Let’s be clear right away that the vivo V17 is not just a version of the vivo V17 Neo that we met back in the summer. These are different models, albeit close in price and name. They differ greatly in appearance, they are built on different hardware platforms (Qualcomm and MediaTek). Yes, they fall into the same price range, but the non-Neo V17 model is newer. Everything is simple, isn’t it?
So, the main highlight of the vivo V17 is the quadruple camera module, designed as a nice diamond-shaped insert on the back panel. It will clearly be the first item you notice when you see a smartphone in a store. But regardless of the camera, the device is equipped very well — there is face recognition and a fingerprint scanner built into the screen. There is even NFC, which is most often forgotten by Chinese manufacturers. Well, for all this at the start they ask for $ 230 in official retail. And the first buyers will be given as a gift … another smartphone — the budget vivo Y11. The promotion lasts during pre-order — from November 20 to December 6.
|Vivo V17||vivo V15 Pro||realme XT||TCL Plex||Honor 20|
|Display||6.38 inches, Super AMOLED, 1080 × 2340 (19.5:9), 404 ppi; capacitive multi-touch||6.39″ AMOLED
2340 × 1080 dots, 403 ppi, capacitive multi-touch
|6.4 inches, Super AMOLED, 1080 × 2340 (19.5:9), 402 ppi; capacitive multi-touch||6.53 inches, IPS, 1080 × 2340 (19.5:9), 395 ppi; capacitive multi-touch||6.26″ IPS
2340 × 1080 dots, 412 ppi, capacitive multi-touch
|Protective glass||There is no data||Yes, manufacturer unknown||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||There is no data||No information|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665: eight cores (2 × Kryo 260 Gold, 2.2 GHz and 6 × Kryo 260 Silver, 1.8 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675: two Kryo 460 Gold cores, 2.0 GHz + six Kryo 460 Silver cores, 1.7 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 712: eight cores (2 × Kryo 360 Gold, 2.3 GHz and 6 × Kryo 360 Silver, 1.7 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675: eight cores (2 × Kryo 460 Gold, 2.2 GHz and 6 × Kryo 460 Silver, 1.7 GHz)||HiSilicon Kirin 980: eight cores (2 x ARM Cortex A76 @ 2.6GHz + 2 x ARM Cortex A76 @ 1.92GHz + 4 x ARM Cortex A55 @ 1.8GHz); HiAI architecture|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 610||Adreno 612||Adreno 616||Adreno 612||ARM Mali-G76 MP10, 720 MHz|
|RAM||8 GB||6 GB||4/6/8 GB||6 GB||6 GB|
|Flash memory||128 GB||128 GB||64/128 GB||128 GB||128 GB|
|Memory card support||microSD||There is||microSD||microSD||Not|
|Connectors||USB Type-C, mini-jack 3.5 mm||Micro USB, 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, mini-jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, mini-jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C|
|SIM cards||Two nano-SIMs||Two nano-SIMs||Two nano-SIMs||Two nano-SIMs||Two nano-SIMs|
|Cellular 2G||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|Cellular 3G||HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 6 (600/150 Mbps), bands 1, 3, 5, 28, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat.12 (up to 600 Mbps): bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 12 (600/50 Mbps), bands 1, 3, 5, 8, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 6 (600/150 Mbps), bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40||LTE Cat. 4 (up to 150 Mbps), bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20|
|WiFi||802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11a/b/g/n/ac||802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|NFC||There is||There is||There is||There is||There is|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BDS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BDS||GPS (dual band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS|
|Sensors||Illumination, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Illumination, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Illumination, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Illumination, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), IR sensor|
|The fingerprint scanner||Yes, built into the screen||Yes, on screen||Yes, built into the screen||Yes, behind||Yes, on the side|
|Main camera||Quad module: 48 MP, ƒ/1.8 + 8 MP, ƒ/2.2 + 2 MP, ƒ/2.4 + 2 MP, ƒ/2.4, phase detection autofocus, LED flash||Triple module: 48 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + 8 MP, ƒ / 2.2 + 5 MP, ƒ / 2.2 (depth sensor), phase detection autofocus on the main camera, LED flash||Quad module: 64 MP, ƒ/1.8 + 8 MP, ƒ/2.3 + 2 MP, ƒ/2.4 + 2 MP, ƒ/2.4, phase detection autofocus, LED flash||Triple module: 48 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + 16 MP, ƒ / 2.4 + 2 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + 2 MP, ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, LED flash||Quadruple module: 40 + 16 + 16 + 2 MP, ƒ / 1.8 + ƒ / 2.2 + ƒ / 2.4 + ƒ / 2.4, phase detection autofocus, LED flash|
