vivo’s popular Y series is known for its entry-level line of devices, which makes it a bit of a surprise that the vivo Y35 is actually a part of this series. This chic and sleek smartphone has a lot of features that make it more like a lower midrange phone than an entry-level one.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Read on to find out what we think of this Y series phone:
Inside the pristine white box of the realme Y35 is the unit itself, a USB Type-C cable and 44W Fast Charge power adapter, a clear silicone case, a SIM eject tool, a quick start guide, and a warranty card.
In the hand, the phone is light and easy to hold thanks to its 8.2mm thinness and light weight (182 grams). The 2.5D curvature—meaning there’s a slight curvature toward the edges of the display—make it easier to grip.
The left edge of the phone is completely clean as the power/fingerprint scanner and volume rocker are both located on the right.
The bottom houses the 3.5mm audio jack, microphone port, USB-C port, and speaker grille, while at. the top sits the tray for two nano SIM cards and a microSD card.
Our Dawn Gold review unit looks stunning from any angle—although if we’re to nitpick, we would have loved it if the camera module were of the same color instead of black for a more seamless look. But that’s just us.
Another thing we like about the back panel is that it has a matte textured finish. That means you can say goodbye to unsightly fingerprints and smudges. We wish the same can be said about the front glass panel though.
Speaking of the front, the vivo Y35 has minimal bezels on three sides save for the chin. There’s a dew drop notch instead of a hole cutout, which makes the phone feel a wee bit dated.
The good news is the vivo Y35’s 6.58-inch Full HD+ IPS display has a 90Hz refresh rate, which makes it smooth and responsive.
The display is bright enough that you can use the phone outdoors. The colors, on the other hand, look great—although not punchy because it would be a bit too much to ask for an AMOLED. Overall, the viv Y35 makes a good device for binge-watching your favorite movies and shows and should satisfy most users.
The vivo Y35 is designed with smarter camera features and a triple AI rear camera: 50MP main, 2MP bokeh, and 2MP macro. Honestly, we really don’t care much for the macro shooter; what we find more useful is an ultrawide camera. Alas, there’s none here.
Thankfully, the large 50MP f/1.8 main camera performs well in ideal lighting conditions. Especially when shooting outdoors with tons of light, the main cam captures good colors and detail.
At night, the phone can also take decent images thanks to the Night Mode.
As for performance, the vivo Y35 is a reliable daily driver thanks to the tried-and-tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM. The SD 680 processor has enough power to ensure smooth navigation. Helping the Y35 become even snappier and faster is the whopping 8GB extended RAM feature, which converts unused internal storage into additional RAM. As such, you can have many apps open simultaneously without the phone slowing down or freezing.
There’s a large 5000mAh battery with AI power saving technology that keeps the light on for at least a day and a half of moderate usage. When the battery does finally conk out, you don’t even have to wait too long because vivo Y35 supports 44W fast charging. During our testing period, it took only 15 minutes to charge the device from 0 to 30%—not even long enough for us to finish our mid-afternoon coffee! Another 15 minutes nursed the battery back to health charging brought up the battery level to about 70%.
Priced at P14,999 as of writing, the vivo Y35 is a low-midrange phone that delivers everything you expect from a device in its price range: good performance, a nice display, and cameras that produce good-for-social media photos. That it has a great battery life with fast-charging capabilities is just the icing on the cake.