also gets sufficiently bright for outdoor use in direct sunlight.

But, the lack of Widewine L1 certification means that the phone can’t stream HD videos on Netflix or Amazon (they will stream at 540p resolution).

Software

On it's own, FunTouch OS UI is pretty functional, customizable, and smooth. But, It is still pretty much a clone of iOS though, and that might not be everyone's cup of tea. It also packs a bunch of bloatware (mostly un installable, thankfully). It's also somewhat buggy at places, for instance the aggressive battery management means that it sometimes force closes apps unexpectedly.

Performance

The Snapdragon 675 is a pretty good performer, just a notch below the 710 is real life use cases navigating through the interface and jumping between apps is very smooth, and playing games like PUBG is also a very enjoyable experience (even with graphics set to high). But, It does get slightly warm though, when put under heavy continuous load.

Camera

Pretty decent set of rear cameras especially in day light, the Vivo V15 Pro has three different rear camera modules, there’s a 5MP depth-sensing camera, an 8MP wide-angle sensor and of course a 48MP primary camera, while you can shoot full resolution, 48MP, shots from the camera, it works best when pixel-binned to 12MP. The particularly useful is the ultra wide lens, which gives a really nice way to get a very different perspective. This phone has very good popup selfie camera that pops out in under half a second, and produces some good quality images in most lighting conditions. There's also a very powerful beauty mode, if you are into that sort of stuff, overall, as far as selfie cameras go, this is one of the best, not just in this price range, but on any smartphone.

Sadly, Sound quality during video recording is pretty average. Overall, the rear cameras are good, but they are still a notch below the top competitors, the Pocophone, Honor View 20 and OnePlus 6T (on the other hand, the front camera of the V15 Pro is arguably better than that of these three).

Connectivity

Well, wonder how it's uses the old microUSB standard, instead of the modern USB-C.

Battery

Good battery life with a 3700mAh battery with moderate use the phone can give you up to 1.5 days. It also supports fast charging with Vivo’s “Dual Engine” charging, you get a 25 percent charge in 15 minutes and a full charge in about 1 and a half hours.

Conclusion

Overall, the V15 Pro is another great, innovative device from the Vivo camp - you can go for it if you want a good balance between performance and design, and an amazing, true 'full screen' display - if on the other hand you are looking for the best rear camera experience or the best performance - look instead at the Poco F1, OnePlus 6T and Honor View 20.

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