Vivo Y91C. Source Vivo South Africa.

The world's sixth-largest cellphone producer, China’s Vivo, is launching its new cell phones in South Africa this week.

The Y91C and Y11 are expected to retail at R1,899 and R2,699 respectively from Vodacom. 

Vivo will compete with a smorgasbord of budget entry level phones like Huawei’s Huawei Y5 lite (R1,499) and Samsung’s Galaxy J4 Core 16GB (R1,899)  

Luckily, there is plenty of demand for budget phones. Almost two thirds of the 13 million new smartphones sold in South Africa cost less than R1,500 in 2018.

Read: More than 13 million new smartphones were sold in South Africa last year – and almost two-thirds cost less than R1,500.

Vivo has sold more than two hundred million phones worldwide. Unlike one of its Chinese competitors, Huawei, it still has access to Android.  

The phones cater for the selfie-obsessed, with special features like an AI face beauty camera filter. They're also popular for gaming. 

Other more practical reasons to buy the phones are their very decent batteries in comparison to phones in the same price bracket. Most phones in this range have 3,000mAh batteries, while the Y11 has a 5,000mAh and the Y91C a 4,030mAh battery. 

Here’s some of our favourite features of the new phones:

Y11 - R2,699

Vivo Y11. Source Vivo South Africa.

Dual rear camera 13MP and 2MP

Dual AI cameras

3GB of RAM

32 GB of storage.

5,000mAh, battery


Dual Sim

Operating system - Funtouch OS 9.1 (based on Android 9.0) 

Y91C - R1,899

Vivo Y91C. Source Vivo South Africa.

13MP Rear Camera

2GB of RAM

32GB of storage.

4,030mAh battery


Dual SIM

Operating system - Funtouch OS 4.5 (based on Android 8.1) 

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