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The best Vivo smartphones

Vivo does not set records for smartphone sales in Russia, but the devices of this company are very original and of high quality. Photo art lovers will definitely enjoy it.

The Vivo brand is little known in Russia – but certainly every Russian has met at least once with BBK production technology. The relationship between the two companies is direct: BBK has opened the Vivo smartphone branch. In addition, BBK "gave birth" to two more well-known brands – Oppo and OnePlus.

Vivo is not present on the Western market, but due to its popularity in the Middle Kingdom, it is among the five largest smartphone providers in the world (until the end of 2017). For Russians, Vivo products are available not only in online stores, but also in numerous offline sales sites. The situation changed after the 2018 Russian Football Championship, where the brand was one of the sponsors. It's time to get acquainted with the Chinese manufacturer's lines and the best devices in its catalog.

Which Vivo alignments are relevant in 2019?

All Vivo smartphones are divided into 3 lines:

  • X – Premium and expensive gadgets, with excellent "padding".
  • Y – budget-friendly devices at more affordable prices.
  • V – devices related to the middle segment, characterized by a good "filling" and a relatively low price.

It is worth noting that, although the X series gadgets are still sold on AliExpress and presented in stores, there are no models in the catalog on the company's official website.

So, do any of the Vivo smartphones have great reviews and really deserve the attention of the users?

Best price Vivo Y81

  • Processor: Helium P22 with 8 cores, 2 GHz
  • Screen: 6.22 inches, HD + (1520 × 720)
  • Photo cameras (main / front): 13 megapixels / 5 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 3 GB / 32 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3260 mAh

Price: 10,000 rubles

The novelty from mid-2018 is not only a budget option from Vivo, but also one of the best phones in the low-cost segment. The model has a beautiful design and is offered in a plastic case with matte shades – black or red. The huge screen has a 19: 9 aspect ratio, with a small fringe and minimal frames. Given the large diagonal, the manufacturer may offer higher resolution, but overall the picture looks decent. The manufacturer has not started equipping a budget novelty with a finger scanner, but face protection is provided as protection. The device has a slot for two SIM cards and separately for a memory card – this is a plus, as it is not the largest native drive.

The phone shows average performance in terms of performance. The model has been equipped with a new mid-segment processor and video accelerator. In combination with 3 GB RAM, they are capable of running medium and heavy games at medium settings. Also, other tasks do not become a difficulty for the device. The battery turned out to be quite modest – the phone survives on a working day, but in the evening it has to be recharged. Despite the low price and low quality of the photos, the camera surprises and even offers simple modules, which is not trendy today, but at the same time, with excellent quality when shooting, considering the price tag.


  • The phone seems more expensive than it is
  • Excellent ergonomics
  • Beautiful design
  • Good performance
  • Excellent room
  • Slot for separate memory cards


  • There is no oleophobic coating on the screen
  • Weak battery
  • No finger scanner
  • No NFC

The most fashionable Vivo X21

  • Processor: Snapdragon 660 with 8 cores, 2.2 GHz
  • Display: 6.28 inches, FHD + (2280 × 1080)
  • Photo cameras (main / front): 12 + 5 megapixels / 12 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 6 GB / 128 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3200 mAh

Price: 27,500 rubles

Vivo X21 appeared on the shelves in March 2018 and this is the case when the company tried to create a device that corresponds to all the fashion trends and, as a whole, it proved, but with some reservations. In terms of design, everything is on a high level – a glass case with a metallic edge in beautiful bright colors, 2.5D elbows and other trends. Display – FullView with minimal frames and high resolution. At the same time, the Super Amoled matrix, with brightness, excellent contrast and support always on the screen. The company slogan is "Room and sound". The manufacturer offered the customers a dual main room, with very good shooting quality and no less pleasant. To improve the sound in the gadget put a dedicated audio processor, as users note, the difference will be clear for music lovers. The average user will not notice it.

The performance of the device is the average Snapdragon 660 chip, which at least is not top, but shows results comparable to the best processor of the year – Snapdragon 845. In this case, a concession for the less efficient chipset is not a minus, in Plus, the phone has an excellent source of RAM and main memory. The gadget did not receive the highest performance battery, but with fast charging, enough for a day's work. It is worth noting two interesting features of the smartphone – an infrared face scanner, which is fast and works at night. The second interesting feature of the model is the finger scanner built into the display. An important point – there are lots of X21 photos on the network, where the scanner on the back panel is clearly visible. To avoid confusion – X21 with a fingerprint scanner embedded under the display is labeled UD, modification with a conventional scanner is not marked. Deficiencies of the manufacturer can be considered the lack of NFC (at a fairly high price of the device), as well as the old microUSB connector.


