August 15, 2022
Vivo V19 Review |  Gadgets 360

Vivo is continuously launching new smartphone models across multiple series in India to expand its portfolio. Over the past year, we have added Vivo Z series, U series and X series which are targeted at people who buy phones online. However, Vivo’s oldest series, the camera-centric V series, hasn’t been forgotten. The company has just added to this series with the new Vivo V19. As its name suggests, it is the successor to the Vivo V17, but it costs a bit more.

27,990, the V19 packs a Snapdragon 712 SoC, which feels less powerful than many other smartphones in the same price range. Can this model compensate for it in other areas? We reviewed it to find out.

Vivo V19 Design

The Vivo V17 Pro was the first smartphone with a dual-camera pop-up module for selfies, and the Vivo V19 is the first smartphone from Vivo to sport a dual-camera hole-punch setup. The front cameras are in the top right corner of the display. The phone is tall and you will not be able to reach the top of the display by holding it in one hand.

Vivo has placed the power and volume buttons on the right side of the device and they are easy to reach. On the left is only the SIM tray. The frame of Vivo V19 feels like plastic. On the bottom, there is a USB Type-C port with primary microphone, 3.5mm headphone jack and loudspeaker grille. On top of all, it only has a secondary microphone.

We found the Vivo V19 a bit thick. The back of the phone is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 which should handle day-to-day use quite well. Vivo has curved edges which makes the V19 easier to hold. The rear camera module sports four cameras and reminds us of the iQoo 3 (Review), which we reviewed recently. Vivo V19 is available in two finishes, Mystic Silver and Piano Black. We had the Mystic Silver unit for this review. We found the back panel to be a fingerprint magnet as it captures smudges very easily. Vivo ships a transparent case in the box, and we recommend that you use it with this device.

The Vivo V19 weighs 186.5 grams and packs a 4,500 mAh battery. Vivo also ships a 33W fast charger in the box.

Vivo V19 Specifications and Software

Vivo V19 has a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with full-HD + resolution. The display looks crisp and gets bright even outside. You can tweak the display color mode as well as the color temperature.

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The AMOLED display on Vivo V19 has good viewing angles

Powering the Vivo V19 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC, which will raise a few eyebrows. This processor is commonly found in smartphones priced around Rs. We were surprised to see 15,000 more Vivo V19s using it. Snapdragon 712 is an octa-core chip based on 10nm process. It has six Kryo 360 Silver cores clocked at 1.7GHz and two high-performance cores clocked at 2.3GHz. For graphics, it has been given Adreno 616 GPU. Vivo says that it has used copper tube liquid cooling for the Vivo V19 to keep the thermals under control.

The Vivo V19 has 8GB of RAM and comes in 128GB and 256GB storage options. The base variant is priced at Rs. 27,990 while the higher variant is priced at Rs. 31,990 in India. We had the 256GB version for this review.

Connectivity options for the Vivo V19 include Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, four satellite navigation systems, and 4G as well as VoLTE. It lacks NFC connectivity and FM radio.

On the software front, the Vivo V19 runs Funtouch OS 10 on top of Android 10, and our unit was running the April security patch. This is the latest version of Funtouch OS and it is a huge improvement over the previous one as it finally fixes the quick toggle issue we reported, now you have to swipe up from the bottom to access the quick toggles on the device does not need to be done; You can swipe down from the notification shade to access them. This has been standard with most Android smartphones, but Vivo previously used an iOS-style swipe which was confusing. We are glad it has been changed.

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Vivo V19 Android 10. drives

There is no app drawer, and all app icons are available directly on the homescreen. Swiping right from the homescreen will take you to the shortcut for Smart Launcher. You get a lot of customization options on Vivo V19. You can swap out the traditional three-button navigation layout for swipe-based gesture navigation. You can also change animations for charging, fingerprint and facial recognition, and standby/wake, among other things. It also gets Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls.

The Vivo V19 has a lot of bloatware preinstalled. Apps on the device include Helo, Dailyhunt, Opera, Amazon Shopping, Flipkart and Facebook. Some of these apps are capable of generating spammy notifications when they are launched, so we recommend that you uninstall any apps you will not use. The Vivo V19 also has a motorbike mode, in which the phone can reject calls and automatically send a message to the caller.

Vivo V19 performance and battery life

The Vivo V19 delivers decent performance and we never noticed any lag or stutter while using the smartphone. Having 8GB of RAM makes multitasking easier. We could switch between different apps and rarely had to wait for the device to reload the entire app. However, phones like the Realme X2 Pro (Review) and Redmi K20 Pro (Review) feel faster when loading apps, which could be due to the choice of an older processor in this model.

We ran some benchmarks on the Vivo V19 to see how it compares to other smartphones in its price segment. In Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests, the Vivo V19 scored 416 and 1,596 respectively. It managed to score 6,983 in PCMark Work 2.0. These are far less than the scores of phones like the Realme X2 Pro, which scored 12,226 in the PC Marker 2.0. The Vivo V19 scored 13fps and 24fps respectively in GFXBench’s Car Chase and Manhattan 3.1 graphics tests.

