Chinese phone maker Vivo made pop-up cameras mainstream with its V15 series of smartphones, bringing the concept experience below the Rs 30,000 price point. Earlier this month, the company announced the launch of a premium 8GB RAM variant of the Vivo V15 Pro, to take on the likes of Honor and OnePlus.
The Vivo V15 Pro 8GB RAM has all the bells and whistles of the regular 6GB RAM version, but with additional multitasking capabilities. KillerFeatures got access to the latest variant of the phone, and we decided to take it for a spin. Here's what we think.
Once again, the display is one of the talking points of this smartphone. We particularly loved it because of the absence of any sort of notch or cutout. The seamless design of the 6.39 full-HD+ Super AMOLED panel is one of the first things that strikes your eyes.
Watching videos, browsing through gallery images, and playing games like PUBG was a delight on the AMOLED panel. In indoor lighting conditions, the display was brilliant with good viewing angles and sharp colour reproduction. However, the brightness was a slight letdown and the display was less visible under sunlight.
The phone is undoubtedly packed to the brim when it comes to offering superior camera specifications, both on the front and on the back.
It has a 32MP pop-up selfie camera on the front, which has the usual issue of slight skin smoothening features found in most Vivo phones. That said, the company has managed to tone it down to a level that might act as middle ground for fans of natural and whitened imagery.
There is a triple camera setup at the back, consisting of a 48MP Quad Pixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture, and a third 5MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture.
It takes some great outdoor shots - macro as well as landscape. There is some distortion in wider shots, mostly unnoticeable. Even low light shots are good, as the three sensors take in as much light as possible.
The Vivo V15 Pro 8GB RAM model is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, paired with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Booking cabs, while browsing social media apps like Twitter and Instagram, and playing music on JioSaavn wasn't really much of a hassle for this smartphone.
The Snapdragon 675 SoC handled most tasks like a breeze, without much in terms of lag or stutter. Even while gaming, the phone ran PUBG Mobile on the highest settings effortlessly. It ran Asphalt 9 decently well, better than when we reviewed it on the 6GB RAM version.
Performance, otherwise, is also pretty smooth. The phone sports a new-gen optical in-display fingerprint sensor. Tap the phone's turned off display once and the icon for the fingerprint sensor location will pop up. Press slightly and the phone unlocks within about a second. The animation is so fast, you will love it.
Even face unlock, and the pop-up selfie camera in general, are blazing fast. Before using face unlock as the default option, you will need to make some adjustments. Go into face unlock settings and select the "Press the power button to unlock" option. The pop-up camera is fast as it can get. You press the power button and it pop up instantly, scans your face in a jiffy, and is back where it came from, before you even know it.
If you are willing to forgo the shortcomings of the FunTouch UI and the fact that the phone still dons a Micro-USB port, the Vivo V15 Pro 8GB RAM is a great package that offers a brilliant display, good performance, and a unique design. The pop-up camera is fantastic, but we have our reservations about its durability. Alternatively, you could wait for the OnePlus 7 that arrives in June at a starting price of Rs 32,999.