Right after reviewing Vivo’s premier midrange device in the country – the V25 5G, we have gotten our hands on their latest affordable smartphone – the Vivo Y22. The company has really nice devices in various lineups and is the official smartphone of the just-started FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. This is the second world cup they’re working with the world’s football organization body.

But football aside, let’s get to the Vivo Y22.

UNBOXING

Here’s what you get in the box. the phone itself, user guide and warranty, quick start guide, 18W fast charger, Type-A to Type-C charging cable and sim ejector tool.

DESIGN

The Y series is a really beautiful lineup and that same trend is maintained with the Y22 we have at hand. The Vivo Y22 comes in this stylish Metaverse Green in this colour-changing back that features squares in lines. Other colour options include starlit Blue and Summer Cyan.

The back not only looks nice but feels nice to the touch too and is fingerprint and scratch-resistant.

At the top, we have the island that houses the dual camera setup and the LED flash.

Coming to the bottom, we have the headphone, microphone, type-c charging port and speaker grille.

At the top is the dual nano-sim card slot with an additional slot for a microSD card.

To the right is the power button with the embedded fingerprint reader and volume rockers.

vivo Y22 Display

Coming to the front is the 6.5-inch display featuring a notch that hosts the selfie camera.

The phone is compact and comfortable to use with a fast fingerprint reader and face unlock.

This display is decent enough for use – from checking social media and watching shows and movies. The speaker will also meet your multimedia needs in terms of audio.

PERFORMANCE

Vivo Y22 comes with a MediaTek Helio G85 processor paired with a Mali-G52 MC2 GPU plus 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. Vivo Y22 has the Extended RAM feature that adds 4GB of virtual RAM.

This setup is powerful enough to cater for all your needs. Heavy multitasking – scrolling Instagram and Twitter, browsing the web and gaming too.

There was no stuttering during my day-to-day tasks with the Vivo Y22.

Vivo Y22 comes with Android 12 and FunTouchOS 12 straight out of the box. FunTouchOS 12 come with nice additions like the Nano-Music Player, Extended RAM Feature, and UltraGame Mode feature that enhances the phone’s gaming experience.

CAMERAS

Vivo Y22 ships with three cameras – a dual setup at the back and a single front-facing camera. We have a 50MP main camera and a 2MP macro and an 8MP selfie camera.

Camera modes to choose from range from Night, Portrait, Photo, Video and More that also includes a 50MP High-Resolution mode.

Video is capped at 1080 30fps for both the main and selfie camera.

Vivo Y22 camera performance is pretty incredible. the photos turn out really good especially in broad daylight even for selfies and portraits. Plenty of detail with shots taken with the 50MP mode. Sharpness and colour are right even for lowlight photos.

You’ll be happy to post most of the shots taken by the Vivo Y22 on social media. It’s a really good camera smartphone.

BATTERY LIFE

Vivo Y22 has a 5000mAH battery and supports 18W fast Type-C charging. It has the best battery life and we are getting around 8 and half hours of screen-on time.

It takes an hour to reach 50% and another hour to 91%.

VERDICT

Vivo Y22 is a really good smartphone and the company has crammed nice features – both hardware and software. You are getting incredible camera performance, an alluring design, dependable performance and strong battery life. There’s nothing more you’d want in a phone.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

Vivo Y22 is retailing at Ksh 19,999 and is available at vivo’s official retail stores countrywide and also online at e-commerce platforms like Jumia.

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