Vivo V17: “iView Display” Smartphone with Premium Design

Vivo, one of the leading smartphone companies, continues to launch quality and stylish Vivo smartphones every year with various improvements in the device specifications. It has introduced phones in the V series with the aim of providing enhancements in the camera section. The results are really great and one such launch with competitive specifications and trending features is the “view display” Vivo V17. It was officially launched in India on December 10, 2019, and priced at Rs.24,990. 

With premium look and design, Vivo V17 is the successor of Vivo V17 Pro. The phone has two designs, one with Diamond shaped rear camera with water drop notch launched in China and the other with a punch-hole with rectangular camera setup in India. It is the first ever smartphone to have the smallest punch-hole front camera and you would love the edge-to-edge display offering immersive viewing experience. The Vivo V15 Pro and Vivo V17 Pro had pop-up cameras whereas the new punch hole camera in V17 is largley liked by the young generation. V17 manages to stand out despite having a good display, great battery backup and versatile camera setup. Below let’s take a look at its specs and features.

Vivo V17 Specifications

Design
Dimensions74.17mm x 8.54mm x 159.01mm
Weight176g
ColorsMidnight Ocean and Glacier Ice
Display
Display Size6.44 inches (16.36cm)
Resolution2400×1080
Aspect Ratio20:9
Screen-to-body Ratio91.38%
Display TypeFHD+ E3 Super AMOLED
Brightness1200nits
Cover GlassCorning Gorilla Glass
Touch ScreenCapacitive multi-touch
Performance
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 675AIE
ProcessorOcta core processor
Operating SystemFuntouch OS 9.2 (based on Android 9)
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)Adreno 612
SecurityIn-screen fingerprint unlock, face unlock
Storage Variants
RAM8GB
Internal Storage128GB
Expandable MemorymicroSD, upto 256GB
Battery
Capacity4500mAh
Fast Charging18W Dual-engine fast charging
Charger TypeUSB Type-C
Wireless ChargingNo
Camera
MegapixelsRear camera : 48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP
Front camera: 32MP
ApertureRear camera : f/1.8(48MP) + f/2.2(8MP) + f/2.4(2MP) + f/2.4(2MP)
Front camera: f/2.45
EISYes
OISNo
FlashRear camera: LED Flash
Front Camera: Screen Flash
VideoRear camera: 4K video recording @ 30fps
Front camera: 1080p video recording @ 30fps
FeaturesRear camera: Super night mode, Ultra Stable Video, Portrait bokeh, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, Super EIS for videos, Super wide-angle (Photo+Video), Super macro, Portrait framing, AI HDR, Burst, SLO-MO, PRO Mode, Panorama, AI Scene Recognition, DOC.

Front camera: Super night selfie, Portrait light effects (Portrait bokeh included), AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, AI HDR, Burst, Gender detection.
Network and Connectivity
SIMDual Nano SIM with 2G/3G/4G support
Wi-FiSupported
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
PositioningGPS, Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS
Bands2G GSM (B2/3/5/8), WCDMA (B1/5/8), FDD-LTE (B1/3/5/8), TDD-LTE (B38/40/41)
USB OTGYes
NFCNo
Multimedia
SpeakersIn-built
Headphone Jack3.5mm headphone jack
MicrophonesYes, with noise cancellation support
FM RadioYes
Supported Audio FormatsMP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC
Supported Video FormatsMP4/DivX/Xvid/WMV/H.264
Other Specifications
SensorsIn-screen Fingerprint sensor
Accelerometer
Ambient Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
E-compass, and Gyroscope
Ports3.5mm headphone jack
Microphone
USB Type-C
In the box accessoriesVivo V17
Earphones
User Manual
Type-C USB cable
USB Power adapter
SIM Ejector tool
Protective Case
Warranty card

Design

Vivo usually has a great approach towards the design of its smartphones. Vivo V17 has been launched with two exciting colors, Midnight Ocean and Glacier Ice. It is fairly compact, handy and comfortable to hold. This smartphone has a design similar to Oppo Reno. It has a clean and simple look with premium design. The phone has a plastic back and the curved rear panel offers a nice grip as well.. It comes with a punch-hole design in the front. This smartphone has the tiniest punch hole camera on the top right corner that allows more space for the screen without any notch. It is quite impressive. At the back it sports a quad camera stack and an LED unit in a rectangular layout.  

Vivo V17 has dimensions of 74.17mm x 8.54mm x 159.01mm and weighs about 176g. The phone is much light weighted compared to its competitors like Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro, Honor 20, Oppo Reno 2z and Samsung Galaxy A70. It has its power and volume buttons placed on the right, SIM tray on the left, ports for a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C charger, one microphone and speakers at the bottom and another microphone at the top. With slim and sleek design, the Vivo V17 looks really attractive.Brilliant colors and a glossy finish complete its trendy look.

Display

The smartphone comes with a 6.44 inches FHD+ E3 Super AMOLED punch-hole display. It has the smallest size camera hole in the mid-range segment. The E3 OLED display also known as the “iView display” features an aspect ratio of 20:9 and  91.38% screen-to-body ratio. The screen has a resolution of 2400*1080. The screen is impressive with its rich color output, deep blacks, and sleek bezels. The capacitive multi touch display is built with 100% DCI P3 color gamut and low brightness anti flicker technology. The display works well and the brightness level can reach upto 1200nits. 

The brightness gets auto adjusted according to the light conditions and you can continue enjoying the experience of playing games or watching videos without any hindrance. It has the Widevine L1 certification too meaning that it can stream in FullHD on OTT services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The phone also supports AOD (Always-on Display) and can be configured to display a bunch of different layouts. In fact, you can also choose to display a picture of your choice on the always-on display. The display also sports an in screen fingerprint sensor which gives you a faster and instant unlocking experience.

