Clearly, a smartphone for selfie lovers but a high price
Vivo, since its launch in India, has shaken up the smartphone market segment in more ways than one. As well as providing multi-function phones, he made sure the phones were easy to use. Its X70 Pro+’s camera was touted by many as one of the best for any Android smartphone for 2021. It was also highly rated in terms of build quality and hardware performance.
The mid-range segment, dominated by Xiaomi and Samsung, however, hasn’t been so kind to Vivo. Last year, the company launched the V21 series which was aimed at selfie-obsessed consumers. Unfortunately, the phone just didn’t fly.
Vivo hopes to change that, however, with the first launch this year, the Vivo V23 Pro 5G and the vanilla V23. The V23 Pro continues the spirit of the V-series by offering a game-changing design (a color-changing rear panel, which I couldn’t test), capable hardware, and a new and improved 50MP dual selfie camera. implement.
But is that enough to change Vivo’s fortunes in the mid-range segment? Let me shed some light on this – I’ve been using the smartphone for over a week now.
Design: Color Changing USP only available in one of two colors
The V23 Pro is available in two color options – Stardust Black and Sunshine Gold. The color changing Fluorite AG glass back, a first in India, is only available in Sunshine Gold. It’s the “ultimate selling point” for the Vivo V23 Pro as some have called it. For this review, Vivo sent the Stardust Black so I couldn’t test the party trick.
But the Stardust Black impressed me. With its soft-touch matte finish, the smartphone is both pleasing to the eye and comfortable to hold. Vivo has done a commendable job with the weight distribution as it is one of the slimmest phones in the Indian market today.
There’s a huge notch (containing the dual selfie camera setup) that I thought was more inconvenient. Most consumers will be okay with that, but in 2022 they shouldn’t have to put up with it.
The V23 Pro features a glass back, while the sides are plastic. There’s a bottom-firing speakerphone, Type-C charging port, dual-SIM slot, volume rockers, and power button on the bottom and sides of the smartphone. We would have liked Vivo to use the earpiece as a second speaker and deliver stereo speakers but…
Display: curved but sharp
The Vivo V23 comes with a 3D curved display on the front. It’s a 6.56-inch (18:10 aspect ratio) AMOLED display that offers a 90Hz refresh rate. In a world of 120Hz smartphones, even in this price range, it’s a shame that Vivo has not upgraded to one.
Still, I didn’t experience any issues with the display. It gets bright enough for outdoor use and is crisp indoors. Auto-brightness is a problem, however, shared by some of its competitors. Sometimes the brightness doesn’t budge from the changing lighting inside the house, and sometimes it drops it to the lowest possible setting where you just can’t read anything.
Thanks to its AMOLED screen, deep blacks are offered. This results in a wonderful experience when consuming TV shows or movies. Curved sides add to the immersive viewing experience.
Finally, I did not encounter any problems with accidental contact, despite the curvature of the smartphone screen.
Performance and Software: Smooth Performance and Usability
MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200 processor is the proven one. It’s a good value SoC and one that doesn’t fail to impress. This is a processor that is also found in the OnePlus Nord 2.
In my day-to-day use of clicking photos, playing casual games, taking notes, scrolling through social media feeds, and responding to emails, I encountered no lag issues. Yes, the phone got warm during my long gaming session, but not hot enough to alarm anyone. The airy multitasking nature of the V23 Pro is due to UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR4x memory which help reduce load times.
Like other Vivo smartphones, V23 Pro runs Vivo’s custom skin known as FunTouch 12. This one is based on Android 12. Vivo has done a good job of keeping its consumers updated with the latest and greatest features of Vivo. ‘Android. to offer.
Things like the redesigned notification and quick settings panel and mic access usage indicator have been brought over from Vivo. Some of the customization features and smart control options are missing though.
The interface is quite easy to master and despite the bloatware, it looks quite clean. There’s a built-in display and call recorder that consumers will appreciate along with support for dark mode and always-on display.
As mentioned above, my daily use was quite heavy. The 4300mAh battery wasn’t good enough to last me until morning. In fact, I sometimes had to plug in my phone long before I went to bed. I got an average of about 5-6 hours of Screen-On-Time (SOT). The device comes with a 44W charger. It charged the phone from 0-100% in less than an hour. It is indeed fast.
Camera: one for selfie lovers
Let’s quickly review the camera setup. The rear features a triple-camera array with a 108MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP macro sensor (which is best left unused). The notch on the front houses the main 50MP selfie shooter accompanied by the 8MP lens which aids in wide-angle shots.
The smartphone is aimed at those who want a high-end selfie camera and it totally delivers. Some of the selfies that came out were exceptional. To add to that, there are a number of built-in beautification features in the camera app. Low-light selfies were also excellent as the V23 Pro comes with a one-of-a-kind dual flash array just above the selfie pod, helping to improve the quality! Even the portrait mode on the selfie cameras delivered brilliant photos.
I was very impressed. For all those Instagrammers who need to take photos of themselves or alongside their friends, the Vivo V23 Pro is for you.
On the downside, the rear cameras haven’t lived up to all the hype. After trying the X70 Pro+, my expectations were higher than they should have been.
Photos from the main sensor were decent, but nothing Instagram worthy. The hits came out more natural than some competitors, but it lacked that pop we’ve all loved over the past few months. We all need more color in our lives and the camera lacked that.
In fact, shoot with the ultra-wide lens and you’ll notice a distinct lack of detail. Shooting using night mode is another step backwards. The exposure can be skewed, but the resulting photos lack even more detail.
Verdict: is the V23 Pro for you?
The Vivo V23 Pro is by no means a cheap smartphone. The V23 Pro starts at Rs 38,990 for the 8GM RAM variant. Those looking to buy the 12GB model will have to shell out Rs 43,990.
I’ll start with the things I liked about the smartphone. The soft-touch matte finish is pleasing to the eye and comfortable to hold in the hand. While it’s a great party trick, I think the color-changing back will get old pretty quickly.
The slim body and curved screen make it a premium device. The notch, while annoying to me, is offset by the fact that the selfie cameras on it are absolutely fantastic.
If you click a lot of selfies and want a smartphone that stands out from the crowd (maybe choose the color-changing Sunshine Gold variant then), then the V23 Pro is the smartphone.
That said, the competition in this price range is quite strong. There are a number of feature-rich devices with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor and come with a display that offers a 120Hz refresh rate and excellent battery life. A smartphone that comes to mind is the iQOO 7 Legend.
There are also recently launched and upcoming smartphones that one can consider. Xiaomi’s 11i Hypercharge was launched a few days ago and the OnePlus 9RT is about to hit the market. If you’re looking for a well-rounded smartphone that offers more for your money, then look away from the Vivo V23 Pro.
If quality selfies and a beautiful smartphone in a slim body are things that matter to you, then I would recommend the V23 Pro.