The vivo Y35 is expected to deliver in the midrange category with its stunning design, snappy chipset, and capable set of cameras.
The vivo Y35 is an interesting offering in the company's popular Y series. Based on its moniker and specs sheet, this phone would fall in the midrange category. There's the Snapdragon 680 that will run the whole show - that's on top of the generous addition of 8 gigs of RAM and 256 gigs of storage.
For the most part, and as I would want it to be, the vivo Y35 could be a balanced smartphone that offers solid performance in terms of processing, camera, and battery life. Of course, we'll discuss that in our full review; but to those looking for our impressions of the phone's aesthetics and out-of-the-box contents, you're in the right page.
vivo Y35 Unboxing
The handset comes in a clean white packaging with the 'Y35' inscribed in a metallic hue on the box's face. On the bottom side are the main features and other info about the unit.
- Snapdragon 680 SoC
- 8GB RAM + 256GB Storage
- Extended RAM 3.0
- 50MP Triple rear camera set
- Audio Booster 2.0
- 5000mAh battery
- 44W FlashCharge
Opening the box, we are instantly greeted by the Y35 unit which dons a dawn gold colorway. Below the unit's cradle, you can find a transparent case and some documentations. At the bottom are two compartments that house the 44W power adapter, USB-C charging cable, and the SIM eject tool.
Going back to the unit, the smartphone comes with a "boxy" design due to its flat frame that's made of high quality plastic material. It also has rounded corners, thick bezels, 2.5D curvature, and a waterdrop notch - that has grown old with the Y series phones.
The display measures 6.58 inches in 20:9 aspect ratio, and is treated with an IPS LCD. The panel features a full HD resolution at 1080 x 2408 pixels, 401 ppi density, and 550 nits brightness. It also boasts of 90Hz screen refresh rate for a smooth and speedy performance.
The backing has a lively Dawn Gold colorway which is quite a head turner when seen in the wild. Light reflections on the rear make the vivo Y35 even more captivating. It also has a matte finish which instantly rejects fingerprints.
The protruding rectangular camera module has a contrasting dark gray color or a subdued black tone depending on which angles you look at it. This module houses various elements like the two round sensors that come with complementing golden circular frames and another small sensor housed in a square provision. Additionally, there's the dual LED flash and the laser printed "50MP AI camera" phrase.
For the ports and buttons placement, we have the volume rocker and power button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner (right); SIM tray for 2 nano SIM cards and a dedicated slot for microSD (top); 3.5mm audio jack, microphone, USB-C port, and speaker grille (bottom).
It's worth-mentioning that vivo incorporates an Audio Boost software to enhance the quality of sound on its mono loudspeaker; however, many midrange phones nowadays (from competitor brands) now come with stereo speakers for a richer and more detailed listening experience.
The vivo Y35 is a beautiful phone; it is light and feels very premium on the hands. For the Dawn Gold colorway, I wish vivo would've matched the camera module's tone to the rest of the back panel. Aside from that, the smartphone ticks most of the boxes in terms of design.
Getting Ready with the vivo Y35
Setting up the Y35 only takes a few minutes. There are apps upon setup process that you can choose to install/not to install - I personally only checked the messenger app among the list. After, I went to settings and checked my initial storage left, which is 232GB out of the 256GB total; this is due to system, apps, and other files.
Should you need more space for your files, the storage can be further expanded for up to 1TB via microSD card. Likewise, the phone's 8GB RAM can be expanded up to a max of 8GB for a smooth performance, which of course will be taken up from the storage space.
Initial Performance Impressions
The vivo Y35 is powered by Snapdragon 680 that operates an octa-core CPU, with speeds clocked at 2.4GHz. It is designed to deliver strong performance in handling multiple apps smoothly, easily, and lag-free. On top of that, its 8GB RAM could harness more power when needed by the device. The handset's power efficient SoC also complements the handset's large 5000mAh battery.
According to vivo, the battery offers 14.3 hours of online HD movie streaming (Y35 is Widevine L1 certified for Netflix, by the way), 7.05 hours of graphic-intensive gaming, and up to 2 days of standby. This is supported by 44W FlashCharge, where a 34-minute charge gets you 70% of the total capacity. Furthermore, a 15-minute charge enables the phone to regain sufficient power for users to enjoy 414 minutes of video streaming or 9 rounds of games.
Despite the phone's high capacity battery, it's not that heavy and weighs only 188 grams; complementing this for a comfortable hold is the phone's ergonomic body design that measures 164.3 × 76.1 × 8.28 mm in dimensions.
On the software side, the Y35 ships with Funtouch OS 12 which is based on Android 12. In the camera department, the handset boasts a triple camera system topbilled by the 50MP primary sensor. This is coupled by a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens and another 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor.
We took a few sample shots with the main camera, and the photos are quite okay with ample details and contrast. The 16MP selfie camera also offers great selfies and beautification filters. Here are some of the sample photos we took with the vivo Y35:
The vivo Y35 is expected to deliver in the midrange category, and we'd love to share more about this smartphone based on longer testing. I hope vivo could position this handset in a very attractive price point. Based on the company's release history, we are expecting this to be on the range of PHP 13K to 17K.
In the meantime, I am quite contented with the handset's design, photo quality, and its promising feature set. Stay tuned for the review!