Vivo V7+ review: Bezel-less display and 24MP selfie camera steal the limelight

But the screen resolution could have been better.
Vivo V7+ review: Bezel-less display and 24MP selfie camera steal the limelight
Vivo V7+ review: Bezel-less display and 24MP selfie camera steal the limelight
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Vivo V7+ was launched in India last week and priced at Rs 21, 990. That would make you feel it is a mid-segment phone. However, it falls short in a couple of areas. A mixed review is what the new phone from Vivo has received.

Design and Display

The Vivo V7+ has been built with an all-metal outer casing to give it the premium look. There are two colors to choose from; matte black and gold. The antenna has been placed quite discreetly and the square shaped fingerprint scanner on the rear panel also appears to go well with the overall aesthetics of the device.

The physical provisions are the volume rocker and the power button on one side and the SIM slots and microSD card slot on the other. Nothing unusual here. The bottom edge has the 3.5mm audio jack and the micro USB 2.0 charging port, as well as a mono speaker. Again, the run of the mill stuff, you would say.

But it is the 6-inch display with very thin bezels all around that will attract your attention. The company claims the aspect ratio of what they call ‘Full View’ has an aspect ratio of 18:9. This kind of an almost 85% screen to body ratio in a mid-segment phone leaves makes the buyers sit up and take note.

However, the screen resolution leaves one much disappointed. Its only 720x1440p. Though it is a HD display and the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection is available to the screen, the buyers would have appreciated if Vivo had gone a little higher on the resolution, especially with 6 inches of bezel-less display.

Processor and Performance

The CPU fitted on the Vivo V7+ is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC with the Adreno 506 GPU for graphics. With 4GB RAM to support this hardware and 64GB internal memory storage, the users should find the phone quite smart with the way it functions. Moving within apps and from app to app will be smooth. Analysts are certain that this combination on the Vivo V7+ is able to deliver 25% better performance than the previous phones in the same V series from Vivo. With a 3225mAh battery to provide the power to the phone, users can expect a better and longer battery life as well.

The OS is the Android Nougat 7.1.2 with the Funtouch OS 3.2 riding over it as the UI. While the Vivo V5 was criticized for being an iPhone clone in terms of the phone’s exterior shape and back panel design, in the case of the V 7+, it is the way the icons have been designed and placed on the display screen.

One commentator goes as far as to say that the Vivo V7+ looks more like an iPhone than an Android phone while navigating it on the inside.

Optics Take the Cake

As indicated, it is the camera setup that lifts the overall ranking of the Vivo V7+. The smartphone brand has already established itself as a selfie dominated optics arrangement phone. The Vivo V7+, accordingly, has a whopping 24MP front facing camera with an aperture size of f/2.0. The rear camera is of 16MP and the lens has the same aperture size as the front sensor of f/2.0. The Face Beauty feature linked to the front camera ensures your selfie picture can be shared at its best appearance.

In summary, the Vivo V7+ should find many buyers in India at its Rs 20K + price level. If only Vivo had bumped the display a bit, the comparisons would have been more appropriate.

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