Vivo S1 Philippines Price is PHP 14,999, Full Specs, Unboxing and Actual Unit Photos

As many of you know, leading Chinese handset maker Vivo Mobile recently released an all-new midrange Android smartphone in our country that's big on features but has a very accessible price tag, especially for young professionals and college students who demand a lot from their daily drivers, including the ability to take good photos as well as enough power for mobile gaming and heavy multitasking.

For those who are wondering how the much-talked-about Vivo S1 looks in the flesh, I made this post is for you.

Vivo S1, Vivo S1 Philippines

Before I give you a rundown of this handset's key features and technical specifications, allow me to show you everything that you'll get for PHP 14,999, which is its official suggested retail price in our country.

Vivo S1, Vivo S1 Philippines

The original Vivo S1 ships in this plain white box with a big letter S printed on top and three of the phone's main selling points printed at the bottom.


According to Vivo, this model has three hallmarks, namely, its high-resolution 32 MegPixel front-facing camera, its in-display fingerprint scanner, and the AI triple rear camera module.


The official retail package includes this metal pin for ejecting the SIM card tray which has two slots for nanoSIM cards and a dedicated slot for microSD card. Yes, no need to sacrifice Dual SIM capability just to get even more storage space if you need it.


Documentation includes the Important Information and Warranty Card as well as the Quick User Guide.


I like that the user manual is practically just a pamphlet that gives us concise details about the device that you just purchased. It's not a bore to read.


Of course, we also have the Vivo regular wired earphones, which frankly looks like Apple Earpods.


Here's the microUSB 2.0 to USB cable for charging the phone and connecting it to a laptop or desktop.


Finally, we have the travel charger that you'll need to enjoy the 18W fast charging that's supported by Vivo S1.


Oh, and I think it's nice that Vivo Mobile had generously included a free soft gel case - with grooves and flaps for the buttons and ports - so you won't have to purchase one separately. Sweet!


I am aware that there are many fake Vivo smartphones in the market. Hence, for your reference, here's the complete retail package of the original Vivo S1.

Vivo S1, Vivo S1 Philippines

Alright. Now, let me present to you the Vivo S1, in the flesh!

This model is the first in the company's new line of handset that's targeted towards young and active mobile consumers who rely on their smartphones to achieve their dreams and to accomplish much.

Vivo S1, Vivo S1 Philippines

Vivo S1 features a massive 6.3-inch FullHD+ SuperAMOLED display that looks downright brilliant and crisp. Whether you enjoy viewing photos, watching videos, or playing games on your smartphone, you will definitely find the experience more enjoyable on this screen. That's for sure.

Vivo S1 Cameras

Great for budding mobile photographers, Vivo S1 has three smart cameras at the back which gives the user maximum flexibility in snapping images. There's a 16 MegaPixel f/1.8 main shooter that performs well in various lighting conditions, an 8 MegaPixel f/2.2 secondary camera with ultra-wide-angle lens that's great for taking travel photos and landscape images, and finally, there's the 2 MegaPixel Depth Sensor that enables bokeh or blurred background effect in portraits.


Vivo Mobile makes great selfie-centric smartphones and as expected, Vivo S1 delivers clear and vibrant self-portraits via its ultra-high-resolution 32 MegaPixel front-facing camera that's also powered by the company's very own AI Beauty software that instantly touches up your selfies, making them ready for sharing on social media, no need for manual post-processing.

Vivo S1, Vivo S1 Philippines

Oh, and if you love vlogging, you can also shoot FullHD 30fps videos using both the main rear cam and front-facing camera of the Vivo S1. I would suggest that you invest in a gimbal, though, for better stabilization. DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is out now in the Philippines and it's good.

As I've shared, Vivo S1 is a more than capable device in terms of power and that's because of its stellar internal hardware given its price.


This model runs its Funtouch 9 skinned Android 9.0 Pie Operating System with a fairly powerful and very energy efficient 12nm Octa Core Mediatek MT6768 Helio P65 that can relied on when running resource intensive apps and games. The integrated Mali G52 GPU lets you play popular titles like Mobile Legends Bang Bang with no annoying lags or stuttering.


The chipset is complemented by 6GB of RAM that ensures smooth multitasking even when you open multiple apps at once. There's also 128GB of internal storage that's large enough for all your photos and videos -- but if you need more space, you can always beef it up using the microSD card slot.


Before I forget, for me, one of the strongest selling points of the Vivo S1 would have to be its drop-down gorgeous looks. The device has high-gloss finish plus metallic accents that give it an air of sophistication and opulence. The gleaming diamond pattern at the back perfectly works with the gradient design to make the handset look like a high-end release.

Vivo S1, Vivo S1 Philippines

Interested? Vivo S1 is now officially available at all Vivo Concept Stores and authorized retail channels across the archipelago. This model is also available via Vivo Mobile Philippines' official Lazada online store. If you pre-order it until September 6, 2019, you will even get a free JBL Go2 Bluetooth Speaker, making it an even sweeter deal. Get this smartphone. I personally recommend it.

Vivo S1 Specs
159.5 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm
179 grams
6.38 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels, FullHD+, SuperAMOLED
Halo Notch
Triple Rear Camera:
16 MegaPixels, f/1.8 Aperture, 1/2.8", 1.12┬Ám, PDAF
8 MegaPixels, f/2.2, 13mm Ultra-Wide Lens
2 MegaPixels, f/2.4, Depth Sensor
Front Camera:
32 MegaPixels, f/2.0 Aperture
Video Recorder:
Back - FullHD 1080p 30fps
Front - FullHD 1080p 30fps
Funtouch 9
Android 9.0 Pie Operating System
12nm Octa Core Mediatek MT6768 Helio P65
Mali G52 GPU
6GB RAM
128GB ROM
Dedicated microSD Card Slot
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
FM Radio
microUSB 2.0
USB On-The-Go
18W Fast Charging
Non-removable 4,500 mAh Li-Po Battery Pack
High-Gloss Polycarbonate
Diamond Black, Skyline Blue, Cosmic Green

Vivo S1 Price in the Philippines
Official SRP: PHP 14,999

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