Vivo V15 V15 Pro review and Overview. Vivo smartphone has been on the market for about 10 years. The brand is a subsidiary of the Chinese technology giant BBK Electronics, in whose hands are also the companies Orro and OnePlus . Each of these brands is firmly entrenched in China and enjoys an enviable demand there, but BBK Corporation does not stop there and is looking for ways to conquer new markets. And she has every chance for that.
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Vivo is hardly ordinary. It is not one of the brands that create mobile gadgets just to be called a smartphone maker. Vivo has not one innovative development that has become not just a proprietary chip, but has also set a new trend in smartphone construction. A vivid example is the on-screen fingerprint scanner and a front camera that the company introduced into their devices last year. For a minute, in 2019, these elements were introduced into their devices by the majority of players in the smartphone market.
One way or another, but in Ukraine, Vivo V15 V15 Pro review and Overview. Vivo smartphone still look like a dark horse and a very narrow circle of geeks and those who follow new products in the world of gadgets know about the existence of this brand. It’s time to deal with this injustice. And for clarity, we will meet on a very worthy examples – smartphones Vivo V15 and V15 Pro . Both devices belong to the “middle”, which manage to combine a good-quality “stuffing” and at the same time save a very loyal cost. Yes, almost all Chinese companies are sinning with this, but, you may believe, they definitely have something to surprise.
Design and materials
Vivo V15 and V15 Pro – we are looking for 10 differences
Funtouch OS operating system and shell
Wireless technology and security
What do we have in the end?
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Design and materials
So, let’s begin our acquaintance with newbies of Vivo with appearance. And there is something to pay attention to. In both versions of smartphones cases are made of plastic and protective glass, and the back flaunts fashionable gradient color. At the same time, the surface of the case has a decorative texture in the form of a “fan” of lines in the corners, and the color changes not just from top to bottom, like many smartphones, but diagonally. And the gradient itself looks unusual Vivo V15 V15 Pro review and Overview. If in Topaz Blue you can see just transitions from ultramarine to deep blue, in the Coral Red model the color changes from cool pink in the upper right corner and through shades of red and orange ends in golden yellow in the lower left. At the same time, the side faces are “flooded” with the main bright color under metallic. It looks very impressive, especially when viewed from different angles. In general, for the color design developers solid “five” Vivo V15 V15 Pro.
Both the V15 and the V15 Pro have a rounded back that allows the smartphone to fit more comfortably in the hand, while the front side remains more even. On the back cover is the main camera, which consists of three modules and an LED flash. Rendered this “ammunition” on a separate panel, which is noticeably elevated above the body. Because of this, on a flat surface, the gadget is a bit crooked, which can be an annoying factor for avid perfectionists. Personally, it doesn’t bother me at all, but in general this “tower of Pisa” can be leveled with the help of a boot and sleep well Vivo smartphone.
If we talk about the front of both smartphones, the screen takes up almost all of its space – almost 92%. The frames around the display are quite compact (the widest part is located below), and from above, right in the joint connecting the protective glass of the screen and the upper edge, a subtle grill for the conversational speaker lurked. There are no other visible parts on the front panel, including the front camera Vivo V15 V15 Pro Vivo smartphone. But if the front is not visible, it does not mean that it does not exist. Both of the “middling” from Vivo have a retractable camera, the module of which enters and leaves (it really does go great) from the body of the smartphone, while emitting a subtle mechanical sound.
Because of this decision with the front camera, you get the impression of a truly huge and absolutely frameless smartphone – nothing prevents the display of information on the display, especially all sorts of “drops” and “eyebrows”. By the way, this was the main task of Vivo smartphone, which introduced the world’s first smartphone with a retractable camera last year Vivo V15 V15 Pro. Review and Overview Vivo smartphone. But there is one drawback in this design – the telescopic mechanism does not allow making a waterproof device, therefore neither V15 nor V15 Pro have any standard of protection against dust and water.
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Smartphones look very similar, if not identical, but even at first glance they can be easily distinguished from each other. The V15 is slightly larger in size, and the body is slightly thicker than the V15 Pro Review and Overview Vivo smartphone. However, there are a number of differences in the location of the controls by which they can be easily identified.
In the Pro version Overview Vivo smartphone, for example, the audio jack is on the upper edge (well, that it has one), and the card slot is suddenly located on the lower edge. In the conventional model, the minijack is located just below the device, while the SIM slot is located on the left. All other elements have a completely standard arrangement: on the right – the volume buttons and the power button, below – the external speaker and charging connector (here, by the way, the usual microUSB), and on the left in both models there is a call button for the voice assistant. Corporate voice assistant Jovi in our latitudes have not yet got at least some kind of digestible functionality, so you will have to be content with the good and old Google Assistant.
