Over the years, midrange smartphones have become more sophisticated, more stylish and more capable. Tech brands have been trying to eliminate the notch problem and Vivo thought of a clever way have a no-notch all display – a pop up selfie camera. Now this tech only found on the Vivo NEX flagship is now at the Vivo V15 Pro. Let’s check out how good these cameras are.
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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
- Price: Php 23,999
- Status: Available in Vivo stores and retailers
Of all the Vivo smartphones we’ve reviewed, the Vivo V15 Pro is the most stylish, most sophisticated by far. The phone is pushing 24k so Vivo did what it can to make it worthy of the price. The camera including the pop-up selfie camera is located at the upper left at the back of the device. Because of the pop-up mechanism, the camera module is but thick and sticks out of the device causing the phone wobble without the case. Overall, it is a very beautiful piece of hardware.
The dual SIM card tray is located at the bottom part of the device while a dedicated microSD slot is located at the top left of the device. This means you can have two SIM cards and a microSD card all of the same time.
We have a Super AMOLED display here as a choice for the display. AMOLEDs are very sharp, vibrant and well saturated. Sunlight legibility is also at par with the standards. Audio quality is we consider standard but we do think Vivo could include stereo speakers but that’s already nitpicking.
On our first impressions article, we mentioned that we love the included case provided. It strong and sturdy that we think it can protect the phone from accidental fall from the table. It did protect the phone well but apparently, the back easily gets scratches and the black rubber on the side easily fades and chips out.
Vivo’s own custom UI, FuntouchOS 9 is a thick layer of user interface on top of Android 9.0 Pie. It is quite different from other UI especially if you are using a Vivo smartphone for the first time. But overall, FuntouchOS 9 si very clean and easy to use.
Underneath the hood is a Snapdragon 675 chipset powering the device. Based on the benchmarks, it does run better than the Snapdragon 660. On real world use, it runs buttery smooth with very rare lags when on gaming. And as for gaming, it can run games very well and we are talking about those graphic intense games. You can set the graphics settings to high but there were some instances of minor lags. We suggest you keep the settings to medium.
Again, Vivo proved its camera prowess in the Vivo V15 Pro. By default, the main rear camera is set to 12 megapixels not 48MP. You can shoot 48MP photos but that will drastically eat your memory. Shooting photos by the default settings actually pretty good. We love our wide angle shots and less bending on the sides. At the selfie front, the 32MP camera is outstanding, we get the best selfies here. I think we have a winner here for selfies.
Here are some of our sample photos
Regular and wide angle shots
Random photos – daylight, night photography, indoors, bokeh
BATTERY AND CONNECTIVITY
4G/LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth comes in standard. Internet situation using either Globe or Smart SIMs have been pretty good. Calls are clear with no issues. It also has excellent WiFi reception. Under screen fingerprint scanner works well though we are not fans of it.
As for the battery, it is one of the best. WIth its 3,700 mAh battery, we managed to get around 6 hours of screen on time with our video loop test by watching three consecutive Netflix movies. On moderate use, we easliy get around two days of battery life.
We are just simply impressed with the Vivo V15 Pro’s 32MP selfie camera. Though we have not tried Huawei P30 Pro’s 32MP selfie camera yet (as of this writing), it is safe to say that this is the best selfie camera we’ve tried this year. Unless, a better selfie camera from another phone comes along this year.
Apart from the selfie camera, the Vivo V15 Pro has the best smartphone design we’ve seen on a midrange smartphone today. Keep in mind the motorized pop up camera might acculate dusts or unnecessary foreign particles that might cause for the mechanism to break down. We have great triple rear cameras which is perfect for quick Instagram worthy photos.
Maybe one gripe we have is the software experience. We think that Funtouch OS and its design needs some overhaul already. We think its time for VIvo to rethink the design and probably put an option for an app drawer. We also hope Vivo could also put less bloatware and redundant apps.
For Php 23,999 it is a good buy though some people might find the price a bit steep. You can opt for the regular Vivo V15 with the same 32MP pop up selfie camera but with a Helio P70 processor. On the regular V15 you get a bigger 4,000 mAh battery and larger 6.53-inch display.
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