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Vivo V23 5G review - Selfie smartphone with extravagant color

Not just for beauties. The Vivo V23 5G primarily wants to convince with its dual front-facing camera, which has a strong 50 MP sensor. However, the triple camera on the back is also promising. In addition, there is a bright AMOLED, modern communication modules, and fast charging.
Vivo V23 5G (V Series)
Processor
MediaTek Dimensity 920 8 x 2 - 2.5 GHz, Cortex-A78 / A55
Graphics adapter
ARM Mali-G68 MP4, Core: 950 MHz
Memory
12288 MB 
, LPDDR4x
Display
6.44 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 409 PPI, Capacitive, 10 multitouch points, 180 Hz touch sampling rate, AMOLED, anti-glare glass, Schott Xensation Up, glossy: yes, HDR, 90 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 256 GB 
, 230.96 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, e-compass, OTG
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 8), LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41), 5G-Sub6 (Band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 77, 78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.55 x 157.2 x 72.42 ( = 0.3 x 6.19 x 2.85 in)
Battery
4200 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix (S5KGW1, f/1.89, 25 mm, PDAF) + 8 MPix (Ultra Wide, f/2.2, 16 mm, 120°, 1/4.0", 1.12 µm) + 2 MPix (Macro, f/2.4, 4 cm); Camera2-API: Full
Secondary Camera: 50 MPix (S5KJNV, f/2.0, 23 mm, PDAF) + 8 MPix (Ultra Wide, 18 mm, 105°, f/2.28)
Additional features
Keyboard: Onscreen, 44W-Charger, USB-Cabel (Type-A to Type-C), Silicon Bumper, SIM-Tool, Audio-Jack-Adapter, Headset (3.5 mm), Funtouch OS 12, 24 Months Warranty, Body-SAR: 1.00 W/kg, Head-SAR: 0.82 W/kg; GNSS: GPS (L1), Glonass (L1), Galileo (E1), BeiDou (B1), SBAS; ClearKey 1.2, DRM Widevine L1, fanless
Weight
181 g ( = 6.38 oz / 0.4 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
549 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
83.4 %
06/2022
Vivo V23 5G
Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4
181 g256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.44"2400x1080
87.2 %
11/2021
Google Pixel 6
Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20
207 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.40"2400x1080
88.6 %
02/2022
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
177 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.40"2340x1080
87.9 %
03/2022
Xiaomi 12X
SD 870, Adreno 650
176 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.28"2400x1080

Case and features - Vivo V23 5G with chic color gradient

The Vivo V23 5G is available in Sunshine Gold and Stardust Black. The former is also our test device, whose back can change color in a UV light. The slightly glittering gold then turns into a rich turquoise. It is also protected by Schott Xensation Up glass on both sides.

The build quality is good and the matte glass on the back is not susceptible to fingerprints. However, this does not apply to the highly polished aluminum frame, which features an angular design

The equipment list is quite short. The USB port only works according to the 2.0 standard and there is neither a microSD slot nor an audio jack. Wireless charging is also not supported.

Size comparision

158.6 mm / 6.24 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 207 g0.4564 lbs157.2 mm / 6.19 inch 72.42 mm / 2.85 inch 7.55 mm / 0.2972 inch 181 g0.399 lbs155.7 mm / 6.13 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 177 g0.3902 lbs152.7 mm / 6.01 inch 69.9 mm / 2.75 inch 8.16 mm / 0.3213 inch 176 g0.388 lbs

Communication, software and operation - Vivo V23 with 5G and Wi-Fi 6

The Vivo V23 uses a Wi-Fi 6 module that enables high and stable data transmissions in combination with our reference router Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000. The cellular modem covers all modern standards and offers a wide spectrum of frequency bands.

The Vivo smartphone also delivers good voice quality in both directions. VoLTE and Wi-Fi calls are supported. Vivo has also directly implemented SIP account management into the system.

Google's Android 12 is used as the operating system, over which the manufacturer sprinkles its own user interface, Funtouch OS 12. It looks less modern than the newer Origin OS, which is used in China. The security patches were up to date on May 1, 2022, at the time of the testing.

The capacitive touchscreen responds quickly and reliably to inputs and the screen is also covered with a protective film at the factory. The Schott glass underneath is much more slippery and haptically very pleasant. Biometric security is provided by an optical fingerprint scanner underneath the display, which works very reliably but is comparatively slow when the smartphone is unlocked from standby. The process is noticeably faster when the display is active.

