comscore Vivo V15 First Impressions: A watered down version of the Pro which plays on the strengths
Review

Vivo V15 First Impressions: A watered down version of the Pro which plays on the strengths

Vivo is trying to target the near Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 market with the V15 for people who may not be able to spend Rs 28,990 on the V15 Pro.

Vivo V15 Pro (9)

Image credit: Rehan Hooda


Highlights

  • Vivo India has priced the Vivo V15 at Rs 23,990.

  • V15 has managed to keep the pop-up camera and design from the Pro

  • V15 is set to go on sale on different channels starting from April 1.

Vivo India has just launched its latest smartphone, the Vivo V15 in the market. Similar to its big brother the Vivo V15 Pro the V15 will also come in a single RAM and storage combination with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Vivo has priced the device at Rs 23,990 and the device will be available in three colors including Glamour Red, Frozen Black, and Royal Blue. The device will go on sale starting from April 1, 2019, and interested buyers can head to Amazon India, Flipkart, Paytm Mall, Tata CLiQ, and Vivo India online store to make the purchase. Also Read - Phones launching in India this week: Vivo X70 series, Mi 11 Lite NE 5G, Samsung Galaxy M52 5G, and more

Also Read - Vivo X70 series launch date in India revealed

In addition to all the online stores, the device will also be available on all major offline channels as well so you don t have to worry about taking part in a flash sale to try and buy the device. Considering the pricing of the device along with the name, it looks like the device will be a watered down version of its cousin, the Vivo V15 Pro. Also Read - Best 8GB RAM phones under Rs 20,000 to buy in India in September 2021

It likely means that the company is trying to target the near Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 market with the device for people who may not be able to spend Rs 28,990 for the V15 Pro. The company sent us a device before the launch and I have been using the device for a couple of hours now. Here are my first impressions for the Vivo V15.

Classy design of the Vivo V15

Like a true younger sibling, the Vivo V15 follows in the footsteps of the V15 Pro. The device comes with a design that is identical to the one we saw in the Pro version with a slight change in the look of the device on the back. V15 still managed to look like a weird, captivating mix of futuristic design that looks somewhat complex. The outward look likely matches the somewhat over-engineered internals that brings back the pop-up selfie camera to ensure that the device does not resort to a notch. The device sent to us comes with Glamour Red color variant that sports a gradient look on the back with a glass-like finish full with sparkles.

Watch: Vivo V15 Pro First Look

Calculated compromises

Taking a look at the specifications sheet, it is evident that the company has cut some corners with the V15 to push the price down. However, the more you think about the corners that the company had to cut, the more the decisions make sense. For instance, the company has opted for a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device instead of an in-display one, even though the display size has increased in the device from 6.39 to 6.53-inches, the panel Incell LCD instead of the Super AMOLED screen.

Vivo has also opted for a MediaTek Helio P70 SoC instead of the Snapdragon 675 SoC in the Pro and there is no 48-megapixel camera sensor. Instead, the company has added a 12-megapixel sensor on the back of the device. Another change that I could notice was the presence of a 4,000mAh battery instead of a 3,700mAh on the Pro, likely to power the somewhat larger screen. Everything here looks like a calculated move on part of Vivo.

Playing to its strengths

Despite the compromises that the company had to make on the hardware end, it is interesting to note that the company manages to keep key aspects of what made the Vivo V15 Pro attractive in the market while attempting to fix that pricing problem. Digging deeper, the company has kept the 32-megapixel camera sensor on the front along with the motorized camera setup. The company has also managed to keep the futuristic design of the device while making changes in the internal hardware. Looking at the rest of the things, the company has pulled off a good balancing act.

First Impressions

Image credits: Rehan Hooda

Vivo has pulled a good balancing act with the Vivo V15 where it manages to fix the problems that we had with the V15 Pro, at least on paper. The company has kept all the important things that are likely to make the device popular in the market. Given that V15 comes just weeks after the launch of the V15 Pro, other smartphone makers have not been able to present a counter to the V15 lineup in terms of the design, looks, and its highlights. However, despite the right moves on the paper, we will have to wait and see how the V15 fares in our complete review.

For the latest tech news across the world, latest PC and Mobile games, tips & tricks, top-notch gadget reviews of most exciting releases follow BGR India’s Facebook, Twitter, subscribe our YouTube Channel. Also follow us on  Facebook Messenger for latest updates.
  • Published Date: March 22, 2019 4:59 PM IST


