Selfies are on the rise. More people are taking even more selfies, and they demand phones get better at it. Excuse us for reciting few cliches over there but we reckoned that would be an appropriate start for a company that just launched a phone which claims to take clearer selfies – Vivo. You simply cannot miss this brand if you are in India and care about selfies. The Vivo V7 Plus is what was launched earlier today, a successor to last year’s V5 Plus which we also reviewed for you folks (not sure where the V6 Plus went, let’s move on!). We got to spend a couple of days with the phone and while we script down our detailed review, we thought it’s a good idea to share our findings so far, here goes the first cut of the Vivo V7 Plus.
When you come up with a design that people love (some may complain of the striking resemblances to that fruit company in Cupertino), you either improve it to make it better or play safer by retaining most of it with an iteration. The latter seems to be the mantra Vivo is following with the V7 Plus, which follows a similar design principle from the V5 Plus. It’s a 7.5mm thin rectangular slab that weighs close to 160 gms and feels good in the hands as the weight distribution is just right. Antenna lines go on top and the bottom of the back portion of the phone, and if one were to get the black variant, they are stealthily hidden.
The power and volume buttons sit on the right side with perfect positioning but we would’ve liked a better tactile feedback – it’s almost flat with the sides of the phone. The other side houses a tray that holds a dual Sim slot plus a micro SD slot, yes no hybrid business in here. Down below is a speaker grille and a micro USB port (you’re also reading this right! No USB Type-C on offer). Onto the back, there is a single sensor primary camera with a flash and a highly rounded square finger print scanner. Even a big hand may have to do a little stretching to hit that fingerprint scanner – the perfect position would’ve been a little lower and closer to Vivo branding. Overall, it’s a good build with some tiny quirks that don’t hamper the day to day usage. The phone is slippery though and catches a lot of finger prints during the usage, and the transparent TPU that Vivo has thrown in with the package helps.
While the overall design followed what was done earlier, the display is where the V7 Plus shines. Though the phone is as tall as a typical 5.5-inch phone, the V7 Plus display is bigger at 5.99-inch, getting rid of those bezels we all are beginning to hate. This IPS Capacitive display packs in 1440*720 pixels and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display is also 2.5D Curved at its edges. With a trio of onscreen navigation buttons, the display is a truly refreshing experience. All of a sudden, the phone has a bigger screen for the around the same height as its predecessor. One has to experience these thin bezel display to know how appreciable it can be. Browsing suddenly requires less scrolling, getting through sign up forms is slightly better and media consumption too is better with the sides being much thinner. Touch sensitivity is top notch and we had no issues. The display has good viewing angles but is a tad too reflective under the sun and thankfully the highest brightness helps in such cases, with the auto brightness sensor working well. We would have loved a Full HD display on the V7 Plus but will take this HD display without too many complaints.
Under the hood, the V7 Plus runs the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC paired with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory that can be bumped up to 256 GB via the dedicated micro SD slot. Fun touch OS 3.2 based off of Android Nougat 7.1 comes installed on the phone and is a perfect example of an iOS wannabe. The icons, the control center for a swipe up, the swipe down for notifications, colorful settings menu, translucent notifications and so on will make you feel just that. Coming with some preinstalled software such as the entire suite of WPS Office apps, WhatsApp, Facebook, Saavn, Amazon, UC Browser, Google Duo and other Google’s apps. Thankfully, some of them can be removed and others are most commonly apps. Surprisingly, we found the overall performance to be pretty snappy (we are to get into gaming yet, so more on this in our detailed review). Though the OS is pretty heavy, there seems to be some good amount of optimization done – transitions are quick, app launches are better than we see on other thick skinned software. With a 3225 mAh non-removable battery stuffed inside, there is no support for fast charging.
The front camera is a 24MP shooter that comes with a soft light flash and a 16MP rear shooter with a flash. There are many different modes like portrait bokeh, group selfie, manual mode and so on. We should have more opinions for you once we test out the cameras in detail. V7 Plus has a lot of sensors that include an accelerometer, proximity, compass, and gyroscope.
Priced at Rs 21,990, it is definitely on the pricier side but is encouraging to see that the phone is not all about selfies. While most of the selfie centric phones out there focus on style and selfies, Vivo V7 Plus stands out with its display. With a good build, good feel of the design, the display too has got a major improvement. How will the overall performance be? How will the pictures turn out in different conditions? Will the Fun Touch OS hold up with different loads? All of this and more is what we will test out as we present our detailed review in the coming weeks.