After launching a smartphone in the highbudget category – Vivo V5Plus (Priced around 29,999) – the Chinese manufacturer has come up with a medium-range device, Vivo V55S this February. Priced at Rs.12,490, the Vivo V55S is said to be an upgraded version of Vivo V55L with several improved features. Now the big question is, should one go for this phone. Of course, if one is looking for decent battery, good looks and good performance. But if one is also looking for good camera, don't even think about the phone.

In this age of selfies, the front camera, with just 5 MP, is highly disappointing. The back camera is also not much to write about. It also doesn't have fingerprint sensor, which other phones in this range are having.

Design and display

In design, the phone seems to earn some brownie points as it looks decent and compact with its sturdy plastic body. However, the phone has imbibed its looks from previous Vivo phones. Weighing around 142 g, with dimensions of 147.90 x 72.90 x 7.50 mm, the phone is light and fits well in the hand. The device also comes with a protective film applied on top of the 2.5D touch glass. The power and volume rockers are comfortably placed on the right edge of the phone.

The main camera is on the top at the back along with an LED flash. The memory card slot is at the top and a normal micro USB Type-A port and mono speaker are at the bottom. The 5.2-inch-phone has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 282 ppi of pixel density, it looks fine when watching videos or surfing. The phone also has auto-brightness and eye-protection modes. In the latter mode, to protect eyes from prolonged usage, the bluish tint changes to yellow. The quality of audio output is good and loud.


The Y55s has a quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, supported by a 3GB RAM and 16 GB internal space. It runs on the Android version 6.0 Marshmallow-based Funtouch 3.0. Overall the performance looks smooth, if not the best. There was not much heating while browsing, playing games or watching videos. With the help MicroSd cards one could enhance the storage up to 256 GB.

Camera and battery

These days camera is becoming the main feature for smartphones, but Y55S fails to entice on this front. The rear camera is a 13MP with f/2.2 aperture lens, and front is just 5 MP only.

The colour accuracy is not great. Pictures taken from the phone look good until it is in the phone, but when downloaded on bigger display the quality gets a little distorted. The same is true of the front camera. The 2,750 mAh battery is one of the plus points of the phone. One can spend the whole day in moderate to heavy usage on full charge. However, it lacks fast-charging.