The vivo Y19 was announced in January this year in Kenya and joins other devices in the Y series including the vivo Y12, Y90, Y15, and Y17. These devices are already retailing in the Kenyan market.
Vivo has traditionally positioned itself at higher-income earners, and with the Y-series in Kenya is a strategy to lure more middle-income earners.
The Y19 has been retailing at 27,000 Ksh which is an affordable amount for what you get. We got a chance to play around with the device and here are the first impressions and the thoughts about around before the comprehensive review.
From the first look in the box that is well packed you get the phone itself, A screen protector, An 18W power brick, A micro-USB charging cable, A clear silicone back cover, A sim ejector tool, A user manual, and a Customer service card. This might be the normal expectations, the device does not come with the earphones, not sure why.
The vivo Y19 comes in a plastic magnetic black back that closely mimics glass with its glossy finish. It might be a bit heavy but one will get used to it, at first, it feels fragile in the hands but that is all sorted by the silicone case.
The edges are fine and curvy, all seeming well designed and fitting in the hands almost for now we can say that vivo paid close attention to details when it comes to the design of the product.
The back hosts the vivo logo at the bottom, a rounded square fingerprint sensor next to the triple AI-powered cameras and LED flash. The volume rockers are on the right side which also sports the power button while the left has the card slot for dual nano sim cards and MicroSD slot.
At the bottom is the micro-USB port, a mono speaker grill, primary microphone, and headphone jack.
On a quick test, the device features a triple AI-powered rear camera setup that consists of a 16MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP macro camera. A 16MP front-facing camera takes care of selfies.
Modes to play around with include: beauty, bokeh, AR shot, Portrait mode, Professional mode, panorama, video (shoots at 1080p at 30fps)macro and HDR. Sadly, there’s no dedicated night mode.
We will be giving a comprehensive review of this and the ability of the device to get high-quality photos and if it is worth the money.
The vivo Y19 comes with a 5000mAh battery making the phone an absolute powerhouse, if you would like to even call it a ‘power bank’ You get all-day battery life and for light use, so far it can push to 2 days.
As we mentioned previously, the device comes with a 6.53-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels at a pixel density of 394 pixels per inch (ppi) and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P65 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. For the price, this might be something and might keep the brand at the edge with the competitors.
The vivo Y19 runs Funtouch OS 9.2 based on Android 9 Pie and is powered by a huge 5000mAh non-removable battery with support for 18W dual-engine fast charging.
Pass or Miss
Despite we will be giving a comprehensive review later, the question would be, so far is this a miss or a pass?. The device currently seems to be of sustenance for the price and as mentioned this puts vivo as a rival to watch. This is a device worth considering, but we shall be affirming this.