The Ukrainian market is becoming a point of interest for international large companies, and smartphones are not
What is it?
Mid-range top-level smartphone witha front-facing upstart camera and a triple main camera (one of the modules is 48-megapixel), and with dazzling body colors and high performance. Almost 10,000 UAH are being asked for him today.
What brand is Vivo?
Vivo has been stable for several years now.top 5 smartphone manufacturers, taking from 3 to 5 lines alternately. The official website of the company says about 200 million users of its smartphones. The brand belongs to the Chinese BBK Electronics, a dinosaur in the electronics market (OPPO and OnePlus are also owned by it).
The Vivo brand was born exactly 10 years ago. He went to smartphones in 2012. It was this brand that first introduced a smartphone with a sub-screen scanner and a model with a popup camera.
The Vivo brothers - Oppo and OnePlus - stand a little higher.perceived and divorced within the company. But in fact, more with marketing than with real differences, the company is working on the lineup in such a way as to play in different segments.
Beyond China, which brings Vivo the lion's sharesales, the company conquers the markets of Africa and the Middle East. Which, by the way, is far from saturation and where there is huge potential for growth. Apparently, they aimed at this potential in Vivo.
In Ukraine, Vivo smartphones have just appeared on sale. Several models with a price from 3500 UAH to 10 000 UAH.
What does he look like?
10-15 years ago, before moving to touchinterfaces, a description of the appearance and ergonomics of the phone could take up to half the review. Materials, location and quality of buttons, colors - with equal or similar characteristics, manufacturers provided a variety of models only thanks to these things. Phones and smartphones were accessories that talk a lot about their owners, their tastes and lifestyle. I like that today manufacturers are back to aesthetics. Vivo V15 Pro is first of all a beautiful accessory, it works smoothly and attracts outwardly, this is one of those things that are not even interesting to climb under the hood simply because it immediately catches emotionally.
The back of the smartphone is plastic,two-tone (burgundy with gold in my case, but there is also blue with gold) with a fine pattern and a beautiful overflow. I want to consider her. The plastic is glossy, the fingerprints on the case are visible at a certain angle, but the material is quite durable, for a couple of weeks the smartphone has not been scratched in my hands.
Comes with a smartphonetransparent case with durable black hard plastic at the ends. It significantly increases the size of the smartphone, but protrudes above the screen, so it should perfectly protect the device when it falls. There is also a latch for a microUSB connector on the case (by the way, yes, the manufacturer for some reason left an obsolete connector). The characteristics of the model indicate that it does not have protection against dust and moisture, but, apparently, everything is not so scary in the case. Under the transparent case, both the overflow of the case and the pattern are visible, but the color looks calmer. Of the minuses of the case - he stands above the camera. Since the triple camera module also acts, then together with the case this design becomes straight big. On the other hand, the camera module in the case is also better protected, it’s harder to reach to scratch or stain.
On the smartphone case, in addition to the adjustment keysvolume and screen lock (on the right side), there is another button - by default, to call the Google assistant. In the settings, it is called the “Smart Button” and can also trigger a Google search, or it can be completely disabled. It is a pity that it is not possible to assign any desired application to this button. The device has an audio jack, it’s unusual that it’s located from above. In my opinion, such an arrangement is a rarity today. On the convenience, however, this does not affect.
The Vivo V15 Pro also has two pull-out slots percase - one for microSD cards (supported up to 256 GB) and another, double - for SIM-cards. If the built-in 128 GB seems a little, you do not have to choose between an additional SIM card and memory.
What is security?
Vivo has both a fingerprint scanner andface recognition system, but both are not easy. The scanner is located on the front panel under the screen. And face recognition - on a traveling selfie camera. By the way, which is surprising, it can be used to unlock the smartphone, the manufacturer did not refuse this feature, and it is up to the user to use it or not. Because recognition occurs instantly, but it takes a fraction of a second for the camera to exit. With a print it turns out faster. In the settings of the smartphone, you can choose how to call unlock in the face. And even assign an unlock by fingerprint and face. For smartphone or for any application.
The scanner under the screen works quickly and accurately,me all the time, maybe two times the smartphone started to unlock the first time. Sometimes, if pressed with insufficient force, he warned that it was necessary to press harder. The scanner is not visible on the dark screen, but it is worth touching the smartphone and it appears.
What about his autonomy?
The Vivo V15 Pro has a 3700 mAh battery. I can’t call myself the most active user, but still I’m doing a lot of things on my smartphone - I can write drafts of texts, watch something on Youtube, use shopping apps, listen to music, loudly and a lot, look for something, use maps, Avoid power saving mode.
According to my observations, a smartphone in this modekeeps somewhere a working day. In general, it seemed to me that standby energy efficiency is something the company still needs to work on. The recently visited Huawei P Smart Z in my hands was better in this regard, although the processors of both devices are comparable in terms of performance and process technology. And both very obsessively offer to close applications that are too inefficient to consume power.
