Vivo Y69 Quick Hands-on Review: A Refreshed V5 Lite

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It’s the little upgrades that made the phone special

Aside from the FullView-Equipped V7+, Vivo also launched the Y69: another selfie-centric phone from the Chinese brand. While it may look similar to Vivo’s previous phones, the Y69 does have a few differences, particularly with some of its features.

Vivo Y69 Specs

  • MediaTek MT6750 octa-core CPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 5.5-inch HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, f/2.2 aperture with LED flash and Live Photo
  • 16-megapixel front camera, f/2.0 aperture with LED flash and Live Photo
  • Dual-SIM, 4G LTE
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • FunTouch OS 3.2 (Android 7.0 Nougat)
  • 3,000mAh battery

Initial Impression: Sticking to what works

Design-wise, the Y69 looks similar to the V5, save for the Y69 sporting a single front camera, unlike its more expensive sibling. Specs-wise, the Y69 shares the same specs as with the V5 Lite, while incorporating features found on the V5 such as the fingerprint scanner. On the Y69, the scanner is a snappy one, as it recognized fingerprints in a jiffy.

As for the rear, the Y69 looks very much alike with the V5 and V5 Lite.

You have your headphone jack, microphone, micro-USB port, and speaker all crammed at the bottom.

The SIM/MicroSD tray is found at the phone’s left side.

You have your volume controls and power button at the phone’s right side.

The new features

Aside from a speedier fingerprint scanner, the Y69 is running Android Nougat (7.0), making it one of the first Vivo phones sport the said Android version. Part running Android 7.0, the has Smart Split 3.0–a feature similar to Samsung’s multi-window feature where you can use two apps at the same time. For now, apps that support this feature include YouTube, Messages, Videos, Facebook, Play Movies and TV, and Calculator.

As for the camera, you have the usual features you’d expect in a Vivo phone: from group selfies and bokeh mode for the front camera, to Live Photos for both the front and rear cameras.

That’s it for our quick review. We’ll do more tests with the Y69 once we get our hands on a review unit.

(unbox.ph, https://goo.gl/mAq4Pp)

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