Vivo S1 Pro: Smartphone with pop-up camera launched

Last year Vivo generated a lot of attention with the Vivo NEX Ultimate. Now they also want to attack the middle class. With the Vivo S1 Pro you position a strong smartphone which offers slightly better specs than the Vivo S1 which was introduced in March.

Vivo S1 Smartphone Display

Technical data of the Vivo S1 Pro

Vivo S1 Pro
Display 6,39″ AMOLED Display (2340 x 1080p, 19.5:9 aspect ratio)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 @ 2 GHz
Graphic chip Adreno 612
Main memory 6/8 GB
Internal memory 128/256 GB
Main camera 48 MP with ƒ/1. 78 + 8 MP Ultra-wide + 5 MP Depth sensor
Front camera 32 MP
Battery 3,700 mAh
Connectivity LTE Band 1,3,5,7,8, WLAN AC, GPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth, Dual SIM
Features Fingerprint sensor in display | Micro-USB
Operating system FunTouch OS 9, Android 9
Dimensions / Weight 157,25 x 74,71 x 8,21 mm / 185 g

Vivo sticks to the pop-up camera

Since the S1 Pro is based on the S1, the design is of course very similar. However, the display diagonal is slightly smaller, at 6.39 inches it is just as big as a Xiaomi Mi 9 for example. Vivo also uses an AMOLED display with a FullHD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

The Vivo S1 Pro achieves a screen-to-body ratio of more than 91%, after all, there is no notch. The front camera is housed in a pop-up camera. In other words: the front camera moves out on the top side when it is needed. With this concept Vivo attracted public attention with the NEX last year, even though there is justified criticism of this concept (keyword: mechanics).

Vivo S1 Pro Smartphone Design

On the back, the triple camera immediately catches your eye, which seems to be seamlessly connected to the pop-up camera. The dimensions of 157.25 x 74.71 x 8.21 mm and the weight of 185 g are definitely fine for a mobile phone of this size, after all, you also install a glass back.

Qualcomm > MediaTek?

The biggest difference between the two S1 versions lies in the hardware. The “normal” Vivo S1 is equipped with the Helio P70 from MediaTek, the Vivo S1 Pro gets the more powerful Snapdragon 675 processor with a clock frequency of 2 GHz. In addition there is either 6 GB RAM and 256 GB memory or 8 GB RAM and 128 GB memory. A strange configuration, if you ask me.

The triple camera on the back of the camera I just mentioned is unfortunately not equipped with three different focal lengths. The main sensor is – once again – a 48 Megapixel camera with ƒ/1.78 aperture and an ultra wide angle camera with 8 Megapixel resolution. The third sensor is only a depth sensor with 5 megapixel resolution, which should collect additional image information for portrait photos. The front camera in the pop-up mechanism is very high-resolution with 32 megapixels.

Vivo S1 Pro Smartphone Camera

The whole thing is powered by the 3.700 mAh battery, which is averagely large and should provide an acceptable battery life. The battery benefits from the AMOLED panel and the relatively energy-efficient processor.

Not (yet) for the West

It’s very strange that the Pro version doesn’t even have USB type C, NFC isn’t on board either. This does not do justice to the “Pro claim” in our eyes. The fact that Bluetooth, Dual Band WiFi, OTG and GPS are not to be emphasized at this point was to be expected.

It was also to be expected that the Vivo S1 Pro would initially be intended for the Asian market. A global version would certainly be conceivable, since there are already several global versions of Vivo smartphones, but so far there is no information on this.

Vivo S1 Pro Smartphone Colors
The Vivo S1 Pro is available in two colours.

The operating system used is the FunTouch OS interface typical for Vivo, which is quite reminiscent of iOS but based on Android 9.

Evaluation

If you ignore the positioning on the Chinese market, the Vivo S1 Pro confuses me a bit. I like the processor choice, as well as the display, battery and memory configuration. The camera also sounds promising

But then there’s not even NFC and no USB Type-C? Why? For the current price, we simply expect this in 2019. That’s why I think the Vivo S1 Pro is still a bit too expensive, but if it falls to an acceptable price it would be an exciting competitor to the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE.

Should we try to get a test copy or do you think we can skip the S1 Pro?

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Thorben

My special interests are smartphones from China and I am always keen to discover new smartphone accessories like smartwatches and headphones. 

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Comments (7)

  • 08.05.19 um 14:52

    Anth 23

    I would test it out go head mabey something to it hidden that makes it worth the price .

  • 08.05.19 um 18:28

    sexy santa baby

    Nice on ….. can’t wait to see digtal results….🏮🏮🏮🏮🏮

  • 08.05.19 um 18:29

    sexy santa baby

    Presantable fare……mmmm

  • 13.05.19 um 20:03

    chan

    This is not working for me here

  • 13.05.19 um 20:04

    chan

    Can someone tell me how to buy

  • 13.05.19 um 20:04

    chan

    From the app I was redirected to the web why ?

    • 14.05.19 um 10:29

      Maike Editorial staff

      @chan
      did you click on the "”To the Gadget"” Button? Normally, this should redirect you to the shop page, where you can buy the gadget.

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