Vivo V25 Pro First Impressions: Subtle Improvements

Vivo’s V23 Professional which launched earlier this yr positive appeared the half. It was a slim and trendy smartphone which appeared premium, however solely provided mid-range efficiency. Its celebration trick was the distinctive colour-changing again panel that transitioned from gold to blue when uncovered to UV mild. It was additionally the one smartphone to supply a curved edge show in its phase which added to its fashion quotient. However this consideration to design got here at the price of common battery life and digicam efficiency.

With the brand new V25 Professional, Vivo appears to be making use of on the identical logic because the V23 Pro, but it surely feels a bit extra sensible this time. The cellphone has grown chubbier (with an even bigger battery) and comes with an improved processor, a wise digicam, and nonetheless presents a curved-edge show to maintain it in keeping with its predecessor. At a look, Vivo appears to have finished alright to justify its asking value.

Nonetheless, the competitors has modified drastically since February this yr, with smartphones such because the Nothing Phone 1 (Review) coming into this phase that provides clear Android software program, a singular tackle design, wi-fi charging, an IP score and good low-light digicam efficiency. So how does the Vivo V25 Pro stack up? I’ve been utilizing the cellphone for a short time and listed below are my first impressions.

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The Vivo V25 Professional has a polycarbonate body with an anti-glare glass rear panel

The Vivo V25 Professional is on the market in two variants in India. There is a base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage that is priced at Rs. 35,999, and a second with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage priced at Rs. 39,999. There’s two finishes to select from, Pure Black and Crusing Blue.

As talked about earlier, the cellphone has grown chubbier and it is now not as slim because the V23 Professional however extra in keeping with OnePlus’s Nord 2T 5G (Review). It is also heavier which is principally as a consequence of its elevated battery capability because the cellphone’s body remains to be fabricated from polycarbonate with a shiny chrome-like end. The again panel is comprised of colour-changing anti-glare glass, which appears actually good at rejecting fingerprints. One factor to remember is that solely the Crusing Blue end is able to altering color. Additionally the colour-changing bit is not as dramatic as final yr’s V23 Professional as the color solely adjustments from a lighter shade of blue to darker one when uncovered to UV mild.

The highest and backside edges of the cellphone are noticeably thicker than the earlier mannequin and jogged my memory of the Vivo X80 Pro (Review), which additionally had related design options with a flattened window on the prime edge. The rear digicam format doesn’t protrude a lot (because the cellphone itself has grown in thickness) and appears much more mainstream not like the V23 Professional’s all-metal module which stood out.

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The Vivo V25 Professional, identical to its predecessor, adjustments color however the distinction is sort of delicate

One element that appeared a bit dated on the V23 Professional was the medium-sized show notch which housed the 2 selfie cameras. Vivo has now introduced that quantity down to 1 and has squeezed it right into a hole-punch cavity which seems to be lots neater and fewer distracting. The 6.56-inch curved-edge show has skinny bezels throughout it. It is an AMOLED panel which helps a refresh price of as much as 120Hz and as much as 300Hz contact sampling price. This can be a step up over the V23 Professional’s 90Hz panel and may are available use whereas enjoying video games.

The Vivo V25 Professional will get a MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC which can be out there within the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G. This SoC carried out properly in our exams and I am anticipating related efficiency within the Vivo V25 Professional as properly. The battery has grown in capability from 4,300mAh (within the V23 Professional) to 4,830mAh which is sweet to have because the V23 Professional did fall brief on battery life with day-to-day use. One other factor that is improved is the charging, which is 66W from the earlier 44W.

As for software program, the cellphone runs Vivo’s Funtouch OS 12 which is predicated on Android 12. Throughout my preliminary utilization I did discover loads of preinstalled third-party apps however I additionally observed some software program adjustments within the Settings app together with the addition of Vivo’s Extremely Recreation Mode which provides some gamer-friendly software program options.

The Vivo V25 Professional’s cameras have additionally seen some smart enhancements. The sooner 108-megapixel major digicam has been downgraded by way of decision to a 64-megapixel unit, however will get optical picture stabilisation (OIS), which in principle ought to enhance its low-light efficiency. The 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam and 2-megapixel macro digicam appear to be the identical as earlier than. The 50-megapixel selfie digicam on the V23 Professional has additionally seen a downgrade of types to a 32-megapixel digicam on the V25 Professional, however fortunately retains autofocus.

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The Vivo V25 Professional comes with loads of preinstalled third-party apps

Regardless of its increased than anticipated sticker value, Vivo’s newest V sequence smartphone positive appears to pack a punch. There’s smart {hardware} upgrades sprinkled in all places, whether or not its the design, processor, cameras or battery capability and charging speeds. Nonetheless, these are qualitative enhancements and issues that one would count on from a premium smartphone to start with.

Evaluate these upgrades to different mid-range telephones such because the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G (Review) and the newer Nothing Phone 1 (Review) and it is simple to inform that the worth issue (though current) remains to be not as robust by way of add-on options. The V25 Professional doesn’t get an IP score or stereo audio system, and the Dimensity 1300 SoC shall be competing with premium smartphones sporting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 SoC and above such because the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G (Review) and the iQoo Neo 6 (Review), each of that are additionally priced underneath Rs. 40,000 and supply strong uncooked efficiency for gaming and superb low-light cameras.

There’s additionally the OnePlus 10R Endurance Edition (Review) with its MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC and 150W charging, which just lately obtained a everlasting value reduce and now retails at Rs. 39,999.

The Vivo V25 Professional nonetheless presents delicate enhancements and we must put it by means of its paces to seek out out if these enhancements have made a significant distinction particularly within the cameras and battery life division, and in terms of general worth. Keep tuned to our detailed assessment, which shall be out quickly on Devices 360.

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