Vivo V29 5G best review with specifications, Pros and Cons

Vivo is making updates to the V Series two times a year, with the most recent addition an important midrange device for the world’s booming market being the Vivo V29 5G. With a specialised colour-changing illuminator on the rear, it expands upon the previous model’s ‘Aura light’ idea. It also adds a high-res display and, for the first time on a non-flagship in the vivo lineup, dust and water resistance.

The display is the next significant improvement on the list; its dimensions stay the same at 6.78 inches in diagonal. With a 453ppi density and a 1260x2800px resolution, it is an extremely high-res screen, so expect some additional sharpness.

Vivo V29 5G

Vivo was determined to maintain a slender waist for V29, and the thickness is rather svelte 6.5 mm. That means that we can keep the battery capacity at 4 600mAh, although it should be enough if V27 is any indication. The charging speed is now 80W rather than the 66W spec of V27. Those are pretty meaningless, so we’re keeping an eye on how fast you charge. Removing the Macro camera is another less important change, but we’re not going to miss that 2MP shooter.

Vivo V29 5G/ specs at a glance

  • Body: 164.2×74.4×7.5mm, 186g; Glass front, glass back; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 min).
  • Display: 6.78″ AMOLED, 1B colours, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1260x2800px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 453ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM7325 Snapdragon 778G 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 3×2.2 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.9 GHz Cortex-A55); Adreno 642L.
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM; UFS 2.2.
  • OS/Software: Android 13, Funtouch 13.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.9, 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 1/4″, 1.12µm; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 50 MP, f/2.0, 22mm (wide), AF.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 4600mAh; 80W wired, 1-50% in 17 min (advertised).
  • Connectivity: 5G; eSIM; Dual SIM; Wi-Fi 5; BT 5.2, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive; NFC.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical).

Design, build quality, handling

The UV-sensitive colour-changing back that three generations of Vs had is no longer available on this model, which is perhaps the most major design change that Vivo is delivering with the Vivo V29 5G. There are two other hues in addition to the two mentioned above: Purple Fairy (seen above) and Majestic Red. Here are the official pictures of all four.

The blue and purple versions seem to have a random wave and splash of what looks like glitter under the surface, which appears to move as the phone is tilted at different angles. As opposed to the glossy treatment of the other two colourways, the black and red versions have a uniform spread of glitter on their surfaces that is frosted.

But there were no changes in some things. One of the design team’s priorities was to keep the super slim profile for the Vivo V29 5G. The curved edges on both the screen and the back panel, which join in a thin frame at the sides, help to give an overall feeling of spaciousness.

Vivo V29 5G

The vivo V29 measures 164.2×74.4×7.5mm (0.1mm thicker than the V27) and weighs 186g (6g heavier than the old one). The Pixel 7a could be able to make a case for itself in terms of compactness owing to a smaller footprint, despite its 9mm thickness, in comparison to blocky flat-sided competitors like the Galaxy A54 or the Nothing Phone (1). The Motorola Edge 40 is a decidedly more pocketable unit than the vivo though – not only is it smaller, but it’s also lighter.

High-res 6.78-inch OLED display

The improved display on the V29 is one of the device’s surprising improvements. The panel’s diagonal is the same as that of the V27 at 6.78 inches, but its higher-than-average resolution of 1,260×2,800px, which results in a pixel density of 453ppi, makes it crisper than the majority of other panels and falls just short of 1440p high-end models.

Vivo V29 5G

The display’s supported by a 120Hz refresh rate, of course. The Vivo also provides a pulse width modulation for dimming of 2160Hz, which should be perfectly suitable for those who are sensitive to flickering. This list also includes support for HDR10+. 

Vivo V29 5G battery life

The battery capacity for the Vivo V29 5G is 4,600mAh, which is identical to that of the V27. There are a lot of things about this model, but the main thing we weren’t sure what to expect from it in terms of longevity is its chipset and display resolution. In some of these metrics, the results have been somewhat worse, but that does not seem to be a major problem.

