Vivo V7+ Review: An unexpected facelift by the selfie master

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On September 7th, Vivo announced the launch of their new smartphone Vivo V7+. The company launched the smartphone in India for Rs. 21,999.  Unlike all other Vivo models which are currently available in the country, this one comes with a lot more specialties. Most importantly it has an 18:9 aspect ratio for the screen. And the front of the phone has a very thin bezel and makes it more similar to the LG G6. Unlike the V5 series, V7+ sports a fingerprint scanner on the backside. This is our Vivo V7+ Review for our readers.

Vivo V7+ Review

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Selfie Master With Expansive Display

Vivo V7+ Review

Vivo V7+, in a word, is a revamped beginning of mid-range lineup V- series of the company. With its Snapdragon chipset and larger display, Vivo proved to be moving towards better zone but the VFM could not be kept.

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  • Design
  • Display
  • Features & Hardware
  • Performance
  • Battery
  • Camera
  • Software
  • Pricing & Value for money

Big snapper, big display, compact design - Vivo done very well with V7+. Obvious you deserve to buy if you are a selfie-holic and bezel-less design lover. The smartphone gives a premium feel even with its plastic body. But failed in impressing with the display.

 

About this Review

We have been using this model for a week now. So we think this is the right time to review it. The company has just launched the device. We were planning to publish the review as soon as the company launches the device officially. We were using a matte black color variant. So this is the Vivo V7+ Review by AndroidHits.

This is a review based on our review unit, the retail unit may show different scores in performance rating and benchmarks. 

Specifications of Vivo V7+

 Vivo V7+ Specifications
 Display 5.99-inch 1440x720p display with 2.5D curved glass on top. 18:9 aspect ratio.
 Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Ocat-core chipset.
 RAM 4GB
 Storage 64GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB using a microSD card.
 Connectivity 4G VoLTE, Dual SIM support with Hybrid SIM slot.
 Battery 3225mAh
 Software Funtouch OS 3.0, Based on Android 7.1
 Dimensions 155.87*75.74*7.7mm
 Weight 160g

 

 

Vivo V7+ Review: Unboxing and Design

In the box

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The Vivo V7+ comes in a Vivo’s traditional style smartphone box. In the box, Vivo includes the V7+ smartphone, a Vivo branded earphone, documentation (user manual and warranty cards), a USB to micro-USB cable, USB power adapter, a SIM ejector pin for the dedicated dual-SIM and SD slot and a transparent protective case. The phone comes with a built-in screen guard on top of the display.

Vivo V7+ Review: Design

The design is everything in this model. At the very first look, it would steal your heart away with its incredibly great display ratio. Note: I am a fan of 18:9 screens. So it is good to see a change from the Vivo’s side. Most of their previous models show some similarities to the iPhone models. But this one has a unique design and appearance. We can’t move forward without appreciating that effort. The bezel-less front panel makes it a unique model but makes a little resemblance towards Micromax Infinity and LG’s latest bezel-less mid-ranger Q6. The 2.5D curved glass on the top gives semi-curved appearance, but it is not that curved like Galaxy S8.

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Although the screen size is quite bigger (5.99-inch), you don’t feel any issues while holding the device in your hand. Because the narrow bezel design makes the phone look same as a 5.5-inch smartphone. Look at the below picture for your reference. It shows a comparison with Vivo V7+ and Vivo V5S.

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The device is rather slippery in hand. Because of the smooth finish, it feels very slippery and premium at the same time. However, this model lacks a metal unibody design. Instead, it has a plastic unibody design, which is not that durable. Still, we have no idea why Vivo ditched the metal unibody design. The body is measured at  155.87 x 75.74 x 7.7mm and weighs 160grams. The phone is very thin and compact on hand.

 

Vivo V7+ Review: Display

The Vivo V7+ comes with a 5.99-inch display. But sadly, it has only a 1440*720p resolution, which outs just an HD resolution. They could have released it with a 1080p display. This is the only drawback of the display of this model. Unfortunately, the display isn’t much crisp and sharp, as it has only an HD resolution in the 6-inch sized screen. Surprisingly the V7+ comes with an 18:9 screen ratio instead of their conventional display size and it is one of the USP’s of this smartphone. As you can see in the below picture, it looks similar to some infinity display smartphones such as LG G6, Galaxy S8 etc. But still, it has nothing seem to be copied. It is unique and the display performance is below average.

