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Vivo S1

Vivo’s latest midrange device was just launched, and it seems like we’ve got a great smartphone on our hands. Now, the two things that immediately stand out are the S1’s battery, and the display—let’s discuss those first.

A 6.38″ Full HD+ Super AMOLED display is undoubtedly one of the best screens in this guide—it’s big, it’s Full HD, and thanks to the AMOLED display, it’ll look a whole lot better than most IPS displays that are featured on this list. There’s no pop-up selfie camera, with a 32MP front-facing camera housed in a small teardrop-shaped notch on the front.

Did I mention that the S1 has a huge 4,500mAh battery? Definitely enough to get you through a day’s usage, perhaps two. It still uses microUSB, although Vivo’s 18W fast-charging technology is supported. The triple-camera setup is sufficient, with a 6MP main camera, an 8MP ultra wide-angle shooter and a 2MP depth camera for bokeh effects.

The S1 is powered by the Mediatek Helio P65 processor, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage a pretty impressive option at this price point. Another plus point, of course, is the option for expandable storage via microSD. All in all, certainly a contender for a podium finish.

Vivo S1—6GB RAM, 128GB storage—RM1,099

Where to buy:
Online: Lazada, Shopee
Store: Authorised Vivo retailers