Vivo V23e 5G Review with Pros and Cons

Vivo has launched a new smartphone under its V23-Series in the Indian smartphone market, named Vivo V23e 5G. The device comes as a successor to the Vivo V21e 5G which was launched previously.

The device comes with an octa-core Mediatek Dimensity 5G Processor, Triple Rear Camera Setup, a Selfie Camera lens in the waterdrop style notch display.

Let’s see the full features, specifications, and price of the Vivo V23e 5G. We have also listed the Pros and Cons of the device with some FAQs. Read on to check all the details.

Price and Availability

The device launched in only one variant of 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. It comes in two color options – Midnight Blue and Sunshine Gold.

The sole 8GB+128GB model is priced at Rs 25,990 (~USD 350).

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Vivo V23e 5G Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Good Display with AMOLED PanelWaterdrop style notch display
Slim and LightweightOnly 60Hz Refresh Rate
Gorgeous Look and DesignDimensity 810 SoC at this price
44MP Selfie CameraDecent Rear Cameras
Android 12 out of the boxSmall 4050 mAh Battery
8 5G BandsSingle Speaker with stereo
No NFC Support
No 3.5 mm Headphone Jack
Ads in the UI

So, these are the Pros and Cons of the Vivo V23e 5G, now let’s see the full features and specifications of the device.

Vivo V23e 5G Review

Vivo V23e 5G has its Pros but Vivo has done many compromises which can be a huge letdown for most of the users. Let’s go deeper and see what Vivo has offered in its Vivo V23e 5G smartphone.

Display

The Vivo V23e 5G comes with a 6.44-inches FHD+ AMOLED Display with a screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and a 60Hz Refresh Rate. The display further has a 20:9 aspect ratio, 90.37% Screen-to-body ratio, Schott Xensation UP Glass Protection.

Now, we have seen a 60Hz AMOLED Display on Vivo smartphones but this is a Rs 26k (~USD 350) smartphone and it should have come with a 120Hz display but it didn’t, Vivo went with a 60Hz panel.

There is nothing wrong with a 60Hz panel but this time when brands are providing 120Hz panels, it looks like, the display quality of the device has been compromised.

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Vivo V23e 5G Display

The device also has Widevine L1 support which means you can play FHD+ content on OTT apps like Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix. The device has a glass back with AG Glass Protection and a glass front while the frame is made out of plastic.

The display carries a selfie camera in the water-drop style notch which is not good at this price point, Vivo should have provided a punch-hole display. The chins are also bigger in the device.

Overall, we can say that the Vivo V23e 5G has a decent quality display but it is not the best display at this price point. So, if you want a phone with a higher refresh rate panel then you can take look at any other smartphone.

Cameras

The handset features a 50MP Triple Rear Camera setup with an LED Flash in the rectangular module. The cameras consist of a 50MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP ultrawide sensor with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture.

There is a 44MP Selfie Camera lens with f/2.0 aperture in the waterdrop style notch display. The rear camera can record up to 4k videos at 30fps (frames per second) while the rear camera can record up to 1080p videos at 60fps.

The device does not have OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) but it has EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) which uses the software for stabilization.

Vivo devices are camera-centric smartphones but I would say Vivo V23e 5G is a selfie camera smartphone. So, if you are a person who takes lots of selfies or even uses the front camera for video recording then you will be more than happy with the Vivo V23e 5G.

Vivo V23e 5G Cameras

Coming to rear cameras, the 50MP primary sensor takes good images but it tries to whiten the images. The images of the rear camera boost the colors which could be good for most of the users but it will be a big disappointment for those who like natural colors.

Now, this is not a problem because most Vivo smartphone does the same, it tries to make your face white. Other than that, the 8MP ultra-wide also does its job and captures good detailing. The 2MP macro sensor is added just for number, so ignore it.

Overall, I would say, the camera could have been better. However, it’s not like Vivo V23e 5G has a bad camera but we have phones like OnePlus Nord 2 which has good rear cameras.

Performance

The Vivo V23e 5G is powered by an octa-core Mediatek Dimensity 810 Processor coupled with Arm Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. It comes with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 Storage.

