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Vivo S1 available in India: 10 things you must know before buying this under Rs 20,000 smartphone

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Vivo S1 available in India: 10 things you must know before buying this under Rs 20,000 smartphone

"Stylish and good battery life" -- this is what we at India Today Tech said about the Vivo S1 in the full review of the smartphone. Vivo launched the Vivo S1 -- the first S-series smartphone from the company in the country -- last week in India and the smartphone goes on sale via online platforms today. Interested buyers can buy the Vivo S1 from Flipkart, Amazon India and Vivo e-store in the country starting today. The India price of Vivo S1 starts at Rs 17,990 for the base 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage model.

With the Vivo S1, the company wants to further strengthen its offline business in the country. With the S1 Vivo is trying to outshine phones like Realme X, among others. The Vivo S1 looks stunning and offers great battery life - almost two days -- and clicks decent pictures with both front and back camera. Are you planning to buy the Vivo S1 for Rs 17,999? If yes, then here are 10 things you need to know about this Vivo phone. Take a look.

--The design is stunning. The design is the best bit about the Vivo S1. The smartphone looks gorgeous especially the Skyline Blue version. It is slick and pretty lightweight despite packing massive battery inside. The Vivo S1 comes in two colours - Skyline Blue and Diamond Black. Both the variants look good but as I said in the review of the smartphone as well the Blue colour of the phone looks classy and offers a subtle feel.

"The Vivo S1 is a looker. It is beautiful. The smartphone comes in two colours -- Skyline Blue and Diamond Black. I'm using the Skyline Blue colour variant and it's a treat to the eyes. So refreshing, so beautiful. It is also a well-crafted phone, with edges well curved and that makes it easy to hold the phone in hands. In the list of good looking phones in this price bracket, the Vivo S1 tops the chart"-This is what I said about the design of the smartphone in the full review of the phone.

--Halo FullView display. The Vivo S1 offers a big and bright display. The good bit is the Vivo S1 comes with sMOLED display that is pretty big as well. Great to see an sAMOLED screen phone under Rs 20,000. The Vivo phone comes with a 6.38-inch super AMOLED display and offers 19:5:9 aspect ratio, 90 per cent screen-to-body-ratio and FHD+ screen resolution. Sadly, the Vivo S1 doesn't come with Gorilla Glass and uses Schott Xensation 3D protection instead which is as strong as Gorilla glass.

"The screen of the Vivo S1 turns out to be pretty bright in indoors. However, in outdoor situations, the brightness level of the Vivo S1 screen seems slightly inadequate. Keeping the brightness level to even 100 per cent didn't feel enough for me to send an email when I was outside home or office. Inside a room, the viewing angles of the Vivo S1 were great, the contrast right and colours punchy."

--Flash in-display fingerprint sensor. This is one of the key highlights of the Vivo S1. Notably, the Vivo S1 is the first under Rs 20,000 Vivo phone to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor and Vivo is calling this technology 'Flash in-display fingerprint'. The fingerprint sensor unlocks the phone pretty quickly - as the name suggests, in just a flash. In addition to the in-display sensor the phone also includes face unlock support. I used the in-display fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone most of the time.

--AI triple rear camera system. The Vivo S1 includes a 16-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel secondary wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel camera with a depth sensor. Overall the Vivo S1's camera is a mixed bag. It's not bad or great. It's decent and should get the work done.

This is what I said about the camera of the Vivo S1 in the full review: "I used the Vivo S1 to click pictures in daylight, inside the room, and at night. In good light, the Vivo S1 clicks decent pictures. The details on the photos seem mushy and colours over-saturated with or without HDR. In the scorching sun, the Vivo S1 tends to overexpose pictures. The pictures look fine but not as good as pictures clicked with the Vivo Z1 Pro. Sadly, the situation doesn't improve in poor light. In low-light too, the Vivo S1 clicks pictures that often miss out on details. The Vivo S1 also comes with wide-angle mode but the image quality is mixed bag here too.

I liked the portrait shots clicked with the Vivo S1. The portrait shots appear with background properly blurred out, however, the edges could have been more distinct."

--32MP selfie camera. Similar to most of the recently launched Vivo phones this one also comes with 32MP selfie shooter. The Vivo S1 selfie camera is fine but could have been better. This is what I said about the selfie camera in the full review: "The S1 clicks decent selfies with a fair amount of details in them. Like all Vivo phones, this one too comes with lots of filters. The filters are fine for if you are on Instagram or Snapchat but I mostly prefer selfies clicked with no filters. The portrait selfies appear to be good enough as the camera properly blurs out the photo and that adds to the overall look of the picture."

--Performance. As far as the performance of the Vivo S1 is concerned - it's decent. The Vivo S1 manages day-to-day usage well enough but during heavy gaming sessions, the phone shows some signs of stutters. "In my one week of using the phone I found the Vivo S1 capable of managing day-to-day task very well but when it comes to multi-tasking it lags occasionally. When too many apps are running in the background the Vivo S1 slows down. So, I often had to clear the background apps for smooth performance." - This is what I said in the review of the phone.

--Software. FunTouch OS version 9 - Vivo's own custom skin is improved and comes with a host of new features like dark mode, smooth gestures, and more. All these features come to the Vivo S1 as the phone runs on FunTouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie.

--Battery. It is one of the best bits about the smartphone. The Vivo S1 comes with a massive 4500mAh battery that offers a longer battery backup than expected. "I used the Vivo S1 as my primary phone for around a week and can say that this is the best phone in this price segment as far as the battery performance is concerned. For me, the Vivo S1 goes through everyday activities pretty well and last easily for 1.5 days on a single charge. This is incredible." - This is what I said in the full review of the phone.

--Fast charging support. The Vivo S1 comes with an 18W fast charging support. The charger dual-engine fast charger comes bundled with the retail box. As said in the review of the phone -- "For me, the Vivo S1 took nearly one hour to charge from 0 - 100 per cent, which is pretty good."

-- The India price of Vivo S1 starts at Rs 17,990. This price is for the base model of the phone that comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There's a 6GB RAM and 64GB storage model of the Vivo S1 and this one comes for Rs 18,990. The top-end model of the Vivo S1 comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage and this version of the phone comes for Rs 19,990.