Our Opinion

The Vivo V15 is a slightly better phone, but the realme 3 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Vivo V15  realme 3 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Vivo V15 realme 3 Pro
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Excellence Score
56.8
55.8
Value for Money Score
77.3
91.2
Price ₹ 20,490 onwards ₹ 13,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2019 Apr, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.53 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.1 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P70Ranked #22 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 616
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 12MP + 8MP + 5MP 16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.78 Aperture, 5MP: Depth Sensor; F/2.4 Aperture, 8MP: 120-degree Wide Angle Lens; F/2.2 Aperture 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; 1/2.6" Sensor Size; Sony IMX519 sensor; 1.22um Pixel Size; EIS, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture, 960fps Super Slo-mo Video Rec., Nightscape, Ultra HD mode, Chroma Boost, Portrait Mode, Expert Mode, HDR
Secondary Camera 32MP 25MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Pop-up camera, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 1.8um Pixel Size, AI Beautification, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.54 mm 8.3 mm
Weight 189 gm 172 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4045 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 383 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 32.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Dual-Engine Fast Charging Yes, VOOC 3.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A Audio Playback Time: 126 hrs, Gaming: 7 hrs, Video Playback Time: 9.7 hrs @ 1080P
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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 gorgeous - it's an expansive viewing field that is as close to the concept of all-screen devices as we’ve gotten to so far
  • Solid build quality
  • This is not a small phone, and is even slightly bigger than the V15 Pro, but the gently curved edges and back help in making it relatively 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 positioning of the fingerprint sensor at the back is convenient, and it's impressively quick to unlock
  • The large, uninterrupted 6.53 inch Full HD+ display stands out - the colour output is good and text looks crisp on it - viewing angles are also decent with minimal colour shift when seen from different angles - it's also excellent for media consumption, with no notch to disrupt a clean experience
  • On it's own, FunTouch OS UI is pretty functional, customizable, and smooth
  • Solid performance backed by the octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 SoC (similar to Snapdragon 660) - day-to-day performance is, as expected, butter smooth - and complex games run well too in medium graphics settings - and the 6GB of RAM certainly helps while running multiple apps in the background
  • Decent set of triple rear cameras - consisting of a main 12-megapixel camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor
  • Image quality in daylight is very competent - images generally turn out to be quite detailed, exhibiting punchy colours and commendable surface details
  • The Vivo V15 also shines when it comes to macro shots - subjects with rich colour profiles were captured with great detail - shades turn out to be vibrant, gradients are decent, and surface traits such as ridges are also distinguishable when zoomed in
  • Portrait shots turn out well too, with good depth, and the ability to adjust the strength of the blur effect both before and after taking a photo
  • The dedicated wide-angle camera lets you capture wide panoramas, producing interesting frames
  • Very good popup selfie 32MP camera, the same one as the Vivo V15 Pro - it pops out in under half a second - and selfies have an impressive amount of detail, with good colour reproduction and sharpness - edge detection is also fairly accurate, and the studio lighting effects help make shots social-media-ready by letting you add filters and colourful effects - overall, as far as selfie cameras go, this is one of the best, not just in this price range, but on any smartphone
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - with moderate use the phone can easily give you up to 1.5 days
  • The battery life is even slightly better than it's elder sibling, the V15 Pro
  • Supports fast charging with Vivo’s “Dual Engine” charging - you get a 40 percent charge in 30 minutes - and a full charge in about 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Overall, the V15 is another good, 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 and performance for your buck - look instead at the Poco F1, or the Redmi Note 7 Pro - and if you are looking for a high quality AMOLED display, look at the Samsung Galaxy A50
  • Gorgeous design, with some eye-catching color combinations for the (plastic) back panel
  • Very good build quality and finish
  • Fast fingerprint sensor, and face unlock
  • Good 6.3inch IPS panel, with a small dewdrop notch, and minimal bezels - it's sharp, decently bright, has high contrast, and accurate colors
  • Media playback is handled well, and videos are rendered with punchy colours
  • ColorOS 6 UI has a new, cleaner look, and is quite feature packed, including plenty of motion and screen gestures
  • Thankfully, unlike, its main competitor, the Redmi Note 7 Pro, there are no spammy ads in the UI
  • Class leading performance (especially in terms of GPU) with a Snapdragon 710 at the core - everything from daily use to complex games like PUBG is a breeze
  • The phone also doesn't heat too much even after prolonged gaming sessions
