If a smartphone vendor releases a new product in two different versions, usually one of them is available for a more affordable option. vivo is one that uses a similar strategy, presenting the Vivo V27e as a more affordable option than the V27 5G that we reviewed some time ago.
Cheaper, but still carries a number of essential advantages of its older brother. 66W charging, 256GB memory, quality selfie camera, main camera with OIS stabilization, to a stylish design even though it is made differently. For a US$300 Vivo smartphone, there’s a lot to like about the Vivo V27e.
Even so, of course there are still a number of drawbacks, especially when compared to other offers in the same price range. Here’s a complete Vivo V27e review.
Designed completely differently, the part of the Vivo V27e design that looks similar is only the rear camera module. The rest, the Vivo V27e is more like the previous generation, where the rear and side body surfaces are made flat. The profile is still made just as thin, only 7.8mm, with a light weight of 185 grams.
The Lively Green variant that I reviewed was reportedly inspired by the green nature —at least that’s what’s written on the official product page. What I like is that the surface of the rear body is not as slippery as the V27 5G, and still uses an anti-glare coating which makes it not easy to leave fingerprints or scratches.
The Vivo V27e design is quite stylish, one of the most attractive in its class. Not trying to be similar to competitors, aka having a different look, at least that’s what I caught from the design of the rear camera module with Aura Light Portrait in it.
Since the rear camera doesn’t protrude too much, it gives off an overall thin feel and is easy to fit in a pocket. For a calmer look, there is the Glory Black option which still looks premium. Vivo also embedded a soft case in the Vivo V27e sales package, which can be used if you feel you need extra protection.
What differentiates it from its older brother, is the display screen which is not curved on the left or right side. Yes, the Vivo V27e screen still uses a flat panel – the good thing is that it’s easier to replace the screen protector, as well as less risk of breaking. Measuring 6.62 inches, the AMOLED panel can display 1 billion colors.
The saturation is satisfactory, the screen brightness is quite suitable, and there is support for a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. The size of the punch-hole camera is small, there is an always-on display, and the fingerprint sensor on the Vivo V27e is also an in-display type with a high level of accuracy and instant speed. Overall, this section is quite satisfying.
The vibration motor is still standard, so it’s still not comfortable to activate when typing via the virtual keyboard. Meanwhile, to protect the eyes, there is SGS Eye Care Display technology that can keep the user’s eyes from getting tired easily. So it is safer for more intense use every day.
Before actually testing the Vivo V27e camera, I personally didn’t expect much, because the quality of the previous generation of cameras was practically okay. But you could say this year the increase is consistent in the two variants. If the V27 5G is really good, the V27e camera is now practically good.
The camera setup itself is practically the same. Behind, there are three different sensors where there is only one “main sensor”, 64MP f/1.8 resolution and supported by OIS. The other two, 2MP, are for macro and depth. Overall, I can feel an improvement in all scenarios.
For daylight photos, aka abundant light, the saturation feels a little higher and spoils the eye, with quite effective HDR effects and sharp results. When indoor or low-light, it is still very reliable. The night mode can also work automatically by marking on the screen.
In a way, it is suitable for smartphones of US$300. But if only it was equipped with an ultra-wide sensor, of course it would be more satisfying. What I think is far above expectations is the quality of the 32MP front camera on the Vivo V27e. It’s really sharp and can accurately display skin tones and facial textures.
To be able to provide the highest detail and accuracy, don’t forget to turn off the beauty effect first, of course. I can easily say that the quality of the Vivo V27e front camera surpasses competitors in its class.
You can check the complete photo results from the Vivo V27e camera via the following album.
For the video recording itself, the Vivo V27e can record up to 1080p 30fps resolution with active OIS + EIS. For dual stabilization, to be honest, I have quite high expectations. Unfortunately, looking at some of the video captures I took, it doesn’t feel much different than a smartphone with only EIS.
When enabling the 60fps frame rate, it feels like there’s no stabilization at all. Meanwhile for vlogging, there is a Steadyface feature that can stabilize video capture from the Vivo V27e selfie camera. Visually it’s quite okay, except for low-light which will look dark. It is also very complete in terms of features, with interesting filter options, dual-view mode, to a vlog movie mode that can set the duration of the video and edit automatically.
For software and interface display, the Vivo V27e is made the same as its older brother, which runs Android 13 with a Funtouch OS 13 UI display. It’s pretty close to pure Android, but with a number of additional customization options, most of which can be found in the settings menu.
For the main menu display, the far left of the screen can be changed from Vivo’s default personal assistant, or Google Discover. Unfortunately, the Jovi button on the notification bar still replaces the shortcut to the Settings menu. So in total you have to swipe down twice to be able to find the shortcut.
