Vivo Y81 Price In India: Buy Vivo Y81 worth Rs. 13990 at Rs. 10990. Vivo Y81 Price In India is Rs. 10990 for 3GB RAM 32 GB ROM variant. The Vivo Y81 comes with 15.49 cm (6.1 inch) HD+ Display, 13MP Rear Camera | 5MP Front Camera, 3260 Li-ion Battery, MT6762 Octa Core (Helio P22) Processor.
Vivo has been in the market for quite some time in India, but never really made it to the top thanks to their mediocre offerings. But studying the market closely for some time made the company shift its focus. This resulted in a series of selfie-centric phones which later expanded to experimental phones like the NEX. The company changed its gears in the recent times and is seen launching phones in various price segments including the budget segment very often. Coming from the same budget pack is Vivo Y81 which from the looks of it is capable of giving the Redmi’s a break especially in terms of design and features. In our today’s review, we shall find out if the Y81 can survive the heat from Xiaomi, Asus, Huawei’s Honor brand in India. Let’s get started.
The Vivo Y81 sports a 6.22-inches HD+ (1520 X 720 pixels) display and is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) 12nm SoC clocked at 2GHz Octa-Core processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU. There is 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage that is further expandable up to 256GB. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with FunTouch OS 4.0.
There is a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and HDR mode, and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.2 aperture and AI beauty features. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS+ GLONASS, USB OTG. A 3260mAh battery on board.
The Rs. 13,000 price segment is flooded with smartphones that pack metal unibody designs, and this makes the Vivo Y81 look a bit cheap since it is an all plastic build. The Vivo Y81 surprisingly packs a polycarbonate body with a glossy and shiny back panel giving it a premium look. Though it packs plastic build, it doesn’t feel cheap in anyway; It is just that we would have appreciated a metal design a bit more on any given day. The 19:9 aspect big display, the in-hand feel, and weight distribution are perfect.
One-handed usage is also comfortable, and we never hurt or strained our hands even after extended usage. Since it packs a notched display, there is more screen real-estate for media and gaming. The controversial notch comes down to a personal choice as it is becoming a growing feature among the masses. Overall build quality is reasonably good, and the in-hand usage is also decent.
Moving to placements, up front we have the 8MP front-facing camera, the usual set of sensors, and down below, the capacitive buttons are placed within the display. The volume rockers and the power button is placed on the right side. The SIM tray tool is present on the right. The speaker grill, microUSB port, and 3.5mm audio are located on the bottom. The rear is where you find the 13MP rear camera, fingerprint sensor, LED flash, and Vivo branding. The back is sealed, so the battery isn’t removable. Overall, the build quality and design of the Vivo Y81 is decent enough only if you can appreciate the polycarbonate body.
The Vivo Y81 sports a Vivo 6.22-inch (1520×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display. Let’s start off by saying that the device comes with a notch where the selfie shooter and other sensors are present. Thanks to the 19:9 IPS display, it has an impressive screen-to-body ratio for media consumption and gaming. However, the screen is just a 720p panel which is a massive let down given that most phones in the same segment come with Full HD+ display panels, some of them even have SUPER AMOLED panels.
Moving along, the display offers sharp colors, decent viewing angles that don’t distort when viewing from extreme angles. It does have pixilation issue which when zooming in on images or browsing the web becomes evident. The brightness levels are impressive as it is comfortably accessible even under direct sunlight as well. There is an auto-brightness sensor, so you don’t have to adjust the brightness all the time once enabled.
Just like most of the other smartphones around this price range, the Vivo Y81 is also powered by a 2 GHz Octa Core Processor and 3 GB RAM. It works efficiently to help you handle your day-to-day activities on a smartphone. Still, the overall experience in terms of the performance is underpowered in Y81 mobile. Apps opened up quickly, and they are quite responsive as well, but the animations sometimes feel laggy and slow. Multitasking is smooth, and RAM management is smooth as well. Other functionalities like the Split-Screen might be a treat to the eyes due to a bigger display, but the mobile tends to get slower over time while performing such multi-tasking activities.
We played games like PUBG, Asphalt 8/9, Modern Combat 5 and more. The gameplay is smooth only when the graphics settings are set to medium. In high-settings, there were more frame dropping and lagging, but it only limited to high-end games. For instance, we were able to play games like Temple Run without much lags, but we had the worst experience while playing games like NFS No Limits. There is no any heating issue, and the Vivo Y81 seems to be handling that very well. It has a fingerprint sensor, and it unlocks the phone quite fast.
