vivo comes to the market eager to compete, but can it do it? We evaluate their mobiles to see what this Chinese manufacturer offers us.
The mobile phone market in Europe received a new member in 2020: alive. This Chinese manufacturer came to compete head-on with companies already established in the industry, such as Xiaomi or Realme, but can it really do it?
In this guide we have proposed to know in depth who is alive and what new features do their phones integrate to attract the attention of an audience that already had many options to choose from. To find out, nothing better than evaluate your mobile catalog, both those that you can already buy and those that are to come in 2021.
Finally, taking advantage of the fact that we have had the opportunity to test several live terminals, we are going to give you our opinion about them. Are they worth it or not? Let’s see.
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First, who is alive?
vivo is a manufacturer of mobile phones and other technological devices created in China in 2009. Yes, its name is due to the Spanish adjective “vivo”, and the company explains it claiming that it wants to differentiate itself by its vitality, energy and ambition.
Another piece of information that we should know about this company is that it is an independent company within the BBK Electronics conglomerate, so it has its own leaders, its own factories and its own initiatives. It is important to highlight this issue since BBK Electronics also sells terminals under the OPPO, OnePlus, and realme brands. Nevertheless, from alive they highlight their independence.
Since 2020, the year in which it made the leap to the European market, vivo has offices in Düsseldorf (Germany), from where he directs all the movements of the company in the markets of this territory.
As we have said, it manufactures mobile phones and other technological devices such as headphones. Among the main features that stand out on their mobiles are a great user experience at a more than reasonable price and rapid update to the latest versions of Android.
This Chinese company is betting heavily on the advancement of its terminals, and it demonstrates this with the agreement reached with ZEISS. From now on, the most advanced phones of the firm will have the best lenses developed by the German company. The first to benefit from this alliance is the vivo X60, with a technical sheet that promises to be one of the best of 2021.
Another very interesting detail about vivo is that in its “portfolio” we will always see a ‘Concept Phone’, a prototype that will bring together all the innovations that could reach their terminals in the coming months. For example, in the failed MWC 2020 the company planned to show a totally clean terminal without buttons.
All these data are very useful to know who is alive after their recent arrival in Europe, but the most important thing is to analyze what they offer us specifically through their mobile phones. Now is the time to see your catalog.
What mobiles do they have?
There are four terminals that make up the current catalog of vivo in Spain: vivo X51, vivo Y70, vivo Y20s and vivo Y11s. We started talking about the vivo X51, which we had the opportunity to analyze for a few weeks and the letter of introduction from vivo in Europe.
Our conclusion was clear: the Chinese firm could not have landed on a better footing in this market. And is that the vivo X51 is a terminal mainly focused on offer a great user experience, something that he achieves with a very good note, showing that it is not necessary to spend 1,000 euros on a good terminal.
This vivo X51 also highlights its finishes, with a design that makes you fall in love at first sight, in addition to a very satisfactory overall performance. Screen, cameras and Funtouch OS do the rest of the work to finish conquering us.
Buy in PCComponentes: vivo X51 5G
We move on to the mid-range to focus on the vivo Y70, from which little more can be asked for its price. This mobile equips an AMOLED screen with Full HD + resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage that you can expand with a microSD card.
The technical sheet continues with a triple rear camera led by a 48 MP main sensor that promises to take good quality photographs. In addition, autonomy is in charge of a 4,100 mAh battery with 33W fast chargeIn other words, you can fully charge the battery in just over an hour.
Again, in a live terminal, the design and construction stand out once again, with a matte finish that prevents fingerprint marks. On the other hand, we cannot ignore that it integrates a optical fingerprint reader under the screen And it also has NFC technology.
Buy in PCComponentes: alive Y70
The next mobile that we find in the vivo catalog is the vivo Y20s, which we also tested for a few weeks. It is an entry-level terminal with an IPS screen with HD + resolution more than correct, Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor that can spare with the most basic functions and triple camera with 13 MP main sensor with which you can take good images.
The most powerful aspect of the vivo Y20s is the autonomy, as it equips a 5,000 mAh battery that can last the two days of use without problems, reaching 11 hours of screen time. If you are looking for a cheap terminal with which to forget about the charger, this vivo Y20s is a good choice.
Buy in PCComponentes: alive Y20s
Finally, the most affordable mobile of the Chinese firm is the vivo Y11s, which once again relies on a great autonomy to conquer the public. We are talking about a 5,000 mAh battery that can easily reach two days of use, and that charges at a maximum power of 10W.
Other specifications of this terminal are 6.51 inch LCD screen, Snapdragon 460 processor, 3 GB of RAM, dual camera with 13 MP main sensor and side fingerprint reader. In short, an economic mobile with a battery that stands out above all else.
Buy in PCComponentes: alive Y11s
These are the vivo mobiles that you can currently buy, but their catalog will receive new members in the coming months to which we must also pay attention. The first of them are the vivo X60 and vivo X60 Pro, two terminals with which the firm wants compete in the high end of 2021.
Among the specifications of these mobiles we find 6.56-inch AMOLED screen with 120 Hz refresh rate, Samsung Exynos 1080 processor, 8 to 12 GB of RAM, 128 to 256 GB of RAM and OriginOS 1.0 based on Android 11 as the operating system.
Those are the details in common of both phones, but there are very important differences between them. For example, that the vivo X60 has a triple camera with a 48 MP main sensor, a 13 MP ultra-wide sensor with macro mode and a 13 MP “portrait camera” sensor, while the vivo X60 Pro adds one more camera, an 8MP telephoto sensor.
Also, while the vivo X60’s battery is 4,200 mAh with 33W fast charging, that of the vivo X60 Pro is slightly higher, 4,300 mAh with the same fast charge.
We also await the arrival of the vivo Y51A, a mid-range with a huge battery of 5,000 mAh supported by 18 W fast charge. Other specifications that make us interested in this vivo Y51A is its 6.58-inch Full HD + screen, its Snapdragon 662 processor, its 8 GB of RAM and its 128 GB of ROM.
The company has also presented its vivo Y31 in early 2021, which is currently only available in India. While we wait for your arrival in Europe, we can tell you that it is a terminal with 6.58-inch LCD screen with FullHD + resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor, 6 GB of RAM and triple rear camera with 48 MP main sensor.
One of the strengths of this vivo Y31 is its autonomy, something that is not surprising when it comes to living. Specifically, it mounts a 5,000 mAh battery with 18W fast charging and with support for reverse charging, an outstanding technology for a terminal of its price.
Current and future, the terminals mentioned above have been created by vivo for compete head-to-head against the most relevant manufacturers the market, but are they really worth it?
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Are live mobiles worth it? Our opinion
Yes, live mobiles are absolutely worth it. After testing two of their models for a while, we can confirm that they are mobiles that offer one of the best Android experiences, since its Funtouch OS customization layer is very similar to Android Stock.
In addition, they have a good value for money and technical specifications that combine good specifications in terms of display, processor, memory and cameras, coming soon from ZEISS. There are no doubts about autonomy, since we have already seen that all vivo mobiles enjoy huge batteries.
You will not have to worry about the security of your phone manufactured by this firm either, because vivo ensures that all their mobiles will have security updates for 3 or 4 years.
If we add good performance to all these details, we can conclude that vivo mobiles do not have nothing to envy to those of Xiaomi or realme. Therefore, you can consider buying one of its terminals without any fear because yes, live mobiles are worth it.