vivo V25 in for review | Vivo V25 Pro First Impressions : The new Vivo V25 series is fond of shooting photos and videos at night. And like the previous V-series models, it comes with a selfie camera that punches above its weight. We’ll look at both models, but say “hello” to the Pro first.
The Vivo V25 Pro has the better hardware of the two – that means better cameras on the front and back, but also a more powerful Dimension 1300 chipset for doing image processing. It’s a slight refresh of the 1200 chip that powers the V23 Pro.
However, the V23 Pro had a very different camera configuration than the V25 Pro, so it’s not a sequel, it’s more of a related phone in the same series. Let’s take a closer look.
Vivo V25 Pro sports a 64MP main camera on the back, which is based on ISOCELL Bright GW1, a 1/1.72” sensor with 0.8μm pixels (before binning). This camera has OIS and EIS stabilization and can record 4K video at 30fps. Processing plays an important role, so the new Pro comes with Super Night Mode (Photos) and Super Night Video Mode.
However, Night Mode often requires processing that can’t be done in real time, so the viewfinder doesn’t provide a good preview of the final result. Vivo’s solution is called Real-Time Extreme Night Vision, which aims to take the guesswork out of it.
Anyway, flipping to the front is a single 32MP selfie camera (punch hole) based on the Samsung GD2 sensor (1/2.8″, 0.8μm). Unlike most phones in this class, it has autofocus on the front-facing camera. It also has Eye AF feature, which ensures that the focus point is on your eye even when you move freely.
Let’s go back to the Vivo V23 Pro for a moment. It had a 108MP main camera (1/1.52″, 0.7µm) without OIS, as well as a dual selfie camera – 50M wide and 8MP ultra wide (105°), housed in a wide notch. The V23 Pro’s camera performed well in the dark, but the OIS on the new Pro may give it a leg up.
These are not the only changes. The new V25 Pro sports an FHD+ AMOLED display at 6.56-inches, but bumps up the refresh rate from 90Hz to 120Hz. Both the front and back are protected with glass.
We got the Surfing Blue colorway of the V25 Pro, which has UV reactive glass on the back that changes its look when exposed to sunlight (see below). The V23 Pro also had UV reactive glass, but it changed the color of the entire back, creating a diamond pattern here. The second option is dubbed Starlight Black and does not react to UV light.
What we noticed after picking up the V25 Pro is that it’s heavier – the V23 Pro prides itself on its thinner and lighter build. Both the phones measure 8.6mm and 7.4mm respectively, and weigh 190g and 171g.
The new Pro model brings a beefier battery, which at least accounts for some of the bulk. It is backed by a 4,830mAh battery (up from 4,300mAh) with 66W fast charging (up from 44W).
Despite the 530mAh difference in battery capacity, the more powerful charger gets to 71% in 30 minutes, compared to 63% on the older model. In our tests the 44W charger was actually a bit faster than advertised and we’ll see how the new 66W charger performs soon.
Of course, the Vivo V25 Pro doesn’t just compete against the Pro from earlier this year, it’s also up against the new V25. The V25 Pro definitely feels more premium with slimmer bezels (a slightly larger display on a slightly smaller footprint).
That notch doesn’t help either and while the camera advertises a higher resolution of 50MP, it does have a smaller sensor (though still with Eye AF). The main module in the rear camera is a 64MP sensor (but it is smaller) and OIS as well.
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