The Vivo T2 is the latest addition to the company's T series, aimed at budget-conscious buyers. Although it shares the same chipset as the previous Vivo T1 5G that was launched last year, the Vivo T2 has some notable changes, including differences in camera setup, charging capacity, design and display type. Vivo claims that the T2 5G offers superior performance and user experience, but does it really? In this review, we'll take a closer look at the Vivo T2 and see if it's worth your hard-earned money.
The Vivo T2 is a great use for an everyday device that will be right up their alley. It has an attractive color changing design, a beautiful display and a decent chipset. The phone has amazing daylight camera capabilities. The only compromises are the stereo speakers and the missing ultra-wide lens.
- The Vivo T2 has a color changing design that sets it apart from other smartphones in this segment. I received the Nitro Blaze color version for review, which not only looks cool, but also changes between blue and orange when the light hits it from different angles. Additionally, the back of the device has a gradient pattern that hides fingerprints and smudges, except around the camera. This area is polished and may be more sensitive to fingerprints and smudges. Moving forward, the phone has two large camera rings on the rear panel. The rings protrude from the surface, the device vibrates when lying down, the text "High Definition Image" is embossed on the side.
- Vivo T2 has a plastic body and smooth edges, which makes the device slim and light. With a thickness of 7.8 mm and a weight of 172 grams, the phone is very comfortable to hold and use for a long time. Moreover, thanks to the relatively small size of the phone at 163 mm, maneuvering is effortless. The volume rocker and power button on the front right side of the phone were easily accessible without the use of athletic fingers. As for I/O, the Vivo T2 has a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom. There is a speaker at the bottom of the phone, which produces a very loud sound, although the sound is not clear.
- Vivo T2 features a 6.38-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, 1300 nits brightness, HDR10 support and Widevine L1 certification. The display has thick bezels, a wide chin and a date water drop notch at the top. However, the screen is pleasant when playing games or consuming multimedia content. Viewing angles on the screen are excellent, colors look vivid and details are crisp and clear. The screen readability is amazing even in direct sunlight. The 90Hz refresh rate works well in the user interface and supported apps, with almost no lag in animations, scrolling and transitions. The phone has a "smart switch" that automatically adjusts the refresh rate between 60Hz and 90Hz depending on the content playing on the screen to save battery power. The Vivo smartphone supports HDR10 and can stream content from streaming platforms in FHD resolution.
- The Vivo T2 is powered by a mid-range 5G-enabled Snapdragon 695 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz. The chipset performs decently in benchmark tests, scoring 2,034 in Geekbench's multi-core test and 403,850 in AnTuTu. In the CPU Throttle test, the chipset ran for half an hour with barely 50 threads. Day-to-day usage of the phone is comparable to other phones with the same chipset. The T2 showed no stuttering or lag during shows and movies on email, social media apps, or OTT platforms. The phone also handles multitasking well, making it a reliable device for regular use. Gaming isn't the most powerful package on the phone, but it can run graphically demanding games like Call of Duty at low settings and low frame rates. On the memory and storage front, the phone has 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB of user expandable storage.
- In terms of optics, the Vivo T2 sports a dual camera setup at the back with a 64MP OIS primary sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. 13MP front camera for selfies and video calls. These are reliable cameras with fast recording times and focus speeds, at least in daylight. The 64MP main camera produces 16MP photos by default, which are detailed and well-calibrated. Colors also look vivid and accurate, and dynamic range is respectable. HDR does a good job of brightening the scene without overexposing the subject or losing light. The 2MP depth sensor delivers decent selfies with good edge detection and in bright light.
- The 13MP selfie camera delivers plenty of facial detail and accurate skin tones at sunrise. The camera has some issues with edge detection in portrait mode, but photos are still usable. However, the low-light performance of the front and rear cameras is unimpressive, with images lacking in detail and accurate color balance. There is also a lot of joy. Night mode can help combat noise and add some detail to make photos usable. OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) is also useful here, helping to get better long exposure shots from the main camera.
- The Vivo T2 packs a 4,500mAh battery that provides enough backup that should last an entire day for average users. During the day, I lay in bed with 20-25 percent battery on my phone to check work messages, stream web series/movies, use navigation, etc. In PCMark's battery test, the T2 5G returned a healthy score of 18 hours. The phone supports 44W fast charging, which can charge the device from 0-40 percent in 30 minutes. The remaining 60 percent takes another 40-45 minutes. Vivo T2 can be fully charged in 1 hour 20 minutes.
- On the software front, the Vivo T2 runs FunTouchOS 13 on top of Android 13, which includes several new features that improve usability. For example, the Albums app now allows users to hide photos/videos, and the Camera app can remove metadata from pictures. The phone also has a phone freeze feature that reduces/pauses the number of apps running in the background to prevent overheating and secure apps for privacy. However, the phone has some bloatware and unwanted notifications. However, users have the option to remove third-party apps through the V-App Store and disable folders such as Hot Apps and Hot Games.
- For security, Vivo T2 has an in-display fingerprint scanner that is reliable and accurate. The phone's connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, dual SIM support, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6 and GPS.
Vivo T2 competes with several smartphones in this segment such as OnePlus Nord CE3 Lite ( Review ), Moto G73 ( Review ), Redmi Note 12 ( Review ) and iQOO Z7 ( Review ). It beats the Vivo phones in some ways, though some of them won't be available offline, unlike Vivo's offerings. The T2 is a good choice, especially when it comes to its audio output and ultra-wide camera. The Moto G73 5G offers stereo speakers and an ultra-wide shooter, but lacks the richness of an AMOLED panel. Vivo T2 retails in India for Rs 18,999 for the 6GB RAM variant and Rs 20,999 for the top-end 8GB RAM variant. You can buy the device across the country through the company's official website and Flipkart.
Editor's Rating: 3.5/5
- Beautiful and bright AMOLED display
- Good battery life
- Daytime cam issue
- Decent performance
- Low light shooting could have been better
- No stereo speakers
- Pre-installed apps