While Vivo’s V-Series smartphones have received good reception, thanks to a combination of great performance and imaging capabilities, the company isn’t forgetting to show some love foe its Y-Series, which has undergone a “makeover.” Today, we’re taking a look at one the devices in this lineup, the Y17.
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Design and Build Quality
The device is light enough for one handed-use, but heavy enough that it doesn’t feel flimsy or cheaply-made. The triple camera module slightly protrudes, which exposes the lens cover. Fortunately, this can be easily solved using the supplied jelly case.
The Y17’s 6.35-inch display has a resolution of 720 x 1544 pixels or HD+. And while it should benefit battery life, it needs to have more than that in order to compete with other phones at its price range, such as the realme 3 or the Redmi Note 7.
For the common daily tasks such as social media, web browsing, email, YouTube, and more, the Y17’s Helio P35 processor will not disappoint. Add 4GB of RAM to the mix, and it should hold up well in light to moderate multi-tasking.
If you’re planning to game with this, don’t expect too much, as it can only play PUBG Mobile at Balanced – Medium FPS at most. Lighter games such as Mobile Legends will run fine, even at Max Settings, but you won’t have access to High FPS mode.
Given enough light, the Y17’s camera’s can take on a finely detailed subject, such as gunpla, and capture most of that detail with ease. The bokeh effect it generates is also quite accurate and refined.
In low-light, overall quality does suffer drastically, but the quality is actually more than what I expected. The Y17 can capture a fair amount of detail, though it does struggle at controlling the exposure in some areas.
Well, Funtouch OS has undergone quite an evolution since the V3 and V3 Max days, and is now quite polished in most areas. It’s fluid, snappy, and fast, most of the time.
You still get the usual goodies, such as Ultra Game Mode, which does not only allow the phone to perform better in games, but also prevents notifications from distracting you during gameplay, and more.
It also offers the complete suite of methods for unlocking the phone including Face ID Access. All of which work fast, and work well.
If there’s one area where the Y17 excels at, it’s battery life. Based on PCMark’s Work 2.0 battery benchmark, which simulates tasks like basic video editing and data manipulation, the phone scored close to 15 hours, which means that in light to moderate use, it should last you at least a full day before having to be recharged.
Speaking of which, charging from zero to full only takes around 1.5 hours!