The price of this smartphone is Rs 12,490 which makes this smartphone one of the most competitive segment. We have reviewed Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Review), Honor 6X and Moto G4 Plus (Review) at this price point. Talking about the specification, Vivo Y55S disappoints in comparison to these three smartphones. Let’s find out in review
Vivo Y55s Design and Build
The Y55S sports a simple candybar design with 2.5D curved edge-glasses on the front. The phone has a soft gold finish on the rear. The phone looks a lot like the iPhone which is nothing new for the Chinese manufacturers. The thickness of the phone is 7.5 mm and the weight is 147.9 grams. The small size of the phone makes it easy to hold and all the buttons are within reach. The phone has a separate microSD card slot near the headphone jack. This phone comes with dual-sim support. The rear of the phone seems to be metal while it is made of plastic.
The 5.2-inch HD display comes with a decently high pixel density, which makes icons and text stand out. Color reproduction is quite good and we did not have any problem using the phone in viewing angles or in sunlight. The Y55S already comes with a screen protector.
The capacitive navigation button at the bottom of the phone is not backlit and neither does the phone have a notification LED. But you can use the rear LED flash for incoming calls, messages and reminders when the screen is off. The lack of fingerprint sensor in the phone is disappointing.
Overall, we don’t have a lot to complain about the look and design of the phone but it didn’t attract us. The design of the phone is nothing new. Vivo has provided a standard 5W power adapter, a data cable, a headset, a silicone case and a SIM ejector tool in the phone.
Vivo Y55s Specifications and Features
The smartphone is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4GHz. Which can be called a strange choice considering the octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor given in the Y55L. The phone has 3 GB RAM and 16 GB storage which can be expanded up to 256 GB via microSD card. The phone has features like Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 4G VoLTE, USB OTG, FM radio and GPS. Along with the standard sensor, the phone also has a virtual gyroscope.
Talking about the software, Android Marshmallow based Funtouch OS 3.0 has been given in the phone. There has been no change in this since the review of Vivo V5 Plus. If you haven’t used a Vivo phone, you’ll need to learn a few tweaks for all the controls. The brightness, volume slider, and quick toggles require a swipe up on the display, while the notification shade can only be used for notifications.
Custom features like Motion and Touch Gestures, One Handed Mode, Super Screenshot and Smart Click are available in the phone’s Settings app. While the screen is off, several functions can be performed by holding the volume button down. While watching a video with Smart Split, the screen can be halved without having to leave the player to message or use WhatsApp. The stock app has Vivo Cloud, UC Browser, WPS Office, Amazon, WhatsApp and a theme store for backup.
Vivo Y55S Performance
General UI performance is good and we did not face any problem with the phone during everyday use. Multitasking is easily done in the phone. However, the choice of entry-level processor for large apps and games in the phone was not the best. Benchmark figures from the phone were fine. 3D games can be installed and played in the phone but many big games will down the phone. 16 GB storage is not enough and when downloading music and videos, the storage gets exhausted very fast.
The Y55S plays 1080p video smoothly. And the high bit-rate video test files also played fine. The sound and clarity coming from the speaker is not very good. And the sound quality is fine only for alerts. The headset that comes with the phone is not an in-ear type, so don’t expect too much from the quality.
The phone has a 13-megapixel rear camera, which comes with aperture F / 2.2. The phone can take great landscape photos and macro shots in daylight. However, detailing is lacking when zooming in and there is a lack of sharpness in closeup shots. Autofocus is fast even when there is no PDAF. Photos are a bit noisy in low light and pictures are slightly better when Night Mode is on.
The phone also has shooting modes like Face Beauty, Panorama, Professional, Slow-motion Video, Time-lapse and Ultra HD. The interface of the phone is easy to navigate and it is easy to perform all the functions. For taking selfies, there is a 5 megapixel front camera with aperture F / 2.2, which takes selfies with great detail in good light. However, the screen flash is a bit weak. The rear camera of the phone can record video up to 1080 pixels and the quality is very good.
The phone’s 2730 mAh battery performance surprised us. In our HD video loop test, we got 12 hours and 12 minutes of playback, which isn’t too bad. During normal use, we could use the phone for a whole day. At the same time, the phone took a few hours to charge.
Vivo Y55S is a great entry-level smartphone but it is not able to compete with its rivals. Redmi Note 4, Moto G4 Plus and Honor 6X are better options at this price point. The Y55S has good battery life, a separate microSD card slot and 4G VoLTE support. But it lacks a more powerful processor, a higher resolution display, fingerprint sensor and better cameras.
If the price of this phone was around Rs 7,000, then it could have been advised to buy. But there are many other better options available for Rs 12,490.