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Vivo V23 Pro 5G Review

In the last year, multiple options have been offered in the sub-Rs. 40,000 smartphone categories, which has made it overcrowded. Since the majority of these smartphones have outstanding functionality and take considerably better images than lower-cost mid-range phones, they are regarded as premium devices or "value flagships." Even though there have been some notable exceptions, the lower costs (in comparison to those of premium smartphones) often suggest that features like an IP68 certification or wireless charging are dropped.

Vivo V23 Pro 5G Review

Even while vivo didn't bombard the marketplace with hundreds of new products, it did launch a few standout versions with a specific target market in mind. The X70 series was meant for photography lovers, while the Vivo V21 series targeted customers fascinated with taking selfies.

Due to its pricing, which starts at Rs. 38,990, the Vivo V23 Pro appears to have risen up to the value-flagship category. With the Vivo V21, it equals almost Rs. 10,000 more. The V23 Pro offers a number of enhancements to the hardware over its previous Pro model, the V20 Pro, which went on sale back in 2020. These enhancements include a 108-megapixel rear camera, a 50-megapixel frontal camera, and an in-the-front LED light for selfies. Is the Vivo V23 Pro a suitable upgrade from the V20 Pro, or is there a more affordable option available? Find out now.

Vivo V23 Pro 5G Specification

  • Body: 159.4673.277.36mm, 171g; plastic frame; Gorilla Glass identical protection.
  • Display: 6.56-inch AMOLED with a 90Hz frame rate, HDR10+ technology, a peak brightness of 800 nits, and an aspect ratio of 18.10;
  • Chipset: Dimensity 1200 (6 nm) Mediatek One Arm Cortex-A78 running at 3GHz, three Arm Cortex-A78 running at 2.6GHz, and four Arm Cortex-A55 running at 2GHz; Mali-G77 MC9 GPU.
  • Software: FunTouchOS 12; Memory: 128GB ROM + 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM + 12GB RAM.
  • Rear camera specifications are as follows: Wide (main): 108 MP, f/1.88, PDAF, OIS; Ultra-wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2; and Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera specifications: Main: 50 MP, f/2.0; Wide: 8 MP, f/2.28
  • Battery: 4,300mAh; 44W of quick charging
  • Miscellaneous: Stereo speakers; NFC; in-display biometric sensor.

Vivo V23 Pro 5G Review

1. Accessories and Opening

The cardboard box in which the vivo V23 Pro is delivered was heavy and made of two separate components. In terms of both the packaging and the accessories, Vivo obviously didn't cut costs. The box not only provides excellent safeguards, including an inside solid plastic phone cradle, but it also has an eye-catching exterior with a dark blue color and a light shimmer on top. Two items are included in the box: a USB Type-A to Type-C cable along with one of Vivo's 44W FlashCharge adapters.

Besides that, you also get an entire accessories set, including a plastic, clear TPU case and a set of lovely, white, wired vivo earphones with an inbuilt microphone and button and, effectively, a 3.5mm connection. Many of you with observant nature may have noticed that the V23 Pro lacks a 3.5mm jack. A Type-C to 3.5mm audio dongle has also been included in the package by vivo specifically for this purpose.

2. Design

The more stylish of the two colours is the Sunshine Gold which I got. The outer surface of the glass has been coated with a unique paint that transforms colour when it absorbs ultraviolet (UV) radiation. When used outdoors in bright sunshine, the phone's finish, which looks like gold inside, changes to a deep blue with traces of green.

If the V23 Pro's back is exposed to UV light while being used inside, you may get a peek of this concealed blue tint. Even when the phone is taken inside, the reactive layer continues to be blue for a little while before gradually turning back to gold. The technique is clever and effective. If you choose a matte black finish over this look, you can select the Stardust Black option. The Vivo V23 Pro's rear panel is composed of matte-finished fluorite AG glass, which does a great job of deflecting fingerprints.

This back panel likewise has curved edges on the left and right, same as the front glass's curved edge. The phone's polycarbonate body is very slim. It seems quite thin as a result of this. It also seems fragile, although it seems sturdy enough to be used often.

3. Build Quality and Components.

The vivo V23 Pro is built using a standard "sandwich" design, with a central frame wrapped within a glass back panel and a curved front display. Almost no flex is present, giving it a strong, well-made feel. It weighs 171 grams, which is rather light for its size. Recently, the software division of vivo has been quite active.

