First Helio P22 Phone, The Vivo Y83 Quietly Launched

Barely two days after MediaTek officially announced the Helio P22 chipset, Vivo has scored a first by launching the first Helio P22-powered smartphones. The smartphone is dubbed Vivo Y83 and aside from the new chipset, the device comes with a premium design bringing the full-screen design to Vivo’s mid-range segment. The Y83 is a low-end midrange smartphone by the way.

Vivo Y83 comes sporting a 6.22-inch display with an HD+ resolution of 1520×720p. The display design includes a notch at the top giving it is a 19:9 aspect ratio. The notch design ensured that the display is almost entirely bezel-less at the top and the sides. There is a considerable amount of bezel at the chin but it is minimal compared to what we’d get on previous models. The rear aspect of the Y83 houses a single rear camera tilted to the top left corner while the LED flash is by the side of the camera. The device seems to have a metal body (Viovo was silent about that) but it is revealed that the back panel gets a mirror finish achieved using a new high-gloss coating technology. The device comes in Aurora white, Polar Black and Red colours.

The MediaTek Helio P22 onboard the Y83 comes with eight Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and manufactured using the 12nm FinFet process. The chip features Mediatek’s Neuropilot tech which comes with support for TensorFlow, TF Lite, Caffe, and Caffe2. It can select the best available AI resource for developer efficiency. The processor is paired with 4GB of RAM as well as 64GB of internal storage. The native storage can be expanded up to 256GB using the microSD slot. The phone delivers dual SIM slots and interestingly, there is a separate tray for the SD card so that you don’t have to sacrifice any of the SIM slots for microSD card.

On the camera end, the Vivo Y83 comes with an 8MP sensor at the front integrated with artificial intelligence and face recognition algorithm. The front sensor supports features such as AI Makeup and customized beauty effects. The device also gets Face Unlock feature and since there is no physical fingerprint sensor, that may be the only way to unlock the device apart from the generic methods like the use of a password. The rear camera is a 13MP sensor with a f/2.2 aperture.

The Y83 gets its juice from a 3260mAh battery while the interface is provided by Vivo’s custom FunTouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

As for the price, the Vivo Y83 is priced at 1,498 yuan ($235). The price looks nice for the specs but we think there are better models at that price point in the market already. The device is already on sale via Vivo online shop in China. It comes bundled with a free protective case and earphone.