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Vivo Y53 Review: Your First Perfect Selfie Smartphone


More and more people are buying smartphones to stay connected. Not just that, they also want a good software experience and decent cameras for your selfies and portrait shots. But there are still some out there like kids or some of our old folks wanted to join the trend. There are a lot choices out there for their first smartphone and we think the Vivo Y53 could be a right pick. Let’s read on with our review.

Vivo Y53 specs:

  • 1.4GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor
  • Adreno 308 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 5-inch qHD IPS LCD display (960 x 540 pixels)
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,500 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with FunTouch OS 3.0
  • Price: P5,990
  • Status: Available at Vivo stores and retailers

Related article – Vivo Y53 Unboxing and First Impressions


The Vivo Y53 does not look very different from its more expensive siblings. It is still in a unibody design but it took us sometime to realize that chassis is not metal but plastic. It is a nice touch but we do understand why Vivo opted for a plastic chassis instead of metal. The device is also small which is perfect for small hands like kids.


The qHD resolution of (960 x 540) was a bit of a let down but we really can’t complain because of the price. The 5-inch display is still bright and vivid plus it is usable under direct sunlight.


If you have not tried any Vivo smartphone before, the Y53 has a custom skin from the company called Funtouch OS. It is sitting right on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It takes some time getting use to but once you get the hang of it, you’ll love the experience. Thanks to the Snapdragon 425 chipset inside, operation is pretty smooth. Games like Super Mario Run will work here smoothly. Memory hogging games like NBA2k17 will run here as long as you change the graphic settings.


Both the 8 megapixel rear facing shooter and 5 megapixel selfie camera takes pretty good photos on good lighting. Low light could be a little grainy but manageable. Check out some of our sample photos below.



Though it lacks a fingerprint scanner, all connectivity options are available – WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G/LTE. Calls are clear with no issues. Internet speeds are within range.


The 2,500 mAh battery is more than enough to get through your day. We managed to get around 13 hours of mixed moderate to heavy use. That is because of the 5-inch display which sips less power because of its low resolution. Sometimes, there are really benefits when you put a lower res display.


The Vivo Y53 is the best first smartphone you can get today. It runs fairly decent, good battery life, good camera, nice and clean software experience. We do recommend this for your kids who has been bugging you all summer to buy them a phone they can use.

FTA Rating

  • Hardware – 8
  • Design – 8
  • Display – 7
  • Performance – 9
  • Software – 9
  • Camera – 9
  • Connectivity – 8
  • Battery – 9