The Vivo Y series has been the epitome of budget smartphones since its inception. In fact, it was one of the first lines introduced by Vivo. Over the years, budget offerings combined with great camera hardware have allowed Y models to become uber-popular in the South Asian region. Their latest iteration, the Y16 has been around for quite some time now, launching on 1st September 2022. Here is our detailed discussion on the Vivo Y16 smartphone.
Vivo’s Y series has always been about experimenting, at least in their design department. Every year, the brand has reinvented its design elements to be completely different from its predecessors.
The Y16 is no different. The Y15 had a vertical strip camera housing along with a fingerprint sensor on the back. However, on the Y16, Vivo has used a rectangular camera housing with two large sensor cutouts. It is almost reminiscent of the iPhone 13 design, albeit with a larger housing. The fingerprint has also been moved from the back of the device to the side.
Its dimensions are 164 by 75.6 by 8.2 mm. Coming to the build specifications, it is an all plastic phone with a plastic frame and a glass front. At 184 grams, the device feels quite light. But due to the internal balance, it feels quite solid to hold. There is no creasing that is usually seen in plastic-built phones. The build quality is durable inside and out.
Moving away from the textured back, the power button is mounted on the side, which doubles as a fingerprint scanner. All the extra bells and whistles like micro SDXC, headphone jack and Type C port are present on the Y16.
Overall, the Y16 hasn’t reinvented the wheel here. It has ensured that everything on par with the budget segment is present in the device, making it a complete package.
Before going into the display specifications, one thing that will definitely bother anyone is the large bezels around. It’s not exactly a deal breaker but it’s beyond 2022 standards. The water-drop camera cutout and thick bezels around the chin are something many competitors in this price segment have done. It’s about time Vivo should slim down too.
The display itself on the Y16 is a 6.51-inch HD+ (720 by 1600 pixels) IPS LCD panel. The choice of LCD as well as HD+ is understandable in this price segment. The display resolution has a 20:9 aspect ratio with a density of ~270 ppi.
Although the specs are mediocre at best, the panel does a decent job of reproducing colors. Contents look crisp and sharp with a warm undertone to them. The viewing angles are also great on the device which is another plus point.
Will it be a content consumption king? Not by a long shot, but it will definitely complete your daily fix. And that’s exactly what Vivo has aimed for with the Y16.
The Y16’s camera might sound like a step down considering it comes with a dual camera setup. The earlier Y15 came with a triple camera module. Although you get two sensors, the main job is done by the primary 13 MP (f/2.2) shooter. The secondary camera is a mere 2 MP (f/2.4) macro lens with nothing.We tested the camera in various lighting conditions and surprisingly, it performed best in outdoor and bright lighting conditions Color reproduction is decent but dynamic range and edge detection in portrait shots is a hit or miss. Sometimes it can capture perfect details while other times the subject comes out a bit soft.Indoor and artificial light conditions are similar. There’s no escaping grain and noise, and the included flashlight only works well for close-up subjects.
Videography is limited to 1080P at 30 fps. The front camera is a simple 5 MP (f/2.2) shooter that delivers passable results.
Overall the Y16’s camera system is decent. It’s nothing remarkable nor does it stand out from its competitors. Rather, it’s something that will get the job done for casual social media posting.
The choice of budget processor always goes to MediaTek. The Y16 also stays true to the Helio P35 processor based on the 12 Nm architecture. The octa-core processor has 4 2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 and 4 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 core designs.
It’s the same old story with the Y16. You’re getting a processor designed for everyday use with a focus on light tasks. If you’re going to use the device for social media or YouTube, the Vivo Y16 will fly.
But that doesn’t mean it can’t handle games. We ran graphics-intensive games like Asphalt 9, COD, and PUBG alongside 2D on the Y16. As long as you keep the graphics settings low, you’ll get a smooth frame rate without any drops. One gripe though would be that the device gets quite hot after 30-odd minutes.
Overall, the Y16’s processor is designed to be the perfect casual daily driver. And it delivers that through and through.
Vivo Y16 is equipped with a 5000 mAh battery. Given the processor and display, it should easily last you a day’s use on a single charge. The device also comes with a 10W fast charging. This will get your device from 0 to 100 in a little over 2 hours.
Vivo Y16 is officially available in Bangladesh in 4/64 GB variants. The device is priced at Rs 16,999.
With its display, camera and processor, Vivo Y16 is priced a bit higher than its competitors. This price was determined by showing exceptional performance across the board. But the Y16 manages a passable performance in every department and the camera is its saving grace.There are better options at this price but if you’re a Vivo loyalist or looking for something reliable with a durable build, the Vivo Y16 is an easy choice.