This time I would like to introduce you to a smartphone from a newcomer to the domestic market. Today, everything revolves around Vivo and especially the mid-range smartphone Vivo Y33s.
I would like to introduce the Vivo Y33s to you today. I think VIVO has the potential to become a big player in this country too and to annoy the big players in the industry. “I have to say, this period is not easy for me.” “The company is on the correct road, and the product is appealing both visually and haptically.”
Before I start my actual contribution to the Vivo Y33s, I would like to clear up the question of who and where Vivo actually is and comes from.
Established in 2009, Vivo Communication Technology Co., Ltd. is part of BBK Electronics. The company itself hails from Dongguan, Guangdong in China, and is managed by Shen Wei.
Since it was founded in 2009, the manufacturer has been represented in over 100 countries and, according to its own information, has over 200 million customers or users.
Vivo entered into a close partnership with the local mobile operator, Drei. Through this partnership, Drei received exclusive rights to Vivo products. But if you now think that you can only purchase the products by means of a contract, let me tell you, that’s not the case. Hartlauer offers a small but fine range of VIVO smartphones, and I will try to test the devices for you and present them to you here.
Even the scope of delivery is exemplary and praiseworthy. The box includes the following items, in addition to the smartphone:
It’s good that a case is included, but it’s only good as basic protection since it’s very thin and hardly offers any edge protection. The smartphone is charged using the included 18-watt charger and the included USB-A to USB-C data/charging cable. But that’s not all. The manufacturer also puts a headset in the packaging, which is visually very reminiscent of Apple.
With dimensions of 164.3*76.1*8mm and a total weight of 182 grams, the smartphone is not necessarily one of the smallest devices on the domestic market, but it is definitely one of the lightest. Thus, the feeling in the hand is not particularly good without a case, but once you use one, the device fits perfectly in your hand. It is superbly balanced, so it never felt top-heavy and I was afraid of losing my hand.
Although the Vivo Y33s has excellent workmanship, you will look in vain for high-quality materials such as glass or metal. Rather, the back of the device is made of plastic. This was kept matte, which is a big plus in terms of grip level and palm feeling. Unfortunately, savings were also made on the frame, which is also made of matt plastic. Even though plastic definitely has its advantages, I would have wished for higher-quality materials in a smartphone that is currently available at a price of 20,990 tk (as of May 14, 2022).
Vivo does it better than ZTE with its sufficient, centrally positioned power button, in which the fingerprint sensor is also integrated. If I criticized this with the ZTE Blade V30 because it was very wobbly and poorly made, the Vivo Y332 is much better. This is optimal and firmly installed, has an excellent pressure point, and gives excellent feedback. The volume rocker, placed above the power button, cannot be reached without reaching around, but it still offers decent feedback and good pressure points.
The front of the Vivo Y33s features a 6.58-inch IPS display with a maximum resolution of 1080*2408 pixels. Basically, the resolution is completely sufficient for everyday use, and the display also impresses with sufficient brightness and sufficient viewing angle stability. I was able to work on my smartphone even in direct sunlight.
But what I don’t understand is why Vivo saves on frame rate. A smartphone that will be sold at the end of 2021 and starts with a retail price of 20,990 tk should be equipped with at least 90Hz and not with 60Hz like the Vivo Y33s is. I could only imagine that the manufacturer made this compromise for better battery life. Nevertheless, it is not a bad display, and I believe that it will be completely sufficient for the majority of users.
The Mediatek Helio G80 processor powers the Vivo Y33s. This was manufactured using the 12nm process and has a total of 8 cores, each with 2*2GHz and 6*1.8GHz. This is supported by 8GB of RAM. The built-in Mediatek Helio G80 is a mid-range processor that supports up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. This is also noticeable in everyday use, with apps opening and closing with sufficient speed. The working speed is also at a good mid-range level, and I see the Vivo on par with a Galaxy A32 4G or Xiaomi MI 11 Lite.
Vivo uses Android as the operating system, but the manufacturer puts its own user interface on top of it. This is called Funtouch OS and is installed in global version 11.1 on the Vivo Y33s. Android 11 is used as the basis. Unfortunately, I have not received or found any information about whether Vivo will update the device to Android 12.
As for the basic look, I have to say that I like it very much. Visually, it’s very close to stock Android, which I always applaud. However, Vivo has added some nice gimmicks to the OS, such as customizing the drawer optically or unlocking animation. Basically, I think that everyone will get along with the system quickly and easily, even if you have never used a smartphone from this manufacturer before.
Vivo relies on a dual camera for its mid-range smartphone, even though a total of 3 sensors have been installed on the back. Exactly what I mean by that and how the setup is composed:
I think it’s a shame that the manufacturer uses a macro lens instead of a wide-angle sensor. Personally, I think that the wide-angle here has its advantages over a macro lens in everyday life because I see everyday use and suitability for everyday use in the wide-angle.
The Vivo smartphone does a solid job in everyday use. and that, although the higher number of megapixels of the main lens would suggest excellent quality, the smartphone displays colors naturally and is not overly saturated, which I personally like very much. However, objects in the background, such as branches of trees or bushes, often blur into one another so that they no longer belong to each other. However, objects in the foreground are usually displayed well. You can consistently use the smartphone for taking pictures of nature. The macro lens can also play to its strengths here. For example, if you want to You can usually photograph a flower in all its glory. You can usually do this without any problems, and the degree of sharpness is consistently impressive.
But where I was definitely negatively surprised is in the portrait function. The 2MP depth sensor recognizes the subject reliably and separates it properly from the background. Especially with people. However, these are extremely soft and exaggeratedly bright, and far away from reality. The pictures that are created in portrait mode are not particularly bad, but even cheaper devices such as the ZTE Blade V30 deliver nicer results here.
But where, as expected, clear differences between more expensive smartphones are seen is at dusk or at night. Although the device has an integrated night mode, it is usable but not particularly attractive. When using the night mode, the image is only artificially brightened by the software, which in turn leads to strong noise. Basically, the quality of the camera is good, but I don’t think it’s any better, at least considering the price and compared to cheaper smartphones.
Last but not least, I would like to mention the camera app. This is very clear, logical, and simply structured. In addition to the classic photo or video mode, you will also find a night mode, portrait, panorama, video, or pro mode. It is also worth mentioning to me that Vivo also offers the possibility to take photos with a full resolution of 50 MP. Even more, information is captured here and, thanks to the higher resolution, more information is available in digital image processing.
But what is my personal conclusion about the Vivo Y33s? I have to say it’s not easy for me this time. The manufacturer is on the right track, and the device knows how to convince both visually and haptically. The software is intuitive with many customization options. I also think the camera is okay throughout, but all this is offset by the current price of 20,990 TK, which is still a bit too high for me. Especially since I don’t see any significant difference between cheaper devices, neither in everyday applications nor in smartphone photography.