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Vivo V15

Colours:
BlackGoldRedBlue
Memory:
64GB
RAM:
6GB
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 64 GB + 256 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 5
  • USB OTG Support
  • FM Radio

Specifications

General
Launch DateApril 1, 2019 (Official)
BrandVivo
ModelV15
Operating SystemAndroid v9.0 (Pie)
Custom UIFuntouch OS
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Chargingyes
Design
Height161.9 mm
Width75.9 mm
Thickness8.5 mm
Weight189.5 grams
ColoursFrozen Black, Glamour Red, Royal Blue
Display
Screen Size16.59cm (6.53-inch)
Screen Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
Aspect Ratio19.5:9
Bezel-less displayyes
Pixel Density395 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass v5
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (claimed by the brand)90.95 %
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)85 %
Performance
ChipsetMediaTek Helio P70
ProcessorOcta core (2.1 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A73 + 2 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsMali-G72 MP3
RAM6 GB
Storage
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
User Available StorageUp to 51.4 GB
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution32 MP Pop-Up Selfie Camera
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.0
Flashyes
Image Resolution4000 x 3000 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity4000 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable
Quick Chargingyes
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRear
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Vivo V15, priced at Rs. 23,990 is directly competing against the likes of Poco F1, ZenFone 5Z, Galaxy A50. The display on the V15 is impressive and offers bezel-less design for gaming and media consumption. The performance is acceptable, but the gaming experience is quite moderate, considering it isn't as powerful as an Adreno GPU. The triple rear camera setup was impressive including the 32MP pop-up slider. The battery performance too is quite acceptable. However, on the downside, the software still needs refinement as not many would like it over stock or another form of custom skins. So, if you are in the market looking for a phone, we suggest you incline towards the Poco F1 which comes with better chipset and performance.

Introduction:

Vivo is on the rise in India with consequent launches at regular intervals. The company has been placing its phones in different price segments, thus catering the mass audience in the country. The company has upped its game with the introduction of innovative features like the pop-up slider, in-display fingerprint sensor, notch-less display and more. With all the goodness, the company recently launched the Vivo V15 smartphone in India. It comes with a whopping 90.5% screen-to-body ratio and a 32MP pop-up selfie. In today’s review, we shall find out if the phone is worth the money you are spending. Let’s get started.

The Vivo V15 sports a 6.53-inches Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 IPS display and is powered by the MediaTek Helio P70 12nm SoC clocked at 2.1GHz Octa-Core processor with 900MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. There is 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage that is further expandable up to 256GB. It runs on Android 9.0 Pie with FunTouch OS 9.0. 

In terms of optics, the Vivo V15 features a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 12MP primary sensor, a 5-megapixel secondary shooter with f/2.4 aperture, and an 8MP AI 120-degree Super wide angle camera. On the front, there is a 32-megapixel selfie shooter with AI beauty features. It comes with a fingerprint sensor and face unlock. Connectivity features include Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS, Micro USB Port. A 4000mAh battery on board.

Design & Display:

Unlike the Metal unibody designs we are used to seeing in the segment, the Vivo V15 packs a polycarbonate back with metal frame running around. This gives amazing in hand feel and grip while using. The gradient like colours on the rear panel gives device good looks and a unique selling point for the brand. Despite it having a large 6.53-inch display, we were able to reach every corner of the phone and were also able it with two hands comfortably. At 190 grams, the phone is quite bulky and might strain your hands on extended usage. The edges of the back panel are slightly curved giving you fantastic grip. 

Moving to placements, since there is no notch, the device packs a selfie slider with 32MP front-facing camera. Within the display, there are the usual set of sensors, and down below, the capacitive buttons are placed within the display. The volume rockers and the power button is placed on the right side. The SIM tray tool is present on the left along with a dedicated Google Assistant button. The speaker grill, microUSB port, and 3.5mm audio are located on the bottom. The rear is where you find the 12+5MP rear cameras, LED flash, and Vivo branding. The back is sealed, so the battery isn’t removable. All-in-all, the build quality and design of the Vivo V15 are impressive and look unique for the pricing. 

The Vivo V15 packs a 6.53-inches Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:5:9 IPS display with 90.5% screen to body ratio. The panel is bright, vivid and offers rich colours even when the brightness levels are kept at a minimum. Thanks to the full HD panel, text, images, and videos look sharp and crisp without any freezing effect. The impressive 90.5% screen-to-body ratio offers impressive media consumption and gaming for extended hours. Viewing angles are decent, we didn’t notice any distortion when viewing from extreme angles.

The brightness levels were on point and we were able to access the content outdoors or under direct sunlight as well.  There is an auto-brightness sensor, so you don’t have to adjust the brightness all the time once enabled. The touch response is smooth, and it is responsive when scrolling or while playing games. Since there is no notch, the display is completely bezel-less which is quite unique for a phone in this budget. Overall, the display of the Vivo V15 is brilliant and it is easily one of the best and bright displays in the price segment.

