vivo’s Y series line is about to get its most capable camera-focused smartphone yet. vivo Philippines is launching the new vivo Y73 tomorrow, an upper entry-level/lower midrange smartphone priced at PHP 14,999 (around USD 287 converted).
If you keep track of vivo releases, the design of this unit we have will be familiar to you. You’ve seen it before on the vivo V21e, so a Y series phone is now getting a V series look, which isn’t a bad deal.
And this Diamond Flare is one of my favorites to come out of vivo’s stable. It’s pretty striking. It’s a phone built for fashion lovers and color-obsessed like us. If it’s too blingy for you, there’s also the Roman Black option. (But if you’re on here, you probably share our affinity for striking, standout smartphone designs.)
It helps that it also offers vivo’s anti-fingerprint AG glass back (AG standing for anti-glare). It’s not like the V23’s AG Fluorite back that changes under UV light, but this look is still a pretty good one. And I emphasize that smudge-proof back. I still have to spend more time on the phone to see if it does hold up. I appreciate the idea that it’s one less thing we have to wipe down constantly because, obviously, displays won’t stop being fingerprint magnets.
Speaking of displays, the vivo Y73 gets a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 570nits max brightness, and a 60Hz refresh rate. It does catch some glare when looked at besides an open window on a sunny day. But with an AMOLED screen, you are promised a good viewing experience, which I will test out.
Aside from the design, you will come to this phone for its camera features. The vivo Y73 comes with a trio that includes 64-megapixel main + 2-megapixel Bokeh + 2-megapixel Macro alongside a 16-megapixel selfie shooter.
A quick scan of the camera app shows some features I’ve loved on the V23 show up here. That’s excellent news for those working within the budget where you can’t get the pricier V23. I see features like 4K recording, Ultra Stable Video, Dual-View Video, Bokeh Portrait, Steadiface Video, etc. Of course, I have to try these out to see how well they perform, but I appreciate that the option is here. I love it when brands bring more premium features into their lower-tiered devices. (Yes, vivo give us the range!)
The vivo Y73 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G95 processor, which we’ve experienced before on a Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S and one that handled my day-to-day tasks relatively well. I don’t have any awful recollections about this chipset, so I’m expecting a stable performance from the Y73, especially since it is paired with 8GB of RAM with vivo’s Extended RAM tech.
Extended RAM uses 4GB of your storage to ensure a smoother device performance. At first boot, the Y73 uses 21.20GB of its 128GB internal storage. If you find 100GB still lacking for your use, you can expand storage up to 1TB via the dedicated microSD slot. If you’re wondering about the operating system, it also has the brand’s Android 11-based Funtouch OS 11.1.
As for ports and buttons, it has:
- the power button and volume rocker in a reachable spot on the right;
- the triple card slot on the left for two nano SIMs and the microSD card;
- a thin speaker grille on top of the selfie camera;
- and then the 3.5mm audio jack, USB-C port, and speaker are at the bottom.
And yes, vivo will supply you with all the accessories, including wired earbuds.
The vivo Y73 gets what I’d somewhat consider a smaller 4,000mAh battery. But it makes up for that with support for 33W fast-charging, which you get in the box. That promises to get you up to 61% in just 30 minutes. I don’t have any battery tests for you yet, but I’ll get back to you on that in a story coming out soon!
I just wanted to give you a quick look at the phone and alert you of a deal for the phone you’d want to check out. On March 12 only, you can get a PHP 500 (around USD 10) off voucher, free DITO SIM card, and TWS Lavanda Earbuds for every Y73 purchase on Lazada and Shopee.
You can also opt to use Home Credit (40% down payment of PHP 1,545 or approx. USD 29) or a credit card (30% down payment of PHP 1,202 or approx. USD 23) when buying from vivo concept stores and kiosks.
If you have specific questions on the phone you want to be answered, leave me a comment or message on our socials, and I’ll try to get the answer for you!
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