Vivo V23 Pro Review: Does this color changing phone really deliver great performance? Vivo launched a number of smartphones in 2021, including the mid-range Vivo V21 series, which is used to attract selfie junkies, and the premium X70 series, which is meant for good photography or professional photography. Now the company has started 2022 with the new mid-range Vivo V23, the successor of the Vivo V21.
As such the company has been wooing the customers with its mid-range smartphones with good features and design. This time too, these phones feature attractive designs (the color-changing rear panel in the V23 Pro) and good hardware. Also, the best thing about the V series is the continuous improvement of the front camera. With every new series, the company updates the selfie camera of these smartphones, especially the Pro variant. Coming to the V23 Pro also packs a 50MP dual selfie camera setup and this is not a common feature. But do you think these dual cameras are a solid reason to consider buying the V23 Pro?
Well, we have been using this smartphone for the last few days and how good is its camera or other features, you can know in our review:
Vivo V23 Pro Specifications and Price
- Phone Build: 159.46 73.27 7.36mm, 171g; Gorilla Glass par protection, Plastic frame
- Display: 6.56″ AMOLED, 90Hz, HDR10+, 800 nits (max), 2376x1080px resolution, 18.10 aspect ratio
- Chipset: Mediatek Dimensity 1200 (6 nm): 1x Arm Cortex-A78 up to 3GHz, 3x Arm Cortex-A78 up to 2.6GHz, 4x Arm Cortex-A55 up to 2GHz; Mali-G77 MC9 GPU.
- Memory: 128GB storage + 8GB RAM, 256GB storage + 12GB RAM;
- Software: Android 11, FunTouchOS 12.
- Rear Camera: Primary (Wide): 108 MP, f/1.88, PDAF, OIS; Ultra Wide Angle Camera: 8 MP, f/2.2; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4.
- Front camera: Main: 50 MP, f/2.0, Wide: 8MP, f/2.28
- Battery: 4,300mAh; Fast Charging 44W
- Others: Fingerprint sensor (in-display); NFC; stereo speaker.
- Price: 8GB+128GB – Rs 38,990 and 12GB+256GB – Rs 43,990.
Vivo V23 Pro Review: Design and Build Quality
According to protect bay, when it comes to the design of the V23 Pro, the most important thing will be the feel of it when it is held in our hands. Vivo has done a great job here to give a soft touch with a matte finish. There has been a lot of talk about the fluorite AG glass on the back of the Sunshine Gold variant of this phone, which when exposed to sunlight, is exposed to UV rays and within a few minutes Changes color.
Stardust Black color option
But we are more impressed with the Stardust Black color option here, rather than the color-changing rear panel. We got the same variant for review as well. This Vivo phone is quite slim and you can count it among the slimmest phones available on the market. With its lightweight and curved edge, the phone offers a smooth and effective feel in the hand.
In this complete and good package, what we didn’t like is the big notch in the middle of the screen. Having a notch in a good phone in 2022 leads to 2018, where phones used to have such big notches. Still, you can count it as one of the strangest features that most buyers can already get used to.
This phone has a glass back and plastic has been used for the frame on the side. The phone has a speaker at the bottom edge. If only! Vivo would have also used the earpiece here as a second speaker to give a stereo effect. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, but the company is giving you a USB Type-C-to-audio jack connector to make up for it in the box.
Vivo V23 Pro Review: Display
Vivo V23 Pro has a 3D curved screen in front. It sports a large 6.56-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and 18:10 aspect ratio. This is a 90Hz Full HD+ screen, but if you are using a 120Hz or 144Hz display phone, then the animation will be a bit slow on this phone.
The AMOLED screen of the V23 Pro offers you a decent level of brightness and can be used outdoors or even in sunlight. Its color reproduction is also good, but compared to some phones available at the same price, it may seem a bit low.
HD streaming results on the phone are better than expected, but you only get HDR support on Youtube for now. But if we talk about using or streaming apps on the phone, then this phone notch is a bit annoying, because most of the applications are not optimized for a wide or big notch. Overall, the V23 Pro’s screen does a decent job, but you can’t consider it the most striking or strong part of the phone.
