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About the Phone
- It has good build quality.
- It has an HD display.
- It has 3GB RAM.
- The front display has Corning Gorilla Glass v3 protection.
- It has a 16MP selfie camera for capturing bright and vivid selfies.
- The phone performance is glitch free for the most part.
- It has no fingerprint sensor.
- It runs on dated Android version.
- The camera performance suffers in low-light.
- It has a hybrid SIM slot – you cannot use both the nano-SIMs and a microSD card together.
Considering the good and bad of the Vivo Y66, it feels like a phone designed exclusively for selfie lovers. At best, it can boast of only mediocre specs and features, be it the display, or the processor, or the battery, for that matter.
The Vivo Y66 sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels and a pixel density of 267 PPI. It packs in an octa-core MediaTek MT6570 processor paired with a Mali-T860 GPU for enhanced graphical performance.
The phone runs on Android v6.0 (Marshmallow) OS with Vivo’s custom Funtouch UI 3.0 skin on top. It has a 3000mAh non-removable battery. While it has 3GB RAM, there’s 32GB internal storage capacity, expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. At the back, you get a 13MP camera with an LED flash and a 16MP selfie camera at the front. Other sensors on the phone include Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, and Compass. Unfortunately, it does not have a Fingerprint Sensor.
It is available in three colour variants – Silver, Matte Black, and Rose Gold.
When it comes to design, the Vivo Y66 has nothing to brag about. At first look, you’ll feel as if you’re looking at the Vivo V5. Although the design is neat and decent, the phone feels cheap. The entire body is made out of high-quality polycarbonate, with only a thin metal casing dividing the screen from the rear panel.
The front panel is a 5.5-inch screen with thick bezels on the top and bottom. The top bezel holds the selfie camera, an earpiece, a proximity sensor, and a flash. The capacitive navigation keys lie on the bottom bezel. The right side of the metal frame holds the volume and power buttons, whereas the left side has the hybrid dual-SIM tray. At the bottom, you get a micro USB port, a speaker grille, a 3.5mm audio socket, and a mic.
The rear panel features a matte finish look with a neat design. On the top left corner lies the 13MP rear camera with an LED flash. There’s a Vivo logo located around the middle portion of the back panel.
The phone has a 5.5-inch HD display with 2.5D curved glass. Since the screen-to-body ratio is only around 71.65%, you won’t get a vast viewing space. The screen resolution is 720×1280 pixels, which is not exactly great. However, it is not bad altogether. The colours pop beautifully – they look bright and vibrant. But you might notice a slight pixelation owing to the low-res display. The viewing angles are decent. So, you won’t have much to complain about when indoors. However, in bright sunlight, it is nearly impossible to view the display content, even at maximum brightness.
Vivo has incorporated a blue-light filter to minimize eye strain in dimly-lit conditions.
The Vivo Y12 has an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC coupled with 3GB RAM, which offers ample space for smooth performance. Typically, the phone has no problems with loading and running apps. Navigating between the apps and multitasking is a relaxed affair, with no sluggishness whatsoever. In benchmark tests, the phone scored pretty well. While in Antutu it scored 41,177 points, in Geekbench’s single core and multicore tests it scored 605 and 2,530 respectively. Furthermore, the phone can handle lightweight games like Candy Crush, Clash Royale, Warhammer 40K, etc., decently. However, the gaming experience for graphics-intensive games like PUBG isn’t up to mark. There are occasional frame rate drops and lags. Another thing to note is that the device gets heated up during prolonged gaming sessions.
As for the UI, the Funtouch UI draws inspiration from iOS, and it is clearly visible from the app layout and icons. You get many preinstalled apps, which aren’t precisely bloatware – they’re okay-ish. There’s no app drawer, and the apps rest on multiple home screens. Although the FunTouch UI comes with a lot of customization features, it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
Like we said before, the cameras are the only thing Vivo seems to be pushing in the Vivo Y66, particularly the selfie camera. The 16MP selfie cam captures some excellent shots in favourable light settings. There’s also an LED flash with a filter over it to diffuse the light and prevent you from getting blinded. Plus, you get a Beauty mode that helps smoothen out imperfections and flaws. You can choose the level of beautification so as to not go overboard with it. The selfies have enough detail and sharpness to satisfy your social media needs. However, in low light, the selfie camera fails to take focused and bright shots, despite the flash.
The 13MP rear camera works well in well-lit settings. The camera is quick to lock focus and snap sharp images with the right amount of detail. In daylight, however, using the LED flash may result in overexposed shots. So, we recommend that you keep the exposure level at a minimum to avoid overexposed shots. Thankfully, the camera app comes with a manual mode that allows you to alter and change the various camera settings to fit your shooting needs. In low-light conditions, the camera takes longer to focus. Vivo has added a Moonlight Glow feature to help click focused and vivid images in the dark. The results are decent. The Moonlight Glow option adds a natural whitish-glow to the photos to brighten them. However, the camera performance is inconsistent in dimly-lit environments. Often, the captured images look grainy with a
The battery of the Vivo Y66 is also one of its mediocre features. The 3000mAh battery can last a full day on a single charge only if you use the phone for routine tasks like calling, texting, social media browsing, listening to music, etc. Power-hungry tasks such as gaming, video streaming, and binge-watching, drain the battery pretty fast. Also, since you get a 5W charger, it takes a long time for the phone to get fully charged.
Connectivity options on the phone include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/, Mobile Hotspot, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, Bluetooth v4.0, FM Radio, micro USB port, and 2G/3G/4G support.
After careful consideration of all that the Vivo Y66 has to offer, it feels like the phone is overpriced. It has a plastic body, a mediocre processor and battery, and a low-res display. For a smartphone costing almost 15k, you would at least expect a metal body with a drop-notch display. There’s no fingerprint scanner as well. To add to that, the software isn’t the best out there. In the same price bracket, you’ll get much better phones like the Samsung Galaxy M30, the Moto G5 Plus, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.