Vivo has been leading the innovation battalion from the front, since 2018. While every other mobile has been safely following the tried and tested route, Vivo has been carving its own path. Last year, Vivo Nex was the first commercially available mobile in India with elevating front camera along with in-display fingerprint sensor. Since then, Vivo has been all about innovation. This year, we have the Vivo V15 Pro, the flagship V series from Vivo with elevating front camera along with in-display fingerprint sensor, but with a much better 32 MP camera and a super fast 5th generation in-display fingerprint sensor. It is priced at Rs 28990. I have been using the mobile for quite some time now and here is my review of the Vivo V15 Pro.
In the Box
- Vivo V15 Pro Mobile
- Transparent Hybrid Back Case
- SIM Ejector Pin
- 9V/5V 2A Dual Engine Wall charger
- Micro USB Cable
Vivo V15 Pro is a stylish mobile available in two color options: Diamond Red and Topaz Blue. The Topaz blue looks the best among both these options with a shiny gradient back. The mobile is predominantly made of polycarbonate material. It is shiny and has a glossy finish which is prone to fingerprint smudges. The bottom has a speaker grill, micro USB port, mic, and dual nano-SIM card tray. The speaker is not the loudest, but it gives clear voice output. The top has the popup camera, mic and 3.5 mm audio jack. It is good to see Vivo not giving up 3.5mm jack. The right side has power and volume buttons, while the left has an SD card tray and a smart assistant button. The back of the mobile has an array of triple cameras, elevated from the surface. The front has an earpiece grill above the display but there is no notification LED. The display covers more than 91% of the body. The Vivo V15 Pro is all about display. When you look at the mobile, you notice only the display and the design. It is a head-turner. It does not have any branded toughened glass to protect the display. It is very comfortable to handle and though it is glossy, it is not slippery. But it can get scratched easily, so better to have the hybrid back case on it always.
Vivo V15 Pro has a 6.39 inch AMOLED Display with no notch and yet 91.27% screen to body ratio. The display supports full HD+ resolution and it has a fast in-display fingerprint sensor underneath. The display is bright and vivid. It has deep black levels with superior contrast ratio. The text is crisp and the images are sharp. It has wide viewing angles, but sunlight readability is not the best we have seen in an AMOLED display. It is well suited for media consumption and text reading. The bezels around the mobile are thin and the chin below is slim as well. Overall, a very pleasant display to use.
Now here comes the most interesting part of this review. Vivo V15 has a 48 MP sensor on the rear along with an 8 MP wide-angle sensor and a 5 MP depth sensor. The elevating front camera is a 32 MP camera. If you are bedazzled by these numbers, let me break it down for you. The 48MP camera is a Samsung GM 1 sensor. It used quad Bayer filters to combine 4 pixels into one huge pixel, making it effectively a 12 MP camera. The same technology used in the 32 MP front camera, but with a 32 MP sensor, it gives out an 8 MP shot using the Samsung GD 1 sensor and quad Bayer filters.
The camera UI is highly versatile and is functional software. It has doc scan, pro, panorama, night, AI beauty, video and AR stickers mode. Vivo V15 pro supports auto HDR, portrait and wide angle shots. the mobile can shoot 4k videos as 30 fps and 1080p videos at 30 or 60 fps. It can shoot timelapse and slow-motion videos as well. It supports EIS at 1080p but does not have optical image stabilization.
The quality of the primary camera is good, but don’t expect any magic out of the 48 MP sensor. The 48 MP is reduced to 12 MP and then the software extrapolates it to 48 MP. This does not result in a sharp output. But if you disable 48 MP output, you get a sharp and detailed output, thanks to the combined pixels. The shots have good exposure levels and brightness at all lighting conditions. Contrast is good with daylight, but it
The EIS enabled videos are smooth and pleasant to watch. Focus hunting is absent and it has no very less focus breathing. The software still has a lot of room for improvement. But compared to previous generation Vivo mobiles, V15 Pro has come a long way. Vivo V15 Pro buyers are in for a treat, playing and clicking with this sharp shooter. I am impressed.
Vivo V15 Pro is one of the first mobiles to be powered by the all-new Snapdragon 675 processor with
The new Vivo V15 Pro has face unlock and fingerprint sensor. You have an option to
Vivo V15 Pro runs on Android 9 with Funtouch OS 9 skinned on top. Funtouch still has a bunch of bloatware. It has an added a few good features like Game Cube: a gaming suite, Motorbike mode, gesture navigation, App permission management center, kids mode, Face beauty for video calls, Smart screen split, screen recording with voice and much more. The features are useful, but still, Funtouch OS lack visual finesse. It is functional, but not aesthetically appealing. But the UI is fast and responsive. It is well optimized for the hardware and works smoothly.
The Vivo V15 Pro has a 3700 mAh battery. It comes with a 9V/5V 2A charger which Vivo calls, dual-engine quick charge. It charges the mobile from 0 to 100% in about 2 hours. I wish it had a USB C port, but
Vivo V15 Pro is priced at Rs 28990. It is a unique device in the market. It does not have any other mobile to be compared, going by the hardware and the innovation it packs in. Purely by