Vivo India launched their flagship smartphones - the V3 and V3 Max - at a press event in Mumbai, just before this year's IPL. At the event, Vivo also announced that actor Ranveer Singh would be the company's brand ambassador.
We got hold of the bigger unit, the V3 Max and decided to put it to use. Here are the reasons why we think the Vivo V3 Max is one of the coolest smartphones out there.
4GB RAM at an amazing price point
There is no doubt in the fact that the Vivo V3 Max has 4 gigabytes of RAM packed in at a price of just Rs. 23,980. This puts it in comparison with other such smartphones like the Xiaomi Mi 5, Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, all of which come with 4GB of RAM but are priced much higher, some even 2x the price. This, relatively, makes the V3 Max one of the fastest and snappiest smartphones, on a budget.
Sophisticated camera optics
The latest technology in mobile camera optics, Phase Detection Auto Focus or PDAF is not quite common in smartphone options in this price range. Both the V3 as well as V3 Max equip this tech in their rear camera sensors. It is currently proving to offer the fastest focusing times in real-life testing scenarios. Samsung kicked off the PDAF tech with the Galaxy S5, followed by Apple introducing something similar under the marketing name 'Focus Pixels' on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Sony has the system in its newest IMX230 sensor as well, calling it hybrid autofocus.
The new kickass audio engine
Launched in India by Vivo, the AK4375 Hi-Fi audio chip is something that has always been the unique selling point for their smartphones, especially after the X5Max. It is a special audio chip that enhances sound quality by focusing on all highs and lows in the type of music you play with it, in short it manages the variations in your music automatically.
A brilliant 360-degree fingerprint sensor
Most smartphones now come with fingerprint sensors on them, providing extra security for your precious data. The Vivo V3 and V3 Max also follow suit but there is a feature that stands out. The fingerprint sensor on both these smartphones is placed on the rear and provides 360-degree feedback. This means that whatever way you use your finger to register a fingerprint; it will read it, irrespective of the angle of your finger. As complicated as it may sound, this feature is quite a nifty way to reduce phone unlocking time.
When we put it to use, we were surprised by the results. As a lot of you may know, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has a fairly fast fingerprint sensor but we were astonished to find out that the Vivo V3 Max performed twice as better, both in terms of speed as well as accuracy.
The questionable pricing
While the Vivo V3 Max comes with 4GB of RAM, specficiations like a Snapdragon 652 and a Full HD display rank it a bit below the current market flagships, when it comes to benchmarks and performance tests. Despite the low specs, there doesn't seem to be a moment wherein the V3 Max lags or stutters while multitasking on it. Heavy usage is a breeze on the smartphone.