Vivo Y15 is the new addition in the company’s expanding Y series and features a beautiful look with some attractive specs including Helio P22 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, triple rear cameras, 16MP of front camera, etc. The budget smartphone is priced at Rs, 29,999 (price at the time of review) in the Pakistani market but can it surpass the other phones in the same category and outshine them in performance? Let’s see in our detailed review.

Design

The design of Vivo Y15 is very much similar to the rest of the smartphones in the company’s affordable Y series and comes with an all-plastic body which flaunts a glossy finish at the back

It is a quite sturdy device which feels neither too big or small in one’s hands but due to 8.9mm thickness, the smartphone cannot be used with a single hand.

Coming to the different design aspects, you can find a triple camera setup and a traditional fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone which is quite easy to reach. The back is also prone to fingerprints and scratches easily thus, it is recommended to use the back cover at all times to protect the smartphone.

Vivo Y15 Back

On the right, there is a power button and volume rockers which are easy to access even if you are left-handed. The SIM card slot is present on the left side.

Vico Y15 buttons

Vivo Y15 sim slot

Vico Y15 features a MicroUSB charging port, headphone jack, and a speaker grill on the bottom but the phone doesn’t come with headphones right out of the box.

Vivo Y15 bottom

Display

The smartphone features a large 6.35 inches of IPS LCD display with 720 x 1544 pixels of screen resolution. Though we would have preferred to see 1080p screen, the display of Vivo Y15 is bright and vibrant enough to enjoy multimedia.

Vivo Y15

The tiny waterdrop notch at the top does not feel like a nuisance because of its small size and there are very minimum bezels at the front, providing more screen size to the user.

If you are using the smartphone under direct sunlight, you cannot watch all the phone contents easily even with maximum brightness. So, you’ll have to cover it up with your hand to provide some shade for the display.

Software

Vivo Y15 runs on FunTouch 9 OS based on Android Pie. The company has drastically changed its UI which now holds its own identity instead of being another iOS-inspired Android skin.

Vivo Y15 FunTouch 9
FunTouch 9 UI

Vivo Y15 offers a simplistic interface and comes with many interesting features including a Kids Mode app which creates a dedicated and safe space for children on smartphones which can only be accessed by the phone’s password or the fingerprint sensor.

Vivo Y15 Kids Mode
Kids Mode

The parents can set the time limit for their child in the Kids Mode and can even cut off access to the data network to save their wallet. Additionally, to leave the app, the parent will once again have to enter the password or use their fingerprint.

Like Huawei, Vivo has also introduced its very own app gallery for users which features many popular mobile applications. There is also a new Vivo.com app which shows all the recent mobile phone offerings by the company, e-warranty, and support for users.

Vivo Support Funtouch 9
Vivo App

Furthermore,  you can also check to see the price of different spare parts for your smartphone in case you want to get them fixed after the warranty is over.

Vivo ha also revamped the control center, which can be called up by swiping from bottom in the upwards direction. The icons and toggles are quite big and easy to access. FunTouh 9 also has a Game Cube option for gamers that can help them to play without any distractions by blocking calls, notifications, etc.

Funtouch 9 Game Cube
Game Cube

Lastly, one of the best features of the UI is the shortcuts dock which comes with multiple quick settings toggles that can help you multitask and even record your gaming session, take notes, text or access other applications without quitting the app.

Vivo Y15 funtouch 9 shortcuts
Quick Shortcuts

Performance

Vivo Y15 is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Here are the benchmark scores of the smartphone:

Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 benchmarks
left (Geekbench), right (Antutu)

During our tests, the phone performed exceptionally well in moderate to light usage which involved everyday tasks like calling, texting, watching movies, using social media, web surfing and switching between these tasks. We didn’t notice any lag or stuttering while performing these functions.

However, during heavy tasks like playing resource-intensive mobile games like Asphalt 9, PUBG, Real Racing 3, Dead Trigger, etc. the phone showed some lag which was clear from the noticeable drop in graphics. This is not something that worried us during our tests because Vivo Y15 is a budget smartphone and such reaction is expected from these phones.

One of the best things about Vivo Y15 is the long battery life provided by 5000mAh battery. In an hour of light usage, the phone’s battery fell by  10% while during an hour of heavy usage the phone’s battery dropped by 17%. It also takes 3 hours and 2 minutes to charge the phone from 0 to 100%.

Camera

Vivo Y15 comes with triple camera setup at the back featuring 13 MP, f/2.2, PDAF main camera, 8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm ultrawide lens and 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor.

Vivo Y15 Camera

The phone camera app’s interface is quite simple and easy to use as all the modes and features all out in the open for the user.

Vivo Y15 camera interface
Camera app interface

Unlike Huawei Y9 Prime 2019, the user doesn’t have to tap the more options to fish out the features like HDR, Slow-mo, Panorama, etc. during photography which adds to the convenience of the photographer.

Coming to the phone’s camera result, we can see that it takes good shots during daylight and tries to produce natural colors with a good amount of details.

Phot in auto mode by Vivo Y15
Auto Mode

auto mode shot by Vivo Y15
Auto Mode

In HDR mode, the camera darkens the colors of the image as you can see in the image below, the sky’s color adds to the drama of the image as compared to the light sky in auto mode.

auto mode food street by Vivo Y15
Auto Mode

HDR mode on Vivo Y15
HDR Mode

The ultra-wide camera, however, adds a bit of yellowish color in the photograph and you can also see the loss of details in the image.

door auto mode by Vivo Y15
Auto Mode

door ultra-wide shot by Vivo Y15
ULtra-wide shot

badshahi mosque ultra-wide shot by Vivo Y15
Auto Mode

badshahi mosque auto mode by Vivo y15
ULtra-wide shot

At night, Vivo Y15 can take average shots in well-lit space but suffers during low-light conditions. You can also observe a lot of noise in the night shot with no major light source.

Night shot by Vivo Y15
Shot at night in a well-lit area

Shot at night By Vivo Y15
Shot in the dark

Coming to the selfies, Vivo Y15 features a 16MP front camera that can take decent shots and is meant for people who want a social-media worthy selfie.

Vivo Y15 front camera

The front camera adds a gives extra lighting boost to the selfie even during the daylight and smoothens the skin tone of the subject in its beauty mode. The bouquet mode also does not mess up the outlines of the subject and can thus take good artistic photos.

At night, it is near impossible to take a good selfie if you are not in a well-lit space as you’ll get a lot of noise and unseeable subject.

Final Thoughts

Vivo Y15 is a gorgeous smartphone which despite being a handful due to its thickness can stand out because of its beautiful design. The display offers enough screen space to provide an immersive viewing experience.

What makes us love the phone is the 5000mAh battery, which can last all day without a hiccup and the FunTouch 9 OS which with all its simplicity is the best Android-skin by Vivo so far.

It is a great device for people who want a stylish looking phone with lasting battery life and great looks but is you want to use heavy apps or are looking for a better quality camera, you will have to spend more money and browse through mid-range smartphones.