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Vivo V7 review: High on performance, and a boon for those who love selfies

India, Dec. 15, 2017

 

The phone has various handy features including smart split, one hand mode, app clone and even a face unlock feature.

Rating: ****

Price: Rs 18,990

Specifications: 5.7-inch FullView 18:9 display (1440 x 720 pixels), octa core Snapdragon 450, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, dedicated microSD, dual SIM slots, 24MP front camera with LED flash, 16MP rear camera, 4G, VoLTE, WiFi, fingerprint scanner,
Android 7.1, 3,000mAh, 139g.

Pros: Fantastic front and rear camera performance, compact size with large screen, lightweight, good day-today performance, feature-rich interface, fast fingerprint scanner.

Cons: Not the best hardware for the price, HD screen resolution, face unlock doesn’t work well.

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Vivo’s V7 was announced alongside the V7+ a couple of months ago. However, it has been made available only now. Essentially, the V7 is a compact version of the V7+.

The V7 features a 5.7-inch Full View display (18:9 aspect ratio). This means that you get a large display in the size of a phone with a 5.2-inch screen — this makes the phone handy to carry and lightweight. While we liked the slim bezels, wide viewing angles and high brightness level of the V7’s screen, the HD resolution is a letdown — there are phones like the Oppo F5 and Honor 9i with bigger screens and full HD resolution available at about the same price. Thankfully, build quality is top-notch as expected and like the V7+, this one has a fingerprint scanner on the back which is placed ergonomically.

Like the V7+, the V7 has a 24MP wide-angle front camera. Selfie enthusiasts will love the quality of selfies - we noticed minimal noise and crisp details. The rear camera is no slouch either and takes great images in daylight and low light. You get a beauty mode and a bokeh portrait mode for the rear camera as well as the front camera — both work well. The only issue we have with the V7 is the lack of 4k video recording.

Hardware specifications are the same as its big brother — the V7 delivers smooth performance and can even handle most games as long as they are not too heavy. The internal 32GB storage feels less considering you can easily get phones with 64GB (Honor 9i) and even 128GB (
Micromax Canvas Infinity Pro) at a lower price. We were able to get a full day’s backup from the 3,000mAh battery with regular usage — with heavy usage, you will need to charge the phone twice in a day.

The phone runs Android 7.1 and has various handy features including smart split, one hand mode, app clone and even a face unlock feature. However, face unlock is not very accurate and requires bright room lights to work properly — better to stick with the fingerprint scanner.

Overall, the
Vivo V7 is a great phone for those who want a fantastic selfie camera but in a compact size. However, at its price, it faces stiff competition from Oppo F5, Honor 9i and the Vivo V7+ that offer larger 6-inch screen and better battery life.