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Vivo V15 Pro Review – A Smartphone with A Sliding Front Camera and A Fingerprint Scanner in The Screen

Vivo V15 Pro Review – A Smartphone with A Sliding Front Camera and A Fingerprint Scanner in The Screen

Today we will detailed Vivo V15 Pro Review. It is Bright phablet for those who like to take pictures.

Table of contents
Specifications
Design
Screen
Sound
Camera
Performance
Software
Unlock
Autonomy
Differences V15 and V15 Pro
Results

Specifications

Colors:                     Topaz Blue (blue) and Coral Red (red-pink)
Display:                   6.39 inches, Full HD + (1,080 × 2,316 pixels), SuperAMOLED
Processor:              Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 (2 × 2 GHz Kryo 460 + 6 × 1.7 GHz Kryo 460)
Graphics processor Adreno 612
RAM:                      6 GB
Internal memory:  128 GB + microSD card support up to 256 GB
Cameras Rear:      48 Mp (main) + 8 Mp (ultra wide angle) + 5 Mp (depth sensor).
Frontal – 32 Mp
Video:                     shooting Up to 2 160p with 30 FPS and up to 1 080p with 60 FPS
Wireless interfaces:          Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX, GPS, NFC
Connectors:            MicroUSB, 3.5 mm analog audio jack
SIM card Two slots for nanoSIM
Sensors:                 Fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass
Unlock:                  By fingerprint, face, PIN
Operating system:            Android 9.0 + Funtouch 9
Battery:                              3,700 mAh, fast charging supported
Dimensions:                     157.3 × 74.7 × 8.2 millimeters
Weight:                              185 grams

Vivo V15 Pro Review

Design

The design of Vivo V15 Pro is unusual. There is no white or black version, but there are three options in indecent bright colors. In international market, Vivo is sold only in two colors, Topaz Blue and Coral Red. We got a second color model. It looks nice: under the glass red-pink back one can see an iridescent wavy pattern.

Vivo V15 Pro Review - A Smartphone with A Sliding Front Camera and A Fingerprint Scanner in The Screen

On the back panel is the Vivo logo and the unusual camera module – not in the form of an elongated eye, but in the form of a strip ending at the edge of the smartphone. It does not fit into a thin body and bulges strongly, because of this, the device is unevenly lying and tottering on a horizontal surface.

Vivo V15 Pro Review

Vivo V15 Pro is sold with glued protective film. Unlike a back, it easily collects small scratches.

Vivo V15 Pro Review - A Smartphone with A Sliding Front Camera and A Fingerprint Scanner in The Screen

On the left is a slot for microSD-cards, a button to call “Google Assistant” and image recognition. Bottom – a slot for two nanoSIM-cards, microUSB slot and speaker holes. On the right are a twin volume key and a power button. Above – mini-jack-connector and front camera module.

Vivo V15 Pro Review - A Smartphone with A Sliding Front Camera and A Fingerprint Scanner in The Screen

Vivo V15 Pro is a slim but big smartphone. Lovers of phablets and devices of plus size will not experience any problems, but for owners of small models, it is better to “try on” the device before buying.

Screen

In Vivo V15 Pro, a large SuperAMOLED display is installed with a good margin of brightness, correct color reproduction and a wide viewing angle – color distortions appear only at the most extreme inclinations.

Vivo V15 Pro Review Screen

Color temperature can be adjusted. For reading, there is an eye protection mode that makes the tone warmer.

Always on Display mode is supported, which displays time and date on a locked screen. The choice of dials is small, I liked the version with the line of electronic watches along the side edge.

Vivo V15 Pro Review Screen

Vivo V15 Pro is frame-less. The conversational speaker and sensors are hidden in a thin upper curb, and the side frames are visible but are not felt when working with a smartphone. If you are one of those who reject cuts and “bangs” in any of their manifestations, then you will not stick to it.

Vivo V15 Pro Review Screen

Vivo V15 Pro Review of Screen

The edges of the display repeat the edges of the front panel. And here something went wrong: in the corners, there is often a feeling of unevenness as if some elements stick too closely to the edges of the screen.

Vivo V15 Pro Review Screen

Vivo V15 Pro Review

Sound

Everything is bad: the speaker is one, its sound is flat and with a strong preponderance towards high frequencies. The volume reserve is solid, but everything sounds awful.

It’s a shame, because, with such a screen, the V15 Pro could be a great machine for playing games and watching videos. And maybe – just for audio playback, it’s better to use headphones or a Bluetooth speaker. AptX codec for fans of lossless formats and wireless devices is supported.

