Our Opinion

The Vivo V15 Pro (8GB RAM) is a significantly better phone than the Apple iPhone 7 Plus 32GB, and is also much better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo V15 Pro (8GB RAM)!

Apple iPhone 7 Plus 32GB  Vivo V15 Pro (8GB RAM) 
Apple iPhone 7 Plus Vivo V15 Pro
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Excellence Score
40.6
53.3
Value for Money Score
50.0
77.8
Price ₹ 34,999 onwards ₹ 18,799 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2016 May, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 10, Upgradeable to 13Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 6.39 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x2316 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features Retina HD Display, Wide colour display (P3), 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical), Dual-domain pixels for wide viewing angles, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously, Display Zoom, Reachability Super AMOLED, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.23 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture Embedded M10 motion coprocessorRanked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #22 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR Series7XT Plus (six-core graphics) Adreno 612
RAM 3 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Wide-angle and Telephoto Cameras, Wide-angle: F/1.8 Aperture, Telephoto: F/2.8 Aperture, Optical Zoom at 2x, Digital Zoom up to 10x, Optical image Stabilisation, Six element Lens, Quad-LED True Tone Flash, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Sapphire Crystal Lens Cover, Backside Illumination Sensor, Hybrid IR Filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to Focus with Focus Pixels, Live Photos with Stabilisation, Wide Colour Capture for Photos and Live Photos, Improved Local Tone Mapping, Body and Face Detection, Exposure Control, Noise Reduction, Auto HDR for Photos, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst Mode, Timer Mode, Photo and Video Geotagging, Optical Image Stabilisation for Video, Slow-motion Video Support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps, Time-lapse Video with Stabilisation, Cinematic Video Stabilisation (1080p and 720p), Continuous Auto Focus Video, Take 8-megapixel Still Photos while Recording 4K Video, Playback Zoom 48MP: PDAF, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 7.0MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features Full HD Video Recording, Retina Flash, F/2.2 Aperture, Wide Colour Capture for Photos and Live Photos, Auto HDR, Backside Illumination Sensor, Body and Face Detection, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst Mode, Exposure Control, Timer Mode F/2.0 Aperture, Pop-up camera, HDR
Internal Memory 32 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.3 mmSlim 8.21 mmMedium
Weight 188 gmMedium 185 gmMedium
Width 77.9 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 74.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 2900 mAh 3700 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 384 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 21.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, Dual-Engine Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters Internet Use (on 3G): Up to 13 hrs, Internet Use (on WiFi): Up to 15 hrs, Wireless Video Playback: up to 14 hrs, Wireless Audio Playback: Up to 60 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); NFC; Lightning Connector; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The design follows on from the previous generation of iPhones - with the same excellent build quality, Apple's famed attention to detail, and beautiful aesthetics - in fact, the phone looks almost identical to the previous generation of the iPhone
  • Splash, and water resistant
  • Excellent, large display, improving a bit over the previous iPhones with a "wide color gamut" screen and enhanced color accuracy
  • iOS 10 is excellent and now makes more sense out of 3D Touch, enhances the lock screen and allows third-party integration with Siri and Maps
  • Of course, iOS also has an industry-leading software update program - you are guaranteed to get all iOS updates in the next few years as soon as they are out
  • Phenomenal, top-tier performance backed by the new A10 chip, beating Samsung's flagship phones for instance by a significant margin in benchmark tests (although in practical terms, you might only notice the speed on some intensive games and the video and photo-editing apps)
  • Also adds extra RAM on top of the iPhone 7 setup (3GB vs 2GB) making it more future-proof
  • Excellent front and rear cameras - this is Apple's best camera phone to date, and pushes the envelope to offer great results
  • The camera is a also a step up over the iPhone 7, with a dual rear camera setup delivering a true 2x optical zoom, and with an exceptional bokeh mode to come via a forthcoming upgrade
  • The front-facing FaceTime camera has been bumped to 7 megapixels now, and it looked great for selfies or videos
  • Enhanced (louder, and now stereo) speakers
  • Good audio quality
  • Very good call quality
  • Very good battery life - lasts an hour longer than the previous iPhones 6S Plus
  • Much improved haptics with Apple's updated "Taptic Engine"
  • Eye-catching, attractive design, like a lot of recent Vivo and Oppo phones - the back of the phone is all sorts of interesting, with gradient style colorways - it’s definitely going to turn heads
  • On the front, the phone is all screen - and looks really damn good - it's an expansive viewing field that is as close to the concept of all-screen devices as we’ve gotten to so far
  • This is not a small phone, but the gently curved edges and back make it very comfortable to hold - Vivo has also done a really good job with weight distribution, and the phone nestles very easily in the palm of your hand
  • There’s a direct shortcut for Google Assistant on the left side of the phone - double clicking the button activates Google Lens or Vivo’s own Jovi image recognition
  • The in-display fingerprint scanner works perfectly well
  • There's also perfectly capable face recognition that uses the unique pop-up selfie camera (takes less than half a second to pop-out)
