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The Vivo Y55s promises better specs and a better camera, by building upon what the Y55 originally had. On that note, we unbox the Vivo Y55s to get some early impressions on this new smartphone.

Buying a Vivo Y55s brand new should get you:

  • Vivo Y55s unit (1 pc.)
  • Travel Charger (1 pc.)
  • Micro-USB Charging Cable (1 pc.)
  • Clear Protector for Y55s unit (1 pc.)
  • Earphones (1 pair)
  • SIM slot opener (1 pc.)

Build and Construction

It’s no surprise that the Y55s looks similar to past Vivo units like the V5, V5s, and the Y55. After all, why fix what wasn’t broken in the first place? The design looks simple yet clean and vibrant, with a nice metallic sheen and finish for the back. Unlike the V5 series, however, this 5.2-inch phone adds two thin white lines for the top and bottom. This design can also be seen in other smartphones, and I don’t actually mind it on this device. In addition, I also liked the slightly raised Vivo logo on the back. Other phones would simply stick with a printed-on logo, but Vivo goes the extra mile here. Simply put, the design choices added here cause a positive effect on the overall look of the phone.

Furthermore, the Y55s sticks to capacitive buttons in an era where on-screen icons stand as the norm. I personally liked this choice, as having the three main buttons off-screen allows for a more maximized use of the display. The only thing I didn’t like, however, was the lack of sensation. By that, I mean the capacitive buttons do not automatically vibrate upon use or touch, and by default your hands don’t feel anything when you press them. It kinda makes it hard to know if you actually managed to press something.

Tactile sensation aside, the right side should have all the physical buttons. Namely, the volume and lock buttons. The left portion, meanwhile, holds the SIM card holder, while the top contains the micro SD card holder. Both sections require the use of the opening pin included in the box. Finally, the micro-USB port and the speaker grill stay on the bottom of the phone.

OS, UI, and Apps

Based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Funtouch OS 3.0 looks decent. It doesn’t do anything remarkable that differentiates it from Android, though. The icons look uniform, and using the Y55s feels almost exactly like a stock Android.  Not that it’s completely negative, as Funtouch feels intuitive rather than something you have to figure out first.

I’m also glad that there’s barely any bloatware on this device. Unfortunately, in this day and age, this is more an exception than the rule. Another positive point to raise is the relative ease with using the interface and opening apps. The 3GB RAM and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset. With a quadcore processor clocking in at 1.4 GHz, it’s on the lower end of the spectrum, but it should be able to satisfy the casual user.

Wanna see our full review? Be sure to check out the blog later this week to see if the Y55s is a phone worth buying. What about the 13-megapixel main camera? How about features like the Smart Screen Flash and the Smart Split? Does this phone have a strong, fast-charging battery? The answers to this, and more, when we put out our full review.

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