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vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master

Its Night Mode performance will surprise you

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It’s that time of the year again for another product refresh. This time, vivo is stepping up their flagship midgrange with the newest V25 and V25 Pro.

But in this write-up, we’re totally focusing on the base variant — vivo V25.

Color-changing Glass 2.0

Being able to hold a vivo smartphone since 2020 starting with the V20 series and this 2022 with the recurrently-stated V23 5G, I attest that vivo continues to deliver better design implementation over the table in their continuous release of smartphones almost every quarter.

vivo V20 Pro

vivo pioneered some of the world’s technology trends being used around in smartphones today — the under-display fingerprint sensor and the pop-up camera mechanism.

This year, vivo has announced not just your usual gradient-y phone, they have unveiled the first phone with a color-changing back — and that’s the vivo V23 series.

With the updated “Photochromic version 2.0” found on the back of the vivo V25, it only takes a few seconds of UV light exposure to change its color. After three (3) minutes of exposure, the vivo V25 will get back to its original Sunrise Gold colorway — just like how we perceive the golden orange and reddish hues of a beautiful sunrise.

The best thing about vivo’s material design choice is that, its AG Fluorite Glass is resistant to scratches and fingerprints. And unlike plastic, this feels a lot more premium and refined.

Flipping the other side of the card shows a rather surprising display cutout. It honestly brought me some nostalgia as I immediately remembered the vivo V11 series (or the vivo X23 in China) where the Halo FullView Display first made its debut.

While it’s not the most modern-looking smartphone up front, its actually a lot brighter (literally). With almost half the jump from the V23 5G’s display that maxes out at 628 nits, the V25’s peak brightness of 1300 nits saves this phone from humiliation compared to its modern-looking yet humiliating display panels when hit by the direct sunlight.

Game-Changing Night Mode

Before you whine about the clickbait-y headliner, I’m speaking in behalf of other Android smartphones in the same price range as the V25.

Admit it or not, smartphones nowadays can take decent daylight photos. But indoor shots look awful regardless of how prominent or scarce an artificial source of light is to the subject. What more if its totally night?

When I took the vivo V25 onto the streets where natural light is totally absent, that’s when I realized that it offers promising night mode performance for what its worth and the lower-midrange class it belongs to.

When shooting photographs at night (whether it’s the vivo V25 or pretty much any phone that’s capable of doing so), I usually consider any of the five factors below:

Before doing and experimenting on certain photo angles, be wary of your environment and always prioritize your safety. Not all cities / places are designed to be safe from the prying eyes and pesky hands of pickpockets and thieves.

1. Lines and Curves

As a fan of architecture and everything in-between, I usually love taking photos of high-rise infrastructures especially at night where most display variations of light in different levels, colors, and styles.

Paired with a sky that’s hazy, it was able to imitate a photograph that would remind you of Beijing’s night skyline more than anything else.

In a cityscape, always find the angle that showcases or emphasizes the structure’s form.

While the vivo V25 doesn’t have a dedicated telephoto camera, it’s still able to produce this shot from a distance through 2x digital zoom.

2. Symmetry

Symmetry comes in when angled or skewed shots just doesn’t suit any image you took. It doesn’t always have to look like the other half is a total copy of the other. Rather, find a center point where you can capture a better perspective of the subject — such as the middle of the road, a building’s apex, or just two same structures facing each other.

With the camera grid and level meter options turned on, it’s better to see if you’re shooting symmetrical shots right before clicking the shutter button.

3. Coalescence

In an urban jungle, there will always be a fusion of organic forms and inanimate objects. That alone would already make your night photographs evoke feelings or convey story among other viewers.

The harmonious combination of concrete slabs alongside live creatures such as the movement of trees and shrubs, various motions of humans, or just some cute animals playing on the grass are enough to say a photo is alive. With V25’s AF (Auto Focus) and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) in the main camera, it can shoot photos minus the motion blur — like it was a time freeze.

