looking at the Vivo Y35 you will notice a well-refined addition to Vivo’s Y series. A refreshed design that gives it that premium look similar to the recent V25 series, an upgraded processor, fast 44 watts charging, and a host of other interesting features. But do all of these make the Vivo Y35 the budget smartphone to buy?
The Y35 is a device just launched in the Nigerian market by Vivo and at first glance, you might actually mistake it for the V25 series that came out not too long ago because of their identical design.
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Vivo Y35 Price In Nigeria
You can buy the Vivo Y35 for N162,900 in Nigeria, and at that price, you get as much as 8GB of base RAM which is extended by an additional 8GB, 128GB base storage also expandable by up to 1TB.
Vivo Y35 Review
The Vivo Y35 comes powered by the Snapdragon 680 processor which is a pretty decent processor for this price point, and you can find it on the likes of Samsung’s A23 and Redmi Note 11.
Vivo Y35 Unboxing Experience
As with most Vivo devices, the Y35 comes with all essential accessories including a preinstalled screen protector. Vivo remains one of the few manufacturers leaving complete accessories in the box. We get a 44 watts fast charging brick which actually charges this device really fast, from 0 to about 70 percent in 30 minutes. Very necessary for when you need that quick boost.
Design & Build Quality
The Vivo Y35 sports a flat design profile and you can easily mistake it for the V25 from the rear which I’ve mentioned twice already. This is a welcome design upgrade coming from the Y33s we got last year. The Y35 gets a matte textured finish on the rear which helps with grip and doesn’t pick up smudges.
The camera bump hosts its triple rear cameras which do a really good job of capturing photos but we’ll get to the camera performance later on.
The Y35 is an approximately 6.6 inches tall device, sizeable on the hands and not too big, also slim, and lightweight at just 188g.
It has the solid build quality and gets an IPX4 rating for splash resistance, so it should survive those accidental drops in water. As for ports, we get the complete ones on the Vivo Y35, with the headphone jack, USB-C port, and speaker grill at the bottom frame. Sadly it’s a single speaker and no stereo setup, but I find it loud enough.
Its SIM card slot is at the top frame. It accepts dual Nano SIM cards and gets an additional SD card slot. The fingerprint scanner on the Vivo Y35 is side mounted on the power button and from my use so far, it is responsive and works fast to unlock the device. Never had any issues with it.
Vivo Y35 Display
In the display department, we see a waterdrop-style notch. It’s a 6.58 inches display with a resolution of 1080 by 2408 with a high pixel density of 401 pixels per inch. While it’s an LCD display I actually find it vibrant and can say it’s a good one with good viewing angles. Not as good as an AMOLED, but close enough.
It can get bright up to 550 nits, and you should have no problem using it outdoors. The display gets a 90hz screen refresh rate and thanks to the fluidity of Funtouch OS, you get to experience the smoothness of scrolling and animations. By default it’s set to smart switch so it switches between 60 and 90hz as required by the system. But you know I’ll always go for 90hz always.
However, I think leaving it at a smart switch works best for long battery life. But hey! It’s got a large battery and really fast charging so 90hz always it’s going to be for me.
Software & UI
The Vivo Y35 runs Android 12 right out of the box, with Funtouch OS 12. It’s a highly customizable OS and it gives you proper Material-U integration with wallpaper theming so you get to have a dynamic experience every time you change your wallpaper.
That in addition to all the features of Funtouch OS makes for an interesting user experience as there have been no bugs or lags and everything works as it should with Funtouch.
RAM & Internal Storage
As we’ve already mentioned, the Vivo Y35 comes with enough RAM and Storage. The additional 8GB extended RAM uses the available internal memory to extend the RAM by about 8GB more should you ever need it, and I think 8GB is enough as Funtouch OS is well optimized.
Processor & Gaming Performance
The 6nm Snapdragon 680 processor powering the Y35 is a reliable one and should handle all of your regular apps including multitasking. It is accompanied by the Adreno 610 GPU. While you might not be able to play your favorite titles at high graphics settings, it does quite well at medium graphics and doesn’t get uncomfortably hot while gaming.
For the best gaming experience, Funtouch OS provides ultra-gaming mode which optimizes performance for better gaming.
Battery Capacity & Charging
The battery capacity of the Vivo Y35 is 5000mAh, and you can expect it to last you a whole day of average to heavy use. Its 44 watts fast charging is there to help you get that quick boost should you ever need it.
Camera & Video Recording
One of the major selling points of the Vivo Y35 is its camera performance. It sports a 50MP triple rear setup which includes a 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor. For its selfie camera, we get 16MP. I find its camera performance quite impressive especially when shooting human subjects. Skin tones look okay and photos come out sharp.
Edge detection on portraits looks really good, including with selfies, and we don’t get any major lack of detail on the subject. The 50MP camera gives you a really good background blur when shooting close subjects.
On low light, it does okay as it has a dedicated night mode feature that helps you get sharper night photos. The Y35 is able to shoot videos at a maximum of 1080p 30fps from both its selfie and rear cameras and I’ll say it does great. The Vivo Y35 is a good step up from its predecessor and for a budget device, I find its performance satisfactory.
I’ve had no issues with it and I’m especially impressed with its image processing, and the best part since it’s a Snapdragon-powered device, you can always use GCAM to explore if you need more from its cameras. That’s all for the Vivo Y35.