vivo Y73 review: Solid and reliable midranger

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Whether in its Roman Black or Diamond Flare variant, the vivo Y73 stands out. We got our hands on the latter, with its mosaic-like diamond pattern in a blue-purple gradient finish, and it sure is eye-catching. Meanwhile, the Roman Black version is more classic-chic with its subtle vertical lines. Either way, both look great and easily distinguish themselves from the pack.

More importantly, your phone will always look spotlessly clean because the back panel of the Y73 incorporates AG (anti-glare) Glass. This lends the phone a premium feel while giving it an anti-fingerprint finish.

The Y73 is slim and light, coming in at only 170 grams and measuring just 7.38mm thin. Despite that, it doesn’t feel flimsy at all. Overall, the size and the rounded sides make it easy to hold and use the phone for long periods.

One of the Y73’s main selling points is its 6.44-inch display. Thanks to the AMOLED panel, colors are vibrant and blacks are deep, providing a viewing experience that’s suited for streaming video and gaming.

As mentioned in our unboxing, the screen is bright enough to be readable under most circumstances—yes, even outdoors when the sun is shining brightly. The 60Hz refresh rate does feel dated, though—some phones with more affordable price tags already offer at least 90Hz.

Meanwhile, the built-in fingerprint reader performs well and is quick to unlock the device.

The camera module of the Y73 houses three sensors: a 64MP main shooter, a 2MP depth camera, and a 2MP macro lens. There’s also a rear flashlight right below the cameras. There’s no ultrawide-angle camera here, which limits the shooting options you get on the Y73. vivo somehow makes up for it by equipping the device with 4K video recording capabilities and a 16MP front-facing camera with some pretty useful features such as night, ultra stable video, and dual-view video.

The Y73 has generally good camera performance in most lighting situations. Colors are pretty accurate (although they sometimes come out a bit saturated) and details are well-preserved.

Thank to Super Night Mode, it’s possible to capture decent photos in low light. The AI-supported night mode does its job, but its performance is a hit-or-miss. The system overexposes some shots, while underexposing others. Plus, you do need to have steady hands, a tripod, or something to keep the handset still when using this mode. If you want to take some great night photos with this phone, you need extra practice and patience to nail it.

Here are some of the photos we took using the Y73’s rear cameras:

The Y73 is powered by a 12nm MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core processor paired with an 8GB RAM with 3GB additional VRAM. Overall performance is good, and we didn’t experience any hiccup or extreme phone heating even after watching a 50-plus-minute YouTube video nonstop.

The 128GB built-in storage is also big enough, but can still be expanded via microSD so you can keep the games, videos, photos, and music that you want in your phone.

While not huge, the 4000mAh battery should be enough to get you through a full day with moderate use, a.k.a. browsing the web or your social media feed, messaging, and watching a few short clips.

Using the included 33W fast charger, we were able to fully charge the battery from 5% in a little less than 80 minutes.

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All in all, the vivo Y73 is a viable choice for consumers looking for a sub-P15,000 phone that can be relied on as a daily driver. It’s got a gorgeous screen, a good triple-camera setup, decent internals, and a premium feel.

But if you really want an ultrawide lens, the vivo V21e is the next logical choice. At just P1,000 more, you get an identical looking handset but with an ultrawide camera, a more powerful 44MP selfie shooter, and a Snapdragon 720G chip.

The vivo Y73 is available for P14,999 on Lazada and Shopee.

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