Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo has quietly launched Y53i, which comes as a successor to the Vivo Y53 that was released last year. Furthermore, the Y53i looks quite similar to its year older sibling and even resembles the configuration of the phone from the inside even so that it has the same three-year-old Android Marshmallow interface.
As per a tweet from Mumbai retailer Mahesh Telecom, the Vivo Y53i is available for as cheap as Rs 7,990 with an MRP set at Rs 8,990.
The Vivo Y53i will come with a 5-inch qHD IPS display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset with Adreno 308 graphics. Similar to its predecessor, the Y53i will feature 2GB RAM and an onboard storage of 16GB. There is an 8-megapixel camera at the back with an aperture of f/2.0 while the front-facing snapper is a 5-megapixel f/2.2 aperture lens.
All features look the same on paper so much that the Y53i runs on the same Android 6.0 Marshmallow which was running on the Vivo Y53, keeping in mind that Android Oreo is almost nearing its one year anniversary. With an entry-level price tag, the Y53i packs in a decent 2,500mAh battery and features 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, and WiFi for connectivity.
While there is still room for an entry-level smartphone in the sub-Rs 8,000 range, the Vivo Y53i doesn’t make a lasting impressing since its direct competitor packs in quite a lot more goodies. The Redmi 5, for example, packs in a taller 5.7-inch HD+ display with a more powerful SND 450 chipset and a bigger battery of 3,300mAh. The Xiaomi device runs on the not-so-old Android 7.1.2 Nougat and comes at a similar price of Rs 7,999, clearly a winner if you don’t mind paying the extra nine bucks or so.