The Vivo V17 Pro is one of the biggest smartphones from the company and it’s a mid-range smartphone that is an upgrade from the Vivo V15 Pro but this one has a lot of more features a more premium build compared to the predecessor. So what do I think about the smartphone? Check it out below.

Vivo V17 Pro Review: Design and hardware

The Vivo V17 Pro features a more premium build compared to the predecessor and the curves of this one are just perfect for my hands despite having a chunky and thicker build and trust me, this is the best-looking Vivo V-series smartphone that we’ve ever seen. The one that we got comes in white and the color of the smartphone is just really easy and comfortable to the eyes.

Then we have here the glass material at the back. Yep, a real glass just like the flagship smartphones and I love looking at this one. Not only that, but the smartphone also packs an aluminum frame which adds more premium and a solid feel to the smartphone. Again, it’s chunky but the curves on the sides on the smartphone helps in the ergonomics and grip of the smartphone. Also, there’s a hard case that comes with the smartphone.

Just like the previous generation, the Vivo V17 Pro packs a dedicated button for Google Assistant and it’s really helpful and useful especially if you use Google Assistant a lot like me and then, of course, we still have the power button and also the volume rocker on the other side of the smartphone.

The Vivo V17 Pro uses USB-C port and it also comes with fast charging. Thankfully, the Vivo V17 Pro is boasting a 3.5mm headphone jack which can be found on the top of the smartphone which is just beside the pop-up front camera of the smartphone.

The Vivo V17 Pro also features an in-display fingerprint scanner which is fast enough to accommodate the users however, the face unlock is still missing on this one despite having a pop-up dual front-facing camera. My guess is that Vivo doesn’t want to wear out the Vivo V17 Pro’s pop-up camera that much.

Vivo V17 Pro Review: Display

One of the strengths of this smartphone is that the Vivo V17 Pro features a Super AMOLED display which makes the smartphone superior compared to other mid-range smartphones as this one shows a vivid and colorful display with really nice blacks compared to other smartphone displays.

Using this smartphone outside will not be a problem as the brightness on this one is pretty good along with its viewing angles It’s a very good display for a mid-range smartphone.

Vivo V17 Pro Review: Battery life

Inside the Vivo V17 Pro is a 4100mAh battery and thanks to the hardware inside and also the Snapdragon 675 processor, we were able to get a pretty good battery life on this one. We were able to last a single workday of usage with the Vivo V17 Pro and of course, we tested it at PC Mark and we got a work 2.0 battery life of 12 hours and 36 minutes which is greater than most smartphones in the market. That translates to almost a day and a half of usage on the smartphone.

Vivo V17 Pro Review: Software and Performance

The Vivo V17 Pro is running on FunTouch OS based on Android 9 Pie out of the box and yes, the UI is heavily skinned on this one and you might find it confusing if you’re not into smartphones and you are already used to other Android smartphones. As expected, you can swipe up from below to check the settings and functions and you can swipe down from the top to get the notifications of the smartphone.

The Vivo V15 Pro uses the Snapdragon 675 processor and it’s a decent mid-range processor, however, the Vivo V17 Pro still rock the same processor that is still partnered by Snapdragon 675 processor. Yeah, the Snapdragon 675 can handle most games without problems but you’ll have to turn down some of the settings that on some games to enjoy most of the games on the Vivo V17 Pro. If you’re curious about how this one performs, check out the benchmark scores that we got on the Vivo V17 Pro.

When it comes to gaming, the Vivo V17 Pro can handle most of it but again, I highly suggest to turn down the settings to fully enjoy the game.

The Snapdragon 675 and the 8GB of RAM should have no problems running most games however, it was weird that we’re not getting a full FPS stability on the smartphone but I believe an update to those games will fix the FPS issue.

Vivo V17 Pro Review: Camera

The Vivo V17 Pro’s biggest upgrade over the predecessor is the camera. On the Vivo V17 Pro, we got a 48MP rear camera, 8MP ultra wide-angle camera, 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. And on the front, we got a 32MP selfie camera and also an 8MP wide-angle camera.

First, let’s talk about the selfie camera of the smartphone. The main 32MP selfie camera of the Vivo V17 Pro is great and it’s one of the best selfie smartphones out there and probably the best one in its price range. The colors are nice and the details were really good on this one, however, the wide-angle selfie camera of the Vivo V17 Pro isn’t as good as I expected but it will do just fine if you want to take group selfies with your friends on the smartphone.

Now, let’s talk about the quad-camera setup at the back of the smartphone. I love the camera of the Vivo V17 Pro. It’s a great smartphone when it comes to the camera and you can get really decent shots on this one. Using the portrait mode on this one has been better compared to the previous V series Vivo smartphones and most of the details that we shot using the 48MP rear camera of the smartphone are really good. Check out the shots below:

Of course, the wide-angle lens has a lesser quality compared to the main camera of the smartphone but overall, the Vivo V17 Pro still did a pretty good job in producing photos like these. The night mode of the smartphone doesn’t fail to impress me too and the AI? It’s really good especially the beautification mode in where you can get more controllable features to have better selfies on the smartphone.

Vivo V17 Pro Review: Verdict

The Vivo V17 Pro is a smartphone with a camera and design in mind. It may not be a perfect smartphone as we got here the same Snapdragon 675 processor but the premium build quality, the amazing camera on both rear and front, and the display of the smartphone is something that you should really take a look at.

The Vivo V17 Prio is priced at Php21,999 and unfortunately, some people might find it expensive but if you’re looking for a smartphone that can shot good selfies and your pegged is at this price range? Then the Vivo V17 Pro might be the one for you.

Vivo V17 Pro Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 Octa-Core processor
  • 6.44-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED, Ultra Fullview display
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB Internal Storage expandable via MicroSD
  • 48MP Main + 8MP wide-angle + 2 MP Bokeh + 2MP Macro rear camera
  • 32-megapixel + 8MP Wide-angle elevating front camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • LTE
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • Dual SIM
  • Android 9 Pie with FunTouch OS 9
  • 4100mAh Battery


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