Vivo Y55s was launched in February 2017 with a price tag of Rs 12,490. The USP of the smartphone is the Snapdragon 425 processor, 5.2-inch HD display and 3GB of RAM. The price tag seems a bit higher with respect to the specifications of the phone. But is it worth the price? Let’s find out in this review.
Design and Build
The smartphone has a commonly designed body as seen in most of the devices these days. The body is formed up of metal chassis. The rear panel is smooth and in gold colour. Vivo logo is in the middle of back panel along the camera at the top left corner. The front part is of white colour and it blends well with the gold in the back. The Vivo Y55s seems light in weight and comfortable to hold.
There is no fingerprint sensor given in this model. Also, there are haptic feedback buttons given instead of backlit keys. The volume rocker keys are stapled in the right side and the SIM card slot is on the left side of the edge. Overall the design is good and sturdy, though not very attractive.
The Vivo Y55s features a 5.2-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. The display resolution is low when compared to the other phones in this range, as most of them feature an FHD display. The sunlight visibility is average and the user has to increase the brightness bar more often. However, the device can be seen via different viewing angles after the adjustment.
Hardware and Software
The Vivo Y55s houses a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.4GHz with 3GB of RAM. There is 16GB of onboard storage with and hybrid / micro-SD card slot which accepts up to 64GB. Surprisingly, out of 16GB only 7GB is free for the user which means users will definitely need to use a card.
The smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with its custom UI Fun-touch OS 3.0 out of the box. The UI is good and allows the users to do a lot of customisation in the phone. There’s very less bloatware on the device such as Easy Share, Facebook, WhatsApp, WPS Office, UC Browser, etc., and most of them are useful.
The smartphone is good at multitasking, it’s snappy and has a good touch response. It also handles daily usable apps and other functions very well. I rarely found any type of lag in in while using.
The gaming performance of the smartphone is pretty good. One can play simple games as well as high-end games like Asphalt 8 with ease and no slowdowns. But if you’re willing to install a lot of games you’ll need an external memory card for it.
The benchmark performance of the device is good and it scores pretty well in every segment. It scores 35763 in AnTuTu and 16138 in Quadrant Standard. It scores 59.9 in NenaMark 2.0. The Geek bench Score was good, it scored 654 in Single-Core and 1887 in Multi-Core
The 4G VoLTE functionality is good and I didn’t find any type of call drop or connectivity issue. The music and video playback is average as the display is not FHD, and the speaker grill is on the bottom edge which doesn’t give a very good sound reproduction.
The rear camera is of 13-megapixel with f/2.0 and LED flash. The camera captures decent photos in daylight. All the images have a good amount of details and colour balance. The low-light performance is not the best but with the help of the flash, it manages to take some good ones. There are a lot of modes available in the smartphone for the user convenience like- HDR, Ultra HD, PPT, Night, Slow-Mo and many more.
The Front camera is of 5-megapixels which also takes good selfies. There are beautify modes available with the front facing camera which allows the user to enhance the quality of the selfies. Overall the camera quality is pretty nice.
The smartphone houses a 2,750mAh battery which is very low comparing to the other smartphones in this range. The battery backup with moderate usage is 7 hours, while the minimal users will get around 10 hours of battery life. The low battery backup is a major drawback for the smartphone.
The Vivo Y55s is a good smartphone as per the usability, but the smartphone seems overpriced. It doesn’t have very good specifications as per the price tag it has. One can find a better smartphone in this segment like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Honor 6X, and Coolpad Cool1 Dual among others. Although its biggest edge is that it’s available in the offline stores as well.