Vivo V23 5G review

Vivo V23 5G review: a smartphone for selfie lovers with great design

Vivo V23 5G is a mid-range smartphone with an attractive design and excellent selfie cameras. The processor is MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G, while the 6.44-inch AMOLED display has a 90Hz refresh rate.

The V23 5G is designed primarily for selfies and vlogging. There are two front cameras, the main one shoots at a resolution of 50 megapixels, supports autofocus and can record 4K video. Otherwise, this is a standard mid-range model.

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Specifications Vivo V23 5G

Screen6.44″ AMOLED, 90Hz, 2400×1080 resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 409 ppi pixel density
CPUMediaTek Dimensity 920 5G (6nm): Octa-core (2×2.5GHz Cortex-A78 + 6×2.0GHz Cortex-A55)
GraphicsMali-G68 MC4
RAM8/12 GB
Inner memory128/256 GB
System and softwareAndroid 12, Funtouch 12
Front camera50MP f/2.0 wide + 8MP f/2.3 ultra wide 105°
Main camera64 MP, f/1.9, wide-angle, 26 mm, PDAF + 8 MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide angle, 120˚ + 2 MP, f/2.4, macro
Video recordingMain: [email protected], [email protected] Front: [email protected], [email protected]
Communication and connectionsWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC, USB Type-C, USB On-The-Go
networksGSM/HSPA/LTE/5G
Sound and audioMono speaker, no 3.5mm
Sensors and featuresFingerprint scanner (under the display), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass
BatteryLi-Po 4200 mAh, non-removable, fast charging 44 W
ColorsSunny golden, starry black
materialsSchott Xensation Up glass front, glass back, aluminum frames
Dimensions and weight157.2×72.4×7.4/7.6mm, 179/181g
PricePriced from ₹29,990
Vivo V23 5G review

Unpacking and packaging

Included with Vivo V23 5G we get:

  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • 44W FlashCharge charger
  • Transparent TPU case and wired earphones
  • Documentation and SIM tray eject tool

Interestingly, there is no 3.5mm jack on the smartphone, so Vivo put a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box.

Design and appearance

One of the main advantages of Vivo V23 5G is the design, the device looks like the new iPhone – the side frames, screen and back panel are completely flat.

The case does not slip, so it is convenient to hold the smartphone in your hands. The most interesting feature is that the back cover changes color when exposed to sunlight or other ultraviolet sources. True, this applies only to the golden color – black looks simpler.

However, it is difficult to call this color golden, because in room lighting it is more of a pale yellow with shades of green and blue. But when exposed to sunlight after a few minutes, the V23 5G body will turn blue-green, and for the first time it really impresses.

You can cover part of the case to get some kind of pattern or logo, although the effect will be short-lived. But after a telephone conversation on a sunny day, the back cover will resemble a modern painting in the “abstract” genre.

From the front, Vivo's V23 looks even more like the iPhone 13, thanks in large part to the cutout for the two front cameras. There are two of them, so this design decision is justified. There are also proximity and light sensors.

The side frames of the V23 are made of aluminum, and the weight is 181 grams for the golden color and 179 grams for the black one. The fingerprint scanner is located under the display. Unfortunately, there is no water protection, even the simplest one like IP53.

On the right side you will find the power and volume keys, on the left there is nothing, and on the top there is a single microphone. On the bottom is a downward-facing speaker, a USB-C connector, and a nano-SIM card slot without microSD support.

Screen and sound

The Vivo V23 5G has a 6.44-inch flat AMOLED display with FullHD+ resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio.

The maximum brightness is 435 nits in manual mode and 630 nits in automatic mode. There are three color profiles to choose from: Standard, Vivid and Professional.

The first two cover the DCI-P3 space and the hues are far from accurate. Professional covers the sRGB space, so the situation is better with color accuracy, but far from ideal.

The V23 5G supports HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG, the only thing missing is Dolby Vision. There is also Widevine L1 DRM protection, which allows you to watch videos on streaming services in maximum quality.

The refresh rate reaches 90 Hz, which has almost become the necessary minimum for the current smartphone market. There are 60Hz, 90Hz, and Smart Switch modes, but the latter is unstable.

For example, in Chrome, the frequency remains at around 60 Hz, as in many other applications. There is no clear logic in this.

Unfortunately, the V23 has the only downward-firing speaker that doesn’t pair with a speaker. This is disappointing because many cheaper smartphones have stereo speakers. The sound volume is average, as is its quality.

Vivo V23 5G cameras

Vivo V23 5G differs from other smartphones on the market with two front cameras.

In the upper frame above the screen, one LED flash is installed on the right and left. Using the slider, you can even slightly adjust the color of the flashes.

Vivo V23 5G review
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The front cameras themselves do not disappoint either: the main one shoots at a resolution of 50 megapixels with autofocus, and the additional one has a resolution of 8 megapixels.

There are three cameras on the back: a 64MP wide-angle lens, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro lens.

