Being one of the first to pack an elevating selfie camera in their devices, Vivo continues to push the envelope of smartphone innovation with each iteration, with an aim of bringing a new and improved experience to its customers.

vivo v17 pro (143)The V17 Pro is the company’s mid-range contender, and aims to challenge the reign of its predecessor as one of the best in the selfie department, while bringing more to the table. Heading the list – a new design, a high-capacity battery, a quad-camera system, and not one, but two snappers up front, in an motorized pop-up module.


Display 6.44″ FHD+ Super AMOLED Ultra FullView
Processor Snapdragon 675 AIE
Storage 128GB
Rear Camera 48MP  Main
8MP Wide-Angle
2MP Macro
2MP Depth
Front Camera 32MP (f/2.0) Main
8MP (f/2.2) Wide-Angle
OS Android 9 + Funtouch OS 9.1
Battery 4,100mAh
Other Features 18W Dual Engine Fast-Charging
HDR Portrait
4K 30fps Video
AI Scene Identification
Super Night Mode (Front and Back)
In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
Dedicated Google Assistant Button
Bluetooth 5
Colors Glacier Blue, Midnight Ocean
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Vivo V17 Pro Review
Our Verdict
The Vivo V17 Pro mostly delivers on its promises of a new and improved user experience. It looks and feels premium, daily performance is still more than superb, software is well-refined, and the cameras are able to capture good quality photos in most scenarios. Not to mention great battery life. Of course, it's not a perfect device. The lack of a Face Unlock feature is a huge let-down, it still uses the same chipset as its predecessor, and the macro camera does seem a bit gimmicky. Then there's the price. I'd say PhP21,999 sounds fair. But it would've been so much better if it had a newer processor, and face unlock.
Design and Build Quality
What's Good
Premium look and feel
Decent camera performance in most scenarios
Still remains to be one of the best for selfies
Great battery life
Well-refined software
What's Not
A bump to a newer processor would've been nice
Macro camera feels a bit gimmicky
Gaming performance could be slightly better
No face unlock

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.