Hey guys, what is up? So, 2019 has been doing great with all the phones that have been rolling out.
Like every year, sometimes we get phones that are awesome in so many ways, and well, we do get let down as well.
With Vivo, there’s always that feeling of getting something great on every phone. The NEX Dual Display Edition was really eye-catching, those screens were a great way to use the cameras, you can check it out if you want.
Making devices with a lot of great features is great but when you think about getting it for yourself, the price just kills you a little inside.
Well, this year, Vivo is saying they are giving us a mid-range device that has some great features and is still pocket friendly compared to last year’s Vivo NEX S.
I personally think the price is still a bit too high for a mid-range phone but it is what it is.
This is Shaibu from Shu’s Techs, and today, I will be reviewing the Vivo V15 Pro.
With that being said, let’s get to it.
- Funtouch 9 with Android 9.0 (Pie)
- 6.4 inch 1080 x 2316 Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold, 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver) CPU
- Adreno 612 GPU
- 6GB / 8GB RAM
- 128GB Internal Storage
- 32MP Front Camera
- 48MP + 8MP + 5MP Rear Camera
- 3700mAh non-removable battery
- Dual Nano SIM
Logically, for a mid-range device, chances are you won’t be getting a phone that blows you away when it comes to the design.
The V15 Pro is a little in-between, at the back, it is quite colorful and shiny but it’s not glass.
Like some high-end phones, it has that gradient color look. Depending on which you go for, you can get it in different colors such as Topaz Blue, Ruby Red and Coral Red.
As stated earlier, you aren’t getting a glass build on the back, this is one of the few minor setbacks of having a mid-range phone. Or this one in particular.
A Polycarbonate material is what you’ll be getting on this phone. It is okay but you will have to give it some protection if you want the phone free from scratches.
Still on the back, you’ll notice the vertically placed triple camera setup. This is the first time we’re seeing 3 cameras on a Vivo phone. We’ll get to talk more about camera performance in a bit.
The camera protrudes a little bit so expect the phone to wobble if you intend to use it while it’s resting on a table.
However, to fix that problem, you get a case of the box, it is quite thick and improves the grip. With the case on, you will be able to keep the phone on a flat surface and use without it wobbling.
Turning the phone over to the front, you get an all display phone, we’re talking no Notch, really slim bezels and a little chin at the bottom.
Sadly, there’s no Gorilla Glass protection here, so you might want to be careful not to get the screen scratched.
Best to just get a protective glass for the phone. I’ll talk more about the screen later on.
Talking about placements, at the top, you get the 3.5mm Headphone Jack, a microphone and the pop-up Selfie camera.
Glad the Headphone Jack is staying on this one.
On the right, is the Volume Rocker and a Power Button and on the left, a dedicated Google Assistant Button and a MicroSD slot.
At the bottom of the phone, you get the Speaker Grilles, a Dual-Nano SIM slot and a microUSB port. Nope, we’re still not getting a USB -C port on this one.
Being a mid-range phone, there will be a few minor setbacks, but microUSB ports aren’t something we should be seeing anymore… Vivo did this last time.
In the hand, the phone feels a bit sharp on the sides. It can also be a slippery, but with the case on, holding the phone or keeping it on most surfaces won’t be a problem.
The phone is pretty good-looking, the colors are glamorous and the design is very impressive. It is quite tall, so you may have to use both hands to use the phone. Unless you have really large hands.
To sum it up, you won’t be missing out on a lot if you want a mid-range phone that looks good. You will need the case on though, those occasional drops are something to watch out for.
For a mid-ranger, this phone has an absolutely impressive display. Just looking at the phone alone shows you will be getting a lot, those bezels are super slim.
I know having slim bezels doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get a great display so let’s talk specs.
The V15 Pro comes with a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen. AMOLED’s are awesome, the blacks are really deep.
There’s no Notch or a Selfie camera on the screen, what you get is a 1080 x 2316 Screen Resolution. With it, you get really sharp-looking displays. Colors come out decent as well.
The Screen to Body ratio is 91.6%, not really surprising, this screen is really that great.
For those of you who like streaming videos and playing games, this phone has the panel for that, it is a phone you will enjoy using.
Although watching YouTube videos will leave you with black bars on the left and right sides, you can zoom in on the video you’re watching to fill up the screen.
Be aware that you may get some parts of the video removed. It doesn’t take away the overall experience though.
When it comes to gaming, most of the time, don’t expect any black bars. What you get is a filled up screen and an awesome gaming experience. Some games give you the option to have black bars on both sides of the screen.
Outdoor usability is okay, don’t expect a really bright display but expect it to be usable in most conditions. Brightness on the phone gets around 430 nits, it is okay for a mid-ranger in most cases.
For an AMOLED panel, Always On Display is a feature we always expect, we can’t just leave that beautiful black screen useless when the phone sleeps.
