Vivo V30 Pro Review – Pros and Cons, Verdict | 91mobiles

Vivo V30 Pro This could be an ideal choice for those who want a camera-centric smartphone with attractive aesthetics without a hefty price tag. It has three 50MP cameras on the back (main + ultra-wide + portrait), which promise reliable performance in a variety of lighting conditions. The triple cameras are complimented by an in-built ring light, which Vivo calls Smart Aura, and can be highly versatile in super dim environments. It also has a 50MP front camera with some native features and filters to improve your selfie game.

Additionally, the V30 Pro marks the debut of Zeiss-tuned cameras in Vivo smartphones beyond its premium X-series. Portrait enthusiasts can appreciate the special filters offered by Vivo and Zeiss, which add an element of entertainment to photography. Additionally, content creators can explore features like Micro Movie, which offers preset templates for crafting quick Instagram Reels.

While camera enthusiasts may appreciate all these features, performance-focused customers may be confused by the onboard Dimensity 8200 SoC given its price tag of Rs 41,999. Same chipset provides power as last year Vivo V27 Pro And Vivo V29 Pro, In that case, who should consider Vivo V30 Pro? let's find out.

Decision

Vivo V30 Pro is a great option for camera lovers. Not only do the rear cameras capture great detail, but the partnership with Zeiss unlocks new filters and modes that add fun to the overall photography experience. The Smart Aura Light proves to be versatile even in difficult lighting conditions. Although its cameras are great, the Vivo V30 Pro lacks key features including NFC and stereo speakers. Its three-year Android update promise is good, if not the best.

Design and performance

Vivo's V-series has been consistent when it comes to introducing slim smartphones, and the Vivo V30 Pro is no different. Despite the massive 5,000mAh battery, it measures barely 7.45mm in thickness. The feel in the hand is equally great, and the satin-like material on the back feels extremely smooth. The material also does a great job of hiding fingerprint smudges and scratch marks.

Vivo V30 Pro Review

Vivo has also highlighted advanced durability features in the Vivo V30 Pro. It claims the new V30 series features a middle frame 0.78mm wide and bottom metal edge 0.28mm high, aimed at preventing immediate damage. The metal finish on the edges adds to its sturdy look and feel.

Despite all these additions, the Vivo V30 Pro only gets IP54 certification, which offers minimal protection from dust particles and water splashes. On the other hand, the more affordable Redmi Note 13 Pro+ (Review) has an IP68 rating, which is much better than the IP54 standard.

Vivo V30 Pro Review

Keeping the price in mind, at least no compromise has been made in terms of display. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience on the Vivo V29 Pro and the experience remains the same on this year's Vivo V30 Pro. The phone features a 6.78-inch full-HD+ (2,800 x 1,260 pixels) AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The taller display can also be great for watching short videos.

I didn't face any issues while watching shows on the Netflix app, which supports HDR playback. Watching videos on YouTube at the 1080p premium playback available with my subscription was equally enjoyable. However, the overall viewing experience may feel a bit lacking as Vivo continues to opt for a single speaker on mid-premium smartphones. While wireless headphones can deliver 3D sound, stereo speakers should be considered a standard feature on smartphones at this price point (read: any price point).

camera

Like previous Vivo V-series phones, the real money of the latest Vivo 30 Pro is in the cameras – for all the right reasons. The phone includes three 50MP cameras on the back. There is also a 50MP front camera for selfies. There are no generative AI-supported camera features yet, but Vivo offers several camera presets with Zeiss to improve the overall photography experience. As mentioned, Vivo has added an in-built ring light for dim conditions.

Vivo V30 Pro Review

The Vivo V30 Pro defaults to natural colors in various lighting conditions, although colors can lean towards the cool side. This approach ensures that photos aren't overly saturated, although users can easily adjust this by switching to Vivid camera mode. The “Natural” Zeiss mode adds depth to the shadows, making the overall photo quality a bit dramatic. These modes are easily accessible and can be switched using a simple toggle.

