Vivo T1 5G review: Offers effortless performance, but the phone has its caveats – News9 LIVE

2022-04-01T09:59:27+05:30
Vivo T1 5G has a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display with 120 Hz refresh rate. (Image credit: News9/Nandini Yadav)
Manufacturer: Vivo India
The Vivo T1 5G is one of those products that the brand sets really high expectations for, but end up offering much less.
Last month, Vivo India announced a new T-series of smartphones in India, and the debut device in the series is the Vivo T1 5G. The smartphone claims to allow users to “level up performance with higher speeds”, and for that it offers features like 120 Hz refresh rate display, Snapdragon 695 processor, 5G support, up to 8 GB RAM. On paper, with the T1 5G, Vivo seemed to be aiming at a new line of more powerful, well-rounded smartphones, but the reality is a bit different –– rather, it’s not any different from what we have been seeing so far.
To begin with, design-wise, the Vivo T1 5G looks exactly like the Vivo Y75 5G. There’s probably a slight difference in the colour options offered with the two models, but other than that, the two phones look ditto. Why Vivo launched a new phone in a brand new series that looks exactly like an existing model, is a bit confusing to me. The two phones also offer similar RAM and battery specifications, 18 W fast charging, the same 50 MP triple camera setup.
Both phones also target the gaming audience, with features like Multi-Turbo 5.0 and Ultra Game Mode 2.0, except that the T1 5G also offers a 240 Hz touch sampling rate in game mode, and comes with a “tablet-standard” cooling system.
The only apparent difference between the two is the chipset. The Vivo T1 5G is powered by the Snapdragon 695 chipset, whereas the Y75 5G features a Dimensity 700 SoC. Both phones are apparently also the slimmest 5G phones with 8.25 mm thickness.
Even the pricing –– the 8 GB RAM variant of the T1 5G is priced at Rs 19,999 and the Y75 5G is priced at Rs 21,999.
Essentially, my point being that when a smartphone manufacturer launches a new smartphone series, with promises of “turbo” performance, you expect a lot more, than a slight tweak to an existing offering.
However, this is not to say that the phone itself is bad. If you set the argument of the Vivo twins aside, the Vivo T1 5G is a decent smartphone in the sub-20k category.
The smartphone is sleek and quite light. It has a plastic rear panel with matte finish that looks quite premium. I also love that the phone comes bundled with a transparent case. Another thing I appreciate about the phone’s design is the side-mounted fingerprint sensor, which I personally prefer over the in-display and retina sensors, especially on mid-budgets smartphones.
Besides that, the phone offers a 120 Hz refresh rate LCD display, with a screen size of 6.8-inch. The display also comes with a Smart Switch feature (which is enabled by default) that automatically switches the refresh rate between 60 Hz, 90 Hz, and 120 Hz based on the usage. Although, if you look at the competition, in the same price segment, there are a bunch of smartphones that feature a high refresh rate AMOLED display, which in comparison makes the T1 5G look a little dull.
Performance is actually one of the highlights of the Vivo T1 5G. I used the smartphone for a couple of weeks and I experienced no lags or stutters. At no point, I felt like I needed to shut a few background apps. There was no slow down, and no unusual battery drains. Gaming on the phone was pretty smooth as well. I am not a fan of gaming on the phone, but I briefly tried my hands at Battlegrounds Mobile India on the T1 5G, and there were no frame drops, no device heating issues. The game defaulted on HD graphics and high frame rate. The performance on the Vivo T1 5G was effortless.
The device I was testing came with 8 GB RAM.
As for the battery performance in particular, after a week of usage, when I had installed most of my work apps on the device, I was checking between emails, Slack, Instagram and Twitter all day, the phone was easily still lasting for a day on a single charge.
For charging, the Vivo T1 5G comes with an 18 W fast charger, which takes close to an hour and a half to fuel up the battery from zero to 100 percent. This in particular is a bit disappointing, considering many competing phones in the same price segment offer much better charging support.
The Vivo T1 5G is not the phone for you if the camera is a priority for you.
Despite a 50 MP triple camera setup, the T1 5G camera is just about nice, especially when compared with the competition (think: Redmi Note 11T 5G, Realme 9 Pro or OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G). The only upper hand that T1 5G has over its competition is an ultra-wide lens.
The camera scuffs upa picture quality in low light. The bokeh too works only in bright and natural light; in low light you can see the camera struggling to separate the subject from the background.
Also, during the day, you can notice some pictures where there is a general haziness –– nothing in the image seems to be in focus, but largely the image looks bright and colourful. That’s mostly the theme of the T1 5G images.
The Super night shots are decent only if you have a steady hand –– you need to freeze frame for 4-5 seconds. If you are able to do that, you actually get nice, bright shots with detailed shadows.
The selfie camera is actually quite decent on the T1 5G. You get well-detailed selfies in bright lights, even selfie blurs have good edge detection and background separation. In low light, the selfies come out fine if you have a light source nearby, if not, the camera performance suddenly drops and you get hazy, noisy images.
You can view all the sample images shot on the Vivo T1 5G here:
If you have read the article this far, you may think I sound confused about the phone. My views about the device have risen and dropped through the process review. And unfortunately, that’s the tone Vivo has set for the phone as well. But let me put this in as briefly and as clearly as I possibly can:
The Vivo T1 5G is essentially an improved Vivo Y75 5g, offered in more RAM and storage variants and at a lower price. The phone is not an all-rounder and lacks in the camera department, but it will not disappoint mobile gamers and users with heavy daily usage.
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