vivo V27 5G Review – A Mid-Range Smartphone With A Flagship Camera

In today’s generation, smartphones has become part of our daily lives. One of the most sought-after features of a smartphone is its camera. As we loved to capture precious memories, having a decent camera in our smartphone is some of the top priorities when buying one. vivo has released a smartphone that has your studio-like level of picture quality in your pocket. We will be reviewing the vivo V27 5G which is marketed as a flagship-like smartphone experience plus a pocket studio smartphone.

vivo V27 5G Specifications

OS:Funtouch OS 13 – Android 13
Processor:MediaTek Dimensity 7200
Display: 6.78-inch 120Hz HDR10+ AMOLED
Wireless Connections:5G Bluetooth 5.3, WiFi, GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC
Memory:12GB + 258GB
Connectors:USB Type-C , OTG
Cameras:Rear Camera
Main – 50MP, f/1.9, OIS
Ultrawide – 8MP, f/2.2
Macro – 2MP, f/2.4

Front Camera
50MP, f/2.5
SIM Card Slots:Dual SIM (Nano-Sim)
Battery:4,600 mAh, 66W Wired
SRP:12GB + 258GB – Php 24,999

The Design

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If you are in the market and you are up to stylish and sleek designs, one of the main attraction of the vivo V27 5G is its color-changing glass-like back panel. Its marble-like design deserves an attention as its white colorway transitions to a darker hue, that is green, when exposed to sunlight. Aside from its minimalist aesthetic rear panel, it also has a curved display that makes it look more elegant and premium which truly catches the eye. The Vivo V27 only comes in its Emerald Green color variant.

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On the right side, you will find the power button and the volume rocker. Underneath the smartphone are the speaker grill, USB type C port, microphone hole, and SIM card slot that accommodates two nano SIM cards. 

The Display and Sounds

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The vivo V27 5G features a 6.78-inch 120Hz AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and a pixel density of 388 pixels per inch. Compared to its predecessor, the vivo V25 5G that comes with a 6.44-inch display, the V27 5G is larger which might be a problem for some.

The V27 5G’s AMOLED display provides great image quality and viewing angles. Additionally, it supports HDR10+ which enhances the viewing experience.

Unfortunately, for its price, the vivo V27 5G still and only uses a down-firing speaker. We find it odd as other competitors in this price range are going for stereo speaker setups that makes it more premium. Nevertheless, the speaker quality is decently loud and sounded good.

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The Performance

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The vivo V27 5G is equipped with MediaTek Dimensity 7200 chipset that uses a Mali-610 MC4 GPU. It is paired with 12GB RAM plus an additional 8GB Extended RAM feature. As for its internal storage, it comes with 256GB and doesn’t have any microSD expandable storage.

Here are some of the benchmark results of the vivo V27 5G.

When booted, we were greeted with Funtouch OS 13 which is based on Android 13. Some of the included bloatwares that are pre-installed are bothersome as they notify you everyday though you can uninstall it or turn off its notifications.

In general use, it is enjoyable to use as it is smooth and snappy even if you are toggling many apps. When playing games, it is capable to play low-demanding games smoothly. However, playing high-demanding games like Genshin Impact is good as long as you are alright with occasional stuttering at medium settings. Although, also with this, you can lower the graphics to lessen the stuttering.

The thermal performance of the vivo V27 5G is decent in as much as it is handling normal load like browsing the internet, scrolling social media, and taking pictures. In our stress test after 15 minutes, its CPU throttled to 74% of its max performance and its temperature peaked at 40 °C.

Its security feature is fingerprint and face unlock. The fingerprint sensor is under the screen and performs quick same as well with the face unlock feature.

The Camera

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One of the main selling points of the vivo V27 5G is its rear main camera which features an Auro Portrait Algorithm that processes better portrait images even in low-light. It also has a Sony IMX766V Sensor with OIS+EIS that can be found in their X series smartphones in the past, which is why vivo is calling the V27 5G a flagship-like device.