Networking
Vivo V23 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
919 (min: 468) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
914 (min: 456) MBit/s ∼100%
Google Pixel 6
Wi-Fi 6E
iperf3 transmit AX12
802 (min: 421) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AX12
895 (min: 870) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
737 (min: 358) MBit/s ∼80%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
855 (min: 649) MBit/s ∼94%
Xiaomi 12X
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
745 (min: 391) MBit/s ∼81%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
736 (min: 644) MBit/s ∼81%
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Vivo V23 5G MediaTek Dimensity 920, ARM Mali-G68 MP4; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø897 (456-930)
Xiaomi 12X Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø734 (644-826)
Vivo V23 5G MediaTek Dimensity 920, ARM Mali-G68 MP4; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø904 (468-942)
Xiaomi 12X Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø732 (391-809)

Cameras - Dual optics on the front with flash

Selfie with the Vivo V23 5G
Selfie
Selfie with the Vivo V23 5G and activated rainbow filter
Selfie with filter

The stars of the Vivo V23 5G are on the front. The 50 MP main sensor not only has an autofocus, but also an additional ultra-wide-angle lens. Two LED spots are also supposed to ensure perfect illumination at all times. This allows for really good selfies in everyday use, which are also successful in backlight with an automatic HDR mode. Vivo also provides numerous filters and effects. Unfortunately, videos can only be recorded in Ultra HD with 30 FPS or in Full HD with 60 FPS. More is not possible with the SoC.

The main camera on the back turns out to be better than average. The color reproduction is not always natural because the display is too bright. Nevertheless, pictures lack brilliance and the dynamic range should be larger. The ultra-wide-angle shows a shallow depth of field and the macro lens only has a resolution of 2 MP. 

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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ColorChecker
9.7 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
17.7 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
9 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Vivo V23 5G: 10.04 ∆E min: 3.75 - max: 17.74 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
53.9 ∆E
39.4 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
44.7 ∆E
62 ∆E
52.6 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
42.7 ∆E
29 ∆E
64.3 ∆E
63.2 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.1 ∆E
37.1 ∆E
76 ∆E
43.6 ∆E
41.8 ∆E
92 ∆E
70.6 ∆E
52 ∆E
37 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Vivo V23 5G: 46.53 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 92.01 ∆E

Display - Vivo smartphone with 90 Hz OLED

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The 6.44-inch AMOLED display of the Vivo V23 5G has a refresh rate of up to 90 Hz. It can either be set to 60 or 90 Hz or switch between the two modes automatically.

The brightness values are good with an enabled ambient light sensor, but those who prefer to adjust the brightness manually will only have 299 cd/m² available. With an even distribution of bright and dark areas (APL18), the luminosity increases up to 792 cd/m². That is quite bright, but there are competitors in this price range that have much more reserves.

Like other smartphones with OLED panels, the Vivo V23 uses PWM to regulate brightness. The frequency ranges between 119 and 373.2 Hz in minimum brightness. Above 54% of the adjustable brightness, only 60 or 90 Hz are measurable depending on the set refresh rate.

603
cd/m²
603
cd/m²
602
cd/m²
609
cd/m²
606
cd/m²
606
cd/m²
614
cd/m²
608
cd/m²
603
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 614 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 606 cd/m² Minimum: 2.27 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 606 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.3 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3
ΔE Greyscale 1.6 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
93.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.24
Vivo V23 5G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.44
Google Pixel 6
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.40
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 2340x1080, 6.40
Xiaomi 12X
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.28
Response Times
-71%
-113%
51%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
2.688 ?(1.328, 1.36)
6.8 ?(3.6, 3.2)
-153%
10.4 ?(5.2, 5.2)
-287%
0.777 ?(0.385, 0.392)
71%
Response Time Black / White *
2.04 ?(1.062, 0.9775)
3.2 ?(2, 1.2)
-57%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
-18%
1.204 ?(0.584, 0.62)
41%
PWM Frequency
373.2
367.6 ?(100)
-2%
247.5
-34%
523
40%
Screen
24%
17%
43%
Brightness middle
606
805
33%
758
25%
910
50%
Brightness
606
805
33%
758
25%
908
50%
Brightness Distribution
98
98
0%
99
1%
97
-1%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.3
1.4
39%
1.5
35%
0.8
65%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.8
3.7
53%
3.1
60%
1.8
77%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.6
1.8
-13%
2.3
-44%
1.3
19%
Gamma
2.24 98%
2.29 96%
2.06 107%
2.25 98%
CCT
6632 98%
6507 100%
6378 102%
6414 101%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-24% / -7%
-48% / -26%
47% / 46%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
2.04 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.062 ms rise
↘ 0.9775 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
2.688 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.328 ms rise
↘ 1.36 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 373.2 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 373.2 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 373.2 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19959 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum brightness
min.
25% brightness
25 %
50% brightness
50 %
75 % brightness
75 %
maximum manual brightness
100 %