Vivo V15 Pro Review of Camera

Rear cameras

The main camera takes great pictures in any light. The stated resolution is 48 megapixel, but the same technology of combining pixels into groups of four is implemented here, as in Xiaomi Mi 9. This means that in normal mode, the camera takes 12-megapixel images with a pixel size of 1.6 microns. In Hi-Fi mode – 48-megapixel, but with a pixel size of 0.8 microns.

In theory, this mode helps to make more detailed shots in good light, but we did not notice any difference even at high magnification. In addition to the fact that 48-megapixel photos have a resolution of 8,000 × 6,000 pixels, not 4,000 × 3,000, and take up four times as much space.

Having held several smartphones with 48-megapixel cameras in my hands, I finally made sure that the permissions race is a path with a dead end in the form of limited matrix size, and large numbers are needed only for a beautiful line in the specifications. The main thing is that the lens takes good pictures in automatic mode on its honest 12 megapixels. And with this camera, Vivo V15 Pro copes.

Photos with natural and artificial, with good and inadequate lighting are excellent. Night mode should help with the evening shooting, but I didn’t notice any changes: neither in appearance or in the properties of the file (there are settings for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO).

Vivo V15 Pro Review Rear cameras

The ultra-wide-angle lens here is not just a “peephole” for quantity, but a quite working camera that takes decent photos even in a night city. If you have experienced problems with insufficient frame space, take a look at the V15 Pro. Here, the work of the ultra-wide-angle lens is not satisfactory.

The depth sensor is responsible for determining the boundaries of the object in focus when creating portraits. Software processing is not very. Bokeh is unnatural, the edges are blurred On the lover. Lovers of imperfect portraits.

Vivo V15 Pro Review Rear cameras

Front-camera

Vivo V15 Pro Review Front-camera

Let’s start with what catches your eye: the front camera comes out.

Vivo V15 Pro Review Front-camera

When the front camera is turned off, the module automatically crawls back. You can also press it with your finger – nothing will crack or break.

Vivo V15 Pro Review Front-camera

Vivo does not use this solution for the first time: once we tested the Vivo NEX model with a similar mechanism. In my opinion, pull-out modules are not cool innovations, but rather a strange delusion. Time will send smartphones with such elements to the dustbin of history, and here’s why:

  1. Risk of breakage: Developers can increase the resource of modules to tens and hundreds of nominations, but what is up to this to an inaccurate user who breaks off the “eye” by casually dropping a smartphone?
  2. Dust ingress: It is unlikely that dust will affect the operation of the device, but it is still unpleasant. And if dirt gets under the module, it will be difficult to remove it.
  3. Refusal to unlock in the face:  The whole world will use it. You are not.
  4. Doubtful goals:  Droplet-cut smartphones give the impression of devices with limitless screens. Millions use the iPhone with the “bang”. The struggle for screen pixels is no less a losing undertaking than the struggle for megapixels in cameras.

While retractable modules create the impression of not advantages, but uncomfortable nuances that can be tolerated.

But Vivo really invested in the front-end: its resolution is 32 megapixels, and the frames are excellent in any light.

Vivo V15 Pro Review of Application interface

The standard point for criticism in the reviews of Chinese smartphones is the interface of the regular camera program. Vivo beats records on irrationality and congestion. If you need any function, you will definitely find it, but, most likely, not soon. Inscriptions do not fit, features and settings are located as if in random corners of the application. Design iOS took brevity – no.

There is an analog of Live Photo from iOS, a million settings of beautification, document reading mode, Augmented Reality mode, working as an inept alternative to Snapchat, and it seems like everything you’ve ever seen on other smartphones.

Something that might come in handy: Pro-mode with exposure adjustment, ISO, white balance and manual focus, Night mode and local AI. He gives useful tips: he says when it is better to switch to ultra-wide-angle shooting, turn on night mode, or even wipe the camera.

Verdict: Vivo V15 Pro flagship cameras. They can make great shots in almost any conditions. But you have to get used to the regular application.

Vivo V15 Pro Review

Performance

In the Vivo V15 Pro, an eight-core Snapdragon 675 is installed with a clock speed of up to 2 GHz. This is not a top, but current processor in 2019. RAM – 6 GB. The Vivo V15 Pro version with 8 GB of RAM is not officially sold in European countries.

Some numbers:

Geekbench in single-core mode – 2,371 points.
Geekbench in multi-core mode – 6 511 points.
AnTuTu – 180 110 points.
Judging by the AnTuTu rating, the performance of the Vivo V15 Pro is somewhere at the level of Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro. This is not very good, considering that the first smartphone came out a year and a half ago, and the second is 1.5-2 times cheaper than our device.