|Front-camera||32 MP, ƒ/2.0, no autofocus, no flash||32 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, retractable||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, no autofocus, no flash||24 MP, ƒ/2.0, no autofocus, no flash||32 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash|
|Nutrition||Non-removable battery: 17.1 Wh (4500 mAh, 3.8 V)||Non-removable battery: 14.06 Wh (3700 mAh, 3.8 V)||Non-removable battery: 15.2 Wh (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Non-removable battery: 14.52 Wh (3820 mAh, 3.8 V)||Non-removable battery: 14.25 Wh (3750 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Weight||187 g||185 grams||183 grams||192 g||174 grams|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie, Funtouch 9.2 shell||Android 9.0 Pie, FunTouch 9 shell||Android 9.0 Pie, ColorOS 6 shell||Android 9.0 Pie, ColorOS 6 shell||Android 9.0 Pie, Magic UI skin|
⇡#Design, ergonomics, software
For the vivo test, we got the V17 in the “blue fog” color — and it looks very good: there is noticeably increased attention to detail, the overflows on the back cover also look good. There is also an option with a lighter body — the color «cloudy blue». He looks great too.
True, the dirtiness of the back panel encourages you to always wear vivo V17 in a case, and the case pretty much spoils the appearance of almost any device — such is the dilemma of the 21st century. By the way, in the box with vivo V17 there is a transparent silk case, so you don’t have to spend money on buying this accessory separately.
The smartphone cannot boast of water and dust protection — it still remains the prerogative of flagship models, although it would seem that all smartphones of at least the middle class should have adopted this feature a long time ago. However, this is inevitable, but for now, inexpensive smartphones are adopting frameless screens, complex multi-module cameras and other little things like on-screen fingerprint scanners and face recognition systems. Vivo V17, by the way, has all of the above.
The controls on the case look familiar: on the right side there is a power button and a dual volume rocker. On the left, there is nothing but a SIM tray and a microSD card.
The top end contains a 3.5 mm headset jack, as well as a small microphone slot, which is involved in active noise cancellation during a call. Well, at the bottom there is a USB-C port, as well as a system speaker grill and a microphone. The fingerprint scanner is built into the screen and is located in the center — this place is highlighted when the smartphone is locked.
The scanner works quickly and clearly — no questions asked. The same can be said about the face recognition system: it works flawlessly both in the sun and in complete darkness. The reaction speed is high — the smartphone is unlocked in about half a second, and the system cannot be deceived by a printed photo.
The operating system is Android 9.0 Pie with FunTouch 9.2 shell. And here I especially like the execution of the curtain with notifications, which leaves not from above, but from below — this is extremely convenient in the case of a large screen. But it seems that the main trend is borrowed from the iPhone swipe up to return to the home screen.
⇡ # Display and sound
The trend of Super AMOLED displays in mid-range smartphones never ceases to please me. In flagship devices, they have already become a mandatory attribute, but in medium and budget smartphones they are perceived as a revelation. However, this is now a trend that is likely to noticeably increase next year. Why is it so important? Perhaps the most important factor is the increase in battery life. An AMOLED screen is more economical on its own, and if you turn on a dark theme (or turn it on automatically at night), then the increase can become even more noticeable.
So, in the case of vivo V17, we have a very nice matrix with a diagonal of 6.38 inches and Full HD + resolution (2340 × 1080 pixels, aspect ratio 19.5: 9), which gives a pixel density of 404 ppi. The frames are almost invisible, on top there is a small cutout for the front camera in the form of a drop. If we talk about numbers, then the screen occupies 83.4% of the front panel area. Subjective impressions are mostly positive: the density of the image makes it impossible to see individual pixels with the naked eye, the contrast is high, the colors are not distorted when the viewing angle is changed.
