Vivo Y95 Review: Lazy Battery master

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Vivo Y95 Review

The new Vivo Y95 is a smartphone designed for normal users who want to enjoy all the daily needed smartphone features with good battery backup. Because this one focuses on entertainment and daily normal usage, not on the performance side. This phone has one of the fastest fingerprint scanners on the rear side and many other normal features.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Battery
  • Performance
  • Camera

In our opinion, Vivo could have cut down the price of the smartphone and make it an affordable level smartphone. So that it will satisfy everyone needs at that price range. Anyways, if your priorities are not performance and gaming, you can opt for this one. Otherwise, go with the alternatives like Redmi Note 6 Pro or Nokia 6.1 Plus etc.

Vivo Y95 Review

Vivo recently launched their new addition to the Y series in India, the all-new Vivo Y95. This midrange smartphone comes with the same design language of the Vivo’s V series. In addition to all these, the company added a waterdrop notch on the phone to utilize maximum screen size. This new smartphone from Vivo comes in the sub-20K segment with a price tag of Rs 16,999. The company introduced this smartphone at this price range to compete with the trending devices like Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 6 Pro and Nokia 6.1 Plus.

About this review

We received a starry black variant of the Vivo Y95 smartphone for review. We have been using the smartphone as a primary device for the last month. After the detailed examination and daily usage tests, we have prepared this review for the readers who are here to know more about the device in detail. So if you are planning to purchase the Vivo Y95 smartphone as your next phone model, this review is for you.

Vivo Y95 Technical Specifications

ModuleSpec
Display15.798 centimetres (6.22-inch) HD+ capacitive touchscreen with 1520 x 720 pixels resolution
Chipset1.95GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core processor
RAM4GB
Storage64GB storage expandable up to 256GB
Primary Camera13MP+2MP dual rear camera with professional, face beauty, time-lapse, slow, panorama, PDAF, live photos, portrait mode, google lens, AI scene recognition, HDR, portrait mode, AR stickers
Front Camera20MP front facing camera
Battery4030mAH lithium-ion battery
softwareAndroid v8.1 Oreo-based on Funtouch 4.5 operating system

 

Design & Build

The smartphone follows the design language of the Vivo V series. Unlike its predecessors, this one comes with the same finishing and design elements of the Vivo’s popular V series devices such as V11 Pro and V9 Pro. Therefore, there is nothing new to talk about Y95’s design.  It has several resemblances to the recently launched X21 smartphone too. Unlike the above-mentioned models, this smartphone has a curved panel on the rear side with edgy corners, which makes it more comfortable for the user to hold the smartphone with the best grip as possible.

The back panel of the smartphone is made up of plastic, but it looks really premium like the Vivo X21 smartphone. It never looks like a poor quality phone in hand. The new dual colour gradient like back panel attracts more eyes to your phone when you hold it in public without any case covers. The dual colour gradient like back panels has already become a common part in almost all smartphones in 2018. The phone has good weight, because of its large battery.

On the rear side, there is a dual camera setup lies at the top left portion of the back panel. Surprisingly this model doesn’t come with an under-screen fingerprint scanner, but with a physical fingerprint scanner at the top centre of the phone in a classical way.  The front panel comes with a halo display, ie; waterdrop notched screen which covers most part of the front panel. The notch has the front camera module and there is no front flash system. There is an earpiece just above the notch. Overall, it looks very similar to the V11 Pro, except the physical fingerprint scanner.

The speaker grille, micro-USB charging port and 3.5mm headphone jack are placed on the bottom part with thin bezels. The phone comes with a dual SIM supported Hybrid SIM slot. However, the phone looks very premium at this price range. That clearly indicates the success of Vivo in its new design language.

Display

The all-new Vivo Y95 comes with a 6.22-inch Halo FullView display with 1520 x 720 (HD+) resolution with a waterdrop notch. The screen almost covers the entire front panel of the phone except for the top drop like the notch section. The expansive large-sized display is the biggest highlight of this smartphone.

The colour reproduction is good and produces good output. However, we can’t give many marks to the display as it is not a full HD display. It would have been better if the company has opted for FHD+ instead of the HD+.

Camera

As we all know, Vivo stands for better camera and entertainment focused smartphones for the consumers. As always, this new Vivo Y95 also comes with a pretty good camera system. The smartphone has a 13MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4) camera modules for the rear side and a 20-megapixel AI selfie camera for the selfies.

