Vivo S1

Updated: 16th August 2022Rate this Model
Vivo S1
74%Spec Score
PKR 40,248
128GB / 6GB
128GB / 4GB
64GB / 6GB

Display

6.38 inches

Processor

Mediatek MT6768

Front Camera

32 MP Camera

Primary Camera

16 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP Triple Camera with LED Flash

Vivo S1 Expert Verdict

3.9
A mid-budget phone, high on features

Pros

  • A bright Super AMOLED Display
  • Good battery life with fast-charging support
  • A sleek and stylish design

Cons

  • Poor camera for both day and night captures
  • An average processor for heavy usage
  • Bloated operating system with unnecessary apps

Design and Display

Vivo S1 have a screen size of 6.38 inches and weighing approximately 179 g . This mobile runs on Android OS, v9.0 (Pie) and has a decent resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

Performance

Vivo S1 packs Mediatek MT6768 processor and it has Octa-core 2.0 GHz (4x Cortex-A75 + 4x Cortex-A55) CPU and ARM Mali-G52 GPU.

Camera

In terms of camera, this model comes with rear camera of 16 MP (f/1.78) + 8 MP (f/2.2) + 2 MP(f/2.4) Triple Camera with LED Flash and front camera of 32 MP (f/2.0) Camera. Other camera features include Geo Tagging, HDR, Panorama

Network and connectivity

In connectivity, this model included 2G, 3G, 5G, AI Camera, Face Unlock, Fingerprint Sensor, Quick Charging. Different network support available for the 4g: LTE.

Other Features

Sensors included in Vivo S1 are: Fingerprint Sensor, Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope .

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Vivo S1 colors

  • Diamond Black
  • Skyline Blue
  • Black
  • Blue

Vivo S1 Price in Pakistan

DetailsPriceStorageRAM
Vivo S1 (128GB ROM / 6GB RAM) PKR 40,248128 GB 6 GB
Vivo S1 (128GB ROM / 4GB RAM) PKR 49,116128 GB 4 GB
Vivo S1 (64GB ROM / 6GB RAM) PKR 42,09664 GB 6 GB

Vivo S1 Detailed Review

Design

In the past few years, Vivo has launched some stylishly slim and sleek smartphones, and its latest offering, the Vivo S1, is no different. Two colour variants are being offered by the company, Diamond Black and Skyline Blue. 

The phone has thin bezels to complement the 6.38-inch display and feels good to hold. The triple rear camera bump on the back doesn’t cause any discomfort in regular use and instead adds to the style. Though it is a mid-range budget smartphone, the manufacturer has tried to give it a premium look and has succeeded to some extent. The Skyline Blue model used for this review looked elegantly beautiful up close

Source: Vivo S1

However, despite its good looks, when used for just a few hours, we noticed the back panel picking up scratches quickly. A preferable option would have been to use Corning Gorilla Glass. On the front side, the bezels do not seem thin enough, making the phone a little regressive for the price.

Summary

Overall, the phone doesn't disappoint in terms of looks, but there is a catch in some quality compromise.

Performance

The smartphone is powered by the MediaTek Helio P65 octa-core processor, which can clock up to 2.0 GHz. The Vivo S1 is the first phone in India to feature this processor. It is based on a 12nm process coupled with a pair of ARM Cortex-A75 and six cores of Cortex-A55 clocking at 1.7GHz. To push the graphics forward, it comes with the Mali-G52 integrated GPU. Like the recent Vivo phones, the S1 also runs the Funtouch Operating System complemented by Android 9 Pie. According to the smartphone developer’s official website, the S1 comes pre-loaded with 26 apps, which is not optimal.

 

Regular tasks with the P65 processor were efficiently done, and there were no lags or heating issues experienced. The phone also works fine with multitasking. However, while gaming, the phone does get heated within a few minutes and sometimes hangs too, specifically with heavy games like PUBG and Free Fire. It has a unique feature called the ‘Ultra Game Mode’, which does offer some respite, with a ‘Gaming Countdown’ and ‘Multi-Turbo Boost’.

Summary

Except for gaming, the smartphone offers a good performance for the regular user, including multitasking, watching videos, and simultaneous switching between social media accounts.

Display

The S1 comes with an sAMOLED FHD+ display panel. It is bright enough, just like other phones with the same display specifications. The viewing angles are right, and even outdoors, you won’t face any issues with brightness.

The phone has a 90% screen-to-body ratio bundled with a 19:5:9 aspect ratio, giving uninterrupted binge-watching experiences. The only context in which the display might cause trouble is direct peak sunlight conditions, where the reflections of the user come up consistently.

Summary

The AMOLED display in the Vivo S1 is a differentiator as, usually, phones in the same price range come with simple LCD panels.

In-display Fingerprint

One of the highlights of the Vivo S1’s marketing campaign was the flash-in-display fingerprint scanner. Such unlocking mechanisms are not uncommon these days, but largely, we get to see a back-mounted fingerprint scanner rather than an in-display one.

The practical applications of this feature were fast and unlocked the screen in a flash, literally. The scanner allows you to add several fingerprints, but the best one, in our opinion, is the thumb impression. The S1 does a great job in this aspect and provides quick and reliable security at your fingertips. 

 

Summary

It feels great to see a company delivering on its promises for better mobile tech. The flash-in-display fingerprint scanner on the Vivo S1 is fast, secure, and reliable.

Battery

The Vivo S1 comes with a 4500mAH battery along with the company’s unique 18W dual-engine fast-charging technology. An 18W fast charger comes bundled with the smartphone.

