In a star-studded event in Mumbai, Chinese smartphone maker Vivo unveiled its latest flagship smartphone- Vivo V7 Plus for Indian consumers. It is company's latest selfie-centered Android handset and will go on sale by September 15 at Rs. 21,990 in the offline market.
The highlight of Vivo V7 Plus is its 24MP selfie camera and a large 5.99-inch 18:9 aspect ratio display. The handset also offers 4GB of RAM and is backed by the newest Snapdragon 450 chipset, Qualcomm's first 400-series SoC.
We at Gizbot tested the handset during the launch event in Mumbai and here's what we have to say about the new selfie smartphone by Vivo.
24MP front camera: Possibly the only highlight of the smartphone
As it goes with most of the Vivo handsets, Vivo V7 Plus is also aimed at selfie lovers and features a 24MP front camera. The camera has f/2.0 aperture and can also create impressive Bokeh effects in the selfies you capture with Portrait mode turned on.
The colors look vivid and images have good detailing with good contrast levels. Overall, with Face Beauty 7.0 turned on, the 24MP camera is bound to please selfie lovers.
As far as rear camera is concerned, Vivo V7 sports a 16MP sensor with the same f/2.0 aperture value. The camera seemed decent in daylight but the images did not reveal much detailing even in good light.
5.99- inch Full View IPS LCD display offers just 720p resolution
With Vivo V7 Plus, the company is joining the league of taller screen mobile devices by incorporating a 5.99-inch display with the new 18:9 aspect ratio.
The screen is quite bright and big but is nowhere close to its competitors, and even smartphones priced lower in terms of sharpness as it only offers an HD resolution.
A 720p screen at an asking price of Rs. 22,000 in the year 2017 can be a real deal-breaker as consumers can easily settle down with handsets offering 1080p displays at similar and even lower price-points.
For instance, LG Q6 also offers the taller 18:9 aspect ratio screen which is much sharper and crisper than the Vivo's Full View screen at a price-point of Rs. 15,000. Even Micromax is selling Canvas Infinity boasting a taller screen in sub Rs. 10,000 price-point. So if you are in the market to buy a handset with best-in-class display at its respective price-point, Vivo V7 Plus is not the handset for you.
Snapdragon 450 CPU and 4GB RAM
Vivo V7 Plus will be the first Android handset in the Indian market to be powered by Qualcomm's latest 400-series chipset. Snapdragon 450 CPU is built on 14nm FinFet process technology and has eight cores to handle processing tasks. The CPU is paired with 4GB RAM, Adreno 506 GPU and 64GB internal storage that can be expanded further by 256GB via microSD card slot.
While it's too early to comment on the performance of the processor before a thorough testing, it is still surprising to see Vivo shipping a handset priced at Rs. 22,000 with an entry level chipset. We will stress test the processor in the coming week to find out how good or bad is Qualcomm's latest kid.
Android 7.1 Nougat with Funtouch OS 3.2
While other popular Chinese brands are moving towards stock Android UI, Vivo is still sticking with company's customized skin- Funtouch OS 3.2. The custom skin is deployed on Android 7.1 Nougat and is heavily inspired from iOS. The handset worked just fine in our brief usage and did not stutter while using camera and other applications.
Vivo has also equipped the handset with Face recognition technology that can be used to unlock the handset. Besides, you get spilt screen where you can use two apps simultaneously on one screen, eye protection mode, and app clone that allows you to use two separate accounts to log into various applications.
Battery and Connectivity
Vivo V7 Plus is backed by a 3,325 mAh battery unit that would be sufficient to last a day on a single charge as it has to provide juice to a 720p screen and the entry-level Snapdragon 450 SoC, which will not be very harsh on resources.
As far as connectivity is concerned, Vivo V7 Plus comes equipped with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB OTG, FM, micro USB 2.0 port, GPS and a hybrid SIM card tray.
It goes without any saying that Vivo V7 Plus is an expensive affair for the specification it brings to table at a price of Rs. 22,000. It only makes sense for consumers who click selfies day and night and can compromise on display and hard-core power intensive tasks such as graphical intensive gaming per se.
The handset might please some offline consumers who are looking for a good looking Android handset with a large screen and that can capture good self portraits. For someone interested in a performance driven phone, Vivo V7 Plus does not seem the right option.
Stay tuned on GIZBOT for our comprehensive review of the handset where we will unfold the true potential of the Vivo V7 Plus.