Vivo Y33s review: beautiful timeless gradient

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Vivo has a rather slender lineup, consisting of three lines: junior Y, medium V and flagship X. Today on the test Vivo Y33s – it would seem that the basic model, but there was a place for a beautiful design, good cameras and a capacious battery. For the version with 64 GB of internal memory, they ask for 21 thousand rubles, and for the 128 GB version – 23 thousand rubles.


  • Screen: 6.58 inches, 20:9 aspect ratio, IPS, 2408×1080, 401 PPI, 60Hz.
  • Operating system: Funtouch OS 11.1 based on Android 11.
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G80, 12nm.
  • CPU: Cortex-A75 (2×2GHz) + Cortex-A55 (6×1.8GHz).
  • GPU: ARM Mali-G52 MP2.
  • RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4x + 1 GB swap file.
  • Memory: 64 or 128 GB.
  • Main camera: 50 MP (26 mm, f/1.8, autofocus) + 2 MP (macro, f/2.4, no autofocus) + 2 MP (auxiliary sensor, f/2.4, no autofocus), LED flash.
  • Front camera: 16 MP (f / 2.0).
  • Battery: 5000mAh, 18W charging.
  • Dimensions: 164.26 × 76.08 × 8 mm, 182 grams.
  • Slots: 2 nanoSIM + microSD memory card, triple tray.
  • Connectivity: 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS (A-GPS), GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, NFC, FM radio, USB OTG.
  • Sensors: accelerometer, proximity, illumination, fingerprint scanner in the button, gyroscope, electronic compass.

Contents of delivery

Now there is a trend to reduce the package, putting only a smartphone and a USB cable in the box has become the norm. Vivo takes the opposite approach, the Y33s comes complete with a silicone case, fast charging with cable, and even a wired headset.


The company is developing a design with a flat back cover and ends. Given the special design of the camera block and the commitment to gradients, the style is recognizable. And Vivo Y33s fully corresponds to it. The plastic back cover imitates frosted glass both in its appearance and slightly rough texture. The gradient shimmers from soft blue to warm pink when hit by almost any ray of light. The effect looks catchy, but not old-fashioned.

The ends are also plastic and matte, but without any texture. The power button with a built-in fingerprint scanner and the volume rocker are on the right. The fingerprint scanner works perfectly – accurately and quickly. The transition between the back panel and the ends is rounded, but not perfectly smooth. The display is mounted on an additional black frame that protrudes beyond the frame.

The silicone case not only protects the protruding camera module, but for some reason covers the charging port with a plug.


IPS, 6.58 inches, resolution 2408×1080 pixels, brightness up to 480 cd/m² and a standard refresh rate of 60 Hz. The screen leaves a very pleasant impression, I especially liked the natural color reproduction. This, like the absence of PWM flicker, is a feature of IPS matrices as opposed to AMOLED. At the corners, the picture does not lose in brightness and saturation, but acquires a purple hue. In the settings there are three profiles with fine adjustment of the color temperature.

The framing cannot be considered thin, and the bottom is an even thicker chin. A tempered glass Panda Glass without an oleophobic coating is installed on top, which is why the finger does not slide very well, and you have to use a special tool to remove streaks. That is why the regular film, as it wears out, should be replaced with another film or immediately with a protective glass.


If you look at the main camera block, you can see three eyes. For shooting, the main sensor is 50 MP with f / 1.8 optics and a macro module for 2 MP with f / 2.4, the third 2 MP lens is auxiliary. Daytime shots look balanced and saturated, but the low cost of the smartphone becomes noticeable in the details, or rather in their absence. I also didn’t like the color noise in the shadows.

The camera of the Vivo Y33s was impressive in night shooting conditions. I liked the guaranteed correct exposure and adequate work with bright light sources. The developers have worked hard on the software, and it shows.

After activating the night mode, light sources and other bright objects become more expressive. And the balance of illumination and detail are preserved at the same level.

The first frame was taken in automatic mode, the second – in night mode.

They did not add a compromise ultra-wide-angle module for show. Only 2x zoom is available, based on the high resolution of the sensor.

Macro at 2 megapixels can be used for shooting, but the resolution is too low, and a more or less good shot can only be obtained in ideal conditions.

The front camera of 16MP with f/2.0 is impressive, Vivo always focuses on selfies. Look at the natural complexion, the texture of the skin and the emphasis of the eyes – the camera correctly places accents in any conditions. Portrait mode precisely separates the foreground from the background and gently blurs the background.

Software and hardware

Despite the availability of Android 12 and the imminent release of the 13th version, Vivo Y33s is running a stale Android 11 with no information about a possible update. The system is complemented by the Funtouch OS shell with its own style, gravitating towards Material Design. More than a dozen third-party applications from Russian developers are preinstalled out of the box and, unexpectedly, LinkedIn is blocked. All of them are removed by regular means.

Pay attention to the Hot Apps and Hot Games icons in the menu, behind them are selections of programs from the V-Appstore branded store. They are hidden in the settings of this application.

And V-Appstore regularly sends offers to update applications

The smartphone is based on the two-year-old MediaTek Helio G80, which was created for gaming mid-rangers, and is now used in simpler models. Inside, 2 Cortex-A75 cores at 2 GHz, 6 Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8 GHz and a Mali-G52 MP2 video core. 4 GB RAM with 1 GB swap file for caching background processes to internal memory. This bundle still runs games like PUBG and Dead Effect 2 at medium settings with a good FPS of at least 30 frames today. The heavier Fortnite chip is no longer given. Also, the responsiveness of the interface could be better, some animations twitch.

With a full load MediaTek Helio G80 copes without performance degradation, despite the 12nm process technology. The regular short-term drawdowns seen on the chart do not affect usage and are more like a software glitch.

Tray for two nanoSIM and triple memory card. That is why you can save a couple of thousand and take the version with 64 GB of internal memory, and store photos and music on an inexpensive capacious flash drive.

On the bottom edge next to the USB-C is the audio jack.

The basic status leaves an imprint on the auxiliary iron. Firstly, the Vivo Y33s has an extremely simple vibration, which makes more noise than feedback. Secondly, the only speaker is unsuitable for listening to music. And finally, Vivo saved on a real trifle – on the second microphone, which is why the new product cannot record stereo for video and does not deal with noise during calls.

Autonomy and charging

Can the Vivo Y33s with its 5000 mAh battery be called a long-liver? Quite! In the Treshbox battery test, the smartphone lasted 17 hours and 48 minutes at 50% brightness. battery test results:

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The 18W AC adapter provides a full charge in just under 2 hours. The company uses its own fast charging standard, which is incompatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge and Power Delivery, so finding a replacement adapter or car charger can be a problem.

Review after two weeks of use

Based on two weeks of daily use Vivo Y33s has established itself as a reliable smartphone with good autonomy. Its value lies in the display, image quality and overall tactile impression of the case. Beautiful matte plastic is guaranteed to keep a neat look at a long distance. Not without flaws. I do not understand the savings on minor details: oleophobic coating, vibration quality and a second microphone. Not every user will pay attention to these little things, but they all affect everyday comfort.


  • practical case made of matte plastic;
  • recognizable Vivo design;
  • high-quality display with FHD resolution;
  • smart scanner in the power button;
  • good quality night shooting;
  • high-quality front camera with accurate portrait mode.


  • no oleophobic coating;
  • noisy vibration.

May not like:

  • fast charging is not compatible with QC and PD;
  • lack of a second microphone.

Source: Trash Box

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