Vivo V23 5G is a new phone in the middle price segment (from 40,990 rubles at the time of writing). The company has focused on small size, color-changing lid design, and high-quality front cameras.
In today’s review, we find out what else is good about the new Vivo phone, and what compromises the manufacturer had to make in order to keep the price relatively low.
The Vivo V23 comes in a sturdy cardboard box finished in dark blue with a glittery finish on top. The name of the model is indicated in large letters on the front.
Inside you will find a branded FlashCharge power supply (44 W), a USB Type-A-Type‑C cable, a transparent case and wired headphones. Since the V23 does not have an audio jack, a Type‑C to 3.5mm adapter is included.
Full face and side Vivo V23 5G resembles the iPhone 13 Pro — a flat screen and polished side edges.
The front panel is covered with protective glass Schott Xensation Up. Unlike the fairly symmetrical bezels of Apple’s display, the Vivo’s top and bottom bezels are noticeably thicker on the left and right.
At the top of the screen there is a cutout for two selfie cameras, light and proximity sensors and two LEDs, above it is a conversational speaker.
An optical fingerprint scanner is installed under the display. It works quickly and accurately (if you have dry hands). The location of the sensor is not very convenient — too low to the edge of the phone, you have to intercept the device to touch the scanner.
The second option for unlocking a smartphone is by face. It is even faster, but less reliable in terms of security, since it simply uses a selfie camera and a 2D image for recognition. For comparison, Apple smartphones have more advanced technology — it creates a 3D image of the user’s face using the front and infrared cameras, as well as various sensors (dot projector and backlight system).
The side faces are made of aluminum and painted in the color of the case. They collect fingerprints and other stains. On the right is the power / lock button and the volume rocker. The left side is empty. Above is an additional microphone, below is a card slot, main microphone, USB Type‑C connector and main speaker.
The back side of Vivo V23 5G is made of frosted glass. The phone is available in two colors — “solar gold” and “star dust black”. The first option has a photochromic coating — the cover changes color from light green to gold depending on the ambient light and the angle of view. The second option is black with a characteristic coating, the phone in this color is thinner and lighter, although the models differ only in the presence of a photochromic coating. Smartphone dimensions — 157.2 x 72.4 x 7.39 or 7.55 mm, weight — 179 or 181 g.
Behind in the upper left corner is an island with cameras — 3 sensors are installed vertically, to the right of them is a double LED flash. The module is metal, the color does not change.
Stereo speakers, headphone jack, SD card slot, no moisture protection.
The Vivo V23 5G phone received a 6.44-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of FullHD + (1080 x 2400 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 20:9.
The maximum brightness of the V23 screen in manual mode is 435 nits, in automatic mode it is 629 nits. The contents of the display can be seen outdoors, but not in direct sunlight.
In the settings there are 3 color modes — standard, vivid and professional. The first two are focused on the DPI-P3 color space, the third — on sRGB. In all modes, color accuracy is not ideal — cool colors with a slight bluish tint prevail. It is possible to adjust the color temperature.
The display supports HDR (HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG). This means that you can watch videos in high definition on all streaming services.
In the settings, you can set one of three screen refresh rate modes — 60, 90 Hz and Smart Switching. The latter involves automatically changing the screen refresh rate depending on the content. For example, scrolling the user interface and menus runs at 90 Hz, after a few seconds of inactivity, it drops to 60 Hz. This is good for battery saving purposes. However, in other cases, this mode does not work — Chrome and the vivo browser are limited to 60 Hz by default, as are most applications. Most games in automatic mode also do not run at 90 Hz (the exception is the shooter Dead Trigger 2). We hope that Vivo will finalize the “Smart Switch”.
Various display settings are available, including the choice of animation for actions (charging, USB connection, etc.), you can enable the Always-On Display mode, eye protection, change the font style and size.
In general, the screen is clear with rich colors.
Smartphone Vivo V23 has a battery capacity of 4200 mAh, which is enough for:
- 26 hours 38 minutes of calls;
- 16 hours 6 minutes of web surfing (at a screen refresh rate of 90 Hz);
- 18 hours 5 minutes of video playback (60 Hz).
