Vivo has been steadily launching new smartphone fashions throughout a number of sequence in India to develop its portfolio. Prior to now yr, now we have seen the addition of the Vivo Z sequence, U sequence, and X sequence, which have been focused at those that purchase telephones on-line. Nevertheless, Vivo’s oldest sequence, the camera-centric V sequence, hasn’t been forgotten. The corporate has simply added to this sequence with the brand new Vivo V19. As its identify suggests, it’s the successor to the Vivo V17, however it’s priced barely increased.
Beginning at Rs. 27,990, the V19 packs a Snapdragon 712 SoC, which appears underpowered in comparison with most of the different smartphones in the identical worth vary. Can this mannequin make up for that in different areas? We have reviewed it to seek out out.
Vivo V19 design
The Vivo V17 Pro was the primary smartphone with a dual-camera pop-up module for selfies, and the Vivo V19 is the primary from Vivo to sport a dual-camera hole-punch setup. The entrance cameras are within the high proper nook of the show. The telephone is tall and you will not be capable of attain the highest of the show whereas holding it in a single hand.
Vivo has positioned the ability and quantity buttons on the proper aspect of the gadget, and these are simple to succeed in. The left aspect solely has the SIM tray. The body of the Vivo V19 feels plasticky. On the backside, there is a USB Sort-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and loudspeaker grille, together with the first microphone. On the high, it solely has a secondary microphone.
We discovered the Vivo V19 to be a bit thick. The again of the telephone is product of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 which ought to deal with day-to-day utilization fairly nicely. Vivo has curved the edges which makes it simple to grip the V19. The digicam module on the again sports activities 4 cameras and reminds us of the iQoo 3 (Review), which we lately reviewed. The Vivo V19 is on the market in two finishes, Mystic Silver and Piano Black. We had a Mystic Silver unit for this assessment. We discovered the again panel to be a fingerprint magnet because it picked up smudges very simply. Vivo does ship a clear case within the field, and we suggest that you simply use it with this gadget.
The Vivo V19 weighs 186.5g and packs in a 4,500mAh battery. Vivo additionally ships a 33W quick charger within the field.
Vivo V19 specs and software program
The Vivo V19 sports activities a 6.44-inch AMOLED show with a full-HD+ decision. The show appears crisp and will get shiny even when outdoor. You’ll be able to tweak the show color mode in addition to the color temperature.
Powering the Vivo V19 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC, which can elevate some eyebrows. This processor is often present in smartphones priced at round Rs. 15,000 and we have been stunned to see the Vivo V19 utilizing it. The Snapdragon 712 is an octa-core chip based mostly on a 10nm course of. It has six Kryo 360 Silver cores clocked at 1.7GHz and two high-performance cores clocked at 2.3GHz. For graphics, it has the Adreno 616 GPU. Vivo says it has used copper tube liquid cooling for the Vivo V19 to maintain thermals in verify.
The Vivo V19 will get 8GB of RAM and is available in 128GB and 256GB storage choices. The bottom variant is priced at Rs. 27,990 whereas the upper variant is priced at Rs. 31,990 in India. We had the 256GB model for this assessment.
Connectivity choices for the Vivo V19 embrace Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, 4 satellite tv for pc navigation techniques, and 4G in addition to VoLTE. It lacks NFC connectivity and FM Radio.
On the software program entrance, the Vivo V19 runs Funtouch OS 10 on high of Android 10, and our unit was operating the April safety patch. That is the newest model of FunTouch OS and it’s a huge enchancment over earlier ones because it lastly fixes the fast toggle subject we at all times reported, You not must swipe up from the underside to entry the fast toggles on the gadget; you may simply swipe down from the notification shade to entry them. This has been commonplace with most Android smartphones, however Vivo used an iOS-style swipe up earlier which was complicated. We’re glad this has been modified.
There isn’t any app drawer, and all of the app icons can be found straight on the homescreen. Swiping proper from the homescreen will take you to the Sensible Launcher’s shortcuts. You get lots of customisation choices on the Vivo V19. You’ll be able to swap the standard three-button navigation format for swipe-based gesture navigation. You too can change animations for charging, fingerprint and face recognition, and standby/wake, amongst different issues. It additionally will get Digital Wellbeing and parental controls.
The Vivo V19 comes with a good quantity of bloatware preinstalled. Apps on the gadget embrace Helo, Dailyhunt, Opera, Amazon Buying, Flipkart, and Fb. A couple of of those apps are able to producing spammy notifications when launched, so we suggest that you simply uninstall those you will not use. The Vivo V19 additionally has a Bike mode, by which the telephone can reject calls and mechanically ship a message to the caller.
Vivo V19 efficiency and battery life
The Vivo V19 delivers cheap efficiency and we by no means seen any lag or stutter whereas utilizing the smartphone. Having 8GB of RAM made multitasking a breeze. We may change between completely different apps and barely needed to look ahead to the gadget to reload the total app. Nevertheless, telephones such because the Realme X2 Pro (Review) and the Redmi K20 Pro (Review) really feel sooner when loading apps, which is perhaps as a result of selection of an older processor on this mannequin.
We ran a few benchmarks on the Vivo V19 to see the way it fares in comparison with different smartphones in its worth phase. In Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core checks, the Vivo V19 scored 416 and 1,596 respectively. In PCMark Work 2.0, it managed to attain 6,983 factors. These are lots decrease than the scores of telephones such because the Realme X2 Professional, which scored 12,226 in PC Mark Work 2.0. The Vivo V19 scored 13fps and 24fps in GFXBench’s Automobile Chase and Manhattan 3.1 graphics checks respectively.
