7.8 Good

Vivo Y71 is one of the cheapest options out there under 200 USD. The smartphone has decent specs, good cameras, fast face unlock and an average battery life in a very economical range. We are hoping they will lose the FunTouch OS in the next update just like what Xiaomi did with the MiUi. The TechSeer will give it a 7.8 out of a solid 10.

  • Design 8.1
  • Display 7.3
  • Hardware & Performance 7.2
  • Camera 7.5
  • Battery life 7.7
  • Value for Money 9.2

Vivo, after launching its latest flagship Vivo Nex S (Review) has been focusing more on budgeted smartphones now. It has recently launched its low-range smartphone Vivo Y71 which features a 6.0-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels, a 13MP rear camera, 2/3GB of RAM and 16/32GB of internal storage.

Vivo Y71 Review

Pricing: Vivo Y71 has a starting price of 139 Euro (159 USD/209 AUD). The Indian variant will cost you around 11,499 INR. You can purchase it from Amazon and eBay if you are outside South East Asia but keep in mind it might not come with a warranty. You can also try dominant Asian websites such as Ali Baba and Gear Best.

Pros:

  • Fast face unlock
  • Sleek design with only 150 grams
  • Good cameras

Cons:

  • Snapdragon 425 is outdated
  • Somewhat high on cost
  • Below average battery life
  • Custom FunTouch OS has lots of bloatware

Vivo Y71 Spec Sheet:

  • Body: Front glass, Aluminum body
  • Screen: 6.0″ IPS LCD display, 720 x 1440 pixels, 268ppi
  • OS: Android OS v8.1 Oreo, Funtouch OS 4.0
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 425, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53; Adreno 308 GPU
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Camera: 13MP f/2.2, LED flash, HDR, 1080p@30fps video
  • Selfie: 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.2
  • Storage: 16/32GB of built-in storage, microSD
  • SIM: Dual-SIM (nano-SIM)
  • Battery: 3360mAh non-removable battery

Design and Display: Vivo V9 has an aluminum build and looks similar to V7+. The smartphone has slim bezels and a whopping 6.0-inch screen. On the top front, you will find a selfie camera and speaker sensors. On the right, you will have plastic Power and Volume buttons on Vivo V9.

Left side features 3 slots (2 for Nano Sim cards and 1 for microSD). On the bottom, there is the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB port. Vivo Y71 lacks Corning Gorilla Glass unlike Vivo V9. It is also not waterproof. Due to no Gorilla Glass, you will get a pre-installed screen protector on Y71.

Vivo Y71 hold a perfect grip due to no-glass back and a curved unibody design. The smartphone comes in only Black and Gold color.

Vivo Y71 features a 6.0-inch HD+ display (720 x 1440 pixels) with a 18:9 aspect ratio which should have been a 19:9 aspect ratio in 2018. The games and videos could be played better with the latter aspect ratio. At around 268ppi, the screen readability is alright but goes bad under direct sunlight.

Color accuracy and sharpness are good enough. Vivo Y71 has above average color reproduction and nice viewing angles.

Hardware: Vivo Y71 is armed with Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor with Adreno 308 and 2/3GB of RAM. This combination is not that common as Adreno 308 is obsolete and companies in the same price range are offering Adreno 5 series GPU. FaceUnlock works pretty fast under good lighting conditions but struggles in low light. Here are the bench marking scores.

  • AnTuTu – 45,201
  • Geekbench – 676 (Single-Core), 1,823 (Multi-Core)
  • AndroBench – 287.84 MB/s (Read), 49.82 MB/s (Write)
  • 3DMark – 68 (Sling Shot), 3,627 (Ice Storm Extreme), 6,012 (Ice Storm Unlimited)
  • PCMark – 3,111 (Work 2.0)

You can play latest gaming titles on 720p without lags, thanks to the 3GB RAM variant.

There could be some lags to Vivo bloatware in the Funtouch OS which we are not very fond of. You can expect automatic shutting off the apps and games due to poor custom OS.

There are 2 variants available, you can either go for 16GB or 32GB internal storage which can also be expanded through 256GB microSD card. Sound quality including Bass is below average and don’t expect much from Y71 in the sound department but you can always opt for the best ear-buds or top Airplay speakers.

Vivo Y71 features a single 13-megapixel f/2.2 snapper which is powerful enough to compete with the same pricing cameras. There is no secondary camera on Vivo Y71 like Xiaomi Mi Max 3 and Xiaomi Redmi S2. The front snapper only packs a 5-megapixel lens with f/2.2 aperture.

Rear camera quality is average and you can choose from 6 different modes Doc, Professional, Panorama, Face Beauty, HDR, and Live Photo. You can use AI features in both of the cameras. Color and contrast ratio is good enough for a smartphone which costs around 150 USD but don’t expect a lot from it. The front camera has a beauty AI mode. Under low light, the camera performs below average.

Vivo Y71 can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps. There is no Optical Image Stabilization so you will have a hard time recording videos while moving. You will experience more background noise and lack of details.

Battery and OS: Vivo Y71 comes with 3360mAh capacity of non-removable battery. It is weighed at 150 grams which seems okay for a device with a 6.0-inch of screen. Vivo Y71 runs on custom Android 8.1 (Oreo) underneath FunTouch OS.

FunTouch could really be fun if we could delete most of the pre-installed apps (Vivo.com,  Vivo Cloud, Flipkart, Amazon Prime and Newspoint and some more) but it seems like Vivo Y71 users are stuck with them. Apart from that, you will face bloatware and multiple lags due to this custom OS which we still think needs a lot of improvement.

You can change the font size and styling. Scrolling from top to bottom will pop up recent notifications and from bottom to top with show you Control Center. You can use Motorbike mode to reject calls on if you are on the road. The whole OS takes around 7GB of storage so it’s better to opt for a device with at least 32GB of internal storage.

Vivo Y71 support a dual SIM Network and you will need Nano-SIMs to use it. There is Wi-Fi 802.11, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, FM, USB OTG, 3G, and 4G. Vivo Y71 comes with basic sensors such as Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity, and Gyroscope but lacks Magnetometer and Ambient light sensor.

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Vivo is trying its best to get the most out of these mid to low range smartphones but the competition is going tougher with the introduction of new smartphones on daily basis. Vivo Y71 is one of the cheapest and best option out there under 200 USD but Xiaomi is out beating the company in the pricing range. The smartphone has decent specs, good cameras, fast face unlock and an average battery life all packed in a good economical range. We are hoping they will lose the FunTouch OS in the new update just like what Xiaomi did with the MiUi. The TechSeer will give it a 7.8 out of 10.

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