Two of the best mid-range phones out there right now come from Vivo — the V15 and V15 Pro. Both are great devices, however, there’s a P6K gap that might make you scratch your head if you’re opting for the Pro variant. As to how that translates into features, let’s find out.
Vivo V15 and V15 Pro Differences
Advantages of Vivo V15
- main camera has larger pixel size at 1.12µm
- faster capacitive fingerprint scanner
- larger 4000mAh battery
Advantages of Vivo V15 Pro
- Super AMOLED screen
- DCI-P3 100% color coverage
- Snapdragon 675
- dedicated microSD slot
- with 8GB RAM variant
- larger 48MP main camera
- BT 5.0 with EDR, aptX
- under display fingerprint scanner
Vivo V15 and V15 Pro Similarities
- fullscreen display
- pop-up selfie camera
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- glass and polycarbonate design
- triple-rear camera
- singe selfie camera
- FHD+ resolution
- Android 9.0 Pie with FunTouch OS 9
- microSD slot support of up to 256GB
- up to 4K video recording
- micro USB 2.0
- dual-engine fast charging
Which is a better buy between the Vivo V15 and V15 Pro?
Same design, different displays
Both the V15 and V15 Pro sport the same design language — using polycarbonate material for most of their bodies. However, the latter variant didn’t use glass for a more premium feel. For a more expensive device, it’s expected to get a better design, just not this time.
Both, again, come with elevating selfie cameras, in which we expect from the Pro variant only, but somehow manages to exist on the non-Pro variant. However, it did pave the way for fullscreen displays.
Both come with unobtrusive FHD+ displays — featuring a saturated Super AMOLED screen on the Pro and a naturally toned IPS LCD from the non-Pro. In terms of the viewing experience, expect better picture quality on the Pro variant due to its DCI-P3 100% color coverage.
Slight performance boost
As for performance, the Snapdragon 675 on the V15 Pro is slightly faster and more efficient than the Helio P70 of the V15. Furthermore, only the former device supports up to 8GB RAM.
Moving to the main cameras — both come with triple sensors — 48MP f1.8 main+ 8MP f2.2 ultrawide + 5MP f2.4 depth. However, the V15 swaps the large main sensor for a smaller 12MP sensor with bigger pixel size to help in low-light photography. As for the selfie cameras, it’s a standard affair of 32MP f2.0 sensors with up to FHD @ 30fps video recording.
If you’re the one to rely on Bluetooth-enabled accessories, the V15 Pro should maintain a better connection due to its BT 5.0 technology. But when it comes to battery capacity, interestingly, the V15 has a larger 4000mAh. That’s compared to the 3700mAh on the V15 Pro. However, both still get the benefit of dual-engine fast charging.
With the V series packing futuristic features, only the V15 comes with an old yet highly reliable capacitive fingerprint scanner.
The Vivo V15 is priced at P17,999, while the V15 Pro will set you back at P23,999. By spending P6k more, you’re getting a slightly better main camera sensor, futuristic (but slow) biometric, BT 5.0, better display, and slightly faster chipset.
Personally, we think the V15 is the way to go here. The only significant thing that you will miss is the Super AMOLED display. You even get a faster and more accurate fingerprint scanner. If the V15 Pro only came with a glass build, larger battery, and a Snapdragon 710, we could have a different verdict.
What about you? Would that be enough for you to spend a lot more?
|Specs||Vivo V15 Pro||Vivo 15|
|Display||6.39-inch Super AMOLED, 1080 x 2316, 404ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5||6.53-inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 2340, 395ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Dimensions||157.3 x 74.7 x 8.2 mm , 185g||161.2 x 75.9 x 8.5 mm, 186g|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11 nm)||Mediatek Helio P70 (12nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 612||Mali-G72 MP3|
|Memory||128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM + dedicated microSD, up to 256 GB||128GB, 6GB RAM + microSD slot, up to 256GB|
|Main Camera||48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 5 f2.4 depth sensor
|12 MP, f/1.8, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
|Front Camera||Motorized pop-up 32 MP, f/2.0, 0.8µm||Motorized pop-up 32 MP, f/2.0|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 5, aptX, A2DP, LE, micro USB 2.0, headphone jack||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 4.2, A2DP, LE, micro USB 2.0, headphone jack|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3700mAH battery with dual-engine fast charging||Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery with dual-engine fast charging|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie); Funtouch 9||Android 9.0 (Pie); Funtouch 9|