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As the Vivo has added only an HD resolution display, the outdoor screen visibility is little limited, but comparatively, gives an average brightness even with the 720p panel.

On the top of the display, there is a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for the protection of the device. It effectively protects the display from damages and cracks. However, because of the infinity screen, you might need to consider buying an additional protective case or something. But, because of this bezel-less design and the curved glass, you will struggle a lot to find a tempered glass protection for this device. As of now, the company is providing a protection film with the device. If you are one who always drops your gadgets, think twice before purchasing this model. Otherwise, invest in a good protective case.

Vivo V7+ Review: Software

The Chinese leading brand always ships their smartphones with their own native ecosystem FunTouch OS based on Android 7.1.2 preloaded. As usual, this time too they have installed a newer version of FunTouch OS on the Vivo V7+, layered on Android 7.1.1 onboard. The software side isn’t much clean as other competitors, as it has a lot of apps and tools pre-installed including Facebook, WhatsApp, WPS Office, UC Browser, Amazon, Saavn, EasyShare, etc.

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From the settings panel, we can adjust the visibility level in terms of the UI elements from the FunTouch OS customisation section including custom themes, Wallpapers, Lock Screen, and Fonts.

The Quick Settings panel looks familiar, to be slid up from the bottom of the screen. We can access the usual smartphone function controls from there, from brightness, volume to the network options. Sliding from the top edge, we can access the Notification panel. The status bar is still unchanged, yet you can make the icons smaller by turning on ‘Icon Beautification’ radio button from settings. The recent app’s window too shows the similarity with the previous versions, literally unchanged.

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Users are enabled to customise the on-screen navigation buttons, change the alignment order and even hide the buttons. Alternate to the buttons, you can also use particular sliding gestures. The virtual navigation keys will be hidden in this mode. You ought to slide upward from the corresponding areas of the screen to perform navigational actions.

Let’s dive into the settings panel and explore the “hidden” software features of the Vivo V7+. As the smartphone features a FullView display, navigation bar has been made on-screen, but it may feel annoying in some apps which we like to be full screen. For that, Vivo has added a Full-Screen feature which you can opt in the apt situations. surprisingly, we have managed to find a lot of other features packed with the FunTouch OS in Vivo V7+ smartphone to enhance the user experience – yes, it was an exploration to find out the hell ending of software features. Check ’em out from below.

  • Eye Protection (Blue light filtering)
  • Super Screenshot:
    • Long Screenshot
    • Shaped Screenshot
    • Lasso
    • Doodle
    • Screen recording
    • rectangular
  • App Clone
  • In-device user manual and e-Warranty
  • Smart wake – fixed gestures for several actions from sleep mode/lock screen.
  • Air Operations – you can perform air gestures using palm to do certain actions
  • Smart Call
  • Smart Remind
  • Smart Click
  • Smart turn off/on screen – Screen will remain turned on unless you are not staring on to the screen
  • Tilt to zoom pictures
  • Smart Split – Vivo’s version of screen splitting

Vivo V7+ Review: Hardware, Features & Performance

Vivo V7+ is powered by the Qualcomm’s latest System-on-Chipset on SDM400 series, Snapdragon 450. The Chipset consists of Cortex-A53 Processors×8, clocked at 1.8GHz which is manufactured using 14nm FinFET technology. Most probably you may have been familiar with a similar chip configuration. The same is used with Snapdragon 625, absolutely the SDM450 is a smaller sibling of 625 in terms of both performance and benchmarks.

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The device has 4GB of RAM onboard, with 64GB internal storage space which can be expandable using dedicated SD Slot. The smartphone outperforms a pleasing performance with the Snapdragon 450, and never felt any hanging or lagging experience in the entire usage history.

In a daily normal usage, total device RAM usage has been optimised to almost 2GB, and you will get enough free space memory to run bigger games and apps, makes you feel happy-go-lucky. Have a glance at the benchmarking scores of the device from various BenchMarking sites.

 

 

Vivo V7+ Review: Camera

Vivo markets the Camera as one of the Unique Selling Propositions (USP) of the Vivo V7+ smartphone. The device has a 16MP sensor on the rear, coupled with a 24MP large selfie camera sensor on the front, to make the snaps, as they market, clearer selfies.

