The Vivo V17 Pro has just been launched in Malaysia, and if you love taking selfie shots, this phone is right up your alley. See, the V17 Pro has two pop-up selfie cameras: one is a regular 32MP primary sensor, while the other is an 8MP ultra-wide angle shooter.
Needless to say, the ultra-wide angle lens of the 8MP camera will definitely open up new shooting possibilities. Given that not many smartphones have this kind of hardware – especially at this price point – it’s certainly a big selling point for the V17 Pro. Of course, this is only the case if the selfie camera is important to you.
But what about the pop-up camera mechanism itself? Well, even though the module is much larger than your typical pop-up camera, it actually seems quite robust. It doesn’t feel too slow to activate when I switch to the selfie camera, it’s relatively quiet, and it even has a front-facing flash for taking selfie shots in low light conditions.
Beyond its selfie camera system, the V17 Pro also has a quad camera configuration on the back. For our market, it’s made up of a 48MP main shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. There’s also an option for 2x zoom in the camera interface, but this is merely digital zoom.
Powering the V17 Pro is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset, which is paired with a generous 8GB RAM. Storage wise, it offers 128GB of storage, which is unfortunately not expandable. Nonetheless, that amount of storage capacity should be good enough for most folks, though it would’ve been nice to have a microSD card slot.
If you’re concerned about battery life, you’ll be happy to know that the V17 Pro features a large 4,100mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging via USB-C. I haven’t had the opportunity to use it as my daily driver yet, but I’m quite positive it can deliver above average battery life. After all, the phone’s 6.44-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display wouldn’t take up too much power.
Speaking of which, the V17 Pro’s “Ultra FullView” display is said to deliver an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 91.65%. As there’s no need to make space for the front-facing cameras, the phone also has an eye pleasing, all-screen design. The small bezel at the bottom of the display doesn’t detract from the phone’s sleek appeal either.
As for the display quality itself, it appears to be a decent screen. AMOLED panels have vibrant colours and deep blacks, which are all present on the V17 Pro. Chances are, you won’t be disappointed with this panel’s quality.
Another hardware worth pointing out is the V17 Pro’s in-screen fingerprint sensor, which is surprisingly quick. A quick tap is enough to unlock the device, and it can accurately recognise my fingerprints most of the time. While it’s still not as fast or accurate as a conventional capacitive fingerprint reader, it’s definitely one of the better in-screen sensors in the market.
Design wise, I really quite like how the V17 Pro looks, especially the Crystal White variant we have here. While the back panel doesn’t feel particularly premium, it does look good. In fact, it’s almost as if it has a pearlescent finish, which seems to shift colours depending on the lighting.
That being said, I’m not thrilled about the build quality and ergonomics of the V17 Pro. The plastic frame doesn’t feel particularly great, the back panel flexes a bit too easily with added pressure, and I can feel the camera bump whenever I’m holding the phone normally. At this price point, I definitely expected more solid build quality.
So how much does the V17 Pro cost? For the Malaysian market, it retails at RM1,699, which is quite a steep asking price for a mid-range smartphone. At this price point, it has to compete with a number of other devices that offer better value for money, build quality, and feature set. These include the excellent Huawei Nova 5T, Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, and even the Xiaomi Mi A3.
Granted, none of them can quite offer the functionality of the V17 Pro’s dual pop-up selfie camera, especially the front-facing ultra-wide angle shooter. That particular feature really is one of the best reasons to get this smartphone. However, if you don’t care about selfie cameras, the V17 Pro isn’t made for you; a different phone in this price range will serve you better.
The Vivo V17 Pro is now available for purchase in Malaysia for RM1,699. It is available in two colour options: Crystal White, and the more subdued Knight Black.