First Impressions Of The Vivo V25 Pro: Minor Upgrades!

First Impressions Of The Vivo V25 Pro: Minor Upgrades!

The V23 Pro from Vivo, which debuted earlier this year, certainly looked the part. It was a sleek, premium-looking smartphone that only had a mid-range performance.

Its special color-changing back panel, which changed from gold to blue when exposed to UV radiation, was its main selling point. Additionally, it was the only smartphone in its class to offer a curved edge display, which raised its design factor. But the average battery life and camera quality suffered as a result of this design focus.

Vivo appears to be using the same reasoning as the V23 Pro with the new V25 Pro, however, it feels a little more usable this time.

The phone has become bulkier (with a greater battery), yet it still has a curved-edge display to keep up with its predecessor. It also boasts an enhanced chipset and a respectable camera. At first glance, Vivo appears to have done well enough to support its pricing point.

But since February of this year, the competition has altered significantly as smartphones like the Nothing Phone 1 (Review), which offers clean Android OS, a distinctive appearance, wireless charging, an IP rating, and good low-light camera performance, have entered this market.

What is the Vivo V25 Pro like in comparison? Here are my initial thoughts after a little period of use of the phone.

In India, there are two versions of the Vivo V25 Pro available. Priced at Rs. 35,999 for the base model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, and Rs. 39,999 for the model with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. There are two finishes to choose from Sailing Blue and Pure Black.

The phone has gotten fatter, as previously reported, and is no longer as small as the V23 Pro. Instead, it is more in line with OnePlus’s Nord 2T 5G. (Review). Due to the fact that the phone’s frame is still composed of polycarbonate with a beautiful chrome-like finish, it is also heavier, primarily as a result of its larger battery.

Color-changing anti-glare glass, used for the back panel, appears to be very effective in preventing fingerprints. One thing to keep in mind is that the only finish that can change color is Sailing Blue.

First Impressions Of The Vivo V25 Pro: Minor Upgrades!

The color merely shifts from a lighter shade of blue to a darker one when exposed to UV radiation, so it doesn’t change dramatically like the V23 Pro from last year.

The Vivo X80 Pro (Review), which also has comparable design elements with a flattened window at the top edge, came to mind when I noticed that the top and bottom edges of the phone were noticeably thicker than those of the previous generation.

Contrary to the all-metal module of the V23 Pro, which stood out, the V23 Pro’s back camera arrangement does not protrude much and appears much more conventional.

The V23 Pro’s medium-sized display notch, which housed the two selfie cameras, was one element that appeared a little old. That number has since been reduced to one by Vivo, who have managed to fit it into a hole-punch chamber that appears much neater and less distracting.

There are minimal bezels all the way around the 6.56-inch, curved-edge display. It is an AMOLED panel with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of up to 300Hz. This is an improvement over the 90Hz display found on the V23 Pro and should be used for playing video games.

A MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC, which is also found in the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G, powers the Vivo V25 Pro. In our tests, this SoC worked well, and I anticipate the Vivo V25 Pro to perform similarly.

It’s wonderful to have the battery’s capacity increase from 4,300mAh (in the V23 Pro) to 4,830mAh because the V23 Pro did not have enough battery life for daily use. The charging, which has increased from 44W to 66W, is another improvement.

First Impressions Of The Vivo V25 Pro: Minor Upgrades!

The phone’s operating system is Funtouch OS 12, which is based on Android 12. When I first used the device, there were a lot of third-party apps preinstalled, but I also noted some software changes in the Settings app and the addition of Vivo’s Ultra Game Mode, which adds additional software features geared toward gamers.

The cameras on the Vivo V25 Pro have also seen some logical upgrades. The original primary camera, which had a resolution of 108 megapixels, has been dropped to 64 megapixels, but it now incorporates optical image stabilization (OIS), which in principle should enhance its performance in low light.

The 2-megapixel macro camera and 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera appear to be the same as before. The V25 Pro’s 32-megapixel selfie camera is a sort of drop from the 50-megapixel one on the V23 Pro, but happily, it still boasts autofocus.

Vivo’s newest V series smartphone appears to be a powerhouse despite its higher-than-anticipated retail tag.

The design, processor, cameras, battery capacity, and charging rates are only a few of the practical hardware improvements. These, however, are qualitative upgrades and features that one would already anticipate from a high-end smartphone.

It’s clear that, despite being present, the value element is still weaker when compared to add-on features when compared to comparable mid-range phones such as the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G (Review) and the more recent Nothing Phone 1 (Review).

The Dimensity 1300 SoC will compete with high-end smartphones sporting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 SoC and above such as the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G (Review) and the iQoo Neo 6 (Review), both of which are priced under Rs. 40,000 and offer solid raw performance for gaming and excellent low-light cameras. The V25 Pro lacks an IP rating and stereo speakers.

The OnePlus 10R Endurance Edition (Review), which features a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC and 150W charging and was just given a permanent price reduction and is currently available for Rs. 39,999, is another option.

The Vivo V25 Pro still provides minor upgrades, and we’ll have to put it through its paces to see if they’ve made a noticeable difference, particularly in the area of cameras and battery life, as well as in terms of overall value.


Kimberly is a freelance writer with a love of writing and traveling. She has been writing for most of her life and has been published in various magazines and online publications. She writes about entertainment, technology, and lifestyle-related topics at Kimberly is always looking for new writing opportunities and loves learning about new cultures and experiences.

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