Vivo Y70 review | LK Techsky

Vivo makes its entry into the European market hand in hand with a mid-range that has a very attractive design and very interesting features for its price range. We analyze the Vivo Y70 and we tell you our opinion.

Vivo is not a new brand at all, but its official arrival on the European market that comes with important news under its arm is. Vivo Y70 is the Chinese brand's proposal to gain a place in the mid-range. We analyze it in detail.

Vivo phones have stood out for some years now for being synonymous with innovation and cutting-edge technology. In fact, on several occasions, they have dared to apply innovations, such as the fingerprint sensor on the screen before any other brand.

However, for its arrival in the European market and, specifically in the Spanish, Vivo has not played it and has bet its first hand in the game for the Vivo Y70, a mid-range manual smartphone. Will it be worth the 279 euros it costs? We discovered it in the analysis of the Vivo Y70 and we give you our opinion.

An excellent design with humble materials

Design is a very important factor for any smartphone, but when you are the spearhead that has to breakthrough in a new market as competitive as the mid-range, having a differentiating design is a matter of survival.

Vivo has taken the design very seriously in its Vivo Y70 model, betting on a very careful aesthetic that points more to the high-end than to the average. At least when viewed from a certain distance.

The model that Vivo has sent us for analysis wears a striking Oxygen Blue colour that actually brings an icy touch to the back, which sports an interesting pearlescent gradient finish that goes from white to blue or purple full of changing shades depending on how the light shines on it.

It is a very attractive finish, more typical of a high-end than a mid-range. Just go up and touch it to discover that the back is made of plastic. But its touch is very successful and it is pleasant to hold in your hand.

It has a satin finish, which helps to reduce the inevitable shiny rear fingerprints, which is a wise move for Vivo.

The back has beveled sides and a rounded contour for easy grip. In the lower-left corner we find the logo of the brand, while in the upper corner, there is the camera module.

It is not a module that seeks to stand out, and opts for a simple rectangular design with the cameras aligned vertically, leaving the LED flash on one side.

The edges of the Vivo Y70 appear clean with the only presence of a few slim volume and power buttons on the right side, set in a plastic frame with a metallic look.

On the upper edge we find a triple tray that holds two nanoSIM cards and a microSD card, while a crowded lower edge groups a minijack connector for headphones, the USB Type-C port and a single speaker.

The display is inserted into the chassis using a rounded plastic frame. The front of the Vivo Y70 does not have symmetrical frames on the two sides that double its size at the bottom. The union of the screen frames and the plastic profile of the screen make, visually, the frames appear larger.

At the top there is a small drop-shaped notch that houses the front camera and above it the speaker for calls.

Given the dimensions that smartphones are reaching lately, having a 161 x 74 mm mobile, only 7.8 mm thick and 171 grams in hand can even be considered light, and it is very easy and comfortable to use with one hand.

AMOLED that leaves a good feeling, but cries out for 90 Hz

The screen is certainly one of the strengths of this Vivo Y70 that relies on a quality panel signed by Samsung in which a good user experience is offered.

We are talking about a 6.44-inch Full HD + AMOLED screen (2,340 x 1,080 pixels) with a 20: 9 format, which leaves a density of 409 dpi. This screen size provides a good one-handed experience.

The FullHD + resolution in that screen size makes all the content display clearly and the text is well defined, preventing the pixels from being seen with the naked eye.

The colour calibration is good from the factory without needing any additional adjustments, but within the screen adjustment options, you can choose between the Standard, Professional and Bright colour profiles, as well as adjust the temperature of the screen. As we said in the Standard setting, it already offers a good color space.

Another aspect in which the Vivo Y70 screen stands out is in the level of brightness, and it does so well above what is expected in a mid-range smartphone, bringing it closer to screen brightness values ​​typical of high-end mobiles.

In our measurements, the screen has obtained average values ​​of 832 lux. This translates into good visibility in full sun and more intense colours indoors.

For its part, the automatic brightness adjustment behaves agile and responds immediately to changes in light even when it comes to keeping the screen brightness to a minimum to use the smartphone in the dark.

The point where the Vivo Y70 screen is the weakest is in the refresh rate section since it can only offer the 60 Hz option. This deficiency is seen especially when moving through documents or messaging apps or networks social in which the text is blurred when scrolling and the tactile response is not appreciated so direct.

Taking into account the market in general, the Vivo Y70 will have to face rivals that, being in the same price range and even below, already offer refresh rates of 90 and even 120 Hz like those offered by their "cousins" of realme series 7 - which we review here and here.

Irregular behaviour for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665

Regarding performance, the Vivo Y70 that we are analyzing has left us a certain bittersweet taste and somewhat contradictory results.

The main culprit is its eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor. We are talking about a model that has amply proven its worth in other terminals, but that in this Vivo Y70 has given some specific signs of weakness.

