Vivo V23 Pro Review High Performance Color Change
India is now witnessing fierce competition in the fiercely competitive mid-range market. Vivo V23 Pro is the new contender with eye-catching design, 108MP camera and power performance. Will it be able to make its presence felt in the competitive premium market? We checked it for you in this review.
Design: You’ll probably notice the dazzling rear of the phone first and foremost. Vivo V23 Pro comes with a beautiful color changing design. The back panel features a layer of crystals as well as Fluorite AG glass that changes color when exposed to UV light. V23 Pro is available in two colors – Stardust Black and Sunshine Gold variant.
We have the Golden variant for review which turns surprisingly bright turquoise when exposed to sunlight. Of course, if you have a case, it will only work if it is a transparent case. The fun part is that you can also temporarily print a design on it if you leave any part of the phone blocked by light. When you bring it back inside, in about 15-20 minutes, it will gradually turn golden brown again. Additionally, you can spot that hidden turquoise color if the back panel is facing a UV light source. We’ve seen phones that seem to move and flicker in the light before, but Vivo has taken it to the next level. It is very thin – 7.4 mm, thanks to the narrow polycarbonate frame. It is also lightweight and weighs only 171 grams. Overall, this is one of the best looking smartphones out there.
Display: Vivo V23 Pro gets a 6.56-inch curved edge AMOLED panel with 90Hz refresh rate. For protection, it is coated with Schott Xensation α but the back of the phone is unprotected. Also, there’s no IP rating for dust and water resistance, but that’s too much to ask for its price.
While a 90Hz panel is enough to make the experience smooth, it still falls short of the 120Hz offered by other smartphones, which might disappoint some people spending close to Rs 40,000. Cost reduction also has another advantage. Vivo could include an AMOLED panel and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
With 1300 nits of peak brightness, it’s bright enough to comfortably use in most lighting conditions and rich enough to do photos, movies, and games justice. The screen has Widevine L1 certification, HDR10+ compatibility and TUV Rheinland certification. This means you will be able to stream Full HD content on Netflix and other OTT platforms.
Camera: Vivo V23 Pro gets the triple camera setup on the back with 108MP as the primary lens. It is flanked by another 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera. Images captured with the main 108MP camera in daylight had great dynamic range, but sometimes it oversaturated photos. The ultra-wide lens offers good photos but lacks detail. The results from the macro lens were simply satisfactory. Night photography with a primary rear camera retains detail with great dynamic range. The shots were crisp and full of detail. Capturing light sources such as lamps resulted in overexposed photographs. You can manage it by manually adjusting the settings.
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As for the selfie shooter, it gets a 50MP main lens and an 8MP ultra-wide lens. Both lenses sit in an Apple-style notch with the dual-LED flashes. It should be noted that Vivo did not provide Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) in V23 Pro. It was there in last year’s V21. Selfies captured were sharp and had great color. Most of the time, portrait mode detects edges just fine and it also separates you from the background very well.
The front and rear cameras can capture 4K video at 30fps. However, there is no optical stabilization. This will likely affect vloggers who buy smartphones for stabilization rather than resolution.
Performance: The Vivo V23 is powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200 chipset, which is equivalent to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. We received an 8GB RAM + 12GB storage variant for review. It’s not the latest, but most users probably won’t notice the difference. He handled every task very quickly no matter what I threw at him.
When it comes to gaming performance, it managed to run all popular games very smoothly. Moreover, it does not heat up easily even after a one-hour gaming session. Obviously, any smartphone paired with 8GB of RAM and MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset is enough to perform all tasks effortlessly in these times.
To my surprise, the battery life of the Vivo V23 Pro was amazing for such a thin smartphone. With moderate use, it easily lasts all day. When it needs recharging, its 44W charger can top it up to 68% in just 30 minutes.
It runs on Funtouch OS 12 which is based on the latest Android 12. Its design language does not match Google Material You redesign. I would say it’s a mix. In Android 12, Vivo introduced new privacy features in its skin, such as Privacy Dashboard and Permissions Manager. The connectivity option includes Bluetooth 5.2, NFC support and the older Wi-Fi 5.
Verdict: Vivo V23 Pro is truly an excellent fusion of eye-catching design, good specs and decent battery life. It’s a solid, sleek and lightweight mid-range phone. The only downside of the smartphone is that it lacks OIS in the selfie camera. If you are looking to buy a thin and light smartphone with a decent camera setup and a quirky design, Vivo V23 Pro should make its way onto your list.