vivo Y76 5G Review: Good Enough for Midrange?

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The vivo Y76 5G is one of the latest efforts from the vivo to bring 5G capabilities in a midrange device. It has a decent feature set with a MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G, a 6.58-inch FullHD+ IPS display, and a tripe camera setup at the back with a 50MP f/1.8 main lens but some might dislike its somewhat high pricing compared to similarly-equipped devices.

vivo Y76 5G Review – Specifications

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ChipsetMediaTek Dimensity 700 5G
Screen6.58-inch IPS, 2408 x 1080, 460nits
RAM8GB, 4GB Extended
OSAndroid 11, FunTouch OS 12
Rear Camera50MP f/1.8 Main, 2MP f/2.4 Macro, 2MP f/2.4 Depth
Front Camera16MP f/2.0
Storage128GB, expandabla via MicroSD
NetworkDual-SIM, 5G
ConnectivityDual-Band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.2, USB Type-C
Battery4,100mAh, 44W Fast Charging
OthersSide-Mounted Fingerprint Scanner
ColorsCosmic Aurora, Midnight Space

vivo Y76 5G Review – Unboxing

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vivo has tied up with Moonton for a limited-edition Mobile Legends: Bang Bang themed sleeve for its box. Packaged inside are the usual lineup of items for a vivo device including the Y76 5G itself, a USB Type-C cable, a 44W wall adapter, a pair of earphones, silicone case, and documentation.

Design and Aesthetics

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The Y76 5G sports the classic midrange vivo design: a slim body, smooth edges, and a large camera module. Its chassis is made out of plastic and there is some slight flex at the center of its back when pressed hard. The rear is matte for its Midnight Space variant with modest reflectivity – fingerprints will not stick but smudges will appear if light hits it just right.

The sides are curved to be more comfortable in the hand. Its volume rocker and power button are all clustered at the right-hand side. The former has decent tactility though the latter is a bit softer when pressed. Its hybrid SIM tray pops off at the top and can house two SIM cards or a single SIM card with a MicroSD card.

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At the bottom are the expected set of ports and grilles for a midrange device: grilles for the bottom firing speaker and microphone, 3.5mm audio jack for those who like wired headsets, and a USB Type-C port with support for 44W charging.

Screen and Audio

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The vivo Y76 5G has a 6.58-inch 2408 x 1080 IPS display at the front. It’s an okay display on paper but misses out on some of mainstream features like 90Hz refresh rate or an AMOLED panel though vivo says that it can produce around 420 nits of brightness.

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The screen has a surprisingly wide color gamut for a midrange device. Colors are well-reproduced but not as saturated as we would have liked and it lacks a bit of green hues in its default. Measured brightness is close to the 420 nits advertised by vivo and it is able to brute force images even if there’s sunlight. Contrast ratio is somewhat low though since it only has an IPS panel.

  • sRGB – 99.40%
  • AdobeRGB – 81.70%
  • DCI-P3 – 96.80%
  • Luminance (Minimum) – 1.82cd/m2
  • Luminance (Maximum) – 415.61cd/m2
  • Gamma – 2.23
  • Contrast Ratio – 1225:1

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The device only relies on its bottom-firing speakers for external audio instead of amplifying the sound its of earpiece to get stereo sound. Audio is nothing special but it gets the job done. Soundstage is tight, highs can get tinny at max volume, and its bass lacks punch. Fortunately, vocals remain clear on both music and general entertainment.

Software

The Y76 5G is one of the first devices to come with Funtouch OS 12 by default. It is still based on Android 11 but brings new enhancements to the experience including new widgets, home screen album highlights, and a new grid layout for multitasking.

Previous features from the OS are still available as well as stock Android options. These include Dark Mode, Multi-Window Support, pull-down command center, in-depth icon customization, Ultra Game Mode, and Extended RAM.

vivo Y76 5G Review – Cameras

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It’s large camera compartment at the back houses three cameras: a 50MP f/1.8 main lens, a 2MP f/2.4 macro shooter, and 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. It’s a bit disappointing that vivo did not include an ultrawide lens since it is now a staple for a midrange device.