We performed PUBG Cellular on the Vivo V19, and it defaulted to the excessive settings by default. The body charge was set to Excessive and the graphics set to HD. We performed a number of rounds and didn’t discover any lag, though there was occasional stutter. We performed one spherical for quarter-hour and seen a 4-percent battery drop which was increased than we’d have appreciated. The telephone acquired barely heat to the contact however nothing alarming.
The Vivo V19 packs a 4,500mAh battery and delivers good battery life. The Snapdragon 712 SoC is not very highly effective however it’s environment friendly. We managed to get a couple of day and a half price of use out of the battery in a single charging cycle. Even in our HD video loop check, the V19 managed to clock 18 hours and half-hour which is an efficient rating. Charging is fast, and the telephone managed to cost to 44 p.c in half-hour and 83 p.c in an hour.
Vivo V19 cameras
Like just about each different smartphone launching in 2020, the V19 packs a quad-camera setup on the again. This consists of a 48-megapixel main digicam with an f/1.79 aperture, an 8-megapixel wide-angle-camera with an f/2.2 aperture, a 2-megapixel macro digicam, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There’s a dual-LED flash subsequent to the sensors. On the entrance of the telephone, there is a 32-megapixel main digicam and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle secondary shooter.
The digicam app hasn’t modified a lot and is much like what now we have seen on Vivo telephones up to now. Other than the common picture and video modes, it has Night time, Portrait, Jovi Imaginative and prescient, and 48-megapixel modes. It additionally has buttons to change between the completely different cameras on the gadget.
The Vivo V19 was fast to focus, and the AI may detect what we have been taking pictures. In daylight, the Vivo V19 managed a good shot with ample element. Objects at a distance have been seen on zooming in. Pictures taken with the wide-angle digicam lacked element. The resultant picture had a wider subject of view however there was barrel distortion.
Shut-ups have been additionally good, and the gadget managed natural-looking depth between the topic and the background. You too can change to Bokeh mode which helps you to set the extent of blur earlier than you’re taking a shot. We discovered pictures shot on this mode have been hit-or-miss and a few appeared synthetic. The macro digicam helps you to take tremendous close-ups of a topic, however the output is restricted to 2-megapixels solely.
You too can shoot on the full 48-megapixel decision which leads to a lot bigger information. The ultimate output helps you to zoom in fairly a bit however the particulars aren’t nice. We additionally seen some artefacts on zooming in. Common pictures have higher dynamic vary because the V19 additionally applies HDR when not utilizing the sensor’s full decision.
The portrait mode provides beautification and also you do get the choice to tweak or disable this earlier than taking a shot. The default settings do soften pores and skin tones fairly a bit so we most well-liked turning this off. You’ll have to choose Bokeh within the lens setting because the telephone doesn’t add this impact by default. Nevertheless it does let you choose the extent of blur earlier than taking a shot. We discovered edge detection to be good in daylight.
Vivo has additionally enabled beautification by default for selfies on the V19. It might recommend completely different poses. In beneficial mild, the Vivo V19 is able to delivering some excellent selfies which might be sharp and detailed even after zooming in. The wide-angle entrance digicam didn’t ship the identical sort of element as the first sensor. There was a noticeable drop in picture high quality, and pictures didn’t seem crisp. We additionally seen a slight color temperature shift in a number of pictures. There are wide-angle corrections in place which stop warping. A characteristic referred to as Aura Mild turns the complete display white with an oval cutout in your face. Vivo informed Devices 360 that it helps you get a preview of a shot earlier than taking it, and likewise helps enhance selfies in low-light circumstances.
In low mild, there’s a drop within the general picture high quality. The Vivo V19 retains noise below management however the output is barely grainy. With Night time mode enabled, the Vivo V19 takes a number of exposures and stitches them collectively. It’s a little sluggish and forces you to carry the digicam nonetheless. These pictures have been brighter and objects within the shadows have been extra recognisable.
Video recording tops out at 4K for the first rear digicam and 1080p for the primary selfie shooter. Footage shot at 1080p was stabilised however not 4K video. There’s an ultra-stable mode as nicely that makes use of the first digicam and crops the body to stabilise footage, even in low mild. It is even accessible with the entrance digicam, however does not work as nicely. Low-light video had respectable high quality however a shimmer impact was seen.
The Vivo V19 does not have a really highly effective processor contemplating its asking worth, and that is perhaps the deal-breaker for potential patrons. The Snapdragon 712 SoC is nowhere close to the quickest, however in the event you look past that, the Vivo V19 does pack in good cameras and an enormous battery. The show is vivid and the in-display fingerprint scanner is fast.
At its asking costs of Rs. 27,990 for the bottom variant and Rs. 31,990 for the upper variant, the Vivo V19 doesn’t look nice when in comparison with different telephones on this phase. The Realme X2 Professional, which prices Rs. 2,000 extra, affords a far more highly effective Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC and boasts of 50W quick charging. What the Vivo V19 has going for it’s its selfie cameras. The first sensor manages good selfies and the aura mild characteristic is helpful in low mild. Additionally, Vivo’s offline presence may make it simpler to supply this telephone from a close-by retailer.
Nevertheless, in the event you aren’t into selfies or vlogging, the Realme X2 Pro (Review), Asus 6Z, and even the Redmi K20 Pro (Review) are appropriate alternate options for roughly the identical worth.
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