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

Grayscale (color representation: adjusted, target color space: DCI-P3)
Grayscale (color representation: adjusted, target color space: DCI-P3)
Colors (color representation: adjusted, target color space: DCI-P3)
Colors (color representation: adjusted, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (color representation: adjusted, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (color representation: adjusted, target color space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (color representation: adjusted, target color space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (color representation: adjusted, target color space: DCI-P3)
Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance, emissions and battery life

The Vivo V23 5G is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 920 which, however, hardly differs from its predecessor Dimensity 900 differs. On paper, only the clock of the two Cortex-A78 performance cores has been increased by 100 MHz each. MediaTek promises a nine percent higher gaming performance, but Vivo is not able to tease this out. The test with GameBench even shows only 30 FPS in Armajet. However, the smartphone's temperature development is inconspicuous, both for the surfaces and the SoC.

The speaker on the chin can get very loud, but only offers a mediocre quality that is characterized by a hollow appearance. However, the sound is quite alright when the Vivo smartphone is not set too loud. The V23 does not have a jack, but the sound can be output via USB-C. Bluetooth is available wirelessly and supports all common audio codecs (SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS+, and LDAC)

The 4,200 mAh strong battery supplies the phone with energy for almost 15 hours in the WLAN test with adjusted display brightness (150 cd/m²), although the panel works constantly with 90 Hz. Thus, the V23 is well equipped for long days.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core (sort by value)
Vivo V23 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 12288
737 Points ∼67%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
1041 Points ∼95% +41%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
1092 Points ∼100% +48%
Xiaomi 12X
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
1000 Points ∼92% +36%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
745 Points ∼68% +1%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (737 - 814, n=2)
776 Points ∼71% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=269, last 2 years)
687 Points ∼63% -7%
Multi-Core (sort by value)
Vivo V23 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 12288
2149 Points ∼64%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
2805 Points ∼83% +31%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
3204 Points ∼95% +49%
Xiaomi 12X
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
3377 Points ∼100% +57%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2266 Points ∼67% +5%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (2046 - 2149, n=2)
2098 Points ∼62% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=269, last 2 years)
2233 Points ∼66% +4%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Vivo V23 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 12288
7124 Points ∼50%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
10409 Points ∼74% +46%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
14107 Points ∼100% +98%
Xiaomi 12X
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
11778 Points ∼83% +65%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
10863 Points ∼77% +52%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (7124 - 10740, n=2)
8932 Points ∼63% +25%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=173, last 2 years)
10212 Points ∼72% +43%
BaseMark OS II - Overall (sort by value)
Vivo V23 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 12288
3849 Points ∼61%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
6287 Points ∼100% +63%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
5839 Points ∼93% +52%
Xiaomi 12X
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
5551 Points ∼88% +44%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
4567 Points ∼73% +19%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
 
3849 Points ∼61% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1223 - 8753, n=176, last 2 years)
4356 Points ∼69% +13%
CrossMark - Overall (sort by value)
Vivo V23 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 12288
617 Points ∼71%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
849 Points ∼97% +38%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
871 Points ∼100% +41%
Xiaomi 12X
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
719 Points ∼83% +17%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
497 Points ∼57% -19%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
 
617 Points ∼71% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (226 - 1169, n=67, last 2 years)
737 Points ∼85% +19%
AImark - Score v2.x (sort by value)
Vivo V23 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 12288
43526 Points ∼35%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
5723 Points ∼5% -87%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 6144
Points ∼0% -100%
Xiaomi 12X
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 8192
123847 Points ∼100% +185%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
41356 Points ∼33% -5%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
 
