Vivo was the first company to introduce an almost bezel-less design in smartphones with the creation of pop-up front camera last year and almost one year after it revealed the impressive concept at MWC 2018 with Vivo Apex, the company has brought the technology in its midrange devices; Vivo V15 and V15 Pro.
The company has successfully launched many midrange devices that not just offer better specs at affordable prices but also fancy design. The new Vivo V15 does not seem any different so to find out whether it is worth your attention, let’s continue on with our detailed review of the smartphone which is already available in Pakistan for Rs. 49,999.
Vivo has never disappointed us in the design game so far and ever since the inception of Vivo V11 and V11 Pro, we have started to expect the fancy and premium looking smartphones from the Chinese company and Vivo V15 is no different.
We used the Glamor Red variant for our review and its two-tone gradient color which went from the black color on the top to crimson on the bottom was a sight to behold.
Vivo V15 comes with a plastic body but the beautiful design of the smartphone will be enough to make you forget about this small thing. It is also a fingerprint magnet so you better cover that pretty device with a smartphone case.
The smartphone is on the bulky side so you will need two hands to operate it. The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back of the device and the triple cameras are placed vertically at the top left side.
On the right side of the smartphone, we get a power key and volume rocker which are quite easy to reach; a concern we always have with large smartphones.
The SIM tray is on the left side of the device along with a dedicated button to summon the Google Assistant for help.
There is a micro USB port for charging at the bottom and we admit that USB Type-C would have made Vivo V15 a far more attractive choice. Thankfully, we do get a headphone jack and there is also a speaker.
On the top, we have a pop-up selfie camera which appears only when in need.
Vivo V15 comes with a large 6.53 inches IPS LCD panel along with 1080 x 2340 pixels of screen resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The pop-up selfie camera allows the device to achieve an 85.6% high screen to body ratio, freeing up a lot of display for the user.
During our testing, we were quite impressed with the display of the device which was bright enough to be used both indoors and outdoors without any trouble. The crisp colors make it a good choice for users who prefer watching movies on their phones.
There are quite slim bezels at the sides and top of Vivo V15 and while there is a small chin at the bottom, it does not hinder the phone’s overall beauty.
There weren’t too many problems in using the smartphone in direct sunlight and the viewing angles of the display were also quite optimum.
It was quite welcoming to see that Vivo V15 comes with the latest Android Pie, meaning the user will get all the latest features of Android through their OS. Vivo’s Funtouch 9 adds a personal flavor of Vivo to the device giving the company’s iconic iOS-like experience, which is not too bad at all.
The gesture control makes it quite easy and fun to navigate. Just like in iOS, a person will have to swipe up to summon the control center where you can find all the handy settings in one place.
Among many different helpful features, the smartphone also comes with a specific gaming mode to enhance the phone’s performance and a bike mode which auto-rejects your call when you are riding a bike and can assess your speed so it knows that you are attending your smartphone only when you have slowed down; way to put safety first.
Vivo V15 is powered by Helio P70 chipset coupled with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Here are the benchmark scores from AnTuTu and Geekbench:
During our testing, we experienced that the smartphone did quite well in moderate use just like any other mid-range device and didn’t face any problems while switching between tasks.
In our heavy usage tests, we experienced some lag especially when we tried multitasking while using heavy games like Deer Hunter, Dead Trigger 2, and Asphalt 9. This is not a gaming-specific smartphone like Honor Play so we understand that it may not do outstanding in this category.
The smartphone although packs a massive 4000mAh battery, it can still eat up power rather quickly especially in heavy usage. It consumed 58% of battery in three hours so you should better keep a portable charger if you heavily rely on your smartphone to get through the day.
Vivo V15 comes with triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 24MP main lens with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens with 13mm focal length and a 5 MP depth sensor for portrait shots.
The smartphone takes amazing pictures in auto mode but you can capture more details through the HDR mode which automatically enables every time you open the camera app on the smartphone.
The ultra wide lens surprisingly captures very wide shots without losing too much in detail.
The only thing that kind of put us off was the AI mode of the camera where it oversaturates the color, making different frames seem artificial. At night, the phone performs well at brightly it places.
On the front, we have a 32MP pop-up selfie camera that will appear when you’ll need to take selfies. Just like Vivo’s other phones, the front camera focuses on pictures that are social media ready as they gloss over the skin in an artificial filter-like manner.
Vivo V15 is a beautiful smartphone which works great for someone who is a moderate user. The display is quite impressive which don’t struggle too much outdoors. The camera is also capable of taking decent shots without compromising too much on the details and we are a fan of their ultra-wide lens which captures some awe-inspiring photos. Though if you are a heavy user, you should also invest in a good power bank to keep your device going for a long period of time.