4. Juxtaposition

Just like in a street photography-centric article I did back in 2019, I talked about how juxtaposition (or combining two contrasting elements in a single frame) is something you can do when taking photos — but of course that’s not limited to just streets.

In the particular photo above, I took the second photo just to show that even if you’re living or working in a high-rise building, you’re not a totally free person and is still locked up in that lifestyle or working condition.

Unlike the first staged photo, this one is rather candid and timeless. I was supposed to shoot the perspective of the street when a motorcycle suddenly went from my behind. The rider then made a sharp U-turn going back to the parking lot — and don’t ask me why because I really don’t know why.

The set above is all about human growth and life. From the ground-up we loved to goof around these colorful playgrounds. But as we all grow up, we dream of having the utmost security and financial stability just like what’s in the condominiums behind.

Lastly, the rain shower suddenly poured while I was shooting the night life around. Then again, my original plan was to just take a photo of the well-lit alleyway. But my sharp eyes suddenly focused onto that lonely, bright flower that’s blooming amidst the bad weather. Probably a good way to remind one’s self that there’s still hope even under the harshest conditions.

5. Illumination

No natural light can stop the vivo V25 from taking nighttime photos — well at least if the subject is self-illuminating.

Shooting light filaments or neon signs are subjective — moreover to the phone itself and how it will process the subject in focus.

Luckily, the photos above just proved that with the right amount of distance and lens opening, you can achieve shots that are well-focused. At the same time, the bokeh will get creamier the more you focus on a certain subject.

6. (Super) Macro

You would barely hear night-time photography and Macro mode in a single sentence. Still, here I am talking about them in one. Don’t be confused though as I didn’t say I simultaneously used Night Mode and Macro Mode because that’s merely impossible — at least in the vivo V25.

To support my claim in the previous section, you can also produce a good shot if it’s well-focused. Photographs taken during this time is definitely harder since it tries to gather more light. Definitively, shots looked better since the main sensor has the widest aperture out of the bunch.

BONUS: Food

A lot of people (me included) prefer shooting food out and about — where there’s plenty of sunlight that makes your food glimmer and shadows that make it aloof from its base backdrop (such as a wooden table, picnic rug, or even a marble tabletop).

Fortunately, even if fast food stores, cafés, and restaurants have one of the least favorable source of lights for food (I mean indoor lighting is already bad as it is), #foodporn captured on the vivo V25 proved me otherwise.

With the less bright and warm indoor lights above me, the phone was still able to produce mouthwatering 치킨 (chicken or chikin) without me ever touching the photo after being shot.

If that’s not enough, here’s my trifecta from the number one fast-food joint in the Philippines.

If those made you (figuratively) full, here’s a Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake to finish it off. After all, there should always be room for desserts. And if you’re not a fan of the sweet and sour fusion, just shush.

Night Portrait Master

It would be a total miss not to mention portraits. After all, vivo is proud to say that the V25 is a #NightPortraitMaster.

One feature that stood out to me the most is the ZEISS Portrait Effects found on the vivo X80 Pro that I used for some time. That feature is super handy that I always prefer using it when shooting portraits of my friends or myself even.

While it’s not present in the vivo V25 for the most obvious reasons, I still like how it’s able to give me these portrait effects. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it adds flair to your plain old portraits.

Switching to the front camera gives us a single camera house in the phone’s teardrop notch. While I miss that extra ultra-wide selfie shooter of the V23 5G (as the V25 cannot go wider), my selfies still looked good imo nonetheless.

And according to my friend (who’s a major #SelfieExpert), he liked how the photos looked even without the Beauty Mode turned on.

You lose some, you gain more

The vivo V25 is the successor to the vivo V23 5G that was launched around the early months of 2022. Even though it hasn’t even been a year after it was replaced, the vivo V25 definitely had to cut some corners such as the removal of that extra front camera with the Dual-Tone Dual Spotlight Front Flash, as well as the chipset used.

