Vivo V17 Pro
I have something to say about Vivo V17 Pro, a much hyped mid range smartphone. Mostly by its manufacturing company. I agree that there is so much going on with this phone from the looks of it, the most noticeable being that price of its.
Vivo V17 Pro best price in Kenya is something close to 39,500/=, a competitive price for a mid range smartphone. In such a case the only logical question any reasoning human would want answered is this, is Vivo V17 Pro worth its price? Such are the questions this review will answer. Read on.
First let us consider Vivo V17 Pro’s eye catching design. And I think I have already said it. The design here is elegant, eye catching, modern and simply state of the art. I personally fancy the design of this particular model by Vivo over all other Vivo smartphones. And no, beauty does not lie in the eye of the beholder.
At least not when it comes to Vivo V17 Pro’s premium design crafted from glass. And all who behold will agree that my observation here is to the letter. Will I now take away its beauty by describing it with insufficient words? I rather not even attempt to tell you about how it is intrepid but premium, it is beautiful but durable, smooth but technical. Such a class act.
Vivo V17 Pro has a pop up selfie camera. We are still exploring what meets the eye. A pop up camera with two lenses which we shall talk about shortly. The catch on pop up selfies is not in their mechanical movement but in the room they provide for screen to body ratio. And speaking of screen the Vivo V17 Pro has its fingerprint scanner underneath the display panel, right where you would expect it.
On the back panel you will see four camera lenses with an LED flash separating the top two and the other two. They are all aligned vertically. If it is important you know then here goes. Yes there is a 3.5mm jack and also, the there is a dedicated smart button that prompts Google Assistant when pressed.
All these a contained in the boundaries of a 159 x 74.7 x 9.8 mm measuring smartphone, with a weight of 201 grams. It feels a bit heavy at 201 grams though. You might also want to put a case or cover on its back since this one is made of glass, and glass is delicate, and delicate is expensive. All I say is, be careful while handling it.
The edges on the back are also somewhat cornered making it feel boxy in the hands, although it fits therein quite perfectly. I think I have exhausted the design aspect of Vivo V17 Pro. I have dwelt on it this much because in truth, it deserves the lion share of most, if not all of what Vivo V17 Pro has to offer.
It automatically follows that when a phone has five or more camera then straight away there must be something going on. Now we turn our focus and capture this moment. Oh and I forgot to mention that there isn’t a camera bump on the back panel. From top to bottom, an 8MP Super Macro and Wide Angle Camera lens.
This is self explanatory yes? Macro cameras let you shoot pictures with a closeness of, on Vivo V17 Pro, 2cm. Next is the phone’s main shooter which has a resolution of 48MP and is a Sony Sensor. Yes, one SONY. Its clarity is outstanding, even though it can be matched by many other smartphone cameras at this price point. Anyway its focal length is f/1.8. Below it is the LED flash which sits above the 2MP Bokeh/Depth camera which is responsible for blurring backgrounds and by focusing on the subject.
I will examine the last lens individually since Vivo thinks it a special performance in matters zooming. That’s right, this 13MP lens is a 2x Optical and 10x Digital zoom eagle eye. But in truth when it comes to 10x zoom I would rather Oppo Reno 10x since here, the quality just diminishes. And you very well know I would not will you be mislead yes? And by the way video recording with Vivo V17 Pro is 4K – that is great. Moving on.
The selfie camera shooters. Motorized pop-up 32 MP, f/2.0, wide and 8 MP, 17mm ultra wide lenses. That should as well summarize all I can say about them. One will fit in less faces, and another will fit in more. Come to think of it, who ever users selfie cameras to take photos of anything but their face? If you are such a person for one reason or another, give us a call. We would really love to hear from you. One last thing about this pop up camera, in case your phone drops while it is popped, it will automatically retract.
So anytime you hear Super AMOLED, prepare yourself for display excellence. This in many ways, even power efficiency with dark mode which is also available on Vivo V17 Pro. I told you pop up cameras allow more room for display estate? I did, that is the case here. You will appreciate this move.
I will list this display’s features 6.44 inches, 100.1 cm2 (~84.3% screen-to-body ratio), 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~409 ppi density) and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. So Funtouch OS, Vivo’s skin would be great to discuss here. But since it is not exclusive to Vivo then an exclusive review for it will follow. Subscribe to to our emailing list to receive such useful articles.
Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11 nm) is a mid range smartphone. I really do not understand why Vivo wants to made a bigger deal out of it. It is good for its category and it holds up fine. All this talk about performance and smoothness beyond limit is but too many words. It is a mid range chipset that is power efficient and handles slightly heavy tasks with relative ease.
However, what I must give credit for is this, 128GB 8GB RAM. 8GB RAM is quite a beefy memory. If we must talk about smoothness beyond limit then this would be the best place to do that. Kudos Vivo for giving 8GB RAM on Vivo V17 Pro. This in particular makes this phone a Pro phone indeed. For this reason multi tasking and gaming and editing and so on Vivo V17 Pro handles effectively. There is however no provision for expanding internal storage.
A non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery has been sealed within here and there is support for Fast battery charging 18Wwhich see Vivo V17 Pro go from 0-40% in just 30 minutes. It is a decent capacity and shouldn’t have much strain getting you through a whole day of mixed usage. If you want longer hours with this battery then be sure to turn on the cool dark mode.
Vivo V17 Pro ups
- Eye catching design
- Crisp display
- Good cameras
- Optimized performance
- Long lasting battery
Vivo V17 Pro down
- Price not competitive
Features of Vivo V17 Pro
|Body||Dimensions: 159 x 74.7 x 9.8 mm Weight: 201.8 g
Color: Crystal Black, Crystal Sky, Midnight Ocean
|Display||Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsSize: 6.44 inches, 100.1 cm2 (~84.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
|Platform||OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); Funtouch 9.1Chipset: Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11 nm)
CPU: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver)
GPU: Adreno 612
|Memory||Storage: 128GB 8GB RAM|
|Main Camera||Quad Camera: 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultra wide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
13 MP, (telephoto), PDAF, 2x optical zoom
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm, depth sensorFeatures: LED flash, HDR, panoramaVideo: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
|Selfie Camera||Dual Camera: Motorized pop-up 32 MP, f/2.0, (wide)
Motorized pop-up 8 MP, 17mm (ultra wide)
|Network||Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Comm||WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotBluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
NFC Yes (market/region dependent)
2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
|Battery||Capacity: Non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh batteryFast battery charging 18W|
|Sound||Loudspeaker: Single Speaker 3.5mm Jack: Yes
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|Misc||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
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