New Delhi | Siddhartha Sharma: Vivo India has been quite active when it comes to launching smartphones for the masses in 2019. Not even a month after the launch of its popular. Budget smartphone, Vivo Z1 Pro the company has introduced the new S-series under its first phone the Vivo S1. The smartphone was launched in India on August 7, 2019 at a very competitive price point. Trying to get the millennial attention the Vivo S1 is focused more towards the design and camera. But is this a smartphone that will appeal to the younger audience? Let’s find out in this review.


The Vivo S1 is introduced in India with two colour variants, Cosmic Green and Skyline Blue. The device looks premium and up market and there is no doubt about that. This phone however does not come with a fancy pop-up camera or the bling. That one would expect from Vivo devices in 2019, however it does offer a subtle tone of an upmarket product. The back of the device has a flat look and the light reflections make the phone have multiple colour layers making it. Pop-up among the crowded mid-budget phone market. You also see vertically aligned triple camera module with a flash and a vertical Vivo branding that not on your face.


The device apart from having a power on/off button and volume rockers also has a dedicated Google Assistant key for launching the virtual assistant. The device offers a USB Type-A port for charging and OTG support and also sports a 3.5mm audio jack for your headphones.


The Vivo S1 offers a Super AMOLED display that’s super bright and offers great sunlight legibility. The 6.38-inch display also offers an aspect ratio of 19:5:9 since it sports a water drop notch design, which has been very common on mid range smartphones of 2019. The display is great to view streaming content and also play games on, since the Vivo S1 comes with an ultra game mode for gamers and also a split screen mode for you to multitask on while watching a video on YouTube or other streaming apps.

Overall the display of the Vivo S1 is quite decent for the price point that this smartphone comes in. Vivo is also known for in-display fingerprint sensors in their devices and they have obliged on the Vivo S1 as well with that. The in-display finger print sensor is really quick and responsive as well. In addition to the in-display fingerprint sensor the Vivo S1 also comes with Face Unlock for additional security which is also quite fast to detect a users face and unlock the device.


The Vivo S1 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P65 chipset which is one of the main reasons for this phone to be affordable as well. The chipset is backed by either 4GB or 6GB RAM. The device that came for this review had 6GB RAM on it. The device also sports 128GB of storage which is expandable as well.

Vivo S1 works on Android 9 Pie operating system and sports Vivo’s own Funtouch OS on top of it. The 2.0 GHz oct-core processor along with the Funtouch OS is a smooth operator. Gaming or multitasking is quite an ease for this phone and we did not have any lags, app crashes or even heating troubles with this smartphone.

Vivo also offers a dark mode on the Vivo S1 which is fantastic to use and also marginally increases the battery life on this smartphone. This is a dual-SIM smartphone that offers dual nano-sum compatibility and offers VoLTE as well.

On the Vivo S1, the company also offers its own Jovi assistant and also a motorbike mode that lets you ride a bike with limited notifications and keep you safe on the road. Things like smart capture, App Clone and One Handed usage are just a few additional features that the Vivo S1 does well as compared to any other device in this price range.


Vivo smartphones are known for their cameras, so this is a department that hardly disappoints when it comes to their phones. The Vivo S1 is also a camera powerhouse with the primary camera being a triple camera module that offers a 16MP + 8MP + 2MP configuration. The image quality is superb and well balanced whenever you click and image from its primary camera. In addition to the regular camera features, the Vivo S1 offers things like an ultra wide angle mode and a macro mode for you to shoot images on. There are regular things like AR stickers, beauty modes and pro mode that are done well on this phone.

The Vivo S1 also comes with a very powerful front camera for selfies. Configured at 32MP, the front camera also offers things like Bokeh mode for selfies, AR Stickers, AI Beauty and Fun Videos for instant social media sharing.

Consumers who love to click loads of images as well as make shot videos will love what the camera capabilities of this device has to offer.


The Vivo S1 sports a 4,500 mAh battery that is non-removable however despite having a USB Type-A port for charging offers a quick charging support. The 18W Dual-engine fast charging on the Vivo S1 is quite efficient as well as quick. This phone does not make you wait for long as it charges from zero power.

Another key element is the perfect balance that Vivo has been able to achieve with the Vivo S1 when it comes to battery management. The device is capable of lasting you easily a day even if you are a heavy user of the device. For light users, it is capable of lasting you beyond a day. Despite that large display and a MediaTek chipset Vivo has managed the battery really well which was impressive for us on the Vivo S1.


The Vivo S1 is launched in the Indian market at a price point of Rs 17,990 for the 4GB + 128GB storage variant and Rs 18,990 for 6GB + 64 GB storage and 19,990 for the 6GB RAM + 128 GB storage. The price point of the device is quite competitive as well as lingers in cannibalising their own products that are just a few months old in the market. Most of the Vivo devices launched this year have been above average as well as amazing considering their competition.

The Vivo S1 is also another stellar device to come out of Vivo’s stable to woo the young Indian consumer. If you have no issues with owning a device with a MediaTek processor then Vivo S1 is a no-brainer, however for those who demand something better in terms of processing prowess, there are always other option from Vivo , Oppo, Xiaomi that one can look into. However, we at Jagran give the Vivo S1 a thumbs up and a phone worth considering for sure when you upgrade your next device.

Posted By: James Kuanal