Vivo V23 Pro 5G was a mid-range smartphone that only focused on design. In addition to being really thin and light, it also introduced a color-changing back panel as a unique selling point for the series. It also resulted in a notable price hike that was much higher than the Vivo V20 Pro 5G, which it succeeded. Vivo V23 Pro 5G offered mid-range hardware but priced at Rs. 38,990, the price was closer to devices with much better specifications.
With the V25 Pro, Vivo has made some minor design tweaks but has added a few much-needed improvements around battery life and cameras. So, are these improvements worth the asking price, and does the Vivo V25 Pro manage to offer something different?
Vivo V25 Pro 5G price in India
Vivo V25 Pro 5G is available in two variants. There is a base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, priced at Rs. 35,999 while the second variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage is available for Rs. 39,999. I got the 12GB RAM variant in Sailing Blue color changing. The phone is also available in Pure Black matte black which does not change color.
Vivo V25 Pro 5G design
The design of Vivo V25 Pro 5G reminds me of its predecessor V23 Pro 5G. However, the new phone is not as thin and is a little puffy at 8.62mm. The chrome-plated middle bezel is made of polycarbonate with a glossy texture and is easy to pick up fingerprints. However, it does add a bit of traction to the slippery back panel, which is made of glass. The sides of the middle bezel are curved with the curved edge of the display, and the back panel blends seamlessly into the middle section, giving the phone a very premium feel.
Last year’s model’s color-changing rear panel certainly got everyone’s attention, but the trend has really caught on. The only other phone that offered this feature was the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G, but I didn’t like the choice of colors. With the Vivo V25 Pro 5G, it’s hard to make out the color-changing trick, mainly because the transition is more subtle, going from a lighter shade of blue to a darker one. It’s not as flashy as the Vivo V23 Pro 5G’s gold to green transition, so most users might not even notice the feature exists.
Party tricks aside, the V25 Pro 5G has no IP rating and no wireless charging. The rear camera module retained the metal frame from the V23 Pro, but was redesigned with a glass insert to match the slightly revised imaging system. The 6.56-inch Full HD+ pOLED display has a thin and uniform bezel around the perimeter that curves on the left and right sides, giving the phone a premium look.
Specifications and software Vivo V25 Pro 5G
Vivo V25 Pro 5G is equipped with MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC. This chipset is commonly found in mid-range smartphones and is also available in OnePlus Nord 2T 5G and Oppo Reno 8 5G. The phone uses LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 3.1 storage, but doesn’t offer storage expansion. Communication standards include support for 5G multi-band, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and support for familiar satellite navigation systems.
The phone is powered by a 4830mAh battery and comes with an 80W charger in the box. Other contents of the box include a Type-C to Type-A USB cable and a transparent TPU case. The phone does not support NFC, and the charging speed is limited to 66W.
The Vivo V25 Pro 5G runs Vivo Funtouch OS 12, which is based on Android 12. Everything seems typical of Vivo, and this also applies to the excellent customization options that the operating system offers. Vivo has added a new color palette picker tool that allows users to choose between a basic preset color or a multi-color theme depending on the wallpaper applied. While the UI color changes in the Settings app and the keyboard, the widget color does not change and requires a system restart to take effect.
Considering the premium price, I was surprised to see so many pre-installed apps on the smartphone. Fortunately, most of them can be removed. Spam notifications are also a problem. Although I saw notifications from the usual suspects, I was a bit shocked to see so many notifications (news, stocks, etc.) from the browser’s native app, even though I’ve never used it since unboxing the smartphone.
I feel like working with the software is something Vivo needs to work on, especially given the price of this smartphone. Hopefully updating to Android 13 will get rid of those annoying notifications.
Vivo V25 Pro 5G performance
Software performance on the Vivo V25 Pro 5G was pretty smooth. I didn’t experience any lag or stutter when multitasking, and everything ran smoothly and smoothly thanks to the 120Hz refresh rate display. The pOLED display gets bright outdoors but produces heavily saturated colors when the default screen color setting is “Standard”. The curves on the sides of the display aren’t too excessive, so it’s not distracting when watching movies or playing games in full screen mode.
