- Vivo U10 starts at Rs 8,990 and goes up to Rs 10,990 in India
- With below-average camera performance, heavy built and slight snags in performance, the U10 is not an excellent package under Rs 10,000
- There are far more compelling options in the market, such as the latest Redmi Note 8 smartphone
Vivo U10, the new budget smartphone which like other Vivo-branded phones aces the design department is here to make a mark in the sub-Rs 10,000 categories. What is in its favour is the looks and a decent set of specs.
At a starting price of Rs 8,990, Vivo has kept the U10 at a price that makes it competing against almost every other smartphone launching in this season. Right from Xiaomi, Samsung, Motorola to Nokia, most companies are offering excellent packages at an affordable rate – so undoubtedly the Vivo’s latest offering has a lot of competition to take on.
Since the start of the year, Vivo has been focussing heavily in the online space. With the Vivo U10 as well, Vivo is pushing its boundaries and trying to lure more customers in this segment. And to do so, it is bringing in a large battery, an appealing design, a tall display and decent cameras in its smartphones – something that every other buyer looks for in a device.
Let’s put the U10 smartphone straight to testing to find out what the latest Vivo smartphone has to offer.
Decent gaming experience
Low-light shots disappoint
Vivo U10 Review: Design
Vivo’s smartphones so far have nailed the design, and the company is consistently maintaining a stronghold in that department. With the Vivo U10 it, however, does not bring something new, it somewhat replicates the same built as seen in its previous couple of devices. We found it quite similar to the company’s mid-range Vivo Y17 smartphone, and even the colour shade appears the same.
The biggest setback in its design is it’s hefty built. It feels heavy in hands and cumbersome to operate single-handedly. Though its rounded edges give a firm grip over the phone, its solid body makes it a tad difficult to use in daily activities. The phone comes in two colour options, namely Electric Blue and Thunder Black. We got the former for review that radiates deep light blue shade across the back panel and boasts a triple camera module enclosed within a gold-coloured strip.
The rear body of the device catches fingerprints easily even while normally using it. Although we used the plastic cover (that comes inside the box) a majority of times over the phone to protect it from scratches, it could hold marks when used without it. Notwithstanding its tough exterior, it might fail to withstand accident falls too.
Vivo U10 Review: Display
The front of the Vivo U10 comes plastered with 6.35-inch Halo FullView HD+ display and 89 per cent screen-to-body ratio. There is a 2.5D curved design with a waterdrop-style notch design and thick bezels at the bottom.
We found its display quite impressive than those of other devices available in the market in this segment. It offers decent brightness both under bright sunlight and a closed room. There is, however, lack of adequate colour reproduction, an average user would not be disappointed.
Vivo U10 Review: Performance
Under the hood, the U10 has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor which was seen in other budget segment devices too such as Xiaomi Mi A3, Realme 5 and Oppo A5. While on paper its chipset is identical to its competitors, its performance appears to be better than other devices available under sub Rs 10,000 segment. But in our day to day usage, the phone lagged while juggling with multiple apps simultaneously and proved to be a little slow.
The Vivo U10, will, however, be a treat for game enthusiasts as it comes bundled with several gaming exciting features like Sound localisation, Voice Changer, Game Countdown, Low Blue Ray Game eye protection, 4D Vibrations and Do Not Disturb mode. All these functionalities surprised us with a smooth and immersive gaming experience. And with the price it asks for, this is more than enough one could get in the segment.
Further, the phone comes packed with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage that can be expanded via a dedicated microSD card with up to 256GB memory.
We ran Antutu and Geekbench tests to examine its performance technically, and it scored 303 in Single-Core, 1122 in Multi-Core Geekbench and 167626 in Antutu Benchmark test.
Vivo U10 Review: Camera
In terms of the camera department, the U10 has a conventional triple array, that houses a 13-megapixel lens assisted by an 8-megapixel super-wide-angle sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, it gets an 8-megapixel front camera.
We had high expectations from the device in terms of camera capabilities, and the U10 didn’t wholly disappoint us. The images we took with the primary camera in broad daylight lacked a bit of detail but were vibrant and looked suitable for our Instagrams. There was no distortion as well in pictures we clicked. Surprisingly, the wide-angle camera fared well with reasonably good exposure levels, and we ended up getting decent shots.
With the close-ups and long shots, the colour accuracy was too not on point. Unfortunately, there is no dedicated Night Mode in the camera app, which makes it more difficult for the phone to capture average shots in low-light conditions. But thankfully, the wide-angle lens worked well under low-light conditions. Vivo has to improve low-light shots on its budget offering considering the likes of Realme and Xiaomi have improved their offerings a lot.
The 8-megapixel front camera, on the other hand, proved to be much better in day-to-day usage. The selfies we clicked gave us good detailing with accuracy in skin tone during daylight images. During the night, the low-light shots at times felt dull but were passable for social media uploads.
Vivo U10 camera samples
Vivo U10 Review: Battery
In terms of battery performance, we found the U10 to be a beast. It packs a massive 5000mAh battery capacity with 18W fast charging technology. In a single charge, the phone can easily last as many as two days with normal usage including calling, texting, surfing the internet or listening to music and an entire day with heavy usage. We weren’t looking for a charger until one and a half days. The phone takes close to two hours to get fully charge.
Vivo U10 Review Rating
Design – 7/10
Display – 8/10
Performance – 7/10
Cameras – 7/10
Battery – 9/10
Overall – 7/10
Vivo U10 Review: Verdict
Vivo U10 starts at Rs 8,990 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and goes up to Rs 10,990 with 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage.
With below-average camera performance, heavy built and slight snags in performance, the U10 is not an excellent package under Rs 10,000.
We, however, liked its big battery, immersive display and additional gaming functionalities but that still does not make the U10 a winning phone in this segment. At this price range, there are far more compelling options in the market, such as the latest Redmi Note 8 smartphone.