Vivo Philippines currently has three smartphone offerings – Vivo Y51, V3 and V3 Max. The company has been bragging performance and Hi-Fi audio quality on those three and it is proven when we reviewed the V3 Max. Now they shift their focus with this new phone. Behold the Vivo Y55! This is aimed to camera enthusiasts but on a budget. Vivo has been highlighting its performance and camera this time on this one.. We will find out how good it is on our full review but for now, here’s our first impressions.
- Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
- Adreno 505 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB
- 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB OTG
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,650 mAh battery
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Funtouch OS 2.6
What’s inside the box?
- Vivo Y55 unit
- USB cable
- Wall adapter
- Clear Jelly case
When we reviewed the Vivo V3 Max, the design resembles a combination of Apple, Oppo and Flash Mobile and the result is a standout design. With the Vivo Y55, it really felt like holding an OPPO smartphone. We pulled out some of our reviews and it did look a lot like the Oppo A37. We don’t think its a bad thing because many Chinese smartphone makers are getting their hardware or softare design from one company (ehem Apple). It is actually getting a little generic they all look alike if not for the company logos we see at the back. Notice that we never used the term “copying” because it is very different from “getting inspiration”. It is like making a song. The melody may be different but the lyrics and the song’s message may be different.
Whatever the debacle may have, we may agree that the Vivo Y55 is a beautiful phone with its classy design and metal build. Oh, and it is in pink! Girls would love this color! Unfortunately, Vivo Philippines said that it is the only color for now. So, for our guy techie friends, pink will be fine. Or you can call it rose gold if you want. Besides real men wear pink. 🙂
If it is your first time to encounter a Vivo smartphone, chances are you’ll need some adjustments when using its software. The Vivo Y55 has thick layer of custom software on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow called Funtouch OS. We will discuss more of its software on the full review.
Vivo’s marketing is centered to its camera especially taking selfies. Are they ready to take on OPPO as the new selfie expert? We will find that out on our full review. 🙂