vivo V27 5G First Impression | Studio In Your Pocket

The Aura Portrait Master from vivo is here and we are taking a liking to it. Here's our initial impression of their studio-in-your-pocket smartphone.

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vivo just officially launched their vivo V27 Series phones in the Philippines with the vivo V27 5G and the vivo V27e in tow. These mid-rangers, particularly the V27 5G, took everything we love about the vivo V25 and amped it further (and in stunning fashion if I do say so myself).

With the V27 Series, the main draw of the phones is its ability to create stunning portrait photos thanks to a more circular flash contraption and vivo’s Aura Portrait Algorithm. The claim to fame of the brand is that this is you can create studio-like photos with just these smartphones.

We got the chance to tinker with the vivo V27 5G in stunning Emerald Green colorway and so far we’re enjoying our time with it.

Designed like a Gem

The vivo VSeries always has a penchant for creating memorable designed phones, whether it’s choosing stunning fashion-forward colored back covers, or creating photochromic plates, design is always an important cornerstone in their creative mix. With the vivo V27 5G, the design team and engineers at vivo decided to adopt a gem-like design for the back cover, a first from the brand, giving the Emerald Green variant its jade-like quality. And as with past V-Series phones, the vivo V27 5G has a photochromic coat that can turn the cool Emerald Green to a darker shade of Jade when exposed to extreme light.


Photochromic Effect – Darker Green when put under light

Having a 3D curved AMOLED Screen and a thinness of only 7.36mm, the vivo V27 5G is one of the brand’s slimmest phones to date. The 2.3mm one-piece narrow frame in shiny chrome accentuates the luxe design even more.

And while all of those are impressive enough, especially for a midrange device, what draws the eye to the phone is its camera module and that circular flash besides the phone’s 3-Ai cameras. That is the Aura Portrait Flash, and pretty much a huge reason why you’d want to get your hands on this device.

And speaking of getting your hands on the device, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a Midrange phone with a glass back.


Aura Portrait Algorithm – Flashy or Brilliant?

When vivo first announced their take on Aura Portrait Photography thanks to their Aura Portrait Algorithm and the specialized circular flash that the phone has, we were wondering if the device can live up to the brand promise.

With a triple Ai-Camera setup of a 50MP Sony IMX 766V main shooter, an 8MP Ultra-wide shooter, and 2MP Super Macro, the vivo V27 5G should be able to handle most subjects especially in fairly lit areas. But what if you don’t have enough natural light source around your chosen subject? That’s where the Aura Flash and Aura Portrait Algorithm comes into play.

Take a look at some of the shots below:

To fully take advantage of the Aura Portrait Algorithm, we found it that it’s best to use it in low-light scenarios. So taking night shots, or club shots even, work especially well with the Aura Flash that tends to give even exposure to the subject. The result is a crisp image with perfect bokeh cutouts. You can adjust the bokeh strength post photography as well on the app itself.

To take full advantage of this, go to Portrait > Filter > Flash Portrait.

For the full rundown of the vivo V27 5G’s camera features, especially their Aura Portrait Algorithm, head over to this feature article

Flagship-like Power

Powering all this beauty is a MediaTek Dimensity 7200 processor. A 4nm flagship-like processor, the Dimensity 7200 boasts excellent power management and multi-core processing. This means being able to run your apps with ease (even if you open a lot simultaneously), and fire up your fave mobile games as well. Supporting that are 12GB of RAM with 8GB of Expandable virtual memory, and a large 256GB internal storage.

The 6.78” 3D Curved AMOLED QHD display has up to 120Hz refresh rate support, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, along with a pretty loud speaker system helps with entertainment immersion. The screen boasts of producing up to 1 billion colors if needed, adding huge dynamic range in image clarity.

At just Php 24,999 for the 12GB/ 256GB variant of the vivo V27 5G, this midranger will be shaking up the category especially with a fully-spec’d out internals, gorgeous back cover design, sleek display, and a game-changing night portrait mode that can really add extra drama to your regular night outs.

The vivo V27 5G is now available for pre-orders vivo’s e-store nationwide. Check this for more on the vivo V27 Series 5G including the price and features of the vivo V27e.


vivo V27 5G Specs:

  • MediaTek Dimensity 7200 (4nm)
  • Mali-G610 MC4
  • 12GB RAM / 256 GB Storage
  • 78-inch Curved AMOLED QHD display, 120Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
  • 50MP f/1.9 main IMX766V with OIS + 8MP Super-Wide-angled Camera (Optical angle of 120˚, 108˚ after distortion correction), and 2 MP Super Macro Camera (4cm focus distance).
  • 50MP f/2.0 HD Auto-Focus front camera
  • 3G, LTE, 5G Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, under display fingerprint scanner, gyro, USB Type-C
  • 4600mAh battery with 66W fast charge support
  • Android 13 with Funtouch 13
  • Emerald Green (with photochromic properties)
  • Php 24,999