While Vivo’s smartphone lineup may not be as confusing as some others (Xiaomi’s for instance), they do have a lot of phones. Vivo’s V-series are the mid-rangers right now, and I guess, the X-series are the flagships, or is it the Nex? See? It’s confusing. Anyway, Vivo recently launched the V15 and V15 Pro. And now, they already unveiled a new phone – Vivo X27. This has slight improvements over the V15 Pro, with quite the price.
Vivo X27 Overview
The Vivo X27, more or less, looks like the V15 Pro. Even the sizes and colors are similar. The X27 is also available in the two-tone gradient coloring, so, if you put them side by side, maybe you won’t be able to tell one from the other. Also, it has the same 6.39″ AMOLED display and no notches or bezels up front. So, yes, it seems Vivo will push their pop-up camera in most of its smartphones. The in-display fingerprint sensor is also there, and the back houses the triple camera setup in a similar layout.
In terms of the camera setup, both have the primary 48 MP camera with Quad-Bayer filter. So, you’ll get images of 12 MP by default via pixel binning. The improvement is on the Ultra-wide lens, as the X27 features a 13 MP 120-degree lens over 8 MP of the V15 Pro. The depth sensor stays the same at 5 MP. However, the selfie camera is a downgrade. While the V15 Pro packs a 32 MP selfie camera (with Quad-Bayer filter), the X27 has a 16 MP selfie shooter. But we should be able to get better image resolution on this one. Also, the motorized pop-up is a tad bit slower on the X27 at 0.68 seconds compared to 0.46 seconds of the V15 Pro.
In terms of power, the X27 runs on the Snapdragon 710 and 8 GB RAM. While the RAM is the same (for 8 GB variant of V15 Pro), the processor, to me, seems a bit doubtful. I mean, the Snapdragon 675 on the V15 Pro has a faster CPU, but a slower GPU than the 710. So, we can’t say which wins in overall performance. In terms of storage, however, the X27 packs a whopping 256 GB, by default. Also, there is a microSD card slot. And in terms of battery, the X27 has a 4000 mAh over 3700 of the V15 Pro.
However, the price of the X27 makes me think hard that the V15 Pro is a better value for money, here. Because while you get the V15 Pro for $345, the X27 sells for $535! Anyone can plainly see why V15 Pro is a better buy.
Funtouch OS 9
The hardware differences aren’t all that we get on the X27. It does come with FunTouch OS 9 out of the box. FunTouch 9 runs on Android 9 Pie, and while the V15 Pro runs on that too, there are apparently new features, or else why would they unveil that OS again?
So, apparently, the OS now comes with 72 new features, 55 new optimizations, 263 UI improvements as well as a simpler and more beautiful interface. It will also make for a more friendlier and smarter User experience – according to Vivo. But deep down, we all know, that we’d like to not see the iPhone – clone UI.
FunTouch 9 claims to have soft and restrained colors, as well as rich details. It also enables you to change themes, icon layouts, add rounded corners, and dark patterns. In addition, you also get some built-in semi-abstract wallpapers. So, now, you can be sure to see this OS in all upcoming Vivo smartphones.
Vivo X27 Specifications:
- Display: 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display Full HD+ resolution (2340 x 1080 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D curved glass
- Rear Camera: Triple camera, 48 MP Quad Pixel Sensor with f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, 78-degree FOV + 13 MP Ultra-wide-angle, 120-degree FOV + 5 MP depth sensor, f/2.4, LED flash
- Front Camera: 16 MP pop-up selfie camera
- Chipset: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
- GPU: Adreno 616
- RAM: 8 GB
- Storage: 256 GB; Dedicated SD card slot
- OS: Android 9 (Pie) with FunTouch OS 9 on the top
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under-display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Connectivity: Dual SIM (Nano + Nano), Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, Micro USB 2.0, USB OTG support, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Battery: 4000 mAh with dual-engine fast charging technology