I have been testing Vivo V-series phones since the V5, which went on sale in early 2017 and was billed as “the perfect selfie phone.” Since then, the Shenzhen-based phone maker has released a V Phone every six months or so, which, coupled with its tendency to skip even numbers, has resulted in the V25 in just half a decade. Unlike previous V Phones, which always felt like a lower mid-tier phone in terms of build, the Vivo V25 Pro looks and feels closer to a flagship phone. To the untrained eye, they may not be able to tell the difference between this $450 phone and a $1,000 Samsung premium phone.
The Vivo V25 Pro is a sleek and curvy device, with a 6.5-inch curved OLED display that has a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The panel doesn’t get as bright as a flagship phone screen, nor does the The refresh rate can dynamically drop to 1Hz to conserve battery power like newer iPhones do, but these extra frills hardly matter to the average consumer. For most people, they look at this screen and see that it has slim bezels and vivid colors, and to them it will look as good as any $1,200 phone screen.
The back is made of glass and it has this coating material that changes color when UV light hits it. This allows you to create patterns on the back of the phone if you wish, but they will only last for about five minutes before returning to normal color. In my opinion, it’s a bit misleading and serves no real use beyond a good party trick.
The frame is plastic, but it’s so thin that your hands won’t actually feel much of the plastic, so for the most part, this is a skin-friendly phone that feels like it should be more expensive than the $450 price tag.
However, that price above was converted from the India price, because at the time of publishing this phone is only sold in India, though it should eventually make its way to Southeast Asian markets like Malaysia and Thailand the same way they have. other Vivo V phones.
The Vivo V25 Pro runs on a Mediatek Dimensity 1300, a mid-tier silicon that is perfectly adequate for normal smartphone tasks, but will show its limitations for power users exporting 4K video or playing graphics-intensive games for long periods of time. sessions.
As for the optics, the V25 Pro has four cameras, but only the main rear camera and the front selfie cameras are worth talking about. The 64MP main camera captures sharp images, and thanks to Vivo’s excellent computational photography over the past few years, it can produce excellent HDR images. Selfie cameras have always been a priority for Vivo devices, and the 32MP front-facing shooter produces great selfies. The other cameras (2MP depth sensor and 8MP ultra-wide) are mediocre and subpar even in this price range.
Android 12 is the software here, and while Vivo’s software skin is fine, it lacks some of the customization options offered by rival Chinese brands, like the ability to launch apps in resizable windows. Also, Android 13 is already here, and I’m not sure this phone will get the update anytime soon. This is a step back from the Vivo V20 a couple of years ago, when it was one of the first phones to launch with Android 11, ahead of many other brands.
A solid mid ranger, but maybe Vivo is pumping too many of these
The Vivo V25 Pro is a good phone at this price. Getting a great screen, a good main and selfie camera, and a solid processor at $450 sounds like a good deal to me. But Vivo is releasing V Phones at such a fast pace that it’s hard to find significant innovations or improvements over the Vivo V23 released earlier this year.
Vivo is doing exciting things at its highest flagship level. I think the Vivo X80 Pro is still the best camera phone. But its mid-range V-series is starting to feel a bit cut off.
To be clear, there’s not much of a problem with the V25 Pro, but how can I be excited about this when the Vivo V27 is just around the corner?