Phones are now available in all kinds of colors, even the traditionally muted Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone ranges are now available in a mix of shades. But it can be easy to get bored of your everyday phone color, no matter how bold and vibrant it is. This is not the case with the Vivo V23 and V23 Pro.

That’s because this new Android phone has the ability to change colors – yes, really. Sunshine Gold models will apparently completely change color when exposed to the sun. If this is done for about 30 seconds, the back of the phone will change from its original gold to a blue-green tint.

This is achieved by using a “Fluorite AG Glass Design” with crystals which glow and change color due to a reaction when exposed to UV light, i.e. sunlight. Don’t expect the Stardust Black version to change, as it will retain its rather attractive textured black finish regardless of the star-fed radiation waves it is exposed to.

Vivo V23 Pro changing colors

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The appeal of either color depends on the eye of the beholder, but the ability to change hues is a party trick. That said, we would need to see it in action before judging its success.

If you shrug your shoulders, Vivo’s new V-series phones have another cool feature – the display notch holds a pair of selfie cameras. One is a 50 MP main sensor and the other is an 8 MP ultra-wide sensor.

an image of the front and rear cameras of the Vivo V23 Pro

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Two selfie cameras have already been seen, especially with the OnePlus Nord and the Google Pixel 3 XL and its large display notch, but these are not common views. In this case, a large mega-pixel main lens paired with an ultra-wide camera could produce detailed selfies.

As for other camera specs, on the back of both phones you’ll find a trio of snappers, featuring an 8MP ultra-wide lens and 2MP macro sensors, with the V23 Pro sporting a 108MP primary lens and the standard V23 using a 64MP camera. That’s a few solid megapixels for main cameras, although we suspect that the image quality of the phones will depend on computer photography and the image signal processing behind the cameras.

Speaking of processing, this will be supported by a MediaTek Dimensity 920 chipset in the V23 and Dimensity 1200 in the V23 Pro. RAM and storage are respectively available in 8 GB and 12 GB and 128 GB and 256 GB versions.

On the screen side, the V23 Pro will have a 6.56-inch 1080p curved display with a 90Hz refresh rate, while the V23 has a smaller, 6.44-inch flat screen that also operates at 90Hz.

Overall, the two phones appear to be compelling mid-range Android handsets. But they’re not destined for the US or UK at the time of writing, which means a spot on our list of the best budget phones won’t be available. However, they could set a standard for other phones to follow when it comes to being able to change colors on the fly.