Vivo Y83 Review: Smartphone with a Big Screen for Budget Buyers
In May 2018, Chinese smartphone maker Vivo launched its Y83 device, with a 6.22-inch 19:9 “FullView” display and an Apple iPhone X inspired notch at the front, for the Indian audience. With a price tag of about ?14,000, this is a great budget phone. In fact, after its launch, Vivo Y83 became the first phone in this price range to have the notch display. Moreover, the specifications and features will have buyers confident that they have got the best deal.
The phone is available in gold and black colour variants in glossy finish. One can buy the smartphone from ecommerce stores such as Amazon, Flipkart and Vivo’s own online shopping channel.
Other than the big screen, the major highlights of this smartphone is its 8 MP selfie camera and 13MP high-definition rear camera that supports PDAF technology. Face Access 2.0, Smart split 3.0, Game Mode 2.0, app clone and eye protection mode are some other features that grabbed my attention. In the box, you’ll get a quick start guide, warranty card, SIM ejector tool, transparent back cover, earphone, normal data cable and a charger, along with the Vivo Y83 smartphone.
The Vivo Y83 is a dual SIM (GSM + CDMA and GSM + CDMA) smartphone. The device features a 6.22-inch HD+ screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio and resolution of 720×1520 pixel. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass on top. The smartphone comes with an 88% screen-to-body ratio and flaunts narrow bezels. The device measures 155.21 x 75.24 x 7.70 mm and weighs 150 gm.
The Vivo Y83 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor, paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. The smartphone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo, with FunTouch OS 4.0 on top.
The device is powered by a 3260mAh battery. One of the interesting features of the Vivo Y83 is the split screen feature. It also offers various connectivity options like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and USB OTG. It includes sensors like include proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and gyroscope.
Display Size: 6.22-inch HD+ screen
Screen Resolution: 720×1520 pixel
Processor: 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor
Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo with FunTouch OS 4.0
Front Camera: 8MP
Back Camera: 13MP
Other features: Face Access 2.0, Smart Split 3.0, Game Mode 2.0, app clone and eye protection mode
Display and Looks
The Vivo Y83 flaunts a big 6.2-inch, FullView screen that has an aspect ratio of 19:9. The smartphone comes with an HD+ display with screen resolution pf 720×1520 pixels. The higher aspect ratio gives users 15.5% more view areas compared to phones with the standard 18:9 aspect ratio. The makers have also reduced the top bezel in comparison to their earlier models featuring FullView™ Display to get a huge 88% screen-to-body ratio. The display quality is clear and sharp, and the colours are bright.
Vivo’s love for the notch is seen in this model as well, which gives the smartphone the appearance of an iPhone X wannabe. In the notch is placed the speaker, sensor and 8MP front camera.
The build quality is good and the look is premium, with a glossy finish, just like the Vivo V9. It has a polycarbonate body, which makes it lightweight.
At the rear of the phone lie the 13MP rear camera, LED flash and fingerprint sensor, which is now commonly seen in most Vivo smartphones.
Camera and Apps
The Vivo Y83 features a 13MP sensor in the rear and an 8MP sensor as the front shooter for selfies. The 13MP rear camera supports PDAF technology that provides super fast focusing speeds.
The company has paired Face Access technology in the front camera for phone unlocking. The phone also uses artificial intelligence in the AI Face Beauty feature that detects the gender, age, skin tone, texture and lighting environment to enhance the quality of photographs. You can also choose from the customized beauty enhancement effects, based on your own facial features.
The smartphone also features other modes, such as portrait that blurs the background, live photo to record images before and after the shot and for group selfies. The Vivo Y83 runs on a large capacity 3260mAh battery, which can last for a day on regular use.
The device also includes a spilt screen feature, which can be activated easily by sliding down three fingers, which makes the screen spilt in two. Those who like to multitask will definitely love this feature.
Performance and Battery Life
The Y83 is powered by the octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 SoC processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage (although a 64GB variant was launched by Vivo in China), which can be expanded to 256GB via a microSD card.
The phone runs on the FunTouch OS, Vivo’s own UI, with app tray and cannot be customised much. If you want an app tray, you’ll have to use a launcher.
With such promising specifications, the performance is good over all kind of workloads. I tested the phone by running a lot of apps simultaneously. I found no lags and the performance was mostly fluid at all times. The credit for this goes to its 4GB RAM. The performance of security features like Face Unlock and fingerprint sensor is extremely fast, as expected from a Vivo phone.
The Vivo Y83 has been priced at ?14,999 for the Indian market. You can buy this smartphone online from Amazon, Flipkart and Vivo’s website, or from any of the offline stores across the country. However, before making a buying decision, do not forget to shop around for special offers that can get you a better deal.
Reasons Why I Like This Phone
Artificial Intelligence to enhance photos
Reasons Why I Hate This Phone
Could have used a Full HD Display
Unnatural photos from the front camera
Minimal customization capabilities
With superior camera performance and security options, the Vivo Y83 does offer value for money, making it a great budget phone.