Vivo T2 5G price in India
Vivo T2 5G has been launched in two RAM and storage options. The base variant offers 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, which costs Rs 18,999 and the top model includes 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, which costs Rs 20,999.
Vivo T2 5G design and display
In terms of design, the T2 5G is quite different from its predecessor. The new smartphone comes with a completely different camera module and build. It gets flat polycarbonate body and frame. There are two big rings at the back, one of which houses the primary camera sensor and the other houses the secondary camera sensor along with an LED flash. Vivo has sent us the Nitro Blaze color of the T2 5G and as we mentioned in our first impressions, this variant comes with a glossy finish. Its special thing is that the back panel changes shade from blue to orange when light falls on it at different angles. Unique gradient pattern is given on the panel. Fingerprints fall on the panel, but are not visible due to its finish. Definitely, I personally found this color option quite premium. However, the choice in colors is purely individual. If you like the classic black color more, then you can choose its Velocity Blaze color.
The flat frame and lightly rounded edges make the smartphone easy to hold and with a weight of 172 grams and a thickness of 7.8mm, it is not a problem to hold it in the hand for long periods of time. The placement of the volume and power and lock/unlock buttons on the right side of the frame is also correct, making them easy to reach. Overall, I quite liked the in-hand feel of the Vivo T2 5G. While most of the competition tries to give the smartphone an expensive feel with hole-punch cutout thin bezels, the Vivo T2 5G takes the design back a few years with large side bezels, thick chin and waterdrop notch. While the basic water and dust protection Redmi Note 12 5G gets an IP53 rating and the Moto G73 5G gets an IP52 rating, Vivo takes a step back by lacking the rating.
The Vivo T2 5G gets a 6.38-inch display and instead of the IPS panel included in the T1 5G, the new model has been upgraded to an AMOLED panel, which also offers better brightness levels than before. The company claims that the screen supports up to 90Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate, and 1300 nits peak brightness. The display supports HDR10 with the Widevine L1. While HDR playback is not available for content streaming apps, I had a good experience streaming content on OTT platforms like Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar. The display produces vibrant and punchy colors and captures deep blacks well.
The screen supports up to 90Hz refresh rate and you can choose between the standard 60Hz and 90Hz through the settings. It also gets a ‘smart switch’, which automatically adjusts the refresh rate at 60 and 90Hz according to the work being done on the screen. I didn’t feel any lag in animations or transitions and while scrolling on the screen.
The good thing is that even today Vivo T2 5G has a 3.5mm headphone jack for those who use wired earphones, but if you are one of those who watch content on the speaker, then you will feel a little disappointed here, because the smartphone has only one. There is a speaker, which is not loud enough for content streaming. The phone comes with AI-based face recognition and in-display fingerprint scanner and both are accurate and fast in terms of authentication.
Vivo T2 5G specifications and software
The Vivo T2 5G gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, which was also available on last year’s T1 5G. Although the new T2 5G supports 44W fast charging, compared to the previous model, the battery capacity has been reduced to 4,500mAh from the 5,000mAh included in the predecessor. This includes Hybrid SIM slot, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6 and GPS. We have reviewed its 6GB RAM variant.
Vivo T2 5G runs on Funtouch OS 13 based on Android 13. Vivo has made several improvements to the Funtouch OS over the years, but the software still comes loaded with bloatware. In the first boot, I had many native apps and third-party apps in front of me, out of which you can remove third-party apps, but the option to disable many native apps was not available. The good news is that folders like Hot Apps and Hot Games can be disabled through the V-App Store. Even with many native apps pre-loaded, I wasn’t spammed with too many notifications, which is a good thing. One area where there has been an improvement is the RAM management. I noticed that most of the apps remained active in the background and didn’t load when I switched back. However, while running games or heavy apps, the software deactivates some apps to free up RAM. In this you will get a lot of customization options.
