Like the Vivo V21 series, the V23 series is also selfie-centric
On a live launch event held by Vivo, just before Valentine’s day, the Vivo V23 series was launched. It brags on having a premium design and a highly-developed front camera loaded with several features not commonly seen on others. In other words, this phone caters to vloggers and those who love taking selfies! It can also record in 4K. While this isn’t entirely new considering the A52 we reviewed also features it, it’s nice to see it on the V23 5G.
Vivo V23e 5G
The phone has a 6.44in. AMOLED panel with a 20:9 aspect ratio and FHD+ resolution. Unlike other phones which have moved on already from dewdrop notches since 2019 especially on the higher midrange, Vivo is here being highly loyal to it, for some reason. It’s an outdated design that still somehow works. Oh, no high refresh rate either, which is strange.
The V23e 5G has four cameras. The back has three and it consists of the 50mp main camera, an 8mp ultrawide, and a fairly useless, no good, 2mp macro. The front camera is 44mp and has loads of features including ultra night mode,
AI-enhanced night mode, Steadiface selfie, portrait, slow-mo, Live photo, AR stickers and a lot more. There’s no OIS this time around unlike the V21 5G however.
Speaking of 5G, the phone uses the Mediatek Dimensity 810, a chipset that’s slightly inferior to the Mediatek Dimensity 900 which phones like the Infinix Zero 5G and the Honor 60 SE use. It still is a 6nm chipset that only has a weaker clock rate so it still is viable for the V23e 5G’s asking price. This is paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage
It has a 4500mAh battery with 44W fast charging. The charger included in the box is not a fast charger, something of which to pay attention if you’re always charging your phone. For biometrics, the phone has an in-display fingerprint scanner which Vivo pioneered. It also supports Hi-Res Audio and also includes a headphone jack.
There are two colours available, all taking inspiration from nature. These are Moonlight Shadow and Sunshine Coast, which are transliterations of Black and Sky Blue accordingly. The phone is available for Php19,999 for the 8/128 variant. They are prurchaseable on Vivo’s website, Lazada, and Shopee.
- 6.44in. AMOLED, FHD+ (2400x1080px)
- Mediatek Dimensity 810 (6nm)
- Virtual RAM expansion
- 50mp (main), f/1.8
- 8mp (ultrawide), f/2.2
- 2mp (macro), f/2.4
- FRONT: 44mp, f/2.0, AF
- 4500mAh, 44W fast charging
- 3.5mm jack, Hi-Res Audio
- FunTouch OS 12 based on Android 11
- In-display fingerprint scanner, USB-C
- 8/128: Php 19,999
Vivo V23 5G
The main feature of the event and the phone where every feature of the V21 5G has been included. The front camera also has a higher resolution now and even includes an 8mp ultrawide so you can now vlog and take selfies with your group of friends without having to reach for the sky, the main front camera has used a 50mp sensor.
The phone has a 6.44in. FHD+ AMOLED panel like the V23e but the company has evolved backward by reverting back to the bathtub-looking notch. The panel also has HDR10 support for vivid video-viewing but we can’t help wonder why not just use a dual front camera punch hole design if the phone is meant to hold two front facing cameras?
One of the most notable aspects of the V23 5G is its beautiful design, despite the outdated notch. This design is also colour-changing, depending on the lighting and viewing angle. The back features a triple camera design on a camera hump that has been widely teased way before the phone’s official unveiling in China. The cameras consist of a 64mp “night camera”, an 8mp “super wide-angle” camera, and finally a 2mp “super macro” that’s just like drawing a circle with a marker on the back, and call it a third camera.
The front camera is where things get juicy. They are housed in a Huawei P20-esque notch and consist of a 50mp main sensor and an 8mp ultrawide that’s perfect for vloggers. Indeed, the phone is targeted towards that market and has features that are highly catered to them, such as Dual-View Video, Slow-mo, High-Resolution, Portrait, and Steadiface Selfie Video. In addition, Vivo allows you to adjust the photos after taking the shot.
The phone uses a Mediatek Helio Dimensity 920 chip, which is a good decision on their end. However, it could have been more worth it if they went straight to either DImensity 1100 or 1200, just like the Nord 2. The phone isn’t catered to the performance segment so we can see why Vivo went with this instead. This is paired with 8GB RAM with 128GB storage, or 12GB RAM with 256GB internal storage. Like the V23e 5G, it features virtual RAM expansion.
In terms of battery, the phone has a slightly lower juice of just 4200mAh. It kept the same 44W fast charging however. In the box is the standard 11W charger, so better keep that in mind to set your expectations.
Like the V23e, the phone uses an in-display fingerprint sensor and has support for Hi-Res Audio. It is still equipped with a 3.5mm jack, fortunately. It runs on FunTouch OS 12 based on Android 11.
The phone’s priced at Php27,999 for the 12/256 variant. The 8/128 is not listed yet on any of the three platforms, which are Vivo’s website, Lazada, and Shopee. It’s available in Sunshine Gold and Stardust Black
- 6.44in. FHD+ (2400x1080px) AMOLED, HDR10
- Mediatek Dimensity 920 (6nm)
- 64mp (main)
- 8mp (ultrawide)
- 2mp (macro)
- 50mp (main)
- 8mp (ultrawide)
- 4200mAh, 44W fast charging
- In-display fingerprint sensor
- FunTouch OS 12, based on Android 11
- 3.5mm jack, Hi-Res Audio, USB-C
- 12/256: Php 27,999