Performance:

The Vivo V15 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P70 12nm SoC clocked at 2.1GHz Octa-Core processor with 900MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU and 6GB RAM. Moving to performance, the MediaTek chipset as able to handle casual to moderate tasks easily without any issues. We didn’t notice any lag or stutters usage. Apps open up fast and they load pretty fast as well. The UI animations were smooth while switching apps or when navigating through the interface. Other functionalities like the Split-Screen are accounted for, thanks to the tall display. However, during heavy usage, we did notice stutters or lag while heavy usage. Clearing out unused apps when not in use makes things smooth and neat

We played games like PUBG, Asphalt 8/9, Modern Combat 5 and more. The gameplay is smooth even with graphics set to high. The gameplay is responsive and didn’t notice any frame drops. However, on extended usage, we could notice frame drops, and heating issues as well. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and it unlocks the phone almost instantly. It also comes with a face-unlocking system and it is fast as well. Overall, the performance of the V15 is quite impressive.

Cameras:

The Vivo V15 features a 12MP primary and a 5-megapixel secondary shooter with f/2.4 aperture and an 8MP AI 120-degree Super wide angle camera. On the front, there is a 32-megapixel selfie shooter with AI beauty features. Like with most Vivo phones, the camera app is feature packed that will please selfie addicts. Moving along, giving the good lighting conditions, the rear camera can click impressive shots that have on-point details and bright colours. While they tend to overexpose quite a few times, turning on HDR mode smoothens things to an extent. As for the portrait mode, the edge detection is on point. It was able to differentiate background from the subject well but somehow looks artificial when compared to other phones in a similar price segment. There’s also Pro mode but is only limited to ISO, white balance, and exposure. The 8MP AI 120-degree Super wide-angle camera brings a great new perspective by capturing a lot in a single frame. We didn’t notice any noise or grain in the wide-angle shots. The AI mode captures eyes pleasing colours but it is far from reality. 

Moving to low-light, the shots are quite decent, but there was noise in them which makes them unusable. Turning on LED flash makes differences, but it isn’t as overpowering as we would expect. On the front, there is a 32MP pop-up selfie shooter which takes barely 1-2 seconds to glide up. Selfie quality is one of the best in the segment. The default beautification mode is acceptable but turning it off results in better social media usable images. The rear camera can record 1080p videos and the footage quality was decent. Overall,

Battery:

The Vivo V15 packs a 4,000mAh battery with Dual-Engine fast charging. Talking about the battery performance, during our testing, our regular working day usually includes activities such as checking emails, gaming, stream music/videos through 4G or WiFi, GPS navigation, taking calls, sending messages, social media and more. This is a kind of usage for most smartphone users in India and with this kind of usage, the 4,000mAh battery was able to last until the night with around 5-6% juice still left. The usage might differ if you are a dual SIM user since we had it with just a single SIM. We didn’t notice any major drop overnight or when idle, but the drop was significant during gaming. 

We managed to record a screen on time of around 5 and a half hours which is quite mediocre considering the massive battery unit.  However, it gets the job done. Moving to heavy use, we played games, ran way too many apps, edit pictures, render clips and more, this usage made the phone last until the afternoon making us charge one or twice to push through the end of the day. he battery performance is quite decent. With the bundled fast charger, the phone took close to 2 hours to charge completely from 1-100%. Overall, the battery of the Vivo V15 is quite acceptable.

Audio & Video:

The company is bundling a pair of earphones within the box. However, they are not in-ear style and resemble Apple AirPod’s design. The audio quality is decent; we didn’t hear any distortion even when the volume levels are kept at a maximum.  The speaker grill is placed on the bottom, so the volume doesn’t get muffled when you place it on a flat surface, but gets blocked if you hold in landscape mode. The audio player was able to handle most formats and the speaker can easily cover an entire room. 

Thanks to the 90.5% screen-to-body ratio and a 6.53-inch display, the device offered impressive media and gaming experience. The phone was able to 1080p videos with no issues and the quality is impressive. You will have to crop the videos to watch it in the complete full screen. The dark bars along the sides can be a distraction since we watched most of the videos in the original 16:9 aspect ratio. Overall, the audio and video quality of the Vivo V15 was decent.

Software & Ui:

The Vivo V15 runs on Android 9.0 Pie with FunTouch OS 9.0 on top. If you have used a Vivo phone in the past, you might be familiar with the interface. There is no app drawer, all the apps and widgets are present on the main screen for easy navigation. FunTouch OS brings brand new rounded icons, simple UI for better user experience, new wallpapers and more. It comes with a new theme store with improved design and more theme. You can download any one of them and change the look and feel of the U.I to your liking. The quick toggles can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom, again a similar representation to iPhones. Pulling down from the top brings notification shade where you can only access notifications from apps. Apart from Google stock apps, it also has apps like Facebook UC Browser, WhatsApp, Amazon, and others and good thing is that these apps can be uninstalled even without root access. 

It comes with 6GB of RAM out of which around 4.8GB is free when just the default apps are running in the background. Thanks to the improved UI, enough RAM was enough to keep multitasking smooth. We didn’t notice any lag or delay in the interface or UI animations. Apps never ran out of memory and it is a good thing. Overall, the software and U.I of the Vivo V15 is smooth and up to the expectations.

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