Vivo V23 Pro review: a smartphone with a premium design and a selfie camera

Vivo V23 Pro review

Vivo V23 Pro is a mid-range smartphone with a powerful Dimensity 1200 5G processor, a 108 MP main camera and a large 6.56-inch AMOLED display. Key features are two front cameras and a back cover with iridescent colors.

The beginning of 2022 turned out to be productive for Vivo – the company released not only V23 and V23 Pro, but also iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro. The first two models are similar to each other, and not only in terms of characteristics, but also in appearance – the Pro version has the same coating as the V23, made of a material sensitive to sunlight.

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However, V23 Pro is not only for those who care about the design of the smartphone, but also for those who often take selfies and shoot vlogs.

Specifications Vivo V23 Pro

Screen6.56-inch AMOLED, 90Hz, 2376×1080 pixel resolution, 398ppi pixel density
CPUMediaTek MT6893 Dimensity 1200 5G (6nm): Octa-core (1×3.0GHz Cortex-A78, 3×2.6GHz Cortex-A78 + 4×2.0GHz Cortex-A55)
GraphicsMali-G77 MC9
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 120˚
Main camera108MP, f/1.9, 26mm, wide-angle, PDAF + 8MP, f/2.2, 16mm, ultra-wide, 120˚ + 2MP, f/2.4, macro
Video recordingMain: [email protected], [email protected]30fps 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 (optical, under the screen), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass
BatteryLi-Po 4300 mAh, non-removable, fast charging 44 W
ColorsSunny golden, starry black
materialsFront glass (Schott Xensation), back glass (Fluorite AG), polycarbonate side frames
Dimensions and weight159.5×73.3×7.4mm, 171g
Price  ₹38,990
Vivo V23 Pro review

Unpacking and packaging

The Vivo V23 Pro smartphone comes in a box with all the accessories:

  • 44 W adapter
  • transparent case
  • USB Type-A to Type-C cable
  • Headphones with microphone
  • USB-C to 3.5mm adapter

The latter is needed to connect the headphones to the phone, because the V23 Pro does not have a corresponding connector.

Design and appearance

Vivo V23 Pro is one of the most stylish smartphones released recently.

The case is only 7.4mm thick, and the display and back are rounded, making the sides appear even thinner. True, the back cover is slippery, and holding the phone in your hands is not very comfortable, although a case can solve the problem.

One of the unique features of the V23 Pro is the design. The body is covered with a material that is sensitive to sunlight. When it hits, the color changes after a while, although this applies only to the “solar-golden” model – the “star-black” one has a normal coating.

The color itself can hardly be called golden – in a dark room it is more of a gray-yellow. But on the street on a bright sunny day, it will turn turquoise in a couple of minutes. You can even close some parts of the body and get some interesting drawing for a while.

Another unusual feature of the V23 Pro is the two front cameras, which are in a large cutout at the top of the screen, like the iPhone.

The display itself is rounded on the sides, and the smartphone weighs a little – only 171 grams, partly thanks to the polycarbonate side frames. The screen is covered with Schott Xensation protective glass, and the back panel is covered with Fluorite AG glass.

The V23 Pro has no 3.5mm headphone jack, no second speaker, and no NFC. Between the two front cameras, there could have been a place for an LED notification indicator, but Vivo did not add it either.

At least, proximity and light sensors fit into this cutout, and a conversational speaker a little higher. There’s also a flash on the left and right side of the top bezel, making the V23 Pro the perfect smartphone for taking selfies.

Smartphone screen

One of the main advantages of Vivo V23 Pro is a 6.56-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2376 × 1080 and a pixel density of 398 ppi.

Vivo V23 Pro review
The refresh rate is 90 Hz, and the brightness reaches 465 nits when set manually or 800 nits when auto mode is enabled. This is more than enough to use the smartphone on the street on a sunny day.

