Vivo V19 Neo was unveiled yesterday and most of us are excited to test this phone. It has a super-night selfie and super-night photography features thanks to the 48MP main rear and 32MP front camera, but all of that will be tackled on our full review.
Vivo V19 Neo, when I hear Neo I always think of Thomas Anderson in the matrix and the anagram for neo is “the one”, but is it the one for you? I have many questions about why this phone’s nickname is Neo, so let’s get a sneak peek at this device.
The Vivo V19 Neo box has a stunning gradient V19 Neo text along with other gradients looking designs all around. We’ve got the 8GB/128GB variant and on the back is the indicated key features, Super Night Mode – for a better absolute shooter at low light, 32MP front camera, 48MP rear with 3 other lenses, and their Ultra-O screen or the punch hole cutout.
I think the word neo is best described in front of its camera as it only has one selfie camera, unlike its bigger brother with a dual selfie cam. Comparing it to the Vivo V19 we didn’t get the ultrawide cam upfront, well we might need the ultrawide angle as we are practicing social distancing, and selfie in the wider view is much needed, right?
Lifting the lid of the box, we saw a cool chromatic sleeve, I thought it was like Iron Man’s chest or the Arc Reactor at first glance. Inside this compartment, there is a USB Type-C cable, a sim ejector pin that looks like a guitar pick, along with some documentation, and a free special clear protective case. What is special in the clear case is that you will have a cover on the charging port and it’s really useful. Below is the phone itself and we got the crystal white color variant. Underneath are a free 3.5mm earphone and a solid box-shaped power adapter.
Thanks to the 3D curved back panel as it makes the phone comfortable to hold. Also, there are four camera sensors along with an LED flash inside the rectangular module at the top corner, and what is unique in the camera compartment is the small camera bump. This makes it less jiggly to a flat surface and it is a premium-looking phone although it only has a plastic back. The panel was glossy and I found the gradient color more attractive in this device. It goes from blue hues to magenta tint when hit by a light source. Around the frame we have a volume rocker and power key on the right, on the left is the sim tray pin, with dual nano sim slots and an expandable storage slot. Below is the 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone, USB Type-C port, and a single down-firing speaker. Lastly, on top, we have a second noise-canceling microphone.
On the front is a punch-hole display or what the company called Ultra O Screen. The display size is 6.44 inches on an FHD+ Super AMOLED screen. It has great, punchier colors with decent contrast. Vivo V19 Neo runs Funtouch 10.0 on top of Android 10.0.
As I was wandering around its software, I found some cool features to look at and it was useful in some cases. One of which is a different way to take a screenshot, a long screenshot which is the standard screenshot tool that we can see on other devices. Then a rectangular screenshot, it’s like snipping tools found on Windows OS and macOS. Then a funny screenshot with cool shapes and free designs to add more gimmick to your snap. It also has a brilliant feature it is called shake to turn on the flashlight. It usually turns on flash, every time you shake your phone while on the lock screen, this type of hands-free navigation is very useful in some scenarios. When you’re done, you just have to press the power key twice to turn it off.
The skin inside feels light, the notification panel shows when swiping from the bottom. In my opinion, what I like about the Vivo V19 Neo is that it has an intelligent software package called JOVI AI, it’s a self-learning AI based on your habits while using the phone. Basically it will adapt to your preferences and day to day use. It also has a button at the top left corner of the notification panel to navigate to the Jovi Smart Screen, from which you can see screen time information, such as how long you’ve been using the device and some kind of tracking database that you can easily monitor.
I also found an easy touch feature and what is worth mentioning about this tool is that you can, place it right on the screen and it will automatically snap to that side and make navigation much easier while it doesn’t create a distraction on the screen. You can also customize the theme based on your preferences. Speaking of themes Vivo V19 Neo gets a ton of customization including some cool animation on the lock screen and charging.
All of these are powered by Snapdragon 675 with Adreno 612 on the GPU and upon searching, the GPU has a clock speed of 845mhz which is not bad for high graphic demanding games. Powering that we get a 4500mAh battery with an 18W fast charging.
48MP f/1.8 main sensor
2mp Depth Sensor
Lastly, a 32MP Selfie Shooter
It has versatile camera features and what I want to try is the portrait mode that has cool transformation features, you can customize the parts of your body to make it bigger or smaller. And the posture feature where there is a pose you can trace and imitate for better-postured selfies and portrait shots. We will tackle more of that in the full review but before we end this first impression, here are some sample shots from the Vivo V19 Neo.
So what should we expect from the Vivo V19 series?
Vivo V series is known for being a camera-centric phone and I believe this new lineup has a Sony IMX sensor as well as its predecessor. I’m sure they also offer a Quad Bayer pixel binning for better low-light capabilities. We are going to test this phone again and we will dive deeper into its hardware. The features we discussed earlier are a sneak peek of what this phone can do and more functionality and camera samples in the upcoming full review. The Vivo V19 Neo is priced at P17,990 for 8GB + 128GB.