This is what the battery schedule and cost details look like.
For some reason, the autonomy test crashed a couple of times, after working for two hours, during which time the smartphone lost almost half the charge. But there are no final results.
How is the screen?
6.39-inch matrix, Super AMOLED with a maximum brightness of 287 cd / m2. Not big by the standards of a modern smartphone.
Below is a gallery with measurements inby default. If you do not really understand the essence of these measurements, we have a wonderful article on our site about how we measure the quality of screens and what all these graphs mean.
In dark areas of the image, the screen is enoughaccurate, and in light - goes into a rage. In life, he seemed to me comfortable. In the settings, you can select the color saturation and temperature, enable the vision protection mode. That is, in any case, you can choose the color rendering to your taste.
The screen supports Always On mode, for itYou can customize several display styles. In addition, you can personalize application icons, but not much - within the limits of more straight or rounded corners.
I usually always turn on the eye protection mode,I’m used on all my devices to the warm colors of the screen. Paying for eye comfort has to be readable in the sun. In this mode, in the summer I could use the Vivo V15 Pro on the street, but on a very bright day I had to take off my sunglasses. If the mode is disabled, then the readability improves.
I can’t say that this is the best display ofthose that I saw, but it is definitely pleasant. Reading or watching videos on the big screen of the Vivo V15 Pro is a pleasure, largely due to the lack of a cutout for the camera. But the thin frames around the screen, as well as the pixel density of 404 ppi, are also good for perception. In addition, at the interface level, the manufacturer considered how to make a device with a huge screen more convenient for controlling with one hand, but this will be discussed later.
What is he like at work?
Vivo V15 Pro equipped with Qualcomm 675 and 6 processorGB of RAM, built-in is 128 GB. For its price category, these are not royal characteristics. The same Xiaomi has at least two models with Qualcomm processors of the 800th series. This model works stably and quickly, I was comfortable to use. The processor is made according to the 11-nm process technology, but, as I wrote above, there are devices with better software optimization that consume less battery power. The chipset is considered gaming - for those who need powerful graphics, but there is no money for a top-end smartphone.
Out of the box, the model is runningAndroid 9.0 Pie, on top of which the proprietary Vivo interface is used - Funtouch 9. It is much different from what the brands represented in Ukraine have, but behind it one can feel the history, character and invested efforts.
The target audience of the brand is millennials and generation Z, as well as mobile gamers. And it is read, even without communicating with the brand. Starting with the name of the proprietary interface.
For example, in the settings there is not only a speciala mode for gamers in which you can assign which services and applications may disturb during the game (and any application you have installed can be a “game” in general), but also a mode for riding a motorcycle (the smartphone will reject all calls and notifications). Funtouch allows you to create shortcuts for individual actions and add them to the notification curtain - for example, watching trending videos on Youtube or TikTok, launching home navigation, etc.
In advanced settings, you can enable"Beautiful face" for a video call in instant messengers. In Asia, they are endlessly confused on the appearance, even in those services that should not show a digital portrait to others (remember the story about how Chinese users did not want to use the AliPay Smile to Pay service because they looked ugly in the terminal, so the vendor had to be screwed there "Improver"?). So, in the smartphone of this brand it just shows. But more about this in the section on the camera.
She promised to talk about how the interfaceAdapted to screen size and one-handed operation. Firstly, the notification curtain is here below. Given the location of the fingerprint scanner and navigation keys (you can switch to gestures, by the way), this is convenient. No need to shift the device in your hand and once again risk that it will fly to the floor. The switch with brightness and volume control can be left on the right or left. To whom it is more convenient. There is also a virtual EasyTouch button for which you can assign a quick launch of several applications, its charm is that in applications it turns into a small strip in the dock part of the screen and does not interfere with using the application.
At the same time, I didn’t like that, due to the size of the switches, fewer shortcuts for settings are placed in the curtain - you have to scroll through it.
In the settings there is a section with warranty informationand after-sales service. With the address and telephone number of the nearest organization. Maybe somewhere else it is, I see this for the first time, and it's cool! It’s immediately clear where to run if the gadget behaves badly. You can also fill out an electronic warranty card there.
Vivo has its own app storeV-Appstore. And what is surprising - the smartphone offers to install application updates from it. Even those that I did with my own hands from Google Play. Also, smartphone users have access to the proprietary Vivo Cloud cloud, there is a built-in browser with an ad blocker, a smartphone theme store, a separate application, as I understand it, a company website mirror and a memory cleaning service.
There are other interesting little things on the menu. For example, restricting data transfer in hot-spot mode, cloning applications, taking a long screenshot, recording a screen (with or without sound), a bar with a hint for menu navigation gestures, smart gestures for controlling a smartphone (such as double tap activation, etc.) d.).
How does he take off?