Talking about the camera performance, the smartphone has produced decent pictures in good lighting conditions. The detailing and the colours are perfect on the day time with even brighter pictures. However, when it comes to the low-light part, the camera becomes really bad. The camera performance of Y95 is pathetic at low light conditions. It fails in making the details perfect at low light. So if you are someone who loves to take loads of photos in low light situations, this smartphone is not for you.

The AI feature for the camera does a great job as always. It tries maximum to cut down the grains and unnecessary disturbances in the pictures in the post-processing. The quality of the front selfie camera is much much better than the primary rear camera. However, still, it has issues at low light conditions and all. Anyways, the 20-megapixel front selfie camera won’t disappoint you like the rear one. The colours are accurate and produce great details in each picture. The beauty mode in the camera makes the picture very unnatural and too sharp, so avoid that.

Software

The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with FunTouch OS 5.2 on the top. The OS is smooth and offers several useful features such as the ability to run dual apps. Face unlock, etc. The OS also comes loaded with a ton of bloatware such as iTheme, EasyShare, PhonePe, Paytm, etc. But that does not seem to affect the overall performance of the phone. The overall experience is smooth and gives you a feel of some sort of skinned iOS in the form of similar looking icons, settings page and gestures.

Vivo retains many features and options on the software level and added many other customization options as well. From the previous smartphone from Vivo, the company did seem to have struggled a lot with the visual optimization dues to the presence of the notch in the early-production models. Passing over a year, they have improved a lot in optimizing the icons and app windows in contrast to the notch. The new notch with a small cut makes it very cozy and spacious for all the status bar icons to stay. It also helps to watch videos, movies and play games in full screen by covering the notch area since the notch does not take up a lot of space. There is no option to hide the notch, as of now.

The new AI face beauty mode is powered with Jovi and it finds the perfect beauty match for faces. The smart scene detects your body motion and suggests you do tasks like rest walk or run by monitoring your daily activities by device motion. You can see your activity or sports stats from the notification panel itself. The conventional game mode is also pushed int the Jovi AI assistant.

Switching between apps and multitasking are same as in the previous versions of the Operating System and same old gestures can be used. If you pull down from the top edge, you will get all the notifications and data usage at the very bottom. It utilizes the freshly introduced bulk notifications options in new Android builds. However, still many won’t be ready to use the FuntouchOS as their primary interface. But we love it anyway.

Performance

The Vivo Y95 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor, a latest in the 400-series processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. However, Snapdragon 439 is an entry-level processor with limited performance and features. This is the most failing part of the smartphone as it comes with an underpowered chipset in the sub-20k price segment. Therefore, performance isn’t the key highlight of this phone.

The smartphone is okay-type to use as a normal daily driver which gets the work done. You can’t use this smartphone heavy usage and gaming. You will have to tone down the graphics settings and performance of major games to run on this smartphone. Otherwise, you will experience lags and other glitches. At the same time, this smartphone can be used for multitasking without much issues. But still you can’t load many apps in the background. Anyways, this is not a phone for performance seekers.

Battery

The company equipped the smartphone with a massive 4,030mAh battery that can last up to 2 days in normal usage. This extra mass of the battery adds more weight to the phone, but still, a good battery backup can make you happy. Even with the heavy usage situations, the phone delivers excellent battery performance. Overall, we can assume that Vivo made this smartphone for normal users who are looking for a daily driver smartphone with good battery backup.

Final Verdict

The new Vivo Y95 is a smartphone designed for normal users who want to enjoy all the daily needed smartphone features with good battery backup. Because this one focuses on entertainment and daily normal usage, not on the performance side. This phone has one of the fastest fingerprint scanners on the rear side and many other normal features.

In our opinion, Vivo could have cut down the price of the smartphone and make it an affordable level smartphone. So that it will satisfy everyone needs at that price range. Anyways, if your priorities are not performance and gaming, you can opt for this one. Otherwise, go with the alternatives like Redmi Note 6 Pro or Nokia 6.1 Plus etc.

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments
  1. Mubasheer C K says

    That’s an optimal review. The phone is very stylish by the way. Nice photos.

  2. Akhil G says

    Thanks

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