Review of Vivo V15 is a fashionable phone that has a striking design, a good display and a unique camera for taking selfies. Its performance and rear camera could be better, especially considering the competition it faces.
According to the IDC Q1 2019 report, the top five smartphone brands in India (in order) are Vivo, Oppo and Realme. Although all five brands have done an outstanding job with their new phones, I believe it is Vivo who is pushing the limits in terms of innovation. IDC’s report shows that Vivo phones shipped more than twice as many units in Q1 2019 than in Q1 2018. This is a significant increase from the Q1 2018. The Vivo V15, Vivo Y series are also responsible for this increase. The Vivo V15 Pro, a great phone with next-generation features, is rightly so. I reviewed the phone in my India Today Tech review. This review’s star is the Vivo V15. It is a lite version.
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Is it really any good? It’s all good for a while.
Vivo recently launched the V15 India to offer the pop-up selfie experience to Indian customers who don’t have the budget to spend Rs 30,000 for a smartphone. To compete with the Oppo F11 Pro, the Vivo V15 was priced at Rs 23,990 in India. It follows the same design strategy as the Vivo phones. Vivo announced a significant price reduction on the V15 a few days after its launch. The Vivo V15 currently sells at Rs 21,990 in India. It is currently the most affordable pop-up selfie phone on the Indian market.
Review of Vivo V15 design
Regardless of price, Vivo has been producing some amazing phones recently. Vivo considers design and camera very important in all of its phones. The V15 is no exception. This phone is a great design. The phone comes in fun colours such as Royal Blue, Frozen Black and Glamour Rouge. This review was done using the Red version.
The Vivo V15 looks great. The phone’s dual-tone design is a great addition to its overall aesthetic. It also gives it a premium feel. The phone is a little too big for me. The phone feels big, and it may be difficult to stuff in your pockets if you have tight jeans. If you have small hands, single-hand use can be annoying. The phone’s polycarbonate body collects fingerprints easily. It was so difficult to use, I had the urge to wipe the back cover almost every time. A phone costing around Rs 20,000 would have been better if it had a glass body. The phone’s build quality is excellent.
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Performance, battery life and software of Vivo V15
The Vivo V15 is powered at 2.1GHz by the octacore MediaTek Helio P70 SoC, which has four ARM Cortex A73 cores and four more efficient Cortex A53 cores. This chipset is also used in the Oppo F11 Pro and the cheaper Realme 3. Only one Vivo V15 variant is available. It has 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. This can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD cards.
The performance of the Vivo V15 is good. It can handle regular use, including making and receiving calls, messaging on WhatsApp and browsing social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also browse the internet, watch videos and send emails easily. The Vivo V15 was my primary device. It performed well. The phone may lag occasionally if there are multiple apps running in the background.
The Vivo V15 may not be for you if you’re an avid gamer. I tried playing PUBG, but the app crashed often or the screen went blank. Some basic games, like Temple and subway surfers, run quite smoothly. The Vivo V15 is not a powerful device, but it does the job.
Funtouch OS 9 is based on Android 9 Pie. The phone runs Funtouch OS 9. Vivo’s custom OS is not my favorite. This is mainly due to its iOS-like nature. FunTouch OS 9 does not have an app drawer, and is filled with many third-party apps.
The Vivo V15’s performance and software clutter could have been improved. However, the battery life is excellent. The Vivo V15 has a 4000mAh battery. It lasted me around 28 hours while I was testing it. Dual-Engine Fast Charging is available on the Vivo V15, which charges the phone very quickly. Unfortunately, microUSB is not supported on the Vivo V15.
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Vivo V15 display
Vivo’s phones have a similar screen to OnePlus and Samsung. The Vivo V15 Pro had a 6.39-inch OLED screen. It was my last Vivo phone review. That screen was my favorite. I would say the same for the Vivo V15’s younger sibling.
The Vivo V15 includes a 6.53 inch Ultra FullView In Cell full-HD+display. It has a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. It is also a beautiful display, although I miss the OLED’s punchy colours and the panel’s ability to show them. The Vivo V15 screen uses an LCD panel. It is a joy to use indoors, and it shows vivid colours. It is hard to see a few videos on the Vivo V15 screen when it is in direct sunlight. Outdoor situations were great for me to be able send WhatsApp messages, check tweets and make calls. The only time I wish the screen was brighter is when I am using the phone for video calls. The viewing angles are excellent.
Indoors, the large screen and excellent viewing angles offer great multimedia experiences. The V15 does not have an in-display fingerprint scanner, which is why it costs more than the Vivo V15 Pro. The phone comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that is easy to reach and quick to unlock.
Vivo V15 camera
The Vivo V15, India’s cheapest pop-up camera phone, is currently available. It comes with a 32MP camera, which fits inside the same pop-up mechanism as the V15 Pro. It is very easy to set up a pop-up selfie and I never felt it to be fragile. The face unlock feature is what I missed.
The front camera performance of the Vivo V15 is excellent. The V15 uses pixel-binning technology to take selfies in 32MP mode. Images are 8 megapixels. Surprisingly the Vivo V15 can take great selfies in both daylight and low-light conditions. The Vivo V15’s selfies show a lot of detail and vibrant colours. The layers of beautification could be better optimized. I prefer my selfies natural looking, but unfortunately that is not possible with the V15’s camera app.
My dusky skin turned white thanks to the V15’s front camera. The Vivo V15 is an excellent choice if you are looking for a smartphone that can take great selfies and also add filters to your photos. Vivo V15 is not the best choice if you want your selfies natural.
The Vivo V15’s back features three cameras. The primary camera is a 12MP sensor. The Vivo V15 also includes an 8MP camera and a 5MP sensor which captures depth information in portrait mode. The V15’s daylight shots are well-taken, with good detail. However, I dislike the over-saturation of the colours. Low light can cause performance to suffer. Low light conditions can make it difficult for the main sensor to capture and preserve details. The V15 camera app has a Night Mode that aids in low light.
Similar to other Vivo phones I feel that the portrait mode could have done better with the details.
Overall, the V15’s front camera is excellent. The rear camera is mixed.
Do you need to buy the Vivo V15
The Vivo V15 is a fashionable phone that packs a lot of great features. It does have some problems. The V15 is a great all-rounder phone. It has good looks, good battery life, decent performance and bright display. The V15 Pro is a lot more expensive than the V15 Pro, which has a much better camera performance. If you don’t have high expectations for your phone and are looking for a good screen, an attractive design and a pop-up selfie cam, the V15 is a great choice. If you are a serious user, there are better options available at this price.