Vivo Y51 Review

Vivo Y51 Review

7.8
Expert Score

Can Vivo be considered the new mid-range specialist with the new Y51?

The Good
  • Good Rear Camera
  • Battery Life
The Bad
  • Inferior SDM Chipset

Vivo Y51 was launched on 22nd September with a pre-enabled Funtouch OS 10 based on Android 10. Boasting an astonishing 48-megapixel quad camera setup in the back, many enthusiasts have been wondering whether this phone is the real deal or not. With a 4GB RAM + 128GB ROM hardware supported by an optimistic Snapdragon 665 SoC, Vivo Y51 screams the dream ‘GIVE ME MORE POWER!’.

Design and Display

Here’s some good news for you: Vivo Y51 sports a Full-HD+ 6.38-inch AMOLED display. The pixel resolution commands a 1080×2340 PPI density, with a not-so-appealing tear-drop notch that houses the front camera. The under-display fingerprint assembly is pretty neat for a midrange with an Always-on Display mode. The phone comes in Mystic Black, Jazzy Blue and Dreamy White colors.

Vivo Y51 weighs a good 186.70 grams. The handset feels slim to the touch, and it’s a definite upgrade to the Y51 that came to market 5 years ago.

Cameras

Talking cameras here.
Vivo Y51 sports a jewel-like rear camera setup. The quad rear-camera comes with a 48-megapixel primary sensor coupled with f/1.8 lens. There’s an 8-megapixel ultrawide lens with f/2.4 aperture, a 2-megapixel macro camera with f/2.4 aperture, and a 2-megapixel portrait shooter. The tear-drop front display sports a 16-megapixel camera for selfies; the f/2.0 aperture provides some support for Vivo’s all new AI Selfie Capture Mode.

As advertised, Y51’s picture quality is surprisingly good. There’s a lot of detail in captured images, with distinctive layers of shading and enhanced clarity making you look unnaturally handsome. I mean come on, it’s clearly a filter-inspired algorithm designed to make you look good!

If you’re the sort of person who likes taking selfies, or portraits of a scenery that dazzles your head, then we’d recommend this handset for given price-point.

Processing Power And Storage

Don’t let the big words fool you.
Vivo Y51 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor that ensures some – if not all – operations to run smoothly. Sporting 4GB RAM on their 128/256 GB handset variants, it is an overall efficient device with a 4500mAh battery. This processing power is pretty much standard for typical midrange handsets being circulated in the market these days. If you’re lucky and smart, there might be other smartphones that cost a thousand rupees extra but with better processing power. Try the Tecno Camon 16 Premiere!

Playing PUBG or Call of Duty Mobile would frustrate you, even if the phone is set at the highest graphical settings. It would have been better with the SDM 670 chipset, but who knows how Vivo wants to do things. As far as memory management is concerned, Vivo Y51 offers a 128GB variant and the option to extend it to 256GB. You’ll have enough space to store whatever you want on the phone.

We can complain all we want about performance, but the camera setup and display pretty much compliment the price-tag that comes with the phone.

Battery

In terms of battery power, the Vivo Y51 sports a 4500mAh battery that works pretty well with a phone of this price category. Featuring the latest trend of Type-C charging ports, the Vivo Y51 supports a Type-C interface with Vivo’s exclusive Dual-Engine Fast Charging that fills the battery blip to 90% in 40 minutes.

If you prefer to have a bigger battery on your smartphone, there are other options in the same price-category.

Verdict

The camera is awesome. Display looks neat; the Funtouch OS 10 looks seamless in performance. However, having inferior SDM chipsets always wrecks the brain at some level. There are other mid-range phones in the same price-category that’ll work better in terms of usage. We’d recommend Vivo Y51 for its camera output. In terms of performance, we’d recommend browsing through more options. Overall, if you can get a 4k-recording phone with PKR 36,999, Vivo Y51 is a solid option.

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