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Vivo Y71 Review: More Than Just The Basics?

We review the Vivo Y71!

Vivo’s latest offering may look familiar at first: While it does look like last year’s V7+, the Y71 aims to be an affordable offering by sporting modest specs while keeping some of the V7+’s main features. Yes, the Y71 does have the V7+’s 5.99-inch HD+ display, while keeping prices below Php 8000 and Php 7000 for the 3GB and 2GB models respectively.

Does Vivo’s cutting corners for the Y71 make it a viable budget-centric version of the V7+? Before we get through the review, here’s a recap of its specs:

Vivo Y71 Specs

  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor
  • 2GB/3GB RAM
  • Adreno 308 GPU
  • 5.99-inch HD+ display; 1440 x 720 resolution
  • 16GB of expandable storage (up to 256GB)
  • (3GB) 13-megapixel f/2.2 rear camera / (2GB) 8-megapixel f/2.2 rear camera with AF and LED flash
  • 5-megapixel f/2.49 front camera
  • 3G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • Face Access, USB OTG
  • 3360mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with FunTouch OS 5.0


Same build and feel with the V7+

True to our first impression, the Y71 does look identical to the V7+, which means that the build is pretty solid and comparable to phones in the stacked Php 15k-20k range. The only key difference with the Y71 is that there is no fingerprint scanner to be found.

Other than that, you get the same design features of the V7+, which includes a full-sized SIM tray, the 5.99-inch HD+ display, and the noticeable camera bump in the back.

Same display quality with the V7+

Having an identical display with the V7+, the Y71 has a generous screen estate, especially if you consider the fact that it has an almost 6-inch display housed in a case normally used for phones with a 5.5-inch display. You get good color rendition and decent viewing angles with the Y71, though some might feel the low pixel density since it only uses an HD+ display.

While the compromise in sharpness is noticeable when playing videos or pixel-peeping images, it’s hard to complain about it considering that the Y71 is a sub-Php 9k phone.

Find out how the Y71 performs on the next page

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  1. Let’s just pretend Honor 9 lite does not exist which is priced at 7990 has a full HD+ resolution or our local brands which sells their phone for just 5k and below.

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