Vivo Y17 review - A mid-range super product with a luxurious design, huge battery

Vivo Y17 review – A mid-range super product with a luxurious design, huge battery

Vivo and OPPO are well known in the mid-range segment and spend a lot of time and money conducting their promotional and sponsorship campaigns in major sports activities. Vivo currently holds third place in smartphone shipments in India based on first-quarter sales, which have increased significantly during the year and helped the brand gain a position and stake. Unlike other brands such as Xiaomi, Realme, and Honor, Vivo never tries to break the market at extremely low prices, instead, the brand actually charges a little higher than the above-mentioned rivals and offers better design, camera, and after-sales support. Vivo has succeeded in catching up with the trend by bringing in the latest features such as an in-screen fingerprint sensor, a small border screen, and an attractive back.

Vivo Y17 review - A mid-range super product with a luxurious design, huge battery
Vivo Y17 review – A mid-range super product with a luxurious design, huge battery

The Vivo Y17 is one of the latest products on the market from this brand and has a 5,000mAh battery pack, a device with a sleek design and a three-camera set up to attract buyers.

Design and Display
The Vivo Y17 is not so unique and the overall design is very standard, the device has a water droplet-shaped groove for the front camera and uses a flat body design with rounded edges. The phone has a good overall design thanks to the choice of colors of the frame and back. The device is available in Mineral Blue and Mystic Blue finishes.

The back uses a unique design that according to the company is inspired by water and light when you look closely and the phone is light-catching, you can see an incept diagonal. There is a yellow ring around the three cameras set up on the blue variant of the smartphone while the purple variant has a matching purple ring.

Although the device is mostly made of plastic, it looks premium and has a depth of glass, the overall finish of the smartphone is above average but it is easy to stick to the fingerprint. The front of the Vivo Y17 is mainly occupied by the display with an unusual frame rate of 19.3: 9. The machine also has a very thick border that is slightly obscured by curved borders; however, the thick chin is clearly visible and there is nothing concealed in it.

The phone’s power button and volume button are located to the right of the smartphone and fit within reach of the thumb, however, the fingerprint sensor is too far away and difficult to reach. Nano-SIM cards and microSD cards are placed in a tray accessible to the left of the device. The lower part of the Vivo Y17 mainly contains a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a single speaker setup.

The Vivo Y17 is quite thick and weighs about 190g. Although the phone feels very firm when in hand, the trade-off is worth it because the device has a huge 5,000mAh battery. Overall, the phone feels pretty good grip, and even using one hand is generally very comfortable and we don’t feel that we can drop the device even if we try to stretch our fingers over the edges.

Software and Performance
The Vivo Y17 is equipped with a MediaTek Helio P35 processor commonly found on a cheap chipset, a mid-range processor that comes with an eight-core ARM ae based on the A53 architecture running at 2.3GHz, a built-in GPU that is PowerVR GE8320, and a device that comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. The screen of the Vivo Y17 is 6.35-inch in size and 720 x 1544 resolution, the machine has a rather strange frame rate of 19.3:9. Surprisingly, the device uses standard LCD panels while most competitors in the price segment offer FullHD resolution panels.

The device runs on the Funtouch 9 operating system based on Android 9 Pie, the software has a lot of customization options, and whether to prefer it over the regular original Android is subject to personal preferences. The lock screen on Funtouch OS 9 displays random images and stories from Vivo’s Lock Screen Poster Service without any ads. The home screen itself looks middle-aged and uses old-fashioned navigation buttons. There is an option to change the current style buttons and select modern gestures in the Settings app. There are no app drawers in the software like previous Vivo phones, and all apps are displayed on the home screen by default. The brand already includes a range of protein installed apps such as V-Appstore, Vivo Browser, and their own data backup utility. There is also the manager for general security and maintenance, along with first-party apps and Google default apps, which have a number of third-party apps installed as well as Facebook, Gaana, WhatsApp, Paytm, and some others.