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Unfortunately, both the cameras do not give out an outstanding performance as well have anticipated. The rear 16MP does not give much for an exaggeration. The rear sensor has a good autofocus capability but the focusing speed is comparatively low. While clicking the capture button, it may feel little creepy but the captured images look much fastly shuttered. Snaps have little grains and noises while enlarging. The detailed view of focused edges seems bit dispersed, although it can focus on even smaller objects. Background lens blur while focusing is much improved compared to the previously launched V5s Plus, but it cannot produce bokeh effect on larger subjects.

Full speed rotating fan. Taken in Pro Mode – fastest shutter-speed

On the software side, you can get many features including HDR, Ultra HD, PPT Mode, Professional Mode, Slow-Motion, and Timelapse. In PPT Mode, you can click papers and documents so that it will automatically crop the image to turn the image into a scanned sheet. The professional Ode is pretty amazing, where you can control each and every image taking settings manually. Check out some of the samples taken in each mode.

Coming to the front camera, it features Vivo’s Moonlight Selfie feature apart from the 24MP sensor. It also packs Face Beauty 7.0, Normal, Group selfie, Portrait mode, LIVEOn, Watermark, Touch Capture, Voice Capture, Palm Capture, Timer, Mirrored Selfie, etc. enhanced to click stunning selfie snaps. It has also a moonlight glow soft LED flash on front. Favorably, selfies don’t get dramatically beautified as like every time, but the reality exists. Amount of beautification and skin tone can also be controlled manually using the given corresponding sliders. Face Beauty is also available in Video Calls, can be enabled manually from device settings.

Vivo V7+ Review: Battery

The Lithium-Ion 3225mAh battery pack in the smartphone exhibits an impressive battery backup and optimization. We had managed to run the smartphone all the day in one-time charging with normal usage including Music, Wi-Fi, Mobile Data turned on. Even the OS is fluffed with a lot of programs and features, the battery can optimise itself for the usage amount. While running out of battery, we can enable Super Power-saving mode. It will disable all the other functions and the basic functions will only remain.

Vivo has provided with a 2A power brick adapter supports QuickCharge along with the box, but it takes almost an hour or more to reach the 100 in battery percentage. As per our usage experience, this much amount of battery seems enough for the Vivo V7+ smartphone.

Audio & Comms

Vivo’s tagline is always “Camera & Music”. This time too, they have managed to bring a louder speaker on the bottom gill opening. The outcome is much louder and clearer compared to most of other competitors in the same segment, but not the greatest. There is a 3.5mm Audio Headphone jack on the smartphone, which supports Hi-Fi technology from the OEM.

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The micro USB 2.0 port is located on the bottom, inverted as usual. This is may feel little clumsy while plugging in several add-on gadgets like OTG, USB Fan, LED, etc. The smartphone has Wi-FI supporting 2.4GHz / 5GHz bands, Bluetooth 4.2, FM radio, Dual-4G LTE, 2G, 3G in terms of radio connectivity. The SIM slot supports dual nano-SIM at a time along with SD Card, having 3 slots in whole. Concerning the sensors, it is packed with Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Proximity Sensor, E-compass, Gyroscope and GPS/GLONASS for navigational purpose.

Vivo V7+ Review: Final Verdict

Vivo V7+ is a good choice if you prefer selfie camera and a full view display. But when considering the features, the device is slightly an over-priced one. Because the company is providing just a 720p display for Rs. 21,900. It is an unacceptable thing. Because, a 5.99-inch display with 18:9 screen ratio is just an HD display, Are you joking Vivo?

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At the same time, Vivo has improved the battery efficiency and the device gives an impressive battery backup. The video capturing quality is average and the selfie camera is clearer than before. Design-wise, Vivo V7+ is a great device. We were expecting a below average performance, but it has a good performance as compared to the competitors such as Redmi A1, Moto G5S Plus etc. Still, it has some serious flaws that drag me back.

If you prefer selfie camera and big display, choose this model. Otherwise, you have plenty of options such as Redmi A1, Moto G5S Plus and more. They are very much cheaper than the V7+.  Rs. 21,900 for a selfie-focused device is a bad investment.

 

 

5 Comments
  1. Triveni Singh says

    Is it a good device to buy? I am confused between V7+ and Moto G5S Plus.

  2. Akash Barua says

    Looks great

  3. Kamal Nayan says

    18:9 is the future of smartphones, but look at Apple.

    1. Akhil G says

      1 min silence for those all Apple fanboys :p

  4. ARS says

    Yep… Really a bit overpriced

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