Vivo has again made the middle segment its target market by launching the V23e. Still the same as the previous V-series members, this smartphone puts forward the design sector and camera capabilities as its main selling points.
Curious what kind of experience the vivo V23e offers? Come on, just take a look at the reviews!
Slim and charming
V23e actually still carries a design language that is not much different from the previous generation. The back cover hasn’t changed much. In fact, in front of you, you will be faced with a screen that again has minimalist bangs like water drops.
Even if you want to say it’s out of date, it’s not. Because as we both know, expensive cellphone brands from the United States still use bangs screens, even with wider bangs. But honestly, I don’t quite understand why Vivo has returned to that screen in some of their latest V-series products lately. In fact, in the V19 generation the screen has a punch hole.
If you don’t have a problem with bangs, then I don’t think there’s anything to doubt about the V23e’s design. The body is slim with a thickness of only 7.36mm for the Moonlight Shadow color, and 7.41mm for the Sunshine Coast color as shown in this review article.
The body is quite comfortable to hold. Its weight is also light, only 172 grams. Even though the screen still has bangs, Vivo carries a Flat Frame Design which in my opinion is quite capable of adding an elegant impression. One other thing that I like, the back cover of the V23e is not easily dirty by fingerprints.
Please note that the vivo V23e adopts a hybrid slot, which means you can’t install two SIM cards if you want to add a microSD. The 3.5mm audio jack port is also not available. The good news is that in the sales package, the V23e is equipped with a USB-C adapter to a 3.5mm audio jack. Excellent!
Of the many middle-class phones on the Indonesian market, you could say the Vivo V23e has the most complete sales package. In addition to the USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, there is also a softcase and headset. The default charger also directly supports the maximum charging technology of this cellphone, which is 44W.
Just for additional information, the V23e fingerprint sensor is hidden behind the screen. In addition, vivo has also embedded a multi-function NFC feature.
vivo V23e is supported by a 6.44-inch Full HD + AMOLED screen that has Widevine L1 certification. In addition to being able to display content sharply and have an eye-catching color dish, this screen is also capable of playing movies on Netflix with high resolution. Refresh rate? 60Hz only.
A little discussing the audio sector, unfortunately the V23e only has one speaker, aka mono. As is known, most mobile phones today already offer stereo speakers.
Great selfie camera
It’s not called the Vivo V-series if you don’t make the selfie camera a superior feature. Vivo V23e is armed with a 50 MP Autofocus Night Portrait front camera. Besides being promised to be able to produce good images in various light conditions, the camera is also supported by Eye Autofocus to lock the focus of the eye or object with precision.
There is also the AI Extreme Night feature to support shooting in low light conditions. There are also Multi-Style Portrait and Double Exposure for more artistic selfies. Regarding video, the V23e’s front camera is supported by Steadiface Selfie Video for stable recording and Dual-View Video to record simultaneously with the rear camera.
While for the rear camera, Vivo offers a 64 MP main sensor accompanied by 8 MP Super Wide-Angle and 2 MP macro. Its flagship mode is Bokeh Flare Portrait to get a bokeh effect with beautiful light in the background.
The photos using the front camera deserve thumbs up. The detail captured is high, the colors tend to be natural, and the dynamic range is wide. Selfie with backlight conditions is not a problem, because the face will still be seen clearly. Even in low light conditions, the Vivo V23e selfie camera can still be relied on thanks to the help of AI Extreme Night.
Not only the front camera, the back camera of the V23e can produce good photos in both ideal and low light conditions. The dynamic range is also okay. The results of indoor shooting using automatic mode are very worthy of showing off to social media.
Regarding videography, the Vivo V23e is capable of recording up to 1080p resolution at 60fps using both the rear and front cameras. Yes, it can’t be 4K yet. To get a more stable recording, you can activate the EIS feature on the rear camera, or Steadiface on the front camera.
Standard performance, fast charging
Turning to performance, the V23e relies on the MediaTek Helio G96 chipset, 8GB RAM + 4GB Extended RAM, and 128GB storage. The combination that is classified as standard for a cellphone for 4 million rupiah. Even in its price class, there are already some that are faster.
Even so, that does not mean the performance is disappointing. For everyday use, Vivo V23e feels agile and smooth. 8 GB of RAM plus 4 GB is very adequate for multitasking purposes by opening many applications at once.
Gaming is still quite fun. Titles like Asphalt 9 and PUBG Mobile will run smoothly and stably, as long as you choose the right graphics settings. As for Mobile Legends, it’s definitely solid to play with the right settings stuck.
In terms of power, the V23e is equipped with a 4,050 mAh battery. Yes, ‘only’ 4,050 mAh. It’s definitely not big in its price range, but that’s understandable since vivo might want to keep the design thin and sleek.
Although it looks less tempting, it turns out that the battery life is reliable enough to accompany all day activities. Charging is also fast, 44W, and it only takes about 1 hour to be fully charged 100 percent from a condition of around 10 percent.
Interesting choice though not the best
If you are looking for a mid-range phone and you like beautiful colors, a slim body, easy to hold, and a good camera for selfies, the Vivo V23e is an interesting choice that you should consider. It’s not the best, but it has the potential to be a reliable daily driver.
vivo V23e is sold at a price of USD $308.
vivo V23e is suitable for:
- Selfie enthusiasts: The 50 MP camera with AF on the V23e has proven to be reliable in a variety of shooting conditions, including night. Perfect for those of you who like selfies.
- Vlogger: Those of you who like to make vlogs can take advantage of the V23e front camera which is supported by Steadiface. Stable without the need for gimbal assistance. In addition there is also a Dual-View Video feature to record simultaneously with the rear camera.
- Students: For young people who want to look stylish but can still enjoy a variety of entertainment including gaming, the vivo V23e deserves to be on the shopping list. Its various features are also ideal for helping with school assignments.
- Employees: Fairly balanced performance across a number of sectors makes this phone perfect for work. The battery is not that big, but it charges fast.
- Netflix/Korean drama fans: The screen is Widevine L1, meaning that the V23e is suitable for watching content from streaming screens such as Netflix in HD quality.
Vivo V23e Pros:
- Thin, light, comfortable to grip
- The design is quite stylish and elegant with a flat frame
- The selfie camera is the best in its class
- The AI Extreme Night feature is able to produce good selfies in low light
- The rear camera can be relied on in various conditions
- Smooth performance
- 44W fast charging
- Complete sales package: get a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter and earphones
- There is NFC
Disadvantages of vivo V23e:
- Screen is still 60Hz
- Mono speakers
- Slot hybrid
- Video recording can’t be 4K
- Battery capacity may be less attractive for some people
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