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vivo V25: First look + unboxing

The vivo V25 brings back one of my favorite smartphone designs, and I’m excited for its debut on this side of the world. We’re happy to bring this vivo V25 first look your way.

This color-changing smartphone gets Photochromic 2.0 technology and a Fluorite AG Glass on the back that changes the color of its back panel when hit by sunlight. 

vivo V25 first look

This change is particularly noticeable in the new Sunrise Gold color we have on hand. (The phone also comes in Diamond Black and Aquamarine Blue.) You’ll see pinks, blues, and that stunning yellow every time you move it under the sun.

During my first look, the vivo V25’s back panel isn’t too vastly different from the vivo V23. The camera module is more squarish than its predecessor, housing a 64-megapixel triple camera array with optical image stabilization and electric image stabilization. Having both helps you get less shaky images and videos. I noticed this at work when recording a zoomed-in shot at its maxed out 10x, and the panning was still somewhat smooth. We’ll go into more detail about its camera capabilities in our hands-on story. vivo boasts that this series is the Night Portrait Master, so we’re going to see how that holds up.

vivo reverts to a solitary 50-megapixel selfie camera in the somewhat dated waterdrop notch. I’m missing the handy dual selfie spotlights. But we’ll take this phone for a spin in low light to see how it performs.

As for what powers the vivo V25, the stable, mid-range MediaTek Dimensity 900 processor is paired with 8GB of RAM boosted by 8GB of virtual RAM, a sizeable 256GB expandable storage, and the Android 12-based Funtouch 12. It’s available up to 12GB RAM + 256GB storage in other markets, but in its current state, it should be a decent performer for many users.

The vivo V25 retains its 90Hz refresh rate for its 6.44-inch AMOLED display. It gets a slight battery capacity boost to 4,500mAh (from the V23’s 4,200mAh) and keeps its 44W fast-wired charging support.

vivo’s great at giving all the accessories you’ll need in the box. And it does that again with the vivo V25. You even get the extras you’ll need with this phone. And since this isn’t just a vivo V25 first look post, you can check out our full quick unboxing here:

The vivo V25 retails for PHP 23,999 (around USD 414).

We’re going to put this phone through its paces. Let us know what you want to find out!