Alongside more well-known companies such as Xiaomi, Chinese intermediate devices are taking up a larger and larger volume in the smartphone world, and every year we receive new models and companies, offering devices across the entire spectrum of prices and specifications.
This time we set out to check out Vivo's new smartphone - the V29 Lite. With an affordable price tag and photo array that surprised us, is it worth it?
Screen:6.78" AMOLED display with 1080x2400 pixel resolution and 120Hz
refresh rate CPU:Qualcomm Snapdragon 695
Memory:8GB RAM, with 256GB internal memory and expandability via microSD
Camera:Two rear cameras – 64 MP and 2 MP | Front camera – 16 MP
Waterproof:IP54 water and dust resistant (partial durability)
Dimensions:7.89 164.24 x 74.79 mm Weight
Design and screen
One of the first things you notice about the device is its lightness. Weighing in at 177 grams, this is undoubtedly one of the lightest devices we've held in our hands in recent times – 20 grams less than Xiaomi's 13T and 10 grams less than the iPhone 15 Pro.
Vivo V29 Lite comes in two colors – black and gold (with slightly pink tones). The screen comes in 6.78-inch AMOLED with a resolution of 1080x2400 pixels and a refresh rate of 120Hz. The screen itself is rounded and its bezels are extremely thin, giving the device a "luxurious" look similar to much more expensive flagship devices. Loved.
Vivo V29 Lite: Rounded screen and ultrathin bezels, photo: Daniella Ginzburg
The screen comes in brightness of up to 1300 nits – a little dark, but not bad at all for a device in this category. We had no problem using the screen both outside in direct sunny conditions and not in very bright rooms.
The fingerprint sensor, located at the bottom of the screen, worked smoothly and almost 100 percent from the angles we tried. In terms of water resistance don't expect much, as it's IP54. This means that the device is only resistant to splashes of water and if it falls down your toilet, it probably won't survive.
The back of the device is made of aluminum, with a pinkish-gold matte finish that resists fingerprints (in the model we reviewed). The frame of the device is made of glossy aluminum, but because it is so thin – fingerprints are not visible on it at all.
Vivo V29 Lite: Thin and light, photo: Daniella Ginzburg
The back of the device is also completely fingerprint resistant. As people who are annoyed by the phenomenon of fingerprints on their device – we especially liked the design and thinking behind it.
On the less positive side – the color of the device we got looks cheap – especially when combined with the square on which the cameras are located, which was separated from the back of the device and designed in the same shade but with a glossy finish that looks, well, cheap. At the same time, we can see girls and young girls connecting with the design.
Vivo V29 Lite: The back of the device comes with a matte finish, but still looks a little cheap, photo: Daniella Ginzburg
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 695 chipset powers the V29 Lite's performance lineup. The device comes with an octagonal-core processor that has absolutely decent capabilities. Indeed, throughout our use of the device, it worked smoothly and we did not encounter any specific issues that can be pointed out.
However, it should be noted that the V29 Lite is still less powerful than competitors in the same category and at the same price level. Don't expect a device that will run "heavy" games or give other impressive performance like working on multiple apps simultaneously.
For everyday browsing, media and app use, the hardware provided all his needs and the system worked smoothly, but it felt a little sluggish and switching between apps didn't feel as fast as on more expensive devices we tested. Take this into account.
Vivo V29 Lite: Hardware that meets all the basics, photo: Daniella Ginzburg
Android v13.0 provides a smooth, user-friendly interface, and thanks to optimization and additional features Vivo chose to bring into the device, we get many options for customizing the device (like choosing different themes and changing device settings).
The system with which the device comes is very "clean". We didn't get as flooded of Vivo apps as seen in other companies, which load their devices with junk apps that can't always be disposed of. This is a clean and simple Android operating system that is very pleasant to operate. We were pleasantly impressed.
The operating system is very clean and comes with no junk apps. Very refreshing, photo: screenshot
One of the things Vivo prides itself on is the optical stabilizer that comes as part of the device's photography array. When we took a video or took a motion picture, we did feel the stabilizer and the resulting videos/images were accurate and without "smears".
The camera array includes two rear cameras – the first with a resolution of 64 megapixels with an f/1.79 aperture and built-in optical stabilization (OIS), and the second with a resolution of 2 megapixels with an f/2.4 aperture. The front selfie camera comes with 16 megapixels and an f/2.45 aperture.
Vivo V29 Lite: Very impressive colors and sharpness for the price tag,
Vivo V29 Lite: True-to-life colors, photo: Daniella Ginzburg
When shooting in light conditions, we got surprisingly good quality photos with accurate colors and very true-to-life. Even when entering zoom mode, the camera provided a clear, stable and relatively clean image. We were very pleasantly surprised by the photo array, especially since it is an intermediate device with a low price tag.
In semi-lit indoor conditions, the resulting image was also of good quality, and the camera managed to keep sharp and the results we got were much better than we expected. The selfie camera was also a pleasant surprise and provided a pretty clear picture, with good contrast and impressive sharpness.
Vivo V29 Lite: Even in not the best lighting conditions indoors, the camera managed to impress, Photo: Daniella Ginzburg
The battery comes with a capacity of 5000mAh Li-Po type, which has a lower self-discharge rate compared to other battery types, which should ensure long battery life both during operation time and when the device is not in use for a long time.
From our impression, this is indeed a very successful battery that lasted for a long time, even when we put the device aside and returned to it a few days later. On the less positive side – the device comes without wireless charging. While an intermediate device is expected, we'd still like to see wireless charging on cheaper devices as well.
Vivo V29 Lite: Too bad there's no wireless charging., Photo: Vivo
In the end, this is a very successful intermediate device, which comes with a very affordable price tag. It may not completely satisfy the heaviest users among you, but for adults, children and teens and those who use smartphones primarily for social media, WhatsApp and videos, Vivo V29 Lite will give you everything you need – and beyond.
Price: from 1,367 NIS | Get a bug online and at official retailers.
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