The camera app has all the standard options including extras such as Photo, Video, Night Mode, Live Photo, Pro Mode, Double Exposure, Panorama, Time-Lapse, Documents, Slow Motion, AR Stickers, and Dual View.

Video includes support for both 720p and 1080p at 60fps but no 4K30fps option. It does have stabilization that does a good job at steadying shots but there is some stickiness to the frame when the device is moved around.

Main Camera

The vivo Y76 5G’s main camera captures 12.5MP photos natively though it can snap photos at 50MP by using its 50MP mode. It does preserve a good amount of detail but colors are a bit low in saturation. There’s no obvious increase in sharpness via software making everything look natural though dynamic range could be wider in high contrast shots.

Macro Lens

Its 2MP f/2.4 macro camera is pretty much what expect from midrange devices. Colors are drab and there’s a low amount of detail present due to the scamp pixel count. It can get closer to subjects but with its performance, it’s better to stick with the main camera.

Selfie Camera

Up front is a 16MP f/2.0 selfie camera. Photos taken have good color rendition and natural-looking skin tones. Dynamic range is a bit low and it tends to introduce noticeable grain under low-light conditions. Portrait mode does have a few quirks with some of the subject blending into the background especially oddly shaped objects like earrings or hats.

vivo Y76 5G Review – Performance and Benchmarks

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A MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G powers the vivo Y76 5G. It is a solid chipset for midrange devices able to balance price and performance. Overall performance is what you would expect: minimal lag and stutters on both normal and heavy usage.

Synthetic benchmark figures are pretty average. The Y76 5G scores 328,022 in AnTuTU, 1,660 multi-core in GeekBench, 6,506 in PCMark Work 3.0, and 1,101 in 3DMark Wild Life.

Mainstream games will run smoothly on the Y76 5G. Competitive games like League of Legends: Wild Rift, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Call of Duty Mobile, and PUBG Mobile will run smoothly at a stable clip on their highest possible settings with the chipset. Genshin Impact runs steadily at both lowest and medium presets but struggles when all graphical options are maxed out.

vivo Y76 5G Review – Battery Life

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A 4,100mAh battery provides juice to the vivo Y76 5G. It’s not as large as the 5,000mAh batteries we are used to seeing in the entry-level and midrange segment but it still provides plenty of usage. The device is able to last around a day with a bout of medium use with office work, watching movies on Netflix, and occasional gaming.

Running a quick PCMark Work 3.0 battery test reveals that will be able to last more than 20 hours in a combination of various workloads like video, editing, and average browsing use.

As mentioned, its USB Type-C port at the bottom 44W Fast Charging. While not the fastest charging tech in the midrange market, it is still rather swift in filling up the battery at around an hour and a half from empty to full.

vivo Y76 5G Review – Conclusion

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The vivo Y76 5G has some nice features for PhP 16,999. It comes with a decent screen and performance, relatively long battery life, a thin design, and a set of okay cameras. In the overcompetitive midrange segment, however, it does have some valuable features missing.

The lack of 90Hz refresh rate is especially noticeable in general use and on the apps that support it. The single bottom-firing speaker also brings down the general entertainment experience of the device. It is also missing the ultrawide camera the most people will use and instead uses a subpar 2MP f/2.4 macro for its secondary lens.

Despite its faults and some missing essentials, the vivo Y76 5G is still a perfectly competent smartphone in the market. Those who like the vivo features and ecosystem will get the same experience here.

vivo Y76 5G Review – Price and Availability

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The vivo Y76 5G is now available in the Philippines for PhP 16,999. You can get the smartphone in all vivo stores and kiosks as well as its official online stores in Lazada and Shopee.

To make the holidays even more rewarding and festive, every purchase of select vivo smartphones – including the Y76 5G – until January 16, 2021 qualifies the buyer for the rand’s Rush of Luck digital scratch-off promo where over 40,000 prizes are being given away.

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