Slim yet Powerful – vivo Y02s Review

Slim yet Powerful – vivo Y02s Review

vivo recently launched the vivo Y02s here in the Philippines, but let’s see what it is capable of in this in-depth review of the device.

The vivo Y02s is the newest entry-level offering from vivo that comes in an elegant minimalistic design. It also boast powerful performance despite having a very affordable price tag. So we’ll be checking out how good it is compared to its price.

What it comes with Out-of-the-Box

We’ll start with the unboxing to see what accessories it comes with. Along with the phone itself, there’s also a USB to USB Type-C cable, power brick/charger, and SIM ejector tool included, as well as the Quick Start Guide and Warranty Information. You can check out my full unboxing and first impressions video below.

Unlike other entry-level device, the new vivo phone does not come with a free clear jelly case nor an included headset out-of-the-box. I don’t see it as a bad thing though. A case would just give it a bulky feel rather than a slim comfortable feel which is what it’s clearly aiming for. Included headsets also usually in poor quality. So it’s best you purchase a separate headset for yourself.

Design, Build Quality, and Ergonomics

Vibrant Blue

As I mentioned, the Y02s comes in a slim body, which makes it comfortable to hold, as well as keep in the pocket. Though very slim, it does have a hefty weight to it, which gives the illusion of having a premium feel. But the most eye catching about the device is its back design. It has a glossy, smooth texture that reflects light beautifully. The texture also help it resist fingerprints as well as scratches which is a plus.

vivo Y02s flat side

The phone also has flatter sides compared to most. It can even stand on its side by itself because of how flat it is. One might think that a flatter side is less comfortable than curved ones. But it’s actually not bad thanks to how slim its body is. It also has rounded corners making it comfortable to grip.

vivo Y02s slim design

Buttons and ports layout are pretty standard. The power/wake button and the volume button are located on its right side. At the bottom, we’ll find an audio jack, mic, USB Type-C port, and speaker. The SIM card tray can be found up top, which supports dual Nano SIM cards and a MicroSD card for up to 1TB.

Display Quality

6.51-inch FullView Display

Sporting a huge 6.51-inch HD+ Halo FullView Display, watching content on the phone is actually quite nice. I did notice at first that it has a bit of a warmer tone than other screens, but it turns out that blue light was partly filtered out for your eye care. I was able to adjust it according to my preference on the display settings though.

The display has a resolution of 1600×720, which is sufficient in my opinion. It is considerably clear, and reproduces great color accuracy with decent contrast. Since it is an IPS panel, viewing angles are great as well. The screen is also pretty bright indoors, but not so much outdoors. Still, it is more than enough to meet all your mobile entertainment needs.

Audio Quality

Audio quality is okay, but I can’t really say that they are good. It has a single-firing speaker, speakers is loud enough for video calls and casual listening, but it’s not really loud enough to fill the room. Sound quality is somewhat okay, but not really satisfying when listening to music. Luckily, it comes with an audio jack so you can enjoy your music with your wired earphones. Which is much better than the speaker in my opinion.

Performance and Gaming

Performance of the device is actually quite decent. Its MediaTek Helio P35 is more than enough power for your mobile needs. But I do find the lack of storage a bit frustrating. I was unable to play Genshin Impact because of its storage requirements. You can always insert a MicroSD card to expand it though, but I still do prefer my games to be installed in the internal storage.

Ultra-Game Mode

Speaking of games, I was able to play Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) on it for a short while with no issues. Gaming is quite stable thanks to Multi-Turbo 5.5, while Ultra-Game Mode improves your gaming experience.

You can also check out its benchmark scores below.

  • Antutu Benchmark = 11456
  • GeekBench = 158 (single-core), 787 (multi-core)
  • PCMark = 4832
  • 3DMark = 655 (Sling Shot), 408 (Sling Shot Extreme)

Battery Life and Charging

Another good thing about the device is its battery life. On casual use, it lasted me more than two days. It could last a full day on a heavy use case. It’s actually surprising that it has this much battery capacity in such a slim body.

10W Fast Charging

The device also has a USB Type-C port for charging, which is great to see on a device at this price point. At first, I thought that it doesn’t support fast charging, but after spending some time with it, it does indeed has fast charging. It is only 10W Fast Charging though, but still better than those without. Lastly, it also has a reverse charging feature, meaning it can be used to charge other devices. This is also surprising to see on an entry-level phone.

User Experience

Running on Funtouch OS, the vivo Y02s offers a refreshing experience. To be honest, I would have preferred stock Android, but Funtouch OS is fine. It comes with customization options, so you can personalize your experience. What I don’t like though is it comes with bloatware included. The device already only has 32GB of internal storage as it is, having bloatware taking up space makes it worst. Thankfully, you can always uninstall them.

For security, it features Face Wake which actually quite fast. But I had hoped they included a fingerprint scanner. It’s understandable though, since it is a sub-7k phone.

Camera Quality

At first glance, you might think that it has a dual rear camera setup. But upon closer inspection, it actually just has one rear camera, the other one is actually its LED flash. Its rear shooter is an 8MP camera that capture decent photos. Photos taken on great lighting are clear and vivid. However, it does suffer on low light situations, musch more so on night photography. For selfies, it features a 6MP camera which also shoots decently, but also suffers on low light conditions.

Below are a couple of sample shots I took with the device.

If you are interested in getting the vivo Y02s, it can be purchased for only PhP 6,499. It will be available in two trendy colorways: Flourite Black, and Vibrant Blue.

vivo Y02s Specifications

Dimensions163.95 × 75.55 × 8.19 mm
Weight182g/183g
ChipsetMediatek Helio P35
CPUOcta-core
• 4×2.35 GHz Cortex-A53
• 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUPowerVR GE8320
RAM3GB
Storage32GB
Display6.51-inch HD+ Halo FullView Display
600×720 (HD+), LCD (IPS)
Rear Camera8MP, f/2.0
Front Camera5MP, f/2.2
OS Funtouch OS 12 (Android 12)
Battery5,000 mAh
Connectivity• LTE
• Wi-Fi 2.4GHz/5GHz
• Bluetooth 5.0
• USB Type-C
Other FeaturesDual SIM Dual Standby
ColorsFluorite Black, Vibrant Blue
PricePhP 6,499
Geek-of-all-Trades, master of none, Josef is the founder of Davao Geek Hub. He has a passion for all things tech, and consumes all forms of media.