43526 Points ∼35% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4293 - 286905, n=146, last 2 years)
55254 Points ∼45% +27%
UL Procyon AI Inference - Overall Score (sort by value)
Vivo V23 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4, 12288
23618 Points ∼83%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
28581 Points ∼100% +21%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 920
  (21981 - 23618, n=2)
22800 Points ∼80% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1555 - 82801, n=74, last 2 years)
18314 Points ∼64% -22%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Nubia RedMagic 7
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2549 Points ∼100% +307%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2418 Points ∼95% +286%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1567 Points ∼61% +150%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1532 Points ∼60% +144%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
627 Points ∼25%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
621 Points ∼24% -1%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Nubia RedMagic 7
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2604 Points ∼100% +304%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2586 Points ∼99% +302%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1629 Points ∼63% +153%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1538 Points ∼59% +139%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
644 Points ∼25%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
605 Points ∼23% -6%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Nubia RedMagic 7
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10185 Points ∼100% +348%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9782 Points ∼96% +330%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6483 Points ∼64% +185%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5824 Points ∼57% +156%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2275 Points ∼22%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2012 Points ∼20% -12%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Nubia RedMagic 7
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10062 Points ∼100% +334%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9713 Points ∼97% +319%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6351 Points ∼63% +174%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5818 Points ∼58% +151%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2319 Points ∼23%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2045 Points ∼20% -12%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3209 Points ∼100%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2776 Points ∼87% -13%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4359 Points ∼100%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4054 Points ∼93% -7%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4037 Points ∼100%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3675 Points ∼91% -9%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5087 Points ∼100% +33%
Nubia RedMagic 7
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4771 Points ∼94% +24%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4303 Points ∼85% +12%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3837 Points ∼75%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3121 Points ∼61% -19%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Nubia RedMagic 7
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
19364 Points ∼100% +342%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
18286 Points ∼94% +317%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
12752 Points ∼66% +191%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4383 Points ∼23%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4043 Points ∼21% -8%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Nubia RedMagic 7
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11528 Points ∼100% +171%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10618 Points ∼92% +150%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9553 Points ∼83% +125%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
4249 Points ∼37%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3843 Points ∼33% -10%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
121 fps ∼100% +49%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps ∼98% +47%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
81 fps ∼67%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
60 fps ∼50% -26%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
428 fps ∼100% +304%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
306 fps ∼71% +189%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
106 fps ∼25%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
101 fps ∼24% -5%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
121 fps ∼100% +105%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps ∼98% +102%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
59 fps ∼49%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
54 fps ∼45% -8%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
213 fps ∼100% +213%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
158 fps ∼74% +132%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
68 fps ∼32%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
62 fps ∼29% -9%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
121 fps ∼100% +210%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
109 fps ∼90% +179%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
39 fps ∼32%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
36 fps ∼30% -8%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
164 fps ∼100% +273%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps ∼73% +170%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
44 fps ∼27%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
42 fps ∼26% -5%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
81 fps ∼100% +268%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68 fps ∼84% +209%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
22 fps ∼27%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps ∼25% -9%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
86 fps ∼100% +231%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78 fps ∼91% +200%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
26 fps ∼30%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
25 fps ∼29% -4%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
69 fps ∼100% +306%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼87% +253%
Nubia RedMagic 7
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼87% +253%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
41 fps ∼59% +141%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps ∼25%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
15 fps ∼22% -12%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Nubia RedMagic 7
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
47 fps ∼100% +327%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
42 fps ∼89% +282%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps ∼83% +255%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps ∼64% +173%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
11 fps ∼23%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
10 fps ∼21% -9%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
98 fps ∼100% +277%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
93 fps ∼95% +258%
Nubia RedMagic 7
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
89 fps ∼91% +242%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65 fps ∼66% +150%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
26 fps ∼27%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
23 fps ∼23% -12%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Nubia RedMagic 7
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
123 fps ∼100% +310%
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
101 fps ∼82% +237%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99 fps ∼80% +230%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
81 fps ∼66% +170%
Vivo V23 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 920, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps ∼24%
Oppo Find X5 Lite
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
27 fps ∼22% -10%
Vivo V23 5GGoogle Pixel 6Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5GXiaomi 12XAverage 256 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-13%
32%
49%
3%
-12%
Sequential Read 256KB
994.44
1546
55%
1639
65%
1732
74%
874 ?(514 - 1002, n=4)
-12%
944 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=260, last 2 years)
-5%
Sequential Write 256KB
497.9
233.4
-53%
760
53%
795
60%
620 ?(369 - 813, n=4)
25%
502 ?(11.9 - 1485, n=260, last 2 years)
1%
Random Read 4KB
219.19
126.2
-42%
245.1
12%
291.9
33%
213 ?(193.4 - 227, n=4)
-3%
171.2 ?(13.5 - 345, n=260, last 2 years)
-22%
Random Write 4KB
214.81
190.3
-11%
211.2
-2%
279.9
30%
215 ?(175.1 - 248, n=4)
0%
167.6 ?(30.3 - 475, n=261, last 2 years)
-22%

