The vivo V27 series is official, and we saw the announcement of three smartphones - vivo V27 Pro, vivo V27, and vivo V27e. All three phones bring impressive portrait features and flagship-tier cameras, but most important of all, they will all sell for under $500.
These two phones are virtually identical with one major difference - the Mediatek chipset. The Pro is equipped with the Dimensity 8200 - a capable 4 nm platform for borderline premium smartphones with a 3.1 GHz CPU. The vanilla variant is powered by a Dimensity 7200 - also built on the 4 nm process, but the fastest CPU cores are clocked at 2.8 GHz, while the GPU remains Mali-G610.
Now that we have the difference out of the way, here are all the specs these two phones share. Vivo has equipped them with a 6.78” AMOLEDs with a 120 Hz refresh rate and Full HD+ resolution.
The camera setup is the proudest feature for both devices. The vivo V27 Pro and vivo V27 have a 50 MP main camera with a custom Sony IMX766V sensor and an f/1.8 aperture and OIS. The second shooter on the back is an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle, and the third is a 2 MP macro cam. There is also a ring LED flash right next to the top lens.
The front-facing camera, sitting behind a punch hole, is also impressive - 50 MP with AF. Vivo has tricked out the phones with plenty of software improvements for photo and video, including Real-Time Extreme Night Vision, Super Night Video, and so-called Hybrid Image Stabilization that digitally fixes shakiness in videos.
Speaking about the software, it is Funtouch OS 13, based on Android 13. The phones also support dual-mode 5G both on SA and NSA networks, Bluetooth 5.3, and Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz/5 GHz. The USB-C on the bottom is for the 4,600 mAh battery with 66W fast charging - same on both the vanilla and the Pro.
The phones might share the same 182g body, but the Pro is selling only in Magic Blue color, which changes its hue under sunlight (or any other UV light) or regular Noble Black colors, while the vanilla option is also offered in Emerald Green and Flowing Gold.
The vivo V27 Pro has three memory options - 8/128 GB, 8/256 GB, and 12/256 GB, and the starting price is $459, which is subject to change, depending on local market conditions. In India, pre-order prices are as follows: ₹38,000 for 8/128GB, ₹40,000 for 8/256GB and ₹43,000 for 12/256GB (note that this is with a small 6-11% discount). We already reviewed it and established it is an excellent phone with an easily likable design.
The vivo V27 is offered with 8/256 GB or 12/256 GB memory for $399, once again, the price might fluctuate slightly in different countries and regions. The phone will be available in India from March 23 at ₹33,000 for the 8/256GB model and ₹37,000 for the 12/256GB one.
The vivo V27e is for regions where 5G networks are not available, as vivo offers the device with a Mediatek Helio G99 chipset, which is LTE-only. The V27e is virtually the same at the back, with three cameras lined up vertically, but the combination is 64 MP main with OIS + 2 MP bokeh + 2 MP macro. The selfie shooter is 32 MP with a fixed focus.
The vivo V27e can be differentiated from the other two phones by its flat screen and flat sides. The 6.62” AMOLED panel supports a 120 Hz refresh rate. Storage is 128 GB, while RAM is 8 GB, which can be expanded with up to 8 GB more with the Extended RAM feature in the Settings menu.
This phone has borrowed the 4,600 mAh battery with 66W fast charging from its mightier siblings, as well as the Funtouch OS 13, based on Android 13. It is also extremely thin - just 7.7 mm in the base.
The vivo V27e is available for pre-order in Glory Black and Lavender Purple, the latter being the hero color. Starting price is $289, subject to change, according to local market conditions.
There they didn't mentioned which protection is used in display and back panel 😕 At least they should mention this
Chipsets and main camera sensors are getting more powerful yet more expensive, so they do have to cut some corners to balance the selling price. Not everyone would want to pay a lot of money for a flagship-grade experience.
Few years ago, we can get 12mp Ultrawide and even 8mp telephoto at that price.