The Vivo Y71 is probably one of the cheapest smartphones you’ll get in the market today. Should you buy this one? We’ll help you decide. This is a quick review of the Vivo Y71.

Build

The Vivo Y71 has the simplest design of an 18:9 smartphone. It is mainly made from a hard plastic with metallic rose gold finish at the back and definitely not a hefty gadget in your pocket. It’s slim and easy to hold. The Vivo Y71 already has a pre-installed tempered glass out of the box.

Vivo Y71The Vivo Y71 has HD+ resolution on its 6-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. At the top of the screen, you’ll see the 5MP front-facing camera, sensors and earpiece. On the right, you’ll normally see the volume rockers and power/lock button. These buttons are tactile and easy to press.

Vivo Y71You’ll find the triple slot on the left with dedicated slots for two nano-sim cards and one slot for your microSD card.

Vivo Y71At the bottom is the 3.5mm headphone jack, the microUSB port, the microphone and the speaker grill.

Vivo Y71At the back, the 13MP camera is located at the top part and the Vivo logo sits at the center. Lacking from this simple design is the fingerprint scanner.

Vivo Y71Display and Entertainment

The Vivo Y71 has a 6-inch display with 1440 x 720 resolution. I am not really a fan of the notch and that’s why I’m loving this 18:9 ratio setup.  While the display’s resolution isn’t impressive, it does have good color reproduction, and has decent visibility under direct sunlight.

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Screenshot from Need For Speed: Rivals

The Vivo Y71 has the Adreno 308 GPU that can easily play games like PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9 (Alpha), and Need For Speed: Rivals. There are some inconsistencies in terms of loading screens but it can still handle them.

Camera

Vivo Y71 has two cameras: 13MP snapper at the back and 5MP selfie camera. The 13MP camera has an autofocus with LED flash. Judging from our photos taken, the color reproduction is good, although the bokeh effect isn’t really a sell-out. You still get the camera features like panorama, face beauty, professional mode and you can even scan your documents for your perusals. The 5MP selfie camera is not an upgrade from the previous mid-range smartphones from Vivo. You’ll also have the face beauty and group selfie mode. Some of the shots we’ve taken can be seen below and please take note that these photos are unedited whatsoever.

Performance, Software and Battery

The Vivo Y71 is powered by the old Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chip with the Adreno 308 GPU. The smartphone is available in two variants: 2GB and 3GB, and what we’re reviewing now is the latter. Based on our experience, the Y71 didn’t produce any lags and crashes while using it. FuntouchOS is one of the cleanest versions of Android 8.0 Oreo and to be honest, we had fun using it.

Face ID access is Vivo’s answer to the absene absence with the Fingerprint scanner and in this regard, the Y71 didn’t disappoint. It responds fast, but performs poorly in low light. Our gameplays with PUBG Mobile and Need for Speed: Rivals have understandable frame drops. Like most of the midrange smartphones, the back part heats up a bit, but not something we get worried about. In addition to this, the Y71’s internal storage is only 16GB and you’re looking at only 7GB left for your needs. These are our benchmarks for the Y71.

The Vivo Y71 has a decent 3,360mAh battery which is capable of surviving half a day with medium to intense gaming sessions. It takes about 1 and half hours to be charged at around 80% with no quick charge compatibility.

Vivo Y71 (2018) Review
Our Verdict
So based on our review, should you buy the Vivo Y71? Our answer is: it depends. If you're into a large display, no notch, with mediocre specs, and cheap price, you should get the Y71. But if you're into more demanding tasks, this may not be the phone for you. The price of the Vivo Y71 (2GB RAM) is Php 7,990 while the 3GB variant is Php8,990. These variants are available to all Vivo Authorized Retailers and Concept Stores nationwide.
What's Good
Great Build
Easy to hold
Triple Slot Tray
Good Battery Performance
Face ID Access Works Fast
What's Not
Low Internal Storage
2.7

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Gianfranco is the co-founder of GadgetPilipinas.net. He graduated from Far Eastern University. A Psychology student turned tech-savvy. He's currently the HR Supervisor of Blip Media and one of the content producers of Gadget Pilipinas. He enjoys playing competitive video games and binge-watch American TV series.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

Without questions, Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus is the best camera smartphone the Cherry Mobile has to date. We haven’t seen other Cherry Mobile phones that are capable of taking photos with impressive quality than the one we brought to Japan to cover Tokyo Game Show 2018.

If you have been following our Instagram posts (@gadgetpilipinas) during our coverage of the TGS 2018, our daily driver was the Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.  So, feast your eyes and take a look at some of our photos:

For high-resolution photos, go  to this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HwHBWNh2WYceTywxiNBhxNKbZuGyz988?usp=sharing

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This selfie was taken the night before we left for Tokyo.
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Jam can smile while sleeping. I took this photo inside Skyliner going to Nippori Station from Narita Airport.
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Our Tokyo trip isn’t always complete without grabbing a lunch at Matsuya.
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Night time is coming, and bedtime is near; oh, where is our AirBnB, I thought it is just right here!
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After looking for a 100-Yen store to buy Allan’s towel (since our AirBnB didn’t have any towels available), we took a break at this vending machine to reward ourselves a cold drink.
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Taken near Bic Camera at Akihabara using Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.
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We gotta have this here in the Philippines! Oh, I noticed that Flare S7 Plus fails to put a watermark when using Bokeh effect.
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A food shot with our Cherry Roam.

We’ve got to hold our horses so we don’t spoil too much of our TGS experience with photos. Watch out for our first impressions and review of Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus!

Oh, and while you’re at it – be sure to check out our full coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2018 on this link.

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If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter.

Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic.

Check them out and drool.
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Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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