Vivo V17 Professional Overview

Vivo has been on a telephone launching spree over the previous few months in India. We have seen the Vivo Z1 Professional (Overview), Vivo Z1x (Overview), Vivo S1 (Overview), and just lately, the Vivo U10 (Overview) and Vivo V17 Professional. We have already examined all these new choices, and now it is time to take a look at the Vivo V17 Professional. That is the successor to the Vivo V15 Professional (Overview), which launched earlier this yr. Identical to the remainder of Vivo’s V-series, the selfie digital camera is the primary spotlight. The truth is, the Vivo V17 Professional options two pop-up selfie cameras and 4 on the again, for a complete of six cameras.

The Vivo V17 Professional is priced near Rs. 30,000, which makes it a direct competitor to the likes of the Oppo Reno 2Z (Overview), Xiaomi Redmi Ok20 Professional (Overview), Asus 6Z (Overview), and even the OnePlus 7 (Overview), so long as it stays discounted. Whereas the Vivo V17 Professional takes the lead in the case of the variety of digital camera sensors it packs in, is it aggressive sufficient on different fronts? Let’s have a look.

Vivo V17 Professional design

The brand new Vivo V17 Professional options an all-too acquainted design now, sporting an almost all-screen entrance with no notch and comparatively slim bezels throughout, together with the chin. The older Vivo V15 Professional (Overview) was truly one of many first telephones to sport this type of design at this value level, earlier than everybody else caught up.

The polycarbonate physique feels sturdy, and the laminated again did not appear to select up many scuffs throughout our evaluation interval. It does appeal to lots of fingerprints and smudges although.

The Vivo V17 Professional is offered in a Midnight Ocean trim, which we’ve got, and in addition a lighter shade known as Glacier Ice. The sides of the again are curved barely, so it is comparatively comfy to carry.

Vivo V17 Pro back vivoThe Vivo V17 Professional is constructed nicely and appears good

On the entrance, we’ve got a vivid 6.44-inch Tremendous AMOLED show with a full-HD+ decision and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for defense. A display guard additionally comes pre-applied, as a result of Vivo thinks you may by no means be too cautious. Color saturation is superb, textual content appears to be like sharp, and the brightness is enough to be used open air beneath daylight. There’s an in-display fingerprint sensor which works nicely, and you’ll customise the on-screen fingerprint icon and unlock animations.

The Vivo V17 Professional has face recognition too however that is solely usable as a final resort, in case fingerprint authentication fails thrice. The pop-up mechanism is just a little slower than different implementations we have seen, which might be why it isn’t supplied as one of many major strategies for unlocking.

The quantity and energy buttons on the fitting have good suggestions and there is an additional ‘good button’ on the left, which could be configured to launch Google Assistant or Vivo’s Jovi picture search, with a brief press, long-press or double-press. On the underside, we’ve got a USB Sort-C port, a tray for 2 Nano-SIM playing cards, and a speaker. There is not any microSD card slot. Vivo has additionally managed to create space for a headphone jack on the highest, regardless of the vast cutout for the pop-up digital camera module.

The 4 cameras on the rear are aligned vertically in a module within the centre, which doesn’t protrude a lot. The general design of the Vivo V17 Professional is premium, and the telephone feels nicely put-together. The 20:9 facet ratio of the show implies that this telephone is pretty tall, and it is on the heavier aspect too, tipping the scales at simply over 200g.

Within the retail field, you get a pair of in-ear headphones, an 18W quick charger, a USB Sort-C cable, a plastic case, and a SIM eject instrument.

Vivo V17 Pro bundle vivoThese are the equipment that ship with the Vivo V17 Professional

Vivo V17 Professional specs and options

Telephones such because the Redmi Ok20 Professional and OnePlus 7 have made Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line processors very accessible, so for the V17 Professional, we have been anticipating Vivo to make use of one thing related or at the very least shut. Sadly, this telephone makes use of the now barely dated Snapdragon 675 SoC, which is by the way the identical chip utilized by the Vivo V15 Professional (Overview). It is a comparatively succesful octa-core chip, little question, however it’s fairly underpowered for a telephone at this value stage.

