Our Opinion

The Vivo S1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Nokia 7.2 (6GB RAM) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Vivo S1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Nokia 7.2 (6GB RAM)  Vivo S1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Nokia 7.2 Vivo S1
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Excellence Score
36.6
36.7
Value for Money Score
68.8
67.4
Price ₹ 17,115 onwards ₹ 17,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.38 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 404 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features HDR10, Always-on Display Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #41 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P65Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 512 Mali-G52
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP 16MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; Zeiss optics; EIS, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultrawide lens, 5MP: Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30fps 16MP: F/1.78 Aperture; 1/2.8" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; PDAF; Sony IMX499 Sensor, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultrawide); 120° Wide-angle lens, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30fps, Live Photos, AI Super Wide-Angle, Portrait Mode, AI Portrait Framing, Doc Mode, Professional, AR Stickers, AI Face Beauty, Video, Video Face Beauty, Time-Lapse, Slo-Mo
Secondary Camera 20MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Zeiss optics, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, HDR, Panorama, Live Photos, Gender detection, Face Beauty, Portrait, AR Stickers, Video Face Beauty, AI Selfie Lighting, AI Face Beauty
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.25 mmMedium 8.13 mmMedium
Weight 180 gmMedium 179 gmMedium
Width 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 4500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Top notch build quality and premium, elegant glass-back design - the front and back are made out of glass, whereas the frame is a "high-tech polymer that's twice as strong as polycarbonate and half the weight of aluminum" - it's technically plastic, but it has a sturdy feel to it that does make it feel like aluminum in the hand
  • The back glass has a nice matte finish - it's soft to the touch and stands out a bit from traditional glass back designs
  • The green colorway variant is especially attractive and stylish (the black one is more sober)
  • The front is modern and sharp too - with a teardrop notch
  • The power button has a built-in LED light that pulses when you receive a notification, and it's equal parts subtle and cool
  • Dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Very good rear fingerprint sensor
  • Overall, the phone feels like it was built with love and care, with a sturdy frame, clicky buttons, and a nice bit of heft giving it the essence of a much more expensive phone
  • Very good, crisp, colorful, 6.3-inch IPS display
  • Nokia's HDR PureDisplay technology, in addition to supporting native HDR content, also allows the Nokia 7.2 to natively convert SDR videos into HDR ones — resulting in a picture that's brighter and more colorful - it gives everything you watch a noticeable pop, making movies, TV shows, and YouTube clips that much more enjoyable
  • You can also enable the Nokia 7.2's "Dynamic Mode" to have it automatically adjust your screen's color, contrast, brightness, and white balance based on what you're doing - for example, if you're reading a book in the Kindle app, your screen will become warmer as to be easier on your eyes
  • Being part of Android One series, you get clean, simple stock Android backed by guaranteed updates
  • Decent performance for this price bracket with a solid Snapdragon 660 powering the phone - day-to-day tasks, and games are usually smooth
  • Decent triple camera setup for the price bracket - a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 5MP depth sensor that's used for portrait shots
  • The 48MP camera captures a lot of detail and generally showcases vibrant colors
  • Portrait mode is pretty good too - the detail and color of the primary camera shine through, and Nokia allows you to change the effect and intensity after the fact
  • Overall, this is a decent camera phone for this price category (though it's not up to the level of the category leaders from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme)
  • The single speaker gets loud enough and sounds fine
  • Good battery life with a 3500 mAh battery - you will comfortably get a day of use, even with heavy usage
  • Stunning, beautiful design, that's a treat to the eyes - Vivo S1 is easily among the most well-designed smartphones to launch this year
  • There is a mesmerising dual tone finish on the metal frame, and a unique 'diamond lattice' design back, that reflects colors in the most interesting ways - this is the kind of smartphone that will definitely get you a lot of Wows from everyone around
  • It not only looks great but also feels great to hold and use thanks to the 2.5D design
  • Fast in-display fingerprint sensor
  • Dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Very good 6.38-inch AMOLED display - you will get deep blacks and punchy colors
  • Funtouch OS UI looks very similar to iOS, and is pretty feature packed, including a good gesture navigation system, and an 'Ultra Game' mode
  • Daily performance is smooth all-round with a Helio P65 processor (similar to the Helio P70, and Snapdragon 660), and most games run well too
  • Decent set of triple rear cameras - 16MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth
  • The primary camera captures images with fairly good details
  • The depth camera helps with some decent portraits
  • The 32MP selfie camera is decent too, and does especially well with details (though the image softening algorithm is a bit too aggressive)
  • Outstanding battery life with a large 4500mAh battery paired with a low-power MediaTek Helio P65 SoC - you will comfortably clock 2 days of use
  • Bundled 18W fast charger
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • It's not all perfect though - the Nokia 7.2 can sometimes be more sluggish than expected - navigating through the UI is sometimes met with slightly choppy animations, scrolling through social feeds/webpages doesn't always feel buttery smooth, and the camera app can sometimes take a long time to actually capture an image after pressing the shutter button
  • Images from the 48MP camera can sometimes be overly sharpened
  • Low light photography is average
  • The 118-degree ultra-wide camera is a lot of fun to use and opens up new possibilities with the types of photos you can take, but similar to a lot of other phones with an ultra-wide lens, there's a very noticeable decrease in image quality compared to the primary camera