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The in-display fingerprint scanner is fast

We played PUBG Mobile on Vivo V19 and it defaulted to high settings by default. Frame rate was set to High and graphics was set to HD. We played a few rounds and didn’t notice any lag, although there was an occasional stutter. We played a round for 15 minutes and saw a 4 percent battery drop which was more than we would have liked. The phone did get a little warm to touch but nothing dangerous.

The Vivo V19 packs a 4,500mAh battery and offers decent battery life. The Snapdragon 712 SoC is not very powerful but it is efficient. We managed to get about a day and a half of battery usage in one charging cycle. In our HD video loop test too, the V19 clocked 18 hours and 30 minutes, which is a decent score. Charging is fast, and the phone managed to charge to 44 percent in 30 minutes and to 83 percent in an hour.

Vivo V19 Cameras

Like every other smartphone launching in 2020, the V19 sports a quad-camera setup at the back. This includes a 48-megapixel primary camera with f/1.79 aperture, an 8-megapixel wide-angle-camera with f/2.2 aperture, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Next to the sensor is a dual-LED flash. The front of the phone houses a 32-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle secondary shooter.

The camera app hasn’t changed much and is similar to what we’ve seen on Vivo phones before. Apart from the regular photo and video modes, there are Night, Portrait, Jovi Vision and 48-megapixel modes. It also has buttons to switch between the different cameras on the device.

Vivo V19 Daylight Camera Sampler (Tap to see full size image)

Vivo V19 wide-angle camera sample (tap to see full size image)

The Vivo V19 was quick to focus, and the AI ​​could detect what we were shooting. In broad daylight, the Vivo V19 managed to take a decent shot with enough detail. When zoomed in, distant objects were visible. There was a lack of detail in the shots taken with the wide-angle camera. The resulting image had a wider field of view but barrel distortion.

Vivo V19 closeup sample (tap to see full size image)

Close-ups were good too, and the device managed to have a natural-looking depth between subject and background. You can also switch on Bokeh mode which lets you set the level of blur before taking a shot. We found that photos shot in this mode were hit-or-miss and looked somewhat artificial. The macro camera lets you take a super close-up of a subject, but the output is limited to just 2-megapixels.

You can also shoot at the full 48-megapixel resolution which results in very large files. The final output lets you zoom in a bit but the details aren’t great. We also noticed some artifacts when we zoomed in. Regular photos have better dynamic range as the V19 implements HDR even when not using the sensor’s full resolution.

Vivo V19 Portrait Sample (Tap to see full size image)

Portrait mode adds beautification and gives you the option to tweak or disable it before taking the shot. The default settings soften the skin tone a bit so we preferred to turn it off. You have to select Bokeh in the lens settings as the phone doesn’t add this effect by default. It does however let you select the level of blur before taking the shot. We liked the edge detection in broad daylight.

Vivo V19 resized selfie sample (tap to see full size image)

Vivo V19 wide-angle selfie sample (tap to see full size image)

Vivo has also enabled beautification by default for selfies on the V19. It can suggest different poses. In favorable light, the Vivo V19 is capable of delivering some really good selfies that are sharp and detailed even after zooming in. The wide-angle front camera doesn’t deliver the same details as the primary sensor. There was a significant drop in photo quality and shots didn’t look crisp. We also noticed a slight change in color temperature in some photos. There are wide-angle corrections in place that prevent warping. A feature called Aura Light turns the entire screen white with an oval cutout for your face. Vivo told Gadgets 360 that it helps you get a preview of a shot before taking it, and also helps in improving selfies in low light conditions.

Vivo V19 Lowlight Sampler (Tap to see full size image)

Vivo V19 Night Mode Sampler (Tap to see full size image)

In low light, the overall image quality degrades. The Vivo V19 keeps noise under control but the output is a bit grainy. With Night Mode enabled, the Vivo V19 takes multiple exposures and stitches them together. It’s a bit slow and forces you to hold the camera steady. These photos were brighter and objects in shadow were more recognizable.

Video recording tops out at 4K for the primary rear camera and 1080p for the main selfie shooter. Footage shot at 1080p was stabilized but not 4K video. There’s also an Ultra-steady mode that uses the primary camera and crops the frame to stabilize footage, even in low light. It is also available with the front camera, but it doesn’t work either. Video in low light was of good quality but a flickering effect was visible.

Decision

The Vivo V19 doesn’t have a very powerful processor considering its asking price, and this could be a deal-breaker for potential buyers. The Snapdragon 712 SoC isn’t the fastest anywhere, but if you look beyond that, the Vivo V19 is equipped with good cameras and a big battery. The display is vivid and the in-display fingerprint scanner is sharp.

At its asking prices Rs. 27,990 for the base variant and Rs. 31,990 for the higher variant, the Vivo V19 doesn’t look great as compared to other phones in this segment. Realme X2 Pro, which is priced at Rs. 2,000 more, offers the way more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC and boasts of 50W fast charging. Vivo V19 has its selfie cameras. The primary sensor manages good selfies and the Aura Light feature comes in handy in low light. Also, Vivo’s offline presence may make it easier to source this phone from the nearest store.

However, if you’re not into selfies or vlogging, the Realme X2 Pro (Review), Asus 6Z, and even the Redmi K20 Pro (Review) are suitable options for almost the same price.


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