However, you shouldn’t dwell on benchmark reports: despite the modest results in Geekbench and AnTuTu, PUBG launched on the Vivo V15 Pro at maximum speeds, and I didn’t encounter any lag during testing.

Vivo V15 Pro Review of Software

The smartphone runs on Android 9.0 with the Funtouch 9 add-in. This is not the worst shell from Chinese manufacturers, copying the features of iOS. Widgets, application icons and folders, an additional EasyTouch button, V-Appstore, i Music, i Theme, i Manager and vivoCloud with a blue cloud on the icon – something similar we have already seen.

There are preset bookmarks in a regular browser and many services from Vivo and Google.

There are also their own chips, such as child mode. It limits the use of applications, recalls the need to maintain posture and softens the light of the screen. There are also Smart wake gestures, including various applications for complex movements of the finger on the display. The quick access panel opens at an unusual, but the quite convenient swipe bottom.

Gestures are also supported, allowing you to opt out of the three standard icons at the bottom of the screen. Not the same as in iOS: a slightly more complicated, but still convenient, system of swipes is implemented in three areas below the display.

We have already talked about the button on the left: with one click, it calls up Google Assistant, and with two clicks it recognizes images on the screen. It works terribly.

Funtouch 9 is a shell to work with. Especially if you are not sick of the secondary character of the system’s chips at every turn and you have already got used to the strange nuances of software from Chinese brands.

Vivo V15 Pro Review

Unlock

There are two unlock options besides the PIN code: by fingerprint and face. Let’s start with the first as with the main.

The optical sensor of a fingerprint is sewn into the screen. In theory, they work worse than ultrasound, but I had no problems: the smartphone responds quickly even to slightly wet fingers. It works like this: when you lift the gadget, an icon with a fingerprint lights up in place of the sensor. When you put your finger on the smartphone for a split second with a nice animation (there are several options), the desktop opens.

Vivo V15 Pro Review Unlock

To unlock on the face using the front camera. This is a long and inconvenient because the module must go out of the case. Security is difficult to guarantee: when setting up, the smartphone really analyzed the facial features, and not just photographed it, but the scan did not take turns of the head and took a suspiciously little time. For face identification, you need to snap up on the lock screen.

Autonomy

An onboard battery is installed with a capacity of 3,700 mAh, which, according to the developers, can last for 23 hours in talk mode.

3,700 mAh is a good indicator, but with moderately active use of a smartphone, Always on Display enabled and pairing with Bluetooth devices, it will last for a day. When you continuously play or watch videos, your smartphone may discharge in 6-7 hours.

Supports fast charging from an 18-watt adapter included. He, according to the manufacturer’s promise, charges the smartphone up to 24% in 15 minutes, then – slower. A sample for review came to us without a box, so we believe in the word.

Vivo V15 Pro Review between the Differences V15 and V15 Pro

Despite their belonging to the same series and the fact that both models have a retractable 32-megapixel front camera, these are completely different smartphones. Here are the key differences.

The location of the fingerprint sensor. In V15, it is in the back, in V15 Pro – in the screen.
Screen size. In the V15, it is larger – 6.53 inches versus 6.39 inches.
Built-in memory. The V15 Pro is twice the size – 128 GB.
The resolution of the main rear camera. 48-megapixel snapshots can only be taken on the V15 Pro. The V15 is equipped with a 12-megapixel sensor without claims for high resolution.
Battery capacity. 4,000 mAh in V15 versus 3,700 mAh in V15 Pro. Different capacity does not guarantee different battery life.
CPU. The more advanced Snapdragon 675 is installed in the V15 Pro, and the Mediatek Helio P70 in the V15.
Dimensions. V15 is a bit more.
Screen. An IPS display is installed in the V15, and a SuperAMOLED is installed in the V15 Pro. The second technology is considered more modern and more preferable: colors on OLED screens are more contrast, and the charge with them is spent more slowly.

Vivo V15 Pro Price is $450. 

Vivo V15 Pro Review Results

Vivo V15 Pro is a smartphone that performs on an equal footing with more expensive flagships in many respects: screen quality, camera performance, convenient unlocking by the fingerprint sensor in the screen. The device has an NFC chip, it is made in a bright design, the battery here confidently withstands the day in most usage scenarios.

Vivo V15 Pro Review Results

The disadvantages include the nuances of the software: sometimes it seems that there is no place for logic or beauty.

If you like phablets and bright colors, you constantly shoot everything, are unpretentious to performance and have nothing against Chinese skins, Vivo V15 Pro is a good option.

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