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vivo Y16—Full Review


The vivo Y16 is one of vivo’s latest addition to their expanding Y-series and it was formally announced back in September. Except for having a premium appearance and resembling with iPhone, it also sports a 5000mAh battery, a 6.5-inch HD display, and a MediaTek Helio P35 Chipset. With these specs, is it worthwhile to purchase or is it just attractive? Continue reading until the end to learn all about its benefits and drawbacks.


Let us talk about its design first. It resembles iPhone devices but vivo Y16 features rounded sides and it is compact and lightweight in terms of design thanks to the lightweight plastic material used (yet it has a reflective coating like other affordable Android phones). Our review unit comes in the “Drizzling Gold” color model, which is constructed of polycarbonate and has a premium-looking design with anti-fingerprint and anti-scratch features.

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It is ergonomically designed on each and every part of its buttons. On its right side are the volume rocker and the power button that also serves as a fingerprint sensor. Above it, there is a nano-SIM card along with a dedicated slot for expandable storage, and below is the USB C Port, 3.5mm audio jack, main microphone, and speaker grille.

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As for its display, It has a large 6.51-inch 720p IPS LCD display panel with relatively thin bezels on the top and sides, while the chin is thicker. It has a water-drop notch selfie camera on the top which gives a better look. As previously indicated, the vivo Y16 has a 6.51-inch display, although the resolution is just 720 x 1600, or HD+. It is quite a bummer since some smartphones at the same price point offer an FHD+ display. Still, the HD+ display produces vivid colors.

It also has a 60Hz refresh rate with 400 nits of peak brightness, vivo fell a bit short when it comes to refresh rate because for the price of this device you can already buy a 90Hz refresh rate device. You can comfortably see what is on the screen with the brightness set to maximum, and even though it’s not packed with a 90hz display and above, somehow it’s a good thing for its battery consumption.

Regarding the display quality, you may still enjoy viewing films on YouTube, Netflix, and other video streaming services because the color sharpness is still discernible. The phone’s navigation is still seamless.


Moving on to the cameras, the primary camera boasts a dual system with a 13MP wide and 2MP macro lens. Also included is a 5MP selfie camera. The vivo Y16 does not include an ultra-wide-angle camera, but you can still shoot at full 13MP quality and get acceptable photographic results.

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As for its main camera, it delivers brighter colors with decent image quality and resolution when HDR is turned on. The lights do explode a bit when in bright areas.

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Switching to Portrait mode, the subject-to-background separation gives us a quite drawback. Although the bokeh effect it produces is excessive, it still offers sufficient color and quality for a photograph.

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I also tested the Super macro mode, and it produced satisfactory results. As long as there was light, it maintained the appearance natural and did not produce any pixelated photographs.

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Switching to its front-facing camera, it features a 5MP selfie camera that takes pictures with respectable color and smoothness without straying from the true colors of people, objects, and surroundings.

Both the primary camera and the selfie camera are capable of capturing videos at a maximum resolution of 1080p @30fps.

Specs & Performance

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The vivo Y16 is run on Android 12 filled with Funtouch 12. You won’t have any trouble navigating the UI as it is intuitive. Additionally, there are several pre-installed applications that you may remove at any moment. It is also powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 processor supported with a PowerVR GE8320 GPU, 4+1GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. The circumstances surrounding the use of this device have made for an amusing day’s worth of experience. We have no issues opening programs or moving between various applications.

I also tried gaming with this device. Running racing games and RPGs could put greater strain on the system. Even though the Ultra Game Mode could be somewhat helpful, I’d still advise using the lowest graphic settings if you must play graphically demanding games on this phone. However, this gadget is quite playable for MOBA or FPS games.


In my gaming test, although it did not show good results in other types of games, it still provided adequate performance when it came to app-switching and scrolling.

With its results shown in my two Benchmarks tests, I can say that it can even surpass other smartphones with a budget price. However, it is still a good benchmark performance as an entry-level smartphone.


The vivo Y16 is backed by a massive 5000mAh of battery supported with 10W of fast charging. It can fully juice its battery by 2 hours and 36 minutes. Despite having a 5000mAh battery, it can play games a bit longer than other smartphones with its 12nm chipset. However, it will allow for lengthier gadget usage and power savings.


Overall, the vivo Y16 offers a performance that has many advantages and few disadvantages. However, this does not mean that a person’s ability to use the gadget is insufficient. I suggest using a more advanced gadget if you want to play graphically demanding games so that you can enjoy the experience.

As I previously questioned, is it worth the price, or is it simply a beautiful appearance? Maybe today’s majority of smartphones can afford greater specifications and functionalities. Regarding the design, it is really worthwhile due to its superior style. This sort of equipment is quite uncommon to find at this pricing.

The vivo Y16 is priced at Php 8,499 for the 4+128GB variant. The vivo Y16 can be purchased from vivo’s official website, Shopee, Lazada, TikTok shop, and vivo’s physical stores and kiosks countrywide.

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Mabuhay Manila, Edmar Consular here! I studied Adobe Photoshop Short Courses in addition to my academic career in Automotive Technology. Here at Manila Shaker, I'm the Junior Editor in charge of writing article reviews, tech news, and video scripts.

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