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Vivo Y73 Review: A Worthy Midrange Phone!

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Vivo is known for designing some of the slimmest and nicest looking smartphones, and the latest addition to the Y-series, the vivo Y73 features a slim and lightweight design along with a 64-megapixel night camera.

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For just ₱14,999, you can get your hands on the Vivo Y73 in the Philippines. Now it's time to find out if this new midrange smartphone is worth the price tag.

Vivo Y73 Specs:

Android 11, Funtouch OS 11.1
6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED, 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution, 409ppi
2.05GHz MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core processor
Mali-G76 MC4 GPU
8GB RAM / 128GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD up to 1TB
64MP f/1.8, PDAF + 2MP f/2.4, macro + 2MP depth sensor rear cameras, LED flash
16MP selfie camera
In-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Single loudspeaker, Headphone jack
Dual SIM, Dual standby
HSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS, QZSS, BDS
USB Type-C
4,000mAh battery, 33W FlashCharger
Colors: Diamond Flare, Roman Black
170g

What's in the Box?
It comes in a white/blue box with the Vivo branding on the front and the key specs features on the back. It is one of the most straightforward box designs available for smartphones today; it is simple and effective.

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Inside the box, it comes with pretty much standard contents including the vivo Y73 smartphone, a simple case, USB-C cable, the 33W charger, SIM tool, earphones, and paper materials. 

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The inclusion of a protective case and earphones is a nice touch, as it eliminates the need to purchase these additional accessories.


vivo Design
The Y73 has a slim profile with a thickness of only 7.38mm, with its rounded frame and smooth surface which makes it easy to hold, and a weight of only 170g that makes it comfortable to hold all day.

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It comes in two colors: Diamond Flare and Roman Black, the latter of which being the color of our review unit, which features a stripe of lines design. The back is prone to smudges and is a fingerprint magnet, but it is surprisingly easy to clean; simply wipe with a clean cloth and all grime will vanish.

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Both the power button and volume rocker are located on the right side of the phone, and they both function flawlessly every time they are pressed.

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The other side of the phone has a SIM slot with a triple tray that can hold two nano-SIM cards with 4G LTE connectivity and a microSD card with up to 1TB of storage (that is if you could find one that is affordable).

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The Type-C port, microphone, 3.5mm audio jack, and speaker is placed at the bottom, and an additional microphone hole sits on too.

AMOLED Display
Upfront there's a 6.44-inch AMOLED panel that boasts a Full HD+ 2400 x 1080 high-resolution screen with 409 pixels per inch.

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The 16-megapixel selfie camera is housed in a waterdrop-shaped notch. In addition to the thin side bezels, the screen has slightly thicker top and bottom bezels, making it more aesthetically pleasing to look at.

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The display is bright and saturated with vibrant, high contrast, and vivid colors. It has HDR 10, with up 570 nits of brightness, and has a nice 20:9 aspect ratio These features combine to create a pleasant experience when watching movies and viewing content, and playing games.

Hardware and Performance

In terms of hardware, The Y73 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G95 chipset that has a MediaTek HyperEngine gaming engine. The G95 octa-core SoC is comprised of two Arm Cortex-A76 processor cores running at up to 2.05GHz and six Cortex-A55 processor cores. Its graphics performance is handled by an Arm Mali-G76 MC4 with up to 900MHz boost.

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It also has 8GB of RAM, with support of Extended RAM technology, that offers an 8GB + 4GB by tapping on 4GB of external memory. In terms of storage, it has 128GB ROM with the support of a microSD card for extra storage space.

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When it comes to speed and responsiveness, the Y73 performs as expected which is quick and smooth. Even the most basic navigation and switching between apps are lightning-fast. Apps launch quickly, and animations look fluid. There are no noticeable lags when using the phone everyday.

In terms of gaming, the most popular online games today such as APEX Legends Mobile, Genshin Impact, Call of Duty mobile, and other games that need a lot of processing power and graphics, will run smoothly on medium or default settings.

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With its AMOLED screen, playing games is more immersive with its graphics details, and with the 20:9 aspect ratio, playing games in landscape mode is more enjoyable.

Playing games in landscape mode is more pleasurable on the Y73 thanks to the device's 20:9 aspect ratio and AMOLED screen, which provides a more vivid visual experience.

On Benchmark, Here are the vivo Y73 scores:

AnTuTu – 367,385
CPU – 89,693
GPU – 201,746
MEM – 66,595
UX – 91,568
Geekbench – 523 (Single-core); 1,895 (Multi-core)
3D Mark Wild Life – 1,696

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It has a single speaker on the bottom, and the audio quality seems to be quite good. But Stereo speakers are always better. The bass is somewhat weak, and the volume also needs improvement. It's good that it includes a 3.5mm audio jack, which allows for private listening to your playlist.

Software -FunTouch OS

It runs on FunTouch OS 11.1 which is based on Android 11 and feels really smooth and snappy. The default theme is aesthetically attractive, however, it includes lots of bloatware apps that can be easily uninstalled.

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Battery
The Y73 packs a 4000mAh battery capacity, even though the battery isn't as large as what you'd find on most phones in this price category. When used moderately, it can last a day, which includes reading emails, surfing browsing the web and posting to social media, using the camera to snap some photos, playing games during breaktime, watching Netflix while on transit, and listening to music to unwind.

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Charging the battery is fast, but nothing special. The 33W FlashCharge can fill-up the battery to 60% in 30 minutes and a full charge can take about two hours from 0% capacity.

Camera
The Y73 is fitted with a triple camera system that includes a 64-megapixel main sensor with electronic image stabilization (EIS) and two 2-megapixel depth and macro sensors. A 16-megapixel camera sensor is placed on the front for taking selfies.

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Using a 64-megapixel camera, you get binned 16-megapixel quality images. HDR mode and portrait light effects are available in the camera app. Aperture settings can be changed to blur the backdrop, or you can use the super macro mode. The camera app also includes night mode, time-lapse, slo-mo, panorama, live photo, and pro modes.

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It can record video in up to 4K resolution at 30 frames per second, or in 1080p at 60 frames per second. An ultra-stability option is also available, although the video quality is trimmed down. It also supports Dual-View video, which allows you to use both the back and front camera to record your video.

Sample Photos: 

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Photo

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Night mode

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Food

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Wide Angle - more photos here

Using the 64MP camera in well-lit conditions, the photos have lots of detail and vibrant colors. On the other hand, photos taken in low light are acceptable but of lesser quality; the dedicated night mode with AI helps in noise reduction, which improves night images.

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The 16-megapixel front-facing camera, on the other hand, captures decent selfies with good detail and skin tone that is very near to what you'd expect. Colors are generally pleasing, however, there are some photos in some situations where the contrast seems a bit excessive, but not to worry since it features a lot of filters that can help improve the quality of the pictures.

Pros
Slim Premium design
Lightweight
Vibrant display
Good performance
Camera is very capable

Cons
Speaker not loud
Only 4G LTE
Comes with bloatware

Verdict
The vivo Y73 is a sleek and slim smartphone with an eye-catching AG Matte Glass finish that feels nice and light on hand. It's a good smartphone for everyday usage, with decent performance and a fast user interface. The AMOLE display is ideal for watching media and gaming. While the cameras are capable of producing high-quality images, they can also record 4K video, which is an advantage. Sadly, it only supports 4G LTE connections; 5G mobile speeds would have been nice.

If you are looking to replace, or simply want a new smartphone capable of handling your daily digital needs with good cameras and a sharp screen, the vivo Y73 is a good option. You can buy it for only just ₱14,999 from vivo stores, as well as on Shopee and Lazada.

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