There’s just one configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Different specs embrace dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, USB-OTG, the standard suite of sensors, and assist for 3 satellite tv for pc navigation programs. The telephone additionally helps Widevine L1 DRM certification so it could possibly stream video at HD and better resolutions from apps corresponding to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

For software program, the Vivo V17 Professional makes use of Funtouch OS 9.1, which is predicated on Android 9 Pie. There is not any official phrase on when the Android 10 replace will roll out. In case you’ve by no means used a Vivo telephone earlier than then Funtouch OS will take some getting used to. We ourselves nonetheless discover it just a little complicated to navigate Vivo’s menus at occasions.

The one-layered interface has heavy customisations all over the place, together with the icons, lock display, and notifications shade. The short settings are all on a pull-out menu known as ‘Management Centre,’ and you need to swipe upwards from the underside of the display to drag it up. That is harking back to Apple’s implementation on older iPhones. Even the Settings app wants lots of digging round earlier than yow will discover what you are searching for.

Vivo V17 Pro cover UI vivoFuntouch OS on the Vivo V17 Professional takes some getting used to

You’ll be able to customise the feel and appear of Funtouch OS by way of the ‘iTheme’ app however many of the themes must be bought. Jovi is Vivo’s AI helper, which is used within the digital camera app to assist body your pictures and determine topics. It additionally has one thing known as ‘Sensible Scene’ which reveals you numerous data playing cards for the climate, occasions, cricket scores, and so forth, in a single place. It may be accessed by way of the Sony Walkman-like icon within the notification shade or by swiping to the left of the primary homepage.

Different options embrace Extremely Recreation Mode which blocks notifications, and so forth when gaming; Motorcycle Mode which mechanically rejects calls when using; one-handed mode; and scrolling screenshots. There are a great deal of preinstalled apps together with Gaana, Amazon, and PhonePe, however you may uninstall all of the third-party ones. Sadly, some redundant ones together with Vivo’s sport retailer cannot be eliminated.

We have coated all of the options of Funtouch OS in our current opinions of the Vivo Z1x (Overview), Vivo S1 (Overview), and Vivo Z1 Professional (Overview), so remember to examine them out.

Vivo V17 Professional efficiency and battery life

Funtouch OS won’t be our favorite Android pores and skin, however it ran easily with none points on the Vivo V17 Professional. It took some time to get used to the fast toggles being in a non-standard place. Additionally, when utilizing an app in panorama mode, the toggles can solely be accessed by swiping inwards from the fitting fringe of the display, as an alternative of the underside. The customized look of the UI would possibly attraction to some, however we want Vivo would give customers a alternative to change again to inventory Android too.

The RAM and SoC are greater than able to dealing with your on a regular basis apps and video games. In benchmarks, we received first rate numbers, as one would count on from this SoC. AnTuTu gave us a rating of 1,77,512 whereas the T-Rex take a look at in GFXbench returned 40fps. These will not be unhealthy numbers, however inferior to these produced by different telephones on this value vary sporting the Snapdragon 855 and even the Snapdragon 730G, for that matter.

Vivo V17 Pro screen vivoThe Vivo V17 Professional has a vivid and vivid show

The earpiece on the Vivo V17 Professional is within the pop-up selfie digital camera module, just like the design of the Oppo Reno 2 (Overview), and sound is channeled by way of a cutout within the telephone’s entrance panel. Nevertheless, not like Oppo’s providing, audio by way of the earpiece on the Vivo V17 Professional sounds clear and never muffled.

Multitasking is dealt with nicely, and heavy video games like PUBG Cellular ran easily on the ‘Excessive’ preset. After about 20 minutes of gameplay, we seen that the again of the telephone received fairly scorching, which appears to be a trait of this SoC that we have encountered earlier than with telephones such because the Redmi Notice 7 Professional (Overview) and Samsung Galaxy M40 (Overview).

