Vivo launches the Y19 budget smartphone in Kenya

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Earlier this week, Vivo announced that it has expanded its Y-series portfolio with the launch of the new Vivo Y19 in Kenya. The new device, said to be inspired and powered by the youth, premiers a 5000mAh battery, a Halo FullView Display, an AI Triple Rear Camera setup, premium design and enhanced features that guarantee high performance, and superb photography. 

The launch of the Y19 is also set to increase quality smartphone penetration, fast-tracking Vivo’s vision to drive affordability inclusion in the country.

“As a leading smartphone brand, we are keen on strengthening the connection with our customers and partners to meet the increasing demand for quality devices and better user experience in this market. We are aiming to offer more options for devices with high-quality standard and comprehensive functionality at an affordable price to fulfil this demand,” says Arthur Xian, CEO of Vivo Kenya.


The Vivo Y19 joins the Y- series which include the Y12, Y15 and Y17 currently retailing in stores countrywide.

“The Y Series is made for the youth. We are bringing our latest innovations to many younger consumers through our fashionable Y Series smartphones,” he adds.

The Vivo Y19 features a 6.53-inch FHD + Halo display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, up to 90.3% screen-to-body ratio, dewdrop notch design and has 3D curved edge gradient design at the back panel. Under the hood, it is powered with an Octa-core Mediatek’s Helio P65 (MT6768) processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable via microSD card. The phone also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

On the camera front, Vivo Y19 is equipped with a triple rear camera setup with 16-megapixels as a primary sensor with f/1.78, an 8-megapixel wide-angle snapper with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front, it employs a 16-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0, AI Face Beauty mode. The phone also carries support for face unlock. 

The phone comes packed with a 5000mAh non-removable battery with support for 18W dual-engine fast charging. The phone also supports reverse charging and runs on Android 9.0 based on Funtouch OS 9.2. Connectivity features include VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, FM radio and micro USB port 2.0. The phone measures 162.15 × 76.47 × 8.89mm and weighs 193.0 grams.

The device will be available countrywide in two colours – Magnetic Black and Spring White.

Edited by Jenna Delport

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