  • No fast charging support
  • Overall, while the Nokia 7.2 is a pretty decent phone on its own, it faces some pretty tough competition in its price category at the moment from Xiaomi and Realme, which it will find tough to beat, primarily on account of its average performance and cameras - if, however it's the software experience that matters most to you, it's still worth looking at
  • It's on the cluttered side though, and does have some bloatware - so the experience is not as clean and simple as stock Android
  • More complex games like PUBG though are not smooth at high graphics settings - and here the phone loses out to the best performing phones of this price bracket that pack the likes of Snapdragon 675, and Snapdragon 710
  • The ultra-wide camera provides for versatility in shot framing, but the quality is average - details are low, and the overall image is muted
  • Low light performance is average too
  • Overall, the cameras are decent for the price bracket, but not really comparable to the top camera phones of this price bracket, like Redmi Note 7 Pro, Realme 3 Pro, Realme X, and even the Vivo Z1 Pro
  • Uses the old microUSB port, instead of the modern USB-C port
  • On it's own the Vivo S1 is a pretty good device, but it faces some real tough competition at the moment - the camera and the performance are not the best for the price bracket, though if your main priorities are a best-in-class design, and excellent battery life, it could still make a lot of sense
Expert Reviews
  1. Hard to recommend to anyone but the die-hard Nokia brand loyalist on a budget
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Nokia 7.2 is a solid, affordable smartphone that caters to those who enjoy clean Android software
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The whole package comes at a good price, it’s only when the phone tries to go above and beyond with features like a wide-angle camera that it stumbles.
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A decent proposition for its price, but the competition has more to offer in terms of power
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The competent and capable Nokia 7.2 is still top o, but there are a number of other challengers that are getting closer
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Good as a complete package
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Decent, but lacks the ‘wow’ factor
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Set to be overshadowed by Redmi Note 8 Pro
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. If stock UI is something you can't compromise on, Nokia 7.2 has you covered
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. A bit of a mixed bag
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  11. A well-built midrange phone, but not the best value
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Nokia's latest mid-ranger is a good value, but the increased competition give it a run for its money
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Acceptable in this price range
    pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A fairly competent device...but it is hard to see how Nokia can match up to the Xioamis and Realmes in the market
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Not quite the best cheap (mid-range) phone around, but comes close
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  16. Unlike its mid-segmented predecessors that used to lag well behind offerings from the competition, the Nokia 7.2 actually manages to go toe to toe with them
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A tough one to judge as in some areas it excels, but at the same time, other areas fall short of what’s on offer from the competition
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. Provides a heck of a lot of value
    neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  19. Decent midranger
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. Good battery life, lightweight software, and a decent camera make this an interesting value-for-money proposition
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. The competition is pretty stiff in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment with phones like the Realme XT and Redmi K20...But the Nokia 7.2 is able to match up to them with its own strengths
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  22. A great software experience and an extremely flashy design aside, I believe that users will find no extra value for money in the Nokia 7.2...only for Nokia die-hard fans
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. One of HMD Global’s most comprehensive midrange smartphone in recent times
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. Quite a good offering if you want an Android One device that promises a decent mix of good performance, optics, and design
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. The Nokia 7.2 is a solid and reliable handset in most respects, but the existence of so many high-quality competitors sadly makes the Nokia 7.2 less compelling.
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  26. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  27. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  28. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  29. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  30. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  31. gadgetsnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  32. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. For the asking price, you can get better-equipped smartphones
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If your priority is absolutely best in selfie experience then pick Vivo S1, else its rivals look better
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you can make your peace with the camera performance and you are not into graphics-heavy games, Vivo S1 is not a bad deal
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A good device to consider in this price range
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An average midranger with more style and less substance
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. It’s got the looks, but needs more
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. At the price point, there are far more compelling options available
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A great midrange device
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. It is a capable phone, and a looker...but there are better deals available
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. A balanced midrange phone marred by Vivo’s unoptimised user interface
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
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