Another budget phone with a gimmick: Snapdragon 680.
It took a few months since the unveiling of the “new” (in the loosest sense of the word, since they are technically just adjusted versions of older chips in terms of clock speed) chipsets from Qualcomm. Of course, we don’t mean the flagship SD8G1, but rather the newer midrange chips.
Vivo has unleashed a new budget phone in their Y-series called the Y32 and it has a gimmick of being the first phone to use the 4G-only Snapdragon 680 chipset. This chip is essentially a higher-clocked version of the Snapdragon 678 famously seen on the Redmi Note 10. This chipset is paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage that’s expandable via microSD card for up to 1TB.
Also, Vivo apparently has renamed and changed their “FunTouch” series of Operating Systems to the cooler-sounding OriginOS, which the Y32 runs on. It is based on Android 11 and retains almost all the features seen on FunTouch.
The phone, aside from the SD680 chipset, is pretty much a budget phone in all characteristics. It is equipped with a 6.51in. HD+ IPS LCD with a standard 60Hz refresh rate. Not even FHD+ but oh well, I guess Vivo knows who they’re targeting.
There are two cameras at the back plus the 8mp selfie camera housed on a waterdrop notch. The main camera is 13mp and this is paired with a pretty useless 2mp depth sensor. There’s a third hole but don’t get fooled, there are only two cameras here and this one is just a label that says “AI”. This is something Transsion would do and I think manufacturers doing this is simply deceptive and a bad practice.
The phone packs some complementary software to improve user experience, including Game Box 10.0, a gaming assistant that boosts your game’s performance by cranking up the chipset, closing unnecessary apps and avoid outgoing calls, notifications, and texts. For biometrics, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor is provided.
There’s a 5000mAh battery with 17W fast charging. Vivo says this battery can last up to 27 days on standby and 13 hours of gaming and video. It is charged through a USB-C port. There’s also a headphone jack so that you can charge and listen to music simultaneously.
The phone starts at CNY1,399 (~Php 11.2K) in China. International availability is expected as well. It comes in two colours: sky blue and dark blue all in a glossy glass-like finish. The phone is built using plastic though.