Vivo has launched its latest Vivo U10 smartphone under the new U-series in India. The company already had the Vivo Z-series and S-Series smartphones in India to compete with Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review) and Realme 5 Pro (Buy Now) smartphones. Now, with the launch of Vivo U10, the company is trying to compete with Redmi Note 7S, Realme 5 (Review) and Samsung A10s (Buy Now) smartphones.
It becomes apparent with its latest launch, that Vivo is eyeing the highly competitive budget smartphone market in India. So, it is no surprise that Vivo U10 is equipped with great features like a triple camera setup, powerful processor, and a huge battery. But Can Vivo U10 be a differentiator in the budget segment? Let’s find out in our review.
- Great Design
- Good Performance
- Triple Rear Camera Setup
- Excellent Battery Life
- Fast Charging
- Low Light Camera Performance
- Lack of USB type C-Port
Vivo U10 Price and Availability:
Vivo U10 comes with a starting price of Rs. 8,990 for the 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage variant. The 3GB RAM/64GB storage option is priced at Rs. 9,990, and it is Rs. 10,990 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model. The phone is exclusively available at Amazon.
Vivo U10 Specifications:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
13MP + 8MP + 2MP
1544 x 720 pixels
Android 9.0 Pie
Vivo U10 Design and Display:
The Vivo U10 comes in Electric Blue and Thunder Black color options and we have picked up the electric blue variant for review. The smartphone comes with a plastic back panel with a glossy finish, which looks premium in the budget segment. The back panel easily attracts fingerprints and smudges. Therefore, we would recommend using a protective case provided by the company to avoid smudges.
The Vivo U10 comes with a water-drop notch at top of the display that houses the front camera along with an earpiece. The 3.5mm headphone jack, speaker grille, microphone, and micro-USB port are all placed at the bottom of the device. The right side of the phone features a power button and volume rockers while the left side houses the SIM card slot.
The triple camera setup with LED flash and fingerprint sensor are placed on the back panel of Vivo U10. It also has a face unlock feature. During our review period, we found both are quite fast in unlocking the device.
The Vivo U10 features a 6.35-inch HD+ IPS display with 1544 x 720 pixels screen resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 89 percent screen to body ratio. The display offers a good color reproduction and great viewing angles. The brightness level and outdoor visibility also seem to be decent. We did not face any issue in direct sunlight, and one can enjoy watching videos and reading the text.
Vivo U10 Performance and Software:
The Vivo U10 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC along with Adreno 610 GPU and up to 4GB RAM/64GB internal storage. The storage is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. We did face any issue in multitasking, app switching, and casual gaming on the latest smartphone. PUBG was playable at medium settings without any lag and major heating issue.
The Vivo U10 comes with a Widevine L1 certification, which means you can play HD content from Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Youtube. The sound was loud and clear and the in-call sound was also decent enough.
The Vivo U10 runs Android 9.0 Pie-based on FunTouch OS 9.1. The user interface is quite smooth and we did not find any lags. The smartphone comes with an Ultra Game Mode, which enhances the overall gaming experience. The device has lots of preloaded apps like WPS Office, Amazon Shopping, Paytm, Opera Browser, Helo, and Gaana, which though can be uninstalled.
Vivo U10 Camera:
The Vivo U10 sports a triple rear camera setup with 13MP primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture, 8MP ultra wide-angle sensor with a 120-degree field of view, and a 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, the smartphone comes with an 8MP selfie camera with f/1.8 aperture.
The camera app comes with various mode like Photo, Video, AI Beauty, Bokeh, and Panorama. The camera app felt a bit slow while switching between modes, but we were impressed with the shutter speed. The smartphone lacks the night mode feature to click brighter pictures under low light conditions.
During our review, we found that the Vivo U10 can capture decent images in outdoor conditions with punchy colors and good amount of detail. The wide-angle sensor captures more areas with great color reproduction, but detailing was not that impressive. The Bokeh mode does a great job, and it is able to blur the background perfectly.
The images clicked in low light conditions were not up to the mark, with lots of noise, fewer details, and less sharpness. The 8MP selfie camera also does a great job in daylight conditions with good detail and natural colors. However, the low light scenario is the same as rear camera.
Vivo U10 Battery and Connectivity:
The Vivo U10 is fueled by a 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. The battery provides 2 days of backup with moderate usage, and it takes around 1.5 hours to charge the device from 0 to 100 percent. Connectivity options include dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, GPS, GLONASS, dual-SIM, micro USB port, and a 3.5 headphone jack. The phone weighs 190.5 grams and it measures 159.43 x 76.77 x 8.92mm.
Overall Vivo U10 is a great package in a budget segment, considering its powerful battery with fast charging, decent triple camera setup, and good processor. However, the phone is expected to face stiff competition from Realme 5 (Buy Now) armed with quad-camera setup, and also from Redmi Note 7S (Buy Now) with Full HD display and 48MP camera.