Why does a smartphone have such a huge camera module? It's simple, because the main camera is 48-megapixel, it has a pair of 8-megapixel wide-angle and 5-megapixel with a depth sensor. The front, by the way, is also hoo - 32 MP.
Still, as I wrote above, a smartphone, in principle, is inclined to embellish reality. Therefore, the pictures on a sunny day are as bright and juicy as you can imagine.
By default, when shooting, the camera decorates a personto its fullest, and to turn it off, it’s not enough to click on any separate menu item. Reducing the nose, increasing the chin and eyes, improving face tone, thinning the nose and chin, lengthening and losing weight of the legs, etc. - for all points it is necessary to go separately, and for both cameras. Otherwise, there is a risk of not recognizing yourself in the photo. The camera at the default settings eats up not only skin imperfections, but also such characteristic things as small moles, freckles, in one shot it relieves fatigue from the face so that you can’t even immediately understand what exactly is twisted. In general, for fans of "Photoshop" this is a good option, but if you overdo it, you can deprive your appearance of all the outstanding features.
And one more nuance - for different "upgraders"The camera shows the optimum value. It’s better not to go for it, even if it seems that the eyes are not big enough, the face and nose are narrow, and the skin tone is even. Then the photographs will be noticeable if the algorithms are overdone, but it will be too late to fix.
An example of shooting with a wide-angle camera. And below - to the main one for comparison. On large open spaces it is more interesting to shoot on it, but the result is still better on the main 48-megapixel one.
Night shooting. The first gallery is without special mode, the second is in night mode. Not Huawei, of course, but there is an effect from the special mode.
An example of shooting in professional mode with small aperture values.
In the evening in low light or in the woods during the dayThe camera is not lost and it turns out fine. By the way, unlike Huawei / Honor, where the night mode can help out even at dusk, here the camera normally copes with normal and it is better not to experiment.
Interestingly, the camera can telloptimal shooting modes, and whether to choose them or not is up to the user. In the landscape - switch to wide-angle mode. In the dark - at night. No AI obsession!
There is nothing to add about the selfie camera, except thatwrote above about embellishments. Vivo V15 Pro will make candy from any face, but natural features can be lost. And so - bright, cool, also a little distorted, if kept too close to the face. Due to the fact that the camera pops up, taking a selfie or checking makeup in secret from others will not work.
It seemed to me that the moving camera in this device is more reliable and slightly faster than in the P Smart Z. But maybe this difference is due to the fact that I had a commercial Vivo in my hands.
Photo in original resolution in the gallery on Torba.
In the dry residue
Vivo V15 Pro is a very emotional smartphone. Starting from the look and ending with the ultra-bright photos that he takes. It was a pleasant discovery for me that the new brand (not for the world market, for the Ukrainian one) does not leave the feeling that “here’s a little more work on it with a file - and then it will do.” No, this is a cool product of a mature brand, which managed to do a lot of things for users.
My main complaint about this model is badenergy efficiency optimization. In general, I'm not a fan of popup cameras due to the fact that the construction is unreliable for a long time, but this is a matter of taste. For those who take a selfie once a century, such a solution may be optimal, because without a cutout on the screen is much more convenient. Moreover, the outgoing camera did not become an occasion to refuse face recognition, and in general, the data protection issues in the device are well implemented.
5 reasons to buy a Vivo V15 Pro:
- you take little selfies;
- you take a lot of selfies and take a steam bath to fix appearance flaws;
- you like a bright design;
- stable comfortable work;
- a large amount of RAM and built-in memory, and the ability to expand memory using a microSD card without compromise with a slot for a second SIM card.
2 reasons not to buy the Vivo V15 Pro:
- not the best autonomy;
- front camera design - for everybody.
Smartphone Specifications Vivo V15 Pro
Super AMOLED 6.39 ″, 1080 × 2312 pixels, 404 ppi
Dimensions and weight
157x75x8 mm, 197 g
Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (8 cores: 42 × 2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold and 6 × 1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver), Adreno 612 graphics
6 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM + microSD up to 256 GB
Main 48 MP, F1.8, auxiliary (for blurring the background) 5 MP, F2.4, wide-angle 8 MP, F2.2
Front: 32 MP, pop-up
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 (aptX), NFC
fixed, lithium polymer, 3700 mAh
Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.0.1 add-in
2 x nanoSIM
sub-screen fingerprint scanner, face recognition system
Vivo V15 Pro
Youth smartphone with frameless screen and pop-up camera
Despite the fact that Vivo is a new player on ourmarket, this is another strong Chinese brand in smartphones with a long history and ambitious global plans. Vivo V15 Pro is a smartphone for a youth audience. A triple camera (with a 48-megapixel sensor), a 32-megapixel jumping front camera and a bright body design attract the attention of others. The smartphone has average technical characteristics and not the highest autonomy, but a camera worthy of attention for its price category.
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