  • Excellent camera package - mostly on par with the leading camera phone of this price bracket, the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Packs the 16-megapixel Sony IMX519 sensor with an f/1.7 aperture - this is the same sensor used in some premium phones such as the OnePlus 6T - there's also a secondary 5-megapixel depth sensor for the phone's Portrait mode
  • In daylight, the the Realme 3 Pro captures very good details in landscape shots
  • Macros are sharp and well detailed too
  • The phone's AI scene recognition is quick to recognise most common objects such as flowers
  • Night photography is pretty decent too - and the the phone's Nightscape mode comes in handy here - it takes a second or two longer than usual to capture your shot, but the end result is a sharper image with much better detail
  • The depth sensor does a very good job with edge detection, and even in low light, you can get a very pleasing bokeh effect
  • Good 25-megapixel selfie camera too - selfies from the Realme 3 Pro pack a lot of detail and noise is kept in check - colors are excellent as well
  • Selfie portraits are quite good too, even though they don't get the benefit of a dedicated depth sensing camera - subject separation is very competent, there are no clipped ears and blur is natural-looking as well
  • Good video recording performance too - with good overall footage quality, and nice color reproduction
  • The single speaker gets loud enough for media playback
  • Excellent battery life - the combination of a large 4045mAh battery pack, an efficient processor, and Realme's optimizations means that this an easy 2-days battery life phone, even beating out (slightly) the excellent Redmi Note 7 Pro in battery life tests
  • Super fast VOOC fast charging using the bundled charger is again class-leading - it can top up the battery from zero all the way to 90 percent in about an hour
  • Overall, the Realme 3 Pro is absolutely great bang-for-the-buck, and is pretty neck-to-neck with the other top phone in this price bracket - the Redmi Note 7 Pro - while the Redmi Note 7 has a more premium glass build, and the modern USB Type-C port, the Realme 3 Pro has an edge in terms of a bundled fast charger, a slightly better processor, and cleaner (ad-free) software
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The volume rocker is a little bit too high up, sometimes requiring a little shimmy to reach
  • Coming as the the Vivo V15 Pro does with a glossy 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)
  • One noticeable omission is the lack of face unlock - even though both the Vivo V15 and the Vivo V15 Pro feature 32-megapixel selfie cameras housed in motorised pop-up modules, but the latter supports face recognition, while the former inexplicably misses out on it
  • The lack of a Super AMOLED panel though is a bit disappointing, especially considering that the Samsung Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 both have Super AMOLED panels despite being priced significantly lower
  • The Vivo V15's display also could have been better in terms of sunlight legibility
  • 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
  • Having said that, there are a number of better performing phones in this and lower price brackets (including the Poco F1 with a flagship Snapdragon 845 powering it), so the V15 is not winning any performance wars
  • Average video recording quality - the Vivo V15 can't shoot 4K or full-HD 60fps video, and lacks stabilization - the sound recording quality is average as well
  • The night performance of the rear camera setup is pretty average too - night shots exhibit grainy textures and have a considerable amount of noise - in comparison, the significantly cheaper Redmi Note 7 Pro does a much better job at retaining details and bringing out colours
  • Uses the old microUSB standard, instead of the modern USB-C
  • Realme continues to pre-install quite a few third-party apps such as a Webnovel, NewsPoint, ShareChat, etc (though most of them can be uninstalled)
  • Video stabilization at 1080p could have been better though
  • Uses the old microUSB port, instead of the modern USB Type-C port
Expert Reviews
  1. Has a few things going for it, but it goes up against numerous competitors that offer more bang for the buck
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you want a stylish device that can capture the best selfies in the market then this is the device to choose..but it does come with its own weaknesses
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A stylish phone with a lot of goodness inside it...But, if you're a power user, there are better options at this price point
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  1. Some serious value for money
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A good iterative update over the Realme 2 Pro...If you're looking for a smartphone that's great for gaming for less than Rs. 20,000 then the Realme 3 Pro is a good place to start
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Realme has a formidable phone in this year’s Pro series
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A formidable offering
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Has all the ingredients for a great mid-range smartphone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Worthy rival to Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The best budget gaming phone of 2019...Xiaomi has good reason to be worried
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Redefines the capability of ‘budget smartphones’
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  9. Fantastic value...the phone to beat under Rs 15,000
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Redmi Note 7 Pro redefined the price to specifications ratio, and the Realme 3 Pro demolishes that with an even more stable and reliable experience
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Great display, good camera, but Redmi Note 7 Pro is better overall
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
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