Vivo S18

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Vivo S18 Key Features

  • RAM: 8GB, 12GB
  • Internal Memory: 256GB, 512GB
  • Display: 6.78 inches, AMOLED
  • Chipset:  Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 (4 nm)
  • Main Camera: 50MP + 8MP
  • Selfie Camera: 50 MP
  • Connectivity: 5G
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh, non-removable, 80W

KSh 55,000

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Vivo S18 5G

Vivo S18 price in Kenya is from Kes 55,000. It is a 5G network-enabled smartphone released in December 2023. The handset has a 6.78-inch AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chipset, and a 50 MP+8MP main camera. It runs on Android 14 and OriginOS 4 and has a 5,000 mAh battery with 80W fast charging. Phone storage is up to 16GB RAM and 512GB internal storage (ROM). Buy Vivo S18 at Phoneplace Kenya, available in Black, Blue/Green, and Silver colorways.

Unique Selling Points

  • Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chipset, which is one of the most advanced and efficient processors in the market. It supports 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.4, NFC, and Snapdragon Sound technology, which enhances the audio quality and performance of the device.
  • 50 MP selfie camera with dual-LED flash, HDR, and 4K video recording. This is one of the highest-resolution front cameras on the market, and it can capture stunning selfies and videos in any lighting condition.
  • an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is a convenient and secure way to unlock the device. The sensor is located under the AMOLED display, and it can recognize the user’s fingerprint in 0.2 seconds.
  • 5,000 mAh battery that supports 80W fast charging and PD reverse wired charging. The battery can last for a whole day of heavy use, and it can be fully charged in just 35 minutes.
  • Vivo S18 also charges other devices with a USB Type-C cable.

Vivo S18 Features, Technical Specifications, and Price in Kenya

Brand Vivo
Model Name S18 5G
Status ·       Announced: 14 December 2023

·       Availability: 22 December 2023

Operating System Android 14, Funtouch 14
Measurement 164.4 x 75.1 x 7.5 mm (6.47 x 2.96 x 0.30 in)
Weight 185.8g
Water Resistance IP54, dust and splash resistant
Display
  • Type: AMOLED, 1B colors, HDR10+
  • Brightness: 1200 nits (HBM), 2800 nits (peak)
  • Size: 6.78 inches, 111.0 cm2 (~89.9% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1260 x 2800 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~453 ppi density)
  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz
  • Protector: Schott Alpha
Processing Unit
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.63 GHz Cortex-A715 & 3×2.4 GHz Cortex-A715 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A510)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 (4 nm)
  • GPU: Adreno 720
SIM Card Dual SIM (Nano Dual SIM stand-by)
Camera Set Up Main Camera

·       50 MP, f/1.9, (wide), PDAF, OIS

  • 8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide)

Features: Ring-LED flash, panorama, HDR

Video Recording: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps

Selfie Camera

·       50 MP, f/2.0, 22mm (wide), AF

Features: Dual-LED flash, HDR

Video Recording: 1080p@30fps

Connectivity
  • Network: 5G Network enabled
  • Technology: GSM / HSPA/ LTE/ 5G
  • Network Speed:   HSPA, LTE-A, 5G
  • Supported bands: 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
Memory
  • RAM: 8GB, 12GB
  • Internal Memory: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • MicroSDXC: not supported.
Communication
  • Bluetooth: 5.4, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX Lossless
  • Speakers: Stereo Speakers installed
  • Wireless internet: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Ports: USB Type-C 2.0, OTG
  • 3.5mm jack: not supported
  • FM Radio: No
  • Global Positioning: GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS, BDS
  • NFC: Yes, supported.
Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Colour Variants Bloom White, Waving Aqua, Lush Green, Noble Black
Battery
  • 5,000 mAh, non-removable
  • 80W wired, PD, 100% in 48 min
  • Reverse wired charging.
Price From 55,000

Detailed Product Description

Build and Design

Vivo S18 has a sleek and attractive design, with a curved 6.78-inch AMOLED display that has a punch-hole cut out for the 50 MP selfie camera. The back of the phone has a glass finish, with a plastic frame that has rounded edges for a better grip. Also, the back features a dual-camera system, with a 50 MP main camera and an 8 MP ultra-wide camera, as well as a ring-LED flash and an AuraLight LED that can change colors and brightness according to the shooting scenario. Vivo S18 features a fingerprint sensor under the display, a USB Type-C port, and an IP54 rating for dust and splash resistance. It comes in three colors: Black, Blue/Green, and Silver.

