Vivo recently launched the Vivo Z1 Pro (Review) in India and priced it quite well. This smartphone managed to fare quite well when we reviewed it. Now, the Chinese manufacturer has launched one more smartphone priced only a little higher, dubbed the Vivo S1. This is a part of the new S series which stands for Style. The Vivo S1 is stylish for sure, but does it have the performance to back its looks? We test it to find out.
The S1 is the first smartphones under the S series from Vivo to launch in India. The S series focuses on style and there is no denying that the S1 does look stylish. It comes in two colour variants called Diamond Black and Skyline Blue. We had the Diamond Black variant which had a catchy diamond pattern at the back.
Vivo has put a 6.38-inch AMOLED display on the S1. It has good viewing angles and adequate brightness when outdoors. It also houses an in-display fingerprint scanner. The Vivo S1 has a waterdrop notch that houses the selfie camera.
At the back, the S1 sports a triple camera setup consisting of a 16-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. We weren't impressed with the fact that the S1 sports a Micro-USB port while most other smartphones in this price range have a Type-C port.
Vivo ships the S1 with FunTouch OS running on top of Android 9 Pie. It has customisations and comes with a few apps preinstalled. The Vivo S1 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P65 SoC and is the first smartphone in India to do so. There are three variants of the Vivo S1, 4GB RAM with 128GB storage, 6GB RAM with 64GB of storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB of storage. We had the top-end variant for review and it did not face any issues in day-to-day usage.
We played games like PUBG Mobile which the S1 ran at medium settings. The phone did get warm to the touch after gaming for 20 minutes. The camera is where the S1 still needs some work as we weren't happy with its performance. It does a decent job in daylight but delivers below-average performance in low-light. The 4,500mAh battery offers good battery life and Vivo does ship an 18W fast charger in the box.
The Vivo S1 does feel pricey compared to some of its competitors like the Realme X and the Oppo K3.
|Product Name||Price in India|
|Vivo S1 (4GB RAM, 128GB) - Skyline Blue||₹ 14,800|
|Vivo S1 (4GB RAM, 128GB) - Diamond Black||₹ 14,800|
|Vivo S1 (6GB RAM, 64GB) - Skyline Blue||₹ 15,480|
|Vivo S1 (4GB RAM, 128GB) - Fusion Black||₹ 15,990|
|Vivo S1 (6GB RAM, 64GB) - Diamond Black||₹ 17,840|
|Vivo S1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) - Skyline Blue||₹ 17,990|
|Vivo S1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) - Diamond Black||₹ 17,990|
Vivo S1 price in India starts from ₹ 14,800. The lowest price of Vivo S1 is ₹ 14,800 at Amazon, and is available in Diamond Black, Fusion Black, and Skyline Blue colours.
|Release date||July 2019|
|Launched in India||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||159.53 x 75.23 x 8.13|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4500|
|Colours||Diamond Black, Fusion Black, Skyline Blue|
|Screen size (inches)||6.38|
|Processor make||MediaTek Helio P65 (MT6768)|
|Dedicated microSD slot||No|
|Rear camera||16-megapixel (f/1.78) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 5-megapixel (f/2.4)|
|Front camera||32-megapixel (f/2.0)|
|Operating system||Android Pie|
|Skin||Funtouch OS 9|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|