Vivo Y51 Unboxing & Review – Before you Buy!

how’s it going guys in this article we’re going to be talking about the Vivo y51 it’s one of their latest smartphones which just came out in December of 2020.

I have been using it for a  while now about a month now and in this article, I’ll be sharing my thoughts about this with you guys without further ado let’s get started.

Vivo Y51 Specifications

 Display: 6.58-inch (1080×2048)

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665

OS: Android 11

Front Camera: 16MP

Rear Camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP


Storage: 128GB

Battery Capacity: 5000mAh

The first thing you get in the box of the y51  is this smaller box housing the sim ejector tool and paperwork next up is the device itself which we will get to later as far as accessories we’ve got the fast charger which is supposed to charge this phone up to 70 in slightly over an hour after that you’ve got the USB-C charging cable and the headphones.

On the phone’s body right up top is where we’ve got one of two microphones. The sim slot, it’s a dual sim slot, memory card slot, and a rubber ring which I believe is meant to help in case of water damage.

The phone’s total storage can be up to one terabyte with your micro SD-card which is good. On the bottom, we’ve got the headphone jack another microphone port, the USB-c port, and the speaker grille.

There’s nothing to the left side of the phone and the right side is where we’ve got the power button which also doubles as the fingerprint reader and the volume rocker keys.

On the back of the device, we’ve got the rectangular 48-megapixel camera array and Vivo’s branding at the bottom of the back of the device. I’m a fan of the mirror-like look on the Vivo y51 and the slickness of the device.

In terms of color options, you’ve got the titanium sapphire which is bluish and the crystal symphony. Build quality in general is solid with that polycarbonate back and solid sides with how slim it is and it looks I feel is great to hold in the hand.

At the price point of ₦109,900 or ₦110,000, what else does this device have to offer let’s dive a little deeper?

Looking at the 6.58inch LCD display of the Vivo y51 you do notice that texts are legible and of course, graphics are quite clear on here Vivo doesn’t compromise on the display quality and they give you a 1080p display where the resolution is set at 1080 by 2408  pixels and a pixel density that is high at 415  streaming would naturally top at 1080p as well in 60 frames per second and even at that it’s still legible in the video quality and as I mentioned Text.

When you are watching videos or gaming on this device doing general audio stuff you might want to use the headphones thankfully this comes with a wired headphone in the box, You might want to go wireless if you want either way you do notice that the speaker is easily blocked because it’s a single firing speaker from the bottom you know and you can just block it with your hands.

With regards to specifications of the Y51, you’re utilizing an 11nm processor,

the Snapdragon 665, pretty decent for this price point, and based on my overall usage of the phone,  it has performed fast for tasks I tried on it, of course, it would definitely be fast when you’ve got a whole 8GB of RAM on this phone plus 128GB of storage.  All of this ties into the experience with the latest Android OS, Android 11 powered by VIVO’s FunTouch OS 11. A pretty decent package.

You are going to enjoy the light and some graphic dependent games on this device and I have noticed no lags at all in my almost 1 month of use with this phone.

When I did play heavy games like Call of Duty,  battery life went all the way down from 50% to 39% which is an 11% loss. Overall, when it comes to the battery, it’s of course a 5,000 mAh huge battery, and it supports 18W fast charging.

The battery life during my own usage was fair, pretty comparable to many 5,000 mAh batteries I’ve used. I could get up to a full day of use and some leftover, except on days where I gamed a lot.

As far as my charging speeds, it went something like this: From 0 to 30% in 30 minutes,  in 1 hour I got up to 58% contrary to 70% so it took 2 hours and 33 minutes to get this phone from  0 to 100%.

The charger that comes in the box is a 9Volts with 2Amph so technically 18Watts which is regulated depending on how you use your phone.

Sensors on this device are of course the fingerprint reader to the side, which is really fast even with a  very light touch and of course, face unlock which was also fast. I did prefer the fingerprint reader overall.

Upfront, inside that waterdrop notch display, you’ve got the 16MP front camera sensor capable of shooting 1080P videos in 30 frames per second, you’ve got HDR as well.

On the back,  you’ve got the 48MP main sensor, you’ve also got the 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a third 2MP macro sensor. The main sensor is capable of also shooting 1080P in 30 FPS  and the differentiator is that it’s got EIS.

I liked the selfie shots I took on the 16MP wide front-facing camera, it’s also got portrait mode and I actually thought the background blur was smooth enough NO complaints about that front.

With the normal lens of the Vivo  Y51 as with many other mid-rangers,  you can only change to the 48MP in the extra menu and the main shots you get are smaller in file size and overall general image quality.

You also have other modes, panorama, Live Photo, slow motion, time-lapse, Pro  Mode, and Documents for scanning.

One major difference you’ll notice when you switch from the 48MP mode is the file size, the regular 16MP mode’s image is 4.6MB  while the 48MP with larger file size and theoretically higher quality is over 12MB or almost 3 times as big.

The difference in the image quality is also noticeable especially when you zoom in. I also appreciate how saturated shots can look on the Y51, the reds are quite hard and it maintains this look even when zoomed in to the maximum 8x.

With the ultrawide angle, yes, because it’s an 8MP lens, you do get a sharp shot not as sharp as the higher 48MP capable lens as expected, so you won’t want to crop into this image if you’re sharing on socials.

All in all, the main camera performs well, for most of my photo needs even at night and I’ll come to it in a bit.

Again, as with many midrange smartphone manufacturers with a whole lot go cameras on the back, this has an extra appendage in what’s a 2MP macro camera, which when you compare the results, you do get clear shots up close to your subject but the colors just don’t match up well.

This is made up for by the detailed  Night mode shots you get on this camera, the 48MP capable sensor does shine here when you compare normal shots with Night shots.

Details are evident when you look at my shadows on the ground, and when you look at the normal shots, they are very different although, with this image processing and brightening, we do notice a lot of noise in the brightened image or the night mode, what Vivo calls Super Night Mode. It also works on the front camera.

When it comes to the video recording quality on the Vivo Y51, you do notice that the main camera is fairly stable and doesn’t shake as much. With the Electronic Image Stabilization on here, or EIS, you’re able to observe quite well everything in the frame, there are little exposure shifts from place to place during my use as well as a slight loss of focus when zoomed in but those can be avoided if the subject isn’t extremely lit and dark at the same time, I.e harsh sunlight and shadows. When it comes to the front-facing camera,  I liked the quality and saturation as well.


That’s it for my overview on the VIVO Y51, an interesting piece in the midrange category, for ₦109,900 or just $233, what would you love to have seen in this device?

What would you have loved to take away as well?  Would you buy this and if there’s anything you think I missed or any question you felt  I didn’t answer, please let me know in the comments below.

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