Vivo V15 Pro Review

Vivo V15 Pro Review

Vivo has shown that it can step up when it comes to smartphone innovation, with devices such as the Vivo Nex (Review) and Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition. New offerings such as the Vivo Apex 2019 are continuing the streak. 

The Chinese smartphone maker's latest launch in India, the Vivo V15 Pro is meant to bring aspirational and useful features to a more affordable segment and offers a pop-up selfie camera as well as an in-display fingerprint sensor and triple rear cameras. 

Vivo V15 Pro Review
Vivo V15 Pro Review

Launched at Rs. 28,990, the Vivo V15 Pro has a lot going in its favor, including an attractive design, stacked hardware, impressive cameras, and the latest version of Android. 

Can the Vivo V15 Pro justify its price tag, especially when 2018 value flagships such as the Asus ZenFone 5Z (Review) and the Poco F1 (Review) can be purchased for as much or less?


  • The Vivo V15 Pro packs a 48-megapixel primary rear camera
  • The Vivo smartphone runs Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie
  • It is available in Topaz Blue and Ruby Red color options

Vivo V15 Pro design

The VivoV15 Pro is a wizard and will take some other flicks, but not exactly the same way, as many other smartphones are still out, with eye-catching designs and colors. Instead, Vivo has gone for a more tasty, elegant finish.
Vivo V15 Pro Review
Vivo V15 Pro Review

In the rear panel of our topaz blue review unit, there is an electric blue diagonal streak in the middle, which gradually turns into a dark blue shadow in the corners. There is also a micro-dot pattern in the center, which is transformed into a wave-like pattern near the edges, which Vivo calls "spectrum ripple design".

When the color falls on the light from different angles, the color shift looks beautiful. This phone is also available in completely different ruby red finish, in which there is a red slope with a cross-hatch pattern on the rear side.

But there are some disadvantages. The rear panel is glossy and easily attracts spots and dust, and we found ourselves wiping it every time.

While the rear panel looks like glass, it is actually plastic, and there is no IP rating for protection against the elements. In the launch event, a representative of Vivo's technical team told Us that the device can take some casual spills, but we strongly advise to claim the test.

The VIVO V15 Pro's glossy rear panel is curved around the edges, which gives the impression of the device being thinner that it is actually. The true point here is the rear camera module, which makes a lot of collision on the back.

A metal rim V15 runs around the edges of the Pro, and makes it easier to catch the absence of sharp edges. On the right side have the Power button and Volume buttons, while on the left are the Google Assistant button and MicroSD card tray. Buttons provide good touch feedback, but they are slightly to reach, especially the volume up button.

The dedicated Google Assistant button, which is labeled "Smart AI" in the FunTouch OS, is customizable and can be mapped to activate a virtual assistant, can display a scene snapshot or open the Google Search homepage. You can assign different tasks to single-press, double-press, and long-press.

The top of this phone is the place where you will find a microphone, 3.5mm headphone jack and pop-up selfie camera module, while the bottom is a speaker, SIM tray (Nano nano) and a micro-USB port. 

Yes, a micro-USB port on a smartphone which is very high, and at a time when low-priced smartphones have also adopted the USB Type-C standard

Vivo V15 Pro's front is 6.39-inch Full-HD (1080x2340 pixels) Super AMOLED display which dominates with 19.5: 9 aspect ratios and nochs. This phone claims the screen-to-body ratio is 91.64 percent. 

Leaving a small chin, there is hardly any bezel, which produces a more immersive visual experience, something that is not seen in other phones. The earpiece is located at the top of the center.

The contents of the box include Vivo V15 Pro itself, a 18W charger, a micro-USB cable, a headset, a hard silicon case, a sim ejector tool and some paperwork.

Vivo V15 Pro specifications and features

The Vivo V15 Pro is powered by Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, which has 6GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB internal storage which can be increased using the MicroSD card (up to 256GB). 

Vivo V15 Pro Review
Vivo V15 Pro Review

Thankfully, there are three separate slots for MicroSD card and two nano-SIM cards, which means that users will not have to forgo dual-SIM functionality for more storage space.

Connectivity is controlled by 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, GPS / A-GPS, a micro-USB port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Onboard sensors include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope and proximity sensor.

On the software side, Vivo V15 Pro runs the FunTouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie and our review unit was running the January 2019 Android Security Patch. The Fantastic OS is a heavier skinned version of Android and will require some time to get used to it.

With the absence of the deviation app drawer from Stock Android, it is clear from Gate-Go. Swiping on the left side of the home screen opens the Smart Launcher, which is popular with the card for events like Events, Weather, To-Do List, and News Headline. The card and their order can be customized on the Smart Launcher.

