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Like its sister brand OPPO, Vivo has quickly become one of our favourite (and often recommended) smartphone OEMs thanks to delivering good build quality and specs, coupled with great cameras and design, all at very approachable pricetags.

The Vivo Y76 5G is yet another example of this, boasting flagship like design elements and specs at a top tier midrange price. It sports a sleek metallic-like plastic design that is quite sleek (163.84 x 75 x 7.79mm; 175g) and packs in a phablet-sized (6.58-inch 2408×1080; FHD+ LCD) display for your content consumption and mobile gaming pleasure.

Our review unit came with Andriod 11 and Funtouch OS 12 but received around two updates over the three+ weeks review period, so Vivo keeps it secure, and up-to-date through quick software updates.

On that topic, keeping things smooth and snappy whilst navigating the OS, multitasking and playing some demanding mobile gaming titles is Mediatek’s Dimensity 700 CPU (2 performance ARM Cortex-A76 cores clocked at up to 2.2 GHz plus 6 power efficient Cortex-A55 cores clocked at up to 2 GHz with an integrated 5G modem)  mobile processor. It is coupled with 8GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, you get a a 16MP front snapper that is paired with a 50MP+2MP+2MP rear camera arrangement, which takes really good shots in almost any lighting conditions. Colours are vivid, video recording is crisp and smooth, and there is lots of detail in the shots. When the light does become a problem at night though, more expensive shooters such as the HUAWEI P50 Pro‘s rear cameras for instance, do fare noticeably better.

Also onboard is dual-SIM functionality (1 Nano SIM + 1 Nano SIM) plus storage expandability through Micro SD over and above the 128 GB ROM included on the device. While the included battery is not quite modern day phablet-sized at 4100mAh, it will get you through a working day and on the odd occasion that it does not, you can top it up quick thanks to the supported (and included fast charger) that charges the device at a very brisk 44W.

All in all, if you are in the market for a cameraphone, phablet (large screen smartphone), or top tier midrange device and put a premium (and money) behind features like great design, really good camera, excellent software support, and lots of specs and features for your bucks, then the Y76 5G is right up your alley at a recommended retail price of R8999 from local retailers such as Takealot.