Vivo has been one of the most innovative company in the past year and has been trying to achieve a full-screen experience with its pop-up camera mechanisms. It was first introduced with the Vivo Nex last year and it had features that were not seen in a smartphone before. It had an in-display fingerprint sensor and pop-up selfie camera. We've now seen that tech trickle down to a more affordable smartphone that makes innovation available to everyone.
The Vivo 15 Pro packs a 48-megapixel primary camera and a 32-MP pop-up selfie camera. It's the first smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset which strikes a perfect balance between performance and battery conservation. We've been using the smartphone for a while and here's our review of the smartphone.Design And Display
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Vivo has managed to deliver a product that stands apart from anything else you've seen in the market. It has a near bezel-less screen and has a triple camera setup at the back. The camera module protrudes a bit as it houses both the camera sensors and the pop-up camera mechanism.
The Vivo V15 Pro comes in two colours i.e. Topaz Blue and Ruby Red and has a plastic body at the back which may not be the best for people who want a premium finish. Vivo also supplies a case with the smartphone which protects the smartphone from scratches and drops and has a strategic cut-out to accommodate the pop-up camera.
The smartphone also comes with a dedicated button on the left that can be used for launching Google Assistant. The Vivo V15 Pro also comes with an audio jack and has micro USB port for charging.
In terms of display, the Vivo V15 Pro sports a 6.39-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Display and has a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. The display itself is similar to what you've seen before however, it has the feature of an in-display fingerprint sensor. The screen itself is vivid with accurate colour representation. The deep blacks are a delight as it accentuates other colours when watching videos. The near bezel-less display is also a delight to use while gaming as we can see more information on the screen and have more real-estate as compared to a smartphone with a notch.
The in-display fingerprint sensor has also been improved upon since we first saw it on the Vivo Nex. The sensor is more accurate and faster at unlocking the smartphone. You will need to place your thumb on a specific part of the smartphone that reads fingerprints.Camera
The Vivo V15 Pro has a triple camera set up at the rear which consists of a 48MP primary sensor, 5MO depth of field sensor and an 8MP wide angle lens. Having said that, the Vivo V15 Pro basically combines four smaller 0.8μm pixels into one large 1.6μm pixel, effectively giving a final result of 12MP pictures. You can, however, shoot in 48MP by adjusting the resolution from the settings.
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The triple camera setup on the Vivo 15 Pro can let the smartphone take portrait shots and even 120-degree wide angle shots to get a bigger perspective in images. The camera has different modes where you can adjust different portrait lighting like you can on iPhones. The rear camera was able to take some awesome shots especially when it came to portraits. It even performed well in night mode which was kind of unexpected. The camera captures the right details without overexposing the images or without any noise.
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The selfie camera is also a delight to use even though it may sound like a gimmick at first. The 32-MP selfie camera uses the same method as the primary camera to capture images that are accurate. Selfies were extremely accurate and captured everything we expected. There are some interesting filters and effects you can use for selfies where our favourite was the rainbow effect. The pop-up mechanism works fast and it takes about 0.5 seconds to start. The selfie camera can also be used for the face unlock feature.View this post on Instagram
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When it came to performance, the smartphone exceeded our expectations as it's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM. It even comes with 128GB of internal storage which is more than enough to store media. The phone runs rather smoothly and we did not face any bugs or lag while trying to use multiple apps at the same time. Having said that, we aren't a big fan of FunTouch which may have caused a few app crashes and glitches. While gaming, we could run PUBG Mobile on the highest settings possible however there were a few noticeable drops in frame rates. In terms of benchmark scores, the Vivo V15 Pro scored 2394 in the single-core stress test whereas it scored 6502 on the multi-core test (Geekbench 4).
The Vivo V15 Pro also has a 3,700 mAh battery that can easily last 1.5 days on moderate use. However, when combined with gaming and heavy navigation usage, you can see the battery life drop down to 17 hours.The Final Say
The Vivo V15 Pro offers a lot of for Rs 28,990 as it has innovative features and a good camera to back up the price tag. It performed well during the course of our review and offers awesome battery life for a power user. We particularly don't like FunTouch OS however that can be customised according to your liking with a compatible launcher. If you are looking for a smartphone that screams innovation and backs up its claims, the Vivo V15 Pro is a great mid-budget smartphone.