vivo Y36: The do-it-all midrange phone for Gen Z

The new vivo Y36 has landed in the Philippines, and it's a compelling new midranger for today's youth.

A smartphone is an indispensable gadget for everyone these days, especially for younger folks, whether young millennials or Gen Z users. After all, a phone is an incredibly useful device for work and school, not to mention that it’s often the gadget of choice for some R&R – whether for gaming or binge-watching movies and shows. Plus, a phone should be reliable and perform well as it’s the main tool of communication for the youth today.

Enter the vivo Y36, vivo’s latest entry in its budget-friendly Y-series. Though make no mistake, while the Y36 won’t hurt the wallet, it still packs all the features that any Gen Z or young millennial needs, and more.

After all, the Y36 packs a capable processor for gaming, promising cameras, a large battery, and an eye-catching design. This combination makes it the do-it-all midrange phone for the youth.

Need more convincing? Here’s a rundown of why the new vivo Y36 is the new midrange device of choice from vivo!

Striking Good Looks

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we have no doubt that any beholder of eyes will find the Y36 a striking-looking device. This is thanks to the phone’s eye-catching colors. For starters, the phone comes in the Glitter Aqua colorway that features a Crystal Glass design that will no doubt catch attention thanks to its reflective coating.

For those who want a more subtle look though, the Y36 also comes in the Meteor Black colorway which features what vivo calls “Fluorite AG Glass” that makes for a unique look when viewed in light, especially with its metal brushed finish.

Aside from the materials used in the phone, the Y36 also has a slim body with a 2.5D curved glass design that makes it look and feel premium.

At the front meanwhile, the phone has a large 6.64-inch FHD+ display with a small dot notch at the top. This screen not only has slim bezels, but it’s also nice and vibrant, making it a great match for binge-watching your favorite movies and shows.

Performance and Battery Life for All-Day Gaming

While the Y36 is a great partner for movie and series marathons while on the go, it’s also a capable gaming device thanks to its Snapdragon 680 processor.

This processor has powered a range of phones that we’ve reviewed before, and as expected, it can easily play today’s popular esports titles with ease at Medium to High graphics settings. These include popular MOBAs like Mobile Legends and Wild Rift, as well as shooters like Call of Duty Mobile.

Users can also rest assured that the phone will be able to run most major games without slowing down thanks to its Multi-Turbo 5.5 + Ultra Game Mode feature which boosts the phone’s performance when you need it. This makes the phone a great partner for younger folks who have a competitive streak in esports games.

It also helps that the phone’s screen has a 240Hz sampling rate. Basically, this fast sampling rate means the phone’s screen is fast and responsive when it comes to controls while gaming.

Aside from performance, users won’t have to worry about suddenly running on empty while in the middle of an intense match as the vivo Y36 has a large 5,000mAh battery. Thanks to this, the phone can last for hours of gaming. Plus, in mixed-use, it can easily last for a day or more on a single charge.

If a top-up is needed, the phone has 44W fast charging support, meaning the Y36 can charge to 70% in just 34 minutes. With this, a quick top-up is all you need for hours of gaming time.

Big Storage, Big Memory

With the advent of hybrid work and school setups, many users have begun relying on smartphones as their go-to device for work or school projects. Thanks to the Y36’s capable processor, the phone should run smoothly for all work/school needs, whether it’s to work on documents and presentations, or an online meeting.

For all file needs, the phone will have no issues as it packs 256GB of internal storage, which should be enough for most students and professionals. But for those who need some extra space, the phone’s storage can be expanded by up to 1TB via a microSD card.

Storage aside, memory won’t be an issue as well. After all, not having enough memory will make any phone slow. The vivo Y36 solves this by not only having 8GB of RAM but by featuring vivo’s Extended RAM which smartly uses the phone’s internal storage as memory. With this, the phone will not slow down, even when running heavier apps or switching between apps for a project.

On top of this, the Y36 has a RAM Saver function which makes space in the system memory to prevent overcrowding when multiple apps are open. Plus, the phone has an Interface Preserver function that wakes up background apps in a flash so users can quickly access the interface as needed.

Dual Rear Shooters for Versatile Photography

Thanks to smartphones, the younger generation is empowered to be content creators, whether it’s through vlogging or photography. With this in mind, vivo packed the Y36 with a 50MP rear camera that’s complemented by a 2MP depth sensor.

The 50MP main camera is no doubt the highlight as it promises to capture great photos, whether in the daytime or at night. Its low light photography capabilities don’t disappoint thanks to the Super Night Algorithm that enhanced the clarity of photos in low light when using the Night Mode on the camera app.

On top of this, the Y36 also packs a depth sensor which should enhance portraits to give them a nice background blur effect. Here are some sample photos from a variety of lighting conditions:

At the front meanwhile is a 16MP front camera that should be a great partner for selfies. Here are some samples from the front shooter:

It should also be nice for vlogging, whether it’s for younger users who want to dip their toes into vlogging their vacation or for more experience vloggers who might want to have a backup device.

vivo Y36: A Truly Well-Rounded Mid-ranger

Thanks to its combination of striking looks, great performance, big storage, and capable cameras, the new vivo Y36 is definitely a do-it-all midrange phone that’s made for Gen Z and young millennial users. The phone has everything you need in a phone and more, making it a great partner for work/school, gaming, and even content creation.

Best of all, the vivo Y36 is available for only PHP 12,999! Yes, this new midranger is priced at just a bit above PHP 10k, making it a compelling option for those in the market for a new smartphone.

The new vivo Y36 is available starting today in vivo concept stores and kiosks nationwide. It is also available via the official vivo Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok stores.