It’s a decent phone, but depending on your priority, there are better options.
|Display||6.58-inch FHD+ LCD|
|Rear Cameras||50MP Main|
|OS||Android 12 + Funtouch OS 12|
|Battery||4,100mAh + 44W|
vivo Y76 5G comes in two colors – Midnight Space, and Cosmic Aurora, which has a back panel that reacts to your viewing angle by showing shades of orange. The AG frosted surface also provides fingerprint and smudge resistance, and the glossy sides offer a good contrast to the rest of the device.
Like a lot of other mid-rangers today, this also has its fingerprint sensor on the side, along with the volume rocker. The top section houses the hybrid SIM Tray, while the bottom houses the USB-C port, speaker grille, microphone, and headphone jack.
Display-wise, you get a 6.58-inch Full HD+ LCD which, of course, isn’t as vibrant as say, an AMOLED screen, but still offers a decent viewing experience if you’re into media consumption. The catch is that there’s also no option for a higher refresh rate, which is something I’m personally okay with, but can be a letdown for those who are used to the smooth and fluid experience that the feature brings.
I’ve seen the MediaTek Dimensity 700 in several mid-range phones, and it’s not surprising why it’s almost a staple – I didn’t run into any issues with typical day-to-day tasks, and it can also deliver a decent experience gaming-wise. You also get 8GB of RAM, which should be enough for decent multi-tasking.
vivo Y76 5G can run Mobile Legends at High Framerate and High Graphics settings with HD Mode on with no issues. The more demanding game Genshin Impact will also run on its 60fps setting, though only on low/lowest preset. Diablo Immortal, on the other hand, is very playable at 30fps on the High preset. As for thermals, the device does warm up after some time, but not to a level that it’s uncomfortable.
vivo Y76 5G also has 128GB of storage, which is pretty standard for a mid-ranger these days, with an option to add more using a microSD card.
The camera configuration on the vivo Y76 5G is composed of a 50MP main sensor, along with a pair of 2MP units for macro photography and depth sensing. Personally, I’d prefer to just have a main and an ultra-wide, as I use the latter a lot.
Quality-wise, you do get plenty of details and good color accuracy. Selfies look great as well, offering good levels of detail and texture, while also showing a convincing bokeh effect.
Fortunately, vivo Y76 5G’s Funtouch OS 12 only comes with a few pre-installed apps. I only wish that Hot Apps and Hot Games – both are folders of recommended apps, were just optional on setup. Performance-wise, the UI does not suffer from major stutters and is generally snappy.
Compared to several other mid-rangers today, the vivo Y76 5G’s 4,100mAh battery seems underwhelming. It can last a full workday depending on a number of factors, but heavy users may need to invest in a good power bank or look somewhere else.
Speaking of which, the 44W charger that came with the device brings its battery from zero to full charge in around an hour, which is pretty good.
Despite being almost a year old, I’d still say that the vivo Y76 5G is a decent option if you’re looking for a mid-range phone with 5G connectivity. You get a large display, as well as decent performance and optics.
On the flipside, while I can forgive the 60Hz refresh rate, the lack of an ultra-wide camera is a letdown. It feels as if the auxiliary sensors were there more for quantity than quality.
If 5G connectivity isn’t a priority, the vivo Y35 for the same price gets you a 90Hz display and a 5,000mAh battery, also with support for 44W fast-charging. Something to consider.
Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.