Vivo T2 5G first impressions: Any upgrades worth considering?

Vivo T2 5G first impressions: Any upgrades worth considering?

The Vivo T2 5G is officially available in India and is priced below Rs. 20,000. The base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at Rs. 18,999 which is the one we have. The top variant with the same amount of storage comes with 8GB of RAM and is priced at Rs. 20,999. The company has also launched a more affordable model called the Vivo T2x 5G which starts at Rs. 12,999.

This sub-Rs. The 20,000 price segment is currently quite competitive and full of options. Compared to its predecessor, the Vivo T1 5G (Review), the Vivo T2 5G offers a few improvements, including better camera setup, faster charging, and a compact design. Here are our first impressions of the phone.

The Vivo T2 5G has a polycarbonate body which contributes to the lightweight design. The phone weighs around 172g which makes it about 10g lighter than its predecessor. It’s also thinner than the Vivo T1 at 7.8mm. The Vivo T2 5G feels great in the hand with its flat frame design and curved corners. The smartphone is available in two color options – Nitro Blaze and Velocity Wave.

Vivo sent us the Nitro Blaze variant of the Vivo T2 5G which has a glossy finish, but looks premium. The back panel has a gradient finish with undertones of sunset colors that is visible when light falls on it from certain angles. If that’s too flashy for you, you can take a look at the Velocity Wave trim which has a more subdued black color.

The Vivo T2 5G has a single speaker at the bottom which is quite loud and provides a decent multimedia experience indoors. However, head outside in any noisy environment and you’d immediately miss a dual-speaker setup. A USB Type-C port is available at the bottom, next to which is a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Vivo T2 5G looks good but that teardrop notch makes it look slightly dated

The right side of the phone includes the power and volume buttons, which are easy to reach when using it with one hand. On the top, there is a hybrid SIM slot, which supports dual SIM cards or a single SIM card with a microSD card.

The Vivo T2 5G has a 6.38-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The screen supports a refresh rate of 90Hz and a touch sampling rate of 360Hz. The company claims the display offers up to 1,300 nits of peak brightness. There’s a small teardrop-shaped notch at the top of the screen that makes the phone look a bit dated. The top and side bezels are quite narrow but the chin is quite thick in comparison. The handset gets an in-display fingerprint scanner and supports AI-based facial recognition.

The Vivo T2 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, which also powered the Vivo T1 and several other smartphones such as the brand new OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G (Review). This SoC can also be found in some older phones, such as the iQoo Z6 5G, Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G (Review), etc. The T2 5G runs on Funtouch OS 13 which is based on Android 13.

Vivo T2 5G FI big side ww

The Vivo T2 5G’s dual-camera modules look imposing, but it still lacks an ultra-wide camera

The back of the Vivo T2 5G gets two circular camera cutouts for the dual camera setup. It has a 64-megapixel main sensor with support for optical image stabilization (OIS) and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The phone has a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calls. There is no ultra-wide camera.

The Vivo T2 5G’s battery capacity is now smaller at 4,500 mAh, compared to 5,000 mAh on the T1. However, it supports faster 44W charging and the adapter comes in the box. Vivo claims the phone can be charged from zero to 50% in just 25 minutes.

Should you consider buying the new Vivo T2 5G, or would you be better off with its alternatives? Find out in our full review ahead.

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