The sub Rs. 20,000 segment seems to have become a favorite with smartphone companies, which are throwing phones left, right and center in it. We have recently seen smartphones from brands like Samsung, Xiaomi and Realme enter the mid segment smartphone pageant and the latest entrant is Vivo. The brand has recently launched the Vivo Y17 that parks itself right in this already overcrowded zone. But can it get itself a spot in this jammed up range? Here are eight points to help you decide:
A tall, 6.3 inch display
Tall displays seem to be becoming a crowd favourite feature of late and Vivo Y17 is delivering just that. The smartphone comes with a tall 6.3 inch display with 19.3:9 aspect ratio which means the bezels around are pretty thin. The display is bundled with a drop notch that houses the camera. But just when the display of the Y17 started to look formidable, the resolution dropped in the picture and decided to say hello. The 6.3 inch display is not even full HD+, which is pretty much hygiene in this price segment. It comes with an HD+ display with screen resolution of 720 x 1544 pixels. A bit off the pace, we think.
Like most smartphones these days, the Vivo Y17 comes with a glossy, reflective back bundled with colour gradient, adding design points to the smartphone. The back holds the triple camera setup on the top left in a vertical camera capsule unit which is followed by a round flash. The back also houses a fingerprint scanner. Yes, no in-display fingerprint scanner here, although that is a rarity at this price point.
Triple cameras, but with small apertures
After dual cameras becoming mainstream, it now seems like the turn of triple camera setups to become business as usual. The Vivo Y17 also brings a triple camera unit on the back. The primary camera comprises a 13-megapixel main camera supported by an 8-megapixel superwide angle sensor and 2-megapixel depth sensor. The main sensor and the 8-megapixel wide-angle camera come with f/ 2.2 aperture while the 2-megapixel depth sensor comes with f/2.4 aperture. The f/2.2 aperture in the category seems pretty small, considering many smartphones in the range come with aperture as big as f/1.8 and even f/1.7. This might reflect in the smartphone’s camera performance, especially in low light. That said, the wide-angle camera has a 120-degree reach, which should make for impressive landscapes. Vivo also claims to have added some AI magic to the cameras – we will see how well that works.
Plenty – twenty -of megapixels in the front camera
It has added a triple camera setup to the back, but that does not mean that Vivo has shied away from putting in the megapixel power in the front-facing camera. The Vivo Y17 sports a 20-megapixel front-facing shooter for selfies and video calling. It comes with f/2.0 aperture which is bigger than the aperture bundled with the primary camera, giving the front camera a slight upper hand. Vivo also has a great reputation in the selfie department, so expectations are high here.
Powered by the Helio P35 processor
Running the show under the hood is a Helio P35 processor. Considered to be a mid segment processor, the P35 sits above the Snapdragon 625 and 636 but is considered just a notch below the Snapdragon 660. This might mean it not having as much processing power as some of the other smartphones in the price range (some which have the Snapdragon 675 and 710) but the chipset is bundled with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage which a pretty good combination. That said, it does not come with the option to expand storage via microSD card which means you would have to make do with the 128 GB storage present on the phone itself.
A big 5,000 mAh battery
The Vivo Y17 comes with a 5,000 mAh battery which means the smartphone should be able to see off more than a day of heavy duty work. It is also comes with support for fast charging, thanks to a 18W charger bundled with the device in the box. Charging happens through a micro USB port though, which might disappoint some who were expecting to see a USB Type C port at this price point, which is becoming increasingly common.
Android Pie with a touch of Fun(touch)
The smartphone runs on the latest version of Android which means it comes with Android 9 (Pie). This Pie is topped with Vivo’s in-house Funtouch OS 9. It comes with support for Dual SIM cards. Other connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G, USB OTG, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. And yes, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack too.
A tricky price
The Vivo Y17 is priced at Rs. 17,990, which is a very tricky place to be in at present. The smartphone faces competition from the likes of the very well established Redmi Note 7 Pro which is available for a more affordable price, and offers a better processor and display on paper. There also is the Realme 3 Pro, which has made a name for itself in a very small amount of time and again has a full HD+ display and very good cameras. And not to forget the Samsung army of As and Ms that hovers over the price band. How well is the Vivo Y17 going to do? You will have to wait and see in our detailed review but one thing is for sure, it has got an uphill climb ahead. That said, if those cameras and battery deliver, it could come out tops!