V15 is the latest Vivo middle-class smartph1. Besides relying on a large resolution pop-up front camera, this one device is equipped with high hardware specifications.
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Meanwhile, the battery life of this smartphone can be said to last a long time. The full-screen design that comes on the V15 is almost similar to NEX which has no bangs at all so it really looks full of thin bezels.
I also had the opportunity to try Vivo V15 for a week to be used in daily activities. To look deeper into the performance and features offered by Vivo V15, I describe in detail the Vivo V15 in this review article.
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Vivo V15 sold in a box dominated by white along with the mainstay on the front starting from the Vivo logo, V15 series, 6 GB RAM, to the front camera pop-up 32 MP resolution.
Besides getting a V15 smartphone unit, I also got Vivo earphones, a microUSB cable for data transfer as well as charging the battery, warranty card, manual, SIM ejector, and additional casing.
Interestingly, the additional casing pinned by the Vivo has a better design than that of other smartphones that I have reviewed, where the shape and material feel sturdy when pinned on the V15.
Vivo V15 has a full screen with no bangs at all thanks to the presence of a front camera with a pop-up system. In plain view, I can enjoy content widely on the screen without having to be covered in bangs or punch holes. The screen itself has a width of 6.53 inches with Full HD + resolution (2340 x 1080 pixels) and has a ratio of 19.5: 9.
At first glance, the front camera with this pop-up system allows the camera to be inside and can appear to the top when I take selfies, wefies, and video calls. The front camera will go back to the inside if I take a picture with the back camera or exit the default camera application.
Turning to the back there are 3 main cameras and LED Flash arranged vertically. Not to forget, the fingerprint sensor was pinned on the back. While the rear body that is displayed by Vivo V15 looks attractive because it uses gradations of color.
In addition, the smartphone that I reviewed has a Royal Blue color. The rear body is made of polycarbonate material and the design is curved on both sides so that I can comfortably hold it with only one hand.
But the drawbacks, dust, and fingerprints easily stick to the rear body so I recommend that V15 users directly use the additional casing that is available in the sales package.
While on the right side there are volume and power buttons arranged vertically, making it easier for me to do a screenshot combination using one hand.
On the left, there is a slot that serves to embed 2 SIM cards and 1 microSD card. Right below this slot, there is a button that can be used as a shortcut to activate Google Assistant when pressed once or Jovi virtual assistant if pressed twice.
Finally, at the bottom, there are speakers for audio, a microUSB 2.0 port for data transfer and battery charging, and a 3.5mm audio jack port for connecting the V15 with headphones or earphones.
This Vivo V15 relies on a 32 MP front camera with a pop-up system inside the smartph1. Later this front camera will appear up if the user will take a selfie or wefie photo. While going back to the inside when you exit the camera application or access the rear camera.
At the time I tried it, you could say the 32 MP front camera is capable of producing selfies or wefies with a smooth face thanks to the AI Beauty feature. Meanwhile, I can also produce selfies with a bokeh effect (background blur) thanks to the presence of the Portrait Light Effect feature.
Turning to the back, the Vivo V15 is equipped with 3 main cameras consisting of a 12 MP primary camera (24 million photosensitive units) + 5 MP secondary camera for depth + 8 MP tertiary camera with super-wide lens and LED Flash.
With a combination of primary and secondary cameras, the main, allows me to produce bokeh photos instantly. While the main tertiary camera with super-wide lens allows me to produce photos with a large area.
The main camera is able to produce photos with good conditions insufficient light or bright. Moreover, Vivo has also pinned the AI Scene Detection feature so that the V15 can give a suggestion scene or atmosphere to produce the best photos
But it seems that Vivo needs to improve the ability of its main camera when taking photos at night conditions. Moreover, the rear tertiary camera with super-wide lens still has a lot of noise when taking photos at night.
For Gadgeteer who is curious about the quality of the Vivo V15’s front and rear cameras, you can see the photos below. (Click image to see original size)
Rear Camera (super-wide)
This smartphone has been equipped with a MediaTek Helio P70 Octa-core chipset, 6 GB RAM, and 64 GB of internal storage that can be added by microSD. With this hardware combination, the Vivo also claims that the performance it presents is powerful.
