Vivo S1 Pro: A Quick Review Of The $390 Notch-less smartphone.

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The Smartphone we will be reviewing in this post is the Vivo S1 Pro. A successor to Vivo S1 which comes in almost the same exact form factor but the pro version here brings on a stronger processor, more internal memory and a massive bomb in camera specs.

So while the Vivo S1 ran on a Mediatek Helio P70 processor and a mediocre 12-megapixel main camera the pro version makes use of a Snapdragon 675, 256 GB of internal memory and a 48-megapixel sensor.

In terms of price, the Vivo S1 Pro is definitely not cheap it costs approximately 390 USD. For comparison’s sake, Xiaomi Mi 9 is just 45 USD more and that comes with the latest Snapdragon 855, a better set of cameras and an AMOLED display. It also comes with a Type C super fast charging, unlike the micro USB charging you see here on the Vivo S1 Pro.

However, if we’re gonna just look at price versus specs this review is over even from the beginning but let’s just forget about price for a moment here and talk about the Vivo S1 Pro in terms of how it functions as a mid-range smartphone. 

I’m not gonna go too in-depth with the Vivo S1 Pro but instead highlight some of my key findings after using this device for almost a week.

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General Features

  • Platform: Android 9.0 Pie OS (Funtouch OS 9)
  • Processor: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver) Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC
  • GPU: Adreno 612
  • Memory: 6GB/8GB RAM
  • Colours: Red, Blue
  • Dimension: 157.3 x 74.7 x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 185g
  • SIM Type: Nano SIM
  • SIM Count: Dual SIM

Display

  • Display: 6.39-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Screen Protection: –

Camera

  • Rear Camera: Triple 48MP + 8MP + 5MP camera, 1080p [email protected]
  • Rear Camera Features: Autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama
  • Front Camera: 32MP pop-up camera, 720p [email protected]

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 256GB
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: –

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: Yes
  • 2G CDMA 1X: –
  • 3G WCDMA: Yes
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: –
  • 4G LTE: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: 42.2/5.76 Mbps
  • CDMA EVDO: –
  • 4G LTE: LTE Cat 5 150/75Mbps
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, wi-fi direct
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v4.2 with A2DP LE
  • NFC: –
  • Infrared Blaster: –
  • USB Port: MicroUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: –

Entertainment

  • Music Player: MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
  • Video Player: MP4/H.264 player
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes

Navigation

  • Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: –
  • SpO2: –
  • Pedometer: –
  • Heart Rate Monitor: –
  • Gyroscope: –
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (under display)
  • Iris Scanner: –
  • Face Unlock: Yes
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
  • Voice Control: Yes

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Wireless Charging: –
  • Built-in Mobile Payment: –
  • Water Resistant: –
  • Dust Resistant: –
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: Yes

Battery

  • Battery: 3,700mAh non-removable Li-Po battery
  • Talktime: –
  • Standby Time: –
  • Fast Charging: Yes, 18W

If we don’t take price into consideration the Vivo S1 Pro is actually a rather pleasing smartphone to use. The interesting design paired with the full-screen display is among my favourite features of the Vivo S1 Pro.

Battery life and camera image quality are also pretty decent however the price is something we cannot ignore and at 390 USD I just find it hard to recommend this device to anyone.

Having said so, if the price is something you can ignore and you decide to get yourself the Vivo S1 Pro you will not be disappointed by the things it does right.

DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE.

In the design department, You get a full-screen display which is very enjoyable. I like that this device comes with a nice LCD display so even though it’s not as good as an AMOLED display the Vivo S1 Pro still has a very good LCD display. Colours are bright and the pictures are very sharp.

In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 675 with 6 GB of RAM manages to provide you with a rather smooth experience. It’s not blazing fast but it is in line with other smartphones that use the same Snapdragon 675.

Gaming on the device is smooth but again takes a little time to load. I noticed that the phone doesn’t really heat up even after 30 to 40 minutes of gaming and that is good.

BATTERY.

So speaking of gaming, the Vivo S1 pro here comes with 3700mAh battery which gives you a full day of use on a single charge. Charging here is not the fastest but you do try it using a micro USB cable so I think Vivo should really ditch the micro USB here for type C in all of their future upcoming smartphones.

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CAMERAS.

Moving on, let’s talk about the cameras. Here we have the standard 48 MP camera on the Vivo S1 Pro. Image quality is surprisingly good but not excellent. The 8 MP wide-angle camera performs rather well too and comes with little noise in its images.

At the front, we have a 32 MP selfie camera that tries too much to beautify your face even with beauty levels turn all the way down. anyways here are a couple of samples for you to judge on your own I personally feel that the Vivo s1 pro did pretty well in its image quality but I’ll leave the judging to you guys so guys what do you think of the image quality from the Vivo s1 pro let me know in the comment section below.

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AUDIO.

Let’s talk about the audio quality from the single firing speaker at the bottom. The speaker sounds tinny and does not go to very high volumes. I personally don’t really like the quality of audio coming up from the single firing speaker itself and if you really want to listen to music it is highly recommended that you do so using the headphone jack at the top. okay, guys, that’s it I have to share about the Vivo S1 Pro.

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