The rear main camera is 50 megapixels, with 8-megapixel ultrawide and 2-megapixel macro cameras. On the flip side, the selfie camera is a 50-megapixel camera. You can digitally zoom its main camera up to 10x and even the selfie camera can zoom in up to 2x.

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The main difference with the vivo V27 5G compared to other smartphones in the market is its Aura Light feature. This is a small ring light camera that enhances the capability to capture portraits. However, there is no option for light intensity having only the on and off switch. This means that in some scenarios, your photos may be overexposed.

When taking pictures with its main rear camera, it pixel binned to 12.58 megapixels but you can still fully utilize its full sensor when you use the High-Resolution mode. The images that we got when taking pictures in a well-lit area are appealing as they are vibrant and sharp. However, some shots we got were a bit oversaturated and the background blur sometimes gets the subject.

In low-lit environment, you can get much better portraits when you use the Aura Light but if the lights are too overpowering for your liking, it still manages to snap bright images with decent colors and minimal grainy images.

The ultrawide camera however is quite lacking in some areas. The vibrance is there but the sharpness is softer. Also, it is quite hard to explain but we found unusual results. But even if that is the case, it is still usable for social media posting. 

As for its front camera, it also pixel binned with a 50-megapixel camera to 12.48-megapixel image and you can still use the full sensor when you take a picture with its High Resolution Mode. The image quality is sharp, the vibrance is decently well and the background is not blown out. 

The video capability of the vivo V27 5G is now quite better as it can shoot up to 4k@60fps compared to its predecessor which is only 4k@30fps. However, there is a limitation to its OIS+EIS capability when shooting video as it’s only available for 1080p. The video quality is decently good as its colors are vibrant, the dynamic color range is great and the details are sharp. Although with this, the front camera is pale in some scenarios and the details are not as sharp compared to its main camera.

The Battery

With its decently efficient chipset, the 4,600mAh battery lasted with us for a day in general use. Compared to its predecessor, it is now 100mAh higher and even the charging speed is faster featuring 66W charging compared to its 44W. Powering up with the included charger takes up to 50% under 30 minutes and 100% under an hour.

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vivo V27 5G Verdict

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The vivo V27 5G delivers the main selling point of the device which is the camera. It really stands out for its price point as camera quality is far better compared to its competitors.. Additionally, the added Aura Light makes portrait shots better even in low-light situations. However, we don’t like that there are no options to make the light slightly dimmer.

On the other parts, the design is stunning even if there is only one option of color that is Emerald Green. Nevertheless, the color-changing makes the phone to have another identity.  The 6.71-inch 120Hz AMOLED curved display is stunning and its performance is decent. 

But, they cut corners in the speakers which is only a down-firing speaker and its 4,600mAh battery capacity. Overall, if your main priority in the phone is for camera purposes, this is one of the best smartphones in this price range.

The vivo V27 5G is priced at Php 24,999 for its 12GB+256GB model and will be available in market on April 11, 2023 at Lazada and Shopee.

9.1 Total Score
vivo V27 5G

The vivo V27 5G delivers the main selling point of the device which is the camera. It really stands out for its price point as camera quality is far better compared to its competitors.. Additionally, the added Aura Light makes portrait shots better even in low-light situations. However, we don’t like that there are no options to make the light slightly dimmer. On the other parts, the design is stunning even if there is only one option of color that is Emerald Green. Nevertheless, the color-changing makes the phone to have another identity.  The 6.71-inch 120Hz AMOLED curved display is stunning and its performance is decent.  But, they cut corners in the speakers which is only a down-firing speaker and its 4,600mAh battery capacity. Overall, if your main priority in the phone is for camera purposes, this is one of the best smartphones in this price range.

Design
10
Display
10
Performance
9
Camera
9.5
Software
7.5
Battery Life
8.5
Price
9.5
PROS
  • Stunning color-changing back panel
  • Beautiful rear camera
  • Great display
CONS
  • Only a down-firing speaker
  • Ultrawide camera need an upgrade
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