Vivo has been very aggressive with its strategy for the Indian market. The Chinese smartphone maker became the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League and later also launched an IPL edition of its V5 smartphone in India. All along, it has mainly been pushing its selfie-focused V series which has now expanded to include the Vivo V5 (Review), Vivo V5s (Review) and Vivo V5 Plus (Review). Now, the selfie craze seems to have trickled down to its budget Y series as well, and the Vivo Y66 is the latest smartphone to be positioned this way.
Vivo has been advertising the "moonlight camera" on the Y66 to no end. But is this phone a one-trick pony or is it geared to stand up to the likes of the Moto G5 Plus (Review) and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Review)? Let’s find out.
With the Vivo Y66, it is evident that the design is heavily inspired by Apple smartphones. Vivo has gone with plastic as the build material instead of metal. So while the phone looks good, it does not feel premium in hand. The front is dominated by the 5.5-inch IPS display with 2.5D curved glass on top. There is no mention of any sort of protection for the display, but Vivo pre-applies a plastic protector on it. Above the display sits the 16-megapixel camera along with the metal earpiece, proximity sensors, and selfie flash. Vivo has used a filter over this flash which makes it look quite big. Below the screen are the standard capacitive Android buttons that aren’t backlit.
Vivo has positioned the power and volume buttons on the right of the phone, and their positioning makes them easy to press. The left of the phone only has the hybrid dual-SIM tray. It has one slot for a Micro-SIM and another for a Nano-SIM or a microSD card. There's a chrome trim running along the sides of the phone sandwiched between the top glass and the back panel. At the bottom, there's a Micro-USB port, a speaker grille, a 3.5mm audio socket, and a microphone.
This Vivo Y66 has a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a single LED flash in one corner. You'll see Vivo branding right in the centre, and antenna lines running across the top and bottom. The phone misses out on a fingerprint scanner, which is a surprising omission considering that this is now almost an industry-standard feature at most price points.
Vivo offers a clear case in the box, which we would recommend using to keep the plastic back scratch-free. With the Y66, you also get a basic headset with mic, a SIM ejector tool, a charger rated at 5V 1A, and a USB cable.Read More...
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