Vivo V25 Pro review – Look out for the camera
You’ve got to love the V-Series smartphones of Vivo, that’s for sure. It’s a company that loves to use gimmicks, smart (or even innovative) ideas to improve them year after year and the Vivo V25 Pro (and V25) series appears as perhaps their best work so far (as per our review). The Chinese company has practiced a lot in the camera features of these devices during the previous years. Starting from phones with dual selfie lenses, pop-up cameras to even a hybrid solution of dual pop-up selfie camera (!), their R&D department seems always busy.
However, this year the Vivo V25 Pro boasts an impressive, curved display, a multicolor back side and a different 32MP Selfie Camera sensor – a step down from the huge 50MP selfie snapper of its predecessor (V23 Pro). The mid-range device arrived in Gizchina HQ along with its budget brother (V25) and we got to play with them for several days
Check out here our thoughts on these two beauties in this review.
- Impressive Main camera functions
- Curved Display with 120Hz refresh rate
- Color changing back cover
- Decent battery life
Vivo V25 Pro technical specifications
- Brand: vivo
- CPU: MediaTek Dimensity 1300 (6nm)
- Display: 6.56-inch 120Hz AMOLED
- RAM: 8GB/12GB
- Storage: 128GB/256GB
- Battery: 4830mAh Li-Po
- Ports: USB-C 2.0
- Operating System: Android 12, Funtouch 12
- Front camera: 32MP, f/2.5, wide
- Rear cameras: 64MP, f/1.9, wide / 12MP, f/2.2, ultrawide / 2MP, f/2.4 macro
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS
- Dimensions: 158.9 x 73.5 x 8.6 mm (6.26 x 2.89 x 0.34 in)
- Colors: Pure Black, Sailing Blue
- Weight: 190 g (6.70 oz)
- Charging: 66W Fast-charging
- IP Rating: None
Vivo V25 Pro Design
It’s a beauty as per our review. Especially the back side of the device can do miracles when left under UV light (sun) for just a few minutes. The back color changes to darker shades and it’s easy to create some works of art if you have the necessary transparent plastic covers. Note however that this feature applies only to the Sailing Blue color variant. When UV lights turn off, the effect disappears and returns to its previous accent.
The Vivo V25 Pro comes with impressive curves on its sides, adding up to a sleek design. It’s easy to hold in your hands, it weighs a mere 190 grams, and with a size of 158.9 x 73.5 x 8.6 mm it’s no hassle to carry it either. Even though it’s a mid-range device, I loved the build quality, and how comfortable it was to hold in my hands during work or leisure.
It seems delicate though, be careful not to let it drop or else… havoc could break loose.
Vivo V25 Pro Display
Equipped with a 6.56-inches AMOLED panel, V25 Pro delivered a rich viewing experience during our review; Impressive brightness, healthy color depiction and excellent viewing angles thanks to the curved edges and the extra thin bezels. I used the phone under direct sunlight for all sorts of tasks – from daily social media browsing to binge watch shows and was quite impressed.
One of its main characteristics is the 120Hz refresh rate, something found mostly in flagship models of other competitors, and a sharp fingerprint sensor – quite quick with almost 85% success.
The only issue with the screen brightness is that it tends to get too dim when set on automatic. This can be good when watching videos or using social media in low light environments, but not when you need the phone the most: during work, driving or replying to messages.
The Vivo V25 Pro is packed with a Mediatek Dimensity 1300 SoC. That’s a small improvement compared to the previous model (V23 Pro) and its Dimensity 1200 chipset. If you had both phones, then you won’t see any significant difference in daily use. In any case, the V25 Pro can easily cope with most of our heavy professional tasks, while playing some notorious titles (such as Asphalt 9) was a pleasing experience. I saw no lags, or frame drops for almost 50 minutes of playing, but I experienced a small overheating at the back of the device. It was normal after playing a so demanding game and had no impact on the performance of the phone.
If you’re a gamer, or a music lover then the single speaker of the device will probably disappoint you. It offers a flat sound, but on the other hand it’s quite loud. One more thing to know also, is the absence of a 3.5mm audio jack, so you will have to rely on a Bluetooth connection for your earphones.
One other thing that wasn’t that… fun, was the FunTouch OS 12. It’s the skin that equips both the Vivo V25 and V25 Pro. It’s a typical Android 12 based skin that is however filled with a lot of bloatware (pre-installed apps), like as Josh, Moj a Browser app and others that sadly cannot be uninstalled. The whole experience is not bad – but it could be much better.
There are a lot of ads popping up. The native Vivo app store keeps bombarding us with notifications to buy or update several apps. The main launcher of the OS is full of personalization options – I must admit. It offers animations, and customization features to personalize your experience. Still, it seems not enough to have the same kind of impact as Oppo’s ColorOS.
Vivo V25 Pro Photography
Even though the previous V23 Pro was a pure selfie phone, this isn’t the case with the new model. This one packs an impressive 64 MP OIS primary camera that can do miracles in low light conditions, shooting high-in-contrast pictures with a minor saturation effect here and there and decent videos. I loved the 10X zoom that can prove helpful in various aspects of photography, with impressive amount of details.