Chinese smartphone brand Vivo dropped V15 within months that the Pro model went on sale to much applause and critical acclaim. But dissatisfaction with some key features yielded hasty verdicts that the stripped down version may be too overpriced.
Vivo V15 Pro has also garnered lukewarm reviews from users and reviewers since its release despite its state-of-the-art and award winning fingerprint scanning technology. However, market observers are slowly observing a rise in Vivo V15 sales of late.
It is perhaps worth examining the myriad reasons behind this renewed interest.
At first glance, the phones seem very similar. Let’s take a closer look at the ways in which V15 is different from your regular smartphone, and how aping Pro too much poses a problem for Vivo.
Let’s take a look at all these features:
Helio vs Snapdragon processors
To start off with the clear dissimilarities, Vivo V15 runs on MediaTek’s Helio P70 processor, compared to Pro’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 675. Your regular smartphone will probably have the latter, which becomes a point against Vivo V15’s favour.
The Snapdragon processor is certifiably the best one for daily use and gaming alike, while the Helio is known to retard performance. Snapdragon has a slightly better modem as well.
What’s more; at just Rs 3,009 more, you can get better hardware, a more refined camera, way better build quality, better gaming performance and stock Android (One) software. That’s when choosing V15 over Pro or any smartphone slightly above its range becomes doubly difficult.
Having said that, Helio’s processor is better in the budget segment, especially as a mid-range SoC.
Clean display and design
Besides the camera slot in the back, the new model also comes with a fingerprint sensor which is missing in Pro. But it does borrow the in-display fingerprint scanning technology from Pro, adding both options to the mix.
One of the best Vivo 15 features is that the phone has a very clean, almost bezel-less display and design, and that gorgeous-looking Glamour Red or Frozen Blue finish. But the protruding camera setup at the back does make the phone a bit wobbly when placed on a flat surface. Another peeve with V15 despite its excellent getup: the plastic back is an easy smudge-and-scratch magnet, but a study back cover ought to do the trick.
The three-SIM tray slot is also a nice touch, according to users and reviewers.
Power and storage backup
Like it’s high-end elder sibling, the Vivo V15 also runs on 4,000mAh batteries, which is to say, it has decent battery life and power backup, but still has miles to go before it competes with other smartphones like the latest RedMi, Nokia and Samsung models.
It also comes with a few standard smartphone features in varying specs: a dual nano-SIM slot with VoLTE 4G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Vivo V15 offers slightly better storage space for its price range, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
If you’re into selfies, look no further
One of the best Vivo 15 features is that it comes with a lower-spec triple camera setup at the back mounted on a centrally located black strip. In other words, if you want a Vivo smartphone below Rs 30,000 that has three cameras, this is the optimal phone to get. Simply put, Vivo V15’s camera makes it worth a Rs 23,990-buy.
The model also comes with a 32MP pop-up selfie camera which the company claims elevates and opens in just 0.46 seconds and captures images with unrivalled clarity, which is among the best Vivo 15 features. One reviewer explicitly said, pick the Vivo phone if selfies are your top priority.
Despite these niche features on a presumably lighter and expectedly faster version of Pro, it is the performance and camera that turn out to be Vivo V15’s Achilles’ Heel. With stiff competition on both ends with other smartphones, Vivo set a tall task for itself but fell short of sharp shooting excellence offered by its competitors.
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