Have you heard about Vivo’s latest entry-level smartphone? Its name is difficult to remember, but its price is easy to swallow. Join us as we unbox the Y55 and give it a well-deserved review.

Here’s how it looks like as soon as you open the box.

Vivo Y55

“Screen Flash” is a feature we’ll discuss later.

And this is the Y55 without the plastic wrap.

Vivo Y55

Navigation buttons are found right below the 5.2-inch screen.

It’s in rose gold and looks just like an iPhone.

Vivo Y55

Notice the antenna bands and single LED flash.

We love how the phone comes with a pair of headphones and case.

Vivo Y55

There’s also a quick start guide, SIM ejector tool, charger, and micro-USB cable.

The Y55 looks just like the more expensive Vivo V3 Max.

Vivo Y55

Guess which is which! (Clue: The Y55 is missing a logo.)

Turn it around, and it’s near identical to the OPPO F1s.

Vivo Y55

Don’t fret: They belong to the same parent company.

Putting on the clear case makes it a lot more durable.

Vivo Y55

We already found some scratches on the phone before sliding it in. Oops!

How does it actually perform?

Vivo Y55

Vivo’s own user interface lies on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

For a dual-SIM phone priced this low, you wouldn’t expect much out of it, but you’d be proven wrong. Despite having a not-that-spectacular Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and only 2GB of memory, the Y55 never let us down during day-to-day tasks.

We were especially surprised to see the Y55 handle games like Asphalt 8: Airborne on high graphics settings without any hiccups. And even though the display has a low 1280 x 720-pixel resolution, colors pop and brightness is more than adequate while outdoors. There’s a single speaker underneath, and it gets the job done well enough.

Our only complaint is the unsatisfactory 16GB of storage, half of which is used by the operating system. Fortunately, you can expand that with a microSD card.

What about the camera?

Vivo Y55

If you’re used to the iPhone’s camera interface, you’ll feel right at home here.

Photos from the 8-megapixel camera came out a lot better than we expected. Daylight shots showed more than enough sharpness and good color reproduction. Autofocusing was fast too, despite having no advanced sensor technologies.

At night, subjects got too blurry for our liking. Details became really mushy, and there was a distinct warm tone to everything.

Our experience with the 5-megapixel front-facing camera was way better. Like the OPPO F1s it resembles, the Y55 did fine work during selfies in all lighting situations. A feature called Screen Flash produces a bright, white screen to illuminate your face, but we found it a little excessive and preferred leaving it off.

These are the best sample photos we have:

But will it last more than a day?

Vivo Y55

No, the screen isn’t broken; the graphics are just that realistic!

Techies would be inclined to shun the 2650mAh battery, but the Y55 manages to last over a day if you stick to light social media and web browsing. Our only gripe is the lack of fast charging to bring it from zero to a hundred percent within two hours.

Like any other device, it’s still best to carry around a power bank with you. Take note, however, that this phone uses the older micro-USB standard, and not the increasingly popular Type-C port we’re seeing on every new gadget.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

There’s a lot to love about the Y55, especially once you find out the price. Our unit retails for PhP 7,990, which translates to around $165 — what a deal!

As long as you don’t expect it to pull rabbits out of hats, this smartphone works great as a daily driver. Just be sure to equip its bundled case as soon as possible to avoid minor scratches, and buy a microSD card to squeeze in more photos and videos.

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