Vivo Y95 Review | #MTTech

Vivo has done it again. Presenting mid-range smartphones one after another in the market has become a métier for the Chinese brand. After launching V11 Pro, the company has unveiled another option Vivo Y95.

Today, we are going to discuss Vivo Y95 smartphone which was launched in November 2018. This smartphone comes with a 6.22-inch touchscreen display and has a resolution of 720 pixels by 1520 pixels at a PPI of 270 pixels per inch. Was there any need for another mid-range device from the company? Vivo Y95 tackles different consumers and present some techy features at a more affordable price. Here we are going in depth with Vivo Y95 to see it worth your money?

Vivo Y95 Box Content: Handset, Case cover, Pre-installed plastic screen protector, Charging Adaptor and Cable with Headphones.

Design and Build

The first thing that jumps out about the phone is its colour design — two-tone, eye-catching glossy, and attractive. Unlike other V9 series phones from Vivo, the Vivo Y95 has a tiny waterdrop notch up front that adds some zing to the look and feel of the handset. The bezels surrounding the screen are mostly slim, save for the chin at the bottom.

The Vivo Y95 adorns a plastic body which has its plus points when it comes to smudging proofing and minimal heat conduction. The fingerprint sensor on the rear is readily accessible, and the SIM tray has a separate card slot. At the bottom, you will find a regular USB port, mono speaker grill, and the audio jack. Overall, it’s a well-designed and solidly built phone.


The display of Vivo Y95 features a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels and a 19:9 aspect ratio on huge 6.22-inch screen size. The presence of water drop notch has made this device achieve a screen to body ratio of 82.9%. The screen provides a 720p display which is entirely fair in this price bracket. The colours of the display are much accurate, crispy and vibrant and we didn’t encounter any issues with this fantastic display kit.

The colours and contrast are just beautiful, and we could also switch to more pleasant warmer tones from ‘Color temperature adjustment’ option under display settings. Even with the 60% of brightness, I could comfortably browse through the Vivo Y95 and also watch media content is such direct sunlight.

Performance and Software

The device has got a Snapdragon 439 that is supported by an Adreno 505 GPU for gaming. Vivo Y95 has got the 4GB of RAM that is enough for a moderate to heavy usage along with internal storage of 64 GB. It’s the first 12nm process-based chipset from Qualcomm (compared to 14nm on SD 450) and has two power Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.9GHz. The other six performance cores are clocked at 1.45GHz. Other than that, there is ample RAM and storage on the phone and a dedicated card slot that can be used to add more secondary storage freely.

The software is the familiar Funtouch OS based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The iOS-like interface is feature-rich, well optimized and mature. How much you love it or detest it will be distinctive to your taste. The phone never gets too hot in hands while playing heavy games, thanks to the plastic body and better performance handling chipset.

The Vivo Y95 doesn’t have DRM L1 certificate which is required to stream HD content on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Unfortunately, the handset does not support Dual 4G or Dual VoLTE. Call quality and connectivity were mostly exceptional in our area. The fingerprint sensor on the phone is fast and so is the face unlock, thus unlocking the phone is quite convenient.


Camera specs are quite customary. Vivo Y95 comes with 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel shooters at your disposal while a whopping 20MP lens supports the front cam. The camera app has numerous features and shooting modes. The pictures it takes are decent enough, and I never encountered anything unusual keeping in mind it’s a mid-range device. 

The overall camera quality is just about average. In proper outdoor light, the camera can lock focus quickly, set right exposure, and capture sufficient details more often than not. The selfie camera is a relatively better performer and managed to capture a few good ones in proper lighting. Vivo Y95 performs exceptionally well in low light conditions thanks to its AI capabilities.


Vivo Y95 comes with a massive 4030 mAh battery which makes sure that you get enough juice for a day even with heavy usage. This thing is not common in even many flagships. Vivo bundles a 5V/2A charger in the box that takes around 2 and a half hours to charge the battery completely. I tested the battery of the phone with full brightness, and 4G enabled, it is worth noting that the results were splendid.


Vivo Y95 certainly presents itself as the style statement. Build quality and the display is immersive and provides ultimate utility. It has a trendy design, long-lasting battery, and a dedicated card slot. Lack of dual 4G support is a bit disappointing in 2019, but perhaps I can recommend it for basic users who’d prefer to buy from offline stores.

Key Features

Brand and Model – Vivo Y95

CPU– Octa-core (2×1.95 GHz Cortex-A53 & 6×1.45 GHz Cortex A53)

Chipset– Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SDM439

GPU– Qualcomm Adreno 505

Camera– 13MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 with LED and AF Dual Rear Camera | 20 Megapixel f/2.0 Front camera

Memory– RAM- 4GB LPDDR3 | ROM 64GB External Memory Support Up to 256GB

Display– Screen size 6.22 inches IPS, LCD HD+ Display (1520 x 720 Pixels), 271 PPI, 19:9 Aspect Ratio

Battery – Non-Removable 4,030 mAh Lithium-Ion

SIM– Dual SIM (Nano-SIM + Nano-SIM)

Sensors– Proximity, Light, Accelerometer, Fingerprint, Compass

Color– Black, Red

Operating System– Funtouch 4.5 OS (Android 8.1 Oreo)

I/O Interface– 1 x Nano SIM Card Slot, 1 x Nano SIM Card Slot, TF Card Slot, Micro USB Slot, 3.5mm Audio Out Port, Power Button, Volume Button, Microphone, Speaker

Dimensions– 155.11 mm x 75.09 mm x 8.28 mm

Weight– 163 Grams (with Battery)



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