Struggling to decide on a smartphone upgrade? Explore the latest entry in vivo’s 5G series with vivo V29e stealing the spotlight.
Recently, BusinessMirror published an in-depth article about the vivo V29 5G (Read article here: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2023/09/25/bm-tested-vivo-v29-5g-is-where-style-meets-performance/) and now let’s dive into broader aspects of vivo V29e 5g, more budget-friendly than expected.
Upon unboxing, the sheer visual appeal of the device is striking and gives you a “wow factor” – a matte finish, slim build, and sleek design exude modernity.
The unit is available in two colors in the Philippines: Forest Black and Ice Creek Blue.
The vivo V29e 5G aims to offer a premium experience with a curved-edge AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 695 processor, a 50MP selfie camera, and a triple rear camera system with a dedicated Aura Light ring. But how does it perform in real life?
All runs seamlessly, whether engaging in online gaming, utilizing diverse camera features, or surfing through the internet.
V29e 5G has a glass front and back with a metal frame, giving it a solid and elegant feel. It is also IP68 certified for dust and water resistance, which is a rare feature in this price category.
The phone has a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera. The display has a Full HD+ resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a peak brightness of 1150 nits. The display is also protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
The screen quality is excellent, with vibrant colors, deep blacks, and smooth animations. The display also supports Widevine L1 certification, which means you can stream Netflix and other platforms in Full HD resolution.
The phone has a USB Type-C port, a loudspeaker, and a SIM tray at the bottom. The SIM tray can accommodate two nano-SIM cards, but there is no microSD card slot for storage expansion. The phone has 256GB of internal storage, which should be enough for most users.
The phone also has an under-display fingerprint scanner, which is fast and reliable. The phone does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, but it supports Hi-Res audio via the USB Type-C port.
Performance and Battery Life
The vivo V29e 5G boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset, a 6nm octa-core processor supporting 5G. With 12GB + 8.00 RAM in total, considered ample for a mid-range device, it operates on Android 13 with Funtouch OS 13, offering a smooth, responsive experience featuring a minimalist, user-friendly interface. Noteworthy features include Ultra Game Mode, Smart Split, Jovi Home, and Dynamic Effects.
Benefiting from its robust processor and ample RAM, the phone effortlessly handles various tasks and games, including Genshin Impact, Honkai Star Rail, and Call of Duty Mobile on medium settings with a stable frame rate. The inclusion of a liquid cooling system helps regulate the device’s temperature during intensive use.
The phone houses a 4800mAh battery, ensuring a full day of moderate to heavy usage. Supporting 44W fast charging, it can go from 0 to 100% in about an hour. However, it lacks wireless charging and reverse charging capabilities, presenting minor drawbacks.
On the rear side of the phone, there’s a dual-camera arrangement comprising a 64MP primary camera and an 8MP ultra-wide camera. Accompanying this camera setup is a dual-tone LED flash and a circular multi-tone LED flash, integral to the Aura Light 2.0 technology within the camera module.
Certainly, the Aura Light 2.0 sets this phone apart, complementing its overall performance. The Aura Light ring can illuminate in various colors and patterns based on the mode and scenario.
The ultra-wide camera has an f/2.2 aperture and a 120-degree field of view. The phone also has a 50MP selfie camera on the front, which has an f/2.45 aperture and autofocus.
The main camera nails it with sharp, detailed shots in good lighting – colors pop, and the dynamic range is on point. Flip on the night mode, and it kicks low-light performance up a notch by reducing noise and amping up brightness.
Switch to the ultra-wide, and you’ll grab more of the scene, though it nudges the quality down a bit compared to the main cam. Also look out for some distortion and chromatic aberration at the edges, though.
Now, for those selfies – the selfie cam shines with high-resolution and autofocus magic. Activate portrait mode for a background blur and some cool effects. Plus, the Aura Light ring steps in, adding a touch of extra illumination for that flattering glow.
The phone rocks video recording up to 1080p at 60fps for the main cam and 1080p at 30fps for the ultra-wide and selfie shooters. Video quality holds up well, boasting decent stabilization and audio. Adding, there’s a bag of tricks with video modes like slow-mo, time-lapse, and dual-view.
The phone is priced at P18,999 in the Philippines, which is a reasonable price for its features and specifications. The phone is a good buy for anyone looking for a premium and versatile smartphone in the mid-range segment.
And if you compare the Vivo V29e 5G and V29 5G, each device brings its own set of upgrades and refinements. The choice ultimately depends on individual preferences and priorities. Whether you’re enticed by a sleek design, enhanced display, superior performance, or improved camera capabilities, carefully considering these factors will help you make the right decision for your smartphone needs. All photos by John Eiron Francisco/BM
Image credits: John Eiron R. Francisco