Vivo Nepal recently launched the V23 5G for the Nepali market. Vivo V23 is a mid-range device which comes at a price of Rs 55,999 for 8/128 GB model. It is the second phone under the V23 series to be launched in Nepal after the V23e. However, the V23 pro is yet to be launched. We were able to experience the new V23 5G and here’s our take on it.
Talking about the design, the Vivo V23 is a good-looking device with an unusual colour changing feature. It is also known as India’s first ever colour-changing phone. The first talk is its colour. You can get this phone in black but more amazing is the sunshine gold colour. It looks gold most of the time but due to a UV reactive finish it gives off a striking deep turquoise colour when exposed to light.
The design seems to be inspired by the iPhone as it has square edges with a flat front and rear panel and the phone’s rear panel is embodied in glass which looks and feels quite expensive. The overall look of the new Vivo V23 is designed to make it look premium.
The V23 has a size of 6.44-inch 1080p display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The V23 sports an AMOLED panel, which will benefit with great colour reproduction and deep blacks. The AMOLED panel also allows an in-display fingerprint scanner which is fast and reliable. Face-lock is also an option in this smartphone. As for the speaker, you will get a single speaker at the bottom which could’ve been a bit better.
The phone has some unique design elements and features making it a good choice for those who are looking for a good-looking phone with a set of good selfie cameras. The processor used on the phone is a powerful chipset useful for daily use and occasional gaming.
Powering the V23 is the MediaTek Dimensity 920, a 6nm chipset. This chipset caters to the most powerful mid-range 5G smartphones. The 8GB can be extended by up to 4GB from the phone’s internal storage. However, you don’t get a memory slot so you are limited to 128GB.
The V23 performed smoothly and showed no signs of lag or stuttering even while playing PUBG.
The 4200 mAh battery of the phone and its power-efficient chipset let the phone comfortably last a full day with typical use, while some less frequent users will find it lasting for two days.
Its 44W wired charging is fast enough to charge the phone up to 71% in half an hour, which would efficiently make the phone last till the end of the day.
Talking about the camera, the V23 has three sensors on the rear. The main one is a 64 MP wide lens with f/1.9 which handles every condition quite well despite lacking OIS. Night mode photos aren’t bad either, exposing bright lights within dark environments. The other two rear lenses are another 8mp ultrawide to capture a wide field of view and a 2 MP macro lens.
Up front the smartphone is featured with two selfie cameras: a 50 MP main lens and an 8 MP ultrawide. The main camera captures detailed and crisp capture with an aperture of f/2.0 quite large for a selfie camera on a phone. Another cool feature for taking selfies is the dual flash light which is not visible unless you turn it on. This can be quite handy while taking selfies in really dark conditions.
On the software side, the V23 ships with Android 12 and runs Vivo’s Funtouch OS 12 on top of it. The phone comes preloaded with Vivo apps which makes it easier to use. I got used to the Colour OS pretty quickly and found it bug free. Other Android 12 features are also included, like the new privacy dashboard and alerts when the camera or microphone are in use.
Overall, the Vivo V23 is a decent mid-range device with all-rounding specs and features. The phone has some unique design elements and features making it a good choice for those who are looking for a good-looking phone with a set of good selfie cameras. The processor used on the phone is a powerful chipset useful for daily use and occasional gaming.