V25 V23 5G
Display 6.44” FHD+ AMOLED
90Hz Halo FullView display
1300 nits peak brightness
6.44” FHD+ AMOLED
90Hz Halo FullView display
628 nits peak brightness
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 900 MediaTek Dimensity 920
Configuration 8/128GB
8/256GB
12/256GB
8/128GB
12/256GB
Cameras 64MP f/1.79 wide
PDAF, OIS + EIS
8MP 120º f/2.2 ultra-wide
2MP f/2.4 macro
50MP f/2.0 selfie
64MP f/1.89 wide
PDAF, EIS
8MP 120º f/2.2 ultra-wide
2MP f/2.4 macro
50MP f/2.0 selfie
8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide selfie
Battery + Charging 4500mAh
44W FlashCharge
4200mAh
44W FlashCharge
Operating System Android 12
FuntouchOS 12

Nevertheless, there are still more improvements like larger battery, brighter display, an extra configuration, and finally, a main camera with OIS and wider aperture.

Pricing and Availability

The vivo V25 is offered not just in the Sunrise Gold colorway (PH exclusive), there’s also a darker Diamond Black / Elegant Black variant and the India-exclusive Surfing Blue option.

 

In the Philippines, the vivo V25 is priced at just PhP 23,999 for a lone 8GB+256GB configuration — a major deduction from the PhP 27,999 launching price of its predecessor, the V23 5G.

It’s available for online purchase starting on September 24, 2022 (Saturday) via Shopee, Lazada, TikTok Shop, and vivo’s e-store. Pre-ordering gives you freebies such as a SIM card, clock speaker, and a Bluetooth neck band — all until their supplies last.

For offline availability, you should further wait until October 1st (Saturday). You can also opt for several installment plans:

  • 9, 12, 15, or up to 18 months in Home Credit
  • 6, 12 or up to 24 months via credit card

This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and vivo Philippines.

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Flagship night imaging specs: vivo V25 series

Night Portrait Master

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vivo V25 Pro

When it comes to smartphones in the flagship midrange segment, competition boils down to impressive specs and features that stand out. This is what vivo’s latest V25 series seeks to do, super-packing its night photography features.

There will be three new phones in the series: the vivo V25 Pro, the standard V25, and the V25e – which shall all try to woo customers by offering cut-above-the-rest night imaging capabilities for their respective price points.

Of course, the premium option is the vivo V25 Pro, which comes with Super Night Algorithms.

At the center of this is the device’s 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing camera, which is complemented by an 8MP wide-angle and 2MP macro at the back, and a 32MP front camera.

In a nutshell, here are the vivo V25 Pro’s advanced features when it comes to night photography:

  • Real-Time Extreme Night Vision: The camera previews how bright the image is in real-time
  • Extreme Night: User is able to adjust exposure and brightness during preview mode
  • Photochromic 2.0 Technology: Allows the device to change into aesthetic colors when it catches sunlight or UV light

The V25 Pro’s main camera supports 18 modes, including Slow Motion, Time Lapse, Pro Sports, and Dual View, to name a few, while the selfie camera has 12 different modes.

Efficient, powerful

The V25 Pro will be powered by Dimensity 1300 processor. It comes with a 12GB RAM plus 8GB extended RAM, as well as a 256GB storage capacity.

The phone has a 4,730mAh battery with support for 66W Flash Charge, allowing a full charge in just an hour.

The device also has a 6.56-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with up to a 120Hz refresh rate and maximum brightness of 1,300 nits.

When it comes to connectivity, the 5G-ready phone also supports the latest Bluetooth 5.2 feature.

V25, V25e also released

Not to be left out, the standard V25 and the more budget-friendly V25e options likewise have specs and features close to those of the Pro variant.

