The mid-range mobile phone market has always been a battleground for military strategists. The huge user base determines that even if this is a red ocean, manufacturers will do their best. The vivo S12 series previously launched by the vivo brand is the pioneer imaging flagship focusing on the mid-end market. It has a comprehensive and excellent experience, high-quality appearance, balanced performance, and excellent images, which have conquered the hearts of many young people.
Now, vivo has launched a new vivo S15 series, which is still the flagship of the all-rounder, and the configuration has been further upgraded. We got the technology as soon as we got it, and we will present the vivo S15 Pro first. The vivo S15 series has released the slogan of breaking through many “firsts” and has comprehensively upgraded in image, performance, and design.
On the image, the vivo S15 Pro is equipped with the same IMX766V sensor used in the previous vivo image flagship mobile phone, as well as the innovative Hummingbird super image stabilization, which integrates the active-return OIS optical image stabilization and EIS electronic image stabilization functions. Transparent filter for better imaging results.
In terms of performance, the Dimensity 8100+UFS 3.1+LPDDR5 core configuration is also the most popular performance combination nowadays, and many mainstream gaming phones also use this configuration.
The heat dissipation also uses an e-sports-grade bionic heat dissipation system. The whole machine has a total of 26 layers of heat dissipation structure and a total heat dissipation area of 44,389 square millimeters. From the perspective of parameters, it can completely match the standard gaming mobile phone.
The screen is naturally not bad. The 6.56-inch AMOLED super-sensitive curved screen with E5 light-emitting material, 2376×1080 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 100% P3 wide color gamut, 1500 nits local peak brightness, is the flagship screen level.
The design has also gone a step further. The vivo S15 Pro we received brings a new color matching “midsummer”, an upgraded fluorite AG process, and a water ripple design, which makes the crystals on the glass surface more delicate.
Even the charging specifications have been upgraded, with 80W fast charging as standard, bringing faster-charging efficiency.
Next, let’s take a look at the specific performance of this all-around flagship vivo S15 Pro. The following figure shows the specific parameters:
Design & Appearance
The vivo S15 Pro is equipped with a 6.56-inch super-sensitive curved screen made of Samsung E5 material, which is the same as the flagship model, with a 100% P3 wide color gamut, 8 million:1 contrast ratio, and HDR10+ display, so there is no need to worry about color accuracy. The screen specifications are comparable to the flagship, with a 120Hz refresh rate, 300Hz touch sampling rate, and 1000Hz instant touch sampling rate to make the operation smoother.
The full-screen excitation brightness of 800 nits and the local peak brightness of 1500 is displayed even in the hot sun. The vivo S15 series brings a new upgraded fluorite AG process and water ripple design. This “Midsummer” color scheme also combines the design technology with a sense of technology and the color is full of humanistic thinking. Facing the light like a wave, it presents the color association of summer, giving users a small and fresh feeling.
The whole vivo S15 series adopts a dual-mirror cloud window design in the rear camera and comes standard with an oversized bottom sensor and OIS optical image stabilization. The 64-megapixel main camera is supplemented by a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle + 2-megapixel black and white lens to form a three-camera solution.
The S15 Pro uses a front and rear hyperboloid body, which is 8.55mm thicker than the previous generation, but the weight is controlled at 188g. The curved surface of the middle frame and the 60° micro-curved design of the screen fit the palm very well, and it is still slim and comfortable to hold in the hand.
The power button and volume up and down buttons are placed on the right side of the phone. The top of the phone is relatively simple, printed with PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY, which means professional imaging, and the small hole next to it is a noise reduction microphone.
At the bottom are the regular SIM slot, noise-canceling microphone, Type-C interface, and speaker opening. The charger, data cable, manual, etc. are included in the package. The included 80W charger has a maximum output specification of 20V4A, which can provide flash charging support for vivo S15 Pro.
The Dimensity 8100 on the vivo S15 Pro integrates four 2.85 GHz super cores + four 2.0 GHz high-frequency energy-efficient core CPUs, and the GPU is the Mali-G610 with the same architecture as the Dimensity 9000.
It also uses an advanced 5nm process technology, so compared with the previous generation, the performance, and energy efficiency are improved by up to 20%, while the power consumption is reduced by about 40%. It has also become one of the most fragrant U in the market recently.
AnTuTu scored 715547 points, surpassing nearly 74% of users. The CPU score is 193524, the GPU score is 305554, the memory score is 163646, and the UX score is 150569.
We chose GeekBench 5, the mainstream processor benchmark software on the market, for testing, and the results were 871 for single-core and 3126 for multi-core.
Using GFXbench to test the GPU performance, the results are comparable to the Snapdragon 870.
The S15 Pro uses UFS 3.1 flash memory. In the AndroBench test, it achieved a sequential read of 1883MB/s and a write of 1703MB/s.
