Vivo V17 Pro Review: Good Looks with Great Camera and Dual Pop Up Camera
In September, Vivo launched a new phone in V-series. i.e. Vivo V17 Pro. It is the successor of the Vivo V15 Pro which was the highest-selling midrange smartphone in India, Nepal, and other Asian markets. Talking about the price, the phone will cost Rs. 52,490 in the Nepali market. So today we are here to give you a detailed review of this phone. So let’s get it started.
Vivo V17 Pro Unboxing
Talking about the box of the phone, the box of Vivo V17 Pro is packed in a stylish black paper box. Inside of the box, we have Vivo V17 Pro, with a thick white plastic case, USB Type C and 18-watt charger along with earphones.
Design and Build Quality
The new Vivo V17 Pro has a great design and feels great on the hand. It has slick glassy finish on the back of the phone and the white color looks just awesome. The phone has corning gorilla glass 6 protection both front and back. The frame of the V17 Pro may look and feel metal, but it's made of plastic alright. It is thin and a bit curved, so don't expect any grip from it.
On the back of the phone, we have a quad-camera set up with VIVO branding on the bottom. On the bottom of the phone, it features a SIM card slot with USB type c and speaker grill. On the top of the phone, it features dual pop up the camera with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The V17 has a dedicated assistant key on its left side, while on the right are the usual volume and power keys.
So, the V17 Pro packs a beautiful 6.44" OLED screen of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels (409ppi) and this makes for a tall 20:9 aspect ratio. This is a minor upgrade over the V15 Pro screen that was 6.39" OLED with 2,340 x 1,080 px and 19.5:9 aspect. There is an under-screen fingerprint scanner behind the AMOLED. It is placed around the bottom and is of the optical kind. Its place lights up upon pickup detection, so you won't need to wake up the screen every time. The display was great with a maximum brightness of 500 nits. Overall the screen is very bright, has natural colors and details. So I am very much happy with the display of this phone.
The Vivo V17 Pro is powered by the same Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset we experienced on the V15 Pro. It features an octa-core CPU that consists of 2x Kryo 460 Gold cores (Cortex-A76 derivative) clocked at 2.0 GHz and 6x Kryo 460 Silver cores (Cortex-A55 derivative) ticking at 1.7 GHz. The Snapdragon 675 processor is on par with the other mid-range chips such as Snapdragon 730 and a bit faster than S710's. Single-core performance is particularly impressive, too.
When I played games like PUBGM and Call of Duty, the games runs smoothly even of high settings and I enjoyed the game a lot.
The Vivo V17 Pro runs on Funtouch OS 9.1 based on Android 9.0 Pie. The FuntouchOS offers gesture-based navigation. Swiping from the center takes you home and if you swipe and hold, you will see the recent apps menu.
Talking about the camera of the phone, the phone features the quad-camera set up with a 48MP primary, a 13MP telephoto, an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP depth sensor. The main camera uses a 48MP sensor by Sony - IMX 582 - and it sits behind a 26mm f/1.8 lens.
The main camera saves 12MP images by default and you can expect the exemplary level of detail and low enough noise. The contrast is superb, while the dynamic range is wide. The colors are punchy and the images are also quite sharp and not over-saturated. There is a dedicated 48MP mode if you want to shoot in 48MP. The detail is nothing that special and you can notice various smudged areas and artifacts.
Talking about the wide-angle camera, the images are less sharp and had less detail compared to the primary lens but the colors and contrast are good and I like the wide-angle shots.
Vivo V17 Pro features a 32MP sensor with a Quad-Bayer filter and a 23mm f/2.0 lens, while the second shooter has an 8MP sensor behind 16mm f/2.2 lens for ultrawide selfies. The images are good, with nice colors and excellent contrast.
The Vivo V17 Pro captures video up to 4K @ 30fps, and all other common modes are available - 1080@30fps and 1080p@60fps. The 1080p capture at 30fps is very good, though because of the always-on EIS - the field of view is narrower if compared to the 4K and 1080p at 60fps videos. The EIS should be the explanation for the less than ideal sharpness and detail in the 30fps captures. The colors, contrast and dynamic range are still great, though.
Some Camera Samples
Battery and Speaker
The Vivo V17 Pro has a single bottom-firing speaker, nothing fancy here.
Moving towards the battery, the Vivo V17 Pro is powered by a 4100 mAh battery, an improvement over the 3,700 mAh cell within the V15 Pro. For me, the phone has great battery backup. Me being a heavy user of the phone, the phone lasted for one day. I am also quite impressed with the charger that comes in the box, it charged my phone from 0 to 40% in just 30 minutes and around 1 and half hour for full charge.
Vivo V17 Pro Specifications
- Body: Gorilla Glass 6 front and back, plastic frame.
- Screen: 6.44" Super AMOLED, 1080 x 2400px resolution; ~409 ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 (11nm) chipset: octa-core CPU (2x2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver); Adreno 612 GPU.
- Memory: 8GB RAM, 128GB built-in storage.
- OS: Funtouch 9.1 based on Android 9.0 Pie.
- Rear camera: 48MP f/1.8, 0.8µm, 1/2", PDAF support, Quad-bayer pixel array + 8MP f/2.2 16mm ultrawide + 13MP f/2.4 52mm telephoto + 2MP depth sensor; LED flash; 1080p@30/60fps and 4K@30fps.
- Front camera: 32MP f/2.0, Quad-bayer pixel array + 8MP f/2.2 16mm ultrawide
- Battery: 4,100mAh, Dual-Engine fast charging 18W (9V/2A).
- Connectivity: Dual-SIM; LTE Cat.12 download/ Cat.13 upload, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band MIMO, 2x2 antennas, GPS; Bluetooth 5.0 A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX; FM radio; USB Type-C
- Misc: Under-display fingerprint reader, motorized pop-up selfie camera.
V17 Pro is an excellent all-around smartphone. It has a very immersive AMOLED screen, it offers decent gaming performance, its camera skills on both ends are pretty impressive, and the battery life is simply amazing. Talking about the price, the phone will cost Rs. 52,490 in the Nepali market. There is also other phones in the market with similar specs at the same or even low price like Redmi K20 Pro, Realme X, and Realme XT, OPPO Reno 2, etc. So the choice is yours.
- Excellent design and looks, Gorilla Glass 6 on both ends, no camera hump
- Large and notch-less bright AMOLED
- Dependable performance
- Brilliant battery life
- Great image and video camera quality
- Good selfies, the secondary ultra-wide selfie cam is quite handy
- It's a bulky and heavy device
- Funtouch OS requires getting used to and we're not fans of the camera app
- No microSD
- Can't record videos with the zoom camera
- Pricey for a midrange