Review: Vivo Y51L isn’t keeping up with the times

Vivo Y51L is a good-looking phone, but misses out on genuine substance

The Y51L is another budget smartphone from Chinese phone maker Vivo. Priced at 11,980, the phone has some glaring shortcomings, which put it at a significant disadvantage compared to rivals.

Design: Compact buy hefty

Display: Small and dull screen

Compared to big screen phones which are in vogue these days, the Y51L’s 5-inch screen does feel more compact. It has a resolution of 960x540p and looks a bit dull during gaming and video playback. Casual users who are more into web browsing, reading news, and social networking may find the screen okay, but at this price, the low resolution leaves a lot to be desired.

Software: Runs old Android with an engaging interface

Performance: Works with basic tasks

The Y51L runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. The combo is powerful enough to handle most basic tasks, including games such as Smash Hit and Temple Run Oz, well. However, it doesn’t feel very nippy and is good for a basic user with usage restricted to a few social networking apps and web browsing at most. It struggles with heavy games and is sluggish when there are 5-6 apps running in the background.

The phone offers 16GB of storage and supports a microSD card upto 128GB. There are dual SIM slots and support for 4G networks. The 2,350mAh battery can give a day’s backup at most if you do not stress it.

Camera: Lacks consistency


The Vivo Y51L is just another budget smartphone that scores in terms of looks, but fails to make a mark in any other aspect. Its rivals such as the Moto G Turbo ( 12,499) offer much better specs, performance and an overall user experience.

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