Vivo's V15 Pro is another phone that was recently launched in Singapore. Priced at S$699 sans contract at authorized resellers, it's also available with contract at M1, Singtel, and StarHub.
Powered by the Snapdragon 675AIE octa-core processor, the first thing you'll notice about the V15 Pro is its expansive display. This 6.39-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display has no notch. Also, the side and top bezels are only 1.75mm and 2.2mm thin respectively. Vivo has done the math: the V15 Pro has a 91.54% screen-to-body ratio. Additionally, the phone has an under-display fingerprint sensor.
The earpiece is still there, hidden within the 2.2mm-thin top bezel. Wait - where did the front-facing camera go then?
Another talking point of the V15 Pro is its "elevating" front-facing camera, which pops up when you activate selfie mode. Vivo says it has taken measures to ensure that this motorized camera is able to withstand daily wear and tear. For example, it's able to withstand a 15kg pressure, so it's perfectly okay to retract the camera by just pushing it down.
The V15 Pro has a triple-lens rear camera. The main camera uses a 48MP sensor (f/1.8), and is aided by an 8MP super-wide-angle camera and another 5MP depth camera. While you can take 48MP photos, if you do a lot of low-light photography, you might want to enable the pixel-binning function to get better low-light photos at 12MP. There's seriously a lot of modes on this phone, including AI Super Night Mode, AI Face Beauty, AI Face Shaping, AI Portrait Lighting, AI Portrait Framing, AR Stickers - just to name a few.
No USB-C here - the Vivo V15 Pro still uses microUSB for charging and data transfer. One reason Vivo offered is that the company holds several patents for its fast-charging tech, and that tech requires microUSB.
The V15 Pro is a dual-SIM phone. Better yet, the phone has this app cloning function, so you can say, run two WhatsApp apps at the same time, each tied to one SIM.
The V15 Pro only comes in one variant, with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. You can, however, expand the storage with a microSD card.
On the left of the phone there's a separate Smart Button that you can use to activate Google Assistant with just a single press. You can also double-press it to bring up Vivo's Jovi Image Recognizer. According to the company, the Jovi Image Recognizer currently has access to almost 100 mainstream e-commerce platforms (e.g. Shopee, Zalora), so it can search through databases of over half a billion products for you.
Instead of a silicone case, you get a clear hard case (with rubber sides) in the V15 Pro's box. A screen protector is also already applied on the phone, so that's another accessory you don't need to buy.
The phone packs a 3,700mAh battery and supports Vivo's Dual-Engine Fast Charging tech, which means it can go from 0 to 100% charge in about an hour. An 18W charger is included in the box.
The Vivo V15 Pro, in Topaz Blue and Coral Red colors, is now available for S$699. There's also a cheaper V15 going for S$499 (without contract). This non-Pro V15 has a 6.53-inch LCD display (2,340 x 1,080 pixels), and is powered by an MTK P70 octa-core processor, with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM. It also has a 32MP front camera and a triple-lens rear camera (12MP + 8MP + 5MP). Like the V15 Pro, Vivo is offering a two-year warranty that covers screen insurance for the first three months of purchase.