Our Opinion

The Vivo V17 Pro is a significantly better phone, but the Vivo S1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Vivo V17 Pro.

Vivo S1 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Vivo V17 Pro 
Vivo S1 Vivo V17 Pro
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Excellence Score
38.8
61.7
Value for Money Score
68.5
67.4
Price ₹ 17,990 onwards ₹ 27,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Sep, 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, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P65Ranked #36 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #24 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 Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 8MP + 2MP 48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
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/1.78 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; Sony IMX 582 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; 6P Lens, 8MP: 120° Ultra Wide Lens; F/2.2 Aperture; 13MP: Telephoto Lens; 2X Optical zoom; 10X Digital Zoom; F/2.5 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor; F/2.4 Aperture, Pro Mode, Slo-mo Video, Time-lapse, Camera Filters, Live Photos, HDR, Portrait, Panorama, Touch to Shutter, Voice Control, Palm Gesture, AR Stickers, Super Night Mode, Jovi Image Recognizer, AI Scene Identification, Super Macro
Secondary Camera 32MP 32MP + 8MP
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 Pop-up cameras, 32MP: F/2.0 Aperture, 8MP: 105° Ultra Wide Sensor; F/2.2 Aperture, LED flash
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot 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 GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.13 mmMedium 9.8 mmThick
Weight 179 gmMedium 202 gmHeavy
Width 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use 74.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh 4100 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, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W 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; UFS 2.1 Storage; 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
  • Attractive looking smartphone - one of the better designed in its price segment - the glass body adds to the overall premium aesthetics of the Vivo V17 Pro
  • The good bit is despite sporting so many cameras the design of the quad-camera module on the back has clean lines and doesn't look cluttered
  • The front is a sharp, modern all-screen affair - the dual front cameras are embedded in a broad pop-up module
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is fast and unlocks the smartphone quickly
  • Beautiful 6.44-inch, notch-free, Super AMOLED display with a screen-to-body of 91.65 per cent - in other words, lots of screen, lots of pixels, and a great screen for watching videos
  • The full-screen display also get pretty bright in all lighting conditions, and exhibits very good viewing angles
  • The Vivo V17 Pro also comes with an always-on display option, which is useful
  • Solid, smooth performance with the Snapdragon 675 at the core - every-day use to gaming - it's all lag-free
  • Excellent 6 camera setup - 4 on the rear (48MP primary Sony IMX582 sensor, 13MP telephoto lens, 8MP wide angle lens and 2MP depth sensor for portrait shots) + 2 on the front (32MP primary shooter and second camera is an 8MP super wide-angle lens)
  • The Vivo V17 Pro captures some great shots, especially in good light - details are great, and colors are original-like - the dynamic range is also pretty good
  • The ultra wide-angle lens offer a new perspective and lets users click wider area at close range to the subject
  • The camera app also includes a super macro mode that again captures good amount of details and spot-on colours
  • Low light performance is respectable too - especially if you use the handy Night mode
  • The Vivo V17 Pro also clicks pretty good selfies with accurate facial details
  • Low light performance in selfies is helped too by the Night mode
  • The second 8MP front camera can be used to click decent group selfies
  • Overall, the Vivo V17 Pro is one of the better phones you can buy right now under Rs 30, 000 if you want good camera performance
  • Very good battery life with a large 4100mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • With the 18W fast charging support, it takes around 1.5 hours (approx) to charge the V17 Pro fully with its bundled charger
  • If camera and design are your primary priorities, the Vivo V17 Pro is an good choice to consider in the under 30k segment - it does very 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
  • A bit bulky/chunky
  • No face unlock
  • Software continues to be a relative 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 855 in the cheaper Redmi K20 Pro - in fact, there are the Vivo Z1 Pro and the Vivo Z1X that again cost less and come with a newer Snapdragon 712
  • Sub-par low-light video quality
  • 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 Pro
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. Brand loyalty aside, we can't recommend the V17 Pro over competing phones because they are cheaper while offering even higher specs
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you live and breathe selfies, the Vivo V17 Pro might appeal to you....If not, you should look at phones such as the Redmi K20 Pro and Oppo Reno 2Z
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Six fun cameras, one mediocre phone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Although the performance of the phone is not bad, the price tag of Rs 29,990, will make it hard to for Vivo V17 Pro to stand out in this crowded segment.... Still for those who want a device for smartphone photography, Vivo V17 Pro remains a good option
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An impressive midranger...but there are better buys around
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  6. An average phone that doesn’t match its price tag
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Six cameras and great battery life don’t quite make this phone as attractive as we’d hoped
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  8. A good smartphone to consider if camera and design are your key concerns...but there are some great competitors too
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. If you are a photography enthusiast, the V17 Pro is not a bad option...but it should have been priced a bit lower
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. While it offers great cameras, premium looks and good battery life, it doesn't do enough to justify the price
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. If and only if camera is the criteria of buying a smartphone, then go for the Vivo V17 Pro.... Otherwise you can do better at this price
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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