Inside video games, you may entry a slide-out carousel which helps you to toggle blocking calls, notifications, and extra. In video games that assist voice chat, you should utilize a real-time voice changer which is fairly cool. The one speaker on the backside will get pretty loud, even with none enhancements. Audio high quality isn’t too unhealthy both.

The Vivo V17 Professional has a 4100mAh battery, which fared fairly nicely in our HD video battery loop take a look at, operating for 16 hours and 47 minutes. With regular utilization, we sometimes simply managed a day and half of runtime. With heavier apps, we nonetheless managed a full day’s price of utilization. Quick charging is supported and the Vivo V17 Professional can go from zero to 36 p.c in half an hour and as much as 74 p.c in an hour. It took us just a little greater than two hours to completely high it up. It isn’t the quickest, however it’s not too unhealthy both.

Vivo V17 Professional cameras

The spotlight of this telephone is its entrance cameras, so let’s begin there. You get a 32-megapixel major digital camera with an f/ aperture together with an 8-megapixel extremely wide-angle digital camera with an f/2.2 aperture. The first selfie digital camera itself has a fairly vast subject of view however the secondary one enables you to get an excellent wider shot, although it provides a slight fish-eye impact. That is additionally one of many few telephones, aside from the Google Pixel line, that permits you to use Night time Mode with the selfie digital camera (although solely the first one).

In daylight, the Vivo  V17 Professional captured hanging selfies. Particulars have been good, textures have been sharp (just a little too sharp at occasions), and hues actually popped. The publicity wasn’t at all times excellent, and at occasions we seen some blown-out highlights, however general, we have been fairly happy with the outcomes. HDR was dealt with nicely too. The extremely wide-angle digital camera captured barely softer pictures, however that is anticipated.

Shot utilizing the first selfie digital camera on the Vivo V17 Professional (faucet to see full-sized picture)

Shot utilizing wide-angle digital camera on the Vivo V17 Professional (faucet to see full-sized picture)

Shot utilizing Night time mode on the Vivo V17 Professional (faucet to see full-sized picture)

Unusually, it takes two faucets to change to the ultra-wide digital camera because the toggle is hidden in a menu. There’s additionally a Bokeh toggle, and portrait pictures taken on this mode had good edge detection and background blur. These images are oversampled, providing you with 8-megapixel output as an alternative of 32-megapixel pictures, such as you get when taking customary selfies.

The separate ‘Portrait’ taking pictures mode feels uncessary because it provides only one further function in comparison with the usual ‘Picture’ mode, which is beautification. The ‘Posture’ setting is attention-grabbing right here because it suggests numerous poses for selfies (for a number of folks) by displaying you outlines of the pose so that you can mimic. In case you take your selfies severely, then you definitely’re in for a deal with. 

Video high quality with the first entrance digital camera can also be fairly good however there isn’t any stabilisation. Low-light images have been fairly grainy however the fill-light helps right here. Night time mode made a giant distinction in brightening up pictures taken beneath dim lighting, eliminating many of the noise and enhancing the publicity considerably.

Coming to the rear cameras, there is a 48-megapixel major sensor which captures oversampled 12-megapixel images by default. It additionally has an f/1.Eight aperture. Subsequent up is a 13-megapixel 2x optical zoom digital camera; an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle digital camera which can also be used for super-macro pictures; and eventually, a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

You’ll be able to swap to the telephoto digital camera by hitting or dragging the Zoom button within the viewfinder, however it nonetheless takes two faucets to change to the wide-angle digital camera. You’ll be able to zoom in all the way in which to 10x (digitally).