You Might be Interested

Vivo V15

19990

Android 9 Pie
MediaTek Helio P70 SoC
Triple - 12MP + 8MP + 5MP
Vivo V15 Pro

19990

Triple - 48MP + 8MP + 5MP

new arrivals in india

Realme 8i
Realme 8i

13,999

Realme 8s 5G
Realme 8s 5G

17,999

Xiaomi Redmi 10 Prime
Xiaomi Redmi 10 Prime

12,499

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

35,999

Samsung Galaxy M32 5G
Samsung Galaxy M32 5G

20,999

Vivo Y33s
Vivo Y33s

17,990

Realme C21Y
Realme C21Y

8,999

Vivo Y21
Vivo Y21

15,490

Realme GT Master Edition
Realme GT Master Edition

25,999

Realme GT 5G
Realme GT 5G

37,999

Itel A48
Itel A48

6,399

Motorola Edge 20
Motorola Edge 20

29,999

Motorola Edge 20 Fusion
Motorola Edge 20 Fusion

21,499

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

84,999

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

1,49,999

Samsung Galaxy A12 (Exynos)
Samsung Galaxy A12 (Exynos)

13,999

Nokia C20 Plus
Nokia C20 Plus

8,999

Vivo Y53s
Vivo Y53s

19,490

Tecno Pova 2
Tecno Pova 2

10,999

Infinix Smart 5A
Infinix Smart 5A

6,499

Micromax In 2b
Micromax In 2b

8,999

Vivo Y72 5G
Vivo Y72 5G

20,990

Tecno Camon 17
Tecno Camon 17

12,999

Tecno Camon 17 Pro
Tecno Camon 17 Pro

16,999

Realme C11 2021
Realme C11 2021

6,999

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G

39,990

Oppo Reno6 5G
Oppo Reno6 5G

29,990

Samsung Galaxy M21 2021
Samsung Galaxy M21 2021

12,499

OnePlus Nord 2
OnePlus Nord 2

27,999

Poco F3 GT
Poco F3 GT

27,999

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G

19,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F22
Samsung Galaxy F22

12,499

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite

21,999

Infinix Note 10 Pro
Infinix Note 10 Pro

16,999

Infinix Note 10
Infinix Note 10

10,999

Vivo Y73
Vivo Y73

20,990

OnePlus Nord CE 5G
OnePlus Nord CE 5G

22,999

iQOO Z3
iQOO Z3

19,990

Realme C25s
Realme C25s

9,999

Poco M3 Pro 5G
Poco M3 Pro 5G

13,999

Realme X7 Max 5G
Realme X7 Max 5G

26,999

Oppo F19
Oppo F19

18,990

Motorola Moto G40 Fusion
Motorola Moto G40 Fusion

13,999

POCO M2 Reloaded
POCO M2 Reloaded

9,499

OPPO A74 5G
OPPO A74 5G

17,990

Oppo A53s 5G
Oppo A53s 5G

14,990

Vivo V21 5G
Vivo V21 5G

29,990

Realme C25
Realme C25

9,499

Realme C21
Realme C21

7,999

Realme C20
Realme C20

6,799

Motorola Moto G60
Motorola Moto G60

17,999

iQOO 7
iQOO 7

31,990

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G

21,999

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

69,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G
Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G

39,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X
Xiaomi Mi 11X

29,999

Realme 8 5G
Realme 8 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F02s
Samsung Galaxy F02s

8,999

Samsung Galaxy F12
Samsung Galaxy F12

10,999

POCO X3 Pro
POCO X3 Pro

18,999

Realme 8 Pro
Realme 8 Pro

17,999

Realme 8
Realme 8

14,999

Vivo X60 Pro Plus
Vivo X60 Pro Plus

69,990

Vivo X60 Pro
Vivo X60 Pro

49,990

Vivo X60
Vivo X60

37,990

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G
OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

64,999

OnePlus 9R 5G
OnePlus 9R 5G

39,999

OnePlus 9 5G
OnePlus 9 5G

49,999

Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72

34,999

Samsung Galaxy A52
Samsung Galaxy A52

26,499

Micromax In 1
Micromax In 1

10,499

Asus ROG Phone 5
Asus ROG Phone 5

49,999

Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Galaxy M12

10,999

Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30

10,999

Motorola Moto G10 Power
Motorola Moto G10 Power

9,999

Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G
Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G

25,990

Oppo F19 Pro
Oppo F19 Pro

21,490

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

18,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

15,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

11,999

Realme Narzo 30A
Realme Narzo 30A

8,999

Realme Narzo 30 Pro
Realme Narzo 30 Pro

16,999

Infinix Smart 5
Infinix Smart 5

7,199

Samsung Galaxy F62
Samsung Galaxy F62

23,999

Samsung Galaxy A12
Samsung Galaxy A12

12,999

Nokia 5.4
Nokia 5.4

13,999

Nokia 3.4
Nokia 3.4

11,999

Realme X7 Pro 5G
Realme X7 Pro 5G

29,999

Realme X7
Realme X7

19,999

Vivo Y31
Vivo Y31

16,490

Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G

35,990

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

1,05,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G

81,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

69,999

Vivo Y12s
Vivo Y12s

9,990

Vivo Y51A
Vivo Y51A

17,990

Samsung Galaxy M02s
Samsung Galaxy M02s

8,999

Xiaomi Mi 10i
Xiaomi Mi 10i

21,999

Oppo A15s
Oppo A15s

11,490

Best Sellers