Vivo has armed its new range of perfect selfie phones with a trendy 18:9 full-view screen. Soon after the V7+, the Chinese manufacturer has launched the Vivo V7 that tries to pass on the nearly same experience at a more affordable price point.
Apart from the full-vision display, the other highlight of the handset is its 24MP selfie camera. We have been testing the V7 for a few weeks now to ascertain what it does right and where it falters. Let’s discuss more in our Vivo V7 review.
Key Specifications of Vivo V7:
|Display||5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 full view 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection|
|Processor||1.8 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 14nm processor|
|Camera||16 MP rear and 24 MP front camera|
|Dimensions and Weight||149.3 x 72.8 x 7.9 mm and 139 grams|
|Software||Android 7.1.2 Nougat with FunTouch 3.2 OS|
Design and Build
Since most of the 16:9 display phones available these days include a 6-inch display, the Vivo V7 feels quite compact with a 5.7-inch screen. The first thing you will notice about the phone when you hold it in hands is how light and easy to handle it is.
The navigation buttons are on-screen, but you have the option to completely eliminate them and use navigation gestures instead. The fingerprint sensor had to be shifted to the rear, but Vivo has added a very fast face unlock to make sure you don’t need to access the fingerprint sensor at all.
The handset has a plastic back with a neat metal finish. On the front, there is 2.5D glass. Overall, the phone feels quite premium and ergonomic but an actual metal construction would have provided it a sturdy build quality.
The 5.7-inch screen is surrounded by extremely narrow bezels (77.7 percent screen to body ratio) and has 720p HD+ resolution. The display isn’t very sharp, but other than that, it’s a good quality screen suitable for enjoying multimedia content.
Vivo should have used a sharper full HD resolution screen at this price buy we guess the company is confident that offline buyers who inspect it on retail shelves before buying won’t notice much of a difference or mind the trade-off even if they do.
The Vivo V7 has a 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture. The camera can lock focus quickly and quality of images in good lighting is very good. In low light, there is noise in the images but the color temperature and metering are still pretty good.
The front 24MP selfie camera is what really shines through. The selfies experience has improved compared to last generation Vivo devices and by a wide margin. We are quite optimistic that selfie lovers will enjoy the V7 a lot. The selfie camera can still be improved during tricky light situations like when there is a light source in the background.
Performance and Software
The Vivo V7 is powered by Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor, which is a 16nm based power efficient chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. The handset has a dedicated card slot that excepts up to 256GB of microSD storage.
There is no stuttering on the phone and UI transitions are pretty fluid. There were some frame drops while playing graphic-intensive games at high settings but most heavy and casual games work fine on the phone.
The Funtouch OS running on the phone takes inspiration from iOS. Vivo has been quick to add iPhone X like navigation gestures as well. The UI has all the options and gesture support that you’d need. There is no app drawer though and we would like Vivo to add more themes conforming to Global taste. The software felt quite aggressive when it comes to resource management.
Battery, Price, and Storage
The phone comes with a 3,000 mAh battery. We could consistently make it through one day with moderate usage on most days. The standby time is pretty good, but battery drains fast with heavy usage. If you are a light user, you might make it through more than a day too.
The Vivo V7 can take great selfies and is very comfortable to use and carry around. The performance and battery backup are pretty reasonable too. We have enjoyed the experience we have had with the phone and thus have no qualms about recommending it to selfie enthusiasts. At the same time, it does feel a tad overpriced at Rs. 18,999.