In November 2020, vivo announced a budget phone called the Y12S. The most attractive part in this phone was the affordable price. But it could boast of a large screen, an elegant body, a large battery and a quite good camera. Today, the company has followed it up with a new version called vivo Y12s 2021. The two models are largely identical with a few minor differences.

vivo Y12s 2021 launched

Under the hood, the vivo Y12S 2021 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chip, as against the previous model that came with the MediaTek Helio P35 chip. This is one of the biggest upgrades. As said, another selling point of the phone is the 5000mAh battery. But the capacity remains unchanged when compared with its predecessor.

Also, the vivo Y12s features a 6.51-inch HD+ LCD screen. However, this is exactly the same display what we have seen on the model launched in 2020. There is also a 3GB + 32GB storage combination, which supports microSD expansion. This is another feature that has got no changes.

vivo Y12s 2021 ice blue

In terms of cameras, the vivo Y12s 2021 model sports an 8MP lens on the front and a dual-camera of 13MP main sensor + 2MP depth of field lens combination on the opposite side. From the picture, we can see there is also an ‘atmosphere group’ sticker lens.

In addition, the phone’s large 5000mAh battery supports 10W charging as well as 5W reverse charging. It gets power through a USB port. Plus, there is a side fingerprint recognition module.

vivo Y12s 2021 black

vivo Y12s 2021 Specifications

Network Properties

  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 38, 40, 41
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE


  • Announced: 2021, May 12
  • Status: Available. Released 2021, May 12


  • Dimensions: 164.4 x 76.3 x 8.4 mm (6.47 x 3.00 x 0.33 in)
  • Weight: 191 g (6.74 oz)
  • Build: Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame
  • Colors: Mysterious Black, Ice Blue
  • SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)


  • Type: IPS LCD
  • Size: 6.51 inches, 102.3 cm2 (~81.6% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)

Operating System

  • Android 11, Funtouch 11


  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439 (12 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.45 GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU: Adreno 505
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Memory Card slot: microSDXC (dedicated slot)


  • Main Camera: Dual
    • 13 MP, f/2.2, (wide), PDAF
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
  • Features: LED flash, Panorama
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Selfie Camera: Single – 8 MP, f/1.8
  • Video: 1080p@30fps


  • Radio: FM Radio
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Audio 3.5mm jack: Yes


  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP
  • NFC: No
  • USB: microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go


  • Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass


  • Battery Type and Capacity: Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
  • Charging: Charging 10W
  • Reverse charging 5W

vivo Y12s 2021 Price and Availability

The vivo Y12s 2021 comes in two color options – Mysterious Black and Ice Blue. It’s up for purchase in Vietnam through online retailer FPTShop for VND3,290,000 ($140/€115), but its availability in other markets is still unknown.


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