Vivo V23 Pro 5G Review: Strictly For Selfie Enthusiasts

March 31, 2022 0 Comments

Vivo V23 Pro has been officially launched in India along with Vivo V23. Now, the Vivo V-Series is not particularly popular but the company wants to replace it with the new V23 Pro which brings tough upgrades to the V-Series including V-Series Dimension 1200 chip, 90Hz refresh rate AMOLED display, 108MP main camera, 50MP. 44W fast charging support with primary and an 8MP ultra-wide selfie camera. But what sets the V23 Pro apart from all other phones is its rear panel, which changes color when exposed to sunlight or UV light.

Vivo V23 Pro Sunshine Gold Color (after exposure to sunlight)

Vivo V23 Pro Performance

The Vivo V23 Pro is powered by a MediaTek Dimension 1200 chip with an octa-core CPU with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It runs on Funtouch OS 12 which is based on Android 12 out-of-the-box. We’ve seen Dimensity 1200 SoC on phones like the OnePlus Nord 2 and Oppo Reno 6 Pro before, to name a few, so we have an idea of ​​how this chip performs in everyday life.

In our tests, the V23 Pro racked in numbers just like the other Dimension 1200 phones. The performance of the phone was great with everyday use and the Fun Touch OS was as glamorous as ever. There is a game boost mode that optimizes frame rate stability which allows you to play games with an extension in it. A high-refresh-rate display ensures smooth interaction with the phone.

On the AnTuTu test, the Vivo V23 Pro got a slightly better score than the Nord 2 and Reno 6 Pro which is good but on the Geekbench test, it performed poorly. An experiment like PCMark Work, which grades the phone’s performance by running loads of browsing, video editing, photo editing, and more, has pushed the Vivo V23 Pro Nord 2 and Renault 6 Pro to the top of the charts. This proves that V23 Pro is great for handling these tasks.

We also conducted a CPU throttling test to see if the CPU throttle under extreme work pressure. Here, the V23 Pro throttle between 76% and 78% of its maximum performance, which means that it does not last up to its full potential for a durable period and reduces the performance of the system to keep the heat under control. When you consider its slim profile, ruining your experience is not a bad thing at all.

To test GPU performance, we conducted 3DMark Wildlife and GFX bench tests where the V23 Pro is far ahead of the Nord 2 and Reno 6 Pro. We also played some graphic intensive games like COD Mobile, BGMI, PUBG New State and Jenshin Impact.

We used the GameBench metrics to record gameplay sessions where the V23 Pro COD scored 60FPS on 100% stability on mobile. Similarly, the Gamebench Asphalt 9 recorded 59FPS and 91% stability while it moved to 40FPS at 100% stability in BGMI.

Now, these numbers are not indicators of real-world performance, and in the case of the V23 Pro, I have not noticed any gaps or errors in the day-to-day operation of the phone. Even while playing games, the V23 Pro showed no signs of stress and was able to handle these titles much more easily.

Vivo V23 Pro Battery Life

The Vivo V23 Pro comes with a 4,300mAh battery that supports 44W fast charging. Now the battery of this phone is not great but I think for most of the users who use their phone it is enough for text, call, online video watching, listening to music and much more. Battery life will be a hit if you play games for hours on this phone, but otherwise, you can expect a day’s worth of battery life from the V23 Pro.

When charged, this phone takes 50 minutes to charge from 0 to 100 percent using a 44W adapter.

Vivo V23 Pro Camera Review

The Vivo V23 Pro has a triple camera on the back with a 108MP camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree field of view, and a 2MP macro camera.

On the front, we get two selfie cameras in the form of a main 50MP sensor followed by an 8MP ultra-wide camera that gives you a wide view while taking a selfie. It is supported by a dual-LED flash that lets you take selfies even in low light.

The 108MP main camera produces 12MP pixel-free images that are sharp and colorful to look at (scroll down for camera samples). There are enough details in the pictures but they are not able to replicate the textures efficiently The camera also bumps up the saturation level in different scenes and HDR processing was sometimes not even up to the mark.

It also offers 2x digital zoom which does not compromise on decent and detailed photography which is very important when you are moving your subject up and around.

Night mode works well and Vivo offers lots of new modes and filters for different photo styles.

The ultra-wide camera is average because it is a low-resolution 8MP sensor. The center of the frame remains sharp but the angles become blurred with visible barrel distortion.

The 2MP macro camera takes decent close-up shots but it gets enough light but here again, the details are not so prominent and focusing on an object is a hassle.

Coming to the selfie camera, the V23 Pro compliments a 50MP main selfie camera with an 8MP ultra-wide camera for a wide frame so that more area can be covered in one frame. The front camera selfies are quite decent and you won’t be disappointed with its performance when it is used in a low light environment where it is flat to create detailed selfies.

Vivo V23 Pro

Vivo V23 Pro display

The V23 Pro has a 6.56-inch Full HD + AMOLED display that supports 90Hz refresh rate. The display has curved around the edges and a wide groove cutout for the two front cameras.

Although we’ve adapted to punch-hole notch cutouts, the V23 Pro’s wide groove viewing experience is hampered because most apps don’t account for such large grooves, although you can change it yourself.

Otherwise, the V23 Pro’s display has good brightness levels with decent sunlight clarity. The display looks really good for wide notches which is a side-effect of having two selfie cameras. Everything else on the V23 Pro looks smooth, whether it’s launching an app or switching between them, the phone can do these things easily.

Vivo V23 Pro build and design

The build and design of this phone is quite tough. It is thin and light weight, measures 7.4 mm and weighs 171 grams. It fits comfortably in your hand and you can use it or play it for hours before straining your hand.

The back of the phone has a large camera module with three sensors with an LED flash and a curved edge that seamlessly transforms into a curved display on the front. Since it is very thin, you can keep a case for more grip without spoiling the look.

The rear panel uses a color-changing fluorite AG glass that converts from gold to cyan shades. This is a neat technique but you need to keep your phone in the sunlight so that it can change its color like a chameleon. However, do not assume that only Sunshine Gold exhibits variant photochromic behavior while Stardust Black does not.


So who should buy Vivo V23 Pro? If you’re looking for a new phone for under 40 40,000, the V23 Pro is the newest kid on the block with a color-changing back panel and a powerful Dimension 1200 chip that works efficiently in everyday use.

The main camera can produce some beautiful images, but the other two sensors require more tuning to create usable images. The curved display looks great on the hands and looks but it may take some time to adjust to the wide groove cutout at the top. That said, if you only want to watch videos on YouTube, you don’t have to face any problems. And if your selfie game is powerful, you’ll love the V23 Pro’s dual selfie camera. I would like to add here that Funtouch OS 12 has been refined and works well without any unnecessary lags or errors.

Priced at Rs 38,990, the V23 Pro enters the affordable flagship domain which reduces its price-to-performance ratio. Even the maxed-out V23 Pro with 12GB RAM violates the 40k-mark which is not supportable for the value you get from the phone. For this kind of money, you can easily get iQOO 7 Legend, Mi 11X Pro or OnePlus 9R, all of which are good and valuable for money phones.

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