|Launch Date||May 31, 2018 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v8.1 (Oreo)|
|Custom UI||Funtouch OS|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Black, Red, Aurora White|
|Screen Size||6.22 inches (15.8 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||720 x 1520 pixels|
|Pixel Density||270 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass v3|
|Screen to Body Ratio (claimed by the brand)||88 %|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||82.33 %|
|Chipset||MediaTek Helio P22|
|Processor||Octa core, 2 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 21.1 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||8 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||4128 x 3096 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Video Recording||1920x1080 @ 30 fps|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|SAR Value||Head: 1.119 W/kg, Body: 0.530 W/kg|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Rear|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope|
|Applications||WPS Office, UC Browser, Amazon, Amazon Prime Video, Phonepe, Newspoint|
The Vivo Y83 is a phone that has a modern design, a notch which happens to be the most talked about aspect, reliable build quality, and reasonably good performance. However, on the contrary, the display is just a 720p panel, both the front and rear cameras are average, and the U.I skin is buggy and not well optimized for first-timers. So, if you are in the market looking for a smartphone, the Vivo Y83 shouldn’t be your first choice, we advise you pick the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max Pro as they offer better value for money.
Vivo off late has been in a terrific form, thanks to the numerous launches in regular intervals including phones with under-the-display fingerprints; the company is now one of the top brands in India. The company recently launched the first phone with a notch display; the Vivo V9 and now acting as a successor in terms of design is the Vivo Y83. Unlike the V9, this is a budget offering and is also the first phones in the sub Rs 15,000 range to packs a notch on the top. In our today's review, we shall take a closer look at the phone and see how it fares in real life.
The Vivo 6.22-inch (1520×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) SoC clocked at 2GHz Octa-Core 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU. It packs 4GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with FunTouch OS 4.0.
It packs a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture. The device features a Fingerprint sensor, and it is present on the back side. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS. A 3260mAh battery is on board.
Though we are used to seeing metal unibody designs for a while in the sub Rs. 15,000 segment, the Vivo Y83 surprises with a polycarbonate body. While it doesn’t feel cheap in anyway, we would have appreciated a metal design on any given day. Since it is a new aspect ratio; 19:9 for a budget phone, the in-hand feels and weight distribution is perfect. We never hurt or strained our hands even after extended usage. The screen real estate is better than most budget phones, but the notch on the display top section is debatable since it is liked by most and at the same time, hated by some. So the notch is a personal choice. The 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 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 present 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 Y83 is impressive if you can adjust to the plastic build.
The Vivo Y83 sports a Vivo 6.22-inch (1520×720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Except for the bottom chin and top notch, the display real estate is very impressive for media consumption, gaming as well. However, a huge let down is the fact that it sports a 720p panel. The colors look sharp, and the viewing angles are excellent, but there is pixilation on zooming in the images or while browsing. The brightness levels are impressive; it is accessible under direct sunlight as well. It also comes with an auto-brightness sensor, so you don’t have to adjust the brightness all the time once enabled.
The touch response is smooth, and it is responsive when scrolling or while playing. The rock under the water is the notch, and there is no way you can hide it using the software. Though we like the huge screen to body ratio, we also hate to see the notch area when playing a game or watching a video. So, buying a phone with a notch or not bogs down to a personal choice.
The Vivo Y83 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) SoC clocked at 2GHz Octa-Core 12nm processor with 650MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU and 4GB RAM. MediaTek P22 is a brand new Octa-Core chipset from MediaTek, and it is based on 12nm SoC with Dual VoLTE, Bluetooth 5, AI-enhancements. The performance is butter smooth, apps open up quick, and they load up pretty fast as well. As we mentioned above, it was able to handle more than 5-6 apps at a time without any lag or stutters in the UI. We barely noticed any frame drops or delay in the UI. In fact, the MediaTek chipset is one of the best in recent times, and it stands right up against the other Qualcomm counterparts.
Moving to the gaming department, we played games like PUBG, Asphalt 8, Leos Fortune, Modern Combat 5, Nova 3. The device was able to handle most games when the graphics are set to medium, and we are okay with it since this is what we expect from a budget phone. The fingerprint sensor is present on the rear side, and you can register up to five fingers. The sensor is very fast in unlocking the phone. Overall, the performance of the Vivo Y83 is pretty impressive.
The Vivo Y83 packs a single 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture. The camera interface is also much similar to iOS; you will have to swipe from the main screen to toggle between modes like video, slo-mo and other options. There is also a Pro mode to tweak ISO, white balance, and more. Moving to the camera, it can click decent images that are well lit and well balanced in terms of colors and details, given that there is abundant lighting in the surroundings. The HDR mode works perfectly well, but there is no AutoHDR feature, so you will have to turn it on whenever needed. The dynamic range is pretty decent, but the shadows look blown out occasionally.
Moving to low-light, the photos are noisy and blurry; the images are in no way usable on social media as well. Turning on flash will help at times, but it isn’t overpowering to our liking. It can record 1080p videos, and the quality of the video is average at best. Since there is no OIS, there is shaking, and the constant hunt for focusing makes the footage unusable. The front 8MP shooter is decent for selfies, but like the rear, the front camera also suffers from lack of sharpness in the images. Overall, the camera of the Vivo Y83 is not the best we have seen in the market.
The Vivo Y83 packs a 3260mAh battery with no support for fast charging. With casual to moderate usage that includes slight gaming, listening to music through 4G, GPS navigation, and other usual tasks like taking calls, sending messages, the phone was happily lasting through the end of the day without any issues. We didn’t notice any battery drops or drain overnight, and this is a good thing. On continuous to heavy usage, it was comfortably lasting till the evening, then again you will have to charge once again before you end the day. We didn’t notice any drastic battery drops on heavy usage as well. Thanks to the neat software and battery optimizations, the Vivo Y83 gave us a good battery life.
Since there is no fast charging support, the 3250mAh 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.
The company included a pair of earphones within the box, and they are basic quality but no in-ear style. However, the audio quality when tested with the ones we have was excellent. There is equalizer support so you can tweak the sound quality to your liking. The speaker grill is present on the bottom, so the speaker volume doesn’t get muffled when placed on a flat surface. The default music player was able to handle most audio formats without any issues.
The Vivo Y83 was able to handle 1080p videos smoothly, and the playback was smooth with no heating issues and freezing issues. We streamed videos with 4G as well and faced no problems. As we said above, you will have to spend some more buck on a pair of earphones for better audio and video experience.
The Vivo Y83 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with FunTouch OS 4.0 on top. The interface is like on any other Chinese phone U.I. All the app shortcuts and widgets are present on the main home screen. There is no native app drawer, but you can any day install custom launchers from the PlayStore. The quick toggles can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom like the iPhone style, and the notification drawer is just limited to notifications from apps. There is a theme store where you can download the themes to change the look and feel of the U.I to your liking. Though the themes don’t change the overall structure of the interface, it does change the icon pack, wallpaper, lock screen and more. We are not big fans of the Vivo OS; it replicates iOS design including the icons which make us feel like we are using a knock-off phone instead of a phone from a reputed brand.
It comes with 4GB of RAM out of which around 2.81GB free when just the default apps are running in the background or during first boot. It can handle multitasking with ease, and we never noticed apps running out of memory which is a good thing. App animations and transition speeds were smooth. Overall, the software and the U.I of the interface is smooth and decent. Thankfully it runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo.