Vivo Y17 

price₹ 13,900 onwards

launchApr, 2019


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  • Looks quite slick with the deep jewel-tone colours for the frame and rear panel
  • Fingerprint and face recognition both work well
  • As nice as the finish of this phone is, it picks up fingerprints and smudges very easily
  • The Vivo Y17 is also fairly heavy and thick - that's the tradeoff you have to make in order to fit in the enormous 5000mAh battery


  • Modern screen design with a water-drop notch
  • Good viewing angles, and sunlight legibility
  • Screen resolution is on the low side


  • Vivo's custom AI assistant Jovi is useful at places - the screen to the left of the first home screen is called Jovi Smart Scene, and it shows cards for things like sports scores, the weather, to-dos, and a system-wide reading list that you can save articles or screenshots to from any app
  • Vivo's Funtouch OS, while it does have some useful features, is in general quite cluttered, and a far cry from the simplicity of stock Android
  • There's also a ton of bloatware that comes pre-installed, and a lot of it is also can't be uninstalled
  • Then there are quirks that you need to learn your way around - for instance, if you choose to enable gestures instead of buttons for UI navigation, you'll have to learn exactly where to swipe so you don't pull up the iOS-like Shortcut Center inadvertently


  • While day-to-day performance is pretty smooth, the Vivo Y17 underperforms for this price category with a relatively weak MediaTek Helio P35 processor inside (similar to Snapdragon 632)
  • Gaming, especially with more complex games like PUBG, is a laggy, jittery experience


  • The 20MP front camera takes good shots, especially in daytime
  • Average set of triple rear cameras (primary + wide-angle + depth)
  • The focus doesn't always lock perfectly and the Vivo Y17 tends to struggle with subtle contrasts
  • Switching to the wide-angle camera makes the quality dip further with much less accurate colours, and a lot of overprocessing
  • Low light performance is also quite poor - the focus is soft, objects in the foreground are grainy, and details are murky
  • The default video resolution is 1280x720 for some reason, and there's no stabilisation so your recordings will be quite shaky - overall video quality is also disappointing
  • The camera app also has some quirks, and is not the most intuitive to use


  • The single speaker on the bottom is quite average, producing only grating, harsh sound


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


  • Lots of storage space, with a generous 128GB of memory


  • Battery life is the big USP of the phone with a giant 5000mAH battery - you will get a cool 2 days of use with moderate usage
  • Fast charging support


  • Overall, with the ordinary processor and cameras, the Vivo Y17 is quite simply outclassed by other phones available at its price, and even by several that cost a lot less - you will be better off looking at the competition

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Vivo Y17 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.35 inches
Screen Resolution720x1544 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignDewdrop Notch
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Display Features
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor2.3 GHz, Octa Core, MediaTek Helio P35Ranked #68 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUPowerVR GE8320
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 256 GB
Battery Capacity5000 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 18W Dual-Engine Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Weight190 gmMedium
Thickness8.92 mmMedium
Width76.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Primary Camera13MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture
  • 8MP: Wide Angle Lens; F/2.2 Aperture
  • 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture
  • PDAF
  • Palm Capture
  • Auto Scene
  • Voice Control
  • Time Lapse
  • Live Photos
  • HDR
  • Portrait Mode
  • Panorama
  • AI Face Beauty
  • Camera Filter
Secondary Camera20MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • Gender Detection
  • Panorama
  • Face Beauty
  • Live Photo
  • Palm Capture
  • HDR
  • Portrait Mode
  • Beauty Camera Filter
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFi DirectYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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