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Vivo Starts Selling its Budget Y1s Smartphone in Kenya

..It features 2GB RAM, 32GB ROM and a 6.22-inch HD+ display


Vivo’s Kenya subsidiary has silently launched another Y-series phone in the country. It’s not surprising that the phone hasn’t received similar attention like other Y-series phones recently launched in Kenya. That is because the Y1s is an entry-level device.

Vivo Y1s price starts at KES 9,799 on Jumia. So, vivo Y1s doesn’t feature mind-boggling hardware.

Y1s features a 6.22-inch HD+ Halo FullView™ display with an 88.6% screen-to-body ratio which should provide enough real-estate for viewing videos and scrolling through social media. General smartphone design is per with current standards – water-drop notch, 3D body curves, gradient colors, slim bezels on the side, and volume rockers and power button on the side.

The whole package weighs in at 161g and includes 2GB of memory, a 4030mAh battery, 32GB of internal storage, 13MP f/2.2 camera on the rear, and a 5MP f/1.8 camera on the front. Like many other smartphones, vivo Y1s also uses AI camera enhancements.

The phone is powered by MediaTek’s octa-core Helio P35 (MT6765) processor – similar to what runs under the hood of the company’s recently unveiled Y30. But the Y30 has twice the RAM and ample 128GB of internal storage. It does cost more as well (KES 16,999).

If you want to get the Y1s in Kenya, it’s available in Aurora black or blue and the price starts at KES 9,799.

Vivo Y1s Specifications

Display Type IPS LCD
Size 6.22 inches
Resolution 1520×720 (HD+)
Platform OS Android 10; Funtouch OS_10.5
Chipset MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765)
CPU Octa-Core
GPU _
Network Technology 2G,3G, 4G
Memory RAM 2 GB
ROM 32GB
MicroSD card Slot Yes
Camera Selfie 5-megapixel (f/1.8)
Rear 13-megapixel (f/2.2)
Battery 4030 mAh
Weight 161g
Connectivity Wi-Fi, BT, micro USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack
Other Features Colors: Aurora Blue, Olive Black

Sensors: ambient light, accelerometer, proximity

Price KES 9,799 – Buy on Jumia

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