During the review, the phone was put into heavy usage, and it did manage to last a whole day comfortably. With the fast-charging technology, the phone reaches 70% charge in just an hour, which is quite good. On the downside, heavy gaming did lead to a faster battery drain and heating issues.

Summary

Overall, the smartphone is good in terms of battery and charging. Using only social media apps, listening to music, and even some binge-watching might make the phone stay alive for about two days on a single charge.

Camera

Now, about the camera performance of the Vivo S1. The gadget features a triple rear-camera setup with a 16 MP primary camera, 8 MP ultrawide shooter and a 2 MP depth sensor. There’s a 32 MP shooter at the front for selfies, which is a significant number considering the price range. There are plenty of camera-centric features like AI portrait framing, ‘AI Face Beauty’, HDR, etc.

The numbers do raise some doubts when it comes to actual performance. Pictures clicked from the primary shooter were underexposed and not as sharp as expected. The details were not sufficient, and the camera performance didn’t match the price tag. The ultra-wide sensor, too, lacked details despite balancing the exposure.

Of the three sensors on the back, surprisingly, the macro sensor won the battle with good close shots. The 32 MP front shooter was good but not great because of the automatic over-exposure of images. The camera’s performance in low-light was also disappointing, and a probable reason for this could be the absence of a night-mode. Video recording lacks stabilisation, which is another drawback of this smartphone that is otherwise high on features. The highest preset is 1080p for both the front and back cameras.

Summary

The S1 does have a good camera bump on paper but, unfortunately, is not as sharp as a smartphone in this price range should be.

A mid-budget phone, high on features

  • A novel processor

    The Vivo S1 comes with a MediaTek Helio P65 octa-core processor, which does a good job.

  • Good battery with a bundled fast charger

    The battery of this smartphone can last for over one-and-a-half days comfortably, and the 18W charger refills it to around 70% in an hour.

  • Flash in-display fingerprint scanner

    The quick fingerprint scanner on the Vivo S1 is fast, secure, and reliable to serve users.

Vivo S1 Specifications

GENERAL

Colours Blue, Black
Custom UI Funtouch 9.0 OS
Device typePhablet
Operating System Android OS, v9.0 (Pie)
Sim Dual Sim

DESIGN

Height159.53 mm
Weight 179 g

DISPLAY

Aspect Ratio19.5:9
Form Factor Touch
Pixel Density404 ppi
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Screen size 6.38 inches
Touchscreen Capacitive Touchscreen

PERFORMANCE

Call Records Unlimited
Card Slot microSD Card
Chipset Mediatek MT6768
CPU Octa-core 2.0 GHz (4x Cortex-A75 + 4x Cortex-A55)
External Storage Up to 256 GB
GPU ARM Mali-G52
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Phonebook Unlimited

CAMERA

Camera Features Geo Tagging, HDR, Panorama
Front Camera32 MP (f/2.0) Camera
Primary camera16 MP (f/1.78) + 8 MP (f/2.2) + 2 MP(f/2.4) Triple Camera with LED Flash
Video Recording 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
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MULTIMEDIA

Audio Jack 3.5mm Audio Jack
Audio Player AAC, AAC+, MIDI, WAV, eAAC+, MP3, WMA
FM Radio Yes
Games Yes
Speakers Yes
Video Player MPEG4, H.263, H.264, HD
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BATTERY

Capacity Non-removable Li-Ion 4500 mAh battery

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE
Browser HTML5
Edge Yes
GPRS Yes
GPS Facility Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
USB microUSB 2.0
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
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NETWORK SUPPORT

2GYes
3GYes
4GLTE
5GYes

MORE FEATURES

AI CameraYes
Face UnlockYes
Fingerprint SensorYes
Quick ChargingYes
Sensors Fingerprint Sensor, Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
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User Review of Vivo S1

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S,M

Shashi Mishra

Posted on : 27th June 2021

Camera

Super condition and good camera vivo super brand middle Class people since 5 years I used vivo brand phone I love it

G,C

Ghanshyam Chaudhary

Posted on : 6th July 2021

Charging port

This phone comes with micro usb which is quite disappointing, camera could be better

S,T

Sameer Thakur

Posted on : 12th July 2021

Dissatisfied

Material used is very downgrade, unhappy with the performance, poor camera quality.

S,K

Surmayi Kothari

Posted on : 2nd July 2021

Value for money

Value for money phone, stylish design , good battery life and camera is also good.

A,S

Anjana Singh

Posted on : 30th June 2021

Camera Quality

Lookwise its good but camera quality and overall performance is not so good

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Vivo S1 FAQs in Pakistan

Q. What is the price of Vivo S1 in Pakistan?

The price of Vivo S1 in Pakistan is: Vivo S1 [ 128GB ROM / 6GB RAM ]: PKR 40,248, Vivo S1 [ 128GB ROM / 4GB RAM ]: PKR 49,116, Vivo S1 [ 64GB ROM / 6GB RAM ]: PKR 42,096.

Q. What are the Camera Specs of Vivo S1?

The Camera Specs of Vivo S1 in Pakistan are: rear camera of 16 MP (f/1.78) + 8 MP (f/2.2) + 2 MP(f/2.4) Triple Camera with LED Flash and front camera of 32 MP (f/2.0) Camera.

Q. What is the display size of Vivo S1?

The display size of Vivo S1 is 6.38 inches.

Q. What are some of the best alternatives available for Vivo S1?

As of September 2022, the top competitors of this model are Vivo T1 5G, Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, Realme 9i, Vivo Y73.