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VIVO S1 Pro Review

A very capable midrange player priced at only P15,990

Story Highlights

  • At P15,990 you'll enjoy media consumption on the Vivo S1 Pro's 6.38-inch Super AMOLED display.
  • The only thing I did not like is the Hybrid SIM tray, it would have been nice if VIVO has implemented a 3-card slot.

Last updated on January 13th, 2020 at 10:52 am

Officially launching in the Philipines today, VIVO S1 Pro is coming with a diamond-shape rear camera setup featuring a 48MP main shooter. VIVO Philippines is bringing the Pro because of its 3D glass-like back that comes in Knight Black and Fancy Sky colors.


vivo s1 pro review

Sporting a 6.38-inch Super AMOLED panel with an FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution, the VIVOS S1 Pro features a Halo notch, and it boasts of having an immersive 90% screen-to-body ratio. Users will surely enjoy consuming media content and playing games on this device.

Powering the VIVO S1 Pro is a Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor paired with a larger 8GB of RAM.


There’s also an equally huge internal storage of 128GB storage and 4,500mAh battery.

VIVO has not removed the 3.5mm audio jack and has finally used UST Type-C on this device.

VIVO S1 Pro specs

  • 6.38-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED (2340 x 1080) capacitive touchscreen
  • Android 9 Pie with Funtouch OS 9.2
  • Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • 48MP + 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide + 2MP f/2.4 macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth quad rear cameras
  • 32MP f/2.0 front camera
  • Multimedia Player
  • FM Radio
  • USB-C
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • Others: In-display fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
  • Battery: 4,5000mAh non-removable, Dual Engine Fast Charging support
  • Colors: Knight Black, Fancy Sky
  • Dimensions: 159.25 x 75.19 x 8.68mm
  • Weight: 186.7 grams

VIVO S1 Pro Price (Philippines)

The Vivo S1 Pro is priced at P15,999 and will be available in the Philippines starting November 30, 2019.

Unboxing: VIVO S1 Pro

This is the official retail package of the S1 Pro. It pretty much contain the standard items in the package. USB Type-C Cable, a wall charger, a headset, SIM ejector, a clear case, warranty and user guide and the phone.

VIVO S1 Pro First impressions

The packaging is a little bigger than the usual that you’ll see in previous versions of VIVO smartphones. Other brands no longer include earphones but VIVO has one in the package.

The VIVO S1 has a heft into it, you’ll feel it immediately when you hold it. That’s probably because of the 4,500mAH battery. The body has a glossy type of material making it attractive to fingerprints. The power button has is colored red making it a nice accent color to the overall look of the device.

The rear has a diamond-shaped camera module where the 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide,  2MP macro and, 2MP depth camera. At the bottom of the diamond-shape module is the LED flash.

Now if you are curious about the SIM tray, it has a hybrid tray. That means you can’t fully use the dual SIM functionality. Either you use the second slot for the second SIM or for the expansion of your storage.

First Camera Samples from Vivo S1 Pro

We took the VIVO S1 Pro for a quick spin. We just used the automatic camera settings and here are the results.

Standard Camera

Zoom

Ultrawide on a moving vehicle

Food AI

Food/Close-up shot

Macro shot

S1 Pro selfie

Be the judge! What do you think about the sample photos out of the newly-released VIVO S1 Pro?

Battery life

You get what you pay for, so to speak. The 4,5000mAh will be with you all day and even extend to the next day without having problems. The USB Type C port also makes the charging of the battery fast and efficient. Just make sure you are using the originally supplied fast charger.

And in case you just leave the phone in your table, standby time can last for several days.

Verdict

I guess if you are loyal to the brand, the S1 Pro is something that won’t fail you. Photos are clear and crisp. Selfie shots get their own charm. Add to the total look of it is the camera module design at the back although I am not impressed. On the performance department, as long as you are not a very “demanding” kind of user, the S1 Pro will make you a happy owner

PROS CONS
Good battery life Hybrid SIM Tray
Good cameras Camera module design (.. or it is just me)
Very crisp display, thanks to the AMOLED display
Generous 8GB + 128GB combi

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