After revealing the Vivo Y85 without fanfare in May 2018, Vivo is back at it again with the announcement of a notched Y series phone for the Philippines. Say hello to the Vivo Y81, which has been priced at a wallet-friendly P9,999 or roughly $187.
This is the cheapest notched phone from a reputable OEM at the price thus far — at least that we’re aware of. We’ve been told it’s out now in authorized retail stores across the country.
Besides looking like the Vivo Y85 (and the Vivo X21 and V9) before it when viewed from the front, the Vivo Y81 sports a 6.2-inch touch display that runs at 1,520 x 720 resolution and is reinforced by Gorilla Glass for improved durability.
The selfie camera in the notch is outfitted with a 5-megapixel sensor behind an f/2.2 aperture lens. The front-facer, as expected, supports Vivo’s Face ID Access in lieu of a physical fingerprint reader to unlock the device quickly, without the hassle of keying in a PIN or password. Moving to the back, the main camera has a single solution for taking pictures, unlike the dual-camera system on the Y85.
But as with the Y85, the Vivo Y81 is built around MediaTek’s fairly new Helio P22 processor. The chip is paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The company’s own Funtouch 4.0 (based on Android 8.1 Oreo) is baked into the hardware for a fluid and modern-feeling user experience. The non-removable battery is rated at 3,260mAh.
Vivo Y81 specs
- Face unlock
- 6.2-inch LCD display, 1,520 x 720 resolution (19:9)
- Octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB expandable storage
- 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
- 5-megapixel front camera
- 3,260mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo
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