If you’re looking for a new smartphone but are on a tight budget, you won’t be lacking options. There are a lot of entry-level devices on the market today and one of the latest ones is the vivo Y02s from the Chinese smartphone brand.
The vivo Y02 comes in a minimalist white box with metallic stamping for the logo and model name. Inside are the smartphone itself, a 10W charger, USB type-C cable, SIM ejector pin, and quick start guide. Nope, there’s neither a free phone case or pair of earphones here.
Design and build
While it’s an entry-level device, the vivo Y02s looks anything but. The color options—Vibrant Blue and Fluorite Black—have a glittery effect and look chic, while the durable back plastic panel has a matte texture. This makes it less prone to smudge and fingerprints.
The phone has flat sides and back while there’s a 2.5D curvature at the edge of the glass display.
The camera module at the back of the vivo Y02s looks like it houses two lenses, but the second camera ring only houses an LED flash. It’s actually quite a clever trick that makes the Y02s look more premium; it looks like it has a dual camera design when there’s just actually one 8-megapixel camera.
The phone’s volume and power buttons are on the right side while the SIM card tray is accessible at the top.
Found at the bottom edge are the 3.5mm audio jack, pin-hole microphone, USB type-C port, and loudspeaker grille.
Overall, the vivo Y02s is feels light in the hand and looks more premium than its price suggests.
The vivo Y02s has a 6.51-inch HD+ (1600×720) display interrupted by a small notch for the selfie camera. The display is large enough for you to enjoy watching videos or play games on, but note that it only has a 60Hz refresh rate, so it’s not as buttery smooth as those found on phones in the midrange space.
The display is bright, colors are accurate, and viewing angles are decent. However, it’s not as great to use outdoors under direct sunlight.
The vivo Y02s is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 octa-core chipset with 3GB RAM and an 32GB internal storage that’s expandable via a microSD card.
For a budget smartphone, it performs decently when performing basic tasks, switching between apps, or scrolling through social media. However, there is a noticeable lag when you have several apps running in the background.
For gaming, Mobile Legends at medium graphics quality is okay, but forget about playing more resource-intensive games.
As for the audio from the bottom-firing speaker, volume is decent and you get clear vocals, but it lacks oomph as the bass is weak.
The vivo Y02s’ 8MP f/2.0 rear camera churns out good photos in well-lit situations. However, colors and dynamic range are a hit-and-miss. The camera also struggles when conditions are tricky since there’s no night mode to speak of.
The 5MP selfie camera, on the other hand, produces selfies with decent colors and skin tone—good enough for uploading to social media. The Aura Screen Light (a.k.a. selfie fill light) does help illuminate your face when you’re shooting in dimly lit areas.
Here are some sample shots we took with the vivo Y02s:
The vivo Y02s is equipped with a large 5000mAh battery that can last almost two days on a single charge with normal usage.
However, because it’s a huge battery and the bundled charger is only 10W, charging the phone takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes to reach 100% capacity. The good news is that a 15-minute charge will already give you about 9 to 10%, which is good when you just need to make a quick phone call or send a text message.
The vivo Y02s is a slim, chic-looking budget smartphone with decent features for its price. While its overall performance is nothing to write home about, it does offer a massive battery that’s ideal for those who use their phones for long periods such as students who do online learning, delivery riders, or online business owners.
So, if you’re looking for a reasonably priced phone with a trendy design, decent performance, and long-lasting battery life, then the vivo Y02s may be right up your alley.