  • The large, vibrant, 6.23 inch display Super AMOLED display of course stands out - the screen is nice and sharp with crisp text rendering - it's also excellent for media consumption, with no notch to disrupt a clean experience - it also gets sufficiently bright for outdoor use in direct sunlight
  • On it's own, FunTouch OS UI is pretty functional, customizable, and smooth
  • The Snapdragon 675 is a pretty good performer, just a notch below the 710 is real life use cases - navigating through the interface and jumping between apps is very smooth, and playing games like PUBG is also a very enjoyable experience (even with graphics set to high)
  • Pretty decent set of rear cameras - especially in day light - the Vivo V15 Pro has three different rear camera modules - there’s a 5MP depth-sensing camera, an 8MP wide-angle sensor and of course a 48MP primary camera - while you can shoot full resolution, 48MP, shots from the camera, it works best when pixel-binned to 12MP
  • Particularly useful is the ultra wide lens - which gives a really nice way to get a very different perspective
  • Very good popup selfie camera - that pops out in under half a second - and produces some good quality images in most lighting conditions - there's also a very powerful beauty mode, if you are into that sort of stuff - overall, as far as selfie cameras go, this is one of the best, not just in this price range, but on any smartphone
  • Good battery life with a 3700mAh battery -with moderate use the phone can give you up to 1.5 days
  • Supports fast charging with Vivo’s “Dual Engine” charging - you get a 25 percent charge in 15 minutes - and a full charge in about 1 and a half hours
  • Overall, the V15 Pro is another great, innovative device from the Vivo camp - you can go for it if you want a good balance between performance and design, and an amazing, true 'full screen' display - if on the other hand you are looking for the best rear camera experience or the best performance - look instead at the Poco F1, OnePlus 6T and Honor View 20
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No big changes in design from the last two iPhone versions
  • The design is starting to show its age, as competing phones squeeze a 5.5-inch screen into smaller, sexier bodies
  • The Jet black version is a fingerprint and scratch magnet (so, use it with a case)
  • The new click-free home button takes getting used to because there's no mechanical click when you press the home button
  • The missing standard (3.5mm) headphone jack on the phone means that you won't be able to easily use your regular earphones with the iPhone now (though compatible EarPods come included in the case, as well as a Lightning-to-regular-headphone adapter dongle)
  • Lacks fast charging support (which is now present on most of the Android flagships)
  • On the whole, while there are significant changes from last year's iPhone 6S Plus, but they may not be thrilling enough to warrant an upgrade
  • The volume rocker is a little bit too high up, sometimes requiring a little shimmy to reach
  • The location of the fingerprint touchpoint for the in-display scanner is a little too low on the screen and you might find yourself having to bend your thumb over a bit too much to unlock the phone
  • Coming as the the Vivo V15 Pro does with a glass back, the usual caveats apply - the phone is slippery, and is nearly impossible to keep the back clean of fingerprints and smudges (having said that, Vivo is throwing a well-designed case in the box, which takes care of these issues)
  • The lack of Widewine L1 certification means that the phone can’t stream HD videos on Netflix or Amazon (they will stream at 540p resolution)
  • It is still pretty much a clone of iOS though - and that might not be everyone's cup of tea
  • It also packs a bunch of bloatware (mostly un-installable, thankfully)
  • It's also somewhat buggy at places - for instance the aggressive battery management means that it sometimes force closes apps unexpectedly
  • It does get slightly warm though, when put under heavy continuous load
  • Sound quality during video recording is pretty average
  • Overall, the rear cameras are good, but they are still a notch below the top competitors - the Pocophone, Honor View 20 and OnePlus 6T (on the other hand, the front camera of the V15 Pro is arguably better than that of these three)
  • Uses the old microUSB standard, instead of the modern USB-C
Expert Reviews
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  1. Strongly depends on its unique features in the price range
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Might not be the best choice for everyone, but it does stand out with its design and innovations
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Honor View 20 and OnePlus 6T is probably still a better value overall because they have a more premium build and chipset, but the V15 Pro has a totally uninterrupted display and the best selfie camera of the three
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Vivo has created an impressive package with the performance to back the design up
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Looks pretty damn amazing, and the expansive display is gorgeous for heavy multimedia consumers...but if you’re always trying out the next high-end smartphone game, the Snapdragon 675 chipset might seem a bit limiting
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Lives up to the hype...ticks all the major points
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Brings high-end features down to a mid-range package...one of the best options in its segment
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Innovative but far from great
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  9. If you are considering a device with new innovations, then Vivo V15 Pro is a good option
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If style matters to you, the Vivo V15 Pro offers a lot of style
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. You get a great design and camera, but the UI is lacking
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
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