Chinese brands like Vivo are really kicking the ground hard as they are marching with an army of unique smartphones launched in the recent times. Such phone is the mid-ranger Vivo V15 Pro review. The all new Vivo V15 Pro has been a real attraction in the crowd right after launch. But as the phone is mainly targeting the Indian fans, people from around the globe may need to buy an import. But is it worth your hard earned pennies? We are here to find out that for you.
The brand new Vivo V15 Pro was launched in the first trimester of the year, 2019. The main attraction of the phone is the screen and the signature pop up selfie camera. But honestly speaking, considering the market now a days, there is a lot of competition in the mid range smartphones. So Vivo will have to do something really impressive to get this phone up and running.
Now, let us move into the review of the Vivo V15 Pro.
Vivo V15 Pro Review: The Mid Range Hero or Zero?
My first impression of this phone was like, ‘Wow!’ then after some split seconds, it was like, ‘Why?!’ You might have guessed that there are a ton of questions hovering inside my head. So we will be discussing those points in a broad basis.
Before making an impression on the Vivo V15 Pro, I would like to examine some of the key components and features of the phone. These criteria will give a proper knowledge about the phone and I will have an in and out thought of the phone. The criteria are:
- Sensors and Other Features
- Water Resistance
So without wasting any words, let us move on to the first segment, which is the design of the Vivo V15 Pro.
The Design of the Vivo V15 Pro: The Sleek and Stylish!
- Display: 16.23cm(6.39) FHD+ Ultra Fullview Super AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 91.64%Screen to body ratio | In-Display Fingerprint Sensor: Refined over Five Generations, the In-Display Fingerprint Scanning offers futuristic security with style.
- Pop-Up Selfie Camera: 32MP Pop-Up Selfie Camera with AI Face Beauty, AI portrait composition,Bokeh Mode, AI body Shaping, Portrait light effect, AR sticker, Video face beauty, Gender detection
- Triple Rear Camera: 48 Million Quad Pixel Sensor (12Million Effective Pixel)+8MP+5MP with AI Super Wide Angle, AI Face Beauty, AI portrait composition,Bokeh Mode, AI body Shaping, Portrait light effect, AR sticker, Video face beauty, Gender detection | Powerful Performance: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675AIE with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM which is expandable up to 256GB.
- Special featuresDual SIM;GPS;Music Player;Video Player;FM Radio;Accelerometer;Ambient Light Sensor;Proximity Sensor;eCompass;Virtual Gyroscope;Fingerprint sensor;E-mail | Whats in the boxHandset, Earphone, User Manual, Micro USB to USB Cable, USB Power, Adapter, SIM Ejector Pin and Protective Case.
- Connectivity technologies - GSM;(B2/3/5/8);3G;WCDMA;(B1/5/8);4G LTE;FDD;(B1/3/5/8);TDD;(B38/40/41) | 1 year manufacturer warranty (INDIA) for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories including batteries in "INDIA" only from the date of purchase. | However, we do not guarantee that the SIM works, since it depends on your operator. It may or may not be compatible with the Bands of the network, check before buying. Warranty can be availed only in INDIA.
As far as the design of the smartphones are concerned, Vivo has been a vigilant in this sector. They have been experimenting with the designs ever since they have launched their smartphone. But that does not mean that the designs are not good. In fact they are bringing an extra kick on the table.
The phone is made out of plastic. I do expect a glass back as well especially when you are buying a phone at this price point. Nevertheless the phone has a plastic back and the frames are made out of plastic as well.
Speaking of design, the Vivo V15 Pro is indeed a stylish phone. It is available in Topaz Blue, Coral Red, and Ruby Red. The unit which we have with us today is the Ruby Red version. I must tell you, the design and the gradient looks amazing.
The phone has a dimension of 6.19 inches in the length, 2.94 inches in the width and 0.32 inches in the breadth. The phone is weighted around 185 grams.
As far as the attributes are concerned, the phone has a slimmer rounded edges that gives a comfortable feeling. The front part is the screen itself. The screen is notch-less as the selfie camera is shifted to the motorized pop up mechanism. The back part in-housed the triple camera setup with the dual LED flash. The power button and the volume adjustment key is on the right side of the phone. The left side is basically blank. The phone comes with a 3.5 mm headphone jack. But the most setback of this phone is that it still comes with a USB Type 2 where almost every other competitors are including it in their smartphones.
As far as the design is concerned, it is a decent design. I would like to encourage Vivo to take some necessary steps on their upcoming products to reduce the shortcomings.
Now let us move on to the second segment which is the Display of the Vivo V15 Pro.
Vivo V15 Pro Full Specifications
|Release date||February 2019|
|Launched in India||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||157.25 x 74.71 x 8.21|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3700|
|Colours||Ruby Red, Topaz Blue|
|Screen size (inches)||6.39|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||256|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes|
|Rear camera||48-megapixel (f/1.8) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 5-megapixel (f/2.4)|
|Front camera||32-megapixel (f/2.0)|
|Operating system||Android Android 9.0 Pie|
|Skin||Funtouch OS 9|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
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The Display of the Vivo V15 Pro: The AMOLED Full Screen!
Perhaps the main attraction of this phone is the display itself. Vivo has opted to select the all-time hit AMOLED screens in the Vivo V15 Pro.
The screen is a 6.39 Super AMOLED display with a full high definition resolution. That means the resolution is 1080 pixels into 2340 pixels. Vivo V15 Pro Review. The screen is basically notch less. This screen will offer you the desired full screen viewing experience. The screen to body ratio is almost close to 84.9 percent. The aspect ratio is 19:5:9.
