vivo V25 Impressions | The New Selfie and Portrait Expert?

The vivo V25 is vivo's latest premium smartphone offering, and what sets it apart from other phones is that it features a 50MP main camera.

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Recently, vivo launched the V25 series, a premium smartphone lineup consisting of three models. For now, we’re taking a look at the V25, the middle child model of the three variants.

While it may not be the pro model, it still packs impressive specs, the most interesting of which is the 50MP selfie camera. Along with this, the phone also packs a punchy Mediatek Dimensity 900 processor, as well as a large AMOLED display.

Though before we get to the display and cameras, the vivo V25 features a unique, color-changing design thanks to Photochromic 2.0. How it works is that you can put the phone under sunlight or under UV light and it will change colors in just a couple of seconds.

As you can see above, after just putting it under sunlight for a few seconds, the V25 changes from a gold color to a orange-red hue. What’s even better is that you can get creative with the color-changing back by covering a part of the back to give it a cool pattern.

Take note that this color-changing feature is not permanent as the phone will go back to its gold color after a while not in sunlight. Still, if you live in a sunny country like here in the Philippines, this is a cool feature for users who want an eye-catching device.

Moving to the front, the phone features a 6.44-inch FHD+ display with slim bezels and a 90Hz refresh rate display. The screen is also AMOLED, meaning it can output vibrant colors and deep blacks, making for a phone that’s great for binge-watching. I particularly enjoyed watching colorful shows like the new anime series Cyberpunk Edgerunners.

As for gaming, the phone packs a Mediatek Dimensity 900 processor that’s paired with 8GB of RAM plus vivo’s extended RAM feature. While not a true flagship processor, the Dimensity 900 processor is a capable gaming chip as it lets the phone play today’s popular games with ease.

Moving on to the cameras, the most interesting feature of the V25 is its 50MP selfie camera. Typically, a 50MP shooter is reserved only for rear cameras, so it’s cool to see a front camera get a big upgrade. Thanks to this, the V25 has excellent selfie capabilities, especially for night selfies. The front shooter is also great for portraits, even at night, meaning you should be able to easily take nice portraits by yourself with this phone.

Meanwhile, the back of the phone packs a 64MP main + 8MP ultrawide + 2MP macro triple rear camera setup. Based on our initial tests of both camera setups, the V25 is already quite impressive. Check out our sample shots here:

As for its battery, the phone packs a 4500mAh battery with 44W Fast charging. With this, the phone should be able to last for a day of use with ease, and it should be able to charge quite quickly, so you won’t have to wait too long for it to fill up if you need to charge.

Based on our initial time with it, the V25 is already quite an impressive devices thanks to its good processor, unique design, and capable front and rear cameras.

But is it worth the PHP 23,999 price tag? For now, it is based on our time with it. Though if you want a more comprehensive verdict, watch out for our full review soon.

vivo V25 specs:

  • 6.44-inch FHD+ (2404×1080) AMOLED, 90Hz refresh rate
  • MediaTek Dimensity processor
  • 8GB RAM (+8GB extended RAM)
  • 256GB storage (expandable via microSD)
  • Rear cameras: 64MP main + 8MP ultrawide + 2MP macro triple rear camera setup
  • Front camera: 50MP
  • 5G, LTE
  • Under Display Fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.2
  • 4500mAh battery with 44W Fast charging
  • Android 12 (Funtouch 12)
  • Price: PHP 23,999