Vivo S1 Pro 

price₹ 18,990 onwards

launchJan, 2020

43.2

excellence score

69.0

value for money score

2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 1 Expert Review analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • Jazzy, eye-catching back panel design with gradient finish and the unique diamond-shaped camera module
  • The slim profile of the camera module barely protrudes from the back
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor works well
  • Face unlock is present too, which is reliable (though, not as quick as on the other phones at this price level)
  • The Vivo S1 Pro feels a little chunky at 8.68mm thick
  • The back isn't glass, as Vivo still uses laminated plastic

Display

  • Vivid, crisp 6.38-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display - the colours are also very punchy thanks to the AMOLED panel, and text and icons are adequately sharp
  • The display gets very bright, making it easily legible even under direct sunlight
  • Widevine L1 DRM certified - you can watch Netflix and Prime in crisp HD resolution

Software

  • Funtouch OS based on Android 9 Pie looks very similar to iOS, and is pretty feature packed
  • Having said that, the interface is unnecessarily complicated - swipe-up gesture to access system shortcuts is confusing, since it's in the notification shade in stock or other Android UIs
  • There's a lot of bloatware preinstalled on the Vivo S1 Pro (though the third-party apps can be removed)

Performance

  • Decent performance powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 - it handles multitasking well and regular usage is smooth
  • Heavy games such as PUBG Mobile however struggle to run at a smooth frame rate even at the Low graphics preset
  • This isn't a bad processor, but it's typically now found in phones closer to the Rs. 10, 000 mark, such as the Realme 5i

Camera

  • Decent set of quad rear cameras - 48MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth camera
  • Close-ups are good, with good bokeh and details in objects
  • In bokeh mode, the Vivo S1 Pro's depth camera does a decent job of detecting edges, and blurs out the right areas - colours and details are also good
  • The macro camera is also handy at times, and lets you get very close to the subjects
  • Very good 32MP selfie camera - it captures detailed photos when shooting under ideal light - results are fairly good even when shooting against the light
  • In daylight, the primary camera manage to capture average-looking landscape shots - images lack depth, objects at the sides of the frame also have a bit of grain - HDR kicks in when needed, but the end result isn't always very good - some images have a very cool, bluish hue to them, which look unnatural
  • The wide-angle camera offered a nice perspective, but colours weren't very accurate
  • Low-light photos are just strictly average - focusing is a lot slower in the dark, and it takes a second or two longer to save each photo - there's no dedicated night shooting mode either
  • No option for a background bokeh effect with the front camera
  • Videos can only be recorded at up to 1080p, which is not great, especially at this price - there's no stabilisation either, which is a big letdown
  • Low-light video is not very good, from both primary & ultra-wide lens - has lots of grain as well as weak details
  • Overall, rear cameras are nothing special - you will get better outcomes with the Realme X2 or the Redmi K20

Audio

  • The single speaker doesn't get too loud and the sound is a little tinny

Battery

  • The Vivo S1 Pro packs in a 4500 mAh battery, which easily lasts for 2 days of moderate use
  • Vivo uses its Dual Engine Fast Charge feature, but the 18W charger isn't the fastest - charging the phone completely takes about two and a half hours

Verdict

  • Overall, the Vivo S1 Pro is a decent pick if all you want is a stylish design, good battery life, and a punchy display
  • If you'd prefer a more well-rounded phone though, we suggest looking at offerings from Realme and Xiaomi instead, such as the Realme X2 and the Redmi K20, which have much more powerful SoCs

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  1. Not a bad pick if all you want is a stylish design, good battery life, and a punchy display....If you'd prefer a more well-rounded phone though, we suggest looking at offerings from Realme and Xiaomi instead
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »

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Vivo S1 Pro Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update 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
Screen DesignDewdrop Notch
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #39 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 610
RAM8 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4500 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 18W Dual-Engine Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight187 gmMedium
Thickness8.7 mmMedium
Width75.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 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
  • AI Portrait Lighting
  • AI Super Wide Angle
  • Bokeh and Shot Re-Focus
  • Super Macro
  • Super Night Mode
  • Live Photo
  • AR Stickers
  • AI Portrait Framing
  • AI Scene Identification
  • Ultra Wide Video
  • Slo-Mo
  • Time Lapse
Secondary Camera32MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 0.8um Pixel Size
  • HDR
  • AI Face Beauty
  • Filters
  • AI Portrait Lighting
  • Group Selfie (Panorama)
  • Super Night Selfie
  • Live Photo
  • AR Stickers
  • Watermark
  • Mirror Selfie
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • In-display Fingerprint Sensor

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