To prove it, I also run a variety of applications for daily activities ranging from telephone, SMS, chat, social ne2rking, the occasional music player, document editor, email, and occasional video player in multitasking.
The result, Vivo V15 is able to run various applications in multitasking smoothly. While for heavier testing, I also run several popular games on this smartphone such as Mobile Legends, Garena Arena of Valor, PUBG Mobile, and Garena Free Fire.
Interestingly, I can run all four of these games smoothly using the High Frame Rate setting. While on Mobile Legends and Garena of Valor, I was able to run it smoothly with high graphic settings.
I am also able to run Garena Free Fire smoothly on Ultra graphics management. Finally, PUBG Mobile can run smoothly to HD settings. Next, I did a benchmark test using AnTuTu Benchmark and Geekbench.
The result of this smartphone is able to get a score of 147,606 points on the AnTuTu Benchmark. This performance itself is higher than the score obtained by a smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset which usually ranges from 130 thousand points to 143 thousand points.
Turning to Geekbench, Vivo V15 also managed to get a score that reached 1,528 points for Single-core testing and 5,859 points for Multi-core testing. Based on the above tests, the Vivo V15 has powerful performance and is able to compete with other smartphones in its class.
This smartphone battery has a capacity of 4000 mAh which is claimed by the Vivo can last long in normal usage. To prove this claim, I also tried to run the application that is used for daily activities on V15.
The application that I use in V15 consists of SMS, chat, telephone, social media, browsing, document editor, music player, and video player. As a result, this V15 can last for 17 hours 24 minutes in normal use ranging from 100% to 15%.
You could say this smartphone has a long battery life when used for daily activities. In addition, the Dual Engine feature that is present in this product makes the battery can be charged for 2 hours 45 minutes from the condition of 0 to 100%.
Vivo V15 has been equipped with a fingerprint sensor on the back which is claimed by the Vivo can detect fingerprints quickly. When I tried it, you could say the sensor was able to recognize my fingerprint quickly and immediately unlocked the smartph1.
Vivo itself allows 5 fingerprints to be recognized by the fingerprint sensor present on the V15. Unfortunately, this smartphone is not equipped with a Face Unlock feature so that users can not use the face to unlock this device.
FunTouch OS 9
Vivo V15 already uses the FunTouch OS 9 operating system based on Android 9 Pie which has a more attractive interface than the pure Android operating system. The notification menu in FunTouch OS 9 is at the top and the Quick Settings menu is at the bottom.
Meanwhile, I can also choose from a variety of theme packages on the Vivo V15 which have attractive wallpapers, icons, letters and designs. FunTouch OS 9 also has a variety of interesting features, such as accessing dual-split multitasking and making screenshots using only three fingers.
Furthermore, there is also a feature called Smart Wake in it that allows me to activate the application by using letter patterns when the screen is at rest, for example, the letter f for Facebook, w for WhatsApp, @ for email, and many more.
There is also an App clone feature that allows me to run 2 social media accounts at the same time because the applications listed on this feature will be cloned or duplicated, making it 2 applications at the same time on a smartph1.
You could say I’m quite satisfied using Vivo V15 for this week, both for running various applications and games in multitasking. This is caused by the performance of this powerful smartph1.
In addition, the battery also has a long endurance making it easier for me to do my daily activities without carrying a charger. The full screen without bangs is one interesting added value because I become free when watching videos, viewing photos, and playing games on this smartph1.
While the front and rear cameras of the Vivo V15 can produce selfies or wefies with great results. But for low light or night conditions, it looks like Vivo needs to improve the capabilities of its rear camera.
This Vivo V15 has a rear body with gradations of color that spoil the eyes, but the rear body is easily stuck with dust or fingerprint marks so that I immediately embed the additional casing that was available in the sales package to protect it.
The Vivo V15 does not yet have NFC even though this one feature has begun to be used by some people for data transfer, e-money charging, checking e-money, and several other transactions.
But overall, when viewed from the hardware specifications, design, and features offered, the Vivo V15 can be one of the attractive smartphone choices in its class. Especially with the performance, battery life and front camera offered.