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Y12 and Y30: latest VIVO devices to hit SA

Y12 and Y30: latest VIVO devices to hit SA

Following a successful six months in the South African market, vivo mobile is growing its offering with the introduction of two new handsets. The Y12 and Y30, both evolutions in the Y-series, which enter SA ahead of 5G and the hotly-anticipated X-series towards the end of the year.

Like other devices in the Y-Series, the Y12 and Y30 offer high technical specs, ensuring these are top-tier yet affordable mobile phones. These features include a 5000mAh non-removable battery and a 10W fast charging option to make these phones ever-ready for work or play.

Y12As to be expected, both devices have superlative camera features. The Y12 an AI Super-Wide-Angle Camera expands views to 120°, allowing exceptional landscape, friends, and memory capture. Additionally, the 8MP front camera also means that delicate facial details are captured, and the AI Face Beauty option offers tailor-made facial enhancements for a more beautiful and natural look to any selfie.

The Y30 (pictured above) offers a quad camera experience. The rear primary camera is a 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture; there’s a second 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture; and a third 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture and a fourth 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture. It also comes with digital zoom, auto flash, face detection and touch to focus.  The front camera also sports a 8-megapixel camera for the ultimate selfie experience ensuring beautiful portraits whatever the occasion.

In the Y12 (Pictured left) intelligent power-saving technologies further extend battery life. The octa-core processor with a 12nm design and clock speeds of up to 2.0GHz means that you can install all the apps you need and you can choose between two variants to ensure they run smoothly: 3GB + 64GB.

This supports the Y12 Ultra Game Mode. Play e-sports like a pro by using Competition Mode, which allocates system resources to prioritise your game’s performance. And when it comes to speed, Dual-Turbo is the lightning-fast feature gamers need. By reducing frame-drop, it gives you a smoother gaming experience, plus screen recording means you have a record for replay and player shares.

The Y30 has 4GB of RAM and an octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765) processor allows for excellent storage and a device that will run smoothly – it runs Funtouch OS based on Android 10 and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage. The overall backup is outstanding.

Like all things vivo, style is of utmost importance and these two phones were ultimately inspired by nature. The Y12  Aqua Blue mirror finish embodies the way that colours shift in flux, like the light refracting off the surfaces of a beautiful lake. The Y30 comes in an iridescent Emerald Black and Dazzle White.

The phones retail at R3,899 (Y12) and R4,999 (Y30) respectively.

Additionally for a limited time the Y12 comes with a free gift with purchase, a stylish Riversong headphone set (worth R699) and the Y30 comes with a free gift with purchase, a Riversong portable speaker (worth R999).

“vivo plans to provide South African consumers with a user experience beyond expectations through technology and innovative, trendsetting products,” says Jeff Cao, vivo SA CEO. “Within three years,  the company plans to sit in the top tier segment of cell phone brands in SA.”

Check out a previous interview I did with vivo…

Clare Petra Matthes

Hi, I'm Clare and I am a freelance writer and Tech journalist as well as the owner and founder of where I review tech devices and also cover emerging technology news. Outside of I write for a number of publications and have regular tech slots on chaiFM radio station and eNCA's Tech Matters national breakfast TV news show.

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