The Vivo V23 is the latest mid-range smartphone from up-and-coming Chinese-based brand Vivo, and it was introduced at CES 2022 alongside a Pro variant.
Vivo V23: Specs, price, and release date
The phrase “mid-range” comes to mind when you look at its features, but we don’t yet know a price.
Vivo V23: Price and availability
We don’t know the Vivo V23’s price, but judging by its features and design, it appears to be a mid-range phone, at least as far as we can tell.
Both are likely to sell for about $600 / £500 / AU$800, which would put the V23 below the Pro. However, we may be incorrect.
The phone is now available in certain parts of Southeast Asia, and we’ve been informed that it will be released in Europe and other Asian and Australasian nations throughout the next months.
Vivo V23: Design and Price
The V23 has flat edges, like many contemporary smartphones. We’re not a fan of this aspect since it makes holding the device difficult. We’ll have to see if we get used to it over time, or if blisters develop on our hands as a result of this design choice.
The V23 is a light phone, weighing just 179g. There’s a USB-C port but no 3.5mm headphone jack. The power button and volume rocker are both on the right edge.
The screen has a 1080 x 2400 resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate and is 6.44 inches wide. It’s powered by AMOLED technology, which means colors are vibrant. We weren’t given a maximum brightness figure, but it gets quite bright in our testing.
Vivo V23: Cameras and battery life
The Vivo V23’s key selling point is its selfie cameras. For wider field-of-view pictures, there’s a 50MP main camera and an 8MP ultra-wide camera. You’re not alone if you’re taken aback by how high-res the main camera is. Technically, it isn’t the highest-resolution front-facing camera since the Moto Edge X30 has a 60MP one, but because most smartphones stop at 32 megapixels for front faces, it’s still a fantastic specification.
On the rear of the phone, there’s a 64MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. We were sidetracked by the selfie functions and didn’t test them out much. Although lots of Portrait mode features for selfies are included in the rear cameras, many of them are also available in front cameras.
The Vivo V23 has a 4,200mAh battery. This is somewhat on the low side for a phone with such a large display, but it’s not an issue – we hope. Stay tuned for our complete review to see if we’re correct about this.
The charging speed is 44W, which is a nice compromise. Fast-charging phones can reach 65W while slow-charging smartphones (looking at you, iPhone and Galaxy) generally charge around 25W. Vivo claims that 30 minutes of charging will bring the phone to 68 percent, and we believe it’ll be completely charged in about an hour (phones charge slower as they approach 100%).
Vivo V23: Performance, specs, and software
The V23 is powered by a Dimensity 920 platform, which has never been used in a globally released smartphone before. It’s a mid-range processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB or 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, as per our review unit.
It’s a 5G phone that’s been called the Vivo V23 5G in some marketing materials; you can use it to connect to fast data networks.