After a huge success of the selfie-focused ‘V series’ smartphones in India, Vivo brought the feature to its budget mid-ranger ‘Y series’ smartphones with the launch of Vivo Y66 back in March 2017. The ‘moonlight camera’ on the Y66 is being heavily advertised. Vivo has been aggressively pushing its brand in the offline market and have done really well to capture a healthy market share. Lets check out our review of the Vivo Y66 to find out if it’s really a stylish, powerful, selfie smartphone or you can pick up something else. However, glance through the specifications on your way to the review.
The Vivo Y66 features a 5.5-inch HD display, that is powered by a MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor and 3GB RAM. There is 32GB of internal memory, that is expandable up to 256GB. The phone runs on FunTouch OS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. We get a 13 megapixel primary camera at the back and a 16 megapixel selfie shooter on the front. There is 4G VoLTE support along with Dual SIM connectivity. We also get the usual WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. In the battery department, there is a 3000mAh battery under the hood. The Y66 comes with important sensors such as accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensor.
Hardware and Design
The Vivo Y66, like most other Vivo smartphones, looks like an iPhone. The design is inspired by Apple. The unibody design feels like metal at first glance but the Y66 is actually made out of plastic. The metallic finish makes the phone look very good and premium as well. The phone feels strong and durable. It is not the most compact phone as it has a 5.5-inch display but the device sits in hand comfortably. You’ll not feel uneasy using it for longer durations, since it has a slim profile (7.6mm thick) and weighs 155 grams. The Y66 is not ideal for one-handed usage but it is manageable for users with big hands.
Starting with the back side first, we have the primary camera along with the LED flash on its top left. Below the camera, the Vivo branding is engraved on the plastic body. The back cover is not removable but the 3000mAh battery sits under the hood. Turning the phone, there is a 5.5-inch display along with the selfie camera, couple of sensors, selfie flash and earpiece. Below the display, we get three capacitive buttons for navigation but they are not backlit. On the left side, there is a hybrid SIM card tray for inserting SIM cards or microSD card. On the right, we have the volume rockers followed by the power/lock button. At the bottom, we have the microUSB port in the center, loudspeaker on the right, primary microphone and 3.5mm on the left. Overall, the Vivo Y66 comes with a strong plastic body with a metallic look and efficient hardware.
The Vivo Y66 rocks a 5.5-inch IPS display, that comes with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (HD) and pixel density of 267 PPI. The Y66’s display is very neat as the color gamut and accuracy are top-notch and the color saturation is also very good. The display panel is very bright with great viewing angles. Thus, the sunlight legibility is decent as well and you do not have to adjust the brightness manually under bright outdoor conditions since it comes with an ambient light sensor. There is protection on top of the display but the company has not mentioned any brand name like Corning or Dragontrail. This display is tailor-made for consuming content and playing games. There is 2.5D curved glass on top of the display. However, we would have liked a Full HD panel.
The touch response of the display is very good because of its quality IPS panel and smoothness due to UI. Overall, the display of the Vivo Y66 is completely made for consuming entertainment.
Out of the box, the Vivo Y66 runs on FunTouch UI based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. The interface is heavily inspired by iOS as the icons are also similar. The phone runs very smoothly and we did not face any UI lags in our day-to-day usage. Coming to the features of FunTouch UI, it is a heavily customizable UI like any other custom ROM in the market. It has gesture controls, home screen customization, themes and many other small features, which will make the UI experience great. However, there is no app drawer, similar to iOS and we get a single layer UI. In order to access the quick settings, you have to swipe up from the bottom of the screen instead of visiting the notification area. If you have not used an iPhone before and come from the Android family, then the UI of the Y66 will take some time getting used to. In order to give it a more Android-like look, you can try some of the stock theme options or download any third-party theme of your choice. Some of the apps come pre-installed but you can uninstall them if they are not useful to you.
Overall, the UI of the Vivo Y66 feels very smooth and has a lot of nifty features that makes a big difference.
Moving on to the performance department, the Y66 is powered by a MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and 3GB RAM. The chipset feels a little underpowered on paper but it is able to handle all the day-to-day tasks very easily. As we have 3GB RAM onboard, the multitasking experience is pretty smooth and you’ll not feel the need for more power. There were no major hiccups in the overall performance of the phone because of the strong combination of the processor and RAM. However, when we tried to play extremely graphics intensive games, we noticed a few frame drops and stuttering. This was only felt during games like Asphalt 8 and Fifa 16, which are the benchmark of mobile gaming. Thus, you can easily play all kind of 3D games without facing any major issue. The Vivo Y66 comes with 32GB internal storage, out of which we got around 22.5GB of free space. In case you consume a lot of media, do get yourself a microSD card to bump up the storage up to 256GB.
Talking about connectivity, the phone supports Dual SIM (micro + nano) and is 4G VoLTE enabled. Also, both the SIM slots support 4G connectivity. It comes with a hybrid slot and thus you can only insert a SIM card or microSD card in the second slot at once. The battery capacity of the Y66 is 3000mAh but it does not support fast charging. In our testing, it lasted about a day with moderate usage but the phone takes a lot of time to charge the battery with the supplied 5W charger.
Overall, the Vivo Y66 is a very capable phone when it comes to performance.
The Vivo Y66 heavily focuses on the selfie camera, so lets take a look at it first. We get a 16 megapixel selfie camera on the front with ‘moonlight flash’. Since the size of the sensor is bigger, there is more details in the pictures. There are a lot of beauty modes to choose from, which will smoothen your skin and make you look really good. The front flash light comes with a filter, hence the light is diffused and you will not get blinded when it is triggered. Thus, Vivo has a done a good job with the selfie camera on the Y66. Now coming to the primary camera of the device, there is a 13 megapixel rear sensor with LED flash. It is able to capture images with great detail and color accuracy in outdoor conditions but we observed some grain and noise in the pictures when they were shot in bad lighting. The focusing mechanism is quite quick and it does focus on the right subjects as well. Photos in HDR mode were the best with a lot of dynamic range. The macro shots were above average.
The camera app UI of the Y66 was simple as well as useful and easy to use. The stock camera app came with a lot of modes including a manual mode and some of them were really helpful in making our shots look better. However, if you’re not comfortable with the stock app, you can download your personal favorite to get clicking. Both the cameras can record Full HD videos but they looked average in quality. Overall, the Vivo Y66 posses a good set of cameras that you can play around with.
The Vivo Y66 offers a good build quality and ergonomic design but a metal body would have made it more premium, since the competition in this segment mostly come with metal bodies. The camera department of the Y66 does a good job while the performance is also on par with its peers. The HD IPS display with 2.D curved glass covering on top offers good color gamut but a Full HD display would have been better. The battery life is quite good but fast charging option is missing. However, the biggest drawback of the phone is that it does not come with a fingerprint scanner, which is now available in low-end budget Android phones as well. Thus, the Vivo Y66 feels a bit overpriced at Rs. 14,990. We hope Vivo launches its successor with a better price tag along with a fingerprint sensor. You can purchase the phone from Amazon or Flipkart.