Vivo continues to beef-up it’s budget portfolio in the country with yet another Y-series device that offers a large 5,000mAh battery and a convenient side-fingerprint scanner. The Y-series have received a commendable reception in Kenya thus far, considering Vivo entered the market a little late in comparison with other market leaders. The latest Vivo Y12s packs a decent number of top features, only found in pricier alternatives such as a now flagship-standard 5,000mAh battery and a conveniently placed side-fingerprint scanner.
The Y12s is the next sequel on the Y-series lineup, following a successful launch of the Y20 in the country. Amongst interesting features is 10W fast charging capability as well as 5W reverse charging, so you can juicy-up other devices on the go. There are a couple of similarities between the Y20 and Y12s models as expected, the Y12s mostly borrowing on the strengths of its predecessor such as a side-fingerprint scanner.
Since the device is budget-centric, a couple of corners had to be cut to maintain an attractive price tag, especially in a country like Kenya that has a majority of the population living below what some would call average lifestyle. We don’t get a quad-camera setup as is with pricier models, but a modest dual setup consisting of a 13MP sensor and a 2MP Bokeh sensor should be more than capable to take those snaps for social platforms. There’s however an 8MP selfie sensor on the front that should take care of those selfies without a problem.
On the front is a 6.51-inch display panel that maxes-out at 1600 x 720 pixels, which is less than FHD but enough for day to day activities. Again, we didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary here like an OLED or higher resolution considering the price tag.
Under the hood is a MdeiaTek Helio P35 chipset with 3GB of system RAM and 32GB internal storage that can be expanded further with a MicroSD card up to 256GB. We also get android 10 based FunTouch OS 11 and the experience shouldn’t lesser than other mid-rangers.
Speaking on the launch, Vivo’s Brand Manager Mr. James Irungu, said the company had aimed at releasing mid-range devices at an affordable price, to lure more buyers in cut-throat competitive market of midrange devices. Irungu further pointed out the model would offer users with unmatched experience while maintaining a competitive price as we enter the festive season.
Vivo Y12s smartphone will be sold exclusively on Jumia Kenya e-commerce platform for a week, starting December 3rd for Ksh. 12,999, before becoming available offline from December 7th for Ksh. 13, 599. Users can choose between phantom black and glacier blue colors.