The device also has extended RAM availability, which provides the 8GB RAM model with 4G additional Virtual or extended RAM. For the unaware, this extended RAM is a just feature for marketing and it totally a gimmick.

The device runs on Android 12-based FuntouchOS 12 skin out of the box. The smartphone is 5G support and has eight 5G bands which include n1, n3, n7, n28, n40, n41, n77, and n78.

Vivo V23e 5G Performance

Coming to the processor, there are smartphones in the market at the same price range that have Snapdragon 778G or even Mediatek Dimensity 1200 Processor but Vivo has used Dimensity 810 which is not a good thing.

However, MediaTek Dimensity 810 is a good processor and is capable of running every single game available in the market without any issue but still at this price point the phone should have a better chipset rather than a good Processor.

Battery

The smartphone packs a 4050 mAh Battery with 44W Fast Charging Support. Vivo has provided a 44W Charger inside the box of the device. Vivo has claimed that this 44W charger can charge the device from 0 to 67 percent in around 30 minutes.

However, the battery life of the device varies from user to user. If a user is playing games then he or she needs to charge the device twice a day, but if you are a normal user, it will also barely last for a day.

Audio

The device does not have stereo speakers, instead of that, Vivo has provided a single speaker on the bottom side without any stereo support.

The single speaker is loud enough to watch any content without earphones or headphones, but still at this price Vivo should have provided stereo speakers.

The Vivo V23e 5G does not have a 3.5 mm Headphone to plug in your wired earphones or headphones. However, it has two microphones which will help users a lot in calling.

Vivo V23e 5G Full Specifications

Display6.44-inches FHD+ AMOLED
20:9 Aspect Ratio
90.37% Screen-to-body ratio
Resolution2400 x 1080 pixels
Display ProtectionSchott Xensation UP Glass
Refresh Rate60Hz Refresh Rate
Dimensions & Weight160.87 x 74.28 x 7.32 mm, 172 grams (Midnight Blue)
160.87 x 74.28 x 7.41 mm, 172 grams (Sunshine Gold)
BuildGlass Front
Plastic Frame
Glass Back
Operating SystemAndroid 12 based FuntouchOS 12
Processor6nm based Mediatek Dimensity 810 SoC
GPU – Arm Mali-G57 MC2
CPU – Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
StorageLPDDR4x RAM + UFS 2.2 Storage
8GB+128GB
Card SlotHybrid Slot (2 SIMs or 1+1 microSD)
Rear Camera50MP primary sensor
8MP ultrawide sensor
2MP macro sensor
Video (Rear)4k@30fps
Front Camera44MP Selfie Camera
Video (Front)1080p@60fps
Battery4050 mAh Battery
Charging44W Fast Charging
Headphone JackNo
SpeakersSingle Speaker
Bluetooth Versionv5.1
NFCNo
5G Bandsn1, n3, n7, n28, n40, n41, n77, n78
IR BlasterNo
FingerprintIn-Display Fingerprint Scanner
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Proximity Sensor
E-compass
Gyroscope sensor
NavigationGPS, Beidou, Glonass, Galileo, QZSS
ColorsSunshine Gold, Midnight Blue

Key Specifications

  • 6.44-inches FHD+ AMOLED Display
  • 60Hz Refresh Rate
  • Mediatek Dimensity 810 Processor
  • 50MP Triple Rear Camera
  • 44MP Selfie Camera
  • 4050 mAh Battery
  • 44W Fast Charging
  • 8GB RAM + 128GB Storage
  • In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
  • FuntouchOS 12 Based on Android 12

Some FAQs of Vivo V23e 5G

Is there a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack?

No, the device does not have a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack to plug your wired earphones or headphones.

What is the refresh rate of the device?

The smartphone has a 60Hz Refresh Rate which is not acceptable at this price point.

Is there a dedicated SD card slot?

No, the device does not have a dedicated microSD card slot. Instead of that, it has a hybrid slot that means you can insert two SIM cards or one SIM and one SD card.

How many 5G bands does the device have?

The handset is 5G supportive and has 8 5G bands which include n1, n3, n7, n28, n40, n41, n77, and n78.

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