The Dimensity 8100 chip used by the vivo S15 Pro is comparable to the Snapdragon 888 in multi-core performance, and the GPU performance is comparable to the Snapdragon 870.
However, AnTuTu’s CPU score is slightly higher than the same Dimensity 8100 model we reviewed before by about 9%, but it is slightly conservative in the GeekBench 5 running score, which should be a question of tuning strategy.
Of course, running points do not represent experience, so let’s talk about actual game performance.
In addition to the flagship dark horse core Dimensity 8100, vivo S15 Pro also has a “game core” dedicated graphics chip Pro blessing. We have seen it before, equipped with a dedicated graphics chip, which has a very good performance in-game stability and heat generation. It avoids the problem that the game is in a high-quality state, and the GPU load is too large, causing the screen to freeze.
In “QQ Speed”, we changed the game’s image quality settings to ultra-high, the intra-office frame rate and the out-of-office frame rate to very high, the resolution to ultra-clear, and the special effect level to high.
In the fast-matching multiplayer game, excluding the frame rate fluctuation caused by the settlement animation, the overall frame rate curve of “QQ Speed” is relatively stable, which can be maintained at about 120 frames, and the average number of frames is also 115 frames.
In “Ace Warrior”, in the picture settings, we changed the picture quality and frame rate of the competitive battlefield and the ace battlefield to the highest, allowing automatic reduction of picture quality and frame rate to be turned off.
In a quick single game, excluding the frame rate fluctuation caused by the settlement animation and death, the overall “Honor of Kings” can be maintained at around 60 frames, and the average frame rate is also 55 frames.
The demanding requirements of “Genshin Impact” for mobile phones are also obvious to all, and the frame rate curve can also show the level of the mobile phone’s chip tuning ability and performance release.
We changed the game image quality to very high quality, the frame rate to 60fps, and turned off motion blur. During the “Genshin Impact” game, we randomly fought monsters and ran pictures for 15 minutes in multiple scenes.
In addition to the map fluctuation caused by loading the map, the whole curve of “Genshin Impact” gradually decreased, and finally remained at around 40-50 frames, with an average frame rate of 43 frames, which is already very stable performance, and there is no general mobile phone in the second half. The frame rate of the segment dropped significantly.
During the game, we also measured the temperature. Under the environment of room temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature in the area where the Dimensity 8100 chip is located is 41.3 degrees Celsius. The other parts are around 39~40 degrees Celsius. a feeling of.
It can also be seen from here that with the blessing of the independent display chip Pro, the Dimensity 8100 has a lot less pressure on the game, and combined with the gaming-grade bionic cooling system with a total cooling area of 44,389 square millimeters, the performance of the game is more stable.
The main camera of the vivo S15 Pro is IMX766V, which is upgraded based on the already very mature IMX766 sensor, plus Sony’s exclusive custom ultra-transparent filter, which has a stronger photosensitive ability than the public version of the IMX766.
The 1/1.56-inch outsole, 1-micron single-pixel size, and f/1.88 aperture specifications are naturally good. Previously, it was exclusively used for Vivo’s flagship imaging models.
The 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens supports 116° ultra-wide-angle, and can also take into account the 2.5cm macro, plus a 2-megapixel black and white camera to form a three-camera solution.
I have to sigh that vivo has made rapid progress in recent years, and it is also one of the few mobile phone manufacturers that has solved the difference in white balance between the main and sub-camera lenses. The consistent color performance of the two lenses allows users to face various scenes more freely.
In terms of imaging, Vivo’s shooting algorithm is very experienced, with bright colors, transparent pictures, and performance comparable to high-end imaging flagships.
The ultra-wide-angle lens can also take into account the macro mode. The macro of 2.5cm is not a problem for shooting small objects, and it reduces the threshold for users to get started.
Because the ultra-wide-angle lens has 12 million pixels, it can retain enough details in macro imaging and has a certain blurring effect, which can better highlight the subject.
In the night scene mode, whether it is a warm light environment or a cold light environment, the color performance is accurately restored, and the details of light and dark are preserved.
Like the proofs during the day, the vivo S15 Pro optimizes the color of the picture, which restores the look and feel at night without making the picture look too “dull”.
In terms of portrait mode, the vivo S15 Pro comes with a built-in camera with built-in beauty, filters, and other functions. For girls who don’t know how to pose a pose, vivo S15 Pro also provides a “pose” function, and girls can choose the right one for themselves. After the posture, you only need to align the dotted frame with the fetching frame.
The portrait mode of the vivo S15 Pro is also very good at controlling light. The AI skin texture algorithm is very natural for skin processing, and you can choose the depth of field. While blurring the background, the vivo S15 Pro will also use algorithms to simulate calculations to restore the natural environment. The depth of field and the real light spot effect can better highlight the subject of the characters and the beauty of the sister paper.
