Vivo S1 Pro Review: Good But Not Great

Jun 19, 2020 Reviews

Vivo S1 Pro Review: Good But Not Great

Vivo has slowly been creeping up in the mid-range market of smartphones over the past couple of years or so, and looks to make a definite impact in the mobile world. In its attempts to become globally acknowledged, Vivo even plundered a ton of funds into being the main sponsor for the FIFA World Cup 2018, and was also looking to do the same for the Euro 2020’s, until they were postponed recently due to coronavirus precautions. It may be a decent phone overall, but can it compete with its peers at the same price point?

Build Vivo has slowly been creeping up in the mid-range market of smartphones over the past couple of years or so, and looks to make a definite impact in the mobile world. In its attempts to become globally acknowledged, Vivo even plundered a ton of funds into being the main sponsor for the FIFA World Cup 2018, and was also looking to do the same for the Euro 2020’s, until they were postponed recently due to coronavirus precautions. It may be a decent phone overall, but can it compete with its peers at the same price point?


Build & Look

To sum it up, Vivo’s mid-ranger serves great in the looks department, with a clean looking back design, and a unique camera setup in a diamond formation - something we’ve not seen in phones uptil now. The front screen features a teardrop notch, and gives you plenty of room to operate, coming at almost 6.4” in size. An in-display fingerprint scanner will also give you bragging rights in front of all your friends! All in all, a solid build with glass both in the front and back.


 

Performance

Performance is decent on the S1 Pro, with a Snapdragon 665 housed inside. It is fresh to see though, that a phone at this price has opted for an 8GB RAM instead of the usual 4 or 6GB that most other companies go for. You’ll be able to run through most of your daily tasks without the phone breaking a sweat, but we don’t recommend this phone for intensive gaming purposes. So if you need a phone to play PUBG mobile on at high graphic settings, then the S1 Pro may not be for you.


Camera

The cameras are above-par by Vivo at this price, as they include a total of 6 cameras in the front and back combined. In the back, the usual combination of ultra-wide, macro, telephoto and a main shooter can be seen. The end results that come out from the cameras are decent, and with enough lighting, the phone will make its money worth in the picture department. However, night mode is not available, but Vivo has hinted on including the feature, along with improving their portrait shots via a future software update.



Battery & Display

Battery life is good with the Vivo S1 Pro, with a 4500 mAh battery inside the phone, and an option of fast charging upto 18w. You can get a solid day’s use out of the phone, with an average screen-on time of around 5-6 hours. The display is one of the best features on this phone, as Vivo includes a Super AMOLED display on their device, which is rarely seen on phones in the budget/mid-range market. The colors are accurate, with the blacks being as dark as possible, and the resolution making the overall screen usage experience a complete joy. 


Verdict

Overall, the Vivo S1 Pro is a good option to buy for yourself at this price point and you will be somewhat satisfied with the overall experience. However, we just feel like you can get better options in this range from Xiaomi and Huawei, and if you add a few extra bucks on top, then even Samsung. 




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