Vivo has gone a long way with V-series smartphones. We still remember the first time we reviewed the Vivo V3 and V3 Max, the first Vivo smartphone we handled back in 2016. Those were really good phones already.
Every year, Vivo steps up its V-series by adding more features, better hardware, better cameras, and more stunning design and color options. For 2019, we have the Vivo V15 Pro. This time, Vivo incorporated some of its Vivo NEX and APEX features to this phone. We are excited to unbox this! Let’s dig in!
Vivo V15 Pro specs:
- Octa Core qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor
- Adreno 612 graphics
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 256GB
- 6.39-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 2316 pixels)
- Triple Rear Cameras
48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, 13mm (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
- 32 megapixel pop up motorized front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Under Display Fingerprint Scanner
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- 3,700 mAh battery with fast charging
- Android 9.0 Pie with Funtouch 9
What’s Inside The Box?
- Vivo V15 Pro unit
- USB 2.0 cable
- Fast Charging Wall Adapter
- SIM card Ejector Toll (not shown in photo)
Before we go to the phone itself, we were surprised to see Vivo included this thick and hard rubber plastic case similar to what we see on Spigen protective cases. We think it of good quality and will really last long. Nice one Vivo!
Looking at the hardware, we have a completely new design language here. The design feels like the Huawei P20 Pro and OnePlus 6T had a baby because they share some design elements with the Vivo V15 Pro. The phonr is actually light and slim without the protective case on. Although it is shiny, surprisingly enough, it does not accuulate fingerprints. We think Vivo put some sort of oleophobic coating on the surface.
The Vivo V15 Pro runs on Android 9.0 Pie with Funtouch OS 9 on top of it. If you have used a Vivo smartphone before, this is going to very familiar. If not, the UI can take some time of getting used to. Although the look is inspired from iOS, the navigating though Funtouch is quite different. You swipe up to go to quick toggles like volume and brightness adjustments, swipe down to view your notifications. Since its on Android 9.0 Pie, you can do away with the three buttons navigation and completely switch to gestures.
First Camera Samples
We have triple cameras at the rear – a 48 MP main sensor, an 8 MP ultrawide angle lens and a 5 MP depth sensor. We do love the choice of having an ultrawide lens over a telephoto lens since you can cramp more subjects to a frame especially if you are taking photos of sceneries and tall buildings. By default, the main sensor is set to 12MP but you can set it to 48MP and the phone will use Pixel Binning Technology that combines pixels into one. As a result, you get sharper and more detailed photos when you print or zoom them in after the shot was taken.
Enough with so many tech stuff already. Just take a look at our first camera samples:
With regards to the motorized pop up 32MP camera, it does raises some concern to some people but we will reserve judgement once we get to our full review.
The Vivo V15 Pro is a very impressive smartphone. It a big step from its predecessor the Vivo V11. The technology inside this rather beautiful hardware really fits for 2019 standards – great cameras, nice selfie camera, nice hardware. We are excited to explore tje Vivo V11 Pro and put up to the stress test including the battery endurance. As for the price of Php 23,990, well, its a bit steep though. But if you are looking for a good phone, the Vivo V15 Pro is easy to recommend.
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