Last month, vivo announced the vivo V17 in Russia, but now a new phone with the same moniker has been launched into the Indian market. The phone comes with L-shaped main camera setup and a punch-hole design for the front-facing snapper.

vivo has taken the Indian budget segment by storm with its U- and Z-series and it’s now looking to further its assault on the mid-range segment with the vivo V17.

vivo v17 (indian version) Rearview

The Chinese company has made a point to stand out from its competitors, first with the dual pop-up selfie camera in the vivo V17 Pro and now with a tiny punch-hole and rectangular rear-camera module on the vivo V17. There’s also a powerful Snapdragon chipset in tow, so let’s check out the complete specifications:

vivo V17: Specs and Features

First off with the design, vivo V17 features a plastic build, but it looks and feels a lot like glass. It comes in two stunning color variants — Midnight Ocean and Glacier Ice. We have the Glacier Ice variant with us and it looks amazing. It sports a rectangular camera bump, which is expected to become a standard in 2020, as well.

vivo v17 (indian version) Front view
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vivo V17 features a 6.44-inch Full-HD+ E3 Super AMOLED display with the trendy punch-hole design. It boasts a 20:9 aspect ratio, 2400 x 1080p resolution, and 91.38% screen-to-body ratio. Since it’s an AMOLED panel, vivo V17 comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor instead of a physical one.

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Vivo V17 features only a miniature 2.98mm selfie punch-hole design. Vivo boasts it to be the world’s tiniest punch-hole smartphone.

T the Snapdragon 675 chipset that runs the show. It’s paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage, expandable up to 256GB via the dedicated microSD card slot onboard. vivo V17 runs Android 9 Pie-based FunTouchOS 9.2 in December – almost 4 months after Android 10 was made official. But we can expect the company to take the wraps off Android 10-based JoviOS at the vivo X30 5G launch next week.

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vivo v17 (indian version) Camera
vivo v17 (Indian version) Rearview

Moving on, the USP of this phone will have to be the cameras. You get a quad-camera setup with a 48MP (f/1.8) primary lens, along with an 8MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide-angle lens with a 120-degree field-of-view, a 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor, and 2MP (f/2.4) macro lens. This is the same camera setup most phone makers are offering nowadays to boast quad-camera setups. Not much merit here.

The camera software is overflowing with features including the Super Night Mode, Ultra Stable Video, Portrait light effect, Pose Master, and more. There’s also a 32MP selfie lens sitting in the punch-hole. It’s the exact same camera setup that we find on the recently announced vivo S5 in China.

Vivo V17 comes equipped with a 4,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. It also packs all essential connectivity options including GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and more.

vivo V17 Price and Availability

The vivo V17 has no visible fingerprint scanner, meaning either the Chinese manufacturer decided to go with a punctured OLED panel or might scrap the sensor at all. The phone is expected to have 4,500 mAh battery with 18W fast charging over the USB-C, while price is rumored to be INR22,990 ($320/€300).

So, what do you think about the Vivo V17? Let us know in the comments below.

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