Vivo has done it again. Providing mid-range smartphones one after another in the market has become a métier for the Chinese brand. After launching V11 Pro, the company has silently unveiled another option Vivo Y95 in Pakistan.
Was there any need for another mid-range device from the company? Actually, Vivo Y95 tackles totally different consumers and present some techy features at a more affordable price. You must have read our first impressions with the device. Here we are going in depth with Vivo Y95 in order to see is it worth your money?
Luckily, Vivo Y95 embraces design language from its expensive big brother, V11 Pro. The placement of rear cameras and superbly crafted gradient color scheme is similar to what Vivo gives in fancy devices. There is also a water drop notch that we truly loved.
The phone adorns a plastic body which has its plus points when it comes to sumudge proofing and minimal heat conduction.
You will find power key and volume rockers on the right side of the device while the left side features a dual sim tray with a dedicated slot for micro SD card.
The back of the device is traditional and tested where we find fingerprint scanner in the middle and vertically stacked dual camera setup at the top left.
We find fingerprint scanner easily reachable without any trouble, however, if the scanner has some deep cut or depression, it could have been more comfortable to trace it. This thing is so negligible that it takes not more than 2 days to get used to it and meanwhile you can eradicate it totally by putting a Jell-O case, that comes free with the device.
In our opinion, the phone design is trendy due to its bezel-less front while you will be amazed by the gradient colors which make the device somewhat unique and eye catchy.
The display of Vivo Y95 features a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels and a 19:9 aspect ratio on a whopping 6.22-inch screen size. The presence of water drop notch has made this device achieve a screen to body ratio of 82.9%.
The screen provides a 720p display which is quite fair in this price bracket. The colors of display are much accurate, crispy and vibrant and we didn’t encounter any issues with this amazing display kit.
One thing that we often find missing in the mid-range devices is their incapability to counter the direct sunlight. However, this phone is ironically different here; Even with the 60% of brightness, I could easily browse through the Vivo Y95 and even watch media content is such direct sunlight.
Vivo Y95 comes with Android Oreo 8.1 and company’s in-house Funtouch OS 4.5 custom skin. If you have used any Vivo device previously, this custom OS is right at home and even better than before.
Skin from all Chinese are clustered and filled with bloatware, this is no exception. Having said that, there are many useful features in the Funtouch OS 4.5 like Motorbike mode, which helps you handle incoming calls while riding a motorbike.
Adding to more usability of the phone, Vivo has devised a Game Mode which blocks the irrelevant and unimportant calls while you are playing your favorite game to give you a complete focus. It also mutes the notification and has a feature to enable picture-in-picture just to handle things by multitasking while playing games without the need to hold and swipe apps.
A lot of other pre-installed apps on the phone are there for you which for some users are bloatware, but thankfully you can always disable them in the settings menu. The apps include the V-Appstore, iMusic, iTheme, iManager, vivoCloud, EasyShare, vivo.com, kids mode, WPS Office, Lazada, Feedback, Facebook, and the usual Google applications.
The device has got a Snapdragon 439 that is supported by a Adreno 505 GPU for gaming. Vivo Y95 has got the 4GB of RAM that is enough for a moderate to heavy usage along with an internal storage of 64 GB.
As usual, we tested the device in-depth with our light and heavy usage tests. Much simpler tasks like browsing social media, streaming online videos, taking calls and responding to Whatsapp calls and messages is not a problem here. The phone is as swift as a flagship to handle such tasks.
Here are the benchmark results of the Vivo Y95:
Although the phone is not built for the heavy gaming scenarios, we tested some heavy games and multi tasking. Its safe to say that the phone performed according to our expectations and better than many mid-range devices. You can easily play online games like PUBG on basic graphics setting without any lag and hiccups.
The phone never gets too hot in hands while playing heavy games, thanks to the plastic body and better performance handling chipset.
Vivo Y95 comes with a massive 4030 mAh battery which makes sure that you get enough juice for a day even with a heavy usage. This thing is not common in even many flagships. We tested the battery of the phone with full brightness and 4G enabled, it is worth noting that the results were splendid.
The phone just consumed 10% of the battery in the light usage while 15% of battery was used in heavy testing of the device. Both results are of one hour time-frame.
Vivo Y95 comes with 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel shooters at your disposal while the front cam is supported by a whopping 20MP lens.
The pictures it takes are decent enough and we never encountered anything unusual keeping in mind its a mid-range device.
You should lover down the exposure manually if you are not a fan of overexposed and oversaturated photos. The clicks are crispier and the HDR plays with the shots quite efficiently.
Vivo Y95 performs extremely well in low light conditions thanks to its AI capabilities.
Few shots showed aggressiveness and noise, however, its not an issue as it can be easily tackled with the help of taking more shots by changing positions.
Talking about the portrait mode, the feature is well balanced in the phone and you get a soft blur on the edges with the subject properly popped out. In this price range, you cannot get a better portrait mode.
Selfie shots; Yes, the most amazing feature of the Vivo branding smartphones. This time they have a 20 MP shooter for the purpose and it produces well lit and crispier shots like never before in a Vivo device in this price range.
Vivo Y95 is a phone that is providing many excellent features in a budget to affordable price range. Its an eye catchy phone and surely a style statement in hands. Build quality and the display is immersive and provides extreme utility.
While the only downside is its processor but it was never made for the heavy gamers so not an issue. If you want a phone for daily tasks, you should go for it.