Subsidiary of BBK Electronics, Vivo is quite popular among the narcissist millennials who love to click selfies. However, this Chinese brand is rarely credited for its innovations. Vivo was the first brand to introduce in-display fingerprint sensor with its X21 UD. And when most brands were putting up with a notch screen design to accommodate selfie cameras, Vivo showcased its Nex smartphone with a truly full-screen design. The company achieved this feat by developing an elaborate motorized pop-up camera mechanism. A year later, Vivo is bringing all these innovations in the mid-range Vivo V15 Pro.
Looking at the Vivo V15 Pro, you can’t fathom the fact that it costs under Rs 30,000. The phone’s screen-to-body ratio is astonishing in its class. It is complemented by equally impressive attention to detail. You can’t help but appreciate how the screen follows the device’s rounded corners. Moreover, you’ve got to respect Vivo for not throwing a colossally silly term like Liquid Retina display.
Moving onto the back, you get a curved glass panel. It has a textured pattern reminiscent of the Mate 20 Pro. These elements stand out beautifully on the blue gradient hue. The camera assembly sits on a unique clip-esque design that also houses a pop-up camera. Overall, the Vivo V15 Pro has a premium feel to it. What’s not to like is that the phone is quite clunky.
Screen quality is more than a simple number that represents pixel density. Its ability to produce rich colors and deep blacks can make or break a display. And in this regard, the Vivo V15 Pro ticks all the right boxes. The phone sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ OLED screen. Being an emissive screen, it delivers true backs and vibrant colours. We haven’t got a chance to test it outdoors under direct sunlight, so you will have to wait for our review for those details.
The display conceals a fingerprint sensor. Unlike the first-generation hardware, this in-display biometric is quite swift. And Vivo’s dramatic animation effects make this process quite fun.
Software And Performance
The V15 Pro runs Android 9 Pie with Vivo’s FunTouchOS on top. The UI feels more matured in the latest iteration but is still not something you would look forward to. Some of the icons and other software design elements feel quite dated. The FunTouchOS also needs to work on delivering a cohesive color scheme.
Moving onto performance, the V15 Pro is one of the first handsets to feature the Snapdragon 675 chipset. Based on the 11 nm fabrication process, this SoC (System on Chip) comprises of two Kryo 460 Gold cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and six Kryo 460 Silver threads running at 1.7 GHz. The chip is equipped with a Adreno 612 GPU to handle gaming.
Multi sensor camera setup was talk of the town in 2018. Huawei set the benchmark for smartphone cameras with its triple camera P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro. However, such setup, doesn’t always translate in quality. Case in point, Samsung quad-camera Galaxy A9 that absolute sucked. Thankfully, from the brief time I got to spend with the V15 Pro, I can tell that its triple camera setup, comprising of 48 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP sensors, leans towards Huawei’s implementation.
The handset’s front-facing camera is quite impressive too. For starters, the way this 32 MP camera pops-up brings back the excitement that had been missing in the smartphone industry for years. The unapologetic robotic sound also adds up to the experience. The image quality not only trumps anything in the mid-range but can also compete with some high-end devices.
The Vivo V15 Pro is priced at Rs 28,990. For its specs and availability, head over to this launch article. Those looking for detailed analysis, keep an eye out for our review.