Vivo smartphones — cheap models going into 2020

Vivo smartphones are designed and produced by BBK Electronics. This same Chinese firm produces the Oppo, Realme and OnePlus smartphone brands.

Although present globally and operational since 2009, the Vivo brand is still relatively less-known in Nigeria. Vivo is known to produce first-rate phone brands being feature-packed and classy.

Being a top phone brand, Vivo has genre of smartphones to suit various categories of users, ranging from the premium expensive buyers to those who prefer the feature-packed yet  cheaper ones.

Cheap Vivo smartphones

Vivo Z5i

Frontline features

  • 5000mAh with 18W fast charging

Vivo Z5i

Vivo Z5i features a 6.53-inch display that offers full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The device is almost bezel-less and has a waterdrop notch that houses the front camera.

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, the smartphone packs an 8GB RAM with internal storage of 128GB.

A triple linear rear camera setup alligned vertically outlines the device’s rear while a fingerprint sensor at the back rounds up the device rear design.


Dimemsion162.15 x 76.47 x 8.69mm
Weight 190 grams
Resolution2340 x 1080 pixels
Screen Size6.53 inches (19:9 aspect ratio)
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable256 GB (via Micro SD card)
Rear Camera16 MP + 2 MP + 8 MP (16MP with an f/1.78 lens, 8MP ultrawide sensor with an f/2.2 lens and 2-megapixel macro sensor with an f/2.4 macro lens)
Front Camera16 MP (with f/2.0 aperture)
Battery Capacity5000 mAh (18W fast charge support)
Processor Octa Core 2 GHz (Qualcomm Snapdragon 675)
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 (Pie, Funtouch OS 9.2)
Network 4G/LTE, 3G, 2G


  • Wide screen size and resolution.
  • Convenient battery capacity
  • Efficient memory capacity


  • Primary and selfie camera pixel count is average.
  • Doesn’t support 5G.

Vivo smartphones – Y19

Frontline features

  • 5000mAh battery with fast charging support

Vivo Y19

Powered by the unique Mediatek’s Helio P65 (MT6768) octacore processor, the device processes faster due to the high 2Ghz frequency of the processor. More processor frequency demand more power, that’s why the smartphone is provided with a 5000mAh battery which supports fast charging.

Other specifications like the 16MP + 8MP + 2MP triple camera setup and 128GB internal storage capacity are similar to the ones used in most Vivo brands. Detailed specifications about this Vivo Y19 model could be gotten here.

Vivo Y9s

Frontline features

  • 4500mAh with 18W fast charging
  • In-display fingerprint sensor.


The 48 MP (wide) + 8 MP (ultrawide) + 2 MP (dedicated macro camera) + 2 MP depth sensor quad lenses used by this model is engraved in a diamond design — frequently used by Vivo recently.

The front camera of this model isn’t made to disappoint as well with a super 32MP wide lens for selfie capture.

The unique diamond design is replicated on the on-display fingerprint.
The device comes with a premium polycarbonate pack in colours: Fancy Sky, Knight Black, and Nebula Blue.


Dimemsion159.3 x 75.2 x 8.7 mm
Weight 186.7 grams
Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
Screen Size6.38 inches
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable256 GB (uses shared memory)
Rear Camera48 MP (wide) + 8 MP (ultrawide) + 2 MP (dedicated macro camera) + 2 MP depth sensor
Front Camera32 MP (wide)
Battery Capacity4500 mAh (18W fast charge support)
Processor Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold + 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 (Pie, Funtouch OS 9.2)
Network 4G/LTE, 3G, 2G


  • A good battery capacity and fast charging t 18w
  • Efficient memory capacity
  • Excellent rear & selfie camera quality


  • Doesn’t support 5G.

Vivo S5

Frontline features

  • 22.5w fast charging
  • Excellent cameras

Vivo S5

Vivo introduced a laudable 22.5w fast charging with this model, but the 4100mAh battery really made this feat seem unimpressive.

Meanwhile, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 octacore processor powers this 8GB RAM phone which has an internal storage as 128GB.

A quad rear camera setup takes the shape of a diamond. The primary lens comes powerful at 48MP while the selfie camera is a commendable 32MP lens.

The phone packs premium specifications and it’s price confirms so. The starting price of Vivo S5 is 130,000 naira.

More specifications about the Vivo S5 could be gotten here.

Vivo Smartphones – S1 pro

Frontline features

  • In-display fingerprint sensor
  • Exceptional camera quality

Vivo S1 Pro

A wide AMOLED screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 and a teardrop notch outlines the S1 pro universal variant. The device comes almost bezel less, as thin bezels line up three sides of the smartphone. The remaining side has a much wider bezel than the rest.

The cameras are quite intriguing like most of Vivo’s models. A quad camera setup takes care of rear photography while a super 32MP camera mans the teardrop notch.

Although expensive, everything about the smartphone is quite alluring, starting from the underlying processors to the diamond designed in-display fingerprint sensor. Read more about the Vivo S1 Pro universal variant.

Vivo U20

Frontline features

  • 18W fast charging
  • 5000mAh battery capacity
  • Rear mounted fingerprint sensor

Vivo U20

The Vivo U20 smartphone aside being an upgrade to the U10 is created to sustain competition due to its N55,000 and
N60,000 variants prices.

In the full review of the Vivo U20 smartphone, I asserted that the strategic pricing and specifications are made to appeal certain class of buyers.

Although made with and upgraded and powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, the cameras at the rear(triple) and front is subordinate to ones packed by various Vivo models.

There are no premium features like the in-display fingerprint sensor but the smartphone is excellent given the price tagged to it.

Vivo V17 Pro

Frontline features

  • Optical fingerprint sensor
  • Good camera specs.
  • Wide fullview display

V17 Pro

The pro version of Vivo V17 comes unique. The V series is Vivo’s most popular smartphone series.

The smartphone’s rear packs a 48 MP (wide) + 8 MP (ultrawide) + 13 MP (telephoto) 2x optical zoom + 2 MP depth sensor lenses. A LED flash is situated at the center of the four camera lenses i.e two upwards and two downward. The rear camera setup are aligned vertically and placed at the centre of the smartphone.

The front camera has a motorized pop-up 32 MP (wide) + Motorized pop-up 8 MP (ultrawide) sensors.

There is no water drop nor dot notch to situate the front camera as the later pops up from the top side of the smartphone when needs be.

The device comes all premium with the only drawback being it’s 4100mAh capacity battery.

One will have to deep hands further into his/her pocket as the crystal black, crystal sky, and midnight ocean variants smartphone is costly.


Dimemsion159.00 × 74.70 × 9.80mm
Weight 201.8 grams
Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels
Screen Size6.44 inches
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable256 GB (via Micro SD card)
Rear Camera48 MP (wide) + 13mm (ultrawide) + 2 MP + 2 MP, depth sensor
Front Camera32 MP + 8 MP
Battery CapacityLi-Po 4100 mAh battery + Dual-Engine Fast Charging (9V 2A)
Processor Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold + 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver)
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 (Pie) + Funtouch 9.1
Network 4G/LTE, 3G, 2G


  • The display size and resolution is wide
  • Excellent rear & front camera setup
  • Excellent memory capacity


  • Weighs slightly heavy
  • Battery capacity is average

The above list of smartphones are the best released by Vivo in the later stages of 2019. They are top models sorted out to suit all classes of users.

Getting a good smartphone within budget brings delight. The list would greatly improve your buying decisions.


A potential electrical/electronics engineer in the making, a phone addict and a motivating partner.While he's not researching through with his phone, Daniel spends his time with the books.★ Fav. quote: The habit of persistence is the habit of victory! ★

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