very cheerful and affordable smartphone

How does the flagship smartphone segment work? Brands take the most top-end components and literally fill the device with them to the eyeballs, accompanying all this with the latest developments and body materials without much regard for the final cost. But the most interesting, in our opinion, happens in the category of affordable gadgets.

Manufacturers need to surprise users with interesting solutions without leaving the price range. Very often, the segment of affordable smartphones pleases with unusual models. In this review, we will talk about one of these – vivo Y53s.

Complete set and design

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The vivo brand accompanies its smartphones with a very generous package. The Y53s box included: a smartphone, a transparent silicone case, a headset, a USB-C cable, a clip to eject the SIM tray, a FlashCharge 2.0 fast charging adapter with a maximum output power of 33 W and technical documentation. Oh yes, there is a protective film on the display directly from the package. Thus, at least for the first time, the need to purchase additional accessories is closed.

In general, vivo Y53s looks fresh and bright. A smartphone in a gradient coloring “Rainbow Sky” came to my review. The back of the device shimmers in every possible way depending on the lighting.

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Separately, I would like to note, as it seems to me, an elegant solution with the main camera unit. Three lenses are inscribed in a laconic rectangle. This feature has already become recognizable and the continuity of the solution in vivo smartphones from different categories can be traced.

The back surface is made of glossy plastic. Nevertheless, at first there is a feeling as if it was made of glass.

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At the top there is a hole for an additional microphone and a slot for SIM cards and memory cards. It should be emphasized right away that the manufacturer did not restrict users, so two SIMs and a microSD card can be installed in a smartphone at the same time.

At the bottom end from left to right: 3.5mm jack for wired headphones, microphone hole, USB-C port and speaker grill.

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Volume control keys and a lock button with a built-in fingerprint scanner are located on the right side. I don’t really like this placement in terms of ergonomics. Despite this, the controls are at different heights. The screen off key is slightly recessed into the body. In this way, accidental clicks can be avoided.

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The Y53s received an IPS display with a diagonal of 6.58 inches and a resolution of Full HD + (2408 × 1080). The pixel density is 401 ppi, and it runs at 60 Hz.

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The vivo Y53s display has a sufficient margin of brightness, which is enough indoors and outdoors in bright sunlight. In terms of viewing angles, the decrease in contrast and saturation is noticeable only at very strong deviations.

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In the settings, you can choose the most suitable color reproduction for yourself. Three modes are available: Standard, Professional, and Vivid. In addition, color temperature adjustment is available.

Performance and sound

Inside the vivo Y53s is the MediaTek Helio G80 chip. According to the manufacturer, the smartphone has 6 + 2 GB of expandable RAM. In other words, the device has six gigs of physical RAM, and two are used from the drive if there is free space. An interesting solution for an affordable gadget.

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As for the drive, its capacity is 128GB. You can expand the storage capacity using microSD memory cards.

In the Geekbench and AnTuTu benchmarks, the smartphone scores 1372 (Multi-Core) and 252,900 points, respectively. The shell works smoothly and without pull-ups. Funtouch OS is installed here – in my opinion, the most interesting solution when compared with realme and Xiaomi. The user experience is close to pure Android and not overloaded with redundant functionality.

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In games, vivo Y53s demonstrates sufficient performance. Most of the current titles with default settings, including PUBG Mobile and LoL: Wild Rift, start quickly and play quite tolerably without a FPS drawdown. During a gaming session lasting two hours, the smartphone practically did not heat up. The case became warm, but it still did not cause discomfort.

Funtouch OS has a built-in store with a theme that allows you to customize the interface literally out of the box. Of the shortcomings, I will only note a large number of preinstalled software, which in most cases is removed by regular means.

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A fingerprint scanner built into the screen lock key is responsible for data security. The sensor works quickly, and false positives appeared in very rare cases during testing.

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With the sound, everything is pretty prosaic – vivo Y53s is equipped with a mono speaker. It’s loud and that’s it. The sound of the smartphone is enough for watching simple videos on YouTube and, in some cases, for listening to podcasts. In the case of connecting wireless headphones, the situation is much more interesting – there is support for aptX, aptX Adaptive and LDAC. Retrogrades with wired headphones will appreciate the 3.5mm jack.

Ergonomics and autonomy

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The smartphone is equipped with a fairly large screen with a diagonal of 6.58 inches. Case dimensions are: 164 × 75.46 × 8.38 mm. At the same time, the weight of the device is only 191 g. Due to the rounded edges of the back, the gadget sits confidently in the hand.

Autonomous operation of the smartphone is provided by a 5000 mAh battery. This supply is enough for standard scenarios with recharging once a day. The included 33W adapter charges from 0 to 100 percent in an average of 50-55 minutes.


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As the main camera, vivo Y53s is equipped with a system of three lenses, which includes: a 64 MP main one with f / 1.8 aperture, a 2 MP f / 2.4 depth sensor for portrait shooting, and a 2 MP f / 2.4 macro lens. The set turned out to be rather strange. In my opinion, instead of a macro, it would be more relevant to add a wide-angle lens.

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Pictures with the main camera during the day are obtained with good levels of detail in the dark and light areas of the frame. In addition, thanks to HDR support, the camera handles swings in difficult scenarios, for example, with bright skies and shadows from buildings.

The vivo Y53s camera has a night mode. Surprisingly, it gives quite decent results. In any case, such opportunities will be enough to take pictures in conditions with insufficient lighting for the insta. Other modes include 64 MP, Panorama, Live Photo, Time Lapse, Time Lapse, PRO, and Documents. The video shooting capabilities are pretty mediocre. The maximum video resolution is 1080p. There is a choice of codecs: H.264 or H.265. The first provides high compatibility, and the second – efficiency, the recorded videos with its help take up less space.

A U-shaped cutout is set aside for the front camera in the smartphone screen. There is a built-in sensor with a resolution of 16 MP and aperture of f / 2.0. There is a portrait mode. The default built-in enhancer does not kill all facial features by converting the skin to latex. If you wish, you can turn it off altogether.

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  • Processor: 8-core Mediatek Helio G80
  • Screen: IPS, 6.58 inches, 2408 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi
  • Memory: 6 + 2 / 128GB
  • Ports: USB-C, 3.5mm, microSD slot
  • Main camera: 64 (f / 1.8) + 2 (f / 2.4) + 2 (f / 2.4) MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP with aperture f / 2.0
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Dimensions: 164 x 75.46 x 8.38 mm, 191 g


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Once again, vivo shows that for 19,990 rubles. it is possible to produce balanced devices with recognizable features and without unpleasant compromises. I will write down the advantages: bright design, screen and performance. Also, along with the Y53s, you can get a sane camera for daytime shooting, an NFC module and expandable memory.

Among the shortcomings, I noted the absence: a wide-angle lens, protection against moisture and dust, as well as a lock and volume keys on one side. Otherwise, vivo has turned out to be a strong competitor for realme and Xiaomi in a similar price range.

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