Another fundamental difference Overview between vivo v15 review V15 Pro Review the regular V15 and V15 Pro lies in the fingerprint scanner. In V15, the scanner is traditionally located on the back of the gadget, which is hardly a surprise today. But in the Pro version, the fingerprint sensor is built in under the protective glass on the display. Yes, it was Vivo that introduced the world’s first smartphone with this technology , so the company managed to “eat” more than one animal before launching the V15 Pro on the market. Although the chip is not a supernova, but the optical sensor, “sewn” just on the screen, still causes some degree of surprise and delight. If we talk about the speed of such a sensor, then it copes with its task with the same speed as the more usual capacitive ones with which most gadgets on the market are equipped. At the same time, the share of failures (or “defective” reading) is extremely small. No more than the rest.
Despite the fact that smartphones are representatives of the same series, the matrices in them are different. In the usual V15 they decided not to be wise and they installed a 6.53-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 2340 × 1080 and a pixel density of 395 ppi, and the screen itself is protected by 5th generation Gorilla Glass. The picture, as one would expect, is excellent, which is ensured by a good margin of brightness and a pleasant color reproduction vivo v15 review & V15 Pro Review with full Overview. True, the display settings quite a bit – you can only select the temperature of the image and adjust the degree of brightness, as in any smartphone.
Despite the fact that smartphones are representatives of the same series, the matrices in them are different. In the usual V15 they decided not to be wise and they installed a 6.53-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 2340 × 1080 and a pixel density of 395 ppi, and the screen itself is protected by 5th generation Gorilla Glass. The picture, as one would expect, is excellent, which is ensured by a good margin of brightness and a pleasant color reproduction. True, the display settings quite a bit – you can only select the temperature of the image and adjust the degree of brightness, as in any smartphone vivo v15 review & V15 Pro Review with full Overview .
In contrast to the IPS-matrix in V15, V15 Pro, as a more “stuffed” model, equipped with a SuperAMOLED-display. The screen has a slightly smaller diagonal (6.39 inches), a pixel density of 404 ppi and a resolution of 2340 × 1080 similar to the regular version. In addition, the display of the Pro-version supports the color space of the DCI-P3, which can boast, for example, top-end gadgets Apple and Samsung . In principle, the AMOLED-display is the most reasonable solution for a smartphone, in which the fingerprint scanner is built into the screen. Since in the standby mode the area in which the fingerprint sensor is located is always highlighted (the notorious chip Always-On), the SuperAMOLED matrix allows you to save battery power. The rest of the image on this screen is simply excellent, and the only, in my opinion, minus lies except in a rather high contrast. In principle, if I didn’t have both models in my hands and I was talking only about the vivo v15 review & V15 Pro Review with full Overview, then I would hardly have noticed some nuances, if you can call them that. And since I have something to compare with, then among this couple I am more impressed with the picture on V15 – on the IPS-matrix the colors seem more natural. Although it is rather a matter of taste.
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Both models of Vivo smartphones have the same amount of regular and RAM (128 GB ROM with memory card support up to 256 GB and 6 GB of RAM, although the Pro version has a modification with 8 GB RAM ), but they have different “engines”. In the standard V15, last year’s 8-core (4 × 2.1 GHz + 4 × 2.0 GHz) MediaTek Helio P70, designed specifically for gadgets of the middle price segment and directly competing to the Snapdragon 710, is installed. 8-core (2 × 2.0 GHz + 6 × 1.7 GHz) chipset, but from Qualcomm – Snapdragon 675. And this is where the whole intrigue lies.
It’s not that there is a gap in the production capacity between the two processes (both options are for middling companies), but it’s hard not to notice that V15 was more fortunate in this regard. But this is about numbers. In practice, the difference between the performance of both models is unlikely to be found – they both perfectly cope with everyday workload (such as mail, instant messengers, social networks, watching videos and other things), multitasking and quite demanding games.
Both gadgets are running Android 9. And, as expected, both of them have a shell from Vivo – Funtouch OS version 9. It is characterized by quite a nice interface and a number of branded chips, which Vivo devices differ from competitors’ smartphones. Although, in truth, Funtouch is not so different from the same MIUI and EMUI. There is also a whole stack of default applications (native application store, running in parallel with the Play Market, a music player, a theme and wallpaper store and others), a screen with widget panels where you can speed up the device, as well as some narrowly targeted functions. , like Children’s and Game Mode, as well as a very niche Motorcycle Mode, which for some reason occupies a rather high position in the settings menu, leaving behind much more significant items.