Vivo V23 Pro Review: Software and Performance
The V23 Pro has the company’s own custom user interface FunTouch 12, which is based on the latest Android 12 version. Vivo has included some of the features of Android 12 in its phone here, such as camera, location, mic access in-use indicator, notification update, and quick settings panel. But here some features of Android 12 have also been left out, such as there is no Personalize feature in which you can choose any color from the wallpaper and use it in any other element. Also, you will not get the option of smart control on this phone.
MediaTek Dimensity 1200 6nm chipset
In terms of performance, Vivo V23 Pro is powered by an Octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 1200 6nm chipset, which has a clock speed of up to 3.0GHz. With this, up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage are available. Vivo also gives you the option of 4GB of virtual RAM here, which makes use of your storage space for RAM.
With the Dimensity 1200 chipset, this phone delivers good performance. Its performance is similar to OnePlus Nord 2, Poco F3 GT, OPPO Reno 6 Pro, etc. This phone is capable of giving you a good performance in everyday use. It is able to run all the applications well without slowing down. We have also played games like Call of Duty Mobile, and PUBG Mobile on it in 60FPS and 40FPS without any interruption.
Coming to the throttling, we also did the CPU throttling test on the V23 Pro and it throttles up to 75 percent of its maximum performance. This means that on maximizing usage of the smartphone for a long period of time, the performance will automatically drop slightly so that the CPU temperature remains under control.
Talking about the benchmark score, the Antutu score of Vivo V23 Pro is 6,34,276 points. On the Geekbench benchmarking site, it has a single-core score of 626 and a multi-core score of 2611.
Overall, this V-series smartphone does not disappoint you in terms of performance. Although it cannot be said to be the best in its price, its performance does not let you down either.
Vivo V23 Pro Review: Camera
Now let’s take a look at the camera of the Vivo V23 Pro. By the way, in this phone, you have been given three cameras on the rear panel, which include a 108MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide shooter, and a 2MP macro camera. Vivo has also given a 50MP main camera and 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens on the front side here. There are also two spotlights on the front, with which you can also change the color temperature to take selfies in low light.
The primary rear camera clicks a 12MP picture at the default setting. Photos that come with these pixel binning techniques will give you good detail and almost natural (or not oversaturated) colors.
But HDR performance is not a very reliable feature, sometimes it works perfectly, and sometimes it doesn’t. Photos were taken with the ultra-wide lens also come out well in good light conditions. The pictures you get when clicked with the third 2MP macro camera are neither good in detail nor do they look real or natural. Motorola Edge 30 Pro Review: Flagship Performance in a Budget
Talking about the low-light performance of the phone’s camera, it is not too praise-worthy. Images are bright with night mode on, but zooming in a bit, you’ll notice that there’s a lot of noise in them.
Now when it comes to selfies, this is one part where the V23 Pro deserves praise. The main selfie camera of 50MP is able to capture a lot of detail in the pictures. Not only this, but the company has also added many great styles and effects for selfies here in the camera features. If you keep your selfies on apps like Instagram and Facebook every day, then this phone is for you.
Vivo V23 Pro Review: Battery
The Vivo V23 Pro packs a 4,300mAh battery and the battery backup is also pretty good. After multiple calls throughout the day, multiple mailings and incoming calls from different accounts, streaming some media, playing music, and using social media applications, our V23 Pro only drained 15% of its battery. Also, its 44W charger also works very well. It comes with Dual Engine Quick Charge technology, which takes about 50 minutes to fully charge the battery. Realme 8S 5G Review: Should you buy it now?
Review Verdict: Should you buy Vivo V23 Pro?
Whether you should buy it or not, is a somewhat confusing question. Actually, it has its own advantages and disadvantages. Now for those who want a phone with a good selfie camera, this is the best deal. If you want to show your friends the premium phone that comes with a color-changing back, you can still buy it. If you’re interested in a phone that has a good battery, you can still go for the V23 Pro.
But if you are looking for a good gaming phone, then this might not be the one for you. For gaming, you can see phones with Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 870 chipsets.
- A cool look and feel.
- Best selfie camera
- Good performance for everyday use
- Pretty good battery life
- Average display
- Single speaker