The Vivo V25 Pro is a great mid-range phone. Sure, it doesn't have the fastest processor, biggest screen, or even stereo speakers, but it has all the basics you need. It has a good camera, as well as a premium slim design, and finish.
- MediaTek Dimensity 1300 octa-core processor
- Rear 64MP, 8MP wide-angle, 2MP macro, 32MP front camera
- 6.56-inch FHD+ AMOLED display
- 12GB RAM and 256GB storage
The Vivo V25 Pro takes elements from its more expensive cousins. You'll get a large camera bump, which features a 64MP camera, a 8MP wide-angle and a 2MP macro. Actual shots are around 16MP, as there's some pixel binning being done. You can shoot at 64MP, though. Wide-angle shots are average. I noticed that macro shots require a lot of light or they get terribly noisy. There's also a night mode for really low-light pictures, which works reasonably well.
My review unit just got updated to Android 13, and uses FunTouch OS 13. It's simple and easy to use. You can also access Android 13's newest features, such as themed apps that fit your wallpaper colours, or change the languages inside the app. You'll also notice that the music player on the lock screen is using the Android 13 version. However, I feel like the design of Android is at odd with Funtouch's look and feel. You'll probably have to do tweaking to make it all work together.
Powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1300 chip, the V25 Pro performs similarly to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865. The Vivo runs smoothly in games like Asphalt 9 or Marvel Snap. Battery life is also good, with 14hr 55min in my video-loop test. You'll have no issues with the phone lasting a whole day. Impressively, the fast charger gets it up to 65% from 0% in just 30 minutes. I did notice gaming drains the phone a little faster than expected. Also, the single speaker at the bottom of the phone sounds fairly lacklustre.
At S$849, the Vivo V25 Pro comes with 12GB RAM, and 256GB storage. There's no microSD card support. I do think this is a great mid-range phone, though you may want to either pay more for the excellent Xiaomi 12T Pro (S$1,099) or the Xiaomi 12T (S$749) which also has a better processor. Get it from Shopee or Lazada.
Note: Review unit provided by Vivo.
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