  • productivity
  • Excellent room
  • Scanner under display
  • Infrared scanner
  • Fast loading


  • No NFC
  • MicroUSB

The best price combination – the Vivo Y95 parameters

  • Processor: Snapdragon 439 with 8 cores, 1.95 GHz
  • Screen: 6.22 inches, HD + (1520 × 720)
  • Photo cameras (main / front): 13 + 2 megapixels / 20 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 4 GB / 64 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4030 mAh

Price: 15300 rubles

The model has an average price, but when it was created, the manufacturer tried to take into account all the shades and make the most comfortable assembly in terms of performance and costs. The device has a plastic housing with a nice gradient overflow. FullView display, while the camera cutout is drop shaped. In fact, the entire front surface is a screen.

The device received a fresh medium processor, decent amounts of memory, while the main one can be expanded with a separate slot from the SIM card. We are satisfied with high quality cameras, with support for artificial information. The oversized battery complies with the "standards", but no fast charging is expected. The most important feature is the presence of NFC, this is one of the few smartphones with the possibility of making wireless payments.


  • Beautiful design
  • Good performance
  • Excellent room
  • Slot for separate memory cards
  • There is NFC
  • Captivating battery


  • MicroUSB
  • No quick charge
  • Low display resolution

Smartphone of the future Vivo Nex S

  • Processor: 8-core Snapdragon 845, 2.7 GHz
  • Screen: 6.59 inches, FHD + (2316 × 1080)
  • Photo cameras (main / front): 12 + 5 megapixels / 8 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 8 GB and 128/256 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh

Price: 45 000 rubles

While leading brands compete in on-screen cutouts and try to play on a powerful fill, Vivo engineers create a smartphone that is unique in many ways and ahead of time. Without relying on the technical parameters that represent the "gentleman's set" of any flagship in 2018 and making the smartphone powerful, we should talk a little about the chips in the device and there are a lot of them. The first moment – the finger scanner is hidden on the display. The second feature of the smartphone is the case. At first glance, this looks like a kind of surface with textured pixels, but if you look closely, every point of the body is a prism that refracts light, and the body under the rays of light can shine with all the colors of the rainbow, it looks very beautiful and interesting.

The huge screen is an Amoled array, which does not surprise sophisticated users much, but the hint is that the screen has no room cutouts because it is pushed out of the housing. For mid-2018, this was new. At the end of the year, a similar technology was used by Xiaomi and Huawei, but in their case the gadget works like a slider, only the camera extends from Vivo, similar to the periscope. Due to the lack of a cutout and a frame, I had to think about where to put the speaker and in this case it is … a display. Screen SoundCasting technology is used, which makes the display play. It feels a little quieter than the ordinary speaker, but there is no discomfort. To create a stereo effect while listening to music on the screen, an auxiliary speaker starts to play and proves to be interesting and high quality. The smartphone has proven to be a pioneer in many areas simultaneously, and for this, Vivo should be praised for not being afraid and doing so, but they did not expect the technology to be used.


  • Original design
  • Good performance
  • Excellent camera with optical stabilizer
  • Fast loading 4
  • State-of-the-art technology


  • No NFC

Excluded from collection
I live y53

  • Processor: 4-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, 1400 MHz
  • Screen: 5 inches, 960 × 540
  • Photo cameras (main / front): 8 megapixels / 5 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 2 GB / 16 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2500 mAh

Despite the fact that the cost of Vivo Y53 does not exceed 10 thousand rubles, this gadget has an attractive metal design and support for a number of unique technologies from Vivo – including smart background for selfie and a read mode, when activated, tones blue disappears from the screen. most destructive to the human vision.

The Y53 is equipped with a slot for 3 cards: two SIMs and a microSD flash drive. For such a constructive solution, the manufacturer deserves "five with an extra" because users do not like horror because they have to choose between a second SIM card and an additional memory.


  • Support for UltraHD technology, using the camera taking 8 photos of the subject and combining them into a high quality photo.
  • Full metal housing.
  • 4G support.
  • Separate SIM slot – you can put a pair of SIM and a memory card.
  • Reasonable price.


  • The processor is not the most productive.
  • The screen resolution is very low – even up to HD.

I live Xplay 6

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4 cores, 2150 MHz
  • Screen: 5.46 inches, 2560 × 1440
  • Camera (main / front): 12 megapixels + 5 megapixels (dual) / 16 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 6 GB / 128 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4080 mAh

Vivo smartphones are not generally known for their performance – they have other "moments". Therefore, even on the most powerful model in the Vivo catalog – the Xplay 6 game – there is no ultra-modern Snapdragon 821, but last year's 820 processor. However, given that there is more than enough RAM on Xplay 6, the gadget faces even the most demanding "perfect" games – delays and frosts are excluded.