The Vivo V15 Pro gives you an option to enable Always On Display. It is battery friendly, but if you’re really concerned about battery life, it’s best to disable it.
With Always On Display, while the phone sleeps, you still get to see notifications that come, time, date and battery life all on the screen.
Not something new if you’ve had a Samsung Device before.
I believe I haven’t mentioned the phone having a Fingerprint Scanner anywhere yet, well, it does come with one.
Just like the NEX S, the V15 Pro also comes with an under-display Fingerprint Scanner.
The Fingerprint Scanner under the screen is really fast and reliable. Scanning and unlocking the phone takes about a second, that’s pretty good.
According to Vivo, this is a 5th generation Fingerprint Scanner, I’m not sure what to say about that…it works, yay?!
The Fingerprint Scanner isn’t always on, so you will have to tap the screen first before placing your finger to get scanned.
Overall, the display is really good. Having an in-display Fingerprint Scanner is great. This gives you something you would get on a Flagship device.
Content comes out sharp and detailed, I don’t think you’ll find a lot wrong with the display on this phone. Only problem you should have is the screen not being Gorilla Glass.
Getting a Glass Screen Protector should work fine.
On the back of the phone is a Triple Camera setup. This is the first time we’re getting that on a Vivo phone.
The camera comes with a 48 Megapixel Main Lens, an 8 Megapixel Ultra Wide Lens and a 5 Megapixel Lens for Depth Sensing.
The Main Lens by default takes pictures in 12 Megapixels, you can force it to take 48 Megapixel shots but you really won’t be getting photos with better quality.
Taking 12 Megapixel shots in daylight will give you really nice pictures that are sharp and detailed with great dynamic range.
Colors are also accurate, but you can enable AI mode to significantly boost how colors look.
Sometimes you will find noise on some shots, but most of the time, they aren’t really noticeable.
Night shots are very impressive, you’ll will get some amount of detail on every shot, not a lot of noise either.
The phone comes with a dedicated Night Mode as well. It is okay, you will get brighter photos but you might lose some details.
Portrait shots on the V15 Pro are good, colors come out nice and photos are detailed. The Edge Detection however is a bit inaccurate, but not entirely terrible.
With the Ultra Wide Lens, it is also impressive, it does what it’s supposed to do. But it’s not that great when it comes to detail.
The dynamic range isn’t that great and you will get some amount of noise.
On the other hand, you will hardly get barrel distortions on edges in each shot and the colors are also very nice.
The Selfie camera is that aspect of the phone that makes the phone special. Vivo has said the mechanism works better and faster than the NEX S.
The innovation is great, but moving parts on a phone tend to put the phone at risk. They are vulnerable to breaking.
Imagine dropping the phone or getting something stuck inside, you may end up having a phone with a camera that’s unable to come up or go down. We’ve all had our days lol.
Anyway, the mechanism works well, in the right hands, you shouldn’t have issues with the Selfie camera, if we’re talking long-term.
Okay, so what you’re getting on the Selfie camera is a 32 Megapixel Lens. Yes, that sounds really great, and yes, so far, this is the phone with the most Megapixels on a Selfie camera.
But bigger doesn’t always mean better. Especially when it comes to cameras.
With it, selfies do come out really sharp, detailed and with great dynamic range. Only problem you may be facing is that the selifes don’t come out all natural.
With beauty mode off, you will still get really beautified selfies. If you’re into that, fine, you will have a great time using this camera.
Besides the selfie camera being a beautifying device by default, you also get a ton of options to choose from that will enhance your looks.
You can adjust your eyes, forehead, skin tone, jaw, lips, nose etc. There are tons of options to choose from.
However, if you’re not into all that kind of stuff, well, I can’t say you have a lot of options here. You’ll just have to stick to the non-beauty beauty mode.
Portrait shots are also available with the Selfie camera but they aren’t that great. You really shouldn’t expect it to be very accurate, especially with Edge Detection, there’s no second lens for that depth sensing functionality.
You can also use the Selfie camera to unlock the phone using Face Unlock, it is really fast. You wouldn’t really notice a difference between the V15 Pro and a phone with an always ready to use Selfie camera.
If activated, hitting the power button will instantly lift up the camera to get your face scanned and your device unlocked. It works really well.
For videos, you can record up to 4K videos at 30 frames per second with the rare camera, you will get really good results overall. Only thing here is you won’t get Image Stabilization when you record at 4K.
Expect to get all those shaky videos that are having a cold.
There’s been cases of the phone having issues with the microphone while recording videos, I don’t have a lot of information about it but it’s something to look out for.
With the Selfie camera, you can shoot videos in 1080p at 30 frames.
Well then, the cameras on the V15 Pro are really good, the Selfie camera is okay when it comes to performance.