Vivo V23 5G review

The main sensor of the V23 uses Quad Bayer technology, so the resolution of the final images is 16 megapixels. The quality is not too impressive, although the colors are close to natural, and the dynamic range is wide. However, complex textures like grass look washed out and images can have a lot of noise.

Usually a full 64 MP mode does not provide any advantages, but in the case of Vivo V23 it solves most of the problems. Processing algorithms are no longer so aggressive, and photos look much nicer. True, the files in this case weigh about 20 MB.

Vivo V23 5G review
There is no telephoto lens, but at 2x zoom from the main sensor, the quality remains acceptable. You can zoom up to 10x, but it doesn't make much sense.

The ultra-wide-angle camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels and a viewing angle of 120 degrees. It copes with its main work, but the detailing is not the highest, and the processing algorithms are too aggressive.

At least the colors are not too different from the main sensor. The last camera is a macro lens with a resolution of 2 megapixels. Detailing is not bad, and if desired, you can get interesting photos.

The 50MP front camera shoots at 12.5MP by default and the pictures look great. The hues are close to natural, the dynamic range is wide, and the bokeh effect is natural.

The second 8 MP sensor is not as good because the colors are too pale. But this is a wide-angle camera with a viewing angle of 105 degrees.

The V23 5G can capture 4K/30fps video from two cameras: a 64MP main camera and a 50MP front camera. Ultra wide angles are limited to 1080p. Stabilization is only electronic, although it works in 4K.

Software

Vivo recently released a new version of OriginOS, but this operating system is limited to the Chinese market for now.

In other countries, Vivo V23 5G runs on Funtouch OS, now version 12. At the same time, you should not think that Vivo has stopped improving Funtouch – on the contrary, this shell is based on the recently released Android 12 OS.

Vivo V23 5G review

Many functions of the operating system from Google are available to smartphone owners, although the interface has changed significantly.

Recently, Vivo has been paying a lot of attention to the software on its smartphones. Externally, the Funtouch OS 12 version is significantly different from Funtouch OS 11.

The icons in the quick settings panel have become square, the widgets look simpler and more convenient, and the interface as a whole is now more suitable for using a smartphone with one hand.

For gamers, Ultra Game Mode is available, which contains everything you need. You can turn off notifications while playing or even stay in the game with the screen turned off – some games will come in handy.

Component performance

The Vivo V23 5G smartphone is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor, made using a 6nm process technology.

It uses eight cores: two Cortex-A78 (2.5 GHz) and six Cortex-A55 (2.0 GHz). RAM can be 8 or 12 GB, and the amount of internal storage - 128 or 256 GB. The Mali-G68 MC4 is responsible for the graphics.
Vivo V23 5G review

When testing the performance of GeekBench 5, the smartphone scores 739 points in single-core mode and 2140 in multi-core mode. In the GFX Manhattan ES 3.0 (offscreen 1080p) graphics test, the V23 has 68 fps.

The phone is great for most modern games, especially when compared to models on the Dimensity 700 and 800.

There are no problems with heating either – when performing intensive tasks, the side frames become warm, but this does not cause discomfort. There is no significant throttling either, and the V23 5G manages to keep performance high.

Battery autonomy

Vivo V23 5G has a 4200 mAh battery inside, one charge is enough for 16 hours of normal tasks and 18 hours of video viewing.
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The gadget comes with a 44W FlashCharge charger, which is also used for the company’s flagships like the X70. In half an hour, 60% of the energy is restored, and a full charge takes a little over an hour.

Alternatives to Vivo V23 5G

Vivo's V23 5G is a good value-for-money smartphone, although there are many competitors on the market from other Chinese companies.

There are several offerings from Xiaomi: 11i, 11i HyperCharge, Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11 Pro+. By the way, the last two models are practically no different, except for the charging speed. You’ll also get IP53 water resistance, a 120Hz AMOLED display, and stereo speakers.

You can take Realme GT Master . The characteristics of the smartphone are similar, but the AMOLED display is slightly better. But there is no official water protection, stereo speakers and two front cameras, like the V23.

An excellent choice would be Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G . The Galaxy A line is getting more and more popular, and the A52s is one of the best deals out there right now.

You will not only have long-term software support, but also IP67 water resistance, stereo speakers, and optical stabilization when shooting from the main camera.

Outcome

The Vivo V23 5G is a unique smartphone in several respects. At first glance, it is a copy of the iPhone 13, but the back cover is covered with a material that is sensitive to ultraviolet radiation, due to which the color can completely change.

There are two front cameras with excellent quality. There are even two LED flashes above the display. But the rest of the smartphone is quite standard. The MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor is responsible for performance, and it is not the most powerful.

Is it worth buying

Vivo’s V23 5G lacks water resistance, optical image stabilization, and stereo speakers, which can be found on competitive devices for the same price. These are not too big drawbacks, but for some, such functions may be important.

Vivo V23 5G smartphone – video

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages

  • Unusual design
  • Two LED flashes on the front
  • Long battery life
  • UV sensitive housing
  • Excellent front camera quality

Disadvantages

  • No water protection
  • No 3.5mm jack
  • Single speaker
  • Main camera quality

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