The Chinese smartphone maker, Vivo has launched its new bezel-less handset, V7 + in India at event in Gurgaon at a handsome price tag Rs 21,990. This handset is a Vivo V5 Plus (Upgrade) upgrade. This time the company has not set up two camera setup on the front panel, but has used the same camera with a higher resolution. However, the upgrade is not limited to the front camera only. The popular trend 18: 9 display has also been made part of the phone.
The price of the phone is interesting because there is less option for the customers to buy a premium smartphone in this price range. In such, this is a great opportunity for Vivo to generate a great sale. What is the company given in VivoV7 +? Is it worth buying a deal? Let’s know:
- Vivo V7 + smartphone is available at Rs 21,990
- This handset is a VVV5 Plus upgrade
- This time the company has given a 24-megapixel sensor on the front panel
Vivo V7 + design and build quality
The build quality of the phone is good. It is light with slim. Thickness is only 7.7 millimeters. Walking by keeping phone in pocket is convenient and the texture is such that there is no problem in gripping. The back part is of plastic. But it looks like a metal away from the distance. Finishing is good and Vivo has given a Chrome Accent on the top and bottom edges which works to enhance the beauty of the phone.
The 3.5mm headphone socket, micro-USB port and speaker grip are at the bottom. On the left side there is a SIM tray with two slots for Nano SIM and MicroSD card. You will be able to use the microSD card up to 256 GB. The last variant was not available to increase the storage capacity. Volume and power buttons are on the right side, there is no problem reaching them during usage. Just seeing the Micro-USB connector was disappointing. We should have used a new Type-C port.
The most important difference from Vivo’s old phone is the 18: 9 aspect ratios. The top and bottom borders are thin. So on the edges, even more thinner. The display has a 2.5 d Curved Edge Gorilla Glass Protection which is good to look at. Regrettably, Vivo did not pay attention to the resolution. For the 5.99 inch screen, the company has given HD (720×1440 pixels) resolution which is disappointing. The shocking thing is that the display is not so bad for our hope. Icons and text do not look too sharp. Colors are diverse and watching angles are not too bad. There is also space for LED notifications above the screen.
The rear camera comes with a bulge on the rear side. There was no scratches on the camera lens during the review. Fingerprint sensor is in the middle of the rear part, right above Vivo’s logo. The sensor will identify you faster. You will also be able to lock the app with the help of this sensor and take selfie. In the box you will find Silicon Cover, SIM Ejector Tool, Quick Start Guide, Headset, Data Cable and 10 W Charger.
Vivo V7 Plus specifications and features
The VivoV7+ has used top end Snapdragon 450 processor of Qualcomm’s 400 Series. It comes with Qualcomm’s Adreno 506 GPU. This is better than the rest of the Snapdragon 400 series in terms of performance. There is no problem in multitasking and it is easy to play a game. This Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor is not so fast. But it cannot be said weak. The phone has a 64 GB storage with 4 GB of RAM, which is good. Other specifications include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-OTG and FM radio.
Vivo has upgraded his Funtouch. It is based on Android 7.1.2 Nouga. But this custom ROM made on Android clearly shows iOS’s inspiration. In the new version the notifications appear exactly in the IOS style. Vivo’s control center is available. You can activate it by swiping from the bottom of the screen to the top. The Function OS is a layer UI, so all apps are for you on the home screen.
You will be able to enable Face Beauty during the video call in the selected app. With the help of Smart Split 3.0, you will be able to use two apps simultaneously on the screen at a time. But it works only with the selected app. At the same time, support for nougat’s standard split screen feature is not available. If you want you can run two accounts in some app. For example, two WhatsApp accounts from different numbers.
The settings app will confuse you in the first glimpse. Many functions will not be found where they should be. It can be a bit more polishing, like text and menu alignment.
Vivo V7 Plus Performance, Camera and Battery Life
Despite having a weak chipset according to the ranking, good performance is good. We have never usually complained about the performance. The UI performance is good and the phone handles multitasking easily. It was slow only occasionally. There is no problem playing casual games. However, in a game with powerful graphics, the framerate cannot be sustained several times during the gameplay. VoLTE works well on the Geo Network. Dialer app is also standard. There is no separate video calling option in it, but it comes with built in call recorder.
The bigger display is made to watch the video. The phone plays the file with 1080 pixel resolution smoothly. But the video with higher resolution lags behind. Even 4K video cannot play.
Vivo’s V series handsets are known for the front camera. This time the company has given 24-megapixel sensor. The aperture is F / 2.0. You will also find beauty modes for selfie and video calls. Despite the secondary sensor removal, the portrait mode has been given. With this help you can also get the so called Bokeh effect, but you cannot adjust the depth. In most of the circumstances, the sensor captures the details well, but skin tones are not accurate.
In low light, front camera details and colors captures and also controls the level of the knees. There is also Moonlight Flash on the front. It gives diffuse light on your face. It can be used in low light conditions.
The 16 megapixel sensor on the rear portion comes with phase detection auto focus. Landscape and macros shot taken in daylight come with good detail. Colors are also good. In low light or indoor, the quality of the pictures has been seen low without appropriate light.
You will be able to record videos up to 1080 pixel resolution. Quality is good, but due to lack of stabilization, shocks are clearly visible. The camera app is almost completely copied from Apple’s iPhone camera app. Auto HDR mode proves to be a very handy feature in bright conditions. You will also find modes like Professional, Slo-motion, Panorama and Ultra-HD.
Battery life is good. The 3225 mAh battery will last more than a day in common usage. This phone does not support fast charging. But the charger with the handset charged up to 50 percent of the battery in 1 hour. Our video loop test lasted 12 hours and 4 minutes which is good.
Vivo has started giving some new features that deserve some attention in his smartphone. Vivo V7+ is also the result of these efforts. 18: 9 aspect display is a welcome step. We also liked the fact that the company has stepped on Android Noaga. Front camera works well in most situations. However, looking at a plastic body, a budget level processor and a low-resolution screen, it looks a bit expensive.
At today’s date we have better builds handsets that come with great features and strong specification. And their price is also low. In such a situation, there is nothing wrong with the demand from the user in view of this price. The rear camera did not impress us too much. For this screen size, there must be at least full-HD resolution. Two cameras on the front or backpane are now also popular features. The company should have thought about this too.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is a good choice for the price of Rs 22,000. You will find a great build device that comes with great features like Samsung Pay and Waterproof. Vivo’s own V5 Plus is also a good option. At almost this price you will get a more powerful processor, but it’s still stuck on Android Martiallo and storage can not be increased in it too. It is worth noting that in the current Rs 15,000, many phones are found in today’s date, which will give the cost of the expensive VVV 7+ to the thorns.