The Vivo V25 5G The company’s new V-series smartphone is priced at Rs. 30,000 under. The handset comes with a color changing design just like its bigger sibling Vivo V25 Pro (Review), and has advanced cameras. The phone also features a 90Hz AMOLED screen, a 5G-capable MediaTek chipset and fast 44W charging. Is it enough to warrant a purchase? Or is there more to the eye with the Vivo V25 5G? Let’s find out in this review.
Vivo V25 5G is one of the best looking smartphones out there. A color-changing design helps you stand out from the crowd. Moreover, the phone offers a good screen, good cameras and respectable battery life. But, for the price, the Vivo V25 5G could do better.
- The Vivo V25 5G comes with the same color changing design as its bigger sibling – the Vivo V25 Pro. The back panel shows a different color gradient when light falls on it from different angles. Apart from that, the design language is regular like other smartphones, with its fingerprint-resistant matte-finish glass and a massive yet stylish looking rectangular camera module at the back. However, unlike the ‘Pro’ model, the Vivo V25 5G does not have a curved edge design. The handset has rather thin flat edges which makes it easier to hold the phone. The edges are so flat that you can leave the V25 5G standing on a surface without any support, although I wouldn’t advise you to let a slight nudge cause the phone to fall – sometimes off the table. That being said, I found the edges of the frame to be a bit sharp, although including the case that ships with the phone can mitigate that.
- The Vivo V25 5G frame is all plastic, and this keeps the phone light at 181 grams. In terms of I/O, the phone has a USB Type-C port, a hybrid dual SIM card slot and a single speaker unit on the bottom edge. The volume rocker and power button can be found on the left spine, while the right side is bare. The fingerprint scanner is under the screen and works well.
- The Vivo V25 5G sports a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and a U-shaped notch on top. The screen is not very bezel-less, but you get a good viewing experience. Additionally, colors are punchy and bright, while the contrast ratio is acceptable. The display offers good viewing angles and enough brightness to feel good even in direct sunlight. The screen comes with 1300 nits peak brightness and HDR10+ support. It’s also Widevine L1 certified, which means the phone can stream HD videos. 90Hz refresh rate interface and works well in supported apps. However, I think Vivo missed a trick here by not including a 120Hz refresh rate screen.
- Coming to that, Vivo V25 5G is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC. It’s a slightly older chipset, but gets the job done. App load times are fast, while multi-tasking is smooth. The handset handled games well, especially casual ones like Pool 8, Real Cricket 22 and Temple Run, and kept its thermals in check under sustained loads. As for the benchmarking results, the phone scored a respectable score of 4,72,795 on Antutu and a multi-core score of 2,056 on Geekbench 5. In the CPU Throttle test; However, the performance of the phone is slightly reduced. The device performed at 80 percent of its peak performance, which is good enough but not great. The SoC is paired with 8GB/ 12GB of RAM, which is virtually expandable up to 8GB using the phone’s storage. The handset is equipped with user-expandable storage up to 256GB.
- In the camera department, the Vivo V25 has a 64MP primary sensor with 5G OIS and f/1.8 aperture. It also has an 8MP ultra-wide sensor with 120-degree FOV and a 2MP macro sensor. The camera setup won’t let you down, at least not during the day. Images clicked from the 64MP primary sensor delivered enough detail and dynamic range when the sun was out. The images looked a little over-processed and beautiful, but the overall result was satisfying. Images shot from the 8MP ultra-wide sensor look pretty good but could do with some dynamic range and contrast. As for the 2MP macro sensor, it’s average at best. The sensor can click some decent close-up photos in well-lit environments.
- In low light, images looked a bit grainy, even in night mode, but I found them usable. The main sensor works well for capturing details and colors when the sun goes down. The handset comes with a 50MP f/2.0 camera on the front that delivers lovable selfies even in low light with good face detail and accurate skin tone. I think Vivo V25 5G’s portrait mode needs a little rework. More often than not, it fails to capture the blurred background in images. The problem became more apparent with pictures clicked from the front camera.
- The Vivo V25 5G packs a 4,500mAh battery, which should comfortably last me a day. My daily usage consists of social media scrolling, some light gaming, taking some pictures, and my emails and Slack notifications. In the PC Mark battery test, the phone pushed for 13 hours and 20 minutes. The V25 5G ships with a 44W flash charger that can boost a dead battery to 100 percent in almost an hour.
- Software-wise, the Vivo V25 5G runs Android 12-based FunTouchOS 12 out of the box. While the software is intuitive and offers many customization options, it comes with a series of pre-installed apps and unnecessary notifications that spoil the overall experience. Going forward, I had no problem using the phone on Airtel’s 4G network in Faridabad. The handset is also compatible with 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands and supports SA and NSA bands for the upcoming 5G network. The phone’s bottom-firing mono speaker is average.
Vivo V25 5G 8GB RAM variant price in India Rs. 27,999 while the 12GB RAM option is priced at Rs. 31,999. Looking at this alone, I have very few complaints about the handset. However, when compared to its competitors Nothing Phone 1 (Review), iQOO Neo 6 (Review), and OPPO Reno 8 5G (Review), the Vivo V25 5G seems to be missing a trick or two here. The handset could have done better with stereo speakers, a 120Hz refresh rate screen and a faster chipset. All said and done, the phone delivers everything you’d expect from a mid-ranger. From an eye-catching color changing design to reliable performance, a powerful screen, decent cameras and battery life, the Vivo V25 5G ticks a lot of boxes.
Editor’s Rating: 3.5 / 5
- Amazing color-changing design
- Decent performance
- Capable cameras
- No stereo speakers
- UI should be improved