Vivo has just started its journey in Spain. It has come from the hand of mid-range terminals such as the Vivo X51, but its catalog also provides space for cheaper and more accessible mobiles. This is the case of the Vivo Y70 that concerns us today, an interesting mid-range that bets on AMOLED technology and a quite striking design.
In the competitive range of 200 and 300 euros it takes more than a pretty face to gain a foothold. Will this Vivo Y70 be able to do it? We thoroughly analyze its characteristics and details to try to answer this question.
Vivo Y70 data sheet
I live Y70
Snapdragon 665 at 2.2GHz
GPU Adreno 610
8GB / 128GB
6.44 inches FHD + AMOLED
Funtouch OS 11
48 megapixels f / 1.8
2 megapixel macro f / 2.4
2 megapixel bokeh f / 2.4
16 megapixels f / 2.0
33W fast charge
USB type C
Fingerprint reader under the screen
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
161 × 74.08 × 7.83 mm
171 grams of weight
From 279 euros
A design worthy of a more expensive mobile
The Vivo Y70 is very nice. The more the light gives it, the more the rainbow effect is reflected on its back, which, curiously, is matte.
The Vivo Y70 is built in plastic, but has one of the best finishes in the mid-range. This is mainly due to its matte coating, which allows to repel both fingerprints and greasy hands, as well as giving it a fairly solid appearance. The chosen color is also curious, changing slightly when the light hits it. The grip of the terminal is very good, nothing slips and feels very good in hand.
It is very comfortable in hand, despite being a large mobile.
Despite measuring more than 16 centimeters, does not get too big or wide in the hand thanks to its 20: 9 format. The keypad is quite solid and the build quality, in general, is worthy of a slightly more expensive mobile. It doesn’t feel premium (nor does it pretend), but it is certainly one of the design winners in this mid-range of 2020. The camera module stands out quite a bit, but it is very well built, in addition to respecting the symmetry between sensor and sensor.
The screen is another of the strongest points in this Vivo Y70: a well-calibrated AMOLED from which we cannot ask for more
The maximum brightness is lower than expected, if there is some light we will not see the screen very well.
At the screen level we find 6.44 inches with Full HD + resolution and AMOLED technology. It is one of those panels that you fall in love at first sight: colors are accurate and viewing angles are excellent. If we go out into the street with full incidence of light, we can miss a bit more brightness, but in general the experience is outstanding, even more so considering that in this price range the most common is to see IPS panels. The refresh rate is 60Hz, although for this price (and with AMOLED technology) you couldn’t ask for much more.
At the top of the panel we find a small drop notch. It’s not too intrusive, and while we prefer a little hole in the screen, it’s not a bad alternative. As a detail, comment that the phone comes with a thin screen protector, so it will not be necessary to purchase third-party accessories to protect it. The touch of said protector is good, and when the screen is on we forget that it is there.
If we talk about sound, the experience is fair, but sufficient. The Vivo Y70 has a single speaker located on the bottom of the device. It lacks serious and forcefulness, but it does not become bad. To complement this section, we find a headphone jack at the bottom of the terminal. The sound with headphones is fine, so we cannot demand much more from you.
Brilliant battery and fair performance
Vivo wanted to be conservative with the processor of its Y70, equipping it with a Snapdragon 665. It is a modern platform, but at the power level it is well below alternatives such as the Snapdragon 765G or the 750G. RAM capacity is excellent at 8GB to which are added the 128 GB of internal memory.
At the minimum that we demand from the terminal, lag appears. It is not an exaggeration, but we would have liked to feel this Vivo a bit lighter, since it is difficult for it to move in an agile way
In basic use we notice some lag and some high times when opening applications. It does not get to be something excessively annoying, but in a terminal of almost 300 euros a better performance would have been ideal. In return, multitasking is especially good on this Vivo, thanks mainly to the large amount of RAM.
I live V70
Xiaomi Mi 9T
Samsung Galaxy A71
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
OPPO A5 2020
Geekbench (Single / Multi)
314 / 1.402 (5.0)
545 / 1,728 (5.0)
2,545 / 6,900
544 / 1,683 (5.0)
568 / 1,771 (5.0)
312 / 1,306 (5.0)
If we talk about the software, we find FuntouchOS. Despite being an Asian mobile layer, is quite similar to Android Stock, since Vivo has adapted it to the European market. The only third-party app included is Facebook (which can be uninstalled), so we won’t find bloatware on this device.
