The Vivo V15 Pro is a great contender in the higher mid-tier space. It is spearheading the notch-less design with pop up cameras, and combined with other top and essential features makes the Vivo V15 Pro a very dependable phone for your daily tasks.
Vivo V15 Pro ReviewDesign-wise, the Vivo V15 Pro is one of the best looking handsets I've seen from the company so far. It definitely sticks out in the wild. The back panel is made of glass which uses a gradient royal blue-to-metallic blue transition. This hue is layered with diagonal accents on top that seals its premium look. The side is an aluminum frame that continues the smartphone's seamless gradient tone.
|Bottom: speaker grill, microphone, microUSB port, SIM tray|
|Left side: microSD card slot, dedicated Google Assistant button|
We can't help but notice that it comes with almost zero bezels. The infamous notch is nowhere to be found with the phone's receiver pushed at the edge-center of the almost non-existing forehead. The top side houses the 3.5-mm audio jack and the secondary microphone. At the back, there's a protruding camera module which causes the phone to wobble when placed on a table or on a flat surface.
The Vivo V15 Pro is framed with a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display. Vivo calls it an "Ultra FullView" screen. Upfront, you can tell that the handset pushed its bezels all the way to the edge of the front panel. The display preserves more screen real estate that results to it being an amazing device for multimedia consumption. On top of that, everything is pleasing in the eyes.
On paper, the screen has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a generous resolution of 2340 x 1080p. In real time use, the display is definitely stunning. Just like any other AMOLED panels in the market, Vivo V15 Pro's screen is very vibrant and has great contrast. Colors are very accurate and texts are crisp. Blacks are deep and whites are papery white; it could now hold a candle against Samsung's displays.
The Vivo V15 Pro also breathes performance when we talk about its hardware. You'll have an upper mid-tier chipset inside, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675. This is smacked in the middle of the higher-end Snapdragon 710 and the Snapdragon 660. It is packed with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
The V15 Pro may have a microSD slot, but I think the 128GB configuration could be more than enough for an average consumer. Though most its specs hit the premium mark, we could still consider the handset in the mid-range category - a premium mid-range at that.
In our day to day use, the Vivo V15 Pro chews everything thrown at it with ease. It performs well in launching apps and even in multitasking activities, thanks to 8GB of RAM. It always feels like I'm using a flagship smartphone whenever I take the handset out for a spin.
Watching YouTube and Netflix on Vivo V15 Pro is definitely a great experience. There's a non-existent notch that does not distract your viewing experience unlike other smartphones with rectangular or water-drop cutouts. Likewise, the bottom-firing speaker is also very good.
Playing titles like PUBG which uses intensive graphics is smooth. Other games like Ragnarok Mobile and Mobile Legends run like butter with the Vivo V15 Pro.
Vivo V15 Pro's camera is one of the most interesting cameras I've seen so far. The rear module is made up of 3 sensors. The main shooter is a 48MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture. The second camera is an 8MP ultra-wide shooter with f/2.2 aperture, and the last is a 5MP depth sensor with phase detection autofocus.
The Night Mode impresses me more than its regular AI scene detection. When using this mode, the camera produces brighter images and reveals details that were mostly concealed by shadows. You'll have to hold the camera steady for 2 to 3 seconds to get better shots. In a way, this feature uses long exposure to get more light in your photos. While most of the shots are great, I could tell that colors tend to be over-saturated. But all in all, this feature is still cool.
The ultra-wide angle mode is also quite an interesting feature if you wanted to get a wider field of view in your photos. Unfortunately, the quality of images also drops when shifting to this mode.
The selfie camera is still the popular 32MP elevating sensor with f/2.0 opening. As expected, selfie shots are still great as ever. Color tones are good and natural-looking.
More sample photos in Full Resolution Here: https://bit.ly/2Q9c2H8.
Vivo V15 Pro's battery is also a winner. This handset carries a 3700 mAh battery which supports fast charging branded as "Dual Engine" fast charge. For a single charge, I could get through the the whole day with no hassle.
This consists of almost 6 hours of on-screen time. I covered common activities like sending and reading emails, occasional gaming, made a few dozens of photos using the camera, social media, Netflix and YouTube streaming.
The Vivo V15 Pro boots with FunTouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie. You can still see some iOS-like icons with controls pulled up while swiping from the bottom of the screen. Gone are the slider controls for Volume and Brightness. They are replaced by an all new iOS-like slider bar just like what you see in an iPhone's Control Center.
The FunTouch OS overall feel is fun and bubbly. The icons are placed in a nifty manner. I also loved the fact that you can set your app grid to 5x6 array if you don't feel like having bigger icons. Notification shade is also one of the software's strongest suits. It's clean and easy to interact with. You can also invoke Google Assistant by simply using the dedicated button on the left side of the device.
The software is very intuitive but there's still the problem of bloatwares - you'll have two browsers, email apps, apps store, etc. right on the fly. Most of them you can't uninstall. The latest update signals that Vivo is doing something with regards to its software, I hope they allocate more resources in this area.
Vivo V15 Pro is a celebration for the company's another intuitive approach to the mobile industry. With this release, Vivo is spearheading a new route to a bezel-less and notch-less display. Though being the best in the selfie game still holds true for the V15 Pro, this smartphone stands out in many different ways.
It's a killer smartphone when it comes to design with its flashy 3D arc glass philosophy. The triple camera system is also promising with its gems, like the ultra-wide camera and the night-capturing capability. Its new Snapdragon 675 proves to be one of the best chipsets in this segment.
There's also no overlooking the fact that Vivo's in-display fingerprint sensor is now in its 4th generation. This offers faster and safer biometric authentications that definitely adds to a great user experience. The sub-Php 25K segment is a competitive price range for upper mid-tiers and affordable flagship handsets, but the Vivo V15 Pro definitely solidifies its place in this stage.
1. Pretty Nice Rear and Front Camera
2. Solid Battery Life with Fast Recharging
3. Light-weight premium 3D arc glass design
4. Immersive notch-less display
5. Balanced Performance
6. Dedicated Google Assistant button
1. MicroUSB port
2. Software needs to be polished
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