Although currently limited to the Chinese market, the new OriginOS is now available. The vivo X70 line of devices showed that the FuntouchOS skin has just been updated to version 12 on a global scale. The vivo V23 Pro and V23, on the other hand, have the most recent Funtouch OS 12, which has Android 12 operating underneath, but those phones still came out with Android 11.

Vivo V23 Pro 5G Review

The V23 Pro's main frame's diminutive size helps to at least some extent with the overall lightness of the device. Additionally, it is polycarbonate rather than metal, which is another factor. However, Vivo does clearly say that the frame of the standard vivo V23 is constructed out of metal, which strongly implies that the frame of the V23 Pro isn't, even though Vivo doesn't seem to accept this publicly in its published specifications.

There are several additional indicators as well, such as a black substance visible while peeking inside the Type-C port housing. Once removed, the SIM tray behaves in the same manner. Additionally, the V23 Pro has a unique slot with a glass or plastic insert and text on its placed on the top bezel. One is able to determine that it is just there for aesthetic reasons since installing a metal frame to support it would have been very difficult.

The main frame feels excellent and looks amazing, plastic or not. In fact, it does a good job of achieving a metal sheen. However, the quality of the SIM tray on our item was subpar for some reason, and there were even some paint chips. The glass of protection for the V23 Pro was actually purchased from Schott by Vivo.

You get Schott Xensation and Fluorite AG Glass on the front and rear panels. Although Schott is a highly trustworthy supplier of protective glass finish, it is not nearly as well recognized as Corning in the industry. Its most recent main item, the Xensation, even claims to be equivalent to Corning's Gorilla Glass Victus.

It is an enhancement over the Xensation Up that comes with the standard vivo V23 and also in the vivo X60 Pro and X70 Pro. Unfortunately, the V23 Pro lacks a recognized ingress security rating. Certainly not the IP53 standard. For whatever it's worth, the SIM tray clearly has a rubber gasket.

4. Controls

A simple control layout is included on the vivo V23 Pro. On the right side are two real buttons: the power key and a volume slider. Despite being planned out and simple to feel out of, they are a little fuzzy and don't provide satisfactory tactile sensation. Although still useful, they have much room for improvement. A fingerprint scanner for the V23 Pro's optical under-display is available. It moves quickly and consistently. We have no issues with it.

On the V23 Pro, the left frame remains entirely empty, while the top frame only has a single port for the auxiliary microphone. It is inserted into the top frame's glass or plastic insert, which we previously stated. You don't see an accent like that very frequently. The two Nano-SIM card slots are located at the bottom of the V23 Pro. It is rather disappointing that there is no microSD card slot.

Speaking of disappointments, the V23 Pro has only one bottom-firing speaker. No stereo system was used, not even a hybrid. Furthermore, there is no 3.5mm audio jack. Since we're talking about it, there is also no FM radio or NFC. Though it does enable OTG, the Type-C connector is wired for USB 2.0 transfer rates.

In case you were wondering, despite having enough room in the double-wide selfie notch, the V23 Pro lacks a notification LED. But with current phones, that's to be expected. Despite this, vivo made the choice to include a real proximity sensor and a light sensor, both of which are preferred above artificial counterparts.

Although the headphone jack has a small little opening for sound to pass through, we still enjoy how it is perfectly concealed above the selfie cameras. The two dual-tone LED "torches" for photographs, which are similarly nestled down towards the top left and right sides, should also not be ignored. When off, they are also invisible.

5. Display

The front of the Vivo V23 Pro has a 3D curved screen. It has a huge 6.56-inch AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate and an 18:10 proportion. If you come from a display phone with a 120Hz or 144Hz refresh rate, the 90Hz Full HD+ screen could seem a little sluggish.

All relevant applications that enable HD streaming can do so out of the box, although only Youtube presently offers HDR support. Speaking of streaming, the Vivo V23 Pro's bigger notch does make it harder for me to enjoy the content I'm watching since the majority of applications aren't designed to work with one. The V23 Pro panel's functionality isn't really its greatest point, in my opinion.

Vivo V23 Pro 5G Review

With a respectable peak brightness, the AMOLED display is suitable for outdoor usage. If I compare it directly to other products in this price range, colour reproduction may not measure up. All relevant applications that enable HD streaming can do so out of the box, although only Youtube presently offers HDR support.