Display

Vivo S18 features a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a 1.5K resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and a peak brightness of 2,800 nits. Its display supports 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, HDR10+, and SGS Eye Care certification, ensuring vivid and accurate colors, high contrast, and reduced eye strain. Moreover, the handset also has a punch-hole cut out for the 50 MP selfie camera, which supports dual-LED flash, HDR, and 4K video recording.

Camera

The device boasts a dual-camera system on the back, consisting of a 50 MP main camera and an 8 MP ultra-wide camera. Its main camera has a large 1/1.49-inch sensor, an f/1.9 aperture, phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, and a ring-LED flash. It can capture stunning photos and videos in any lighting condition, with rich details, natural colors, and dynamic range. The ultra-wide camera has a 120°  field of view, an f/2.0 aperture, and a 1/2.76-inch sensor. Additionally, the ultra-wide camera can capture more of the scene, with minimal distortion and noise.

Performance

Vivo S18 is powered by the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chipset, which is based on a 4 nm process and offers a 30% improvement in performance and a 25% reduction in power consumption compared to the previous generation. The chipset also supports 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.4, NFC, and Snapdragon Sound technology. Vivo S18 comes with up to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of UFS 2.2 storage, ensuring fast and smooth multitasking and data transfer.

Operating System

Vivo S18 runs on Android 14 with OriginOS 4, a custom user interface that offers a smooth, intuitive, and personalized experience. OriginOS 4 has a redesigned home screen, widgets, icons, animations, and gestures, as well as a smart assistant, a game mode, a privacy mode, and a dark mode. Additionally, OriginOS 4 supports over-the-air updates, ensuring that the Vivo S18 always has the latest features and security patches.

Connectivity

Enjoy seamless connectivity and communications with the handset. It comes installed with:

  • 5G, 4G LTE, and Wi-Fi 6 for fast internet access
  • Bluetooth 5.4 and NFC for wireless data transfer and payment
  • USB Type-C 2.0 for charging and OTG
  • GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS, QZSS, and BDS for precise positioning and tracking.

Unfortunately, the Vivo S18 does not have a 3.5mm jack for audio output, so you will need to use wireless headphones or a USB-C adapter.

Battery and Power Management

It has a 5,000 mAh battery that supports 80W fast charging and PD reverse-wired charging. The non-removable battery can last for a whole day of heavy use and can be fully charged in just 35 minutes.

Pros and Cons of Vivo S18 5G

Pros

Pros:

  • It has a large and vibrant AMOLED display with a high resolution, a fast refresh rate, and a high nits brightness.
  • Runs on Android 14 with OriginOS 4, a smooth and intuitive user interface that offers a personalized experience and over-the-air updates.
  • a powerful and efficient Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chipset that supports 5G connectivity and Snapdragon Sound technology.
  • dual-camera system with a 50 MP main camera and an 8 MP ultra-wide camera that can capture stunning photos and videos in any lighting condition.
  • a long-lasting 5,000 mAh battery that supports 80W fast charging and PD reverse wired charging.
Cons
  • Body made of plastic, which can make it feel less premium and durable than metal or glass material.
  • No telephoto camera, a macro camera, or a depth sensor, which can limit its versatility and creativity in photography.
  • It does not have a headphone jack, a microSD card slot, or wireless charging, which can be inconvenient for some users.
  • a punch-hole cut out for the selfie camera, which can be distracting or annoying for some users.
  • It is not widely available in some regions
  • a relatively high price compared to some of its competitors.

Verdict

Vivo S18 is a mid-range smartphone with multiple sophisticated features and capabilities for high performance based on the 50MP primary camera recording 4K Videos, high resolution 50MP selfie camera, Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 chipset, NFC support, 5G connectivity, and 80W fast charging. It runs on Android 14 with OriginOS 4, a smooth and intuitive user interface that offers a personalized experience and over-the-air updates.

However, Vivo S18 also feels cheap based on its plastic body frame.  It lacks a telephoto camera, a macro camera, or a depth sensor, which can limit its versatility and creativity in photography. The handset lacks FM Radio support and a 3.5mm jack port. It does not support phone memory addition through the MicroSD. Despite its steep price for a mid-range stand phone, it ticks many boxes although it gets lots of competition from rival brands and alternative Vivo models such as Vivo V30 Lite.

Alternative Handsets

  • Vivo V30 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
  • Vivo V30 Lite
  • Redmi Note 13 Pro

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