Our Opinion

The Vivo V17 is a significantly better phone than the Vivo S1 (6GB RAM, 128GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo V17!

Vivo S1 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Vivo V17 
Vivo S1 Vivo V17
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Excellence Score
41.7
52.5
Value for Money Score
70.0
71.5
Price ₹ 17,990 onwards ₹ 20,199 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Dec, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.38 inches 6.44 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 404 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Super AMOLED Super AMOLED, Punch-hole Camera, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P65Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #22 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G52 Adreno 612
RAM 6 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 8MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 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 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide); 1/4" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size (Macro camera), 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Super night mode, Ultra Stable Video, Portrait bokeh, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, EIS, Super wide-angle (Photo+Video), Super macro, Portrait framing, Burst, Slo-mo, PRO Mode, AI Scene Recognition
Secondary Camera 32MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, HDR, Panorama, Live Photos, Gender detection, Face Beauty, Portrait, AR Stickers, Video Face Beauty, AI Selfie Lighting, AI Face Beauty F/2.0 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR, Super night selfie, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, Burst, Gender detection
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.13 mmMedium 8.54 mmMedium
Weight 179 gmMedium 176 gmMedium
Width 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use 74.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4500 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 Yes, 18W Dual-Engine Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Slick, trendy design - with a punch-hole front camera, which is one of the smaller ones on a phone to date
  • The good bit is despite sporting the four cameras, the back panel of the V17 doesn’t look cluttered - the rectangular (vertically) quad-camera module on the top left corner of the back adds to the overall design
  • Amazingly lightweight, for a phone with 4500 mAh battery inside
  • Despite having the same screen size as the V17 Pro model, it very easy to use with just one hand - which was difficult with the V17 Pro
  • Both the in-display fingerprint sensor & Face Unlock are fast and unlock the smartphone quickly
  • Beautiful 6.44-inch, Super AMOLED display with a punch-hole, which gives it an amazing screen-to-body of 91.38 per cent - it’s a delight watching videos on the Vivo V17
  • The full-screen display also get pretty bright in all lighting conditions, exhibits very good viewing angles and punchy colours
  • The Vivo V17 also comes with an always-on display option, which is useful
  • Solid performance with the Snapdragon 675 at the core - every-day use to gaming - it’s all lag-free
  • Good quad-rear camera setup (48MP main camera + 8MP ultra-wide camera + 2MP macro camera + 2MP depth sensor)
  • Pictures shot in bright daylight show a good amount of details and decent colours - Vivo V17 doesn’t pop the colours too much and captures the right colour-shade
  • The ultra-wide-angle lens offers a new perspective - shots look decent (though they are less detailed)
  • The portrait shots also turn out to be good, but the edge detection could have been better
  • Super Macro camera mode shows great details and good colours - the macro mode works best in good lighting conditions
  • The low-light pictures with the V17 turn out well - the Night camera mode of the V17 especially captures better details and colours in low-light conditions compared to the default photo mode
  • The 32MP front camera on the Vivo V17 clicks great selfies in good light
  • The night mode also works for the front camera and again it works pretty well
  • Very good battery life with a large 4500mAh battery - you will easily get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • 18W fast charging support: it takes around 1.5 hours (approx) to charge the V17 fully with its bundled charger
  • Overall, the V17 is reasonably good value - especially if camera and design are your primary priorities, the Vivo V17 is a solid choice to consider in the under 30k segment - it does well on both those parameters
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • The Software continues to be a relatively weak point for Vivo, with a cluttered Funtouch UI (though it is quite feature-packed)
  • This is certainly not the best performing phone of this price bracket though - you get a much more powerful Snapdragon 730 with the Redmi K20 - in fact, there are the Vivo Z1 Pro and the Vivo Z1X that again cost less and come with a newer Snapdragon 712
  • Low light video though, is below average
  • If you are looking for an all-rounder though, you will have better options around especially in terms of software & performance - you will want to look at the likes of Realme XT, and Redmi K20
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. The Vivo V17 brings a next-gen design to last-gen internals
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Feels a little overpriced
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Offers great value
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you are looking for a phone in this price range, and your priority is an exceptional camera that’s versatile and does low light like no other in the same price band, you definitely need to give the Vivo V17 a long hard thought
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  5. Feels a little overpriced
    dnaindia.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Gets the job done...but it's overpriced
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Even though there is nothing terribly wrong with the Vivo V17, it becomes a hard recommendation in a sea of great value-for-money phones
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Enjoy its fancy looks and decent camera, but that's about it
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
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