The brightness is relatively low (461 cd/m2), which is typical for an AMOLED matrix: we measure the luminosity of white, and in the case of AMOLED it is not equal to the sum of the luminances of red, green and blue. That is, with equal white luminosity, a color picture on an AMOLED display will look brighter than on an IPS one. In addition, the main factor determining readability in the sun is the contrast, which in the case of any AMOLED display tends to infinity.
The color rendition of the display is quite good, although you can’t call it ideal. The color gamut is slightly wider than the sRGB space. The average gamma is 2.16, and the color temperature is a little high — its average value is 7600 K against the reference value of 6500 K. This is a general trend — the fact is that cooler shades are more liked by the users themselves.
The average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette, which includes different gray options, as well as an extended set of color shades, according to the results of measurements, was 4.94, which is out of the norm. Let me remind you that the reference value is 2, and the normal value is 3.
In the vivo V17 display settings, you can separately adjust the color temperature — making the picture warmer or colder. There is also a reading mode that allows you to completely remove the blue color from the emitted spectrum, as well as a full-fledged dark theme.
The sound in the smartphone is played through one speaker, which is located on the bottom end of the case. The voice speaker does not participate in the reproduction of sounds, or rather, it participates only in the talk mode. But vivo does not deprive us of the possibility of using wired headphones — the mini-jack remains in place and works as expected. With wireless sound, too, everything is in order: the Qualcomm platform almost automatically guarantees support for the Apt-X standard.
⇡ # Hardware and performance
Another important difference between vivo V17 and V17 Neo lies in the hardware platform. No MediaTek this time, the V17 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 system-on-a-chip, which is manufactured on an 11nm process. The central processor here contains 8 cores, two of which operate at a frequency of up to 2.2 GHz, and the other six at a frequency of up to 1.8 GHz. This configuration has become quite typical for mid-range smartphones, it is retained not only by Qualcomm, but also by competing platforms.
In the case of any Qualcomm platform, you can predict the approximate results of benchmarks in advance — unless, of course, the cooling fails. At least it always works for AnTuTu and 3DMark — there the SoC does not have time to critically warm up, so the diagrams should not surprise anyone.
Of course, this speed will be more than enough for any office tasks, as well as for the browser, messenger applications, watching videos and for the vast majority of games.
Of the oddities, one can only note the impossibility of running GFX Benchmark: I tried several versions of the distribution kit both from Google Play and as separate .apk distributed through other portals — and none of them could connect to the server to download test materials. However, this can be attributed to the fact that we did not test the final sample. Well, in truth, this was the only feature of the test instance — otherwise it worked smoothly and in full accordance with the expected results.
And the cooling, as it turned out, does not fail even over long distances: under load, the frequency of the central processor can drop to 94% of the maximum — this is very little.
Well, it remains to add that vivo V17 is available in one, but rather serious modification — with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. Not so much — given that one photo with a resolution of 48 megapixels can take up to 10-12 MB. However, there is a microSD expansion slot that supports cards up to 256 GB inclusive. The only pity is that the slot is combined — you will have to choose between a second SIM card and an additional drive.
⇡#Communication and wireless communications
As is often the case, the communication capabilities of a smartphone are almost entirely determined by the capabilities of the chosen hardware platform. In the case of Qualcomm platforms, this rule works without exception. On its own, the manufacturer can only add an NFC module, which they immediately did in vivo. Otherwise, everything is familiar — the built-in LTE modem supports a maximum incoming speed of 600 Mbps and an outgoing speed of 150 Mbps.
The smartphone itself supports dual SIM-cards in Dual Standby mode. This means that both cards are available in standby mode, and during a conversation on one of them, the second one is inaccessible. Data transfer can go through any of the SIM cards, it’s easy to switch in the settings. The second SIM card slot is combined with an expansion slot. This is not the most convenient option, especially since in other smartphones — for example, in vivo Y19 — the company used triple trays. But we still have the ability to hot-swap both SIM cards and memory cards.
So, as you already know, vivo V17 offers a system of four built-in cameras, which are located on the top of the rear panel, on a diamond-shaped platform that rises above the surface of the case. This element definitely attracts attention and looks very unusual. Nevertheless, from an aesthetic point of view, the decision turned out to be ambiguous, causing opposite opinions. However, exactly the same can be said about the iPhone 11 with its cameras.
