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Vivo V23e in Nepal: The phone with the ‘biggest selfie camera’ is overpriced

Vivo V23e
Photo: vivo

Vivo V23e has recently been released in Nepal as the latest addition to the V-series smartphone of the company.

Vivo V23e will replace Vivo V21 as the top Vivo smartphone in the market. This version of the phone is already available in other parts of the world and is now making its way here. This phone offers one of the largest selfie cameras in the market, a fast-charging option and a beautiful design. Yet, the price, which is apparently higher than that of its competitors, might be an issue for this phone in the Nepali market.

To know what more this smartphone offers, let’s get into the details of the phone.

Specifications

Dimension Height: 160.9mm
Width: 74.3mm
Thickness: 7.4mm
Weight: 172 grams
Display6.44-inch AMOLED
SimDual sims
Resolution1,080*2,400 pixels
OSAndroid 11, Funtouch 12
ChipsetMediaTek Helio G96 (12nm)
GPUMali-G57 MC2
Storage128GB/256GB
SD card slotShared
RAM8GB
CameraFront: 50MP, f/2.0 HDR
Rear: 64MP, f/1.8, 26mm              
8MP, 120 degrees (ultrawide)              
2MP (macro)
SoundLoudspeakers No 3.5mm headphone jack
Battery4050mAh, Li-Po, non-removable
Fast charging 44W
SensorsOptical, under-display fingerprint, accelerometer, compass, gyro, proximity
ColoursBlack, aurora
PriceRs 44,999 (8/128GB)
Rs 49,999 (8/256GB)

Design and display

Vivo V23e
Photo: Vivo

Vivo always has been focused on the design of its phone, and Vivo V23e is a good-looking smartphone as well. With a plastic frame, the back and front of the phone are made of glass. The glass back gives the phone an attractive look whereas the camera panel on the back is also well-placed and the Vivo branding looks nice. The phone is also light with weighing 172 grams and has a thickness of 7.4mm. This should be comfortable in your pockets.

Vivo V23e features 6.44 inches of AMOLED display, which has a maximum resolution of 1,080*2,400 pixels. The display also features an outdated water-drop notch that houses a camera. Since it features an AMOLED display, it should be able to produce a good level of colours and vibrance. It also features an under-display fingerprint sensor.

Cameras

Besides design, cameras are the other feature Vivo has always focused on. Vivo has some of the largest selfie camera resolutions on the market. The Vivo V21 has a 44MP selfie camera, which is the largest in its segment. Now, Vivo V23e features a 50MP selfie camera, the largest in almost every category. There are no smartphones available in Nepal that houses a 50MP selfie camera.

Vivo V23e
Photo: Vivo

On the rear, it houses a triple camera setup. It features a 64MP main camera accompanied by a 120 degrees 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP macro lens. The camera is accompanied by a dual-LED tone flash. It can record the videos in 4K resolution and has a gyro-EIS for stable videos. The front camera can also record 4K videos.

There are many notable camera features on the phone like dual-video mode, eye autofocus, double exposure, multi-style portrait, “steadiface” selfie video and intelligent night mode. These features help capture better photos and videos.  

Performance and battery life

Vivo V23e runs on Android 11 with Funtouch 12 on top. The phone is powered by MediaTek Helio G96 (12nm chipset). The graphics are handled by Mali-G57 MC2.

Vivo V23e
Photo: Vivo

The phone gets its power from a 4050mAh non-removable Li-Po battery. Interestingly, the phone gets a 44W fast charging feature and it can get charged 69% in 30 minutes. It is a decent battery backup and should get the user through the day and even if they face a power problem, they can charge 40% in just 15 minutes.

Storage, connectivity and others

Vivo V23e
Photo: Vivo

As per the storage of the phone is concerned, Vivo V23e comes only in a single RAM variant. The 8GB RAM variant comes with 128GB and 256GB of internal storage. Vivo V23e also features extended RAM technology. This allows the phone to extract an additional 4GB of RAM from the internal storage of the phone. This will allow the use of apps at a faster speed. The storage can also be expanded with a micro SD card; there is no dedicated spot for the card though.

The Vivo V23e does not support a 5G network instead supports dual 4G network sims. It does have a 5G variant but is not available for the Nepali market at the moment. It supports dual-band WI-Fi, Bluetooth 5.2 and USB Type-C for further connection. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack on the phone, but the phone features Hi-Res audio for a richer hearing experience.

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

Verdict

Vivo V23e
Photo: Vivo

There is an abundance of smartphones from companies like Samsung, Xiaomi and Realme that offers way more value at this price level than Vivo V23e. But then again, this has always been the case in terms of Vivo. Most of the Vivo phones available in the market are overpriced for the features they offer. Yet, Vivo offers a good design and somehow a good camera performance as well and that is it.

Vivo V23e lags far behind other competitors in terms of performance and features not so impressive Mediatek Helio G96 (12nm) chipset. The battery backup is also not so impressive on the phone. However, the 44W fast charging option is a good deal.

Except for the huge 50MP selfie camera on the phone, there is nothing much to boast about. If someone is to choose between Vivo V23e, Xiaomi Poco F3 and Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G, there would be very few to none who will opt for the Vivo phone. 11 Lite 5G is even cheaper and provides way more features than Vivo V23e. Well, this is an extremely difficult and packed segment for Vivo and with this price range, Vivo might struggle a lot.

Also, if you are considering getting a new smartphone in the similar price category of Vivo V23e, you can check the list of best smartphones under Rs 50,000 in Nepal.

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Subba is a tech and auto writer at Onlinekhabar.

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