Vivo T2 5G performance and battery life
The Snapdragon 695-powered smartphone managed an AnTuTu score of 410,346, while it scored 869 in the single-core test and 1,879 in the multi-core test on Geekbench 6. In graphics benchmark GFX Bench’s T-Rex and Car Chase tests, the phone managed 77fps and 17fps respectively. I did not face any performance issue in everyday usage. The phone handles almost all tasks very well. Be it social media apps or games, my overall experience was quite smooth.
Talking about gaming, I played graphics intensive games like Genshin Impact and Call of Duty: Mobile, which initially took a while to load, but the games ran smoothly at low and medium settings. Call of Duty: Mobile ran at the ‘High’ graphics setting and ‘High’ frame rate combination by default, which I didn’t encounter any issues with, even over extended periods of gaming. However, as soon as I switched the settings to ‘Very High’ graphics and ‘Very High’ frame rate, I did notice occasional stutters during gameplay, but it didn’t spoil the gaming experience much. The phone did not get hot even after about 30 minutes of gaming.
Vivo T2 5G impressed me a lot in terms of battery life. The smartphone delivered about nine hours of screen-on time. Vivo claims that the smartphone can be charged up to 60% in 25 minutes. In our tests, we found that the phone charged 1-40 percent in 30 minutes and 1-100 percent in about 1 hour 17 minutes via the adapter provided in the box. In our HD video battery loop test, the T2 5G managed 20 hours, 52 minutes, which is very good.
Vivo T2 5G camera
The Vivo T2 5G gets a dual-camera setup at the back, which includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS) support, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens. The phone has a 16-megapixel front camera for selfie. The phone does not have an ultra-wide camera.
Starting with the primary camera, its daylight performance is quite good. The exposure and colors in the photos were accurate and the details were also plentiful. HDR also did its job well and exposed both the subject and background well even after the direct light coming from behind and there was no lack of color and details in the shots. A 64MP mode is also available in the camera app, which takes pictures at the full resolution of the sensor. Exposure and color were accurate in the shots taken in this mode, but there was a lack of details and noise was also present when zooming in more in the photo.
The low-light performance of the main sensor was also above average. The shots were properly exposed and the colors were accurate. At the same time, Night Mode works to add details and exposure to photos and makes photos Instagram ready. Night mode also works to reduce noise in the darker parts of the photos.
The portrait mode with the rear camera also works well in both day and night conditions. Natural background blur is available in shots. However, at times the camera failed to capture the edges of the subject. Also, in portrait mode, I did notice a blur-like effect in some shots, but it happened once out of 10. Skin tones were accurate in pictures taken in portrait mode with the selfie camera. However, at default settings the camera slightly smoothens the skin, which you can adjust from the beauty mode settings. Even with the front camera, edge detection was not accurate at times in portrait mode.
The rear main camera sensor of the Vivo T2 5G can record videos at up to 1080p (FHD) resolution at 60fps. Certainly most competitors, even the T2 5G’s sibling iQOO Z7 5G, also support 4K video recording. Videos were quite shaky without OIS, but with OIS on, videos were stable with cropping. Video results were good, with better dynamic range and colour. The front camera can record video at 30fps with 1080p resolution, which gave me decent quality results.
Should you buy the Vivo T2 5G?
Price under Rs 20,000 for the base variant, Vivo T2 5G Makes it a good competitor in its segment. The smartphone does not compromise much on performance in many areas. Ultra bright AMOLED display, 3.5mm earphone port, long battery backup and fast charging make T2 5G an ideal smartphone for content streamers in this budget. Not only this, the device will not disappoint even casual gamers who play graphics intensive games. The day-light performance of the rear camera setup is good and it can give you some decent shots at night as well. The selfie camera can also give selfies that are suitable for uploading directly to Instagram in good lighting conditions. However, I missed an ultra-wide camera in the setup.
Some of the parts that put the T2 5G a step behind the competition are the lack of stereo speakers and an IP rating. Whereas, if you are already familiar with FuntouchOS, then you will not feel any problem with the software. Overall, the Vivo T2 5G is definitely a good buy in this price range.