Vivo S1 Pro is the company’s best mid-range phone to date. But how does it stack up against a nearly-same spec phone like the Galaxy A70s? Here are the differences that you need to know whether or not it’s worth spending more on Samsung’s first 64MP phone.
Vivo S1 Pro and Galaxy A70s Differences
Advantages of Vivo S1 Pro
- four main cameras
- 6.38″ screen (small-hand friendly)
Advantages of Galaxy A70s
- 7.99mm (thinner)
- 6.7″ screen (bigger)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front
- Snapdragon 675
- dedicated microSD
- 64MP main camera
- 25W fast charging
- Red color
Vivo S1 Pro and Galaxy A70s Similarities
- Super AMOLED
- Android 9 Pie
- microSD expansion
- 32MP f2.0 selfie camera
- video up to 4K @ 30fps
- audio jack
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Wi-Fi ac
- optical under-screen fingerprint scanner
- 4500mAh battery
- Black and White colors
Which is a better buy between the Vivo S1 Pro and Galaxy A70s?
Design and Display
The looks of the two mid-range phones will come down to user preference, but we do have to say that the A70s has the advantage of having a third red color option (that is if it will ever arrive in the Philippines). However, the S1 Pro is more unique-looking due to the diamond-cut camera module. Another worth noting is the sheer thickness of the phone. Even though the two weigh nearly exactly 187g, Vivo’s phone is a bit thicker.
Having a thinner body helps especially when the display of Samsung’s phone is at 6.7″. The display seems to be covered by Corning Gorilla Glass which is a good addition, but in terms of looks, both phones are using a teardrop notch. The same goes for FHD+ Super AMOLED.
Comparing the Snapdragon 665 and 675, the A70s’ chipset is slightly more powerful in CPU and GPU performance. However, the most you can do with either chipset is casual gaming. You may be able to run Mobile Legends with tweaked settings just fine but don’t expect Asphalt to run smoothly. If you’re not looking to game, you might want to take a look at the difference in the user interface. Vivo is running on Funtouch 9.2 that looks a lot like iOS and has a confusing setting menu, while Samsung is using a more polished One UI with a system-wide dark mode option.
One of the highlights of this comparison is the camera. S1 Pro is sporting four main lenses — 48MP f1.8 + 8MP f2.2 ultrawide + 2MP f2.4 macro + 2MP f2.4 depth. Meanwhile, Galaxy A70s has only three, retaining the ultrawide and 5MP depth but using a massive 64MP f1.8 Samsung sensor. If you’re willing to part ways with the macro sensor, the extra crispness that’s provided by Samsung’s phone won’t disappoint you. You might not even need a macro lens for it, due to the sheer amount of pixel it produces. But you do have to pay a premium price for that (more on that later).
On the front side, there’s not much to compare. Both phones are using 32MP f2.0 lenses and go up to FHD @ 30fps video recording.
Battery and Charging
With both devices carrying 4500mAh batteries, you should have no problem with the phone lasting an entire day. While the S1 Pro is impressive to see with 18W fast charging, the A70s will top up a little bit faster due to the 25W rating.
Vivo S1 Pro only has one true advantage in specs — the number of main cameras. For the rest, Samsung Galaxy A70s reigns. However, the S1 Pro only retails for P15,999. Although the A70s is yet to be announced in the Philippines, we think it’s going to arrive at P22,990 (the same price of A70). We’re looking at nearly P7K peso difference. Even with the faster charging rate, slightly faster chipset, and NFC support, that’s not a good value proposition. That said, we recommend getting Vivo’s newest mid-range phone in this comparison. If you really want a 64MP phone, Realme XT is offered for less than P17K only.
|Specs||Vivo S1 Pro||Samsung Galaxy A70s|
|Display||6.38-inch Super AMOLED FHD+, teardrop notch||6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED, Infinity-U notch, Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Dimensions||159.3 x 75.2 x 8.7 mm, 186.7g||164.3 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm , 187g|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)||Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 610||Adreno 612|
|Memory||128GB 8GB RAM + microSD slot of up to 256GB||128GB 8GB RAM + dedicated microSD slot of up to 1TB|
|Main Camera||48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF|
8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm (dedicated macro camera)
2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor | up to 4K @ 30fps video recording
|64 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/1.7″, 0.8µm, PDAF|
8 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor | up to 4K @ 30fps
|Front Camera||32 MP, f/2.0, 0.8µm||32 MP, f/2.0, 0.8µm|
|Connectivity||4G LTE Wi-Fi ac, BT 5.0 A2DP, LE, GPS, USB Type-C, audio jack||4G LTE Wi-Fi ac, BT 5.0 A2DP, LE, GPS, USB Type-C, audio jack, NFC|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4500mAh battery (18W charging)||Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery (25W fast adaptive charging)|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie) with Funtouch 9.2||Android 9.0 (Pie) with One UI|
|Official Price||P15,999||estimated at least P22,990|