The user can choose from three color profiles. Two of them correspond to the DCI-P3 space, but the hue accuracy is not very high. The third corresponds to the sRGB space, however, the color accuracy in it is not good enough. All three profiles have a slight shift towards blues that can be slightly corrected via the temperature slider.

Refresh rate options are 60Hz, 90Hz, or auto-switching, although the latter doesn’t perform well. When navigating through the interface, the frequency rises to 90 Hz, and when inactive, it drops to 60 Hz. However, many applications do not have this behavior.

Chrome and the browser from Vivo in this mode are somehow limited to 60 Hz, like other applications. When switching to 90Hz mode, many games will not go above 60fps.

Cameras V23 Pro

Vivo V23 Pro has three sensors on the back: a 108MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with a 120˚ field of view, and a 2MP macro lens with a fixed focus.

There are two cameras on the front panel: the main one is 50 megapixels and the additional one is 8 megapixels. In the upper frame above the display, there are two LED flashes on the right and left. When shooting from the main 108 MP sensor, nine pixels are combined into one, so photos are saved at 12 MP.

Vivo V23 Pro review

The quality is excellent – the images are highly detailed and have a wide dynamic range. The hues are rich and look nice on an OLED screen, but the naturalness is lost. If you want to get more natural colors and reduce the effect of processing algorithms, you can shoot at full resolution of 108 megapixels, then the files will weigh about 30 MB.

The V23 Pro does not have a telephoto lens, the zoom is only digital. On the other hand, 108 megapixel resolution is enough to crop and enlarge the photo, and the quality will still remain high - at least at 2x zoom.

The ultra-wide-angle sensor shoots at 8 megapixels, its shades are almost the same as those of the main camera. Of course, the resolution is noticeably lower, and the sharpness is too strong, but the pictures look pretty good on the smartphone screen. The only drawback is that there is a lot of noise in the sky and grass.

The last camera is a 2MP macro lens. Despite the low resolution of the sensor, the detail is high, and if desired, you can easily take a good picture.

The V23 Pro’s main front camera captures photos at a resolution of 12.5MP. The pictures look great: they are detailed with pleasing hues, and the dynamic range is wide. The bokeh effect also looks natural. The second lens has a resolution of 8 megapixels, it has a wide viewing angle. If you do not need to capture a large amount of space, it is better to use the main sensor.

Vivo V23 Pro can shoot 4K/30 fps video from both the rear and front cameras. We also have 1080p recording at 30 fps.

Software

V23 Pro is one of the first Vivo smartphones with Android 12 operating system, the Funtouch shell has also been updated to version 12.

Most of the new features from Google are available: for example, when you turn on the camera or voice recorder, a green dot will light up at the top of the display. Funtouch 12 interface is different from pure Android. A lot is geared towards one-handed use, and given the large screen, the Vivo V23 Pro is a good thing.

Instead of an LED notification indicator, the backlight of the sides of the screen has been added, and you can limit the list of applications with which this function works. There are also many settings for the always-on display.

For gamers, there is a special game mode where you will find all the settings. You can turn off notifications or, conversely, allow certain applications to show messages on top of the screen. One of the interesting features is to turn off the display, but the game will continue to run in the background.

Component performance

As a processor, Vivo V23 Pro uses Dimensity 1200 5G with eight cores: one at 3.0 GHz, three at 2.6 GHz and four at 2.0 GHz.

Vivo V23 Pro review
The Mali-G77 MC9 accelerator works with graphics. RAM 8 or 12 GB, and internal - 128 or 256 GB. Vivo has added a "virtual RAM" feature to the V23 Pro, allowing you to allocate 4 GB from the internal storage.

In performance tests, the results are excellent. In GeekBench 5, the smartphone scores 850/3021 in single-core and multi-core modes – among the mid-range models, this is one of the best indicators. The Dimensity 1200 is only slightly behind the Snapdragon 870.

