Updated on 2017-12-03 by Shivam Setia
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Vivo came up with the very beautiful Vivo V7 in November 2017. This is Vivo’s attempt at premium phones and the Vivo V7 looks absolutely gorgeous. On the front, we have a lean and mean 5.7-inch edge-to-edge display with minor bezels at top and bottom to house speaker grills. Except that the display doesn’t do justice to the design of this smartphone. Vivo V7 has an 18:9 ratio screen with a frugal resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels, ~282 PPI. Considering the price and design, the display is absolutely unfit and horrible.
The phone is not the thinnest at 7.9mm and is at the lighter end as it weighs just 139 grams. The Vivo V7 has Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 providing its horsepower at 1.8Ghz, Octa-core, with a handsome 4GB of RAM. The Snapdragon is a decent performer but don't expect it to provide the best experience on a smartphone of this size. In my opinion, Vivo V7 should have been based on Snapdragon 625 at least. In daily use, you won’t find a lot of issues but don’t complain if your phone stutters a bit while gaming or playing high-resolution videos. Occasional UI lags shouldn’t be unheard of. The coupling of a generous 4GB of RAM with Snapdragon 435 seems odd. For normal usage, the smartphone isn’t bad but don’t expect a lot of heavy weightlifting. Multi-tasking happens nicely, all thanks to that giant RAM. Thankfully there are no heating problems. On the AnTuTu Benchmark score, Vivo V7 scores 56860, just below MI A1’s 60355, GeekBench records Vivo V7 at 766 in single core performance and 3917 in multi-core performance. Vivo V7 comes with a 32GB Internal storage which is expandable via MicroSD to up to 256GB.
In the camera segment where Vivo V7 vouches for itself, It has got a 16MP (f/2.0, 1/3", 1.0 µm) sensor at the back and a humongous 24MP sensor at front. The camera quality is decent, not the very natural and best but decent enough for normal use. In low-light, camera performance isn’t what Vivo claims to be, the best smartphone camera in the range. Still, the smartphone performs well and picks up colours nicely. Larger MP sensor doesn’t translate to better photos, the selfie camera on this one reinforces that statement. The 24MP sensor performs good enough but not to the mark where it satisfies the numbers associated. You do have that artificial depth effect with the front sensor, which sadly is not adjustable. In natural lighting, the shots on the smartphone are great and have good detail and balance. On the positive sides, you do have a 3.5mm jack and dual sim card slots.
The Vivo V7 glides on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, with no upcoming plans for an Oreo update. Android Nougat is no doubt a year old OS but certainly isn’t bad. On top of Android 7.1, you get a lot of bloatware and cheap iOS-like icons/UI, all thanks to Vivo’s FunTouch UI as they call it.
The Vivo V7 seems to be promising with the battery as well with a big 3000mAh battery that easily lasts a day with 5 hours of screen on time. You don’t get fast charging, so build some patience to charge this one. It takes somewhere around 3 hours to go full 100%. The phone isn’t protected against dust or water with no IP rating, so be sure to handle with care.
Vivo has always been embarking on the journey of selfie centric phones, and in Vivo V7 as well, it rests the case with the same selfie centric phone. You cannot expect anything extraordinary over the selfie and just delivers decently in all the departments.
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Vivo V7 comes at a price where it faces a lot of competition from the likes of Redmi, Honor, Motorola. With not the best hardware and only focus on the camera, it wont be the a good recommendation at this price.