Published on July 24th, 2022 | by Andrew Bistak
vivo Y55 5G review #Australia
Summary: The vivo Y55 5G is a bullseye for those on a budget!
With a RRP of $299AUD (July 2022), the vivo Y55 5G is good value for money if you’re on a budget that not only boasts ultra-fast 5G connectivity but a 5000mAh all-day battery that is capable of +18W fast charging, a 48MP rear camera, 128GB of storage and 4GB RAM as some of its highlights of this affordable smartphone
Additionally, the exterior of the case has an appeasing look with accented curves and an overall professional build quality which measures in at 164 x 75.84 x 8.25mm with a weight of 188g. More importantly, it doesn’t feel cheap. Further supporting the features is a 6.58″ FHD+ screen that boasts a resolution of 2408 x 1080 to create sharp text, images and vibrant colours which literally pop.
The vivo Y55 5G is also powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor which will give you some grunt when it comes to multitasking and casual gaming. However the biggest caveat of this phone is that it is locked to the Telstra network. So if you don’t mind being locked into the Telstra network, it’s moot point.
- 5G Ready
- 6.58″ HD+ FullView IPS Display (2408 x 1080)
- 4GB RAM
- 128GB Storage
- 48MP+2MP+2MP Rear Cameras
- 8MP Front Camera
- Side-mounted Fingerprint Scanner
- 5000mAh Battery
- Bluetooth 5.1
- Wi-Fi 2.4GHz / 5GHz
- Funtouch OS 11.1 (based on Android 11)
- Dual SIM
- Micro SD Slot
- 18W Fast Charger (Supplied in the box)
- Phone Protective Case (Supplied in the box)
- Screen Protective Film (Factory applied)
Well packed from the vivo, the overall build quality of the Y55 5G feels sturdy with pleasing aesthetics. It is also quite lightweight and the subtle curves definitely makes it feel better in your hand. Another highlight is the 2.75mm bezel-less screen which gives the user more landscape when it comes to using this phone. The inclusion of the side fingerprint reader on the power button really makes unlocking it a breeze and great for those that are not a fan of facial recognition. Volume buttons are located on the right side of the unit, including the power button.
Easy to setup, the vivo Y55 was up and running in no time and while it is powered by Android 11, it has an additional layer on top called Funtouch OS 11.1 which is basically a skin and improves the flow of the base system with benefits such as Always-on display or an Ultra Gaming Mode. In terms of apps, the Y55 comes with the standard programs such as the Google apps (Gmail, Maps, YouTube), Google Pay, Chrome Browser and Google Play to get you up and running.
Setup and O/S
As a budget smartphone, it is quite responsive with apps loading quickly, a smooth multitasking experience and again for its price, good value for money. If we could add one thing to this phone, it would be increasing the RAM from 4GB to 8GB but this would change the price. Nonetheless, the inclusion of fast charging courtesy of its 18W Fast Charger is a must have feature to get your phone quickly powered up.
We tested the phone with 3DMARK that simulates different gaming environments and graphical enhancements on the phone with the vivo Y55 5G scoring as expected, on the lower end of the scale. As a result, the phone is more suited for casual gaming, however titles such as Fortnite, Real Racing 4 and Super Mario Run were still very playable.
For photography, the vivo Y55 comes with a 48MP Multi-Scenario Camera System which means it is comprised on three lenses that is broken down to Ultra-UD, Bokeh and Macro photography. The main camera has a CMOS image sensor of up to 48 megapixels (MP) with the main output at 12MP. Full camera specifications are found below;
Photos were good in well-lit environments with the camera(s) capturing our “test” subjects well. Colours were bright, without too much over saturation. Equally macro shots were good, however the digital zoom does detract some of the quality but again for the price, the vivo Y55 5G is a worthy contender.
The night mode (provided) you keep the phone still was another highlight and here are two shots below, with the second shot with night mode enabled.
If you’re on a budget, the vivo Y55 5G provides a great all-round phone for those looking for excellent for money. Add some impressive features and a nice build quality, vivo once again deliver a phone that doesn’t skimp on those modern features that we all want in a smartphone.