The fact that it is a moving part is something to really consider. If you’re looking for a phone that is an all-display, fine, this phone is great, but if you’re uncomfortable with moving parts, then go for something else.
Overall camera performance is really impressive and you won’t be missing out with this phone.
Features and Performance
The V15 Pro comes with a Snapdragon 675 Chipset, it is one of the first phones to come with this chipset. For this reason, expect it to be better than most of the mid-range phones out there.
The Snapdragon 675 chipset has an Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold, 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver) CPU and an Adreno 612 GPU.
The Chipset is really good when it comes to power efficiency, with it, your battery doesn’t get overworked as you do all the tasks you want on the phone.
Talking about how tasks get handled, well, you won’t have a lot to worry about. The phone falls slightly on the graphics point but it is still very good.
Gaming is smooth without lags and frame rates are very stable. By default you can play PUBG in high settings.
Games like PUBG are very advanced and they push phones a lot as they require a lot of resources to run well, so if this phone can handle it (even when you play in high settings), you won’t have issues running a lot of games here.
Apps are also great to run, they start-up quick and you won’t experience stuttering from the phone as you use the apps.
The Vivo V15 Pro runs on a Funtouch 9 OS on top of Android 9 (Pie).
For some of you, you probably won’t like Vivo’s Funtouch OS. It is very iOS like. If you’re familiar with iPhones, you won’t face a lot of problems using this device.
For Android lovers out there, some of you might find the interface a bit confusing. There’s no app tray, and swiping from the top of the phone won’t show you quick toggles, you’ll have to swipe from the bottom of the phone to get them.
Swiping from the top only shows you Notifications.
You do get Gesture Navigation though. Swipe up from the middle of the screen to go “Home”, swipe from either the bottom left or bottom right on the phone to go “Back” (this depends on how you set it).
Depending on how you set it, you can swipe from either side from the bottom of the screen to view your quick toggles.
Finally, swiping up from the middle and holding will show “Recent Apps”.
The Gesture Navigation is quite similar to some Android phones, so you aren’t too far from home with the V15 Pro.
The speaker at the bottom is okay, not the loudest you’ll get on a phone though. Using a pair of headphones is almost the same. It is average in both loudness and quality.
The earpiece at the top of the phone doesn’t act as a secondary speaker, so in case you were wondering, no, the V15 Pro doesn’t support that feature.
Overall, this phone is pretty okay, you can run some intensive apps and games without worrying about it slowing down or lagging.
Only problem I see here is the Funtouch OS being like iOS. Yeah you can adapt but it takes away the “Androidness” of the phone.
RAM and Internal Storage
The Vivo V15 has two options when it comes to RAM, you can go for the 6GB of RAM model or the 8GB of RAM model.
You won’t really have a problem with either of them as multitasking is great. You won’t find apps getting terminated as you use the phone.
Switching between apps is also very smooth and easy.
Right now, 6GB of RAM is great on a phone for any kind of gaming and multitasking you may want to do on a phone.
What I have to say is, if you’re looking to use this phone for a very long time, you should get the 8GB of RAM model.
It will be able to work well with future software updates. Apps will also get updates. Before they slow down phones with 8GB of RAM, it will take a long time.
It’s the same for the 6GB of RAM, it will also take a while before you start experiencing the phone slowing down and all that.
For internal storage, you only get the phone in 128GB. This should give you enough room for a lot of apps, games, media files such as pictures, music, movies etc.
The best part is you can also expand with a MicroSD card of up to 256GB. And no, you don’t have to take out one of your SIM cards to expand storage space.
For a mid-range phone, RAM and Storage space are actually quite good, you will find the same options on some Flagship devices. You getting a lot with this phone.
You can say this phone has a really good battery, it is a 3,700mAh Li-Po battery. You should be able to use it through the day with no problem.
With the phone being powered by the power efficient Snapdragon 675 chipset, gaming, streaming and the likes should leave you with a phone that can be used till night.
The only down part here is the charging speed, you can only get around 40% in 30 minutes of charging the phone.
It’s not that impressive but it isn’t all horrible.
You may end up charging this phone every night before bed if you’re a heavy user.
Overall, battery life is really good, light users won’t have to charge for 2 days or so.
For internet, you get 4G, 3G, 2G and WiFi.
You also get an FM Radio, NFC, Bluetooth V5, GPS, microUSB 2.0 etc.
The phone cost around $400.
*Please note that prices vary from time to time.
The Vivo V15 Pro is a pretty nice mid-range phone, it does offer a lot of great high-end features but the price is a bit frightening for now.
Prices go down eventually, but if you can’t wait to get your hands on it, unless you’re from India or the Philippines, you’d have to import it. As far as I know, for now, those are the only countries it is available in.
Okay guys, that’s it for now, make sure you share, comment and like if you enjoyed the review.
Until next time, keep yourselves great as you always are.