Performance

Vivo V17 offers a powerful performance with Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 AIE Octa core processor. The processor offers lag free performance and so switching between apps and multitasking are made very easy. The phone comes just in a single variant which has 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage memory. It has a dedicated microSD card slot and with the help of that the internal storage can be further expanded upto 256GB. The download and data transfer speeds are relatively higher in this  smartphone. You can store plenty of multimedia files and apps due to its high internal storage capacity. With low power consumption, the Vivo V17 offers smooth and excellent performance.

The smartphone runs on Funtouch OS 9.2 which is based on Android 9 that provides smooth scrolling and swiping experience. It holds good for massive and intensive games like PUBG. The ultra game mode enhances the overall gaming experience as it blocks calls and notifications during an on-going match. With AI multi turbo, Vivo V17 has improved compilation efficiency, system response and performance. The phone doesn’t slack in day-to-day use and is not disappointing.

Battery

Vivo V17 is equipped with a dual engine, fast charging and massive 4500mAH battery. The battery Stays juiced all day long and recharges in a flash. The battery level doesn’t fall down quickly with the always on display feature. Also the battery doesn’t drain soon while watching videos or playing games. It supports 18W fast charging with the help of Type-C USB charger and has no wireless charging feature. 

Camera

Rear Camera

Camera is another highlight of Vivo V17. It has a powerful quad camera which includes a 48MP main camera with an aperture of f/1.8, 8MP Super wide angle camera with an aperture of f/2.2 , 2MP macro camera with an aperture of f/2.4 and 2MP bokeh camera with an aperture of f/2.4. The photos shot in this camera are really fantastic with fine details, clarity, proper color reproduction and exposure. The main camera uses pixel binning to capture detailed photos. The super wide angle camera provides a 120 degree super wide angle field of view. The macro lens captures very close objects nearly at a distance of 4cm. In daylight, photos captured look attractive with good saturation and dynamic range. 

In low-light conditions, the main camera along with the super night mode can capture brighter photos. The portrait shots clicked with this smartphone also turn out to be good The rear camera supports features like Super night mode, Ultra Stable Video, Portrait bokeh, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, Super EIS for videos, Super wide-angle (Photo+Video), Super macro, Portrait framing, AI HDR, Burst, SLO-MO, PRO Mode, Panorama, AI Scene Recognition and  DOC. The Super night mode features advanced noise reduction capabilities in the rear camera. The LED flash unit adds more details and brightness to the images shot. The shots are so impressive with Vivo V17 as an outcome of improved cameras from Vivo. Video recording is supported in up to 4k resolution and Vivo’s ultra-stable video tech manages to deliver a surprising stable video. It tops out at 4K@30fps with the primary sensor.

Front Camera

Vivo V17 sports a 32MP punch hole selfie camera with HDR support. The selfie camera too has the Super Night mode present in it thereby making the low-light selfies look better. The Super Night Selfie feature is supported by frame-merging technology for getting stunning outputs. The camera AI automatically detects the scenario and recommends if you should use the super night mode or not which helps in getting the best possible results. It works best indoors too. 

With the AI stickers you can have added fun. It detects your hand gestures and facial expressions and automatically pairs them with ideal sticker combinations to add that magical touch to your portraits.The selfie camera supports other features like Portrait light effects (Portrait bokeh included), Pose Master, AI Makeup, AI HDR, Burst and Gender detection.The Face recognition helps unlock your phone instantly with the Face Unlock. The Vivo V17 tops out at 1080p@30fps with the selfie camera.

Network and Connectivity

Vivo V17 supports dual nano SIM cards with 2G/3G/4G networks. The connectivity features of this phone include GSM (B2/3/5/8), WCDMA (B1/5/8), FDD-LTE (B1/3/5/8), TDD-LTE (B38/40/41), Wifi, Hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 2.0, GPS and USB OTG. Unfortunately, Vivo V17 doesn’t support NFC.

Other Specifications

Vivo V17 has the following sensors: In-screen Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, E-compass, and Gyroscope. It has in-built speakers  which reproduce quality sound. It has a 3.5mm audio jack and FM radio as an option for entertainment. V17 supports MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC audio and MP4/DivX/Xvid/WMV/H.264 video formats. The Vivo V17 box package consists of the smartphone, Earphone, User Manual, Type-C USB cable, USB Power adapter, SIM Ejector tool, Protective Case and a Warranty card. 

Vivo V17 Verdict

Vivo V17 is an all rounder stylish handset which is  meant for those users who want a decent camera smartphone with a long lasting battery and they are okay to spend more to get it. If you are a person prioritizing the looks, then you can go for this smartphone. The notch-haters can also consider it as it has a really tiny notch. The weightless feature of V17 is another advantage. Though it has tough competitors like Redmi K20 pro and Samsung Galaxy A50s, Vivo V17 still stands out as one of the best smartphones under Rs.25000. With all these major takeaways, Vivo V17 would be a good choice for its price.

Vivo V17 FAQs:

What is Vivo V17 price in India?

Vivo V17 price in India is Rs.24,990 for its 8GB/128GB single variant.

When was Vivo V17 launched in India?

Vivo V17 was launched in India on December 10, 2019.

Does Vivo V17 support USB OTG?

Yes, Vivo V17 supports USB OTG.

What GPU does Vivo V17 has?

Vivo V17 has Adreno 612 GPU.

What is the Operating System used in Vivo V17?

Funtouch OS 9.2 (based on Android 9) is the operating system of Vivo V17.