Rs 21,990 is an interesting price, as customers have less buying options in this price range. In such a situation, this is a great opportunity for Vivo. What special has the company given in Vivo V7+? Is it profitable to buy it? Let’s know…
Vivo V7+ Design and Build Quality
The build quality of the phone is good. It is lightweight as well as slim. The thickness is just 7.7 millimeters. It is convenient to carry around in the pocket and the design is such that there is no problem in gripping. Its back is made of plastic. But it looks like metal from afar. Finishing is good and Vivo has given chrome accents 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 on the bottom. On the left side there is a SIM tray with slots for two nano SIM and microSD card. You will be able to use microSD card up to 256 GB. The facility to increase storage was missing in the previous variant. Volume and power buttons are on the right. There is no problem in reaching them during use. Disappointed to see just the micro-USB connector. In our view, the new Type-C port should have been used.
The most important difference from Vivo’s old phone is the 18: 9 aspect ratio. The borders on the top and bottom are thin. At the edges, even thinner. There is 2.5D curved edge Gorilla Glass protection on the display which is good to look at. Sadly, Vivo didn’t pay attention to the resolution. For the 5.99-inch screen, the company has given HD (720×1440 pixels) resolution, which is disappointing. Surprisingly, the display is not so bad as we expected. Icons and text don’t look too sharp. The colors are varied and the viewing angles are not bad either. There is also room for LED notifications on the top of the screen.
The rear camera comes with a bevel at the back. There was no scratch mark on the camera lens during the review. The fingerprint sensor is located at the center of the rear, just above the Vivo logo. The sensor will quickly identify you. With the help of this sensor, you will also be able to lock the app and take selfies. In the box you will find silicone cover, SIM ejector tool, quick start guide, headset, data cable and 10W charger.
Vivo V7+ Specifications and Features
Qualcomm’s 400 series top end Snapdragon 450 processor has been used in Vivo V7+. It comes with Qualcomm’s own Adreno 506 GPU. In terms of performance, it is better than the rest of the Snapdragon 400 series processors. There is no problem in multitasking and playing the game is also easy. This Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor is not that fast. But it cannot be called weak either. 64 GB storage has been given in the phone with 4 GB RAM, which is a good thing. Other specifications include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-OTG and FM radio.
Vivo has upgraded its FuntouchOS. It is based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. But the inspiration for iOS is clearly visible in this custom ROM built on Android. In the new version, notifications appear in the same style as iOS. Vivo’s Control Center is present. You can activate it by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Funtouch OS is a layered UI so all the apps for you are on the homescreen.
You will be able to enable Face Beauty during a video call in select apps. With the help of Smart Split 3.0, you will be able to use two apps on the screen simultaneously. But it works only with select apps. At the same time, there is no support for Nougat’s standard split screen feature. If you want, you will be able to run two accounts in some apps. For example, two WhatsApp accounts from different numbers.
The Settings app will confuse you at first glance. Many functions will not be where they should be. It may take a little more polishing, such as the alignment of text and menus.
Vivo V7+ Performance, Camera and Battery Life
Despite being a weak chipset ranking wise, the general performance is good. We generally never had any complaints with the performance. The performance of the UI is good and the phone handles multitasking with ease. It slowed down occasionally. There is no problem while playing casual games. However, in games with powerful graphics, the framerate may not be constant at times during gameplay. VoLTE works well on Jio network. Dialer app is also standard. It does not have a separate video calling option, but it does come with a built in call recorder.
The big display is made for watching videos only. The phone plays files with 1080 pixels resolution smoothly. But lags behind in high resolution videos. Can’t even play 4K videos.
Vivo’s V series handsets are known for the front camera. This time the company has given a sensor of 24 megapixels. The aperture is f/2.0. You will also get beauty modes for selfies and video calls. Portrait mode has been given even after removing the secondary sensor. With this also you can get the so called bokeh effect, but you cannot adjust the depth. Selfies came out well in most circumstances. The sensor captures the details well, but the skin tone is not accurate.
The front camera captures details and colors even in low light and keeps the noise level under control. There is also a moonlight flash at the front. It gives diffuse light to your face. It can be used in low light conditions.
The 16-megapixel sensor on the rear comes with phase detection auto focus. Landscape and macro shots taken in daylight come with decent detail. Colors are also good. Without suitable lighting in low light or indoors, there is a degradation in the quality of the pictures.
You will be able to record videos up to 1080 pixels resolution. The quality is good, but the shocks are clearly visible due to the lack of stabilization. The Camera app seems to be almost entirely a copy of Apple’s iPhone Camera app. Auto HDR mode proves to be a very useful feature in bright conditions. You’ll also find modes like Professional, Slow-motion, Panorama and Ultra-HD.
Battery life is good. The 3225 mAh battery will last for more than a day in normal use. This phone does not support fast charging. But the charger provided with the handset charged the battery to about 50 percent in 1 hour. The battery lasted for 12 hours and 4 minutes in our video loop test, which is good.
Vivo has started offering some noteworthy new features in its smartphone. Vivo V7+ is also the result of these efforts. The display with 18:9 aspect ratio is a welcome move. We also liked the fact that the company has moved towards Android Nougat. The front camera works well under most conditions. However, considering the plastic body, budget-level processor and low-resolution screen, it does look a bit pricey.
Today, we have handsets with much better build that come with great features and strong specifications. And their price is also less. In such a situation, there is nothing wrong in asking for more by the user considering this price. The rear camera didn’t impress us much. This screen size must have at least full-HD resolution. Two cameras on the front or back panel have also become a popular feature now. The company should have thought about this as well.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is a good option at a price of Rs 22,000. You will get a device with a great build that comes with great features like Samsung Pay and waterproof. Vivo’s own V5 Plus is also a good option. You will get a more powerful processor for about the same price, but it is still stuck on Android Marshmallow and the storage cannot be increased. It is worth noting that even in today’s date, many such phones are available for Rs 15,000 which will give a tough competition to the expensive Vivo V7+.