Vivo V17 Pro Review – A nice blend of good looks and great cameras

Vivo V17 Pro Review: Presently Vivo is ranked among the top 10 mobile manufacturers of the world and in the Indian market, it is ranked in the third position. This Chinese brand believes in providing innovation through its products. Over the years Vivo has proven its focus as they have always been trying to input high-end technologies like the in-display fingerprint scanner and others into the mid-range price segment. Over the past few months, Vivo has been on a phone launching spree and now it’s time for our Vivo V17 pro review.

Vivo has been boasting a lot about the Vivo V17 Pro features especially the camera segment which consists of two pop-up selfie cameras and a quad-camera set up in the back. The pricing has been smartly kept within Rs.30,000 which makes it the direct competitor to Oppo Reno 2Z, but is this phone worth your money? Let’s find out.

Vivo V17 Pro

Premium Design For The Vivo V17 Pro

Vivo always gives special attention to the design part and Vivo V17 Pro leaves no traces behind. The design has that familiar premium touch like other Vivo smartphones. The textured glass back along with a notch-less display and slim bezels ensures the premium-ness. The phone comes in two color variants which are Midnight Ocean and a lighter blue shade called Glacier Ice.

The main talking point is definitely the pop-up dual camera in the front which has features like fall detection and face unlocking. The display features of Vivo V17 pro hold an astounding 6.44-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD resolution and most importantly it has Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Despite the big display, the phone feels compact and comfortable to hold.

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On the right side, the volume and power buttons are placed which have good feedback along with that there is an additional smart button on the left which users can configure as they want. At the bottom, there is the USB Type-C port, SIM Card tray, and a speaker. Vivo has smartly placed the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top beside the wide pop-up selfie camera cutout. Overall the design is fresh, with a good display and smart placement of the switch, ports and pop-up selfie camera.

Camera the biggest highlight

You simply can’t talk talks about the specs of Vivo V17 Pro without talking about their cameras, so let’s dive into the action. The front camera setup has one 32-megapixel f/2.0 primary camera along with an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera. The image quality of the primary camera is good enough but not as natural as the hype. But thankfully, users will get great images in low-light conditions due to the amazing ultra-low light mode. Videos shot with the primary front camera are quite good but strangely there is no stabilization.

At the back, there are four cameras, the primary sensor of 48-megapixel, a 13-megapixel 2x optical zoom camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and last but not the least, a 2-megapixel depth sensor. During day time we got great images through the primary camera with pleasing details and colors.

Close shots had a great mixture of punchy colors, good natural bokeh, and great details. Images shot in low light provided results above average and with the primary camera, the night mode works like a charm making scenes looking natural while preserving details. The Vivo V17 Pro also features several other additional shooting enhancements like Panorama, Timelapse, Live photo, Pro, Doc, Jovi, and AR stickers

Performance and Battery

Running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, Vivo V17 Pro is coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone gives a smooth lag-free experience without any noticeable lags and can handle almost everything thrown towards it.

Gamers, however, may feel a little disappointed with this smartphone as the processor can easily run basic games like Subway Surfer and Candy Crush but heavy games like Asphalt and PUBG runs in medium graphics by default. There are additional gaming enhancements provided like Game Boost but that does not seem to make any difference.

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The phone runs on a 4100mAh battery which is good enough to run one and a half days with normal usage. With heavy usage, it will give you a runtime of one day. The bundled fast charger charges up the phone from zero to 36 percent in half an hour and up to 74 percent in an hour. The full charge time is little more than 2 hours which may not be great but no actually bad.

Our Verdict

The phone comes with a good amount of pros like a premium design and display, impressive cameras and a long-lasting battery life. The camera is, however, a little over-hyped and should have offered more. What drags down the Vivo V17 Pro is the selection of a rather older version of the processor which is not quite upto the mark with its competitors. But if you are looking for a smartphone which packs a great camera then you can opt for it.

Pros –

  • Great Design
  • Nice Display
  • Powerful Cameras

Cons –

  • Old Chipset
  • Software

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