The smartphone market has seen a lot of activity in the $300 price range lately, with brands enhancing their styling and design features to create visually appealing devices.
Before reading the full review, you can familiarize yourself with the detailed vivo Y100 specs or watch the video below the article.
Vivo recently released a new addition to its Y series that caught my attention upon unboxing. Consumers have high expectations as Vivo boldly moves in this competitive price range. Devices in this price category are expected to offer a flagship experience at a lower price point.
The Vivo Y100 has all the necessary features to be a well-built smartphone, as it doesn't lack power and has a stunning color-changing back that looks magical when exposed to sunlight.
The phone is lightweight, has premium build quality, and runs smoothly for everyday tasks thanks to the Dimensity 900 chip. The 90Hz AMOLED display delivers an immersive experience, and the triple camera setup on the back includes a 64MP lens.
The phone has a 4500mAh battery and supports 44W fast charging, adding to its impressive specs. Overall, the Vivo Y100 looks like an excellent deal under $300.
- The device has a stunning design.
- The 64MP camera is of good quality.
- The 90Hz AMOLED display is impressive.
- The phone has solid performance.
- 44W fast charging is supported.
- 2MP lenses are useless.
- There is a software block.
- Battery life is average.
- There are no stereo speakers.
- Release date: 2023, February 16
- Colors: Metal Black, Twilight Gold, Pacific Blue
- Dimensions: 158.9 x 73.5 x 7.7 mm.
- Weight: 181 g.
- Screen: 6.38" inc, 1080 x 2400, AMOLED
- Camera : Triple, 64MP
- Chipset: Mediatek MT6877 Dimensity 900 (6 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (2x2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
- Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM
- Battery: 4500, Li-Po, non-removable
- Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
- Operating system: Android 13, Funtouch 13
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
The Vivo Y100 price in India is available in only one variant, with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage at Rs 24,999. The phone can be purchased in three colors: Twilight Gold, Pacific Blue, and Metal Black. The phone is available for purchase online on Vivo's official website and on Amazon.
Vivo has always been known for its attractive smartphone designs, and the Y100 is no exception. It features a color-changing back panel in three stunning shades - Metal Black, Pacific Blue, and Twilight Gold.
When exposed to ultraviolet rays, the back panel changes color completely, which is an attractive feature. The Pacific Blue variant is particularly striking, with a beautiful finish in natural light. The back panel is made of glass and feels premium in hand, setting it apart from competitors that use plastic.
The round rings on the back house the camera lenses and LED flash. The text for OIS and the Vivo branding is engraved on the back panel.
The front has a water-drop type perforation for the selfie camera, and the edges of the phone are designed with the power button and volume rocker on the right side. The phone also features an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Moving to the bottom of the phone, there is a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, microphone, and a mono speaker that supports Hi-Res audio and Dolby Atmos, and the calling experience is decent as well.
At the top, you'll find another microphone and a SIM card slot that can accommodate two 5G SIM cards or a microSD card on the SIM2 slot.
The Y100 is light, weighing just 181 grams, and has a slim design at 7.73mm thick. It feels great in hand and is easy to carry. It also has an IP54 rating that provides some protection against water and dust.
The Vivo Y100 features a 6.38-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution (2400 x 1080 pixels) and a refresh rate of 90 Hz.
It also offers a 360 Hz touch frequency and a maximum brightness of 1300 nits, with HDR10+ support.
Although the water-drop type camera perforation feels a bit dated and interrupts the viewing experience, the display quality is impressive thanks to the AMOLED technology with high brightness and fast refresh rate for smoothness.
The display has good picture quality with rich colors, visible details, and deep blacks. Although touch sensitivity is good, brightness levels are just average, and the screen may not be easily visible in direct sunlight.
The Vivo Y100 features a triple rear camera setup on the rear panel, including a 64MP OIS primary camera, a 2MP depth camera, and a 2MP macro lens.
The 16MP front-facing camera takes clear and vivid selfies with natural skin tones and decent dynamic range.
The main camera captures detailed and standout photos in daylight, with a wide dynamic range and good contrast. Low-light photos are also impressive, with well-captured detail and minimal noise.
Portrait mode is well executed with accurate edge detection and natural background blur.
The macro lens performs average and requires steady hands and proper lighting for the shots to be successful.
Video recording is available up to 4K at 30 frames per second, with OIS providing stable footage.
Here are some of the camera features: Eye Autofocus, Night photos, Ultra-Wide Night, Super Macro, Bokeh Portrait, Bokeh Flare Portrait, Auto Flash, High Resolution, Live Photo, AR Stickers, Slo-Mo, Double Exposure, Time-Lapse, Dual-View Video and others.
The Vivo Y100 is equipped with a powerful and efficient MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset, making it fast. Its 6nm architecture enables fast loading of multiple applications without any lag or interruption when switching between them.
The device comes with 8 GB RAM, which can easily handle 15-20 apps running smoothly in the background without any slowdown or crash issues.
The Android 13 based FunTouch OS 13 operating system is user-friendly, colorful and visually appealing. However, it comes with a lot of pre-installed bloatware, such as Moj, Snapchat, Dailyhunt, Byjus, share chat, Josh, and Netflix, which you may need to remove.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the device supports Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi, GPS, OTG, USB Type-C, Mobile Hotspot, etc., and is 5G compatible, making it an attractive option for those looking for a 5G smartphone in the price range of up to 25 grand.
The device is equipped with these sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope
The phone provides an average of 5 hours of screen time. Depending on the usage, the 4500 mAh battery can provide up to 2 days of operation.
It features 44W fast charging, which can charge the phone from 0 to 100% in less than an hour.
Although the battery capacity could have been increased to 5000 mAh, which is now considered standard, the battery life of the Y100 is still decent.
Software and user interface
The Vivo Y100 runs Android 13 with FunTouch OS 13 interface right out of the box, with a security update available from January 1, 2023.
The latest version of FunTouch OS is optimized for Android 13 and has an improved interface compared to its previous versions. It is packed with features and customizations that enable a smooth and effortless user experience.
Although some pre-installed apps are included, they can be easily removed if not needed.
In terms of performance and cameras, the vivo Y100 is a great choice. Its MediaTek Dimensity 900 processor delivers smooth performance, and the 64 MP OIS /optical image stabilization/camera captures stunning photos in daylight.
A 90 Hz AMOLED display, 44W fast charging, and FunTouchOS 13 interface are other notable features. Overall, the vivo Y100 offers excellent value for money with an impressive display, camera, and performance.
However, the battery support could have been better with a 5000 mAh battery. Nevertheless, the vivo Y100 is a nice mid-range 5G phone that offers an attractive design and a good camera.
If you're looking for a device that fits your budget, has decent performance, and showcases your style, the vivo Y100 is worth a look. It is a recommended choice for those looking for a smartphone with a budget below ₹25,000.
vivo Y100 video review
Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the vivo Y100 and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by vivo.