Display and Multimedia Vivo V15 Pro… The Vivo V15 Pro sports a 6.39-inch Ultra FullView Display which is slightly smaller than on the V11. It has a Full HD resolution or 2316 x 1080 which is equal to 404ppi. It uses a Super AMOLED panel that produces vibrant colors, deep blacks, and good contrast. It can also provide enough brightness to make it usable outdoors.
The absence of the notch makes the V15 Pro a suitable device for watching videos or playing games as you can see the whole content without obstruction. When it comes to playback, the video is displayed in its original aspect ratio so you will see borders on the left right. You can fill those borders by zooming in, but you’ll end up with a cropped video.
When it comes to audio, the V15 Pro has a single down-firing speaker. It’s loud, clear, and crisp, but has no bass. So it’s good enough for casual listening to music, games, or hands-free voice calls. We still recommend using your favorite headphones through its 3.5mm audio jack, or via an external speaker using Bluetooth.
At the back, we get a 48MP main lens, 8MP ultrawide lens, and a 5MP depth sensor. The pop-up selfie camera is a 32MP sensor. And fun fact — you can change the sound effect it makes when you open the front camera.
The camera UI has all your bases covered with the usual features you’d want like Pro mode, Panorama, AI Beauty, Portrait Mode. But it’s not perfect. You can’t just zoom out to switch to the ultrawide lens, you have to tap the button, and the AI Beauty Mode seems a little bit too aggressive.
Moving to the sample photos, in good lighting, they’re quite sharp, colors are accurate, with great detail. And when using the rear cameras to take pictures of people, skin tones are nicely preserved. The scene detection works very well, so shots end up looking nicely saturated. Portrait mode has improved a lot compared to Vivo’s 2018 phones, providing good subject-background separation even for a subject with tricky hairstyles.
It’s impressive in low-light. The images shot with the standard automatic mode are a bit noisy, but when we use the dedicated Night Mode, it does take 4 seconds for the shutter to actuate, but we get a much better result. It’s similar to Huawei and OPPO’s night mode actually, and it’s a good thing that we get it.
For selfies, we’re impressed as well. Without the AI Beauty mode, the skin tones are accurate. There’s plenty of details, and as long as you don’t put your face too close, there isn’t much distortion.
For videos, you can shoot up to 4K for the rear camera, and 1080p for the front camera. Quality is decent for both but it’s not going to win any awards for smartphone video, but with good consistent lighting, you will get by. The stabilization is surprisingly good, too.
OS, UI, and Apps
Running the software department is Funtouch 9 based on Android 9.0 Pie. Like with most Vivo devices, Funtouch uses a clean and simple to navigate interface with a youthful color scheme. By default, navigation is via the standard navigation keys, but you can opt to use full-screen gestures.
Swiping down from the top will reveal the notifications while swiping up from the bottom will show the shortcut keys. Swipe from the left, and it will bring up Jovi Smart Scene which is like a set of widgets that can display relevant information like the weather, physical activity, and scores from your favorite basketball team.
Other features include iManager which is like a one-stop-shop for optimizing your phone, Kids Mode, and Easy Touch which works similar to Assistive Touch. Look inside Settings, and you will have more access to features like Jovi, Game Cube (which we will discuss later on), Motorbike Mode, and Security & Privacy.
Pre-installed apps are available like Facebook, Lazada, WeSing, WPS Office, and TikTok, on top of the usual Google apps. Good thing these can be uninstalled and doesn’t take a lot from the 128GB of storage. If that is not enough, you can install a microSD card in its dedicated slot, which is nice.