Vivo Y81 comes with a 13 MP primary camera (f2.2 aperture) and 5 MP selfie camera. The camera app on Vivo Y81 shares a lot of similarities with the iOS camera app. It comes with modes like Panorama, Face Beauty, Photo and Video modes. The app also allows you to capture images in HDR mode. You can capture much of the reality using the Live Feature mode and choose the most candid frame later in the post-processing. The portrait mode does an excellent job by adding those beautiful bokeh effects, but the final output that you would get is far away from reality. It seemed to me like a lot of software modifications is done to give a portrait mode image which was not good. The HDR mode brings decent lighting but fails to keep the same in low-lighting conditions. This is where the Vivo Y81 falls short, the images are noisy and are in no way usable onsocial media as well. Turning on flash will help at times, but it isn’t overpowering to our liking. You can record videos only till only up to 1080p full HD quality, but the images can be captured in several resolutions. The camera interface also allows you to take photos in different aspect ratios. The 1080p footage is decent, but the constant hunt for focus makes it a lost cause. The front 8MP shooter does a decent job in good lighting conditions and falls short in semi-artificial and low-light environments.
The camera on Y81 performs well in the daylight conditions and struggles in low-light situations like any other mid-range smartphone.
The Vivo Y81 device shows its worth when you play any video or music on the smartphone. The audio listening experience is one of the best in the market at present, and the Y81 doesn’t disappoint us even when the music is played on the speaker. The soundtracks with only the instrumentals are played with much detail, and the mobile also produces clarity in the pitches when the music is played on the speaker. This is something that other smartphones lack in the market. The company didn’t include a pair of earphones within the box, so you will have to invest some more to get a better audio experience.
You would get the best video watching experience in this price range, and the 6.22-inch display doesn’t fail to give you an immersive feel. There is a disadvantage though. You will have to crop the videos to watch it in the complete full screen, and the 720p panel doesn’t offer best in class experience. The dark bars along the sides seemed to distract us most of the time when the videos were watched in the original 16:9 aspect ratio. But, as the time passes, one would also forget all of that when the videos are watched on this bigger display.
The Vivo Y81 packs a 3260mAh battery, and it doesn’t support fast charging. Our regular working day includes usage ranging from slight gaming, listening to music through 4G, GPS navigation, and other usual tasks like taking calls, sending messages, the battery was able to last until the evening. But it needs to be charged once again before you end the day. We are impressed with the software optimizations Vivo did which restricts the battery from draining drastically.
As mentioned, we didn’t notice any battery drops or overnight drain, and this is a good thing. However, on continuous to heavy usage which includes gaming, stream content, take photos, record videos, the device was only lasting until the afternoon making you charge more than once to go by the day. The battery didn’t drain much even on heavy usage. The battery performance is quite decent, but it can’t match up with levels of Redmi, or Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 phones in the similar segment. Since there is no fast charging support, the 3260mAh battery with the bundled adaptor took close to 2 hours 45 minutes to charge fully. Though this is a drag, we can’t expect more from a budget offering. Overall, the battery of the Vivo Y81 is quite good.
The Vivo Y81 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with FunTouch OS 4.0 on top. As you know, FunTouch OS’s interface is like on any other Chinese phone’s U.I where all the app shortcuts, widgets are present right on the main home screen. There is no app drawer by default, but you can install custom launchers from PlayStore if you wish to have a clean interface. There is a theme store, where you can change the look and feel of the U.I to your liking but there not many themes like MIUI, so it is a compromise. You can access the quick toggles by swiping up from the bottom similar to iPhones and pulling down from the top brings notification shade where you can only access notifications from apps. Apart from Google stock apps, it also has apps like Facebook UC Browser, WhatsApp, Amazon, and others. These apps can’t be uninstalled unless rooted.
It comes with 3GB of RAM out of which around 1.81GB free when just the default apps are running in the background or during first boot. The available free RAM can handle multitasking with ease, and switching between app didn’t result in any lag or delay. We never noticed apps running out of memory, and it is a good thing. App animations and transition speeds were smooth. Overall, the software and U.I of the Vivo Y81 is smooth and decent.
The Vivo Y81 is without a doubt a good phone to buy in the sub Rs. 15,000 price segment. It offers beautiful design, good build quality despite being plastic, and decent cameras. On the flip side, it would have been one hell off an offering from Vivo had the company included a 1080p panel, better chipset, and 4GB of RAM instead of 3. Considering these drawbacks, the Y81 falls short slightly when compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, and Honor 9N. So, if you are in the market looking for a phone, we suggest you pick any of the phones mentioned above.
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