The Vivo V17 sports a hole-punch display and has a compact quad-camera setup. But does it justify the price it commands?




Vivo has been launching smartphones at a rapid pace in the latter half of this year. One recent launch, the Vivo U20, managed to make headlines for its price-to-performance ratio. Surprisingly Vivo has launched yet another smartphone, this time in the V-series, called the Vivo V17. You can look at this new smartphone as a lower-priced version of the Vivo V17 Pro. It lacks the dual pop-up selfie camera module and goes with a hole-punch design instead. Can it justify its Rs. 22,990 price tag in a market crowded with great low-cost devices, including some of Vivo's own? We review to find out.

Vivo V17 design

The Vivo V17 looks gorgeous, especially in the Glacier Ice colour finish that we had for this review. We like that Vivo has managed to keep the bezels slim and the camera hole small. The back also packs a compact quad-camera module that doesn't take much space. We have seen a similar finish on the Realme XT (Review), which was called Lunar White. If you aren't fond of white phones, you could opt for the Midnight Ocean colour variant instead.
We like that the Vivo V17 has super slim bezels at the top and sides of the screen. Vivo has opted for a hole-punch design for this smartphone. The 6.44-inch Super AMOLED display has a full-HD+ resolution and good viewing angles, and colours are punchy too. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S10₹ 61,900 (Review), the camera hole is positioned in the top right corner and is quite small. You will not really see the selfie camera peeping through the display very often. Yes, it does cut into content when watching videos and playing games but it wasn't big enough to bother us. This phone also has an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Vivo has used a plastic frame for this device, and the back panel also feels plasticky. All the buttons are positioned on the right and a fairly easy to reach. The SIM tray is on the left and has two Nano-SIM slots as well as a dedicated microSD card slot.
At the back, the Vivo V17 sports a quad-camera setup which is placed in a rectangular camera module. This module juts out slightly, which causes the device to rock when placed on a flat surface. We weren't too worried about the camera lenses getting scratched as the module has a metal rim around it. The back panel picks up fingerprints and smudges very easily but the Glacier Ice colour managed to hide this quite well in our experience. Vivo ships a transparent case in the box, along with a pair of in-ear headphones and an 18W fast charger.

Vivo V17 specifications and software

The Vivo V17 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, which is surprising and disappointing. Vivo recently used the same processor to power the Vivo U20₹ 10,990, which is priced at Rs. 10,990 – less than half as much as the V17. Vivo could have gone with at least the Snapdragon 730, which currently powers the likes of the Redmi K20.


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