Vivo today launched its latest smartphone Vivo V7+ in India at an event in Mumbai. Like most of the Vivo phones, it is a selfie centric phone. So, it is no surprise it sports a 24-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture and a selfie soft light. The Vivo V7+ is the successor to last year’s V5+.
Packing a 16MP rear camera and a 24MP front-facing camera, the Vivo V7+ also has a custom audio chip to deliver refined sound. We got our hands on the Vivo V7+ and here are our first impressions of the device.
Vivo V7+ Specifications
|Key Specifications||Vivo V7+|
|Screen Resolution||1,440 x 720 HD+|
|Operating System||Android 7.1 Nougat based FunTouch OS 3.2|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450|
|Expandable Storage||Up to 256GB via microSD card|
|Primary Camera||16MP with f/2.0 Aperture with flash, Portrait Bokeh, HDR|
|Secondary Camera||24MP with f/2.0 Aperture, Soft selfie flash and Beauty Mode, Group Selfie, Inbuilt Filters|
|Video Recording||Up to 1,080p, Slow Motion, Time Lapse|
|Sim Card Type||Dual Nano Sim + microSD Card|
|Dimension||155.87 x 75.74 x 7.7 mm|
Talking about the build itself, the Vivo V7+ looks really premium and comes with a plastic unibody design. While it is good to hold and has a premium feel to it, Vivo could have made this one out of metal.
On the front, you have a 5.5-inch display with camera sensor and soft flash on top. On-screen navigation buttons are at the bottom of the display.
At the back, you get a small bumped-out rear camera, accompanied by a flash. This module sits to the top left corner of the Vivo V7+. A Fingerprint sensor and the ‘Vivo’ branding sit around the center of the device.
Coming to the sides, you get Volume Rockers and the lock button on the right side and SIM tray on the left. You can use two nano Sim cards and a memory card at the same time.
The Vivo V7+ features a 3.5mm audio jack, a micro USB port, and a Speaker Grille at the bottom.
The Vivo V7+ features a 5.99 inch HD+ display with 18:9 Aspect Ratio and a resolution of 1,440 x 720 pixels. This is an IPS LCD panel and the display is bright and crisp under sunlight as well. You will notice certain glare under direct sunlight, but the display is bright enough.
Featuring an Eye Protection Mode, the display comes with minimum bezels and is responsive and accurate while using.
With a camera centric approach, the Vivo V7+ sports a 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and Bokeh effect. A 24MP front-facing camera is given for selfies. The front camera features a soft selfie flash for low light selfies.
The overall camera user interface on the Vivo V7+ is easy to use and navigate. With just a swipe you can access different modes of the camera. Flash, HDR and camera switch commands are neatly placed on the top of the screen.
The 16MP primary camera seems to do a good job in daylight conditions. With no shutter or lag, easy focus and good exposure balance, the camera clicked good images. The images here are taken on different HDR settings which show the difference.
When we tested the Vivo V7+ indoors, we got good results from the camera. The color retention is good and detailing is not compromised for sharpness, which is good too. There is no shutter lag in artificial lighting as well.
Low light is where we found the Vivo V7+ struggling a little with focus. The detailing was also lower when compared to artificial light photography. While the overall results are satisfactory, tiny grains can be spotted on zooming into the low light images.
Front camera Sample
While Vivo has built this phone around selfies and adding a dedicated 24MP selfie camera with soft flash, we took it for testing. The camera on the Vivo V7+ performed well in our testing outdoors. As you can see in the above image, the front camera of the device is able to capture good images.
Hardware and Performance
The Vivo V7+ is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. This combination is complemented by 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, along with 256GB expandable storage.
Considering the device’s price tag, the Vivo V7+ should have been powered by a more powerful processor. However, even with a Snapdragon 450 processor, we did not experience any lag on the device even while gaming on it.
On the software front, the Vivo V7+ runs on Android 7.1 Nougat topped with FunTouch OS 3.2. With Vivo’s optimized skin, you get an eye-protection mode, a drop down search toggle, tapping on fingerprint sensor takes a Selfie, and other smart features.
We ran some benchmarking tests on the review unit and here is what we got.
Pricing and Availability
Vivo has priced this phone at Rs. 21,990 and the device will be coming in Matte Black and Champagne Gold colors. The device is available for pre-booking now on Amazon India. The Vivo V7+ will go on sale from September 15.
So with the Vivo V7+, Vivo has done a good job with the display and cameras. Performance of the device is also optimized but a more powerful processor would definitely compliment it. Even though the phone lacks a metal build, even the plastic build gives the device a premium look.
All in all, the Vivo V7+ comes with a good display, decent camera and audio experience. For those looking for a camera centric device, the Vivo V7+ is a good option.