Vivo T1 5G first impressions: will it really appeal to Gen Z?


Vivo has introduced a new series in its portfolio, called the T-series, aimed at Gen Z consumers. With this new line, the company aims to emphasize performance at affordable prices. The first smartphone in the new series is the Vivo T1 5G, and it features a sleek new design. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC and features a 120Hz refresh rate display. So, should the Gen Z crowd choose the Vivo T1 5G over the competition? I’ve spent some time with this smartphone, and here are my first impressions.

Vivo T1 5G price in India

Pricing of Vivo T1 5G starts at Rs. 15,990 in India for the base variant which has 4GB of RAM. There are two other variants with 6GB and 8GB of RAM, priced at Rs. 16,990 and Rs. 19,990 respectively. All three variants have 128 GB of storage. Vivo offers two color options, Rainbow Fantasy and Starlight Black. The company announced a cashback offer at launch for buyers who use select banks.

The Vivo T1 5G has a 120Hz refresh rate display

Vivo T1 5G design, specs and features

The Vivo T1 5G has a new design with a flat back and flattened sides. Curved corners make it comfortable to hold. The Vivo T1 5G has a 6.58-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. There’s a dewdrop notch with a 16-megapixel camera on top, a thick chin at the bottom and thin bezels on either side of the screen. The Vivo T1 5G is 8.25mm thick and weighs 187g.

The power and volume buttons sit to the right of the plastic frame, while the left side is completely blank. Vivo has integrated the fingerprint reader into the power button and positioned it rather well. My finger landed naturally on the scanner while holding the device. At the bottom, the Vivo T1 5G has a 3.5mm headphone jack, a primary microphone, a USB Type-C port, and a speaker. The top of the phone contains the SIM tray and the secondary microphone.

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The dewdrop notch on the Vivo T1 5G looks a bit dated

You get a triple camera setup on the Vivo T1 5G. It is a 50-megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel depth camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. I have a Rainbow Fantasy unit from the Vivo T1 5G, and the back panel has a shiny, iridescent finish that changes color when light hits it.

Vivo has managed to pack a 5,000mAh battery, which is commonly seen in this price range these days. 18W fast charging is supported and the phone comes with a charger in the box. The Vivo T1 5G has a dual-SIM hybrid tray. It only supports two 5G bands, which seems like a potential downside compared to competing phones like the Moto G71 5G (Review). The Vivo T1 5G also supports 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band Wi-Fi and four satellite navigation systems.

The Vivo T1 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, which I recently tested in the Moto G71 5G. Vivo has also implemented a virtual RAM feature which allows you to use part of the phone memory as additional RAM. It can range from 1 GB to 4 GB depending on the variant you choose.

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The triple camera setup on the Vivo T1 has a 50-megapixel primary camera

The Vivo T1 5G runs Funtouch OS 12 which is based on Android 12. The interface is fresh and there are some new features. I found many pre-installed apps on the device including Moj, Josh, MX Takatak, Cred, Share Chat, and Facebook. You can uninstall them to free up storage space if needed.

With the T1 5G, Vivo delivered a different design and a pretty good processor. The company thinks it will appeal to Gen Z consumers shopping in this price range, especially for its performance. The 120Hz processor and refresh rate might be good for gaming, but this phone doesn’t have a wide-angle camera, its notch looks dated, and charging isn’t as fast as other phones , so it’s not necessarily a rounder whole.

The sub-Rs.20,000 price segment is becoming a hotspot for budget 5G smartphones, and the Vivo T1 5G will face some feature-rich competition. Some of its direct competitors are the Moto G71 5G and the Redmi Note 11T 5G (Review). These phones offer good performance for the price and have the potential to sway buyers in their direction. So, should you choose the Vivo T1 5G instead or one of the alternatives? I’ll answer that in detail in the full review, coming soon.


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