Vivo V17 Pro review: Six fun cameras, one mediocre phone

The V-series of smartphones have always wanted to maintain a certain premium image and the V17 Pro is no different. There’s a textured glass back, notch-less display that gives it a certain level of premium-ness. The biggest talking point in the design – and perhaps overall – is the pop-up dual camera at the front. The pop-up mechanism is quite reliable and has features like fall detection, face unlock. The popup module also houses the popular moonlight selfie light and the earpiece grille. We will get to the details of selfie cameras in our camera section of the review.

Despite the biggish display size, we found the smartphone to be compact and had no issues using the smartphone even with one hand.At the back of the device is a quad-camera setup placed horizontally on the top-center. A LED flash further separates the four camera sensors. The camera setup has a silver edge which goes with the overall design aesthetics of the phone. At the bottom, there’s a Vivo logo printed beneath the glass panel.

In the last few years, smartphone displays have come a long way. The display on Vivo V17 Pro has become more immersive with the all-new notch-less design and reduced bezels. The smartphone sports a 6.44-inch Ultra FullView display with FHD+ (2340×1080 pixels) screen which on paper seems to be a right choice at the given price. The display is bright enough and offers good outdoor visibility. The colours are vibrant, blacks are deep and saturation levels are fine too, courtesy the Super AMOLED display.

Performance on the Vivo V17 Pro is managed by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The same processor was found on the Vivo V15 Pro which was launched earlier this year. Vivo V17 Pro manages to handle day-to-day tasks with relative ease. The smartphone feels snappy and there’s no noticeable lags or stutters while performing routine tasks.

Vivo V-series smartphones’ cameras – or rather selfie cameras — have always been the most highlighted and advertised feature of the smartphone. Let’s start with the dual popup selfie camera setup, the smartphone gets a 32MP primary camera sensor and an 8MP Super wide-angle lens along with the Moonlight flash. The 32MP selfie camera has f/2.0 aperture, an autofocus sensor that is fast to lock focus on the subject and has almost no shutter lag. The image quality from the primary sensor is good and sharp but just not as natural as we would have expected. However, the image look good in most of the situations including low light, thanks to the new ultra-low light mode.

Vivo V17 Pro packs a 4100mAh battery along with an 18W fast charging tech. The battery backup of the smartphone is good. We used the smartphone as our daily driver and as per our usage, which included gaming, watching videos, surfing, social media activities, calls, and the smartphone managed to last an entire day. Charging is also not a problem with the phone as it comes bundled with the 18W charge which takes around 1.5 hours to completely charge the device.

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