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vivo V23e Impressions: Premium Design with Feature Loaded Camera

Things I Like

  • Good design
  • AMOLED panel
  • 44W fast charging
  • Promising main camera
  • Good selfie camera

Potential Weakness

  • Chipset is not powerful enough
  • No high refresh rate display

Vivo has launched the vivo V23e in Nepal. It is the lite version of the vivo V23.

vivo v23e impression
vivo v23e

Vivo V23e price in Nepal is Rs. 44,999 for the 8/128GB variant and Rs. 49,999 for the 8/256GB variant.

How does it feel so far? I’ll tell you all about it in this first impressions article of vivo V23e.

Vivo V23e Specifications

  • Body: 160.9 x 74.3 x 7.36 mm (Moonlight Shadow), 160.9 x 74.3 x 7.41 mm (Sunshine Coast), Glass back, 172 g, Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display: 6.44 inches FHD+ AMOLED, 60Hz, 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio G96 (12 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Mali-G57 MC2
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, expandable via microSD card (uses shared SIM slot)
  • OS: Android 11, Funtouch 12
  • Rear Camera: 64MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), PDAF
    • 8MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
    • Video: [email protected], gyro-EIS
  • Front Camera: 50 MP, f/2.0, (wide), AF
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4050 mAh battery, Fast charging 44W
  • USB: USB Type-C, USB On-The-Go
  • Misc: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Colors: Moonlight Shadow, Sunshine Coast

Vivo V23e Price in Nepal: Rs. 44,999 (8/128GB) | 49,999 (8/256GB)

Vivo V23e Impressions

Design

  • 160.9 x 74.3 x 7.36 mm
  • 172g
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
vivo v23e impression
Design

Vivo V23e is a slick-looking phone with a reflective glass panel on the rear. The one we received is the Moonlight Shadow color variant that is very reflective and retains fingerprints quite easily.

While the design of the phone is quite similar to previous V-series smartphones, the phone is very light at just 172 g and is only 7.36mm thick.

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On the front, it still uses a drop notch which makes the phone look a bit ugly. The side bezels and the chin also haven’t quite improved from the last year’s phone. It also houses an in-display optical fingerprint sensor which works really well.

V23e is a light and thin phone with a glass back panel.

For ports and buttons, the volume and power buttons are on the right side. On the bottom, we get a hybrid sim slot, mic, USB-Type C port, and a speaker.

Display

  • 6.44 inches AMOLED
  • 60Hz
  • 1080 x 2400 pixels
vivo v23e impression
Display

The V23e is equipped with a 6.44 inches FHD+ AMOLED panel but sadly it is a normal 60Hz display

The AMOLED panel has good color reproduction and good viewing angles.

The AMOLED panel supports Widevine L1 which enables FHD playback in Netflix. Furthermore, you get 3 color modes to choose from Default, Professional, and Bright.

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 64MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), PDAF
    • 8MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
    • Video: [email protected]
  • Front Camera: 50 MP, f/2.0, (wide), AF
vivo v23e impression
Camera

V23e gets a 64MP main sensor, 8MP Ultrawide sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, it has a 50MP sensor for selfies.

MAIN + ULTRAWIDE CAMERA

The photos from the main sensor look to have good details and the focus looks on-point. Likewise, the 8MP ultrawide photos also look fine with good FOV.

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We’ll take a deeper look in our full review.

FRONT CAMERA

On the front, there is a 50MP Selfie camera. The selfies have good focus due to the eye autofocus feature and I like the colors as well.

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CAMERA FEATURES

The V23e has a lot of camera features like double exposure which is basically an effect. Furthermore, the eye autofocus feature tracks the eye and focuses on the eye for perfect focus. In terms of videos, it has a dual view feature which basically captures from both front and rear camera simultaneously.

The front camera also comes with a Steadiface feature which stabilizes the video footage from the front camera.

Performance

  • Mediatek Helio G96 (12 nm)
  • Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Mali-G57 MC2
  • 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM

The vivo V23e is powered by the MediaTek Helio G96 chipset along with 8GB RAM and 128/256GB internal storage.

While the Helio G96 might seem like an upgrade from the G95 interms of the naming convention, it is not. The G95 and G96 use the same CPU with 2X 2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 cores and 6X 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 cores. But, the Helio G95 uses a better Mali-G76 3EEMC4 GPU compared to G96’s Mali G57 MC2 GPU.

With technical details out of the way, I can say that the V23e is a good performer when it comes to basic tasks like navigation, app opening, and app switching. You can also play COD mobile at ‘Medium‘ graphics and ‘High‘ fps settings with decent performance.

We’ll test its full performance along with gaming performance in our full review.

Battery and OS

  • Non-removable Li-Po 4050mAh battery
  • 44W fast charging
  • Android 11
  • Funtouch 12
Funtouch OS

The vivo V23e is powered by a 4050mAh battery and comes with a 44W fast charger. I expect V23e to last at least a day with 6-7 hours of screen time. The 44W charger is claimed to take the V23e from 0 to 40% in 15 mins.

For OS, V23e comes with a Funtouch OS 12 on top of Android 11. Since it’s an older phone launched in 2021, it doesn’t have Android 12 out of the box.

Follow Up

The vivo V23e is a camera-focused phone with a good design like most of the V-series phones.

It has a good display but it is missing the high refresh rate option. The camera setup looks pretty good but we’ll have to check it out in detail in our full review.

The only potential weakness as of now is its chipset. The G96 is not a good enough chipset for 45k.

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What do you think about the vivo V23e? If you have any questions or aspects of the device you want me to test for the full review, please let me know in the comments!


Also, watch our impressions of the Redmi Note 11 in Nepali.

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