Since its launch in India, Vivo has wreaked havoc on the smartphone market in a variety of ways. It guaranteed that the phones were pocket-friendly in addition to giving multi-feature phones. Many consider the camera of the X70 Pro+ to be one of the greatest on any Android smartphone in 2022. It was praised for its build quality as well as its hardware performance.
Vivo hasn’t fared well in the mid-range segment, which is dominated by Xiaomi and Samsung. Last year, the business launched the V21 series, which was targeted at selfie-obsessed consumers. Unfortunately, the phone did not take off.
Vivo, on the other hand, is trying to change the game with its first launch of the year, the Vivo V23 Pro 5G and the vanilla V23. The V23 Pro keeps the V-series ethos alive with a game-changing design (a color-changing back panel that I didn’t get to try), competent technology, and a New-and-improved 50MP dual-selfie camera configuration.
Is this, though, enough to turn around Vivo’s woes in the mid-range segment? Allow me to shed some light on this: I’ve been using the smartphone for over a week.
Design: Only one of the two colors is available for the color-changing USP.
Stardust Black and Sunshine Gold are the two color options for the V23 Pro. Only Sunshine Gold is offered in the color-changing Fluorite AG glass back, which is a first in India. It’s been dubbed the “ultimate selling factor” for the Vivo V23 Pro by some. I couldn’t try out the party trick because Vivo sent me the Stardust Black for my evaluation.
The Stardust Black, on the other hand, has me impressed. The smartphone has a soft-touch matte texture that is both attractive and comfortable to handle. Vivo has done an excellent job with weight distribution since this is one of the slimmest phones on the market now in India.
I thought the large notch (which houses the dual-selfie camera system) was more of an annoyance. The majority of consumers will be fine with it, but by 2022, they shouldn’t have to. Glass features the back of the V23 Pro, while plastic covers the sides.
On the bottom and sides of the smartphone are a bottom-firing speaker, a Type-C charging port, a dual-SIM slot, volume rockers, and a power button. One wishes Vivo had given stereo speakers and utilized the earpiece as a second speaker.
Display: Sleek but curvy
The front of the Vivo V23 has a 3D curved screen. It has a 6.56-inch AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18:10 and a refresh rate of 90Hz. It’s a shame Vivo didn’t upgrade to a 120Hz smartphone, especially in this price bracket, in this day and age. Despite this, I had no problems with the display.
It’s bright enough for outdoor use and crisp enough for inside use. However, auto-brightness is a problem that several of its competitors have as well. The brightness doesn’t always adjust to the changing illumination inside the house, and it sometimes drops to the lowest available setting, making it impossible to read.
Deep blacks are available because of the AMOLED display. This results in a fantastic viewing experience when watching TV episodes or movies. The immersive viewing experience is enhanced by the curved sides. Finally, despite the curviness of the smartphone display, I had no issues with inadvertent touches.
Performance and Software: Smooth operation and user-friendly software
The Density 1200 processor from MediaTek has been thoroughly tested. It’s a good value-for-money SoC that doesn’t let you down. This is the same processor that is used in the OnePlus Nord 2.
I saw no latency whether taking photos, playing casual games, taking notes, scrolling through social media feeds, or responding to emails on a daily basis. During my extended gaming session, the phone did grow warm, but not hot enough to cause concern. The V23 Pro’s multitasking abilities are aided by UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR4x memory, which helps to reduce load times.
The V23 Pro, like previous Vivo smartphones, runs Vivo’s own proprietary skin, known as FunTouch 12. This one is based on the Android 12 operating system. Vivo has done an excellent job of keeping its customers up to current on the latest and best Android features.
Vivo has brought over features including the new notification and quick setting panel, as well as the mic access in-use indicator. However, some of the personalization and smart control features are missing.
The interface is simple to learn and, despite the bloatware, appears to be rather clean. Customers will love the built-in screen and call recorder, as well as compatibility for Dark Mode and the Always-On display.
As previously said, my day-to-day usage was fairly high. The 4,300mAh battery was insufficient to get me through the night. In fact, I had to plug in my phone well before bedtime on occasion. I got roughly 5-6 hours of screen time on average (SOT). A 44W charger is included with the gadget. It took less than an hour to charge the phone from 0% to 100%. That’s a really quick response.
Camera: For those who enjoy taking selfies.
Let’s go over the camera setup quickly. A triple-camera array on the back features a 108MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP macro sensor (that is best not used). The 50MP main selfie shooter is housed in the notch on the front, along with an 8MP lens for wide-angle images.
The smartphone is targeted at consumers who want a high-end selfie camera, and it delivers in spades. Some of the selfies that were taken were incredible. In addition, the camera app includes a number of beautifying features.
Low-light selfies were also fantastic, thanks to the V23 Pro’s one-of-a-kind dual-flash array located directly above the selfie module, which helped to boost the quality! Even the selfie cameras’ portrait mode produced stunning images. I was quite taken aback. The Vivo V23 Pro is designed for Instagrammers who need to snap images of themselves or with their friends.
The rear cameras, on the other hand, did not live up to the hype. My expectations were greater than they should have been after trying the X70 Pro+. The photographs taken with the main sensor were good, but not Instagram-worthy.
The shots came out looking more natural than some of the competition, but they lacked the pop we’ve all been accustomed to in recent months. We all need a little more color in our life, and the camera didn’t provide it.
In fact, if you take a picture with the ultra-wide lens, you’ll notice a noticeable lack of detail. Shots taken in Night Mode are a step backward. The exposure may be increased, but the photographs that result lack even more detail.
Conclusion: Is the V23 Pro right for you?
The Vivo V23 Pro isn’t a cheap smartphone by any means. The 8GB RAM edition of the V23 Pro costs Rs 38,990. Those interested in purchasing the 12GB model would have to pay Rs 43,990.
I’ll start with the aspects of the smartphone that I enjoyed. The soft-touch matte surface is appealing to the eye and comfortable in the hand. Though it’s a fun party trick, I think the color-changing back will become old fast.
The device’s compact frame and curved display give it a luxurious feel. The fact that the selfie cameras in there are absolutely great offsets the notch, which I find troublesome.
The V23 Pro is the smartphone for you if you take a lot of selfies and want to stand out from the crowd (maybe go for the color-changing Sunshine Gold edition).
Having said that, the competition in this price bracket is fierce. A number of feature-rich devices powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 CPU are available, each having a 120Hz refresh rate and long battery life. The iQOO 7 Legend is one smartphone that comes to mind.
There are also several newly released and future smartphones to think about. Xiaomi’s 11i Hypercharge was just released a few days ago, and the OnePlus 9RT is on its way. If you’re looking for a well-rounded smartphone with more bang for your buck, the Vivo V23 Pro isn’t for you.
If you’re looking for high-quality selfies and a small smartphone, the V23 Pro is the phone for you.