The audio sector itself is also similar, where the Vivo V27e is not equipped with an audio jack, and the speakers are still mono. The output from the speakers is quite standard, although it is loud enough. It’s a bit unfortunate, because the visual quality of the Vivo V27e screen is very good.
Of course, the Vivo V27e is also supported by the NFC Multifunction feature. Unlike standard NFC, this smartphone can replicate access cards, as long as the card system is compatible, aka not all of them can use a touch mechanism such as RFID.
Still not supporting 5G, the chipset on the Vivo V27e uses a release from MediaTek, namely the Helio G99 octa-core 6nm. This chip is quite popular among middle-class 4G smartphones, and can indeed provide reliable performance.
Even though I set it with a constant refresh rate of 120Hz, the Vivo V27e’s performance can be very reliable. Both multitasking and running applications from scratch, aka cold start, feel quite instant. The variant that I tested has 12GB of RAM with the Extended RAM feature which dynamically adjusts up to an additional 8GB extra.
Even so, I think the 8GB variant is more than enough for multitasking. Because the only difference is the RAM, while the internal storage is both 256GB. Important, because the card slot on the Vivo V27e is a hybrid type. So there is no problem even if you are using two SIM cards at once.
Make playing games relatively smooth, with a body temperature that is also maintained. vivo did inform the use of a special cooling system on the Vivo V27e to ensure stable performance.
Because of its thin and light profile, it’s only natural that the Vivo V27e battery doesn’t reach 5,000 mAh. But make no mistake, even though it’s only 4,600 mAh, it’s still very reliable, even up to 1.5 days of use. With more intense use, it can last a full day with 5-6 hours of screen-on time.
The advantage of the Vivo V27e in this section is the charging system. Made the same as the more expensive version, this smartphone also supports 66W FlashCharge. Charging to 100% takes approximately 70 minutes. But what feels significant is the speed at charging up to 50%, less than 20 minutes.
And of course, Vivo also includes a 66W charger in the sales package. Not with the Power Delivery standard, so you can’t use it to, for example, charge a laptop that requires 65W of power. Still, it’s a plus when other competitors don’t include a charger in their sales package.
If You are looking for a new smartphone that has good value in all aspects, the Vivo V27e could be one of the wisest options. Stylish design, reliable camera, efficient battery, good performance, spacious memory, 66W fast charging too.
Some of the shortcomings, such as mono speakers and the absence of an ultra-wide sensor, may be considered minor. Meanwhile, in its price class, there are other options from Xiaomi such as the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G which is faster with a more superior camera.
Even so, there are still good reasons to choose Vivo V27e. Yes, especially if it’s not a really high-quality front camera. Back again to the needs of each you.
Vivo V27e specifications
|Models / Series||vivo V27e|
|released||March 27, 2023|
|Price||USD $289 (8GB/256GB); USD $336,5 (12GB/256GB)|
|Chipsets||MediaTek MT8781 Helio G99 (6nm)|
|CPUs||Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|RAM (Memories)||8/12GB (+8GB Extended RAM)|
|Operating System||Android 13|
|UserInterface||Fun touch OS 13|
|Dimensions||162.5 x 75.8 x 7.7-7.8mm|
|Design Features||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
Anti-fingerprint AG Glass
Colors: Lively Green, Glory Black
|Battery||Li-Po 4600 mAh, non-removable|
|ScreenType||AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size and Resolution||6.62 inches, 100.1 cm2 (~83.7% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Touch Screen||capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Features||1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)|
120Hz refresh rate
SGS Eye Care Display
|Network Frequency||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Data Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A|
|Multi Camera||Yes (Rear)|
|Rear||64 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 0.7µm, PDAF, OIS; 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro); 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)|
|Front||32 MP, f/2.5, (wide)|
|Videos||1080p@30 /60fps, OIS+EIS|
|Camera Features||Front Camera: Super Night Selfie, Steadiface Selfie Video, Slo-Mo Selfie Video, Dual-View Video, Art Portrait Video, Multi-Style Portrait Rear Camera: Motion Autofocus, Eye Autofocus,|
Body/Object Autofocus, Super Night Mode, Super Wide -Angle Night Mode, Tripod Night Mode, Ultra Stable Video, Art Portrait video, Super Macro, Bokeh Portrait, Multi-Style Portrait
|Wi-fi||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|bluetooth||5.2, A2DP, LE|
|USB||USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS|
|Multimedia Features||Audio Playback: WAV, MP3, MP2, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, Vorbis, APE, FLAC|
Video Playback: MP4, 3GP, AVI, FLV, TS, MKV
Recording Formats: VideoMP4
Sound Recording: Supported
|messaging||SMS, MMS, Multimedia, Messenger|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|