The new vivo V25 series he has a passion for photography and making videos at night. And like previous V-series models, it comes with a selfie camera that punches above its weight. We’ll take a look at both models, but first let’s say “hello” to the Pro.
vivo V25 (left) and vivo V25 Pro (right)
The vivo V25 Pro it has the better hardware of the two – meaning better front and rear cameras, but also more powerful Size 1300 image processing chipset. This is a slight refresh of the 1200 chip that powered the V23 Pro.
However, the V23 Pro had a very different camera configuration than the V25 Pro, so it’s not a sequel, it’s more of a related phone in the same line. Let’s take a closer look.
The Vivo V25 Pro has a 64MP main camera on the back, based on ISOCELL Bright GW1, 1/1.72” sensor with 0.8µm pixels (before binning). This camera has OIS and EIS stabilization and can shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second. Processing plays a key role, so the new Pro comes with a Super Night (photo) mode and a Super Night Video mode. However, night modes often require processing that cannot be done in real time, so the viewfinder does not offer a good view of the final result. vivo’s solution is called Real-Time Extreme Night Vision, which aims to take the guesswork out of it.
64MP main camera (1/1.72” GW1) with OIS and EIS, 12M ultra-wide camera (120°) and 2MP macro camera
In any case, a single 32MP selfie camera (punch hole) flips over to the front, which is based on a Samsung GD2 (1/2.8”, 0.8 µm) sensor. Unlike most phones in this class, this one has autofocus on the front camera, plus Eye AF. This ensures that the focus point will be on your eye even when you are moving freely.
Let’s go back to the vivo V23 Pro for a moment. It had a 108MP main camera (1/1.52”, 0.7µm) without OIS, plus a dual selfie camera – 50M wide and 8MP ultra wide (105°), housed in a wide notch. The V23 Pro’s camera performed well in the dark, but the OIS on the new Pro could help.
These are not the only changes. The new V25 Pro keeps the FHD+ AMOLED display at 6.56 inches, but increases the refresh rate from 90Hz to 120Hz. The front and back are protected by glass.
One 32MP selfie camera with auto focus on the eyes embedded in a 6.56″ AMOLED display (120 Hz)
We received the Surfing Blue V25 Pro, which has UV reactive glass on the back that changes its appearance when exposed to sunlight (see below). The V23 Pro also had UV reactive glass, but this changed the color of the entire back, creating a diamond pattern here. The second option is called Starlight Black and does not react to UV light.
UV light can draw any shape or pattern on the back of vivo V25 Pro
After picking up the V25 Pro, we noticed it was bulkier – the V23 Pro boasted a slim and light build. Both phones measure 8.6 mm and 7.4 mm and weigh 190 g and 171 g.
The new Pro model brings a more powerful battery that represents at least part of the volume. It’s a 4,830mAh battery (up from 4,300mAh) with 66W fast charging (up from 44W). Despite the difference in battery capacity of 530mAh, the more powerful charger reaches 71% in 30 minutes compared to 63% for the older model. In our tests, the 44W charger was actually quite a bit faster than advertised, and we’ll soon see how the new 66W charger performs.
The V25 Pro comes with a 66W fast charger
Of course, the Vivo V25 Pro is not only competing against the Pro from earlier this year, but also the new V25. The V25 Pro looks decidedly more premium with thinner bezels (a slightly larger display on a slightly smaller footprint). That notch doesn’t help either, and while the camera inside advertises a higher 50MP resolution, it packs a smaller sensor (still with eye AF). The main module in the rear camera also has a 64MP sensor (but it is smaller) and OIS.
Stay tuned for our full report on vivo V25 Pro.