Vivo Y51L: Full Review

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The Vivo Y51L is a recently launched model by The Chinese based Manufacturer. It is a dual SIM 4G phone priced at ₹11,980. The Guangdong based company only recently made its entry in India with its range of low cost as well as middle range Android phones. Its most recent offering is the Vivo X6S Plus which was launched in March. Compared to the X6S Plus, the Y51L is a relatively less powerful phone but a good bet for those who are looking for a mid-ranger at a reasonable rate.

Design and Display:

The Vivo Y51L is not a strikingly beautiful phone. Its design and styling is what can be termed as bland and very ordinary. The phone has a metal body and is translucent on the sides. It felt easy to grip the Y51L, but its 7.52 mm thickness felt a bit uneasy to come to terms with. Those used to carrying around phones with large screens or phablet users, will have no cause for complaints with the Y51L. I handled the White variant of the phone which didn’t appear lustrous, perhaps other colour variants would have provided a better estimate of the same. ( The Gold variant of the phone might have perhaps been a better bet). The 5 inch screen has IPS display, providing a screen resolution of 960 X 540 pixels. The touchscreen was easy to operate on. Keying in text and commands felt pleasantly smooth. The screen was highly responsive with no lag whatsoever. We move on to the OS and processor specifications to get an idea of what’s inside the Y51L.

Speed & Processor Specifications

The Vivo Y51L is powered by a 1.2 Ghz quad core Snapdragon 410 processor along with Adreno 306 GPU. This is backed by a 2 GB RAM along with 16 GB internal memory expandable to 128 GB using microSD cards. The processor is powerful enough to cater to all your processing needs whether it be browsing, gaming, or working with other applications. The strong Graphics Processing Unit ensures quick loading of videos and flawless gaming performance with little or no visible lag.

The Vivo Y51L is Android 5.1 Lollipop based with FunTouch OS 2.5 layered on top of it. The experience of Navigating the on-screen menu was pretty average-pretty much what you could expect from a mid-ranger. There is one interesting feature about the phone wherein once you log into a certain application, it can be pinned onto the screen-almost functioning as a lock mechanism so that users can stay put. It saves you the horror of getting directed to the home screen upon accidentally pressing the back/home button. It also makes sure that the application that you were working on earlier remains open even when you move away from the phone for some time.

On the whole, The speed and overall CPU performance of the Y51L is pretty impressive gauging from the ease with which it responded to all kinds of input from my end. This may even have ended up being the main highlight of the phone, had it not been for the camera which I was yet to experience.

Camera

The Vivo Y51L has a 8 mega-pixel el rear camera that comes with LED flash and f/2.0 aperture. The camera on the Y51L was a pleasure to use. The 5 megapixel front selfie camera responded very quickly as I prepared to capture my selfie. Moreover, the great thing was that it was even responsive to voice inputs, so that upon spouting out, ‘Say Cheese’, the camera immediately went about its way capturing my photo. There are also a lot of beautification effects that one can utilise to enhance the image quality.

The slo-mo effect on the Y51L was something I found very impressive. To test it, I captured the image of a ceiling fan operating on full blast. I made use of the slo-mo effect to capture the image of the fan (which was still rotating), and I ended up capturing an image showing the blades to be at rest-with its three blades clearly discernible. I marvelled at the effect for quite sometime before moving to check out other camera features. The Panaroma effect was also quite impressive in its ability to capture the 360 degree image in its entirety.

Battery

The Vivo Y51L comes with a 2350 mAh battery which is strong and capable of providing ample amount of talk time and standby time. Perhaps it should have come with a stronger battery taking into account how heavily we tend to use to use smartphones nowadays

Final Verdict:

Vivo is a new entrant but a strong player considering its existing sales and service network. The Y51L comes with the standard one year warranty that most phones come with. It is a decent phone that packs in power and a great camera. At the price that it comes at its nearest competitor is the LeEco Le 1s which boasts of a stronger Helio X 10 processor. We recommend going in for the Vivo Y51L if you are looking for a good camera phone that performs decently on all other fronts.

The Breakdown


Design & Display
5.5
Speed & Performance
6.5
Camera
7.5
Battery
7