Vivo V25 design goes where Samsung Galaxy has never dared – and I think it's great

The Vivo V25 introduces a colour-changing rear that responds to UV light – and it's a lot of fun

Vivo V25 and V25 Pro colour-changing phones
(Image credit: Future / Mike Lowe)

Having reviewed the best mobile phones for a decade or more, it's rare I'll roll out the word 'fun' when describing a handset. Most are usually staunchly serious pieces of kit. Vivo, however, has just released the V25 and V25 Pro – both of which are firmly in the 'fun' camp, by delivering a design feature that Samsung has never dared to entertain in its best Galaxy range of phones

What am I talking about exactly? The V25 and V25 Pro feature what Vivo calls 'Color Changing Fluorite AG Glass'. And as you can see from my image above, that means you can use light to 'paint' the rear panels, providing a temporary look. I've just used sheets of card to cover the sections to give that angular light/dark effect. And I think it's great fun. You could get even more creative if you want (I've played around with a torch, too, image below). 

Perhaps 2022 is the year that mobile phone makers lean into the fun factor more, having largely run out of tech spec avenues to pursue. I've already reviewed the Nothing Phone 1, as one example, which has a built-in lighting system to illuminate in different ways for various notifications. Not hugely useful for most people but, hey, I think it's fun.

Vivo V25 & V25 Pro colour changing design

Vivo V25 and V25 Pro colour changing back with a torch

(Image credit: Future / Mike Lowe)

Vivo provided me with the Aquamarine Blue version of the V25 and the Surfing Blue version of the V25 Pro: the former shifts from "ocean blue to blueish green", the latter from "light sky blue to deep ocean blue" in Vivo's words. My description would be slightly different, but you can make up your own mind from the image above as to how accurate you think that is. I'd be more excited to see the Sunrise Gold version, really, which is said to shift colour from "gold to reddish orange".

Not that these Vivo devices are merely trying to distract your with peacock-like visual displays, as their innards – featuring the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 (V25 Pro) 900 (V25) – are no slouch. There's also a 64-megapixel main camera with optical and electronic stabilisation to keep things steady – so you can paint with light in other creative ways, not just on the back of your Vivo device. 

Except there's a stall should you be taken by Vivo's colour-shifting designs: the V25 and V25 Pro won't release in the UK, USA or Australia. You'll need to be looking in Asia, Middle East, India and Latin America territories to find one of these handsets. So while Samsung has never dared to release such an eye-catching Galaxy handset, I suspect Vivo's reluctance to release such devices in wider territories is reflective of true demand. Still, I'm impressed, it's nice to receive a fun handset or two in-between the serious best Android phones out there.

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike has been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and is T3's Tech Editor. As a phones expert he's seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a full decade, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.