Games

0510152025303540455055606570758085Tooltip
; Armajet; 1.61.6: Ø30 (29-31)
; Dead Trigger 2; 1.8.16: Ø69 (35-86)
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 2.0.0: Ø59.5 (56-61)
; PUBG Mobile; Balanced; 2.0.0: Ø39.8 (38-41)
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 2.0.0: Ø39.8 (35-41)

Temperature

Max. Load
 30.6 °C
87 F
30.5 °C
87 F
28.9 °C
84 F
 
 30.8 °C
87 F
30.6 °C
87 F
29.1 °C
84 F
 
 29.7 °C
85 F
30.8 °C
87 F
29.6 °C
85 F
 
Maximum: 30.8 °C = 87 F
Average: 30.1 °C = 86 F
28.7 °C
84 F
30.1 °C
86 F
30.3 °C
87 F
28.5 °C
83 F
29.7 °C
85 F
30.4 °C
87 F
28.4 °C
83 F
30.1 °C
86 F
30.3 °C
87 F
Maximum: 30.4 °C = 87 F
Average: 29.6 °C = 85 F
Power Supply (max.)  25.9 °C = 79 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.1 °C / 86 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 30.8 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 30.4 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.3 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.433.1252829.93132.638.14027.735.7503438.9632737.68023.642.710022.338.912517.740.116016.149.120012.851.525013.156.93151258.5400962.65001166.363010.769.880010.373.2100010.975.2125012.177160011.879.720001280.2250011.882.1315011.981.6400012.981.5500013.383630013.480.5800013.5771000013.670.41250014.871.31600014.157.4SPL24.691.6N0.686.8median 12.8median 71.3Delta1.111.23539.43026.121.932.322.831.334.838.924.33423.236.127.839.914.746.420.955.621.252.317.553.913.459.714.161.213.169.111.570.313.174.311.775.711.878137712.17712.179.812.383.412.577.91377.613.278.71376.813.771.713.562.714.26525.190.10.781.6median 13.1median 71.71.19hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseVivo V23 5GXiaomi 12X
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Vivo V23 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.1% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.4% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 13% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 78% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 40% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Xiaomi 12X audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 93% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 26% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 68% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Vivo V23 5G
4200 mAh
Google Pixel 6
4614 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
4500 mAh
Xiaomi 12X
4500 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
887
627
-29%
594
-33%
1028
16%
907 ?(424 - 1953, n=268, last 2 years)
2%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 100)
14h 47min

Pros

+ strong front camera setup with dual LED
+ long battery runtimes
+ color-accurate 90 Hz AMOLED

Cons

- weak additional lenses of the main camera
- mediocre speaker
- no microSD support

Verdict - Extravagant design and good battery runtimes

In review: Vivo V23 5G. Test device provided by Vivo Germany.
In review: Vivo V23 5G. Test device provided by Vivo Germany.

The Vivo V23 5G convinces with its extraordinary looks, especially in the golden color variant. Those who prefer a more dignified look can opt for the black model. Vivo focuses on selfies and provides the smartphone with a powerful solution that convinces in the test. The two front LEDs can be used with different color temperatures not only for brightening but also for image composition.

With a strong front-facing camera and long battery runtimes, the Vivo V23 5G courts the consumers' favor

The display is also good and shows an accurate color reproduction as well as a high brightness. However, the latter is sometimes higher even in cheaper devices, which can have a positive effect, especially when used outdoors. The installed MediaTek SoC delivers good system performance, even though stutters were visible from time to time in the test.

However, we would have expected at least one more premium feature given the high price. Be it wireless charging or an IP certification. The main camera could also have been equipped with better additional lenses.

For selfies, there will not be a smartphone in this price range that is as good as the Vivo V23 5G. More computing power and a stronger camera are among the features of the Pixel 6 or Xiaomi 12X.

Price and availability

The Vivo V23 5G has a recommended retail price of 549 Euros (~$549). At the time of the test, it is cheapest at Amazon it is a bit more expensive at Cyberport

Vivo V23 5G - 06/14/2022 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
87%
Keyboard
66 / 75 → 88%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
52 / 70 → 74%
Weight
90%
Battery
90%
Display
88%
Games Performance
45 / 64 → 70%
Application Performance
74 / 86 → 86%
Temperature
95%
Noise
100%
Audio
75 / 90 → 83%
Camera
61%
Average
78%
83%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2022-06-15 (Update: 2022-06-15)