The VivoV15 Pro comes with a load of pre-installed apps, which include in-house software such as Vi-AppStore, iMusic, Iteham, Album, and Vieu Claude, as well as third-party apps that include paytm, phone-pay. , UC Browser and WPS Office Bloatware is not a desirable feature ever.

We garnish the UI of the Function OS, and overall it looks like a less-refined take on iOS. Finding specific things in the Settings app is also not very easy. Users have to live with it or use third party launcher from the Google Play store.

On the positive side, FunTouch OS on the Vivo V15 Pro does offer some nifty features such as Smart Motion, which in turn is divided into three sections: Smart Wake for performing different tasks using gestures, Smart Call for making a call by just bringing the phone to the ear, and Smart Remind which shows notifications when users pick the phone.

Then there is Smart Split for controlling split-screen multitasking, App Clone for running second instances of certain apps, Smart Lock for assigning tasks to the volume down button, and Smart Mirroring for displaying media files on another display while you continue to use the phone.

Vivo V15 Pro Review
Vivo V15 Pro Review

We found the messaging split-screen feature particularly useful. For example, if you receive a notification from a messaging app such as WhatsApp, it will appear on the screen as a floating bubble. Tapping on it instantly opens the split-screen interface without having to close the app you're currently using.

FunTouch OS also offers GameCube, a feature tailor-made for gaming. This lets users mute notifications, automatically reject calls, minimize interruptions due to accidental touch gestures, and stop all background apps while gaming to maximize performance.

The Vivo V15 Pro also features FunMoji, Vivo's take on Apple's Animoji. Motion detection is quick and movements are smooth, but it lags behind Animoji when it comes to capturing subtle expressions and gestures.

FunTouch OS offers a rich set of features, but if you are switching from stock Android, you may find it a bit confusing.

Vivo V15 Pro performance, cameras, and battery life

Come on the performance aspect, start with the display. Just above the bat, the Vivo V15 Pro's display is superb, in the case of both its design and visual output. 

Vivo V15 Pro Review
Vivo V15 Pro Review

The absence of thin bezels and a notch while watching videos and playing games helps in finding a more enjoyable viewing experience.

The 6.39-inch Super AMOLED panel is vibrant and offers a dark black color. The viewing angles are also good, but we saw a slight change in color, especially when using the device in daylight. 

The winding edges of the display obscure a little bit of full-screen content, and the only way to avoid it is to disable full-screen scaling, which adds black and left sides to the left and right while using the device in the Landscape Orientation.

There is a cure for viewing the display video, but unfortunately, Vivo V15 Pro only supports Widewin L3 certification, not Widewin L1, which means that you can not stream HD video to Netflix or Amazon. Low priced Nokia 8.1, 7 26,770 also has WideVine L1 certification and HDR 10-capable display. 

It's a shame, and it could be a deal breaker for many people. On the other hand, if the primary source of your video content is YouTube, Vivo V15 Pro will serve you well.

You can adjust the color temperature of the screen to your liking and change the tone manually or on a schedule to reduce eye fatigue. 'Blur display' is a clean privacy feature, which selectively blocks content of some applications while switching between you.

The audio output of Vivo V15 is also a strong point. The device can get quite loud, and the good thing is that even if the volume is set to the highest level, at least the deformities and the vocal tearing. It was pleasant to listen to EDM and bass-heavy tracks, and therefore gaming was.

When it comes to telephony, we did not face any issue, because the quality of the call was consistently good and the voices were sufficiently loud and clear. 

Vivo says that the in-display fingerprint sensor is a 5th generation unit and it performed well for us, in less than a second, to identify our fingerprint patterns.

We initially had some doubts about the Vivo V15 Pro about Snapdragon 675 SoC and it was also questioned why Vivo did not go for the more powerful Snapdragon 710 considering the price of this new device. Okay, the Octa-Core Snapdragon 675 proved to be quite capable, and connected with 6 GB RAM, it ended easily through day-to-day tasks.

Switching between apps was fluid, and even with 10-12 apps that ran in the background, we rarely come across any fictitious or interval that can get married to the experience. Whether it is social media, productivity or games, Vivo V15 Pro impresses us with its performance

It handled graphics-intensive games such as PUBG Mobile, Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 9: Legends, and Mortal Combat. It is worth noting that snapdragon 675 has a less powerful integrated Adreno 612 GPU than Snapdragon 710's Adreno 616. 

During intense gaming, the device gets hot quickly, but thankfully the temperature has not reached that level where it can be uncomfortable. Hold the smartphone.

During such sessions, the battery decreases very fast and we reported the average battery burn of 13-15% after just 30 minutes of gaming. Vivo V15 Pro scored 178,575 in AnTuTu Benchmark, and reached the height of 2,399 and 6,569 in single-core and multi-core trials of Geekbench 4, respectively. 

