Vivo Y18e: Budget Smartphone Debuts Without Charger


Vivo has launched a new model in the entry-level segment. It is the Vivo Y18e, that previously surfaced online and received certifications. This device is targeting an entry-level smartphone market, let’s check out the details below.

Design

Vivo Y18e Is Company's first Budget smartphone to ship without a charging adapter

From the rear side, the phone looks decent with its two circular camera cutouts. I liked the golden highlight on the cameras matching the black color of the device. However, the front side doesn’t conceal its budget-friendly nature. Many similarly priced phones now use punch-hole notches for a sleeker look. I hope Vivo considers utilizing a more visually appealing punch-hole notch for its future phones.

To cut costs, the device is made from polycarbonate material. The phone measures 163.63 x 75.85 x 8.39mm and has a weight of 185 grams. The Vivo Y18e device features an IP54-rated dustproof and water-resistant body. The phone comes in two color options including Gem Green and Space Black.

Specifications

Vivo Y18e Is Company's first Budget smartphone to ship without a charging adapter

Vivo Y18e features a 6.56-inch LCD screen with an HD+ resolution of 1612 x 720. Moreover, it also has a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone features a 13MP primary lens and a 0.08-megapixel secondary lens. While there is a 5MP selfie shooter on the front.

Coming to the performance department, the device gets Helio G85 with 4 GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64 GB eMMC 5.1 storage. With this processor, you can expect the phone to handle day-to-day tasks easily. The phone comes out of the box with the FunTouch OS based on Android 14.

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Running the phone is a 5000Mah battery with 15W fast charging. However, on further investigation, we found that this device does not come with the charger in the box. Rather, the 15W charger is sold separately. This might be the start of the removal of chargers from Vivo.

Vivo’s decision to remove the charger from the Y18e box reflects a growing trend in the smartphone industry. While some manufacturers cite environmental concerns, this practice can place an extra cost on consumers. Hence, it is important to factor in the price of a compatible charger when considering the overall value of the Y18e.

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Screenshot of disclaimers from the Vivo V18e official landing page

Moving further, the device boasts convenient features like dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, FM radio, a USB-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Availability

Vivo Y18e is targeted for the Indian market. It seems that the device is already available in other regions as the Vivo Y03. The pricing for the Y18e has not been announced yet, but you can go over Vivo’s official website to learn more about the device.

Conclusion

The Vivo Y18e offers solid basics for a budget-friendly price. Its focus on affordability makes it a compelling choice for people needing a phone for day-to-day tasks. Features like the long-lasting battery and IP54 water resistance add practical value. However, the lack of a charger in the box is an important consideration. Hence, potential buyers should factor in the cost of purchasing one separately.

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