Everything is fine with the V23 Pro in graphics tests: in GFX Car Chase ES 3.1, the device gains 53 fps. If you set it to 90 Hz, you can count on high frame rates in games. It is important that the case almost does not heat up, and strong throttling does not occur.

Sound quality

Vivo V23 Pro has only one speaker, which is disappointing - stereo speakers are now found even on budget smartphones.

The sound quality is good, but nothing more. The upper and middle frequencies sound clear, but the volume is not very high, and there is no equalizer.

Battery autonomy

The battery capacity of Vivo V23 Pro is 4300 mAh – less than many modern smartphones.

Vivo V23 Pro review

Most likely, the capacity had to be reduced to keep the case thin, but this did not greatly affect the battery life. One charge is enough for 15 hours of normal tasks and 17 hours of video viewing.

The V23 Pro comes with a 44W adapter that restores 65% charge in 30 minutes and takes about an hour to fully charge.

Alternatives to Vivo V23 Pro

Two versions of the V23 Pro are available for sale: with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, as well as 12/256 GB.

This is a mid-range smartphone, from competitors we recall Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge , which have a huge charging speed of 120 watts. You’ll also have IP53 splash protection with Gorilla Glass 5, a 120Hz AMOLED display, and stereo speakers.

If you are willing to spend a little more, you should pay attention to Realme GT2 or Realme GT2 Pro. The GT2 has a 120Hz AMOLED display, stereo speakers, a Snapdragon 888 5G chipset, and a 50MP OIS main camera.

We can also recommend Poco F3 . An excellent phone for those who do not care about the highest quality of shooting, but the maximum speed. The smartphone is equipped with a Snapdragon 870 processor, which provides incredible performance for the price segment.

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

Outcome

Vivo V23 Pro is a very stylish mid-range smartphone that lacks water resistance, optical image stabilization, stereo speakers and many other features that have become familiar even in the mid-range segment.

Vivo V23 Pro review
If the functionality of a smartphone is important to you, Vivo V23 Pro is not worth choosing. The model is more suitable for those who are looking for an unusual design or often take selfies from video with the front camera.

Is it worth buying

The V23 Pro features a unique design and dual front cameras with side flashes. When hit by sunlight, the back cover changes color to turquoise, and this effect is really amazing. But, in all other respects, the gadget is inferior to its competitors.

Advantages and disadvantages

Benefits

  • Two front cameras
  • High performance
  • Color changing design
  • Good display with HDR10+ and 90Hz
  • Long battery life

Disadvantages

  • No water and NFC protection
  • No stereo speakers or 3.5mm jack
  • Poor adaptive screen refresh rate mode

Vivo V23 Pro FAQ

Que. Does Vivo V23 Pro has dedicated MicroSD slot?

Ans. The V23 Pro doesn’t support a micro-SD card.

Que. Is Vivo V23 Pro water-resistant?

Ans. No, the Vivo V23 Pro isn’t rated for water resistance.

Que. Which is the Android update security patch on Vivo V23 Pro?

Ans. The V23 pro ships with December 01, 2021 security patch.

Que. Does Vivo V23 Pro support GCam or Camera2API?

Ans. The V23 Pro comes with Full Camera2API support for GCam. However, finding a GCam mod for the Dimmensity 1200 processor is a challenging task.

Que. Does Vivo V23 Pro support Netflix Full HD streaming?

Ans. Yes, Vivo V23 Pro supports DRM L1 certification so, you can do full HD streaming on Netflix and other OTT platforms.

Que. Does Vivo V23 Pro has Gorilla Glass protection?

Ans. No.

Que. SAR value of Vivo V23 Pro is ?

Ans. The V23 Pro SAR values are 1.22 W/Kg (Head); 0.63 W/Kg (Body).

Que. Does Vivo V23 Pro support dual-band WiFi?

Ans. Yes, it supports both WLAN bands i.e. 2.4GHz and 5GHz.


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