Jul 18, 2020 Reviews
Vivo has been releasing great phones one after the other in the search of a place in the competitive market of smartphones today. The Chinese manufacturer operating under the same parent company as Oppo and OnePlus is trying to make its place as significant, if not more, than its “sibling” manufacturers.
The strategy is to release constant new phones like the V19, but the question is, is V19 a phone that will progress Vivo further in the smartphone chase?
The V19 is definitely a decent phone, and has several positives about itself, the main one being its display. The new addition from Vivo packs a 6.44” AMOLED Full HD+ display that’s sure to catch your eyes. The screen gets plenty bright even in direct sunlight, and the colour reproduction is vivid. All in all, Vivo has done a great job with the display and making sure it stands out.
Adding to the list of good things about the phone, the cameras are definitely an aspect to check out. The V19 sports a dual selfie camera setup in the punch-hole design up top, and a quad setup at the back, which features a 48MP main shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro lens. This setup is common for most smartphones coming out in 2020, be it a flagship or a mid-ranger. The phone takes good photos in well-lit conditions, and the night-mode is pretty decent as well, as it does a good job in increasing the shadows and reducing the noise which is imminent in the standard low-light photos.
Moreover, the V19 also has good battery life, and an above-bar charging speed as well, which sees the phone go from 0 to 83% in an hour. It also has an in-display fingerprint sensor which works fairly well at this price point.
Well, the thing is that the V19 is priced at 59,999 PKR which is definitely a little too pricey compared to what you can get in the device’s competition. To put things into perspective, the Redmi Note 9s goes for 40,000, and could easily be a direct competitor to the V19, if not better. The main reason for this is the unimpressive Snapdragon 712 Soc chip, which does perform decently, but isn’t upto the par of the other chipsets that smartphones are putting in their phones for the price point.
The software is another aspect which could be improved on by Vivo, as it does come with Android 10, but not without a good amount of bloatware. There will be a good amount of local apps on the phone pre-installed, and some will make it very difficult for you to get them out of the way. If you don’t mind this happening on your personal phone, then it won’t be that much of a deal breaker to you.
All in all, the Vivo V19 would’ve been a great phone if it had been priced 20,000 less than what it currently is right now. Decent performance, good cameras and more than satisfactory battery life sees the V19 to be an impressive addition, but not one that will cause any jaws to drop.