Vivo’s popular V-series of smartphones have gone a long way since we reviewed the V3 and V3 Max a few years ago. The newly launched Vivo V17 Pro promises premium flagship level looks and better camera system. But before we dig deeper, let’s unbox this phone, check out the things you need ot know and share you first impressions with it.
What’s inside the box?
- Vivo V17 Pro unit
- USB Type C cable
- Fast charging wall adapter
- Plastic case
- SIM Card ejector
Check out the things you need to know about the Vivo V17 Pro.
Dual Selfie Camera
This is not the first time we saw dual selfie cameras but this is the first time we encountered a dedicated ultrawide camera for selfies. This means you can take group selfies without having problem of putting all together in one frame. The main 32MP selfie takes very impressive selfie already. Our concern though is the dual cameras are in a pop up mechanism. Moving parts on a smartphone remains a concern for us but we’ve been assured of its durability.
The Vivo V17 Pro brings four cameras which is now a standard offering for 2019 smartphones. We have a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide 2MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor. We took some sample photos and we are very happy with it. All our first sample photos were taken in auto mode. We will do a more comprehensive rview on our full review.
Check out some of our sample photos
USB Type C is here
Finally! Vivo has adopted USB Type C for this phone. For years, Vivo only uses USB 2.0 for its phones. This means you get faster data transfers. USB Type C is also reversible.
Bright All-Screen display
With the dual selfie camera tucked behind the screen, you get an all-screen experience. Putting a 6.44-inch AMOLED panel here is a good choice. It is bright, color saturated and with good sunlight legibility. The auto brightness though is a little out of tune. We just the brightness manually.
Premium look and feel
The Vivo V17 Pro looks and feels more premium than its predecessor. The phone is made of glass and aluminum. The aluminum chassis is also color-keyed to its back which is nice. This unit we have has what Vivo calls Cyrstal White color. We do love this baby power blue hue of the phone. It actually turns heads when we carry it around. Another thing, the phone also has an audio jack, yey!
The internals and the battery
The Vivo V17 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 675, the same chipset with Vivo V15 Pro earlier this year. We expect the same performance here and with 8GB RAM, multitasking and gaming won’t be a problem. You also get a large 4,100 mAh battery which is clearly a two-day phone for most of us. We do more tests especially screen on time for our full review.
What left us impressed with the Vivo V17 Pro is the overall design. It is indeed a pretty looking and premium smartphone that could match true flagships with merely its looks. Second, we are impressed with its cameras especially its selfie camera. If you wish to get the Vivo V17 Pro before our review, we are now giving our two thumbs up. This phone is highly recommended!
Vivo V17 Pro specs:
- Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor
- Adreno 612 graphics
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 256GB
- 6.44-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 2440 pixels)
- Rear Cameras
- 48MP, f/1.8, PDAF
- 8MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide)
- 2MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
- 2MP macro lens
- Motorized pop up Front Cameras
- 32MP f/2.0
- 8MP ultrawide
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
- Fingerprint Scanner (under display, optical), USB Type C
- Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- IPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- 4,100 mAh battery with 18W fast charging
- Android 9.0 Pie with Funtouch 9
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