You can also change the depth of field distance after shooting. It is recommended that when shooting portraits, there should not be too many sundries next to them, and you only need to highlight the subject of the subject, to ensure that the film can be directly formed in the later calculation process.
The author also used the vivo S15 Pro, which uses the Hummingbird Super Anti-Shake, which integrates the active-return OIS optical anti-shake and EIS electronic anti-shake functions. With these two anti-shake blessings, the Hummingbird Super Anti-shake can complete 500 operations per second. , and up to 30,000 movements. Here we simulate the scenes of daily running and walking, and the picture is very stable and smooth.
Generally speaking, when electronic image stabilization is turned on, the edge of the viewfinder frame will be cropped, and only the center content will be focused, which is why many mobile phones will greatly shrink the screen content after turning on the image stabilization.
To put it more generally, the more complex the anti-shake is achieved, the more the picture is cropped, and the picture quality will naturally be much worse. According to what the author has learned after some mobile phones turn on anti-shake, the screen cropping ratio even reaches as much as 40%.
But Hummingbird’s super anti-shake ensures that the picture will not be cropped too much, making the picture clear and achieving a smooth recording effect.
Seven, charging and battery life: 80W full blood only takes half an hour, 4500 mAh battery can provide 8 hours and a half battery life
The vivo S15 Pro has a built-in 4500mAh battery, supports 80W dual-core flash charging, and has a peak conversion efficiency of 98.5%, which can effectively reduce power loss and charging heat. It has also passed the German Rheinland safe fast-charging certification.
In terms of safety, vivo uses the second-generation high-viscosity diaphragm material to provide faster-charging speed, plus 24-fold charging safety protection, from the charger to the entire charging link of the mobile phone, to protect the charging safety fully.
The vivo S15 Pro can be charged to 53% in just 10 minutes, and it only takes 32 minutes to be fully charged. Usually, users only need to charge the battery for a while at home, and they can last for most of the day.
Battery Life Test
For the battery life, we use a professional battery life test tool – the battery dog produced by Kuai Technology to test.
For the test items, we choose the limit battery endurance test, check all the test items including CPU high voltage, CPU multi-threading, AI recognition, picture browsing, video playback, and web browsing, simulate user usage scenarios, and restore the real load to the greatest extent. Infinitely close to the real power consumption.
We set the manual brightness to 50%, the refresh rate is 60Hz, the power mode is “balanced”, and the test starts from 100% power.
Since it was interrupted once during the test when the remaining power was 52%, we continued to test the remaining power at 5%. The two battery life results were superimposed for a total of 8 hours and 38 minutes, which is about an hour longer than ordinary mobile phones. According to the usage habits of ordinary users, it is not a problem to use it intermittently for a day.
In the past, mid-range machines were often unable to take into account all aspects, and images and performance were always lacking in one way or another, especially the images often made obvious castration, not to mention the coexistence of excellent screens and fast charging, always making consumers. There will be some missing functions in the experience, and it cannot be fully omnipotent.
However, the overall experience of the vivo S15 Pro has no obvious shortcomings in all aspects, which is worthy of the title of “all-round flagship”.
The imaging aspect is naturally Vivo’s forte. The IMX766V main camera used by the Vivo S15 Pro has been tuned and optimized by Vivo. It can be said that it is only one step away from entering the ranks of high-end imaging mobile phones.
The most intuitive feeling is that users can easily take good photos during the day or night, whether it is landscapes or portraits. Although there is no special macro lens, the 12 million super wide-angle can completely take pictures comparable to the main camera. Macro proofs have higher pixels and better picture quality, which greatly increases the practicability.
There is also the Hummingbird super anti-shake, which is the icing on the cake for users who need to shoot videos, vlogs, etc. It avoids excessive clipping of the picture, and can also obtain clear and smooth recording effects. It can be said to be the best solution on the market.
Subject to various factors, in the past, the Dimensity platform was always insignificant in terms of images, let alone the mainstream platforms, but from now on, there is no need to worry about taking photos and recording videos with Dimensity mobile phones.
In terms of performance, no effort is spared. The chip uses the most fragrant Dimensity 8100 chip on the market, coupled with the blessing of an independent display chip, combined with a gaming-grade bionic cooling system with a total heat dissipation area of 44,389 square millimeters, making the vivo S15 Pro stable It is not a problem to play games with high hardware requirements such as “Genshin Impact” and “Hangkai 3”, and it can also avoid the problem of a large drop in the game frame rate caused by prolonged heat accumulation.
The fast charging has also been further upgraded. The 80W flash charging only takes half an hour to fill up the blood. With the excellent tuning of the Origin Ocean system, users can completely say goodbye to user anxiety.
If you want a mainstream mobile phone with no shortcomings in appearance, image, performance, and fast charging, especially if you like to take pictures and play games, then this “all-around flagship” vivo S15 Pro will be your dish.