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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.

Vivo Y71
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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