On occasion, during normal use, we have encountered specific drops in performance in the form of delays when opening applications and even jerks when switching from one app to another.

Fortunately, 95% of the time of use and navigation through the interface, its operation is impeccable, always keeping in mind that it is a mid-range smartphone and this is shown by the results of the synthetic tests.

By subjecting it to the punishment of running some of the most demanding games on Google Play, we have not noticed those specific performance drops that we did see when using it with other applications.

In games, the integrated graphics Adreno 610 forces to lower the graphic quality of the games. Curiously, in this section, it maintains good performance and there are no jerks or drops in its performance.

Perhaps the Ultra Game Mode that is activated when starting any game to optimize the performance of the terminal is the reason for this good behaviour in games, which also allows you to configure the behaviour of the notification system, screen brightness or modify the sound settings for games.

The Vivo Y70 barely experienced a slight rise in temperature after a few gaming sessions, which is good news.

As expected in a smartphone in the price range in which the Vivo terminal we are analyzing moves, the internal memory is UFS 2.1 although it does not skimp on capacity with a generous 128 GB of internal storage.

Also, this capacity can be expanded using a micro SD card, so those who bet on this terminal will not have problems with space for their apps, photos and files.

FunTouch OS 11, the Vivo layer with Android 11

Vivo is a company that operates independently although, as is known, BBK has part of the shareholders of the same. The latter is a company that also invests heavily in brands such as Oppo, OnePlus, and realme. All of them have a common feature: a light interface and very close to the stock version of Android.

FunTouch OS 11, remains in that same line and surprises that a mid-range smartphone such as the Vivo Y70 is even ahead of high-end models in the deployment of Android 11.

Vivo's interface maintains the simplicity of stock Android with some of its own additions and customizations that make it very interesting, allowing you to adjust the operation of the smartphone to your liking.

The general menus of the system are practically identical to those of any Android smartphone, including a dark mode that saves some energy on the AMOLED screens.

The main customization component is found in the Dynamic Effects section, from which it can be configured from the animation of the fingerprint recognition icon to the loading animation or the Ambient lighting function that shows a coloured frame as a notification light.

On the other hand, and despite not being a smartphone specifically for gaming, Vivo has created the Ultra game mode that we have already told you about before and allows you to adjust the operation of the smartphone to obtain a gaming experience without jerks or interruptions.

This mode of use allows you to adjust the behaviour of the smartphone according to the game. For example, it allows an Esports mode that adjusts processor speed and screen touch recognition in supported esports games.

For everything else, it is a very light and easy-to-use interface that does not seem heavy daily, and it comes practically free of bloatware. The only third-party app pre-installed is Facebook and it can be uninstalled without major problems. Nor does it include its own apps that can be considered intrusive.

This mode of use allows you to adjust the behaviour of the smartphone according to the game. For example, it allows an Esports mode that adjusts processor speed and screen touch recognition in supported esports games.

For everything else, it is a very light and easy-to-use interface that does not seem heavy daily, and it comes practically free of bloatware. The only third-party app pre-installed is Facebook and it can be uninstalled without major problems. Nor does it include its own apps that can be considered intrusive.

The fingerprint sensor on the screen does a very good job allowing a much faster and more accurate unlocking, becoming the unlocking method that we have used the most.

No wide-angle or zoom for little more than acceptable results

The photographic section is, with all security, one of the weakest points of this Vivo Y70 not only because of the scarce variety of focal points but also because of the quality and level of detail that each one of them offers.

Before we start testing the cameras of the Vivo Y70, we found a fairly simple application to use since the shooting modes and shooting options are always kept at hand.

The shooting modes are located in a carousel above the shutter button while options such as HDR, flash or filter selection are located at the top of the screen.

In Photo mode, we find direct access to 2x digital zoom and the camera selector that, when pressed, reveals the Bokeh mode that activates the depth sensor for portraits, and when pressing Super Macro mode activates the Macro lens.

In the carousel of shooting modes, we also find the Portrait mode that adds a Beauty section to the Bokeh selector that controls the aperture of the lens to more or less blur the background of the photo.

We also find the Night mode with which the Vivo Y70 adapts the settings to take photos in low light. As usual in native Android cameras, the rest of the shooting modes are grouped together in the More section.

These are some of the technical characteristics of the Vivo Y70 cameras. But first, remember that from this link you can download the camera samples that you will see below so that you can check the photographic results for yourself.

We begin our review of the Vivo Y70's camera with its photographic behaviour in a good light. In an environment with favourable light, the main camera does not finish looking as we expected and we find quite flat photos and with a tendency to underexposure.

This doesn't have to be exactly bad. In fact, we almost prefer that to the photo processing over-saturating the colors making it look too unreal. However, we could not say that the photos are real.

