Vivo recently launched a new phone in its style based on the S series, called the S1 Pro. This model follows the Vivo S1 (review) launched last year. Like its siblings, the S1 Pro also focuses on design, especially the new diamond-shaped module in the rear. Also, unlike the Vivo S1, the S1 Pro has got the latest USB Type-C port.
Vivo has launched only one version of this phone, which costs Rs. 19,990 in India.
Vivo S1 Pro design
The diamond pattern on the back is gone and instead, we have the option of finishing three different grades. Which we call ‘Jazzy Blue’, but the phone is also available in ‘Dream White’ and ‘Mystic Black’ trams. At 8.68 mm thick, the S1 Pro feels a bit wonky, and after prolonged use, it weighs 186 grams. The rounded edges and tapping backs are easy to hold, and despite the glossy finish, we did not notice it slipping much. However, the back of the glass is not made, as Vivo still uses laminated plastic.
At the front, we have a 6.38-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD + resolution. Vivo has also thrown in some nice unlocked animations to choose from. There is also Face Unlock, which is reliable but not as fast as other phones at this price level. The display features a pre-installed screen protector, which is quick to use when using gestures to move the edges against your skin.
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Button on Vivo S1 Pro is good. On the left, two nano sim or single nano sim and a tray of a microSD card. is. We prefer a dedicated slot for memory expansion. Below, we have a USB Type-C port and speaker, and at the top a headphone jack.
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Vivo S1 Pro specifications and software
Vivo S1 Pro runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Octacore SoC, which we are surprised to see, as it usually costs around Rs. 10,000 symbols like Realme 5i (review) and Redmi Note 8 (review). It’s not a bad processor at all, but it can be difficult to run full-HD + displays in heavy games. Thankfully, Vivo has also cut this phone with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and this is just the order of sale.
As for the software, we have Vivo’s great OS 9.2, which is based on Android 9 Pie. The phone also had a security patch for December security 2019 security protection, which is also recent. The interface is still unnecessarily complex, and we really want Vivo to take a look at it soon. Swipe-up prompts for the use of system shortcuts can be annoying for novice users, as we are accustomed to seeing them in the notification shade. Also, when the phone is used in landscape mode, the gesture has to be made from the same side of the screen, which is annoying.
Vivo S1 Pro performance and battery life
Even in low graphics presets, PUBG Mobile is struggling to run on smooth frames. The game was playable but at times it seemed a bit shocking. Even after 30 minutes of gameplay, thankfully we did not feel too hot. A speaker is not very loud and the sound is slightly toned.
Vivo S1 Pro packs in a 4,500 mAh battery which, despite heavy usage, lasts a day more, if not more than us. Vivo uses its dual engine fast charge feature, but the charger you think is in your box is not as fast as it used to be. In our test, we managed to get the S1 Pro 31% in 30 minutes and around 61% in an hour.
Vivo S1 Pro camera
Vivo has configured the S1 Pro with four rear cameras. It is a primary 48-megapixel camera with f / 1.8 aperture. 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with F / 2.2 aperture; A 2-megapixel macro camera; And there is a 2 megapixel depth camera. At the front, we have a 32-megapixel selfie camera with f / 2.0 aperture. The camera app is easy to use, with most shooting methods placed above the shutter button. Some commonly used and important controls, ultra wide camera, bokeh and macro modes, are placed in a separate carousel menu that requires additional taps. We did not find it very easy to use.
In broad daylight, Vivo S1 Pro managed to capture the most visual landscape shots. The details were decent and the colors were fine, but the images lacked depth. The objects around the frame also contained some grain. HDR kicks when needed, but the end result is not always spectacular. Some icons were very cool, blue for them, which seemed unnatural. Things went well with good bucks and details. The wide-angle camera provided a great view, but the colors were not very accurate.
Overall, Vivo S1 Pro is not a bad choice if you want all the stylish design, good battery life and a full punch display. Even if you prefer a more rounded phone, we recommend looking at offers from Realme and Xiaomi instead.