Vivo S1 (4GB RAM, 128GB)  +2 variations

price₹ 16,590 onwards

launchAug, 2019

44.4

excellence score

75.4

value for money score

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Design

  • 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

Display

  • Very good 6.38-inch AMOLED display - you will get deep blacks and punchy colors

Software

  • Funtouch OS UI looks very similar to iOS, and is pretty feature packed, including a good gesture navigation system, and an 'Ultra Game' mode
  • It's on the cluttered side though, and does have some bloatware - so the experience is not as clean and simple as stock Android

Performance

  • 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
  • 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

Camera

  • 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)
  • 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

Connectivity

  • Uses the old microUSB port, instead of the modern USB-C port

Battery

  • 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

Verdict

  • 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

We continuously monitor new reviews from 200+ top technology experts

  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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Vivo S1 (4GB RAM, 128GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.38 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2340 pixels (~ 404 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2 GHz, Octa Core, MediaTek Helio P65Ranked #28 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G52
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4500 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 18W Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight179 gm
Thickness8.13 mm
Camera
Primary Camera16MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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
Secondary Camera32MP
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
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • In-display Fingerprint Sensor

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