Vivo had been busy hyping up the arrival of its newest selfie-centric offering, the V7+ for the past few weeks now. Now that the Vivo V7+ is finally here, is it worth the money? That high resolution front camera is certainly enticing enough, but let’s look at this objectively.
First off, let’s look at that screen. Samsung and LG started it off with a new breed of full display smartphones and other players like Vivo are beginning to embrace the trend. The V7+ features a 5.99 inch HD+ (720 x 1440 resolution) IPS display with slim bezels not just on either side of the screen, but above and below it as well. Adding to the high screen-to-body ratio is the 2.5D curved glass that helps to add to the overall premium feel of the phone.
A high screen-to-body ratio presents challenges to manufacturers because there’s less space on the front for anything. Thankfully, little has been compromised with the V7+. It still has the normal front camera placement above the screen along with the normal array of ambient light and proximity sensors. There aren’t any hardware navigation buttons, but that’s because they’re onscreen. Aside from that and the overall sleekness of the phone, the design of the V7+ doesn’t really wow quite so much.
If there’s anything Vivo is really selling the V7+ hard on, it’s the camera capabilities. More specifically, it’s the 24mp front camera and a selection of selfie beautification modes, some of which can be enabled during video calls. There’s also a Portrait mode that mimics the work of a second camera by simulating depth of field. On the back, the 16mp shooter is hardly anything to scoff at either. It has PDAF or phase detection autofocus so you can lock on quicker to your subject.
Unfortunately, there’s no dual camera setup on either the front or back. Considering the V7+’s retail price, it would have been nice to see such a setup on this phone.
The Rest of the Specs
As a smartphone, the Vivo V7+ has the makings of a great mid-ranger. It’s driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC with a 1.8GHz octa-core processor and Adreno 506 GPU. It packs a whopping 64GB of storage to go along with 4GB RAM. The battery capacity is fairly good and is rated at 3,225mAh. Finally, it runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box with Vivo’s FunTouch OS 3.2 custom UI overlay.
As a midranger, the Vivo V7+ has a lot going for it. It’s sleek design, full screen display, and massive storage make it a compelling choice. However, it feels a bit lacking, especially when you consider its price tag of Php17,990.
Vivo V7+ Specs
- 5.99″ HD+ display (720 x 1440 resolution, 269ppi)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC
- 1.8GHz octa-core processor
- Adreno 506 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- Android 7.1 Nougat
- 16mp rear camera with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, LED flash
- 24mp front camera
- Up to 4G/LTE
- Fingerprint scanner
- Price: Php17,990