The screen is a pretty bright screen as far as the AMOLEDs should be. But the main game changing factor is that the resolution, sharpness, AMOLED blacks and the color combination.
Overall I loved the screen. The viewing experience was top notch and I have to tell you, this screen works fine in the bright light conditions. Extra features like always on display are the main standouts for the AMOLED screen, but at a cost of a significant battery life.
Now let us talk about the performance of the Vivo V15 Pro.
Performance of the Vivo V15 Pro: The Snapdragon Mid-Ranger!
Before stating my initial expression about the Vivo V15 Pro, I would like to examine the software and the hardware unit. The main concept of my inspection will be to understand the collaboration between the two units. Vivo V15 Pro Review. The specs and the incarnations are given as follows:
This phone comes with a mid-range yet powerful chipset created by Qualcomm. Qualcomm has been the first choice of many smartphone brands and Vivo has been using it from the very beginning. The chipset of the Vivo V15 Pro is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675. This is not the most powerful in the market, but it is still better than the 715 chipset which is widely used now a days especially in the mid rangers. This 11 Nano meter Octa Core processor runs at a clock speed of 2.0 GHz for the first two Kryo 460 Gold. The remaining 6 Kryo 460 Silver runs in a clock speed of 1.7 GHz.
The phone has a RAM of two Variant; 6 GB and 8 GB. The internal storage is 128 GB. The storage however is expandable and has an extra dedicated micro SD card slot. The SIM Tray and the Micro SD Card Slot is separated in this phone which you will not be able to see now often.
Now let us focus on the software unit.
This phone runs in Android. The version of Android is Android Version which is commonly known as PIE. The UI is the Vivo’s signature Fun Touch UI. It is of version 9.
There are some special feature about this User Interface. And that is the approach. It is more of an IOS rather than stock android. For example, the slider notification bar does slide from the top. But the quick access tool slides down from the bottom. There are other several gestures as you can customize it by the settings. You can also set themes of your own choice.
Overall the performance of the phone is pretty solid. The full screen experience does add up to the tally. The multitasking is pretty hectic and the gaming experience is also pretty decent. The phone does gets heated up when the phone is pushed a little harder.
Now as we have seen the performance, let us shift the focus light to yet another important as well as exciting factor of the phone. Yes, you have guessed it right, I am talking about the cameras of the Vivo V15 Pro.
Cameras of Vivo V15 Pro: the Triple Cameras and the Pop UP!
Cameras has slowly become an essential for any smartphone now a days. But I still remember the days when VGA camera phone were a luxury item. Back then the camera phones were the talk of the tech world. Now, in the modern times, having no cameras in smartphones is considered as a sin to be honest. But amidst the crowd of phones, what are the key factors to determine the camera as the stand out camera from all?
I tell you about it. The cameras are a vital part as I mentioned earlier. But a good camera is considered by some certain criteria. Better light sensors, good ambience, good color and picture softening and above all detection of the environment.
The phone which we have today is the Vivo V15 Pro. The cool thing about this phone is that it has a motorized pop up selfie camera module. That means the selfie camera pops up when it is activated. To finish things up, the rear camera is a staggering triple camera module.
The rear camera comes with a triple camera setup. The first camera is considered as the main camera. It is a 26 nm wide angle camera. It is of 48 Mega Pixels camera with an aperture count of f/1.8. The second camera is an ultra wide camera. It a 13 nm lens of 8 Mega Pixels. The aperture count is of f/2.2. The last one is not a camera rather than a sensor. It is a depth sensor rather. It is of 5 Mega Pixel and the aperture count is of f/2.4.
The Pop Up selfie camera is also a wide angle camera and is very sleek and fun looking. Nevertheless, it is a 32 Mega Pixels camera with an aperture count of f/2.0.
As far as the picture quality is concerned, I am a little bit disappointed to be honest. The pictures are decent in bright light areas. But there is visible lacking in the photos as some shots does comes out a bit jittered in certain areas. The night mode was a pretty good one as it has a good shadow sensing capability. But the details are still not up to the mark. The Ultra Wide photos are pretty good and the edge detection is pretty decent. But the quality and distortion is still a problem. The portrait are not that good as per as the expectation is concerned. As we have witnessed the portraits had a poor edge detection and that is where the camera falls apart.
The selfie camera however produces decent selfies altogether. The videography can be shot at a maximum resolution of 4k at a frame rate of 30 frames per second as far as the rear cameras are concerned. The front pop up camera is capable of recording up to 1080p at the frame rate of 30 frames per second. Vivo V15 Pro Review.
The videos are quite decent and good in details. But in 4k the electronic image stabilization is missing. If we want an additional stabilization then we will have to downgrade the resolution to 1080p and the frame rate should be of 30 frames per second.
Next up, we will be discussing about the battery and the power management unit.
Battery of the Vivo V15 Pro: Still USB Type 2?!
When everyone, even some of the low budget phones are getting along with the advance techs like USB Type C connectors, Vivo has installed an ancient USB Type 2 in the Vivo V15 Pro. This is pretty foolish thing to do as the phone is a mid ranger phone.
As of now, we will have to work with what we have. The phone comes with a 3700 mAh Battery. It is fast charging supportive as it was advertised. They even provided an 18 watt fast charging brick as well. But the phone is still slow in terms of charging.
Sensors and Other Features
The finger print scanner is in display and the other sensors are installed perfectly.
Is the Phone supports dust and water resistance?
No, it has no IP certification.
What is the price of the Vivo V15 Pro?
Wrapping Things Up!
So that is all for today. To be honest, I am not too tempted with the phone. But for the screen and the performance, this phone will have a share in the market.
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