Vivo V30 Pro review: premium cameras in the mid-range segment

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Vivo V30 Pro review: premium cameras in the mid-range segment
Vivo V30 ProSourabh Jain
  • The Vivo V30 Pro is the latest mid-range smartphone from Vivo in India.
  • The device has been priced starting at ₹41,999 and is available in two variants.
  • Here’s my review of the Vivo V30 Pro that will help you decide whether to buy the device or not.
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Vivo has launched its latest mid-range smartphones in the V series, dubbed the Vivo V30 and the V30 Pro in India. The V30 series is the successor of the V29 series and comes with significant upgrades.

The Vivo V30 and V30 Pro have become the first mid-range smartphones to feature ZEISS cameras, which the company had so far reserved for premium devices such as the X100.

I have been using the Vivo V30 Pro for a few days now, and here is my detailed review of the latest mid-range smartphone from the Chinese smartphone maker.

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Vivo V30 Pro price and availability



The Vivo V30 Pro has been priced at ₹41,999 for the 8GB RAM + 256GB internal storage variant and ₹46,999 for the 12GB RAM + 512GB internal storage variant.

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The device comes in two colour options – Andaman Blue and Classic Black. It is available from Flipkart, Vivo Online Store, and the company’s authorised retail stores across the country.

In the box



  • Vivo V30 Pro smartphone
  • Silicon case
  • Power adapter
  • USB Type-C cable
  • SIM ejector tool
  • Documentation
Vivo V30 Pro specifications

ParticularsSpecifications
Display6.78-inch 1.5K curved AMOLED
Refresh rate120Hz
ProtectionNA
ChipsetMediaTek Dimensity 8200
Variants8GB + 256GB and 12GB + 512GB
Rear camera50MP + 50MP + 50MP
Selfie camera50MP
Battery5,000mAh
Charging80W
Wireless chargingNA
Fingerprint sensorIn-display fingerprint sensor
Weight188 grams
5GYes, SA/NSA


Pros and cons

Pros
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  • Rear camera
  • Design
Cons

  • Bloatware

Design and display



In addition to the hardware, the company has also revamped the design of the V30 Pro when compared to its predecessor. The device comes with an AG glass back.

Vivo V30 Pro review: premium cameras in the mid-range segment
The Vivo V30 ProSourabh Jain

The smartphone comes in two colour options – Andaman Blue and Classic Black. I tested the Andaman Blue colour option that comes with a wavy pattern at the back.

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The AG glass back design looks good and feels premium. The device does not attract fingerprint smudges, allowing you to use it without a case without any issues. However, the device is quite slippery, so I recommend using it with a case.

Vivo V30 Pro review: premium cameras in the mid-range segment
The rear camera setup and the Aura lightSourabh Jain

The V30 Pro features a rectangular camera module at the back that houses the tiple 50MP camera setup and comes with the ZEISS branding. Below that, you have the Aura Ring Light in a rectangular design.

The Vivo V30 Pro comes with curved edges that allow you to hold the phone easily. The device is sleek and weighs just 188 grams, which allows you to easily hold the device, even in one hand.

Vivo V30 Pro review: premium cameras in the mid-range segment
Volume rockers and the power button on the rightSourabh Jain

The smartphone features a plastic frame with volume rockers and the power button placed on the right side.

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Vivo V30 Pro review: premium cameras in the mid-range segment
The text on topSourabh Jain

At the top, you get a microphone and some text highlighting the device’s camera prowess.

Vivo V30 Pro review: premium cameras in the mid-range segment
Vivo V30 Pro's ports and SIM traySourabh Jain

At the bottom, you get the SIM tray, a microphone, a USB Type-C port, and the speaker grille.

Coming to the display, the smartphone features a 6.78-inch 1.5K curved AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and up to 2,800 nits peak brightness.

Vivo V30 Pro review: premium cameras in the mid-range segment
The display on the Vivo V30 ProSourabh Jain

The display on the Vivo V30 Pro is great, and you will not face any issues, whether you are gaming, watching movies, or just browsing. The high resolution and high refresh rate make it a great option, especially for fans of fast-paced content.
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Software and performance



The Vivo V30 Pro runs on Android 14 out of the box with the company’s Funtouch OS 14 on top. The device will get two years of Android updates and three years of security updates. Vivo should have added additional software support to the device, as companies have now started offering longer software support.

For those unaware, Funtouch OS is a highly customised version of Android from Vivo and offers a host of features.

Unlike the Vivo X100 and X100 Pro, the V30 Pro has its fair share of bloatware. This includes applications like Snapchat, PhonePe, Facebook, LinkedIn and others. While these can be uninstalled easily, the V-Appstore, which is the company’s app store also sends notifications randomly.

In terms of performance, the Vivo V30 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 8200 chipset coupled with up to 12GB LPDDR5X of RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. It is to be noted that the Dimensity 8200 is the same chipset that was used in the V29 Pro.
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While it is an older chipset, the Dimensity 8200 still offers decent performance and battery efficiency. The chipset, which is coupled with ample RAM and storage can handle multitasking efficiently, without any lag.

I played popular titles such as Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9 on the V30 Pro at high settings and did not notice any stuttering. The device does get slightly hot after an extended gaming session, but it is manageable.

The smartphone is powered by a 5,000mAh battery with 80W fast charging support, allowing you to charge the device quickly. It offers over a day of battery life and can be fully charged in less than 50 minutes.

Camera



The Vivo V30 Pro comes with a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 50MP primary camera with a Sony IMX920 sensor with OIS, a 50MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 50MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom. The camera comes with ZEISS optics and features Zeiss T* lens coating.
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Vivo V30 Pro review: premium cameras in the mid-range segment
Rear camera setup and the Aura lightSourabh Jain

The device also comes with aura lighting, which is nearly 20 times larger than before and can identify and adjust the colour temperature. The lighting helps in capturing better images even in low light conditions.

Vivo V30 Pro review: premium cameras in the mid-range segment
Image captured in daylight conditionsSourabh Jain

The daylight shots captured with the V30 Pro turned out well, capturing good details with excellent colour reproduction. It can focus on the subject quickly and capture images with good highlight retention.

Vivo V30 Pro review: premium cameras in the mid-range segment
Image captured in portrait modeSourabh Jain

Portrait images captured with the device come out great, with good edge detection and subject details.

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The device can capture good images even in low light conditions with minimal noise. Do note that the light mode takes a bit longer than usual to capture images.

The device features a 50MP selfie camera, which captures decent photos in daylight and low-light conditions.

Verdict



The Vivo V30 Pro is a feature-packed device that comes with a sleek design. The main highlight of the device is its camera, which can take on devices in the premium segment.

However, the company’s decision to use the Dimensity 8200 chipset and stick to limited software updates is something that you need to keep in mind. The OnePlus 12R, which is priced lower than the V30 Pro is equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and offers three years of Android updates and four years of security updates.

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At the end of the day, if you are looking for premium cameras in the mid-range segment and do not mind the reduced software support, the Vivo V30 Pro is a good option for you.

Disclaimer: The content on this website is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as a buying guide or recommendation. We advise readers to do additional research, including hands-on usage of the device at a retail outlet, before making a decision.

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