vivo T1 5G Review: Gaming and More!

The vivo T1 5G signifies the company's streamlined efforts in the "affordable" gaming market. We know for a fact that mid-tier phones can now handle popular gaming titles that we only see in flagship phones before. With the vivo T1 5G, the smartphone maker is branching off another lineup specifically designed for gaming enthusiasts who does not want to shell out more cash.

vivo T1 5G Review: Gaming and More!

vivo T1 5G Review

The vivo T1 5G uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G which is quite a popular chipset to mobile gamers. It is backed with 8GB RAM and a flashy FunTouchOS 12 based on Android 12. In this review, we'll find out if the smartphone can really handle popular gaming apps; and if you're not a gamer, is this handset good for you?

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Design

The vivo T1 5G comes in two color variants - the Turbo Black and Turbo Cyan. Our review unit dons the Turbo Cyan colorway, a greenish-blue hue that gives off a lively and stylish appearance to the handset. To plainly put it, the phone is constructed with a glass front, a plastic frame, and plastic back. 

vivo T1 5G Review: Gaming and More!

The front panel implements a dewdrop notch, which is not what I was expecting for a 2022 smartphone over Php 15K. Nevertheless, we are treated with a good amount of screen space due to the phone's tolerable side bezels and large display.

vivo T1 5G Review: Gaming and More!

Ports and buttons are also on their no nonsense placements - the volume rocker and power button on the right, the speaker grille, USB-C port, primary mic, and the SIM tray at the bottom; the top side has the secondary microphone.

vivo T1 5G Review: Gaming and More!

On the rear panel, I have mixed reactions due to the implementation of the camera module. It looks stylish with just the right size and protrusion. This module houses a triple AI camera setup and dual-LED dual-tone flash. There are two sizeable circular camera enclosures arranged - one for the main camera sensor, and the other one inconspicuously houses both the ultra-wide and macro lens. If I am to nitpick, having one enclosure for two camera lens (ultrawide + macro) is weird, and something I have not seen before.

On the backing's lower left portion is the vivo branding embossed in a subtle transparent texts. The phone has rounded corners, curved body, and a matte finish. Apart from that, the handset comes with 159.7 x 73.6 x 8.49 mm dimensions which is actually just the right size for good handling; and it also slips well inside my pocket. Likewise, the phone does not feel cumbersome with its 180.3-gram weight. Although it has an outdated notch for the front camera, overall, this is still a well-designed smartphone.

Display

The vivo T1 5G features a 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. It's a good thing that vivo Philippines released this version of the T1 5G instead of the lower spec'd model with an IPS LCD display which got released earlier in some international markets. One thing I love about OLED displays is the fact that it can support in-display fingerprint scanner; we have one in the T1 5G and it's quite zippy in reading your registered fingerprints.

vivo T1 5G Review: Gaming and More!

The display supports up to 90Hz screen refresh rate which makes scrolling, browsing, and gaming with the handset buttery smooth. In addition, it boasts 1300 nits of peak brightness; this makes the phone great for outdoor consumption and can be used even under direct sunlight.

Most of us would like to consume content like videos on our idle time; thus, it's also important that we should consider color accuracy as one of the criteria when buying a smartphone. On this part, I think the vivo T1 5G excels with its high color accuracy. Its color texture is also vibrant, not to mention that you can also choose among three color modes - Standard, Professional, and Bright. It comes with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut which allows us to perceive more colors in the spectrum with its wider color coverage, as well as 6000000:1 contrast ratio and support for HDR10+ to offer an overall great viewing experience.

vivo T1 5G Review: Gaming and More!

I have to say, I enjoyed my time watching my favorite titles in Netflix using the vivo T1 5G due to its commendable picture quality, complemented by its Hi-Res Audio. Also, as a content creator, these features are a great help when it comes to editing videos and images. You'll also be delighted by the 90Hz refresh rate when using gaming apps that support it.

Performance, Gaming

As mentioned, the vivo T1 5G ticks with Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G with up to 2.4GHz processor. It's coupled by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This set of hardware is more than enough for a midrange device. I could say that the Snapdragon 778G is an excellent choice if you're gunning for a place in the mid-range gaming department.

vivo T1 5G Review: Gaming and More!

We tried several gaming titles with the vivo T1 5G - Call of Duty Mobile, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Asphalt 9: Legends, and Genshin Impact. I am quite impressed with the phone's general performance with these apps. There's minimal frame drops with Asphalt 9 but I am quite surprised how the phone handled Genshin Impact's graphic requirement. However, I'd suggest to stick to 30fps and medium graphics for smoother gameplay in Genshin Impact.

