Vivo has been one of the most successful brands in the Indian smartphone market in recent times, with data from market researchers GFK placing it at number one in the highly competitive Rs 10,000-15,000 price segment, even as the brand recorded its highest-ever share in India’s smartphone market. And the brand shows no sign of resting on its laurels. It has started the New Year with the launch of the vivo S1Pro, one of the most distinct phones out there in terms of hardware and design.
The design of the S1Pro ensures that it turns heads. At a time when most brands have been following a template of sorts when it comes to multiple camera arrangements on the back, the S1Pro combines a beautifully crafted and gently curving gradient finished back with a diamond AI Quad Rear Camera arrangement. Yes, the four cameras on the back are placed in a unit that is shaped like a diamond, with a coloured line connecting the camera in the middle with one of the corners. There is no way you can confuse this phone with any other. At 8.68 mm thin, it is super slim, and its 186 grams weight gives it a very reassuring heft. Whether you go for the Mystic Black, the Jazzy Blue or the Dreamy White variant, the S1Pro delivers a loud and clear style statement.
It is not just about style, though. The S1Pro boasts some great hardware. The phone comes with a brilliant 6.38 inch, FHD+ Super AMOLED display which delivers rich blacks and beautiful, bright colours. It comes with hardly any bezels to obstruct your viewing pleasure, with a high screen-to-body ratio of 90 per cent. What’s more, it is an always-on display, so you can just pick it up at any time to take a quick glance at updates and notifications without having to switch on the display itself. Powering it is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor with a massive 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, ensuring that you are never short of gaming or multi-tasking muscle, with no chance of you ever being troubled by heating issues. Making sure that all this keeps ticking smoothly for a while is the job of a large 4500mAh battery, which itself gets charged super-fast, thanks to the support of vivo’s 18W Dual Engine Fast Charger.
But the real stars of the S1Pro show are the cameras. They not only give the vivo S1Pro a distinct look but also make it one of the best camera phones in its segment. The main sensor on the back is a 48MP shooter with a large f/1.8 aperture. Supporting it is an 8MP Super Wide-Angle camera, a 2MP Super Macro camera and a 2MP sensor for the Bokeh effect that makes portrait images special. And handling the selfie snapping responsibilities is a 32MP top-of-the-line Pop-Up camera. The main 48MP camera is capable of taking brilliant photographs in terms of colour and detail, even in low light (there is a dedicated Super Night mode, for night photography). The Super Wide-Angle is perfect for those moments when you want to capture more of a landscape or maybe even just a very large group of people - it expands your view to a massive 120 degrees. And do not go by the megapixel count of the macro - it actually lets you take pictures of objects from as close as 4 cm. The presence of electronic image stabilisation (EIS) ensures that the videos you shoot are clear and not affected by shaky hands. The 32MP selfie shooter merely confirms vivo’s reputation as one of the best selfie camera brands in the market. vivo’s famous Pose Master feature advises you on striking the right pose for a picture, as well as Face Beauty that ensures that you are looking your best all the time in photographs!
And making sure that all this - be it gaming, browsing, social networking, photography and just about everything - flows together smoothly is the task of vivo’s highly customized and acclaimed Android UI, Funtouch OS 9.2. What you get is not only the best of Android but also a truckload of features that add to your experience as well as a number of apps that allow you to hit the ground running, without having to bother to head over to app stores to download them!
All of this makes the vivo S1Pro a star performer in its segment. It has got the shine, the style and the performance.