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Vivo Y71 Review

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Vivo again launched another device in the entry-level segment, the Vivo Y71. Seeing its name, it is the lower-end smartphone when compared with the higher “V-series” which is the best-selling line-up from the brand.

We will discuss more details about the performance of this smartphone and other aspects through our full review.

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Vivo Y71 specs:

  • 6.0-inch HD+ IPS LCD display (720 x 1440) 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor
  • Adreno 308 graphics
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with FunTouch 4.0
  • 16GB / 32GB internal memory
  • 3GB RAM
  • 13 megapixel (f/2.2 aperture), PDAF, LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • 4G/LTE Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, Face unlock, micro-USB 2.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,360 mAh battery
  • Price: P6,990 (16GB) / P7,990 (32GB)

Related article – Vivo Y71 Unboxing and First Impressions

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

In terms of design, the Vivo Y71 does not have a difference when compared with previous smartphones. It still has very thin bezels, not only on the left and right side of the screen but also on the top and bottom. It must be admitted that these thin bezels itself doesn’t really look as thin as we see, but the design of this thin bezel itself is a new thing for today’s standard and is loved by some other smartphone brands in the market.

With overall device dimensions reaching 155.87 x 75.74 x 7.8 mm, some users may feel that this smartphone will not feel too big because it is compensated with a large 6.0-inch 18:9 ratio screen that in such a way, the overall body of the smartphone is actually a 5.5-inch size in the standard 16:9, so users will feel the screen so much more spacious and free to operate.

The back of the body itself feels more “curved” and not flat like most smartphones. It is quite ergonomic and comfortable to grasp with one hand.

DISPLAY

Vivo equips the Y71 with IPS screen measuring 6.0 inches with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. The density reaches 268 pixels per inch. Although not the sharpest in its class, the screen of Vivo Y71 is capable of presenting clear colors, without any excessive saturation. Whether to watch a game or watch a movie, the resulting colors are decent in the eye.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

The Vivo Y71 uses Android 8.1 Oreo, coated with FunTouch OS 4.0. If this is your first time using a Vivo smartphone, you may need time to adjust.

As we’ve mentioned above, Vivo equips the Y71 with Face Unlock feature. As the name implies, this feature allows you to unlock the phone just by staring at it, similar to other Vivo smartphones. Unfortunately, this feature is still far from perfect.

The process of registering your face on the phone is quite easy. Please remember, you have to make sure that you’re in a place with an ample amount of light. Otherwise, the phone will not be able to recognize your face.

Vivo seems also trying to attract mobile gamers. Vivo completes the Y71 with a feature called “Game Mode”. Through this feature, you can set to reject incoming calls or make fixed calls logged in but only in the background section. This feature is quite useful if you want to play a game without being interrupted.

With Snapdragon 425 as a processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 308 GPU, Vivo Y71 is enough for everyday activities, such as surfing the internet, opening email or even for gaming. In all day use, this smartphone can provide satisfactory performance.

CAMERA

With the A.l. software installed, the Vivo Y71’s 5-megapixel selfie camera can detect the user’s face to give different facial aesthetics between men and women. Also, the Face Beauty 7.0 feature can produce more natural face color and details. As for the rear camera, has a resolution of 13 megapixels with PDAF features and a more optimized algorithm. The selfie camera itself also brings the “bokeh” feature.

On the other hand, the main camera or rear has a resolution of 13 megapixels, though not a superior camera, it is still a pretty good potential to compete with competitors under the same price bracket. The image results taken using the main camera are fairly satisfactory, especially in good lighting conditions. It should be admitted that the results in darker lighting conditions are not that good.

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The mode of the main camera is quite diverse, including the manual or professional mode. Focus object when going to take macro photos also fairly good and fast. It’s just that sometimes the camera is still difficult to take focus either automatically or when directed manually.

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CONNECTIVITY

The Vivo Y71 already supports 4G network connection for most mobile operators in the country. It is also equipped with various standard Android smartphone sensors, such as accelerometer, gyroscope, light, and proximity.

BATTERY

For the battery, this device is supported by a large capacity battery, which is 3,360 mAh. Based on everyday use for accessing social media, browsing, typing, text messaging, the battery can switch on the device for approximately 10 hours. If used for continuous gameplay and other heavy activities, the device can only last between 6 to 8 hours.

Unfortunately, it is not equipped with the fast charging. So from the results of measuring the duration of battery recharging, the Vivo Y71 takes 2 hours and 30 minutes to be fully refilled again.

VERDICT

Armed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 and equipped with 3GB of RAM and 3,360 mAh battery capacity, it is certain that the battery life is the biggest advantage on all the features found inside the Vivo Y71. In terms of design and the screen itself, Vivo Y71 offers an 18:9 screen or often referred to as bezel-less so that the screen will look more spacious and free to use as a multimedia activity, such as watching videos or playing games.

The 5-megapixel selfie camera equipped with the 13-megapixel main camera still has good quality and not at all disappointing. Photos may not be very good or special, but the catch of selfie cameras looks quite attractive and natural. The main camera itself, not much different from other competitors, also still captures pretty well, especially if the users can play around the manual or professional mode.

Vivo Y71 itself is now present in stores, not to replace the other smartphones from the brand, but as another option for those who have different preferences, for example, users who prefer the smaller screen size due to its comfortable feeling when holding with one hand. With a price tag that is affordable, this device can be a choice with a camera that has the quality of capturing good photos, as well as taking selfies, with a thin bezel design that would make the screen so much more spacious and relieved to be used in everyday life.

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