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Vivo Y72 5G Battery review: Impressive autonomy for its capacity

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89
battery
Charging Time
3 days 13h
Battery life
Charging Time
1h18
80% Charging time
Charging Time
2h15
Full charging time

Released in March 2021, the Vivo Y72 5G is in our Advanced ($200-$399) segment, and comes with a multi-cam setup featuring a 64 MP main camera, among other interesting specs. Let’s take a look at its results in our array of Battery protocol tests.

Key specifications:

  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • 18W charger included
  • 6.58-inch, 1080 x 2408, 90 Hz IPS LCD display
  • Mediatek Dimensity 700 5G (7 nm) chipset
  • Tested RAM / storage combination: 8 GB + 128 GB

About DXOMARK Battery tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone battery reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective tests over a week-long period both indoors and outdoors. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. (See our introductory and how we test articles for more details about our smartphone Battery protocol.)

Test summary

Vivo Y72 5G
89
battery
91
autonomy
68
charging
89
efficiency

Pros

  • Extremely robust autonomy, lasting 3.5 days with moderate use (best result to date)
  • Excellent performance with factory default settings (stationary and on the go)
  • Excellent power management at night

Cons

  • Average charging performance both in its segment and in the overall database
  • When the device indicates 20% power remaining, it really has only 16% left

The Vivo Y72 5G moves into first place on our Battery protocol scoreboard, thanks largely to its outstanding performance in our stationary testing, where it comes out significantly ahead of both its rivals in this review.

The table below shows the battery capacity, charger, display type and resolution, and processor specifications for the Vivo Y72 5G and two of its rivals in the Advanced segment, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G and the Oppo A74 5G.

 Vivo Y72 5G

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G

Oppo A74 5G

Battery (mAh)

5000

5000

5000

Charger

18W

18W

18W

Display type

LCD

LCD

LCD

Resolution

1080 x 2408

1080 x 2400

1080 x 2400

Processor

Mediatek Dimensity 700 5G

Mediatek Dimensity 700 5G

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G

Autonomy (91)

How long a battery charge lasts depends not only on battery capacity, but also other aspects of the phone’s hardware and software. The DXOMARK Battery autonomy score is composed of three performance sub-scores: (1) Stationary, (2) On the go, and (3) Calibrated use cases. Each sub-score comprises the results of a comprehensive range of tests for measuring autonomy in all kinds of real-life scenarios.

Light Usage
121h
Light
Active: 2h30/day
Moderate Usage
85h
Moderate
Active: 4h/day
Intense Usage
54h
Intense
Active: 7h/day

The Vivo Y72 5G produced excellent results for a device with a battery capacity of 5000 mAh. Far ahead of its rivals, the device put in a great performance in our stationary tests, even surpassing some devices with bigger batteries, such as the Samsung Galaxy M51 (7000 mAh).

On the downside, the battery indicator is not extremely accurate. When it shows 20%, it actually has only 16% of battery power left.

Stationary

Vivo Y72 5G

104

Highest Score

A robot housed in a Faraday cage performs a set of touch-based user actions during what we call our “typical usage scenario” (TUS) — making calls, video streaming, etc. — 4 hours of active use over the course of a 16-hour period, plus 8 hours of “sleep.” The robot repeats this set of actions every day until the device runs out of power. 

The Vivo Y72 5G achieved the best result in our database so far in our TUS tests, lasting 87 hours 40 minutes. The comparison devices in this review just barely made it (or struggled to make it) past 72 hours.

The Y72 5G manages power consumption extremely well both during the day and at night; in the latter case, the Vivo loses only 1%.

Typical Usage Scenario discharge curves

On the go

Vivo Y72 5G

85

96

Samsung Galaxy M51
Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (96)

Using a smartphone on the go takes a toll on autonomy because of extra “hidden” demands, such as the continuous signaling associated with cellphone network selection, for example. DXOMARK Battery experts take the phone outside and perform a precisely defined set of activities while following the same three-hour travel itinerary for each device.

On the go, the Vivo Y72 5G’s test results for social apps, navigation, and camera are among the best we’ve seen thus far, but its performance for 3G calling is worse than both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G’s and the Oppo A74 5G’s.

Estimated autonomy for on the go use cases (full charge)

Calibrated

Vivo Y72 5G

73

100

Samsung Galaxy M51
Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (100)

For this series of tests, the smartphone returns to the Faraday cage and our robots repeatedly perform actions linked to one specific use case (such as gaming, video streaming, etc.) at a time. Starting from an 80% charge, all devices are tested until they have expended at least 5% of their battery power.