A unique feature of the Vivo Xplay 6 is the presence of a dual charging module. This design helps to reduce the heating of the device when connected to the network.


  • An impressive amount of "RAM".
  • Excellent autonomy – with active use, the gadget will "live" 2 days with a single charge.
  • The presence of the ESS Saber ES9038 audio chip, which makes the music on the phone just amazing.
  • Dual camera with a very wide aperture of f / 1.7.
  • Front camera with flash and higher resolution than the main one.


  • High price – for the same money you can get a good smartphone from a well-known company.
  • Design "without a twist".

I live x9

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with 8 cores, 2000 MHz
  • Screen size: 5.5 inches, 1920 × 1080
  • Cameras (main / front): 16 Mpix / 20 Mpix + 8 Mpix
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 4 GB / 64 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3050 mAh

When Vivo launched the X9 device at the end of 2016, experts unanimously proclaimed this device the "most advanced smartphone selfie". The thing is, the model is equipped with a dual front camera, which allows you to take a selfie with a bokeh effect – blur the background, highlighting the person being photographed in the image.

The main module of the front camera is made by Sony – it differs in a large, high resolution (20 megapixel) aperture. The second hole cannot boast such remarkable features, but its role is quite auxiliary – it is responsible for collecting and processing information about the depth of the rented space.


  • A dual selfie camera that takes great photos without noise under all conditions.
  • A powerful main camera, which, although not dual, takes bright and contrasting photos.
  • Quick charging support.
  • SuperAMOLED screen.
  • 4G VoLTE support.


  • The design can hardly be called original – the X9 is very similar to the iPhone 7.
  • The "operating system" is Funtouch OS 3.0, built on outdated Android 6.0.

Life V7 +

  • Processor: 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, 1800 MHz
  • Screen size: 5.99 inches, 1440 × 720
  • Photo cameras (main / front): 16 megapixels / 24 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 4 GB / 64 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3225 mAh

The latest Vivo V7 + also has a wonderful, high-resolution front camera, but the main advantage of this device is different – a magnificent FullView screen with an aspect ratio of 18: 9. The display diagonal is about 6 inches, but at the same time, the V7 + smartphone does not look like a "shovel" due to the frameless design. The screen occupies 84.4% of the front surface of the gadget, and this is, for a second, the level of the Samsung Galaxy S8, which has a similar indicator of 84.47%.

If the V7 + looks too big and uncomfortable in your hand, you can buy a V7, which has a "diagonal" of 5.7 inches.


  • A huge screen that covers almost the entire front face.
  • High resolution selfie camera and beauty mode owner (which can be activated even by video calls).
  • UltraHD mode on the rear camera, which lets you combine multiple frames shot sequentially into a single photo with a 64 megapixel resolution.
  • Support for Smart Split technology, which makes it easier to work in multitasking mode.
  • Attractive, simple design.
  • Separate SIM slot – the user does not have to choose between the second SIM card and the flash one.


  • An impressive price for a device with a modern processor.
  • Lack of NFC support.

I live x20

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 with 8 cores, 2200 MHz
  • Screen: 6 inches, 2160 × 1080
  • Photo cameras (main / front): 12 + 12 megapixels / 12 + 5 megapixels (both are dual)
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 4 GB / 64 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3245 mAh

The Vivo X20 model, which appeared only in the fall of 2017, embodied all the manufacturer's innovations – and, in addition, received 4 cameras simultaneously: two in the back and two in the front. Thanks to this technical solution, the smartphone was able to equip with the patented Face Wake technology to recognize the appearance. The program analyzes 128 points on the user's face and then unlocks the smartphone. In practice, this takes a minimum – only 0.1 seconds. Even with a fingerprint, the lock is usually taken longer.


  • SuperAMOLED screen without frames, made with complete lamination technology.
  • The presence of its own Face Wake technology that identifies the user with face.
  • High quality sound that offers integrated AK4376A DAC.
  • Dual front camera, capable of taking bokeh shots.
  • Rear camera with aperture with f / 1.8 aperture.


  • The processor is not the most modern.


Vivo gadgets aren't the fastest – but they usually have amazing photo and music capabilities. The manufacturer does not save components such as a DAC module or camera, using products only from known companies. Unfortunately, the buyer of the Vivo smartphone will not be able to save money – the devices manufactured under this brand are quite expensive.

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