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Vivo Y12s 2021

Vivo Y12s 2021
Brand: Vivo
Category: Smartphones
  • RAM / ROM: 3 GB / 32 GB, 64 GB
  • CPU: Octa-core Cortex A53
  • Camera Back / Front: Dual (13, 2 MP) / 8 MP
  • Battery: 5000 mAh, Li-Po
  • Display: 6.51 inches, IPS LCD, 720 x 1600 pixels
  • OS: Android 11, Funtouch 11

Our Rating

The overall rating of this product is based on the review by our experts.

  • Design 8 / 10
  • Display 8 / 10
  • Performance 7 / 10
  • Camera 6 / 10
  • Battery 8 / 10
  • Features 8 / 10
  • Price 8 / 10

The Vivo Y12s 2021 is a budget smartphone from Vivo, and it is only for those looking for a basic phone. However, to the company’s credit, it does have respectable specs as well. The biggest advantage of owning this phone is its affordability. The device comes at a starting price of about €120, which approximately converts to $135. The phone comes in just two configurations, which is surprising. Both variants have 3 GB RAM with 32 GB and 64 GB of internal storage. The memory is expandable, which is a nice thing since the internal memory may not be enough for everyone.

Besides an SD card, the phone allows two Nano-SIM cards that support 2G to 4G connections. For colors, there are two options, Phantom Black and Glacier Blue. The next great thing about this device is its battery. The phone has a 5000 mAh battery that will easily last you for more than a day after a full charge if you’re an average user. The Vivo Y12s 2021 lacks fast charging as it only supports 10W charging. While many mid-range devices often lack the reverse charging feature, this phone hasn’t gone that way. For this, Vivo should be praised. Coming to the build quality, it has a plastic frame and back. The phone weighs in at 191 grams, so it shouldn’t feel heavy.

The device is 6.47 inches tall, 3 inches wide, and 0.33 inches thick. Considering the budget, the display quality is fine. It has a 6.51 inches HD+ IPS LCD screen. Its screen-to-body ratio is 81.6%, while the aspect ratio is 20:9. Considering the price point and the specs, the multimedia experience should be equally good. What also supports this experience is the presence of a loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Coming to the software, the Vivo Y12s 2021 runs Android 11 with Funtouch 11 on top. The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor while it has Adreno 505 GPU for gaming.

The phone should deliver a decent performance but it’s surely not meant for a heavy user. When it comes to sensors, the phone includes an accelerometer, proximity, compass, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The camera performance is a major lowlight of the Vivo Y12s 2021. The phone has a dual-camera set-up on the back. It has a 13 MP wide-angle with a 2 MP depth sensor camera. The device has features such as LED flash and panorama. As for video recording, the device can do so in 1080p. The phone has an 8 MP camera for selfies and video communications. The camera performance is quite underwhelming, to say the least.

For communications, microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go, GPS, and Wi-Fi. While you would be able to listen to FM Radio on this phone, it does have support for NFC. It is pretty common for budget phones to not have NFC support. What’s surely surprising though is the absence of Bluetooth 5.1 or Bluetooth 5.2. Instead, you get Bluetooth 4.2 on the Vivo Y12s 2021.  




Announced Date 2021, May 12
Release Date 2021, May 12


Dimensions 164.4 x 76.3 x 8.4 mm (6.47 x 3.00 x 0.33 in)
Weight 191 g (6.74 oz)
Colors Phantom Black, Glacier Blue


Display Type IPS LCD
Size 6.51 inches, 102.3 cm2 (~81.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)


Primary Dual (13 MP, f/2.2, (wide), PDAF 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth))
Secondary 8 MP, f/1.8
Video 1080p@30fp
Camera Features LED flash, Panorama


Chipset Qualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439 (12 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4x1.95 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.45 GHz Cortex A53)
GPU Adreno 505


Card Type microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal 32 GB / 64 GB


OS Android 11, Funtouch 11


Technology Used Li-Po
Capacity 5000 mAh
Fast Charging


3.5mm Jack
Loud Speaker


WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Y12s), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (Y12G)
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP
USB microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go


Technology Used GSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Other Features

Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass



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