Our Opinion

The Vivo Y15 (2019) is a slightly better phone than the Vivo Y17, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo Y15 (2019)!

Vivo Y15 (2019)  Vivo Y17 
Vivo Y15 2019 Vivo Y17
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Excellence Score
29.4
27.7
Value for Money Score
70.4
65.4
Price ₹ 11,899 onwards ₹ 13,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2019 Apr, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.35 inches 6.35 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1544 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch) 720x1544 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #64 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P35Ranked #53 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 PowerVR GE8320
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP + 8MP + 2MP 13MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, PDAF, Time-Lapse, Slow, Live Photos, HDR, Portrait Mode, Panorama, AI Face Beauty, Camera Filter, AI Super Wide Angle Camera 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 8MP: Wide Angle Lens; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, PDAF, Palm Capture, Auto Scene, Voice Control, Time Lapse, Live Photos, HDR, Portrait Mode, Panorama, AI Face Beauty, Camera Filter
Secondary Camera 16MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Portrait Mode, AI Face Beauty F/2.0 Aperture, Gender Detection, Panorama, Face Beauty, Live Photo, Palm Capture, HDR, Portrait Mode, Beauty Camera Filter
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.92 mmMedium 8.92 mmMedium
Weight 190 gmMedium 190 gmMedium
Width 76.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 76.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, Dual Engine Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives] N/A
  • Looks quite slick with the deep jewel-tone colours for the frame and rear panel
  • Fingerprint and face recognition both work well
  • Modern screen design with a water-drop notch
  • Good viewing angles, and sunlight legibility
  • Vivo's custom AI assistant Jovi is useful at places - the screen to the left of the first home screen is called Jovi Smart Scene, and it shows cards for things like sports scores, the weather, to-dos, and a system-wide reading list that you can save articles or screenshots to from any app
  • The 20MP front camera takes good shots, especially in daytime
  • Lots of storage space, with a generous 128GB of memory
  • Battery life is the big USP of the phone with a giant 5000mAH battery - you will get a cool 2 days of use with moderate usage
  • Fast charging support
2-minute Review [Negatives] N/A
  • As nice as the finish of this phone is, it picks up fingerprints and smudges very easily
  • The Vivo Y17 is also fairly heavy and thick - that's the tradeoff you have to make in order to fit in the enormous 5000mAh battery
  • Screen resolution is on the low side
  • Vivo's Funtouch OS, while it does have some useful features, is in general quite cluttered, and a far cry from the simplicity of stock Android
  • There's also a ton of bloatware that comes pre-installed, and a lot of it is also can't be uninstalled
  • Then there are quirks that you need to learn your way around - for instance, if you choose to enable gestures instead of buttons for UI navigation, you'll have to learn exactly where to swipe so you don't pull up the iOS-like Shortcut Center inadvertently
  • While day-to-day performance is pretty smooth, the Vivo Y17 underperforms for this price category with a relatively weak MediaTek Helio P35 processor inside (similar to Snapdragon 632)
  • Gaming, especially with more complex games like PUBG, is a laggy, jittery experience
  • Average set of triple rear cameras (primary + wide-angle + depth)
  • The focus doesn't always lock perfectly and the Vivo Y17 tends to struggle with subtle contrasts
  • Switching to the wide-angle camera makes the quality dip further with much less accurate colours, and a lot of overprocessing
  • Low light performance is also quite poor - the focus is soft, objects in the foreground are grainy, and details are murky
  • The default video resolution is 1280x720 for some reason, and there's no stabilisation so your recordings will be quite shaky - overall video quality is also disappointing
  • The camera app also has some quirks, and is not the most intuitive to use
  • The single speaker on the bottom is quite average, producing only grating, harsh sound
  • Uses the old Micro-USB port, instead of the modern USB-C standard
  • Overall, with the ordinary processor and cameras, the Vivo Y17 is quite simply outclassed by other phones available at its price, and even by several that cost a lot less - you will be better off looking at the competition
Expert Reviews N/A
  1. Simply outclassed by competition
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Gigantically hefty with premium features and a wow factor
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
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