The V29 couldn’t quite compete with the V27 when tested on screens. We were only 4 and a half hours behind the V27’s video playback, but we would say that 18 hours is an awfully good result. Similarly, it’s almost 16 hours worth of WiFi web browsing if not that much longer than 19 hours for the V27. The 32:26h voice call test result of the V29 is still outstanding despite being 1h shorter. Additionally, the standby efficiency wasn’t great; we obtained around 40% fewer standby hours than the V27.

Vivo V29

The Vivo V29 5G doesn’t charge as fast as the V27, even though the 80W rating is obviously higher than the 66W, it’s not a big difference, but it’s a difference in the opposite direction. In 18 minutes the V29 should reach a rate of 1 to 50 %, according to Vivo’s report and we confirmed it. But in 30 minutes, we’ve risen to 77 per cent and are now at 82 per cent on the V27. The V29 would be 100% ahead of the V27 in just two minutes, so that’s it.

Funtouch 13 on top of Android 13

The V29 is running Funtouch 13 on top of Android 13 just like the V27 family before it. The company has now announced that it intends to offer two operating system updates for the V29 and 3 years of security fixes, not a too generous update policy but at least in good taste. The experience of Funtouch 13, which is relatively detached from the “stock” android, has not been bad in any way.

Vivo V29

In the recent Apps menu, you can find one of the handy Privately Available features. You’ll have to choose between the default carousel style and a horizontal tile layout that resembles MIUI, only you can scroll vertically. That’s where the settings are available, so you needn’t look in your menus to find them.

Performance and benchmarks

Compared with the V27, the V29 has been a bit of a drawback in terms of chipset. Even though there are newer models in the 7 series, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G continues to age, and it’s precisely the 778G that the V29 is equipped with. You’ll notice how the 778G, a well-known midrange SoC, differs from the V27 and the 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A715 & 6x Cortex-A510 CPU of its Dimensity 7200 in that the Snapdragon has more powerful cores, even if they are older and slower clocked.

High-res cameras on both sides

Most of the time, vivo V29 is based on a camera system from v27. There are 50MP OIS primary and 8MP ultrawide in the rear setup. While there’s a 50MP front-facing camera for selfies. The Macro camera in the back is gone, and a 2MP monochrome depth sensor replaces it.

vivo replaced Sony IMX 766’s primary camera sensor, with the GN5 of Samsung. Now that it’s a Samsung imager with a 1/1.56″ optical format and 1.0 m pixels, it’s still a QuadBayer design, rather than a Tetrapixel design. This stabilized lens in front of it has the same actual focal length as before, although EXIF now reports a 23mm equivalent. The aperture is still set at f/1.88.

Vivo V29

The ultrawide still employs a 16mm f/2.2 lens and a 1/4″ OmniVision OV08D1 sensor, so nothing has changed there. The focal point is set. The selfie camera is also identical to that of the previous generation. You receive a 24mm f/2.45 lens and a Tetrapixel JN1 Samsung sensor (1/2.76″, 0.64 m), and the camera supports PDAF.

The camera app’s pretty familiar because it appears to be similar to the one seen on V and X. A simple zoom selection with 0.6x, 1x and 2x step values is available. You can access Macro mode with a flower icon in the hamburger menu.

Pros and Cons of Vivo V29 5G

ProsCons
IP68 rating, slimline design.Only a single speaker, and not a great one.
Excellent OLED screen, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+.No wireless charging.
Solid battery life, fast charging.Selfie videos are either stable or in 4K.
Great photo and video quality from the main camera.
The Aura light improves low-light photos noticeably.
Superb selfie photos.

Verdict

vivo didn’t fix any of the problems that made the V27 less competitive than it could have been with the V29. The latest model continues to have just one speaker when all competitors are using more than a pair, video stabilization is still not perfect and Wireless charging has gained popularity in the premium part of the range, but Vivo V29 5G misses that as well.

Vivo V29

In addition, it’s somewhat surprising that the higher resolution display is a bit difficult for us to appreciate because of the added pixels, but in every important respect, this panel is an excellent one. The Vivo V29 5G won’t abandon you even though its battery life isn’t breaking any records. It also has a charging speed that is above average for its class.

The camera system has excellent low-light performance, some very good selfies, and a special temperature-changing flood light that may also make a significant difference in your low-light portrait photography. All things considered, the Vivo V29 5G might not offer the greatest value for the money, but it could be able to compensate for the premium.

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