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Vivo Y53i Launched in India: Large display and Face Unlock with a Budget Price Tag

Vivo, the Chinese brand known for making smartphones with some spectacular selfie cameras has launched a budget offering in the Indian market dubbed as the Vivo Y53i. The smartphone has been priced for Rs. 7,990 and will compete against the Xiaomi Redmi 5A which is priced slightly lower. Can it manage to beat its Xiaomi counterpart? Let’s find out.

Display and Design

In the design department, the Vivo Y53i features a durable plastic build. It has a large 5-inch display up front which has a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels bringing its pixel density up to 220.29 PPI. Now, this wouldn’t mean you would get super crisp image reproduction or punchy colors, but it is pretty decent. On the back, similar to the Redmi 5A, the fingerprint sensor is missing, but the Vivo offering does compensate with Face Unlock.

Performance and Storage

Underneath its hood, the Vivo Y53i features the Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The SD425 processor is quite an efficient processor, however, 2GB of RAM may pose you with stutters and lags if you are a heavy user. On the storage front, the latest offering from Vivo comes with 16GB of inbuilt memory which can be expanded using a microSD card.

Camera and Software

In the optics department, the Y53i features an 8-megapixel snapper on the back and a 5-megapixel selfie camera on the front. As mentioned earlier, the front camera aids in face unlock, apart from capturing selfies, in an attempt to make up for the missing fingerprint sensor. In poor lighting conditions though, the fallback option will still remain entering a PIN or password. Lighting conditions may not be a problem with the rear camera as it has an LED flash to complement the sensor. In the software department, the phone tends to slack quite a bit as it ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. Most phones releasing these days come with at least Android Nougat while some even come with Oreo.

Battery and Connectivity

The Vivo Y53i is fitted with a 2,500mAh battery underneath its hood which is not the biggest, however, considering its power-efficient processor and its low-res display it should do fine. Realistically speaking you can expect up to a day’s battery life out of this phone with moderate use. However, if you use this smartphone for playing games or continuous video playback over 4G, you can drain it much more quickly. Speaking of connectivity, the phone features all the conventional solutions including WiFi, 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth and GPS. It also has a dual-SIM slot, so you can use two SIM cards simultaneously.

Notably, this offering from Vivo is the toned down variant of the Y53 which was launched just last month. It is also worth mentioning that this phone doesn’t have any significant difference from its predecessor apart from its cheaper price tag, making it a sweeter deal. Stay tuned to our blog, Facebook page and Twitter handle to be updated to such news.

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