But there is a slight difference in the interface. And it lies in the “curtain” with the settings. The notification panel is called in the usual way – swipe across the screen from top to bottom. However, there is nothing here except for the notifications themselves – no settings, no quick access to wireless technologies, brightness control and other useful functions that should be at hand. As it turned out, the functional panel “moved” downwards and in Vivo smartphones it is called from the bottom up with a swipe. This is a bit unusual, but in general, the scheme is working and you get used to it quickly. Although it looks like the developers set a goal to simply come up with something that would be different from the others.
Wireless technology and security
If we talk about wireless interfaces, their set for V15 and V15 Pro is slightly different. The pro-version was equipped with Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth version 5.0, support for A-GPS and GPS, as well as an NFC module. V15, in turn, has to be content with only Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and A-GPS. Therefore, if the presence of NFC matters to you, be careful – not all V15 are equally useful.
Above we have already talked about fingerprint scanners. However, the V15 Pro is also equipped with a face scanner. I was very curious to see how unlocking in the face would work when the front-end was leaving. It seemed to me that it would be too long and inconvenient – to touch the screen with a finger looks much simpler, and even more familiar somehow. But it was not there. While unlocking a smartphone using a face, the camera drives out, scans and drives back into the slot at such a rate that it takes a little effort to focus on its movements. Just a split second – and the smartphone is ready to go. At the same time, even scant illumination of the scanner is not a hindrance. In general, such a system is commendable. As for the base V15, then he did not get this technology, as well as the NFC.
Smartphones from the V-line can boast the presence of a triple camera, but their characteristics are also different. The auxiliary modules of the V15 and the V15 Pro are identical – both were equipped with an 8-megapixel widescreen, 5-megapixel telephoto lens and an LED flash. But if we talk about the main sensors, here the difference in numbers is quite sensitive. V15 settled down to the lead sensor at 12 megapixels, but in Pro did not stint and placed the main module at 48 megapixels. It seems that the conclusion is obvious, but in fact it is not directly proportional to the difference between the number of megapixels.
If you look at the images of the same plot taken on two different gadgets on the smartphone’s display, then on such a small screen it’s almost impossible to notice the difference in the quality of the pictures. It seems that the cameras are completely identical, because the difference becomes noticeable only when approaching and a high degree of observation of the photographer. I will not say that the shots on the V15 Pro are 4 times better than on the V15. In some detail it is possible, but globally the difference is not so great.
If there is a difference in the technical characteristics of the cameras, then there is no difference in the application of the cameras. Here you will find the manual settings mode, night shooting, and decorations using AI, and augmented reality mode, which will finish drawing cute ears on the portrait, hypertrophied blush and other pampering. And both cameras are equipped with phase focusing and are able to shoot videos in 4K.
The front camera, the one that comes out of the case, in both cases is represented by the module by as much as 32 megapixels, but without a flash. Although it is fair to say that even with mediocre lighting, the picture is “drawn out” with a bang without excessive loss of quality. Of course, here too there are all kinds of beautifiers, which will allow to please their subscribers with a qualitatively retouched selfie.
The capacity of the batteries in our “experimental” also has some discrepancies. So, V15 has a capacity of 4000 mAh, and V15 Pro – 3700 mAh. But here it is important to take into account that smartphones have a different type of matrix and different chipsets, so comparing them by “survivability” from one charge to each other is not very correct. The main thing is that each of them copes with moderately intense load during daylight hours and also supports the fast charge function (18W), which can charge a smartphone by 25% in 15 minutes. Alas, test instances were not supplemented with “native” chargers, therefore, it was not possible to evaluate this function. But, in principle, a quarter of a charge in a quarter of an hour is quite a reasonable indicator for gadgets that support fast charging, so we will not doubt its suitability.
What do we have in the end?
Although both smartphones are in the same line, they are still quite different devices. They are united by cool design and color solutions, excellent displays (regardless of the type of matrix), good cameras that allow you to achieve decent staff in a variety of conditions, a decent performance margin that will surely be relevant for the next couple of years, user-friendly interface, good autonomy and fast support charging, as well as fully justified price tags.
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Nevertheless, the V15 is a fairly standard middling, which in all respects is. And the V15 Pro, with its on-screen fingerprint scanner, nimble face scanner, SuperAMOLED display and other “goodies”, remains a stone’s throw away. Unless to get a more serious case and a chipset, well, for greater clarity – wireless charging. In all other respects, it is extremely good, and its price tag will make competitors pretty nervous.