Vivo has introduced the S18, S18 Pro and S18e smartphones in the S18 series in China, as expected. The S18 and S18 Pro feature a 6.78-inch FHD+ 120Hz 60° curved AMOLED display with 2160Hz high frequency PWM dimming, 2800 nits peak brightness and feature a 50MP autofocus front camera with dual soft LED flash.

Vivo S18 and Vivo S18 Pro launched

So now, let’s have a look at the specifications, features, and more regarding the base S18 and the higher end S18 Pro models.

Vivo S18 and S18 Pro Launched

Design and Display

With the new S18 models, Vivo is refreshing the design of its S series of smartphones. The rear retains a rectangular camera module for both the S18 and S18 Pro but the image sensor alignment is different than before. There are two modules in the back with the top half featuring the cameras, while the bottom housing a twin LED lighting setup. This includes a regular dual tone flash in the module and the second is a larger soft LED lighting that runs along the border of the bottom half similar to a ring light.

The back also seems to have a feather-like pattern on the rear panel with a plastic middle frame. Both models also feature a thin and light body that measures just 7.45mm in thickness and weighs 185.8 grams in weight (187.8 grams for the Pro). Meanwhile, the front on both devices sports a tall 6.78-inch curved OLED display that offers Full HD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and 2800 nits of peak brightness. The panel also houses a center aligned punch hole cutout for the S18 and S18 Pro.

Vivo S18 in colors
Vivo S18

Hardware Specifications

Under the hood, the Vivo S18 is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 SoC, while the S18 Pro features the MediaTek Dimensity 9200+ chipset. These processors will be paired with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. It is worth noting that the Pro features LPDDR5X RAM and the vanilla version comes with LPDDR4X memory.

The Vivo S18 and S18 Pro will also run on the Android 14 OS based OriginOS 4 custom skin out of the box.

Notably, the S18 lineup supports up to 16GB of virtual RAM expansion as well as 50GB of storage compression.

A large 5,000mAh battery pack that powers the S18 and S18 Pro models, which supports 80W fast charging. As per official claims, the devices can last for up to 13.5 hours on a single full charge, with the cells having a 4 year life. The company has also promised free 4 years of battery replacement as well.

Other notable features include Bluetooth 5.4/Bluetooth 5.3, in-display fingerprint scanner, various audio codecs support, facial recognition, and more.


As for photography, the Vivo S18 Pro houses a 50-megapixel Sony IMX920 primary sensor, a 50-megapixel Samsung JNI ultra wide angle lens, and a 12-megapixel IMX663 telephoto shooter that offers 2x optical zoom. To recall, this is the primary sensor is the same as the one that is equipped on the flagship Vivo X100.

On the other hand, the base S18 offers a 50-megapixel main camera paired with an 8-megapixel ultra wide angle shooter. Meanwhile, the front has a 50-megapixel selfie shooter.

Vivo S18 pro in colors
Vivo S18 pro

Vivo S18 and S18 Pro Specifications

Display: 6.78-inch (2800×1260 pixels) Full HD AMOLED 20:9 aspect ratio screen with HDR10+, 120Hz refresh rate, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, up to 2800 nits peak brightness


  • S18 Pro – Up to 3.35GHz Octa Core Dimensity 9200+ 4nm processor with Immortalis-G715 GPU
  • S18 – Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 (4nm) Mobile Platform with Adreno 720 GPU

RAM/Storage: 8GB (in S18 only) / 12GB / 16GB RAM (LPDDR5 in S18 and LPDDR5X in S18 Pro), 256GB / 512GB UFS 3.1 storage

OS: Android 14 with OriginOS 4

SIM: Dual SIM (nano + nano)

Rear Camera

  • S18 Pro – 50MP camera with 1/1.55″ Sony IMX920 sensor, f/1.88 aperture, OIS, LED flash, 50MP with 1/2.76″ Samsung JN1 ultra-wide sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 12MP 2x telephoto portrait camera with Sony IMX663 sensor f/1.98 aperture
  • S18 – 50MP camera with OmniVision OV50E sensor, f/1.88 aperture, OIS, LED flash, 8MP ultra-wide OmniVision OV08D10 sensor with f/2.2 aperture

Front Camera: 50MP autofocus front camera with f/2.0 aperture, dual soft LED flash

Sensors: In-display fingerprint sensor

Multimedia: USB Type-C audio, Stereo Speakers, Hi-Res audio

IP Ratings: S18 Pro – Dust and splash resistant (IP54)

Dimensions: 164.36×75.1× 7.45mm

Weight: 185.8g (S18) / 187.8g (S18 Pro)

Connectivity: 5G SA/NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.4 (S18) / 5.3 (S18 Pro), GPS (L1 + L5), USB Type-C, NFC

Battery: 5000mAh (typ) battery with 80W fast charging

Vivo S18 and S18 Pro Price and Availability

The Vivo S18 and S18 Pro have been announced in multiple color options, namely white, green, and black. These are also listed in various storage configurations as well. So here’s a detailed pricing breakdown:

Vivo S18

  • 8GB + 256GB – 2,299 Yuan (roughly $325)
  • 12GB + 256GB – 2,599 Yuan (roughly $367)
  • 12GB + 512GB – 2,799 Yuan (roughly $395)
  • 16GB + 512GB – 2,999 Yuan (roughly $424)

Vivo S18 Pro

  • 12GB + 256GB – 3,199 Yuan (roughly $452)
  • 16GB + 256GB – 3,499 Yuan (roughly $494)
  • 16GB + 512GB – 3,699 Yuan (roughly $522)

The first sale of the Vivo S18 will kick off on December 22, while the S18 Pro model will go on sale alongside the S18e on 13th January 2024.