Vivo recently launched the Vivo Z1 Pro (Review) in India and priced it quite nicely. This smartphone managed to fare quite well when we reviewed it. Now, the Chinese manufacturer has launched yet another smartphone priced only a little higher, dubbed the Vivo S1. That is clearly a section of the new S series which stands for Style. The Vivo S1 is stylish for certain, but is there the performance to back its looks? We test drive it to find out.

Vivo S1 design

Vivo smartphones are often sleek and well designed, which one is no exception. The Vivo S1 sports a 6.38-inch display with a little dewdrop-style notch at the very top. Vivo has chosen an AMOLED panel, and the Vivo S1 sports an in-display fingerprint scanner. The display has thin bezels on the sides nevertheless the bottom chin is comparatively thicker.

The Vivo S1 is available in two colours, Diamond Black and Skyline Blue and we had the Diamond Black unit because of this review. It offers a laminate back with a striking diamond pattern design and a gradient colour finish. Depending on how the light hits the trunk panel, the diamond patterns emerge, which does look catchy.

However, we aren’t an enormous fan of the material that the back panel of the Vivo S1 is constructed of, as it accumulates scratches easily. We would have preferred Corning Gorilla Glass, as seen on the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review). The Vivo S1 includes a triple camera module which protrudes slightly but has a metal rim around it that ought to save it from getting scratched.

Vivo has chosen a plastic frame that’s rounded making the smartphone comfortable to transport in the hand. The trunk will not meet the frame seamlessly, and you can feel rough edges when holding the phone. Vivo has positioned the power button to the right combined with volume buttons, and they’re all easy to reach. The Vivo S1 offers a separate Google Assistant button like the one on the Vivo Z1 Pro.

Vivo S1 ACCESSIBLE Vivo S1 ReviewThe Vivo S1 sports a 6.38-inch AMOLED display

We were disappointed by using a Micro-USB port on the Vivo S1, considering that most other smartphones as of this price have moved to USB Type-C. The Micro-USB port is positioned at the bottom combined with the loudspeaker and the 3.5mm headphone jack, while the SIM tray is on the left side.

Vivo S1 specifications and software

The Vivo S1 could be the first smartphone in India to be powered by the newest MediaTek Helio P65 SoC. The Helio P65 is really a mid-range processor based on a 12nm process. It includes a handful of ARM Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2GHz, and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. For graphics, it includes a Mali-G52 integrated GPU.

Vivo has launched three variants of the Vivo S1 in India: the entry-level one with 4GB of RAM and128GB of storage; another with 6GB of RAM but 64GB of storage; and the top-end one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. These variants are priced at Rs. 17,990, Rs. 18,990 and Rs. 19,990 respectively. We’d the top variant in for review also it had near 100GB of storage available from your box. The pricing of the Vivo S1 pits it directly against powerful phones like the Realme X (Review) and the Oppo K3 (Review).

The Vivo S1 is a dual-SIM device possesses two Nano-SIM slots in addition to a dedicated microSD card slot. Connectivity options on the Vivo S1 include Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, Radio, dual 4G VoLTE, and the most common sensors. The Vivo S1 packs in a 4500mAh battery and you also get an 18W fast charger in the box.

Vivo S1 SIM Tray Vivo S1 ReviewThe Vivo S1 has dual Nano SIM slots as well as a dedicated microSD card slot.

The Vivo S1 runs Funtouch OS alongside Android 9 Pie, that’s heavily customised. If you do used a Vivo smartphone before, it won’t take long for you to find your way around the device. You can read at length about Funtouch OS inside our Vivo Y17 review. For starters, there is absolutely no app drawer and all app icons are lined up on the house screens. Funtouch posseses an iOS-like Command Center which needs a swipe up from underneath of the screen to gain access to. This can be the precise opposite action compared to other Android smartphones and may be annoying for some people.

Vivo does install a fair amount of bloatware on these devices, and we saw DailyHunt, Helo, Facebook, Gaana, Amazon Shopping, PhonePe, Paytm, and some other apps preinstalled. Thankfully, this phone didn’t have a notification spam issue just like the Oppo A9 (Review) we recently reviewed. Vivo also offers its app store called the V-Appstore.

Vivo S1 performance, battery life, and cameras
The MediaTek Helio P65 SoC powering the Vivo S1 does a good job and you won’t notice lag or stutter doing day-to-day tasks. This smartphone is quick to launch apps and will run most apps and games available on the Google Play Store. We never had to wait too much time for an app to open. In addition, it manages idle battery drain well, and inside our experience, the Vivo S1 did not lose an excessive amount of its charge when sitting idle. Multitasking was quite easy considering we’d the 6GB RAM variant of the devices. The phone never really had to close apps running in the backdrop.

The AMOLED panel on the Vivo S1 had good viewing angles and was bright enough to be legible outdoors. However, the bottom-firing speaker isn’t that loud, evoking the Vivo S1 to fall short of being a fantastic device to take content on. We also tested the in-display fingerprint scanner and also the face recognition feature on this device. The in-display scanner is quick to scan a finger and unlock the smartphone, and rarely required a second attempt. Face Unlock isn’t essentially the most secure method of unlocking the smartphone, nonetheless it is very quick and convenient.

Vivo S1 were able to clock 146,142 in AnTuTu benchmark which wasn’t significantly higher than the 145,999 scored by the Oppo A9. The Vivo S1 managed 1,853 and 6,034 in Geekbench 4’s single-core and multi-core tests respectively. In graphics benchmarks, the smartphone scored 36fps in GFXBench T-Rex and 12fps in GFXBench Manhattan 3.1.

PUBG Mobile ran at the medium preset on the Vivo S1 with the graphics set to Balanced and the frame rate set to Medium. We played the sport for 20 minutes which did cause the phone to get warm to the touch. We also noticed a 5 percent battery drop after gaming for that long.

Vivo S1 Pie Vivo S1 ReviewThe S1 runs FunTouch OS along with Android 9 Pie

The Vivo S1 delivers good battery life and we could go on for about each day and a half a comparable charge. In vivo s1 , we ran all our benchmarks, took several camera samples, and had an active WhatsApp account on the device. Inside our HD video loop test, the smartphone could actually last for 16 hours and 38 minutes. We put the supplied charger to the ensure that you it were able to charge the battery to 34 percent in 30 minutes and 65 percent in a hour.

Vivo has chosen a triple camera setup on the trunk of the Vivo S1. This includes a 16-megapixel primary camera having an f/1.78 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera having an f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor having an f/2.4 aperture. At the front end, this phone includes a 32-megapixel selfie shooter having an f/2.0 aperture.

The camera app is comparable to what we’ve seen on the Vivo Z1 Pro possesses multiple modes from which to choose. It has quick toggles for HDR, Live Photo, Filters, aperture mode, and a toggle to switch between the regular and the wide-angle lens. In addition to the photo and video modes it provides Pano, AR Stickers, Fun Video, Document, and a Pro mode. Fun Video adds background audio while you record a video.

Photos taken with the Vivo S1 were substandard for a smartphone as of this price point. In daylight, the telephone focused quickly but we remarked that photos were underexposed. Details were acceptable, and text far away was legible. A similar scene was exposed better with all the ultra-wide-angle sensor. However, in cases like this, photos lost from details.