Review of Vivo V17 Neo – frameless with NFC for 20 thousand rubles
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Appearance and ergonomics
black brilliant (black with a rhombic pattern) and blue pearl (white-blue with tints)
6.38 inches, Full HD + (1,080 × 2,340 pixels), Super AMOLED
Mediatek MT6768 Helio P65 (2 × 2 GHz Cortex ‑ A75 + 6 × 1.7 GHz Cortex ‑ A55)
128 GB + microSD card slot with memory capacity up to 256 GB
Two slots for nanoSIM
Back – 16 megapixels (main) + 8 megapixels (ultra wide-angle) + 2 megapixels (depth sensor).
Front – 32 MP
Up to 1,080p with 30 FPS
Wi ‑ Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC
MicroUSB, 3.5 mm analog audio jack
Fingerprint, Face, PIN
Android 9.0 + Funtouch 9
4,500 mAh, fast charge supported
159.5 × 75.2 × 8.1 mm
Appearance and ergonomics
V17 Neo is available in two colors. We got a dark version with a rhombic pattern. It looks interesting: closer to the bottom of the panel, rhombuses shimmer with shades of blue, and the edges go black at the edges.
At the back is a vertical camera module that we have seen dozens of times. At first it seems that there are four lenses, but when considering, you understand that one of them is the flash eye.
The plastic case does not inspire much confidence. It easily collects prints and is scratched, so it is better to wear a smartphone in a case.
On the left is a slot for nanoSIM- and microSD-cards, as well as a button for calling the Google Assistant. It can be reassigned, but only to call Google search. And this is worth doing, since the voice assistant can be turned on by long pressing the center button of the bottom panel of Android. On the right is a slightly staggering volume key and power button. Below are the speaker and microphone holes, as well as microUSB and mini ‑ jack connectors.
V17 Neo lies well in the hand, but to reach the far corner of the screen with your thumb, without moving your palm, is unrealistic. This is a classic phablet that will appeal to fans of large-sized smartphones.
V17 Neo – frameless with a drop-shaped neckline. The lower edge is thicker than the others, but this does not affect the work with the smartphone.
The Super AMOLED screen is inferior to the flagship, but only at the level of sensations. It's hard to find fault with the clarity of the picture or color reproduction. The brightness potential is excellent.
V17 Neo supports Always on Display mode. With it, the time, date, battery and notifications from the designated applications can be seen on the locked screen. About 20 dial options are available.
A test sample has already arrived to us with a film – it will come with smartphones when they go on sale.
The speaker is one and expectedly mediocre. But you can connect your favorite headphones with mini-jack or Bluetooth-interface. Headphones with a Vivo XE100 microphone will be included.
As we said above, the V17 Neo camera module includes three lenses:
the main one that you will use almost always;
ultra-wide-angle, which will help to fit the spire of the Eiffel Tower completely into the frame;
auxiliary lens for portraits.
The camera does not cause any complaints, nor any special emotions. With the V17 Neo, you can take decent shots during the day and bearable at night. The ultra-wide-angle lens works worse than the main one: lower resolution and aperture ratio affect. Portrait mode is not very attentive to the nuances, but nice shots with bokeh are easy to do.
Self-camera without beauty also works flawlessly.
The worst thing about Vivo cameras is the creepy interface of a native application. There are dozens of buttons, modes and functions, and most of them are not needed.
Our test sample does not support AnTuTu, so we will have to rely on Geekbench 4 performance and our own feelings.
Judging by the test results, the performance of the V17 Neo is average. The eight-core Mediatek MT6768 Helio P65 with a frequency of up to 2 GHz and 6 GB of RAM almost allowed the gadget to catch up with the more expensive Vivo V15 Pro and catch up with some Xiaomi models (for example, Mi 9 SE) and Samsung (for example, Galaxy A50). At the same time, the budget killer Redmi Note 7 gave a better result in the benchmark.
We tested the V17 Neo in three games: Subway Surfers, Injustice 2, and PUBG. In Subway Surfers, there were no lags and sagging FPS, but the picture in the game was somehow pixelated and unaligned, as if artificially limited in resolution. In Injustice 2, the frame rate sometimes sagged. PUBG started at medium graphics settings, but there were still minor problems with FPS. A special game mode sewn into the shell can improve the picture.
V17 Neo can hardly be called gaming or high-performance, but in 2019 its hardware is still relevant. Especially if you use a smartphone to solve standard tasks and messaging in messengers. If you need a car for games, then it is better to choose a specialized flagship or an inexpensive option with an emphasis on a powerful processor. With the V17 Neo, you can comfortably play resource-intensive games, but the limit of possibilities is felt.
The smartphone is running Android 9.0 with the Funtouch 9 shell. We already wrote about it in a review of previous Vivo models. This is an iOS add-on that features many of the pre-installed services from Google and Vivo.
If you remove everything unnecessary, then using such a shell is quite convenient.
You can use your face or finger to unlock. The Face ID analogue here is not very reliable. If you have something to hide, it is better to choose unlock by fingerprint. The sensor is on the screen. It works smartly and always.
To speed up the process, the system suggests using a combined authorization, in which the smartphone can read both facial features and fingerprint. Perhaps this is the most convenient and fastest unlock scenario.
4,500 mAh is decent. This charge is enough for a day or even two. During testing, we discharged the smartphone only once, but noticed one unpleasant nuance. The charge drops unevenly. The indicator slowly decreased to a critical point: the path from 30% to 10% took several hours. And after the mark of 10%, the smartphone was discharged in some minutes. Perhaps this is a software bug that will be fixed by the time of release.
Supports fast dual charge (9 volts, 2 amperes). The test sample came to us without a box with an adapter, so it was not possible to check the charging speed.
Vivo V17 Neo is a strong middling with an interesting design, a good camera, a serious battery and NFC support. He, like most Vivo models, is lacking in character: outwardly, it’s about the same as other Chinese brands do, inside – unscrupulous copying of iOS. But the device is quite possible to use.
Compared with other Vivo smartphones that came to our editorial office, the V17 Neo will be a great option to buy. It is better than Y17 in key specifications, but costs only 4,000 rubles more. It is comparable to the V15 Pro, but 10,000 rubles cheaper.
The price of the Vivo V17 Neo in the official store is 19,990 rubles. The start of sales is August 17th.
The author thanks Vivo for providing the device for testing.