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vivo Y27 Unboxing and First Impressions

These are our first impressions of the recently released vivo Y27 with MediaTek Helio G85, 50MP rear main camera, and 44W fast-wired charging.
vivo Y27 Unboxing and First Impressions
vivo Y27's unique design

To recap, the vivo Y27's claim to fame is its MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, 50MP f/1.8 main rear camera, 5,000mAh battery with 44W fast charging, and IP54 water and dust resistance rating.

It is one of the few smartphones with an IP rating priced at only PHP 8,999.

Let's dive in.


vivo Y27 outer packaging
vivo Y27 outer packaging

The vivo Y27's packaging is a white box with large vivo Y27 branding with the specs, key features, and regulatory features printed at the back.
Box inclusions
Box inclusions

Inside the box are the phone, SIM ejector tool, USB-A to USB-C cable, 44W wall charger, bumper case, and documentation. It has a pre-installed screen protector as well.

There are no included earphones inside the box.

Build Quality/Design

Rear design
Rear design

The build of the phone is surprisingly polished and premium-looking for a smartphone priced under PHP 10K. The phone is made of a glass front and a single polycarbonate back that also acts as a structural frame.

Premium-looking for a sub-PHP 10K phone!

At the back is a unique glitter-like design with two large camera bumps with an LED flash and vivo branding. Around the camera bumps are gold colored polycarbonate trimming.
vivo Y27's screen
vivo Y27's screen

In front is the 6.64-inch curved IPS screen with a 2,388 x 1,080 resolution. Around the panel are somewhat thin top and side bezels with a thicker chin bezel. There is a notch too.
Top and bottom
Top and bottom 

On top is the SIM tray while at the bottom are the speaker grills, USB-C port, microphone port and 3.5mm audio jack.
vivo Y27's sim tray
vivo Y27's sim tray

The SIM tray accommodates up to two nano SIM cards and one microSD card. It has a red rubber gasket which allows for its IP54 water and dust resistance rating.
Left and right sides
Left and right sides

On the left side is a smooth surface while on the right side are the polycarbonate volume rocker and fingerprint scanner/power button. These buttons have a plastic-y but surprisingly satisfying feel when pressed.
Rear cameras
Rear cameras

At the back of the phone is the 50MP f/1.8 main camera with PDAF and the 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor with an LED flash. It features a high-performance Aspheric lens. While in front is an 8MP f/2.0 selfie camera. Both front and rear cameras can capture up to 1080p at 30fps.

Aside from that, the camera app features the following modes: Photo, Video, Night, Portrait, Pro, 50MP, Pano, Documents, Slo-Mo, Time-lapse, and Live Photo

The Pro mode allows for control of ISO (100-3200), Shutter Speed (1/12000 to 32 secs), EV (+- 3), focus, and white balance. Only the main rear camera can use the Pro mode.

Other key features of the phone include WiFi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, Galileo, and GLONASS.

Stay tuned for our camera samples.

vivo Y27 Specs

Display: 6.64-inch 2.5D curved LCD (IPS) screen w/ FHD+ 1080 x 2388 resolution at 395 ppi
CPU: 2.0GHz 12nm MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G52 MC2 GPU
ROM: 128GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 1TB
Back Camera: 50MP f/1.8 PDAF + 2MP f/2.4 depth + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8MP f/2.0
Battery: 5,000mAh w/ 44W charging
OS: Android 13 w/ Funtouch OS 13
Connectivity: WiFi (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, proximity
Others: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor, loudspeaker, IP54 rating, Face unlock, Colors: Burgundy Black, Sea Blue
Dimensions: 164.1 x 76.2 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 190 g
Price: PHP 8,999

As of the moment

Websurfing on the vivo Y27
Websurfing on the vivo Y27

We are excited to see IP54-rated smartphones for under PHP 10K and it even has a fast 44W charging tech.

Hopefully, the phone's other key features like the 6GB RAM, Extended RAM, microSD card expansion, 50MP rear camera, and 5,000mAh battery perform as advertised.

Our only concern is its MediaTek Helio G85 is not as fast as the competition. While its 6.64-inch screen comes with a sharp-enough FHD+ resolution, it isn't high-refresh-rate like most similarly priced handsets.

But so far, our initial impression of the vivo Y27 is quite positive.

What do you guys think?

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