Shortly after the introduction of the Vivo V17 Pro, the Chinese company introduced the new Vivo V17, a new model with a slightly lower positioning. Just like its brother, this phone is primarily designed for photography enthusiasts and uses its camera hardware and software as the main unique selling point. Officially priced at Rs. 22,990, Vivo must use its brand value and offline reach to compete with online first-value giants like Xiaomi and Realme.
The Vivo V17 is a fairly large phone with a 1080 x 2400 pixel Full HD + 20: 9 Super AMOLED display (6.44 inches) that takes up almost the entire front of the device. The chin is relatively narrow, but most people's attention is drawn to the front-camera embedded in the screen. This is a so-called punch in the upper right corner.
The camera hole is much smaller and less annoying than other phones that have tested the same design. There is almost no dead space around the camera and a lot of content is visible. However, there is a silver ring around the lens itself, which reflects and stands out when the phone shifts only slightly, which we found very annoying. Vivo has also attached a screen protector to the V17, and this also has a cutout around the camera that constantly attracts the eye there.
We offer the Glacier Ice version of this phone, which is the shimmering white finish that we have seen from various manufacturers in the mid-range and premium ranges. You will see slight swirls of color when you tilt the phone in any direction. The white back is set off nicely by a matt metallic edge. There will also be a darker option for the midnight ocean in India.
As for looks, the Vivo V17 is pretty chic. However, it doesn't feel very high quality. Many other models in this price range use glass and metal and feel more solid than the Vivo V17 plastic. We should also point out that Vivo has already launched this phone in some other countries online with a significantly different design for the camera module on the back and a camera notch instead of a hole on the front.
There is a two-column, rectangular elevation on the back of the cameras, which we now see quite often. The camera bulge is slightly raised, but is not enough to make the phone bulky. On the left side there are three equally sized and spaced camera lenses, next to which a smaller lens and a flash module are arranged asymmetrically. This is very different on the Glacier Ice version and is not so noticeable compared to the color of the midnight ocean that you may want to consider.
Vivo has equipped the V17 with a primary 48 megapixel rear view camera with an aperture of 1: 1.8. Next up is a 120-degree wide-angle camera with 8 megapixels and an aperture of 1: 2.2, followed by a 2-megapixel depth sensor (referred to by Vivo as a "bokeh camera") and finally a 2-megapixel macro camera. We have seen very similar configurations on a number of low-cost phones, including the very popular Realme 5s (Review) and Redmi Note 8 (Review), which are significantly cheaper. The single front camera has a resolution of 32 megapixels and an aperture of 1: 2.45.
The big promise here is the poor photo quality for both the front and rear cameras. Vivo advertises its Super Night mode, which records multiple frames and uses custom algorithms to reduce noise and improve detail in photos. We haven't been able to test these claims, but we'll definitely pay close attention to the poor light quality of our photos in our full test. Vivo's other selling points are ultra-stable video recordings, the same pose master function for selfie composition as the V17 Pro (review), and multiple camera modes for creative expression.
In addition to the cameras, the V17 also has the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor. Our device has 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. At the time of the market launch, there seem to be no other variants in India. There is a 4500 mAh battery and support for quick charging. An 18 W charger is included. According to Vivo, the new generation fingerprint sensor on the display is faster and more accurate than before.
Vivo seems to have done a good job here and has selected features and specifications that many other manufacturers are currently promoting. However, the Vivo V17 competes against very established competition, and you can buy similar hardware and cameras for much less money. In fact, some models today offer top-class hardware at this price level.
Despite these promising features, Indian buyers are very price conscious. It is therefore interesting to see that Vivo has positioned this phone above the US dollar. 20,000. In terms of specs, the competition, including Xiaomi, Realme, Samsung, Motorola, and others, has several compelling options that are cheaper. Look forward to Gadgets 360 as our full review of the Vivo V17 will be available soon and we can go into details on design, usability, performance, cameras, battery life and much more.