Vivo Y55s Review – Just an average phone!

By / June 13, 2017 0

HIGHLIGHTS In Vivo Y55s Review

  • The Vivo Y55s is backed by a Snapdragon 425 SoC & 3GB of RAM
  • Battery life is decent but everything else is strictly average
  • This phone is priced at Rs. 12,490


The Vivo Y55s is much related to the Y55L, which officially launched last year.The price of this model is at around the same flat as the outgoing one, and the embossed gold lettering on the box made clear that the Set has 3GB of RAM.

This new phone retails for Rs.12,490, which puts it in a copious competitive segment. We already Reviewed the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 in this price band. Vivo Y55s already seems to be at a deficit side when it comes to specifications, compared to Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, but let’s not rule it out as an option just yet.

Vivo Y55s design and build

The Y55s contains a simple Candybar design with 2.5D curved-edge glass on the front, and For the back, it has a soft Gold finish. No doubt it is an iPhone-alike model which isn’t surprising for Chinese manufacturers. In thickness, it’s slim at 7.5mm, and light at just 147.9 grams. The phone is very handy and is easy to grip, and all button are well within reach. You get a dedicated microSD card slot on the top beside the headphones socket. Also, a dual sim functionality backs the phone. The back of the phone appears like metal, but it’s actually plastic.

The 5.2-inch HD display due to a sufficiently high pixel density pointedness around icons and texts isn’t very noticeable. Color reproduction is fairly good, and we didn’t mark any major issues with viewing angles or sunlight legibility. The Vivo Y55s comes with a pre-fixed screen protector, which is good since this phone doesn’t use any reinforced glass.

There is no sign of backlit on the capacitive navigation buttons at the bottom. And there is no notification LED either, but you can use the rear LED flash to the incoming calls, messages and reminders to make you alert when the screen is off. Another missing feature is a fingerprint sensor, which is considerably disappointing assuming the competition this phone is up against


On the whole, we don’t have a lot of complaints regarding build quality and design of this phone, but we aren’t supremely impressed either. It looks pretty mediocre. At least Vivo hasn’t slobbered on accessories in the box; you get a standard 5W power adapter, a data cable, a handset, a silicone case, and a SIM ejector tray.

Vivo Y55s specifications and features

Under the hood, the phone has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Soc clocked at 1.4Ghz, which is a pretty much an odd choice considering that the Y55L had an octa-core Snapdragon 430. It sports a 3GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal space which can further be expanded to 256GB using the dedicated microSD slot. You also get Bluetooth 4.2, Wifi b/g/n, 4G with Volte, FM radio, USB-OTG and GPS. With the standard collection of sensors, you also get a virtual gyroscope.

Let’s see a software front, The phone (Y55s) still rocking Android Marshmallow as the core for its designed Funtouch OS 3.0. Not drastic change has found relativistic to Vivo V5 Plus. If you haven’t used a Vivo handset before, then there’s a bit of a learning curve as some controls have been shifted around. Users have to swipe up from the button to adjust or get to the brightness, quick toggles, and the volume sliders, while the notifications shade is only worked for notifications.


You’ll see the settings app which has more options for custom features like motion and one-handed mode, touch gestures, super screenshot, and Smart click, which lets you perform certain functions by holding the volume down key when the display is off. “Smar Split” which is One more useful feature that divides the screen in half, allows you to send an SMS, WhatsApp, or Facebook without having to close the existing application while watching a video. There is Stock apps include Vivo Cloud for backups, WPS Office, UC Browser, WhatsApp, Amazon, and a theme store for adorning your front gesture of screen.

Vivo Y55s performance

Vivo Y55s

While Vivo Y55s Review, we noticed that the smartphone’s General UI performance is up to the mark, on which we didn’t catch any fault or lags during the 10-day usage. The phone even handles multitasking fairly good. However, the entry-level SoC isn’t a valid decision that this phone has leveraged for high-end games and apps. The phone hits the AnTuTu score of just 35,787 and only 14fps in GFXbech’s T-Rex test. This phone will let you play 3D games, but heavier ones won’t run properly until you turn off the settings. To be concern 16GB of storage isn’t much either, and it will get filled up much fast by downloading lots of songs and videos.

The Vivo Y55s worked with 1080p, and even the high bit-rate video test files came fine. To be honest, the volume and clarity of the loudspeaker aren’t very good, and sound quality is only a satisfactory for alerts. The packaged headset is not the in-ear type so don’t expect much regarding the quality or ambient noise isolation.

It’s coupled with the 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture. It handles nice landscapes and macros in sunlight while accurate details look a bit blurred when you zoom in, and the sides around close-up bring lack sharpness. Colors also seem a bit muted, unless you perform HDR forcibly, which makes the things bit better. Without the PDAF, Autofocus is equitably quick. Low-light shots aren’t as noisy as we assumed as long as you use ‘Night mode’ which boosts the shutter speed a bit to capture more light. Still, the phone needs to be put very poised or steady as to make this work well.

Shooting modes include face beauty, professional, panorama, time-lapse, slow-motion video, and ultra HD. The interface is simple to navigate, and all functions are fairly approachable. This phone has a 5-MP camera on the front with the same f/2.2 aperture. Which is responsible for capturing decently detailed selfies in the presence of good lighting. However, the screen flash does seem to be a slightly low that means your face evenly won’t illuminate while confronting the screen.

We got an astonishing result when we could sip out of the 2,730mAh battery. In the Test, it yielded out the 12 hours and 12 minutes of continuous playback, which is not an ordinary. The phone also managed a full day’s worth of real-world usage. On the other hand, the phone may take few hours to get fully charged.


In the same price segment, this phone simply isn’t powerful against its current competitions. There are lots of strong Phones Like The Redmi Note 4, Moto G4 Plus and Honor 6X which are much better options that will assist you a lot better. The Vivo Y55s has some striking qualities like a convenient form factor, dedicated microSD card slot, decent battery life and 4G VoLTE support, but it requires a more robust SoC, a fingerprint sensor, a higher resolution display, and better cameras.

Y55s could have been priced at around Rs 7,000, it would have been well worth considering, there are much better options to consider at Rs.12,490.

Vivo Y55s
Good battery life
Slim and handy phone
Dedicated MicroSD card slot
Average camera
Poor display
Low Internal Space

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