When calibrated to the same screen brightness and speaker level, the Vivo still bests its competitors in this category, but by a smaller margin. It puts in an average performance within its segment in most use cases except for gaming, where it’s among the top devices. The Vivo does better than the Xiaomi in all use cases, and is ahead of the Oppo for music streaming and video playback.

Estimated autonomy for calibrated use cases (full charge)

Charging (68)

The DXOMARK Battery charging score is composed of two sub-scores, Full charge and Quick boost. Full charge tests assess the reliability of the battery power gauge; measure how long it takes to charge a battery from 0% to 80% capacity and from 80% to 100%; and measure how long and how much power the battery takes to go from an indicated 100% to an actual full charge. With the phone at different charge levels (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%), Quick boost tests measure the amount of charge the battery receives after being plugged in for 5 minutes. 

Wired
Wired
33%
in 30 min
1h18
0 - 80%
2h15
Full charge

The Vivo Y72 5G put in an average performance for charging in its segment, as did its rivals.

Power consumption and battery level during full charge

Full charge

Vivo Y72 5G

62

106

OnePlus 9
Best: OnePlus 9 (106)

It took the Vivo device 2 hours 15 minutes to reach a full charge, which is just slightly better than both the Xiaomi device (2 hours 29 minutes) and the Oppo device (2 hours 24 minutes). All three devices take about 1 hour 20 minutes to go from 0 to an 80% charge.

Time to full charge

Quick boost

Vivo Y72 5G

73

108

Oppo Reno6 5G
Best: Oppo Reno6 5G (108)

Users can expect to gain an average of 3 hours 20 minutes when charging up the Vivo Y72 5G for 5 minutes. While it’s just an average performance across our entire database, it’s better than either the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G or the Oppo A74 5G, both of which provide an average of 2 hours 30 minutes. Given that all three devices have the same size battery and charger, these results show that the Vivo not only manages to squeeze a bit more power into its battery during a 5-minute charge than its rivals, but also that it has been tuned to get the most mileage out of each milliwatt-hour in its battery.

Vivo Y72 5G Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G Oppo A74 5G
Autonomy boost (hh:mm) 20%3:19 2:30 2:31
40%3:21 2:34 2:17
60%3:21 2:37 2:22
80%2:33 2:37 2:11
Percentage boost 20%5.5 %5.1 %5 %
40%5.6 %5.2 %4.6 %
60%5.6 %5.3 %4.7 %
80%4.3 %5.3 %4.4 %
Energy consumed 20%1525 mWh1344 mWh1345 mWh
40%1537 mWh1383 mWh1224 mWh
60%1537 mWh1410 mWh1265 mWh
80%1169 mWh1409 mWh1166 mWh

Efficiency (89)

Our Efficiency score comprises two sub-scores, Charge up and Discharge. Charge up is the efficiency of a full charge (how much energy is drained from the wall outlet vs the energy capacity of the battery, as well as the efficiency of the charger and its residual consumption). Discharge is how much current the smartphone drains from the battery when in use (the ratio of battery capacity to autonomy). Better autonomy with a smaller battery means better efficiency.

The Vivo Y72 5G beats some other devices with larger battery sizes and comes in ahead of both the Xiaomi and Oppo devices (76 and 80 points, respectively).

Charge up

Vivo Y72 5G

59

84

OnePlus 9
Best: OnePlus 9 (84)

The Vivo device’s charging process is not very efficient, and at 348 mW, its residual power drain with the device plugged in is above average. Its rivals do better, with the Redmi Note 10 5G expending 276 mW and the A74 5G expending only 210 mW.

Discharge

Vivo Y72 5G

103

121

Apple iPhone 13
Best: Apple iPhone 13 (121)

The Vivo Y72 5G owes its high overall Efficiency score to its impressive performance for discharge, which is indicative of its good power management and design.

Conclusion

While the Vivo Y72 5G is definitely not the quickest phone for charging in our database, showing only an average performance in its segment for this category, it is a very well-balanced device whose performance has earned it the top score to date. Its 3.5 days of autonomy with moderate use (4 hours/day) and more than two full days of intense use (7 hours/day) will doubtless reassure users who are most anxious about battery life, as forgetting one’s charger for a weekend will not be an issue.

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