Vivo Y81i with Notched Display, Face Unlock to Soon Launch in India, to be Priced Below Rs. 10,000

The Vivo Y81i is a toned down version of the Vivo Y81 that launched back in August. It features a 6.22-inch HD+ screen, MediaTek 6761 octa-core processor and 2GB RAM.


After announcing the Vivo Y95 this month, Vivo is about to take the wraps off an entry-level Vivo Y81i in India soon. As per a report from 91Mobiles, the Vivo Y81i could hit Indian retail markets in the next few weeks although, exact dates of the official launch are not known yet. The Vivo Y81i is not a completely new handset by any means, though, as it was previously announced in Malaysia just like the Vivo Y95 was announced in the Philippines.

Taking an overview of the Vivo Y81i build, the handset is a notched smartphone with a design completely similar to the Vivo Y81. Hence, it won’t be a surprise if the build material and quality are also the same. There’s a FullView Display which occupies most of the front and both the front and rear feature a single shooter for photography.

Vivo Y81i Specifications

As for more detailed hardware specifications, the Vivo Y81i features a 6.22-inch FullView display with HD+ resolution (1520×720 pixels). The screen-to-body ratio is advertised as 87.9 percent. On the inside, the brains of the Vivo Y81i is the MediaTek MT6761 processor with 2GB of RAM. This is a toned down variant of the timid MT6762 Helio P22 SoC. There’s 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage to back the processor.

Coming to cameras, the front notch houses a basic 5MP selfie sensor with f/2.2 aperture and AI Face Beauty while the rear houses a 13MP sensor. The front camera comes ready with face unlock as the handset doesn’t have a fingerprint reader. In terms of connectivity, the Vivo Y81i offers 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, micro-USB 2.0, USB OTG, and GPS. There’s also a Motorbike Mode for commuters that rejects calls and alerts senders of the receiver’s current status. The Vivo Y81i comes with a similar 3260mAh battery pack to the Y81 and weighs 143 grams. It will be offered in Red Black and Blue color options. On the software side of things, the Vivo Y81i comes with Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS 4.0 which is Vivo’s own custom skin on top of Android.

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Vivo Y81i Expected Price

According to information coming from the alleged retail chain, the Vivo Y81i will be in the INR 10,000 segment and seems to be a variant of the Vivo Y81. At the moment, it isn’t known whether the handset will be an offline-only model or will be sold online. At INR 10,000, it won’t be short of competition though, as there are tons of great choices currently in the Indian market at the said price point.

With the kind of processor being used, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Vivo Y81i priced much lower than the speculated INR 10,000 price tag talked about here. However, since the Vivo Y81 which comes with a largely similar specification list (except the processor) is priced INR 12,990, we can hardly hope for a better price. As a comparison, Realme’s latest offering that boasts a far superior Snapdragon 660 SoC and a waterdrop notch design can be obtained for just an extra INR 1,000. That’s not all, the Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review), the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review) and other offerings far outweigh the Vivo Y81 in terms of value-for-money. Similar things can be said for the Vivo Y81i that will be launched in the coming weeks.

In related news, Vivo slashed the price of the Vivo Y83 Pro permanently by INR 1,000, making it available to purchase for INR 14,990. The handset is mostly similar to the Vivo Y83 but has more storage and a dual camera setup. For more information regarding the handset, check out this article here.