The Vivo S1 Pro was launched in China in May this year, and now its global version has been shown the light in the Philippines but with some changes that include an emasculated processor and a bigger battery. Also, a tiny dewdrop notch replaces the pop-up mechanism found in the original variant.
The smartphone is priced at PHP15,999 (Approx. USD314) for the sole 8GB RAM+128GB storage variant. It will be available in Fancy Sky and Knight Black color options. The exact date for the availability is not specified, but the preordering will kick off soon.
The new Vivo S1 Pro wraps a 6.39-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display upfront featuring a dewdrop notch and an in-display fingerprint print sensor.
The rear side, design-wise, mimics the recently launched Vivo S5 as the Vivo S1 Pro mounts a quad-camera array enclosed in a diamond-shaped module.
The setup consists of a 48MP f/1.8 Samsung GM1 primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor with a 108-degree field of view, a 2MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. The display-mounted dewdrop notch wields a 32MP selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture, HDR support, and 1080p video recording capability at 30 fps.
The smartphone gets the stamina from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, which also powers the Vivo U10 that was launched back in September in India. The new Vivo S1 Pro sees a downgrade in this department as the Snapdragon 675 SoC powers the original Chinese variant.
It packs 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage with the facility of storage expansion up to 256GB via microSD card. The original variant is, however, offered in 6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB/256GB storage variations.
On the software side of things, the latest Vivo S1 Pro runs Android 9 Pie with Funtouch OS 9.2 slapped on top. The battery is upped to 4,500mAh from the 3,700mAh present in the Chinese variant. The battery draws juice via USB Type –C aided by 18W fast charging. Other connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, FM radio, and 3.5mm headphone jack.
So far, it is not revealed whether the new Vivo S1 Pro will also be carried forward to other markets. But the company, meanwhile, is all geared up to launch the Vivo U10’s successor, the Vivo U20, in India on November 22. The Vivo U20 is expected to pack a Snapdragon 675 SoC, 6GB RAM, and a 5,000mAh battery equipped with 18W fast charging support.