Using a proprietary adapter, the phone charges from 0 to 60% in 30 minutes. It takes 63 minutes to fully charge the battery. There is no wireless charging.
The Vivo V23 phone is equipped with the latest Dimensity 920 chipset from MediaTek. It ranks 34th in the mobile processor performance ranking for smartphones. Its power is enough to run demanding games (like Call of Duty Mobile) even at high graphics settings.
Vivo V23 is available in two variants — 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory and 12 + 256 GB. Unlike vivo V23e, the standard memory card model does not support.
Even during maximum loads, the phone does not overheat. Most of the heat is collected by the metal frame, it becomes noticeably warm, but does not cause discomfort.
After an hour of testing the processor, it managed to maintain most of the performance (82%) without any sudden freezes or drops in clock speed.
Overall, the Vivo V23 5G is a solid all-around performer.
The Vivo V23 5G smartphone is equipped with two front cameras — 50 and 8 megapixels. LEDs are installed on the sides of the sensors to illuminate the face in low light.
The main selfie camera has autofocus (the autofocus function for the eyes is supported). The second is an ultra wide-angle lens with a 105° field of view without autofocus. The front camera is capable of recording 4K video at 30fps and has multiple levels of Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS). It is suitable for blogging.
There are 3 cameras on the back, similar to vivo V23e — 64 MP (PDAF autofocus), 8 MP (with a viewing angle of 120˚) and 2 MP (macro). By default, photos taken with the main camera are saved at 16 MP. There is a dual LED flash.
The camera application is standard — all the main shooting modes are arranged in the form of a carousel, switching between them is carried out with a swipe. The “Advanced” tab lists the rest of the modes, where you can also configure the modes available in the viewfinder.
There’s a Pro mode for adjusting autofocus, white balance, shutter speed, ISO, and exposure. Shooting in RAW is possible.
For the two-color selfie lights, there is a separate menu for adjusting the color of the LEDs using a three-stage slider (neutral, warm, cold).
Photos taken in daylight with the main camera look good, with pleasing colors and wide dynamic range. There are enough details. However, most homogeneous areas (sky, grass) are too soft and noisy. Aggressive processing emphasizes straight lines and edges in images, which sometimes causes waviness.
Shooting in 64 MP mode eliminates some problems — it adds details to homogeneous areas, makes the edges of the picture more natural. But the dynamic range is narrower (most likely due to the lack of HDR) and each image is about 20MB.
Portrait mode is available, you can shoot not only people, but also animals, inanimate objects. Object separation is good but not perfect, background blurring is natural.
There is no dedicated telephoto lens, but you can take pictures with 2x digital zoom. They have the same disadvantages as ordinary photographs. Digital zoom up to 10x is technically available, but image quality is below average.
The main selfie camera saves pictures with a resolution of 12.5 megapixels. They look great — excellent detail, wide dynamic range, natural colors.
By default, the “Auto HD portrait” mode is enabled, but the difference with the normal mode is almost not noticeable.
The main camera takes crisp 16-megapixel low-light shots (although the processing is still aggressive).
Night mode works differently. The final result depends on the specific scene — it can look cleaner and more natural, or have an artificial look.
The 50-megapixel front camera performs well in low light conditions — there is enough detail, and there is practically no noise, the dynamic range is wide. Dual-color LEDs illuminate the subject well and improve overall image quality with more even and stable light. Night mode is also available.
Vivo V23 is a versatile mid-range smartphone, suitable even for vloggers.
- interesting photochromic design in gold version;
- high-quality screen with support for HDR10 +;
- good autonomy and fast charging;
- universal performance without overheating;
- excellent front cameras.
- moisture protection, support for memory cards, 3.5 mm audio jack, no stereo speakers;
- in Smart Switch mode, the display refresh rate does not change in most applications;
- 16-megapixel photos from the main camera are over-processed;
- no optical image stabilization;