Speaking of streaming, the Vivo V23 Pro's bigger notch does make it harder for me to enjoy the content I'm watching since the majority of applications aren't designed to work with one. I would say that overall, the V23 Pro display is functional but not very strong.

6. Battery Life

A 4,300 mAh battery is available for use with the vivo V23 Pro. It is not the largest device available, and vivo obviously had to give up some capacity in order to achieve the desired thickness. Although the phone weighs 171 grams and has a 7.4mm profile, that capacity is still reasonable.

And to make matters even better, the V23 Pro was able to make surprisingly effective use of that capacity, earning a very impressive 110 hours of overall endurance rating. In general, the Dimensity 1200 chipset is more effective. Although the V23 Pro's standby duration should have been a little longer, we have no other issues with it. Both on-screen endurance measurements are quite high. The 44W FlashCharge technology seen in Vivo's premium X70 range is included in the V23 Pro and is rather good. You can charge from zero to 65% battery in only 30 minutes on the charger, and it takes just under an hour to fully recharge from nothing.

7. Speaker Evaluation

There is just one bottom-firing speaker available for the vivo V23 Pro. That comes off as a bit disappointing, considering that most phones at this price point come equipped with stereo speakers that are fairly decent. Although acceptable, the V23 Pro's speaker is not very outstanding.

It was able to achieve an Average loudness rating throughout our testing, and the frequency response curve was generally extremely clean and tight. That is its one saving grace, at least. There were none that we could experiment with on the loudspeakers.

8. Camera

The cameras in the V23 Pro and V23 are the result of significant investment by Vivo. The specifications document by itself makes this clear. The primary camera of the V23 Pro, in particular, is a large 108MP, f/1.9, 26mm, 1/1.52" Samsung ISOCELL HM2 model. We've previously seen powerful equipment in action, so vivo is well-equipped with hardware. Although a simple PDAF is present, there is no OIS or sophisticated autofocus. We can't really hold it against the V23 Pro since it isn't a legitimate flagship.

The V23 Pro's back comes with two additional cameras. The OmniVision OV8856 sensor is used in the 8MP f/2.2, 120-degree, 16mm, 1/4.0", and 1.12 m ultrawide sensor lens. It doesn't have autofocus. There has been a 2MP, f/2.4, fixed-focus macro camera. It is built around the OmniVision OV02B10 sensor.

Vivo V23 Pro 5G Review

Vivo V23 Pro truly does well when it comes to selfies. In fact, it does so due to the presence of two dual-tone LED lights tucked away in the left and right upper corners of the frame that lies above the display. They are executed rather innovatively, and vivo refers to them as spotlights. Dual-tone selfie LEDs are even more uncommon, even if they are uncommon in and of themselves.

Vivo has gone so far one step further by adding a three-stage slider for adjusting the actual color of the LEDs. For this to operate, either both of the LEDs within each of the two "torches" must be lighted together to produce a warm light mix, or one must be turned off to produce a cooler or warmer light. We're not sure where else we've ever seen this specific functionality.

Also impressive is the hardware of the selfie camera itself. The primary camera is a 50MP, f/2.0 sensor with autofocus. According to what we were able to determine, it makes use of a specially ordered, specialized sensor known as the "JNV" by Vivo. With 0.64um pixels and a 1/2.76" optical size, it is probably based on Samsung's ISOCELL S5KJN1. This selfie camera is an extremely powerful vlogging tool since it can record video in up to 4K@30fps and has many degrees of EIS.

Finally, vivo considered it essential to integrate a second 8MP, f/2.3 fixed-focus, 105-degree ultrawide selfie for group photos. A lot of people are familiar with the default camera app. Perhaps the biggest difference is that a full camera settings menu doesn't seem to exist. At least we weren't able to locate one. Through a number of UI sub-sections, all choices are made available.

Thanks to a simple zoom selection, you get easy access to each of the four cameras. The Super Macro mode features an auto-on feature that activates as you approach a topic and can also be accessed through the flower symbol adjacent to the hamburger menu.


The Vivo V23 Pro could be interesting to buyers seeking a thin and light smartphone or wanting the most recent version of Android. One of the very few smartphones in its category with a curved-edge display, it has a distinctive color-changing rear screen. However, not everyone will find it appealing, particularly those who value battery life and smooth gameplay.

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