With most of the spotlight locked on to its V-series devices, Vivo is a brand that still throws some love on the more budget-conscious segment. Thanks to devices that offer decent specs and a nifty feature set for pocket-friendly prices.
One of its latest offerings is the Vivo S1, a phone which on paper, seems like a pretty decent mid-ranger that offers some interesting features that you usually wouldn’t find on a phone at its price range. Not to mention that it’s an eye-candy as well. We tested the device for ourselves to find out how it fares.
|Display||6.38″ FHD+ Super AMOLED|
|Rear Camera||16MP + 8MP + 2MP|
|OS||Android 9 + Funtouch OS 9|
|Other Features||18W Fast Charging|
|In-Display Fingerprint Scanner|
Despite having a few similarities with a phone from another brand, the Vivo S1 does manage to establish its own identity design-wise. One handed-use is pretty easy, though you may want to invest in a case to avoid scratching that glossy back.
Button placement is pretty standard – Volume Rocker on the left, Power button and SIM slot on the right.
The device has a 6.38-inch 1080p+ Super AMOLED display which outputs punchy colors and a good level of detail. Surprisingly, they’ve also equipped the S1 with an in-display fingerprint scanner, which is uncommon for a device at this price.
The Vivo S1 packs a Helio P65, which may not be the latest and greatest out there, but is still pretty much a very capable chip, and with 6GB of RAM, multi-tasking isn’t going to cause any problems.
If we let the numbers speak, the S1 trails just a little bit behind the OPPO F11 and F11 Pro, while just inching slightly ahead of the V15. Note that the difference is quite small and can be considered within the margin for error.
With enough lighting, the Vivo S1’s trio of shooters (Main, Wide, Depth) can capture pretty decent photos with good detail, sharpness and dynamic range. Depth effect from the dedicated sensor also looks refined.
Vivo isn’t letting up on its pedigree of being one of the best when it comes to selfies, as the S1’s front camera is also able to capture photos with great detail and texture. Edge detection does need a bit of work though.
Perhaps the most critical weakness of the S1’s cameras is in low-light, where photos take a hit in everything, especially detail.
As far as aesthetics are concerned, Vivo’s Funtouch OS remains faithful to its simple yet beautiful approach. Performance-wise, the UI itself runs smooth, fluid and snappy.
You get the usual features such as Game Assistant, which lets you block notifications and disable some other screen-related features while in-game, and App Clone, and my personal favorite, S-Capture, which not only lets you take custom shaped screenshots, but also lets you record what’s on screen.
Vivo S1 managed to pull out an estimated 11 hours and 17 minutes of uptime in PCMark’s Work 2.0 test, which simulates basic video editing and data manipulation. Thanks to 18W fast-charging, it takes about 2 hours to charge its 4,500mAh battery from zero to full.
Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.