I never had heating issues while gaming with the handset, thanks to its vapor chamber cooling system. There's also no app crashes even when testing heavy-graphic games. Furthermore, there's a gaming mode overlay that will give you access to useful tools and toggles while in-game.

vivo T1 5G Review: Gaming and More!

The AnTuTu Score for the T1 5G (model: V2150) is 543805 which placed the phone at the 68th rank.

vivo T1 5G Performance Test

We also tested the phone using 3DMark Gamer's Benchmark: Wild Life Stress Test, a twenty-minute test that shows how a device performs under long periods of heavy load, like mobile games that are based on longer, more immersive experiences. The results follow:

  • Loop Score (Lowest to Best): 2478 to 2502 with 99% stability;
  • Battery drop: 63% to 57%;
  • Temperature: 36°C to 41°C;
  • Frame rate: 11 FPS to 18 FPS.

vivo T1 5G Gaming Test

The vivo T1 5G is also a great companion for multimedia sessions. Streaming content from your favorite apps like Netflix, HBO Go, and Lionsgate Play is such a breeze. Plus, the phone has excellent stereo speakers which make the experience even more fulfilling. 

Overall, the smartphone is very capable when it comes to gaming. Using the vivo T1 5G is quite a joy knowing that you have a powerful and efficient chipset.

Camera

The smartphone also has an interesting mix of camera sensors. Its primary camera is the 64MP sensor coupled with an 8MP ultra-wide lens and 2MP macro lens. On the front, we are treated with a 16MP selfie camera.

vivo T1 5G Review: Gaming and More!

The vivo T1 5G camera is surprisingly good. Photos from the main sensor are stunning especially when taken in an ample lighting environment. Colors come off close to the subject with natural tones. Photos are also flavorful and details are satisfactorily great. The camera can also take good indoor shots.

In lowlight, details drop and colors are being muted. However, I could tell that it does low-light photography better than its contemporaries. The wide-angle sensor is also a good sensor to have; though we experienced a drop in resolution, there's something special about dramatic landscape and wide-angle shots to which the vivo T1 5G does better than most of its competition.

The macro camera also take fun close up shots. The 16MP selfie camera stood out for me. I always love vivo's implementation of selfies and I think they took up a notch higher with this lens. Here are some of our sample photos with the handset:

Sample Photos

vivo T1 5G Review: Sample Camera Photos

vivo T1 5G Review: Sample Camera Photos

vivo T1 5G Review: Sample Camera Photos

vivo T1 5G Sample Photos
Wide-angle shot

vivo T1 5G Review: Sample Camera Photos

vivo T1 5G Review: Sample Camera Photos

vivo T1 5G Review: Sample Camera Photos

vivo T1 5G Review: Sample Camera Photos
Selfie Shots

Software

The vivo T1 5G boots with FunTouch OS 12 based on Android 12. Just like the previous versions of this Android skin, I think that it's a well-designed software which defaults to flat and circular icons and toggles. The software is also very easy to use even if you're a first time vivo user.

vivo T1 5G Review: Gaming and More!

Being a native Android 12 feature, the phone supports gesture navigation which is very useful in navigating large phones. The material themed app drawer is also a joy to have, plus you can have access to your Google cards by swiping right from home screen.

Battery

We tested the vivo T1 5G's battery life via PCMark, and the smartphone scored 18 hours and 56 minutes

The T1 5G also has 66W fast charging support; according to vivo, the phone can be charged from 0 to 50% in just 18 minutes. We also performed a charging test using the companion's 66W fast charger, and we were able to charge the device from 0 to 100% in 54 minutes.

vivo T1 5G Review: Gaming and More!

Verdict: Should You Buy The vivo T1 5G?

The vivo T1 5G is definitely more than just a gaming smartphone. To me, it's a full-fledged all-rounder smartphone that can do most of the tasks we need in our daily driver, with its fast processor, good quality display, highly capable camera, long battery life, and more. It's easy to recommend not just to mobile gamers but also to the whole consumer population in general.

Key Specifications:

  • 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 90Hz
  • Snapdragon 778G 5G (6 nm)
  • 2.4GHz Octa-core CPU
  • Adreno 642L GPU
  • 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM
  • 64MP triple rear cameras
  • 16 MP front camera
  • 5G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.2, GPS
  • USB Type-C 2.0
  • Funtouch 12, based on Android 12
  • 159.7 x 73.6 x 8.49 mm, 180.3 grams
  • Li-Po 4700 mAh battery w/ 66W fast charging
  • Inside the box items: phone unit w/ pre-installed screen protector, transparent case, SIM eject tool, USB-C cable, 66W adapter, documentations
  • Php 16,999 via Shopee
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