Vivo S17 / S17t / S17 Pro Released: Focus on Portrait Photography

June 1, 2023

On June 1st, Gizcoupon reported that Vivo officially launched the Vivo S17 series, including vivo S17 / S17t / S17 Pro three models.

Vivo S17 / S17t / S17 Pro Design

In terms of appearance, the Vivo S17 series features a “Water Mirror Cloud Window” design. The new camera module is integrated into Vivo’s classic cloud window, where the transparent lens base seamlessly blends with the body. The brand-new soft light ring adds a touch of agility to the device. Additionally, the entire series adopts a 3D curved design, creating a streamlined body.

Vivo S17 / S17t / S17 Pro

The Vivo S17/S17t comes in three color options: Mountain and Sea Blue, Flower Sea, and Xuan Black. The S17 Pro offers Mountain and Sea Blue, Ice White Jade, and Xuan Black color options. The “Mountain and Sea Blue” edition employs the “particle ink” process to depict flowing landscapes. The “Ice White Jade” edition combines a jade-like glass process with a dual-layer magnetic field design, achieving a light and ethereal appearance. The “Flower Sea” edition uses lithography technology to recreate romantic flower seas. The “Xuan Black” edition features fluorite AG technology, adding an elusive luster transformation.

Vivo S17 / S17t / S17 Pro


In terms of display, the Vivo S17 series features a 6.78-inch 2800×1260 OLED curved screen. It adopts BOE’s Q9 luminescent material and claims to have the best screen in the S series to date. It also sets multiple records for the S series. The clearest in the S series, up to 1.5K resolution, 452PPI super high pixel density. The brightest in the S series, it can display 1 billion colors, and the brightness, contrast, etc., are the best levels in the S series so far. The most eye-friendly in the S series, with up to 2160Hz high-frequency dimming, and equipped with multiple eye-protection technologies. The screen also supports a 120Hz refresh rate and a 300Hz touch sampling rate. Furthermore, it has a maximum manual brightness of 600nit, a global peak brightness of 1000nit, and a local peak brightness of 1300nit. It also supports 10-bit color depth. (The S17 does not support 360-degree brightness adjustment, and the S17t does not support 1 billion colors/color enhancement/360-degree brightness adjustment).


In terms of performance, the Vivo S17 series introduces three chip platforms for the first time. The S17 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+, the S17t with the MediaTek Dimensity 8050, and the S17 Pro with the MediaTek Dimensity 8200. In terms of battery life, the Vivo S17 series features a 4600mAh battery with support for 80W fast charging, allowing 70% of the battery to be charged in just 30 minutes.

Vivo S17 / S17t / S17 Pro Camera

For imaging, the Vivo S17/S17t boasts a 50MP front camera (Samsung S5KJN1, 1/2.76-inch sensor), while the S17 has a 50MP rear camera (Samsung S5KGN5, OIS, 1/1.56-inch sensor). The S17t features a 50MP rear camera (Sony IMX766, OIS, 1/1.56-inch sensor) and an 8MP camera (Sony IMX355, 1/4-inch sensor). The Vivo S17 Pro features a 50MP front camera (Samsung S5KJN1, 1/2.76-inch sensor) and a rear camera setup consisting of a 50MP main camera (Sony IMX766, OIS, 1/1.56-inch sensor), an 8MP camera (Sony IMX355, 1/4-inch sensor), and a 12MP telephoto portrait camera (Sony IMX663, 2x optical zoom, 1/2.93-inch sensor).

sensitivity and fills the light two-wheel drive

According to the official statement, the Vivo S17 series achieves a breakthrough in portrait photography while maintaining a lightweight and thin design. It utilizes a “sensitivity and fills the light two-wheel drive,” combining leading light sensitivity and professional supplementary light technology. The Vivo S17 series enhances the light sensitivity of both the front and rear cameras. The front camera features a 50MP sensor with the largest f/2.0 aperture of Vivo to allow 50% more light. The rear camera adopts a 50MP ultra-light-sensitive portrait lens, employing a large 1/1.57-inch sensor across the series. It also incorporates OIS optical stabilization, increasing light intake by more than three times.

A professional telephoto portrait lens

Additionally, the Vivo S17 Pro features a professional telephoto portrait lens. It supports 2x optical zoom. It has achieved the first-ever capture of landscape moon photography. Combined with the main camera, the moon is in the same frame as mountains, rivers, lakes, seas, and city landmarks. The Vivo S17 Pro also introduces a multi-spectral sensor, a first for Vivo smartphones. It features 13 channels, equivalent to having 13 eyes. This breaks down light in such fine detail that it is more than four times the perception of a regular smartphone. It is like doing “DNA” identification for light. It achieves a record 92.7% film yield in terms of exposure and white balance accuracy, far exceeding the industry average.

A new wide-angle soft light selfie feature

The Vivo S17 series also introduces a new wide-angle soft light selfie feature. It offers a front-facing wide-angle autofocus lens with adjustable zoom ranging from 0.8x to 2x. It is complemented by an upgraded dual soft light for wide-angle selfies, ensuring that everyone is illuminated by soft lit, whether taking selfies or group photos. The Vivo S17 series also features an intelligent soft light ring. The soft light ring has increased in diameter by over 20%, almost the size of a small adult finger ring, providing 9 times the illumination area of a regular phone flash. Combined with Vivo’s super-sensing computational engine, it can intelligently adjust the fill light color temperature according to the surrounding lighting conditions, producing outstanding portraits in warm or cool light. It also introduces a new soft light food mode, making it easy to capture stunning food photos.

According to the official statement, the Vivo S17 series separates soft light and flash, drawing inspiration from professional photography. It creates a “slow shutter portrait flash” derived from DSLR cameras. This professional flash function achieves perfect coordination between the supplementary light and the camera shutter: illuminating the subject in an instant with the flash and then brightening the background with a slow shutter speed, resulting in clear subjects and scenery.

In other aspects, the Vivo S17/S17t has a thickness of 7.46mm and weighs 186g. It supports Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, a rotary motor, and a single speaker. Additionally, it runs on OriginOS 3, based on Android 13. The Vivo S17 Pro has a thickness of 7.46mm and weighs 188g. It supports Bluetooth 5.3 and shares similar specifications with the Vivo S17/S17t.

Vivo S17 / S17t / S17 Pro price

The new Vivo S17 starts at 2,499 yuan (approximately $352), while the Vivo S17 Pro starts at 3,099 yuan (approximately $436). The price for the Vivo S17t has not been announced yet. Pre-sales will be available on major platforms, and the devices will officially go on sale on June 8th. The specific prices listed on Gizcoupon are as follows:

Vivo S17:

  • 8GB RAM + 256GB storage: 2,499 yuan (approximately $352)
  • 12GB RAM + 256GB storage: 2,799 yuan (approximately $394)
  • 12GB RAM + 512GB storage: 2,999 yuan (approximately $422)

Vivo S17 Pro:

  • 8GB RAM + 256GB storage: 3,099 yuan (approximately $436)
  • 12GB RAM + 256GB storage: 3,299 yuan (approximately $464)
  • 12GB RAM + 512GB storage: 3,499 yuan (approximately $493)

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