Vivo has adapted its global ROM to the European market. It is practically Android Stock with some vitaminized settings, without too much bloatware or annoying additions
At the level of settings, the ROM is more complete, adding options that we cannot find in the Android base. We can stand out Vivo’s emphasis on system animations, and it is that we can configure practically each one of the animations of the different sections of the ROM. The dark mode could not be missing, as well as an ‘Ultra Game Mode’ to maximize the gaming experience. Definitely, a kind of vitaminized Android Stock, based on Android 10.
Regarding biometrics, the Vivo V70 complies with a note. We have an under-screen fingerprint reader that works remarkably, quite reliable and fast. As a complement we have a facial recognition system based on the front camera. It’s not the safest, but it works pretty fast.
The battery is one of the strongest points in this Vivo Y70. Despite having « only » 4,000mAh, we have been able to exceed 8 hours of screen. We have been surprised by the idle times, something that we must thank on the one hand to the ROM and on the other hand to the energy efficiency of the Snapdragon 665. No matter how much we abuse the terminal, the battery does not drain, which is great news. Charging is quite fast, 33W, and takes a little over an hour to complete.
A photographic section that deserved more
The Vivo V70 comes with a 48 megapixel main camera accompanied by two secondary cameras: a macro and a depth sensor. The results are below expectations in this price range, although before detailing the behavior of the camera we are going to review the Vivo app.
The vivo app is not the prettiest at the interface level, but it is certainly functional. We have shortcuts to portrait mode, video, night mode, and even we have a Pro mode to be able to control the parameters of photography. Despite not having a telephoto lens, we also have direct access to two-fold digital zoom. The app also has integration with Google Lens, so it lacks practically nothing.
Little detail, little information in the shadows and some overexposure.
The main problem with the Vivo’s camera is that results are artificial and dynamic range is poor. Although HDR works fairly well correcting the highlights, it costs a lot to retrieve information from the shadows, so it is common for us to have quite dark photographs. The interpretation of the color is not good either, with tones quite far from what we are really seeing.
The detail is poor, although some noise is preserved so as not to end the sharpness. For an undemanding user the camera is more than solvent, since these are decent photographs for a mid-range. However, in this price range we ask for somewhat better results.
Active HDR on the right.
It is quite noticeable when we activate the HDR and when not, recommending to always carry it active. The detail is not affected when activated, although we still lack luminosity even when this option is active. In this scene there was much more light than it seems, since it was still around 5:00 p.m.
Portrait mode does not look bad, although in the case of objects create some halos around, showing the part that the depth map has cut out. The bokeh is pretty pretty, and not too artificial considering this device’s price range.
The macro mode is testimonial, with a two-megapixel sensor that offers little detail. The versatility of the camera is appreciated, but we miss an ultra wide angle instead of this sensor, which in the end we will end up using very little.
It doesn’t have to be at night. If the sun goes down and only residual light remains, the Vivo V70 has a pretty bad time.
When the light goes out the results get worse, as expected. We notice a noticeable lack of detail even when it’s not completely dark. It is enough that there is not enough natural light in the scene for the camera to kneel down. If things get bad enough, we can always turn to night mode.
The selfie is correct, although the colors are quite artificial. The face is slightly washed although we deactivate the beauty mode, although the effect is not excessive either. We will need, yes, enough light so that the photographs can have detail.
I live Y70, the opinion of Xataka Android
The Vivo Y70 is a proposal that conquers by its design, but casts doubt on its performance and camera. The construction is exquisite, the battery performs spectacularly and the memory capacity is excellent, but the performance in these two points is below what is expected in a terminal in this price range.
The main points of purchase of this Vivo are the design and the cleanliness of the ROM, the doubts are the camera and the performance
If we seek above all design and a clean ROMFor a basic use we will have more than enough, but if we want to squeeze the terminal both at a photographic level and at a performance level, we may have to wait for Vivo to finish fine-tuning its mid-range proposal for Spain.
The design is quite good, despite the use of plastic The battery lasts a long time The screen is much better than expected in this price range
Performance is not quite good, lag is easy to appear The camera is below its direct rivals The value for money is somewhat unbalanced
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