The user interface has been redesigned, and everything from notification panes to default apps looks new now, Quick Switch is now accessible by swiping up from the bottom similar to iOS Shortcut Center. Using this feature with Gesture Navigation is a difficult thing and you need to know exactly where to pull up so as not to open the Shortcut Center. The software has some unique features such as the ability to copy messaging applications right from the home screen or turn on USB file sharing from the notification pane itself. There is also a built-in video screen recorder and multiple keyboard shortcuts throughout the system to trigger actions. Vivo has also included the Jovi smart assistant found on the Funtouch operating system, which has a Jovi Smart Scene on the left side of the home screen similar to the Bixby deployment seen on Samsung. This helps display weather alerts and helps keep track of online purchases.

The Vivo Y17 is not the most powerful smartphone in the price segment but works pretty well most of the time. Although fun touch has a lot of bloatware, we can’t see that affecting overall resilience. The software on the smartphone responds sensually and the user interface animation is always smooth, fingerprint recognition is also sensitive. The screen on the smartphone may seem a bit blurry but the viewing angle is quite good. The brightness is really good but the resolution is a bit low, the device is usable even in harsh sunny conditions.

Vivo Y17 works slightly weaker in our benchmarks and scores 87,022 on AnTuTu while Geekbench gives a score of 761 on single cores and 4088 on multi-cores. In the GFXBench T-rex scene, the phone helps to increase by about 28FPS, which is pretty good in terms of graphics performance.

The Vivo Y17 comes with a three-camera setup including a 13MP main sensor with an f/ 2.2 aperture, an 8MP wide-angle sensor with an f / 2.2 aperture, and a 2MP f / 2.4 sensor for portrait photography. Looking right at the specifications that do not seem very impressive, the high aperture is clearly directed towards poor light performance compared to other smartphones in the price segment. In the Vivo Y17, the manufacturer has focused more on the front camera with a 20MP sensor with an f / 2.0 aperture. The camera app comes with a number of handy features that allow a quick switch between portrait effects on the front camera, and there is also an aperture switch for the rear camera that uses a software effect to change the aperture. There is also a button for switching between the main lens and the wide-angle lens for a much wider viewing angle.

There is also the Jovi assistant in the Camera app and there is an AI option that identifies the scene and automatically selects the best filter based on it. This is a subjective topic of argument based on the effect that the user wants to create and is easily questioned when choosing. The front camera also comes with an AI beauty option that looks at the gender and age of the selfie-taker and applies smoothing and other adjustments flexibly to help enhance the end result.

The images that we captured on the Vivo Y17 were not so bad, however, the focus of the camera struggled a lot to get a perfect lock. The sharpness of the image is a highlight and miss in most cases, while the image mostly looks good on the screen of the smartphone when zooming in or opening the image on a larger screen like a desktop immediately makes the image blurry and lacks noticeable sharpness. . . The colors are brilliant and brilliant, the saturation level is quite good and the macro on the Vivo Y17 is quite good. We noticed a big change in image quality as we transitioned from the main camera to the wide-angle camera, the colors lost accuracy, the texture looked distorted and the overall quality was significantly reduced.

Night photography or low light on the Vivo Y17 is a real struggle as the device struggles to establish focus, objects in the fore scene are grainy and the background is blurred or flushed. Most details are lost in most normal, slightly better close-up shots, but objects at long distances lack any detail, in addition, the wide-angle camera is even inferior in low light conditions. The front camera works quite well in daylight conditions and is better than the rear camera even in low light conditions. Beauty features at the lowest settings create more subtle but useful effects.


The Vivo Y17 comes with incredible battery life and extensive storage space. The front camera of the device is quite good and the device is fine for everyday use if your use is limited to regular chat and social networking applications. The phone is designed for users who have very simple needs and can be a good choice if your usage is limited and your most important thing is the overall battery life of the phone, which is a plus compared to others in the price range.

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