The camera has Auto HDR turned on at the source, and it's definitely a good idea to keep it turned on as, although the camera tends to dull colors, it also shows a propensity to scorch the skies and overexpose the highlights.

By keeping it activated, these lights are balanced and more detail is rescued, something that is not always achieved in the darkest areas where more information is lost that HDR cannot recover.

In the same light context we find that the Macro camera does bring a little more vividness to the colors, but it falls drastically in terms of sharpness due to the low resolution of its sensor of only 2 Mpx, which makes them practically unusable beyond the sphere of a smartphone screen.

Still, the quality of this camera is slightly above the Macro cameras of other smartphones in its category.

With the Portrait mode we obtain the same results that we mentioned before: little level of detail in skin and close-ups, although a background Bokeh effect is added that, used sparingly, gives a very natural appearance to portraits.

It is expected that the quality of the photos of the Vivo Y70 will decline at the same rate as the light is disappearing. However, to everyone's surprise, it has not declined as much as we expected since both the Night mode and the scene recognition by artificial intelligence do a good job saving furniture in low-light photos.

We actually found little difference between using AI scene recognition mode and Night mode.

Perhaps its great contribution is to keep the high beams at bay by avoiding flashes of light in certain areas of the image such as streetlights or areas where the light is more intense. Something similar to what we found in HDR during the day.

The Night mode also provides a slight reduction in noise and an increase in the focus of the edges, but at the level of light collection and processing,,, there are few differences between them.

If we go to the front camera, we find problems similar to those we saw on the back, which leads us to be more suspicious of image processing than of the hardware itself.

Problems with exposure and colour processing recur. The front camera of the Vivo Y70 shows a clear tendency to overexposure and to lower the saturation of colours, so it is common to find areas that are too exposed in a good light.

Taking this into account, it is possible to take selfies with a good level of detail, although this camera forces you to always look for places with partial shade or controlled light.

At night or in low light we find the same behaviour as in the rear camera, with a notable drop in sharpness but keeping the noise at reasonable levels.

In the video section, the Vivo Y70 cameras allow you to record video with 4K resolution at 30 fps and 1080p at 60 fps. The absence of the optical stabilizer is accused in both cases, but it is a little less striking in the case of 1080p since at this resolution you can use the electronic stabilizer and improve the quality of the videos.

4,100 mAh very well used that give for 7 hours of screen

With very unimpressive battery specifications under its arm, the Vivo Y70 surprises with the excellent energy management of its operating system that manages to squeeze the most until the last milliamp of its battery.

The usage time of the Y70 that we are analyzing is surprising due to its battery life, which boasts a range worthy of smartphones with a higher battery capacity.

The Vivo Y70 is not a smartphone with a gaming or photographic profile, so we have tried to use it as its average user would: with social networks, mail, messaging, browsing, videos and some sporadic games.

With this usage scenario and with the screen brightness set to automatic, the Vivo Y70 recorded about 7 hours of screen time. For reference, that time is the usual one that we find in models with at least 4,500 mAh.

The Vivo Y70 also incorporates a 33 W Vivo Flashcharge 2.0 fast-charging system that manages to charge 50% of the battery in about 23 minutes and complete 100% of the charge in 55 minutes.

This represents a good level of compromise between charging speed and autonomy with which you can carry light and thin smartphone in your pocket, but without sacrificing good autonomy.

The autonomy of the Y70 does not only depend on a large battery capacity, but it provides a fast with enough charge that a stop for a coffee gives you enough autonomy to use it for hours and that is something we liked.

All the connections you need and a sound in the middle of its range

Regarding connectivity, the Vivo Y70 comes equipped with everything you can ask for from a mid-range smartphone, although without reaching the levels of support for 5G networks that is beginning to reach this price range with proposals such as the Redmi Note 9T.

Vivo's mid-range mobile comes with NFC out of the box, in addition to a dual nanoSIM card slot, dual-band WiFi (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, as well as support for GPS location, BeiDou, Galileo and GLONASS.

We cannot consider the Vivo Y70 as an especially well-equipped smartphone for audio since it integrates a single lower speaker and does not offer stereo sound, so its quality is also affected.

We could not say that it offers little power, since the volume is considerably high for a single speaker, but the quality suffers when it comes to reproducing the frequencies of the extremes, delivering a metallic and somewhat shrill sound when we approach the speakers. volume limits.

Luckily, Vivo continues to bet on the minijack connector for headphones, and even brings headphones along with the smartphone that offer a reasonable quality.

By connecting wired headphones, the Vivo mobile activates the audio enhancement functions, which allow you to adjust the sound or adapt the sound frequencies to the maturity of the user's hearing based on their age.

It convinces by its design but forgoes the base of the mid-range

We reach the final stretch of this review of the Vivo Y70 with the feeling of being on a roller coaster of joys and disappointments. And is that the Vivo Y70 could be defined as a smartphone of extremes.

Lineesh Kumar

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