Vivo V17 Review In 8 Points: Better Than Realme XT, Redmi K20?

Should you buy Vivo V17? Is it the best mid-range camera phone in sub-20,000 category? Here’s an in-depth review of the brand new Vivo V17. Vivo V17 packs a hole-punch AMOLED display, powerful hardware, new display, big battery, fast charging and more.

Vivo V17 Review In 8 Points: Better Than Realme XT, Redmi K20?

So, is Vivo V17 good enough against Realme XT and Redmi K20? Let’s find out.

We got the device, and we tested all the features for a detailed review. We will be keeping it short and quick covering all the important points about the latest Vivo smartphone. Here goes our detailed review decoding all the important Vivo V17 features and specs.

Vivo V17 Build & Design

Vivo V17 comes with a high-quality plastic body made to look like glass. The device doesn’t feel cheap in anyway, and the plastic doesn’t  bother you much. There’s some added gradient colour schemes with a vertical four camera module at the left corner of the back.

The distinguishing feature between the V17 Pro and the standard Vivo V17 is the hole-punch inside the display.

It’s so small, that you may fail to notice it. Compared to any other punch-hole display smartphone available in the market, V17 probably has the smallest hole among them all.

In terms of looks and build quality, Vivo V17 does a good job here.

In all, it’s good and feels good to be used. The overall ergonomics are perfect, while the new 3D curves make it really easy to hold. The company has left no corners to offer a premium smartphone with the best of built quality on a budget. 

Vivo V17 Display

Vivo V17 comes with a similar 6.44-inch sized Super AMOLED Full HD+ display as the Pro model. The device offers more than 91 percent screen-to-body ratio in an 20:9 aspect ratio with the hole-punch. The screen offers a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels sporting slim-bezels and a thin chin down under.

Vivo V17 offers a more enhanced immersive viewing experience with the punch-hole creating no fuss.

The display has very thin bezels, and it’s one of the best available in the same range. Vivo has done a great job here again in terms of the overall screen experience and display technology. Vivo V17 is an apt choice for content consumption. 

The display is quite vibrant with minimal bezels on the sides with a little chin down under, and the AMOLED helps to offer the best. 

Vivo V17 features an in-display optical fingerprint scanner, which takes 0.37 seconds to unlock. It’s very fast, and the device also supports face unlock. But there’s a catch. When you fail to unlock your device thrice via the in-display fingerprint sensor, then only the face unlock system works.

Vivo V17 Hardware, Vivo V17 Gaming Performance

The same Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset has been used for the toned down regular Vivo V17 smartphone. Based on an 11nm architecture, SD 675 couples with Adreno 612 GPU. The smartphone will be available in a lone variant offering 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage.

In terms of daily performance, Vivo V17 can run almost all tasks and mid-end games without any hiccups. 

The UI will play its own role where you may notice some negligible difference in daily use given the memory-heavy apps and social media.

Vivo V17 does a reasonable job when it comes to extended gaming and extensive multitasking. There’s no space for additional storage. The smartphone also offers some dedicated gaming features to offer an enhanced hassle-free gaming experience. 

Vivo V17 Software

Vivo V17 also runs on Android 9 Pie with Funtouch 9.0 UI on top. The UI comes loaded with features and bloatware, and delivers a clean performance as any other non-stock device. There’s bloatware and customisations, but it isn’t that bad.

The company has added a ton of features in their latest edition of the software, and it does look fresh and to an extent sorted.

The Android 10 version of the FunTouch OS will also be pushed in a few months. The improved UI does offer some refreshing features compared to the previous OS with an easy-to-use overall structure and few tweaks.

48MP Powered Quad Camera: Vivo V17 Camera Review

The four rear camera module on Vivo V17 has been placed in a vertical manner in the left corner side of the rear panel. The setup includes a 48-megapixel f/1.8 Sony IMX582 main shooter, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 super wide-angle camera, a fourth 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture and a 2-megapixel macro camera.

There are different sensors available for different shooting modes, and they do a commendable job here.

Vivo V17 can take good detailed and sharp pictures in bright light with accurate colours. In poorly lit conditions, the device manages to click decent photos with almost accurate details and colours and does an average job. We are yet to test the camera in-depth, but the initial results are very impressive.

The dynamic range is good and it captures quite accurate details and produces good colours.

Upfront, Vivo V17 has a 32-megapixel camera with an f/2.45 aperture embedded inside the punch-hole.

The front camera comes with Pose Master feature which will suggest poses for selfies, based on your surroundings. There’s a Super Night Mode and Shot Refocus.

Vivo has been heavily marketing the Super Night Mode for Vivo V17. It captures multiple frames and uses custom algorithms to reduce noise and improve details to offer a single high resolution photo.

The selfies we took had a lot of details and it supports multiple shooting modes and filters to enhance selfies. The AI-powered modes do a good job in terms of capturing details. The colours were a bit overdone and slightly artificial, but overall, the front camera does a good job.

Vivo V17 offered a good photography experience in overall managing great dynamic range with almost accurate colours irrespective of lighting conditions. It supports Google Camera and has a dedicated Night Mode for long-exposed shots.

The stock camera interface is quite minimal on both, and it’s loaded with AI-powered modes to enhance the overall photography. AI works on both sides to adjust to the particular lighting and adjust the filters.

Vivo V17 Battery, Vivo V17 Fast Charging

Vivo V17 packs in a sizable 4,500mAh battery supporting 18W fast charging with USB type C support. The charge time may vary from 100 to 110 minutes. The smartphone ships with the 18W Dual-Engine fast charger inside the box.

It can easily last more than a day on heavy usage, and even a day and a half on moderate use.

With continuous video playback, gaming and performing multi-tasking processes, the new Vivo smartphone can easily shoot up for a whole day without being charged. 

Vivo V17 Price: Pricing & Availability

Vivo V17 in India has been priced at Rs 22,990 for the lone 8GB RAM model. The smartphone comes with 8GB RAM with 128GB storage option. The smartphone has been launched in two variants: Midnight Ocean (Black) and Glacier Ice (White) colour options.

Both the models will be available for purchase in India starting December 17. The Vivo V17 pre-bookings are live now. The smartphone will be available for purchase via both offline and online channels.

Vivo V17 Review: Vivo V17 Better Than Redmi K20, Realme XT?

Vivo V17 offers some excellent features at a mid-range flagship pricing. Given the price to performance ratio, Vivo V17 will be facing heat against the likes of Redmi K20, Realme XT and even Redmi K20 Pro to some extent. 

In all, Vivo V17 does offer solid performance backed by a good processor, AMOLED display, a large battery, quad cameras with the 48MP lens backing it up, a dual selfie pop-up camera and a big battery with fast charging capabilities.

The smartphone starts at Rs 22,990, and the Snapdragon 675 could be a bummer for some. But it’s a camera phone, and Vivo V17 solely tries to offer the best camera and display experience, which it passes with the best scores.

Vivo V17 aims to deliver more of a better camera experience than hardcore gaming performance. If you are looking for a better gaming smartphone at under 25,000, this device isn’t for you.

Vivo V17 is more of a premium camera smartphone with everything you would need. Snapdragon 675 isn’t bad, and can be a good driver for daily tasks.

So, that’s the baseline. 

In all, the new Vivo V17 ticks all the boxes right. It packs in a solid mid-range gaming performance, immersive notch-less AMOLED display, multi camera setup powered by the 48MP Sony sensor, larger battery, fast charging, in-display fingerprint sensor and big battery with fast charging. 

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