Vivo has shown that it can step up when it comes to smartphone innovation, with devices such as the Vivo Nex (Review) and Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition. New offerings such as the Vivo Apex 2019 are continuing the streak. The Chinese smartphone maker’s latest launch in India, the Vivo V15 Pro is meant to bring aspirational and useful features to a more affordable segment, and offers a pop-up selfie camera as well as an in-display fingerprint sensor and triple rear cameras. Launched at Rs. 28,990, the Vivo V15 Pro has a lot going in its favour, including an attractive design, stacked hardware, impressive cameras, and the latest version of Android. Can the Vivo V15 Pro justify its price tag, especially when 2018 value flagships such as the Asus ZenFone 5Z (Review) and the Poco F1 (Review) can be purchased for as much or less?
Let’s take a look at what the Vivo V15 Pro brings to the table and find out.
Vivo V15 Pro design
The Vivo V15 Pro is a looker and will draw a few second glances, but not in the same way as many other smartphones out there right now, which have eye-catching designs and colours. Instead, Vivo has gone for a more tasteful, elegant finish.
The rear panel of our Topaz Blue review unit has an electric blue diagonal streak in the middle, which gradually fades into a deeper shade of blue in the corners. There’s also a micro-dot pattern in the centre that morphs into a wave-like pattern near the edges, in what Vivo calls “Spectrum Ripple Design”.
The colour shift looks beautiful when light falls on it from different angles. This phone is also available in a completely different Ruby Red finish, which has a red gradient with a cross-hatch pattern across the back.
But there are a few pitfalls too. The rear panel is glossy and attracts smudges and dust easily, and we found ourselves wiping it every now and then.