When it comes to selfie-focused smartphones, premium global smartphone maker Vivo clearly rules the industry. Expanding its selfie-focused V series, Vivo has announced the V7 Energetic Blue in the Indian market. Like many smartphones from the company, the Vivo V7 Energetic Blue also focuses on the camera experience. The V7 features a 24MP camera on the front, and also offers a premium design with its FullView display.
Launched at Rs 18,990 in the India, the Vivo V7 Energetic Blue is now available for Rs. 16,990, offering a very attractive feature set at an affordable price. We have been testing the Vivo V7 Energetic Blue version for some time now and here is our full review of the selfie-centric device.
Vivo V7 Energetic Blue specifications
|Key Specifications||Vivo V7|
|Display||5.7-inch IPS LCD with 18:9 ratio|
|Screen Resolution||HD+, 720 x 1440 pixels|
|Operating System||Android 7.1 Nougat with Funtouch OS 3.2|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450|
|Expandable Storage||Yes, microSD up to 256GB|
|Primary Camera||16 MP (f/2.0, 1/3″, 1.0 µm), PDAF, LED flash|
|Secondary Camera||24 MP, f/2.0|
|SIM Card Type||Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)|
|Dimensions||149.3 x 72.8 x 7.9 mm|
Design-wise, the Vivo V7 Energetic Blue is quite impressive. The trimmed antenna lines running on the upper and lower edges at the back offer a good form factor and give a premium look to the device. With the metal-finished plastic body on the back and 2.5D curved glass on the front, the device is very light and fits well in the hand despite a slightly big 5.7-inch display – this is achieved due to the FullView display’s aspect ratio of 18:9, which also makes the phone look modern and refreshing.
The V7 Energetic Blue has a fingerprint scanner on the back which is placed very well and is easily accessible.
On the sides of the phone, there are volume rockers, power button, and SIM card tray.
Overall, the sleek and lightweight design is top notch. The Energetic Blue color of the Vivo V7 seems very attractive and lends a premium feel to it.
The key highlight of the V7 is its edge-to-edge 5.7-inch FullView IPS LCD display. The V7 display has an 18:9 aspect ratio and it comes with minimum bezels on each side and has enough space on the top for the front camera and sensors.
In our testing, we found that the viewing angles and the brightness levels are very good. The display offers excellent sharpness levels in all lighting conditions. All these factors coupled with the FullView display design offer a very rich viewing experience.
The Vivo V7 is a selfie-focused smartphone and if you are a selfie enthusiast, this is the right choice for you. The V7 has a 24MP wide-angle front camera and comes with Moonlight flash and Face Beauty 7.0, allowing you to capture the perfect selfie no matter where you are.
The V7 Energetic Blue’s front camera supports Bokeh effect, allowing you to click selfies with your face in focus while the background is blurred. The Bokeh mode selfies or portrait mode selfies are good in all lighting conditions. Moreover, the device comes with Vivo’s famous Beauty mode which can beautify your face for more attractive selfies. Overall, the 24MP front camera and Vivo’s Face Beauty 7.0 help you capture the best selfies with ease.
On the rear, the Vivo V7 features a 16MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and an LED flash. The camera app comes with features like Live Photo, Beauty mode, filters and more, allowing you to capture great photos without breaking a sweat.
Hardware, Software, and Performance
The Vivo V7 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. The octa-core processor with sufficient RAM is good for day to day usage.
The Vivo V7 runs Funtouch OS 3.2 on Android 7.1.2 Nougat – Vivo’s custom skin brings several good features built on top of the existing features in stock Android. Overall, the UI is good and coupled with the octa-core Snapdragon 450 processor and 4GB RAM, the device offers a smooth user experience.
Overall, in regular usage, the Vivo V7 is a good performer and can handle tasks easily. The Vivo V7 passed our gaming and other rigorous real world usage tests with flying colours – just as striking as its new Energetic Blue colour.
Face Access for easy unlocking
The V7 Energetic Blue also comes with a new Face Access feature that lets you unlock the phone quickly, allowing you to capture important memories of your life easily. We tested the Face Access feature in multiple lighting conditions and the phone passed our tests with flying colours.
Battery and Connectivity
The Vivo V7 packs a 3,000mAh battery which can last for a day. With everyday apps running, music playing, and capturing selfies, the battery survived for a day with some power left before we had to charge it again. Connectivity options on the device include dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, micro USB 2.0 and FM Radio.
The Vivo V7 is great phone that offers a stunning 24MP selfie camera, a good quality display and the Face Access feature. The stunning Energetic Blue colour also helps the phone look attractive and premium. Design-wise, it is sleek and easy to hold in one hand.
If you are a selfie enthusiast, the Vivo V7 is the perfect choice for you.