From a practical point of view, everything is fine — all lenses are located under a single protective glass, which is not so easy to scratch, but you can wipe it if necessary without any problems. The cameras themselves differ in their characteristics and capabilities (otherwise there would be no point in several elements, right?). The main module is a 48-megapixel sensor, a lens with an equivalent focal length of 26 millimeters and an aperture of ƒ / 1.8. And only this camera uses phase autofocus, all the rest are deprived of it. It is also worth noting here that by default, pictures are saved at a resolution of 12 megapixels (4000 × 3000 pixels), and to shoot in full resolution, you need to activate the corresponding item in the menu. Curiously, this choice is not saved — the next time you turn on the camera, you will again have to select the shooting mode with maximum resolution. Below are pictures taken by the main camera at the default resolution.
When shooting at 48 megapixels, the camera application starts to work a little slower, but still surprisingly fast with such large amounts of data. If a 12-megapixel photo «weighs» on average from 2 to 4 MB, then a picture in the maximum resolution (8000 × 6000) takes 8-12 MB. At the same time, I cannot say that there is any noticeable increase in quality. Yes, you can zoom in on such an image for a longer time, it can be printed in a large format, but the overall impression of the pictures does not change in any way. All photos below are taken at the highest resolution.
The second camera is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 13mm EGF lens and an ƒ/2.2 aperture. There is no autofocus here, the camera is forced to infinity, and this, thanks to the large depth of field, allows you to get clear pictures in almost any conditions. True, it seemed to me that the detail and color reproduction of the wide-angle camera is slightly worse than that of the main one, but in general the result is quite decent.
There is a separate camera for macro mode. True, with very modest characteristics: the sensor resolution is only 2 megapixels (1600 × 1200 pixels), aperture ƒ / 2.4. There is also no autofocus, the camera is focused at the closest possible distance — so for shooting the lens has to be brought almost point-blank to the object. The shooting quality is not bad, but the resolution is clearly not enough for any serious work — see for yourself.
The last remaining rear camera has the same characteristics — 2 MP, ƒ / 2.4, but it is used exclusively as a depth sensor. So let’s go straight to the front, which is characterized by a resolution blown up to 32 megapixels and an aperture of ƒ / 2.0. It also does not have autofocus, as well as a separate flash (the backlight of the screen is used for this, you should get used to it long ago), but in sufficient light it shoots quite well. There is a ruthless beautification mode (don’t worry, you can turn it off), there is gesture control, there is the ability to record Full HD video.
True, such a high resolution does not directly affect the quality of the image. Cameras with 12 or 16 megapixels can shoot no worse than modules with a resolution of 48 or 64 megapixels, — another thing is that such a scheme makes it possible, for example, a better software zoom, but in this case it was neglected. You can take pictures if you want. at maximum resolution, and they will indeed be more detailed, but the difference will not be particularly impressive.
The vivo V17 has a 17.1 Wh (4500 mAh, 3.8 V) battery — not as big as the recently reviewed vivo Y19, but big enough to expect good battery life. Let me remind you that the V17, among other things, differs from the Y19 in the presence of a Super AMOLED screen, so the final result can certainly be even higher. Our standard test involves looping the video at maximum screen brightness, with an active Wi-Fi connection. So, in such conditions vivo V17 lasted 16 and a half hours.
This is a very good result, which allows you to count on a full day of very active work or two days in a more gentle mode. The smartphone is charged quickly — by about 50% in half an hour, if you use the included 18W charger.
Well, it seems that the choice of a smartphone in the middle segment is becoming increasingly difficult — there is another worthy contender for a place in your pocket. I can’t say that vivo V17 immediately falls in love with itself, but this smartphone offers a good balance of screen size and quality, built-in camera, speed and small conveniences like having a fingerprint scanner and reliable face recognition at the same time, as well as NFC. The price at the start of sales is set adequately, especially considering the Qualcomm hardware base and pre-order gifts. So be sure to give V17 a chance.
- interesting body color
- quality Super AMOLED screen,
- long battery life,
- good main camera
- fast charger included.
- easily soiled body (especially at the back),
- combined expansion slot.