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Vivo Y16: A well designed budget phone with decent battery life

The 183g, 8.19mm-thin Y16 feels really premium, especially with its 2.5D curved flat frame that is easy to hold

Update : 18 Jan 2023, 05:21 PM

Vivo launched its latest addition to the Y-series — Vivo Y16 — this week in Bangladesh. 

The 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version of Vivo Y16 is available at Tk15,999 in the market. 

Vivo, as a brand, is not a popular option if you consider the “value for money” segment. However, it is well known for producing smartphones that last in the long run. Most of the existing Vivo users have this tendency to buy smartphones from the same brand in the future. 

If we think about it hard enough, it will all come down to Vivo's innovative FunTouch OS and overall decent performance in almost all segments. 

But what about the Vivo Y16? Is it worth the money? 

Aesthetics

Vivo consistently does well in making all of their smartphones, even the budget models, look and feel high-end.

The 183g, 8.19mm-thin Y16 feels really premium, especially with its 2.5D curved flat frame that is easy to hold. The Vivo Y16 has a narrow frame despite being a tall device, making it comfortable to hold even for extended periods of time.

Among the two available colours, which are Drizzling Gold and Stellar Black, the first one feels quite unique when it comes to the overall look of the smartphone. When light reflects from a certain angle, you will almost feel like you are holding a tiny piece of the sun. It's that well done!

The phone comes with everything including a secondary microphone, a headphone jack, a card slot that supports two nano SIMs and a micro SD slot for expanding the storage.

Display

The 6.51-inch 720p Fullview Display with a dewdrop notch is found on the front of the Vivo Y16. The display itself is quite nice, but the colours did seem a little washed out. When compared to other phones, this is more noticeable. However, watching music videos on it was still enjoyable.

The screen looks more dated when combined with the notch because the bottom bezel is noticeably thicker than many other smartphones.

While we do not have any official display brightness rating yet, the display should be visible well in all scenarios except outdoors on a bright sunny day. 

Performance

Vivo Y16 comes with the Media Helio P35 octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The storage and RAM do not seem bad at all in this segment. But the selection of the processor does beg some questions.

Don't get me wrong. I would not have complained about it all if the phone was launched a few years back since MediaTek did have a strong place among the budget phones. However, with the arrival of Unisoc chipsets, MediaTek's firm grip became a bit soft. 

For example, Unisoc T612, available in Realme C33 priced at Tk12.5k, performs better than MediaTek's P35 inside Vivo Y16. 

But then again, Vivo does think differently and maybe they are yet to explore some uncharted areas. It may also have to do something with how optimized their UI is against MediaTek chipsets. 

Overall, MediaTek Helio P35 is quite capable of handling basic day-to-day tasks and maybe playing some occasional less graphics-intensive games like Candy Crush or Subway Surfers. But that's that. Don't expect to go full-on travelling through Teyvat in Genshin Impact or racing in Asphalt 9 through the streets of Venice. That ain't gonna happen. 

That being said, the phone does come with Vivo's Multi-Turbo 5.5 performance gaming mode which optimizes the phone as it is running games. It just makes sure your phone doesn't lag much during gameplay and you don't get interrupted by calls or other notifications. 

Camera

With its flagship phones in particular, Vivo has a strong presence in the smartphone camera market. But Vivo did not disappoint, even at the entry level of the spectrum.

The Y16 has a dual camera setup with a 13MP main rear camera and a 2MP 'unnecessary' macro camera.

When you use the primary camera in a well-lit environment, colours appear natural and the photos don't look overly processed and saturated. The HDR mode of the camera is highly effective in capturing the bright sky and keeping the whole image nicely exposed.

Vivo did a nice thing here by not focusing on increasing the megapixel count on a budget phone and rather focusing on making the photos a bit better and look visually appealing. For most users, you will be able to directly post photos captured in a well-lit scenario with the primary camera without much tweaking. 

However, if you decide to take selfies with the 5MP front-facing camera, we would recommend you pass it through Google's free Snapseed app to do some finetuning before putting it in your social media handlers. 

For nighttime scenarios, Vivo does have a dedicated Night Mode. However, the photos turn out to be a bit grainy. 

Battery

Vivo Y16 comes with a 5,000 mAh battery and it lasts a fairly long time. With average usage like capturing photos, listening to music, using social media and web browsing, you will be able to use the phone the whole day with still 30% left before you go to bed. 

The phone comes with a 10 Watt power brick which should take a little more than 2 hours and a half to fully charge the massive battery. 

Verdict

Is Vivo Y16 worth recommending? Well, you got a nice design, a workable chipset, a nice battery life and a decent camera performance. So, it is recommended. 

Do you have better alternatives available in the market? Yes, there are other Realme and Xiaomi phones that outshine Vivo Y16 in some aspects. 

At the end of the day, it will all come down to what you want. Vivo Y16 is a package where what it offers might not seem much, but it is made in a way so that it all works well in the long run.


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