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It turns out there’s a Vivo Y series phone that’s already out on the local market ahead of the Vivo Y20s (G)’s release in the Philippines.
(Update, April 8: It’s being sold at select Vivo stores in Bicol and Mindanao for now.)
The Vivo Y1s is now available in the country for P4,999 — or roughly $103 in U.S. dollars. And that price tells you that the new model is an option for those who want a starter smartphone or a second basic unit. Consider it 2021’s Vivo Y91C.
Just like the latter, the Vivo Y1s features a 6.22-inch screen with a 1,520 x 720 resolution, 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel selfie cameras, a battery rated at 4,030mAh, and 2GB of RAM coupled with 32GB of storage.
But unlike the Y91C, the latest Vivo phone uses MediaTek’s Helio P35 instead of a Helio P22. The P35 is the same SoC that’s inside handsets such as the Vivo Y30, the Samsung Galaxy A12, and the newly announced OPPO A54. The Vivo Y1s’ operating system also gets upgraded to Funtouch OS 10.5 on top of Android 10. No more outdated Android 8.1 Oreo-based UI this time.
Again, it’s a basic model. But the design and Aurora Blue and Olive Black shades of the Y1s surely make the smartphone look more expensive than what its price tag says.
Vivo Y1s specs
- 6.22-inch LCD display, 1,520 x 720 resolution (HD+)
- Octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 processor
- PowerVR GE8320 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB storage
- 13-megapixel, f/2.2 rear camera
- 5-megapixel, f/1.8 front camera
- 4,030mAh battery
- Android 10-based Funtouch OS 10.5
- Colors: Aurora Blue, Olive Black
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