Vivo has just released the Vivo V25 5G, its latest smartphone in the V series. The Vivo V25 5G follows the brand’s tradition of emphasising aesthetics and camera performance. The phone has a premium design and a color-changing back panel. It has a powerful processor and a 90Hz AMOLED display to provide a smooth user experience. You also get 44W fast charging support, which is very nice to see.
The Vivo V25 appears to be an ideal all-rounder, but is it worth the price tag? Let’s find out in this Vivo V25 5G review.
Price and Variants
In India, the Vivo V25 5G is available in two variants. The base variant, with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, costs Rs. 27,999. While the top variant costs $31,999 for 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone comes in two different colours: Surfing Blue and Elegant Black. You can purchase the phone directly from Vivo’s official website or from other platforms such as Reliance Digital, Croma, and others.
|MediaTek Dimensity 900 MT6877
|No of cores
|8 (octa core)
|Elegant Black, Surface Blue
|1080 x 2404 pixels
|AMOLED, HDR 10+
|Yes, Capacitive, Multi-Touch
|Rear camera setup
|64MP(Primary), 8MP(Secondary), 2MP(Tertiary)
|50 MP Resolution
|LED Rear flash
|3840×2160 @ 30 fps
|Auto FlashAuto FocusFace detectionTouch to focus
|Battery Type and capacity
|Li-Polymer, 4500 mAh
|Yes, Flash, 44W
|Internal memory type
|128 GB, UFS 3.1
|Yes with A-GPS, Glonass
|Light SensorProximity SensorAccelerometerCompassGyroscope
|1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
|2 years Extended Warranty from the GoWarranty for the Vivo V25 5G phones
Design and Build
Let’s begin with the design. The Vivo V25 5G has a really stylish design that may appear normal to you, but there’s something more to it. When you expose it to sunlight, the magic begins. It has a colour-changing back panel that absorbs light and darkens when exposed to sunlight. I have the Surfing Blue colour variant for review, which looks fantastic. The backside is made of plastic with a smooth frosted glass finish that glitters when illuminated.
The phone has flat edges and curved corners, giving it a premium look and feel in the hand. It is relatively light in weight at 186g and has a slim profile at only 7.79mm thickness. On the back, you’ll notice a large camera unit with two large and one small lens. The bottom has a very subtle Vivo branding. Overall, the phone appears to be new and high-end. When it comes to button and port placement, the right side has a power button as well as volume rockers. The left side is completely clean, whereas the top side contains a microphone. A SIM tray slot, a USB Type-C port, and a speaker grill are located on the bottom side.
The Vivo V25 has a 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. The refresh rate is 90Hz, and the peak brightness is 1300 nits. The display becomes bright enough for outdoor viewing. In the display settings, you can also change the refresh rate. You have three refresh rate options: standard 60Hz, fast 90Hz, and Smart Switch mode, which automatically sets the refresh rate based on the usage scenario and power consumption.
The display is surrounded by thin bezels, with a slightly thicker chin at the bottom. This has no effect on the viewing experience. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed my gaming and video-watching sessions on the Vivo V25. The phone has HDR10+ certification, so you can watch HDR content on supported apps.
On the back of the Vivo V25 5G is a triple camera setup. A 64MP OIS main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro sensor are included. On the front, there is a 50 MP selfie camera. The camera is where Vivo excels, and we can see that here as well. Portrait mode was also excellent. The subject was well separated from the background, but the corners of the subject were occasionally blurred. The portraits were detailed and crisp, with excellent colour accuracy. The macro shots were passable. It’s neither too good nor too bad. The macro shots were nice until you zoomed in and realised they were just over-sharpened images. The camera app includes some useful modes such as High-Resolution mode, Live Photo, Slo-mo, Pro mode, Vlog mode, Dual View, and others.
In terms of battery capacity, the Vivo V25 has a 4500mAh battery that provides adequate backup. Although this is less than what other smartphones in this price range offer, it still provides adequate backup. This phone can easily last a full day of casual use. Light users can even expect the phone to last until the afternoon the other day. With my normal usage, I got about 6 hours of screen time. I spent some time scrolling through Instagram, playing games, and watching YouTube videos.
The V25 supports 44W fast charging, which is less than what the competition provides. Nowadays, phones under $30K come with 60W, 80W, and even 120W fast charging support, but Vivo has opted for a much lower 44W support.
The Vivo V25 is equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset, as well as up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. You can add another 8GB of virtual RAM using the internal storage, for a total of 16GB RAM. Now, I don’t think this will give you a significant performance boost, so toss it.
The phone has HDR10+ certification, so you can watch HDR content on supported apps. The Vivo V25 is equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset, as well as up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. You can add another 8GB of virtual RAM using the internal storage, for a total of 16GB RAM. Now, I don’t think this will give you a significant performance boost, so toss it.
The Vivo V25 turns out to be a good phone with a lovely colour-changing design. This unique feature of the phone sets it apart from the crowd. It also has a good performance and lag-free experience, as well as a fantastic primary camera. I wish Vivo had provided a 120Hz display, but the 90Hz display is adequate. Furthermore, the 44W fast charging quickly charges the battery, providing a decent backup. Overall, the Vivo V25 5G is an excellent smartphone for less than 30,000.