/vivo S1 Review: It’s all about Style and Camera

vivo S1 Review: It’s all about Style and Camera

vivo s1

It seems that vivo is competing with no other company than itself because it previous launches of smartphones takes on each other and this is very good sign for the customers as there is always something new on their way. vivo and its dominance in market is not just evident from its banners, outlets but also the huge amount of people who are using Vivo phones all over the country. The hangover of vivo Z1 Pro was still on and the company decided to provide a dose of another its masterpiece by launching vivo S1 which is opening the gateway to S series range of vivo smartphones in the market. Here in this review we will be providing deep insight whether the new S1 (Skyline Blue) is worth buying when there is already vivo Z1 Pro. So, let’s check it out.


vivo s1 design

Beginning with the looks of new vivo S1 and it is one of the most beautiful variant of vivo phones to me till now especially its rear Skyline Blue which gives a prism looks to the phone when any light falls on it. The rear side has no glass covering meaning no Gorilla glass on rear side instead it has plastic covering which still gives glossy look to the phone despite the absence of glass. Smudges is one thing which is free package which comes with any glossy body but the plastic rear side has an advantage as it does not take scratches very easily. The phone is quite easy to hold and operate because of curvy corners which is allowing easy grip of the phone despite its tall screen plus the body weight is also very reasonable. Vivo knows how to make its camera noticeable to customers and the new S1 also follows the same trend where the triple rear camera sensors with LED flash is sealed in a bulged-out aluminium frame.  The front side is completely dominated by the huge screen with a waterdrop notch at the top side of the screen. The screen has very less bezels to its sides which gives feel of bezel less look but towards bottom of the screen there is quite a amount of space left which does not comes under the screen. Just above the display lies the earpiece. The top side of the phone is blank whereas at the bottom lies a 3.5mm headphone jack, micro USB port and a speaker grille. On the left side of the phone lies the SIM tray which can hold dual SIM cards at a same time and also has different slot for microSD card which is adding up to the advantage of the phone. Also, at the left side lies the Goggle Assistant button. At the right side lies the power button and the volume rockers.

Full Specifications


The display of the S1 is truly impressive and unlike vivo Z1 Pro it has in built fingerprint scanner on display which is very quick in response. The security aspect of the phone also has face unlock feature which provides security to the device and when we tested, it worked very nicely in almost all conditions.

The new vivo S1 comes with Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colours output. The inclusion of Super AMOLED screen is like a gift to the customers where they can enjoy high quality of videos and images displayed on screen in very sharp and well saturated quality. Not, to be forgotten the colours reproduced on screen are truly amazing. The visibility of the phone is very good as it is well visible even under daylight. The screen size of the phone is 6.38 inches with resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. The screen offers wide viewing angles and you can even enhance the video frame by pinching the screen and this is aspect of the phone is provided by the 19:5:9 aspect ratio of the phone.


vivo s1 camera

The cameras of vivo phones have emerged out as one of the best cameras in affordable price ranges due to their capability of delivering images in supreme quality that too at a price which earlier seemed impossible. Similarly, the new S1 is no less than any other vivo series phones when it comes about capturing images which the customers would love. The 32MP selfie camera of S1 with an aperture of f/2.0 has all the qualities which make it one of the desirable phones for selfie lovers. The images captured by selfie camera of vivo S1 are really amazing with proper detailing of colours, no over saturation and crisp quality. The daylight selfies which we captured were truly amazing and similarly the night selfies were very good and it maintained the original aspect of the subject being captured without distorting the image quality. The lack of front LED flash is very well covered by the screen flash which generates sufficient amount of light to capture good selfies. One of the major highlighting features of new vivo S1 is the presence of triple AI camera sensors. The primary sensor is of 16MP with an aperture of f/1.8, the secondary sensor is of 8MP with an aperture of f/2.2 and the third sensor is of 2MP which is the depth sensor. The triple AI camera sensors captures brilliant images taking inti details every micro details which are required for making any image a perfect amalgamation of details. The daylight shots which we captured while testing by increasing the full resolution of the rear camera maintained the clarity very well with very less amount of graining. Graining was noticed while capturing images at night but that too was not at any alarming level. Overall, the new vivo S1 is packed with impressive and powerful cameras which under such price range will get lots of attention form the camera lovers.


vivo s1

No matter how fascinating a phone is, if it does not have power to support its application then it is considered is of no use. But vivo never makes such mistake of leaving its products deprived of power and its new S1 also holds impressive amount of power to make its various application function without failing in between. The new vivo S1 has MediaTek MT6768 Helio P65 chipset with octa-cores where two cores are clocked at 2.0 GHz Cortex A75 and other 6 cores are clocked at 1.7 GHz Cortex A55.  The processor stood out to be well performing in every department of its function be it multitasking, gaming, editing etc. The phone maintains a cool posture even when pushed to its limits like playing big games and this is mainly due to the 6GB of RAM which supports every function of the processor without any load exerted on processor. The gaming experience is very good as well as the GPU of S1 is Mali-G52 MC2. The big games like Asphalt9, PUBG ran fluently with just minimum changes in graphic quality. The internal storage of the new S1 also catches attention of the customers as it has 128GB Internal storage plus an extra slot to expand the memory but with such internal storage space there will be hardly anybody who would think of expanding it.

The new vivo S1 is running on Funtouch 9 and has the latest Android OS which is Android 9.0 Pie.


vivo S1 comes with heavy battery power of 4,500mAh which puts the phone on some other level and way ahead of its competitive phones. The battery power clearly suggests that it can outrun all day with just one charge. The battery easily lasted throughout the day with one complete full charge when we tested the battery lasting capacity. The lack of Type-C port is something very odd in such a powerful and advanced phone but the company has compensated for it by providing 18W Dual engine fast charging which charges the phone rapidly. You can also use it for reverse charging via OTG.


The new stylish vivo S1 marks the beginning of a new smartphone series, inspired by style, endorsed by Sara Ali Khan despite Aamir Khan already being associated with the Chinese major. The attractive flaunt-worthy back design reminds me of Huawei smartphones. The more than six inches of Super AMOLED immersive screen adds to the beauty of it. The triple camera setup at the back lets you enjoy wherever you want, in low light, well-lit and in sun too. The selfie camera remains intact in most of the conditions. The battery can go a day long even if you use it extensively. The processor is sufficient enough for day to day tasks and moderate gaming. Priced at Rs 17,990 for 4GB/128GB, vivo S1 glams up the style quotient but, it’s not very performance driven.

Haider is an active writer in technology who loves to dwell deeper into new innovations. He holds a degree in English Journalism from the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). Besides that he likes to travel and explore new places.

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