Vivo just debuted the Vivo V29e, its newest smartphone, in India. The phone has an eye-catching design. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC powers the device. A 5,000mAh battery with 44W quick charging capabilities is also included. It also boasts a full-HD+ display that supports a 120Hz refresh rate. Let’s see how it did in our Vivo V29e review.
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Vivo V29e Review: Design and Display
Beginning with the design The Vivo V29e has a gorgeous design and it looks fantastic. While the design aspect of things can be subjective, it still looks extremely different from the current smartphones. It has a body that is dual-toned, with a matte finish on one side and a glossy finish on the other. Although we are reviewing the Artistic Blue model, we actually preferred the Artistic Red colour scheme. The phone’s shiny side has triangular designs on it. The glass back of this item is beautifully constructed.
The phone is extremely light (180.5g) given its size and thinness (7.57mm). It includes curved front and rear surfaces for an easy grip and a high-end experience when held.
Speaking of ports, the bottom of the device has a speaker grille, a USB Type C connector, a microphone, and a SIM card tray. You should be aware that the phone includes a hybrid SIM card slot, allowing you to use either 2 SIM cards or 1 SIM card and 1 SD card. Consequently, there is an expansion slot, but no 3.5mm jack.
You will find a volume rocker and a power on/off button on the right side. A microphone with noise cancellation is located on top. On the left side frame, nothing is present. Yes, the frame in this instance is plastic rather than metal, but the shiny finish gives it a premium refinement.
The bezels on the front are quite small; in fact, if you look at the bezel next to the chin, it is nearly nonexistent. The display has an embedded fingerprint sensor that is quick and responsive, however, a higher placement would have been greatly appreciated.
It has a 6.78-inch, 10-bit full-HD+ display with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. The panel boasts a peak brightness of 1300 nits, a touch sampling rate of up to 1200Hz, and a refresh rate of 120Hz. Additionally, a PWM dimming rate of up to 360Hz is available.
Since the screen is 1300 nits bright, you can use it outside in direct sunshine and still see everything perfectly.
A 10-bit colour scheme and a fast refresh rate produce a wonderful visual and scrolling experience. The display is quite colourful. The contrast is excellent, the blacks are darker, and it is lovely and bright. However, if you watch a lot of OTT content, be aware that there is no HDR10 compatibility, which is disappointing for a phone under Rs 30,000.
There is a single speaker system on top, so there are no stereo speakers. The audio gets very loud because there is an audio booster mode. Overall, however, it lacks the richness and depth of a dual-speaker system.
Vivo V29e Review: Performance and Cameras
Speaking about performance, the Vivo V29e is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC and Adreno 619 GPU. The phone has up to 256GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM. It has a UFS 2.2 storage type and LPDDR4X RAM type.
It is an excellent phone for everyday use in terms of performance. It is capable of managing everyday operations like browsing, texting, viewing movies, making calls, and other multitasking activities with ease.
Call of Duty Mobile ran smoothly at its maximum settings. The problem is that with continued use, the performance will inevitably slow down, the phone will start to become warm, and the usual stutters and lags will become very noticeable.
At its core is FuntouchOS 13, which is based on Android 13. The software operates well and quickly. It offers all of the customization options for Android 13. Bloatware is one item we’d like to point out here about the V29e. It is possible to uninstall these pre-installed useless applications.
Okay, let’s discuss the camera. A 64-megapixel primary sensor with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens make up the dual back camera system on the Vivo V29e. For selfies and video calls, there is a front-facing 50-megapixel camera.
We were pleasantly surprised by the vibrant colours in the pictures. In the daylight environment, the colours appear vibrant without being oversaturated. The highlights are carefully managed.
The portraits taken by the Vivo V29e are incredible. Even non-portrait general photographs appear clear, detailed, and vibrance is adjusted appropriately.
However, the performance of ultra-wide angle camera is just fair. As the colour temperature fluctuates, the hues appear less bright. We also observed that the details are really scant.
We captured a lot of low-light images the Vivo V29e generated some excellent and vibrant photos with good contrast and details. However, some images taken in extremely low light conditions were grainy and had washed-out hues. Therefore, if you snap images with a sufficient quantity of ambient light around them, you can expect to see good photos; nevertheless, if there is little ambient light present, don’t hold out much hope.
Now that taking selfies has become the norm, photos taken in direct sunlight also look excellent, but the camera suffers with HDR selfies taken in low light.
We were really unhappy that the smartphone does not allow 4K recording, mostly because the Snapdragon 695 can only handle 1080p video.
A 5,000mAh battery with 44W fast charging is included. First, the battery life. The Vivo V29e comfortably lasts all day with moderate usage, which includes typical calling, messaging, social media use, and a couple of hours of video watching. It occasionally lasts for a day and a half. We would say that, by today’s standards, the charging speed is acceptable. Therefore, it takes roughly 30 minutes to charge to 50% while it takes about 75 minutes to fully charge from 0% to 100%, making it far from the fastest.
The Vivo V29e has a wonderful, colourful display, but you know at this price point they should have offered HDR10 support without a doubt, and the single speaker configuration you are receiving here just isn’t good enough. The company has definitely nailed the design aspect of this. From both the front and back, the Vivo V29e appears equally stunning. So doing ordinary tasks gets a thumbs up, but when a phone is subjected to a sizable amount of strain, issues begin to surface. The main camera does not let you down because it provides you with superior colours and details in a variety of lighting situations.
The primary camera doesn’t disappoint
No 4K recording support
speakers too loud
No HDR10 support for the display
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