Vivo has finally gotten rid of the aging notch in the display, which was present even on last year’s V23 Pro 5G. There is now a punch hole for the selfie camera that doesn’t interfere with viewing. There’s no stereo speaker setup, and the single bottom speaker sounded a little harsh and distorted at high volumes. The phone’s display is HDR10+ certified and content looks as expected.
In terms of benchmarks, the Vivo V25 Pro performed on par with the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G, but fell a little short when it came to devices like the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G and iQoo Neo 6, both of which feature premium hardware. The phone scored 7,04,304 on AnTuTu, as well as 678 and 2,770 on the single and multi-point Geekbench tests, respectively.
The gaming performance of the Vivo V25 Pro 5G was pretty good. Most games ran smoothly at default settings and didn’t heat up the phone. I tried Call of Duty: Mobile and the phone was able to run the game smoothly at “Very High” frame rate and graphics settings. The phone’s frame rate priority mode helps make gameplay smoother, but it comes at the cost of resolution being scaled down to achieve that stable frame rate.
The Vivo V25 Pro 5G fared much better than the slimmer V23 Pro 5G when it came to battery life. This was my main gripe with the previous model, and I’m happy to report that the V25 Pro performs much better, easily surviving a full day of heavy use. That included an hour of gaming, some photos, and a couple of hours of streaming, on top of the usual work-related messaging and social media app scrolling. The phone also managed 19 hours and 32 minutes of our standard video. cycle test.
Even though there is an 80W charger in the box, Vivo limits charging to 66W, which was fast enough to charge a phone from a dead battery to 100 percent in an hour.
Vivo V25 Pro 5G cameras
Vivo V25 Pro 5G has three rear cameras. There is a 64-megapixel main camera with OIS, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel fixed-focus macro camera. Selfie takes 32-megapixel front camera with autofocus.
In daylight, photos look a bit sharp, but with good detail and dynamic range. The colors were oversaturated and looked like they had a filter applied to them. Photos from the ultra-wide camera looked soft, with lots of barrel distortion and purple fringing. They were also quite low in detail.
Portrait photos taken outdoors with the rear camera looked sharp, but when shot indoors, they felt soft. Selfies looked a bit overexposed, but selfie portraits had blurry backgrounds in brighter shooting scenarios. The results from the macro camera were overly sharp at best, and it was quite difficult to bring the subject into focus.
In low-light conditions, photos taken in auto mode had medium detail in well-lit scenes. Night mode delivers sharper images with reduced noise and slightly improved dynamic range, while still looking slightly softer. In general, photos taken in low light were inconsistent, and this changed dramatically from scene to scene, depending on the available light. Photos from the ultra-wide camera lacked detail with mottled textures.
Videos recorded by the V25 Pro 5G looked average in quality but showed good dynamic range in daylight. At the same time, the recorded videos, like the photos, looked oversaturated. Footage shot at 1080p had a heavily cropped frame resulting in better stabilization. Video recorded at 4K 30fps had the best quality with a wider frame, but had a fabulous effect. The phone also shoots HDR video at various resolutions, but capped at 30fps. The results were not too good with some flickering and additional noise. Low light video was average at best, the night video mode didn’t make much of a difference in poorly lit scenes.
The big question with the V25 Pro 5G is why is Vivo still charging extra for it? When it comes to features like a color-changing back panel or a curved display, I’m not sure how many buyers are actually willing to pay more for such things. I feel that Vivo really needs to rethink the pricing and strategy of its V series, which was very attractive before the V20 Pro. Surprisingly, OnePlus has managed to make better hardware choices and squeeze consistent camera performance out of its Nord 2T 5G, which is priced much lower starting at Rs. 28,999. In short, there’s nothing special other than the curved-edge display that makes the Vivo V25 Pro 5G stand out. And then there is competition.
Smartphones like Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G (review) and iQoo Neo 6 5G (review) outperform V25 Pro in performance. There’s even the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G (review) (from Rs. 24,999), which offers great value for money, and the Nothing Phone 1 (review) (from Rs. 32,999), which offers premium features like wireless charging and an official rating. IP52.
Despite some significant improvements over its predecessor, the Vivo V25 Pro 5G is still hard to recommend when you have great alternatives in the segment.