A front facing camera was a feature that was introduced to the world with the launch of iPhone 4, back in 2010. Since then, selfie cameras have become the most important feature in a smartphone. Departing from the traditional list of features a buyer desires in their smartphone, like water resistance, battery life, users are asking for a better selfie camera or a fingerprint sensor these days.
Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has made a name for itself with its selfie-centric smartphones.
And in keeping with this, Vivo launched the Y69, a successor to the Y66, for the Indian market in August 2017. The major highlight of this smartphone is without a doubt its 16 MP Moonlight selfie camera with LED that can be used as a flash or to fill light in a video.
The face beauty mode, portrait bokeh, live photo and group selfie mode are some of the key features included in the Vivo Y69 to give users amazing selfies every single time. For security, the manufacturer has included a front fingerprint sensor in the device, which unlocks the phone within seconds. This smartphone also boasts Smart Split 3.0 to let you use two apps at one time, from among Facebook, WhatsApp, Line, BBM, WeChat, Viber, Messages (built-in), Play Movies & TV, Video (built-in), MX Player, YouTube and VLC for Android.
The price of Vivo Y69 starts at ?12,999 in India, which puts this device in the mid-range category. So, does this smartphone have the hardware and software to justify its price tag?
The Vivo Y69 is a dual SIM smartphone that comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels. The handset measures 154.60 x 75.70 x 7.70 mm and weighs 162.80 gm.
It is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core processor paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. Vivo Y69 runs on Android 7.0 and is powered by a 3000mAh non-removable battery.
When it comes to cameras, the Vivo Y69 features a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies and a 13MP primary camera on the rear. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G. The phone also features sensors like proximity sensor, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/magnetometer and gyroscope.
Display: 5.5 inch touchscreen display
Resolution: 720 X 128 pixels
Processor: 1.5GHz octa-core processor
Front Camera: 16 MP
Rear camera: 13 MP
RAM: 3 GB
OS: Android 7.0
Storage: 32 GB
Battery Capacity: 3000mAh
Display and Looks
I am in love with the build of this 7.7mm thick device. The Vivo Y69 comes with a 5.5 inch display and narrow bezels. The 2.5 D curved glass on the front of the handset, which features a full metal unibody design, gives it an elegant appearance. The mobile phone has sleek lines and curved edges that make it very comfortable to hold.
The touch sensitive home button, with an integrated fingerprint scanner and menu buttons, has been placed under the screen. It is very responsive. Those who like to own premium looking goods will find the Vivo Y69 a good buy, especially given how affordable it is.
However, I wasn’t very impressed with the resolution, which is 1280 x 720 pixels. This is one aspect that could turn off the buyer and propel them to cheaper phones available in the market with full HD displays.
Camera and Apps
No doubt, there is a very good reason why Vivo smartphones are called selfie experts. The 16 MP front shooter captures great images, with crisp details, regardless of the lightning conditions.
However, I wasn’t very happy with the 13 MP camera at the back. The camera offers sharp details with rich colours but only in daylight. Photos shot in dim light or indoors are disappointing. Another disappointment is the video recording from the back camera. The resolution is limited to 1080pixels for video recording. At a time when much cheaper phones are available with 4K video recording, I doubt buyers would want to spend money on the Vivo Y69.
Performance and Battery
The smartphone is powered by a Mediatek MT6750 processor, which is a mid-range octa-core processor. It comes with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 3,000mAh battery. Vivo claims this to be a great hardware package, but it does make the Y69 appear overpriced, especially given that there are mobile devices like the Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo K8 Note that offer much faster processors, higher RAM, storage and battery life at a lower price. When it comes to the software, the Y69 runs on Android 7.0, which also is not very outstanding.
The device’s day to day performance, however, is decent, but is not up to the mark in comparison with other brands. Thankfully, the 3,000mAh battery lasts for an entire day on a single charge even with a constant Wi-Fi connectivity. The phone offers other features like one-hand mode, spilt screen, smart click and app clone, which are now a part of most Vivo and other smartphones.
The Vivo Y69 is priced at ?12,999 for the Indian audience. Mid-range selfie lovers will find this phone highly appealing. However, given the presence of much better specifications in other smartphones in the same and even lower price range, I doubt whether Vivo Y69 will be able to stay long in the market.
Reasons Why I Like This Phone
- Good front camera
- Attractive metal unibody design
- Decent day-to-day performance
Reasons Why I Hate This Phone
- Unimpressive resolution during video recording
- Poor rear camera performance
- Heavily priced for the hardware
Vivo Y69 is a decent smartphone that offers good routine performance. However, it might not be the first choice when you can get better hardware at a much lower price.