As for the Graphics-Intensive Benchmark Test, this phone scored 1,081 in 3DMark Slingshot Extreme Open GL ES 3.1 and managed 7.1fps in GFXBench's Car Chase Test.

Now let's talk about Vivo V15 Pro's camera performance. The device has a triple rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, with f / 2.2 aperture and 120-degree view field, and 5-megapixel depth sensor with f. 2.4 Aperture At the top you will find a 32-megapixel pop-up selfie camera with f / 2.0 aperture.

VivoV15 Pro features a BOKEH mode such as night mode, live photo, 4K video capture, slow-motion recording and many portrait lighting effects, such as camera features.

Daylight shots were good, with a good amount of detail and depth. The color gamut was rich in our sample shots, but the accuracy could have been slightly better. 

The sharpness of the pictures was admirable, and overall, the photos were good enough to post on social media platforms without any other ideas. We did notice some minor fights though. HDR shots sometimes appear a bit punchy, and there are also some over-exposure.

Vivo V15 Pro did a great performance in our tests, when it came for Dekor Bokeh shots, for the excellent work done by depth sensors. Edge Detection was great and the blurred effect was quite spot-on. 

We saw that the blur effect sometimes fights with objects that have Protrusions or wide profiles. There were some noise and softness in the case of low-light Bokeh shots.

The wide-angle mode is a feature that people definitely want to appreciate in photography, with a 120-degree FOV, the Wide-angle camera can capture more than a regular camera. We like this option at our disposal, but we notice the barrel distortion in the corners of wide-angle shots.

The 32-megapixel front camera also proved to be a good performer and with many tools of AI beautification, selfies became bright and vibrant. The purists who like natural skin tone will be slightly disappointed. 

Even without applying the beautification filter, we saw that Vivo V15 Pro was a slightly lighter skin tone and there was some lube in it too. Beauty Filters - If you want to go there - can tweak to some extent the appearance that selfies look unnatural.

Here, it is important to repeat a banquet truth - high megapixel does not matter always better image quality The main rear camera can capture four-pixels in one unit (pixel binning) and capture images at a 12-megapixel resolution. 

This gives more light per pixel, so the images are quite lively. If you switch to a 48-megapixel resolution, the photos become slightly dimmer.

We used to be with Pixel-Binad 12-megapixel shots because they looked better overall. The same thing applies even to selfie shot at the default resolution compared to 32-megapixel modes. There are also some software quirks. There is no auto-HDR mode, and there is no option to take 48-megapixel portrait shots.

Video performance was also good, and EIS made the video decisively stable. You can record up to 1080p and 720p video at 60fps, but 4K video is capped at 30fps. 

Slow-mo videos became quite decent when recorded under natural light, but we saw a very annoying light-shimmering effect in the mo-mo video inside the house.

For battery life, Vivo V15 Pro again proved its subtlety as a strong contender in the sub-money. 30,000 price class. The 3,700mAh battery allowed the cell to be squeezed through a full day of easy use of the device, in which some phone calls, use of social media for about an hour, web surfing and video streaming, photos and PUBG mobile Some rounds of play included. 

And asphalt 9: Legends. On average, we managed to get about 11 hours and 20 minutes of battery life in a day with such active use. In our HD Video Loop Test, VivoV15 Pro lasted 12 hours and 37 minutes.

Vivo V15 Pro supports Vivo's dual engine fast charging technology, and even if it is not close to Oppo as a Supervioco, it works. In our test, the VivoV15 Pro went from zero to 75 percent in 58 minutes, which is not completely shabby. 

Low power mode of FunTouch OS may come in handy, but we found it to be a little offensive to reduce the brightness of the screen.


The Vivo V15 Pro refines innovations introduced by previous Vivo smartphones such as an in-display fingerprint sensor and pop-up camera. More importantly, it makes them accessible to a wider audience. 

Vivo V15 Pro Review
Vivo V15 Pro Review

These are highly desirable features for a premium smartphone right now, and the Vivo V15 Pro also looks bold and works smoothly. It offers capable cameras, good battery life, and an immersive screen. The only trade-offs are its Android skin, the old-fashioned Micro-USB port, and the lack of Widewine L1 certification.

Unfortunately for the Vivo V15 Pro's chances of being the king of the sub-Rs. 30,000 segment, rivals such as the Asus ZenFone 5Z and the Poco F1 are both value-flagship offerings with more powerful processors. 

The Honor View 10 (Review) and Nokia 8.1 (Review) are two other devices that offer a blend of solid performance and attractive design in the same price bracket.

The Vivo V15 Pro might not be the best choice for everyone, but it does stand out with its design and innovations, so the company has succeeded in its endeavor to a large extent. 

In the end, your choice will boil down to whether the Vivo V15 Pro aligns with what you want in your next smartphone.

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