Chinese smartphone maker Vivo is leaving no stones unturned to be among the top market leaders in the country. Recently, the company has introduced a new online-focused smartphone series called the ‘U’ series with to compete with Redmi, Realme and other brands in the budget segment. The new Vivo U10 is the first phone to be launched under the series.
There’s good news for high-end gamers and OTT platform users as Vivo U10 houses a massive 5,000mAh battery in a budgeted device. The company also claims that the device can offer 4 hours of talk time with 10 minutes of recharge. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor and runs Android 9 Pie.
The smartphone comes in three variants — 3GB+32GB, 3GB+64GB and 4GB+64GB — at Rs 8,990, Rs 9,990 and Rs 10,990 respectively. It was launched in Electric Blue and Thunder Black colours. We reviewed the top-end variant in Electric Blue colour and here’s how it fared.
In the box, you will find a plastic case, a USB cable, an 18W charger and a SIM eject pin, in addition to the pre-applied screen protector.
Vivo U10 comes with a plastic back panel with a glossy finish which seems to be of decent build quality at this price point. The Electric Blue colour looks gorgeous but the glossy finish quickly attracts smudges and fingerprint. The smartphone measures 159.43 x 76.77 x 8.92mm and weighs 190.50 grams. At the top of the display, there lies the front camera housed inside notch along with an earpiece. The 3.5 mm headphone jack, speaker grill, a microphone and a micro USB port is placed on the bottom edge. A triple camera set up with flash and fingerprint sensor is placed on the back. The power and volume keys are placed on the right edge while the left edge features dual SIM and microSD card slot. It also has a Vivo branding at the bottom of the back. The round-edges on the phone makes it feels solid while holding in hands. Overall, the phone isn’t slim but surely looks premium. However, you may find it a bit heavier comparing other smartphones with 5,000mAh battery.
The smartphone comes with a Halo FullView HD+ display which stretches to 6.35 inches in size with 2.5D curved glass. It has a resolution of 720×1544 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and features a waterdrop style on the notch. Vivo U10 flaunts an 89 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It has thick chin and noticeable bezels on other sides.
The smartphone houses three cameras on the back panel and a single image sensor on the front for selfies. On the back panel, the Vivo U10 includes a primary 13MP sensor, 8MP wide-angle lens and third is a 2MP depth sensor that helps in clicking portrait or pictures with blurred background. Pictures clicked from the rear shooter were good and the colours were captured well, which is impressive. The photos came out relatively better in closeup shots. The wide-angle camera also produced good results without much distortion. The pictures shot in low light condition were just average as we found it be patchy and dull. Overall, we can say that the front camera does a decent job in the daytime but it couldn’t deliver the same in low light condition. There’s an 8MP front camera housed inside the notch, which was decent if you look at the price point.
The budget smartphone is powered by a 2.0Ghz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC. This is an octa-core chipset features eight Kryo cores and offers a maximum clock speed of 2.0GHz. It is backed by up to 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The memory can be further expanded to up to 256GB via micro SD card. It runs FunTouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie that has lots of useful features including screen recording, app cloning, gestures, shortcuts, and a bike mode. We did not find any lag while using the device but if you are a gamer then it’s a good choice for sure as it easily handles heavy games. The fingerprint sensor on the back worked perfectly fine, however, I found difficulties while unlocking the phone using the face unlock feature in low light condition. You can also set PIN for security. There’s a dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, GPS, GLONASS, dual-SIM and micro USB port. As far as the sensors are concerned, it comes with Ambient Light, Accelerometer, Proximity, E-compass and gyroscope. There are various preloaded third-party apps like Opera Browser, Helo, Gaana, WPS Office Amazon Shopping, Paytm.
On the battery front, the smartphone has a massive 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, which is quite impressive. On average use that included light gaming, video streaming, 3G/4G connectivity, the smartphone lasted more than a day. The best part is that you can recharge your phone’s battery to 80 per cent in just one hour.
The smartphone features a massive battery, high-speed charging, expandable storage, which are all appreciated. However, the new Vivo U10 is bulky and has a UI that needs to be toned down. We also found the camera to be an average performer. The overall design is good. However, there are many more smartphones available in the same category that you can check before buying.