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Photos taken with the primary and ultra-wide cameras maintain good white balance. The dynamic range is also favorable in ideal lighting conditions. Even details are sharp, although you can sometimes see the oil-painting effect applied to smooth out the grain. The portrait camera, which uses 2x zoom, delivers consistent colors, but edge detection is a bit difficult.

Even in low-light conditions, all three cameras perform well, but portrait mode can be hit-and-miss. Aura Smart can help a lot in focusing on the subject, but the edge detection again needs improvement. I compared the results with the same photos captured by the Vivo V29 Pro, and the Vivo V30 Pro offered better dynamic range and details.

Vivo V30 Pro Review

I'm also impressed by the 50MP front camera's ability to capture accurate skin tones in a variety of lighting conditions. The 2x zoom on the front camera adds versatility for certain situations. Vivo differentiates itself by enabling 4K recording at 60fps for both the front and rear cameras. Additionally, the Ultra-Stable mode, supported by OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), ensures reliable performance for capturing steady footage with the primary camera.

Display and Software

As mentioned, Vivo has opted for the MediaTek Dimensity 8200 SoC for the Vivo V30 Pro, the same chipset powering the previous two generations of Vivo V-series phones. The variant I am reviewing comes with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage (Rs 44,999). The base variant comes in 8GB RAM + 256GB storage configuration.

Vivo V30 Pro Review

To be clear, using the same chipset as before isn't necessarily a bad move. We've seen a similar approach by Apple for this iPhone 13 And iPhone 14However, some minor changes were made to improve performance. Vivo also promises something similar.

In the AnTuTu test, the Vivo V30 Pro scores about five percent higher than the Vivo V29 Pro. On the other hand, the single and multi-core scores on Geekbench dropped a few notches. In the throttle test, the Vivo 30 Pro demonstrated relatively better stability.

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During my brief use, I didn't experience any app crashes. The Funtouch 14 based on Android 14 feels more refined and lighter. I was able to play difficult titles including GTA San Andreas and BGMI without any lag, although the curved display can sometimes result in glitches.

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There are some pre-installed apps, but they are relatively few compared to previous Vivo V-series phones. You still can't delete native Android or Vivo apps. It's worth noting that Vivo promises three years of Android updates, which is a good commitment if not the best. It still goes without saying that Vivo could have considered adding a new chipset to the Vivo V30 Pro. If not, some native generic AI-supported features could have given it an edge.

Battery

The Vivo V30 Pro maintains a respectable 80W charging support, and the bump in battery size also makes a big difference. In a broader sense, you can get a full day's battery if you balance usage with the smart switch for refresh rates and disable AOD. Even in the PCMark battery test, the phone achieved a respectable figure (16 hours) with 50 percent brightness and flight mode enabled.

Vivo V30 Pro Review

With the bundled 80W charger, the Vivo V30 Pro gets charged up to 57 percent in 30 minutes. It takes about 45 minutes to get fully charged once.

final call

The Vivo V30 Pro proves that mid-premium smartphones can be fun to use even without native generator AI features. No doubt, those features will give it the edge, but until they become mainstream, we may have to wait for the others.

As far as cameras are concerned, the Vivo V30 Pro offers a number of options suitable for upcoming creators and regular users. The 5,000mAh battery with 80W charging may also attract customers who value solid battery backup and fast charging.

However, performance-focused users may look for a more powerful chipset, and for that, iQOO Neo 9 Pro ,Review) is a great option. AI-focused users may consider pixel 7a ,Review, If you're okay with an older chipset and single speaker, but value a great camera, the Vivo 30 Pro is a solid choice.

Editor's Rating: 7.5/10

reason to buy

  • The triple 50MP cameras take great photos. Apart from this, it also has a lot of camera filters and modes.
  • Vivo V30 Pro is light and thin, making it highly portable.
  • The 50MP front camera takes good pictures in ideal lighting conditions.
  • The Vivo V30 Pro supports a respectable 80W charging. Full charge in just 45 minutes.

reason not to buy

  • The smartphone only gets an IP54 rating, which offers minimal protection from dust and water.
  • Vivo V30 Pro lacks stereo speakers.

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