With its characteristic diamond pattern design, overpowered AI selfie camera and mindblowing design and specs, there was nothing you could really hate in the Vivo S1 when it was launched in Nepal. Except…. for the pricing, that is. The 6/128GB variant of the gizmo, which was launched a couple of months ago, was first of VIVO’s promising S series. This phone boasted a superb FullView™ Display, top of the line features and was pretty well-received, but the lack of lower-spec versions of the phone really bummed people out. It came bundled with an 18W fast-charger, a pair of headsets and a pretty heavy price tag.
It was one of Vivo’s most promising pieces this year, with many swearing it to be on par with other top-of-the-line phones in its price range.
Much to the joy of tech-fanatics, Vivo Nepal has finally launched the 4/128 GB variant for the S1. Before we jump to the price point and availability, let’s quickly look over this sexy beast of a phone itself.
VIVO S1 Overview:
The VIVO S1 comes in at a solid 6.38 inches with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, boasting Vivo’s Halo FullView™ Display. This Super AMOLED display also has an impressive 89.98% screen-to-body ratio, which makes it pretty sleek to look at. The 32-MP AI-powered front camera houses in a cool V-shaped notch and makes sure your selfies end up crisp and cute. The screen houses the in-display fingerprint scanner, which is cool to see. Hopefully, it performs consistently over long use as well.
On the rear, we have the characteristic diamond pattern design, which seamlessly transitions from blue to purple. And spoiler alert: it’s actually pretty cool to look at. The rear houses a 16MP + 8MP + 5MP triple camera setup, which is pretty sufficient for most users. The 16MP one is the main lens while the other two are the ultra-wide lens and the depth sensor respectively.
On the processor side of things, we have an Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P65 processor in the heart of the phone. This is pretty impressive, and with a Mali-G52 MC2 GPU, it is adequate for general gaming purposes. Heavy games can run okay, but users have reported the classic Vivo heating after extended periods of use. On the software side, we have Android 9.0 (Pie) with the company’s Funtouch 9 OS on top. The battery is a whopping 4500 mAh Li-Po one so it’s more than sufficient for daily use. Interestingly, the device also sports the Always On Display. It consumes low amounts of power and users can check their notifications whenever they want to. Plus, Vivo promises this feature to be highly customizable.
- 6.28 x 2.96 x 0.32″ dimensions with 6.38″ Super AMOLED display
- 16 MP (f/1.78) + 8 MP (f/2.2) + 5 MP(f/2.4) triple camera setup
- 32 MP AI-powered front camera
- 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution, 19.5:9 ratio with Always On Display technology
- Mediatek MT6768 Helio P65 (12nm) Octa-core chipset with Mali-G52 MC2 GPU
- microSD up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
- microUSB 2.0 instead of USB type-C
- Android Pie 9.0 running beneath Funtouch 9 UI
- In-display fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, compass sensors
- 4500 mAh battery with 18W fast-charger in the box
- Skyline Blue and Wave Blue color options
Pricing and availability:
The price for the Vivo S1’s 6/128 GB variant was set at Rs. 34,690. The 4/128 GB variant comes at a price point of Rs. 31,490. Currently, there is a one-time free screen replacement offer for 30 days on this phone however it is to be noted that this does not cover liquid damage (so don’t be a klutz and spill coffee on your phone).
The 3k price drop might be enough for many to consider this as a contender for their new phone while for many, the 3k investment might seem to pay off more. Whatever your choice is, there is no denying that this is a brilliant phone and should definitely be considered if you’re thinking of buying a new gizmo this Dashain.