“The Vivo Y83 is the first smartphone in the world to come powered with the latest MediaTek Helio P22 SoC”

Ask an average user what do they want from their next smartphone, and chances are they will include aspects like a premium glass build, good performance, powerful cameras, good battery life and most importantly, affordability, in the list. Vivo seems to have checked all the right boxes with its latest launchVivo Y83. The new phone comes as Vivo’s second budget-centric smartphone with a notched display. If you are wondering if Y83 is indeed a value-for-money smartphone, you are at the right place. We got our hands on the retail unit of the smartphone, and here are our first impressions.

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The packaging of the Y83 is typical white Vivo box with the visual of the handset on top, branding all around and core specs listed at the bottom. Upon lifting the lid, you will greeted by a Vivo-branded sheath containing the clear protective case and documentation inside it. Removing the sheath, you will be greeted by the Y83 with the wall charger, micro-USB cable and earphones below it. That is all there is to the packaging of the latest budget smartphone from the Chinese conglomerate. Vivo has also pre-applied a screen guard on the display, which is a nice touch.

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Speaking of the display, the Vivo Y83 comes with a 6.22-inch screen with a resolution of 1,520 x 720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. The screen offers good colour and sharp text, and the viewing angles are not an issue either. The display is flanked by slim bezels on three sides and a negligible chin. The notch on the top holds the earpiece, the front camera and sensors. Moving to the rear panel, the Y83 comes with a 2.5D curved glass back panel featuring a ceramic fingerprint scanner in the centre, and a single camera module in the top left corner. The volume and power buttons have been placed on the right side, whereas the bottom edge is home to micro-USB port, speaker grille and 3.5mm audio jack.

The fingerprint scanner is pretty fast and you even get a face unlock feature, which is quick and accurate most of the time.

Coming to the performance, the Vivo Y83 was the first smartphone in the world to come with the MediaTek Helio P22 chipset when it was launched in China. The processor is further mated to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Helio P22 is one of the most affordable chipsets that boast the 12nm manufacturing process. Clocked at 2GHz, the octa-core SoC features MediaTek’s CorePilot technology for balanced performance and power saving. In our brief stint with the phone, jumping between YouTube and Asphalt 8 was pretty smooth, and we didn’t encounter any lags whatsoever. On the software front, the smartphone boots FunTouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

Vivo has loaded the platform with features like Game Mode, Motorbike mode, app clone, smart motion gesture support and smart click. The last one lets you assign tasks to the volume down button while the screen is off. The software also comes with an option to select which apps open in full screen and which ones run with notch hidden. This is a good touch as some apps do not render well with the notch. The handset is powered by a 3,260mAh battery.

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Vivo is known for its selfie-centric smartphones and Y83 is no exception, it comes with an 8MP front-facing camera with a f/2.2 aperture. The front camera is equipped with AI face Beauty, which can detect gender, age, skin tone, skin texture and ambient lighting to provide a bespoke beautifying effect. The camera also gets a software-enabled bokeh mode, which works as expected. The initial selfies taken from the handset were quite good with the AI tech producing some impressive results. On the rear is a 13-megapixel shooter with PDAF, ultra HD mode, bokeh, Live Photo, panorama and face beauty among others. The pictures clicked in good lighting managed to impress, though the bokeh mode had visible soft edges and we witnessed noise creeping in low light.

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To conclude, the Y83 is a valiant attempt by Vivo to capture the mid-range segment in India. The smartphone has been priced at Rs 14,990 in India and can be picked from major online and offline retailers in the country. However, the handset has its work cut out as it goes up against the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (review), the Realme 1 (review) and the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (review) for the price it comes for. These smartphones come with better cameras and internals. What tips the scales in Vivo’s favour is that unlike the aforementioned smartphones, the Y83 can also be picked up readily from your nearest retailer.