Shot utilizing the first digital camera on the Vivo V17 Professional (faucet to see full-sized picture)

Shot utilizing the extremely wide-angle digital camera on the Vivo V17 Professional (faucet to see full-sized picture)

Shot utilizing the telephoto digital camera on the Vivo V17 Professional (faucet for full-sized picture)

Shot utilizing the Tremendous Macro mode on the Vivo V17 Professional (faucet for full-sized picture)

Shot utilizing Bokeh mode on the Vivo V17 Professional (faucet to see full-sized picture)

In daylight, the primary sensor captured pleasing particulars and hues. Objects at a distance had good definition, though shadow areas on the sides of the body tended to have a little bit of noise. Shut-ups had punchy colors, good pure bokeh, and good element. HDR additionally labored nicely and dynamic vary was good. With the extremely wide-angle digital camera, colors can look just a little boosted however you do get much more in every body.

The telephoto digital camera is sweet to have however 2x zoom is not a lot, and in low gentle, the digital camera merely makes use of digital zoom by way of the primary digital camera. The Tremendous Macro mode labored nicely for us, and we have been in a position to get some handsome pictures.

Low-light stills have been normally above common in high quality. There was delicate grain within the shadows however particulars have been good and hues have been nicely represented. The ultra-wide-angle digital camera is not very helpful at the hours of darkness, since particulars are bleak and you’ll’t use Night time mode. Nevertheless, with the first digital camera, Night time mode had a big effect, making scenes look extra dramatic and preserving particulars.

Shot utilizing Night time mode on the Vivo V17 Professional (faucet to see full-sized picture)

Shot utilizing the extremely wide-angle digital camera on the Vivo V17 Professional (faucet to see full-sized picture)

You’ll be able to report movies at as much as 4K decision however with none stabilisation. Picture high quality was first rate and hues weren’t exaggerated, which is nice. Stabilisation does work nicely at 1080p. You’ll be able to shoot 1080p movies with the wide-angle digital camera too, however with out stabilisation. At this decision, you may select both 25/30 or 60fps. Nevertheless, video high quality was very poor in low gentle. Additionally, the framerate defaults to 25fps, making movement really feel jerky. One other factor we did not fairly like was the truth that we needed to bounce into the digital camera settings menu to vary the decision, as an alternative of with the ability to do it from the viewfinder.

Different taking pictures modes embrace 48MP, which helps you to shoot on the full sensor decision; Panorama, Timelapse, Dwell picture, Professional, Doc, Jovi, and AR stickers. We discovered a few of the AR stickers to be fairly enjoyable. There are additionally some attention-grabbing options to mess around with within the digital camera settings, corresponding to AR Portrait framing, which guides you into positioning the digital camera appropriately for a portrait shot.


As a digital camera telephone, the Vivo V17 Professional packs in some good {hardware}, however the software program nonetheless wants a little bit of polish. Accessing sure primary features generally is a multi-step course of, when it should not be. In case you love taking selfies, the twin entrance cameras supply loads of inventive freedom, particularly with options such because the posing guides. Low-light video is one space which wants lots of work, as aside from the below-average picture high quality, the drop in framerate is kind of jarring.

As an all-rounder, the telephone delivers principally good outcomes. It has a vibrant display, the construct high quality is stable, the interface is snappy, the additional programmable button is useful, and battery life is superb. Nevertheless, at practically Rs. 30,000, Vivo ought to have achieved much more to be able to make this telephone actually aggressive. The Snapdragon 675 simply would not lower it at this value, because the competitors is providing far more energy. We’re additionally not huge followers of Funtouch OS, which might really feel unnecessarily sophisticated, particularly for novice customers.

In case you stay and breathe selfies, the Vivo V17 Professional would possibly attraction to you. If not, it’s best to take a look at telephones such because the Redmi Ok20 Professional (Overview) and Oppo Reno 2Z (Overview) which promote for across the similar value and supply higher processors, particularly for gaming, and equally competent cameras. In case you can stretch your finances just a bit bit, you may get the Asus 6Z (Overview) and even the OnePus 7 (Overview).

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