Both devices also deliver on the series’ promise to take photos and film in dim conditions without the challenge. Below are what to expect from each:

V25

  • Dimensity 900 processor
  • Up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage
  • 4,500mAh battery with 44W Fast Charge
  • 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 90Hz refresh rate
  • 64MP + 8MP wide-angle + 2MP macro rear triple-camera
  • 50MP selfie camera
  • 5G, Bluetooth 5.2, Type-C

V25e

  • Helio G99 processor
  • Up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage
  • 4,390mAh battery with 44W Fast Charge
  • 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 90Hz refresh rate
  • 64MP OIS + 2MP bokeh + 2MP macro rear triple-camera
  • 32MP selfie camera
  • 5G, Bluetooth 5.2, Type-C

Pricing, availability

There will be two color options for all three phones in the V25 series:

  • V25 Pro: Surfing Blue and Starlight Black
  • V25: Diamond Black and Sunrise Gold
  • V25e: Diamond Black and Sunrise Gold

The vivo V25 will retail for PhP 29,999. On the other hand, the vivo v25 and vivo V25e are priced at PhP 23,999 and PhP 17,999, respectively.

All three phones are available via vivo’s official website, Shopee, Lazada, and all physical stores and kiosks nationwide.

SEE ALSO:
vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master
vivo V25 vs V23 5G: Camera Shootout

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Pixel 7 design officially teased, price leaked

A week before the debut

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A week before the next flagship’s launch, Google wants to make sure that there are absolutely no secrets going into the debut of the Pixel 7. Throughout the past few months, the company sprinkled bits and pieces about the upcoming smartphone series, slowly revealing its spec sheet even before the official launch. Now, one of the final teasers has revealed the smartphone from top to bottom.

In a new video simply called “The Design of Google Pixel 7 Pro,” Google has shown how all three color options will look like. Viewers will also see how the design differs from the Pixel 6 series.

Presumably different from the regular Pixel 7, the Pro model has a metal camera island stretching across the rear panel. It will also have a glossy metal frame covering its entire side. As for the colors, the smartphone will come in Obsidian (or black), Snow (or white), and Hazel (or light green).

Besides the design, the flagship series has popped up regularly through leaks and official teasers. If all the leaks are right, it will come with the new Tensor G2 chipset, up to 256GB of RAM, and almost the same camera combination as the Pixel 6 series.

Further, in a new report recently (via Brandon Lee), the Pixel 7 reportedly popped up on Amazon for a brief second, revealing the series’ price tags. It will retain the same price as its predecessor. The regular model costs US$ 599. Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 Pro costs US$ 899. No word on a price drop for the Pixel 6 series, though.

SEE ALSO: Early Pixel 7 leak reveal the same Pixel 6 design

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Price drop: realme C11, C30

Only via Shopee and Lazada Payday Sales

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realme C11

The already affordable realme C11 and C30 2021 phones have just become even cheaper with the brand offering up to PhP 500 discounts for both models during the Shopee and Lazada Payday sales.

The realme C11 2021 can be purchased for just PhP 4,599 (from 4,999), while the two realme C30 variants will go for PhP 4,999 (from the 5,499) for the 2GB+32GB and PhP 5,999 (from 6,499) for the 4GB+64GB.

For those unacquainted, here’s a quick preview of the two budget phones’ specs and features:

realme C11 2021

  • Octa-core processor
  • 6.5-inch HD+ display
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 8MP (f/2.0) main camera
  • 5MP selfie camera
  • realme UI Go (based on Android 11)

realme C30

  • Unisoc T612 processor
  • 6.5-inch HD+ display
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 8MP (f/2.0) main camera
  • 5MP selfie camera
  • realme UI Go (based on Android 12)

For those seeking slightly better specs, the rest of realme’s C-series lineup – including the C21-Y, C25Y, and C21 – will also get generous price cuts.

The C21-Y (4GB+64GB) will retail for PhP 5,679. The C25Y (4GB+64GB), which boasts a 50MP main camera and the Helio G35-powered C21 (3GB+32GB) also get PhP 800 off and PhP 1,000 off discounts, respectively.

Shopee’s end-of-the-month sale lasts from September 28 to 30 while Lazada’s version will be a one-day sale only on the 30th.

 

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