Review | Vivo V7 Plus smartphone

Following up a colorful year of their previous flagship in the V5 series, Chinese smartphone company Vivo has unveiled the heir to the empire’s crown jewel: the Vivo V7 Plus.

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In a grand launch held at Manila Marriott Hotel last September, the Vivo V7 Plus proved to be the game-changer for the company’s future handset technology by carrying many firsts in the history of Vivo phones.

Design

The most captivating factor in the new line of Vivo smartphones would be its exterior design.

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Standing at 5.99 inches in height, it is the first Vivo smartphone to go beyond the 5.5-inch mark for an 18:9 screen ratio – a new era that’s already looming at this point in time. Although the company has reached a turning point with this feat, Vivo has chosen to stay with an HD (720 x 1440) resolution for their now-taller smartphone. Yet, given its price point, a proportionate amount of features combined with its bezel-less motif are enough to cover up for the 720-resolution drawback.

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The left cheek of the V7 Plus nests the SIM cards and SD card slots, all placed in a single tray. There are two slots for the SIM card socket, while a dedicated slot for the SD card is in position to expand the phone’s built-in memory to up to 256GB. On the other side are the power key and volume keys.

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Aiming to serve the full 18:9 view, Vivo has placed the navigation bar on the user interface removing the usual space beneath the screen. The V7 Plus allows users to customize the navigation bar by changing its order, icons, and color.

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Apart from this trait, this handset also gives out a “sliding gesture” feature, which eliminates the navigation bar and enables users to slide their fingers from different points of the phone’s lower end to perform the Back, Home, and control panel functions.

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At the foot are the 3.5mm jack for audio output, a micro USB port, and loudspeakers.

Behind the Corner Gorilla Glass 4-armed face is a matte finished material specifically designed for comfortable handling. Although it is definitely a facelift from its previous exterior design, the matte finished back cover attracts too many smudges and fingerprints.

The fingerprint sensor, however, which also works as a shutter pad for taking selfies as it has a reachable height compared to Samsung Galaxy S8′s fingerprint placement. Not to mention that V7 Plus has one of the fastest fingerprint recognitions we’ve ever tested.

Performance

On the technical side, the Vivo V7 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset, octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, and Adreno 506 GPU. Using our benchmark software, these specs have managed to score the following:

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The Vivo V7 Plus runs the FunTouch OS 3.2 based on the latest Android Nougat version. It is backed up by a built-in 64GB internal memory and a 4GB RAM, which helped us a lot in performing our activities especially when we’re on the multitasking mode.

Our favorite feature of the V7 Plus would be the Game Mode. In addition to the phone’s Do Not Disturb feature, Game Mode allows you to receive in-game calls. Compared to other smartphones that takes you out of the game when you receive a text or call, the V7 Plus accommodates them without interrupting your online games that cannot be paused.

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To firmly tighten the security of the phone, Vivo has set up a Face Access feature allowing you to unlock the phone using your facial characteristics. We were impressed with how V7 Plus’ Face Access performed as fast as its fingerprint sensor, and we hope to see it when Vivo’s previous models have begun updating to Android Nougat.

In case you’re using two SIM cards, the handset also replicates your online messaging apps (Viber, WhatsApp, and more) so you can log in both numbers.

The V7 Plus houses a 3,225mAh non-removable battery that can last for a day without relying on the power saving mode. However, fueling it back to 100% would require longer time due to the adapter’s inability to quick charge.

Camera

Waving the “Clearer Selfie” flag, the Vivo V7 Plus flaunts a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 24-megapixel front camera enriched with features to spice up your phone photography.

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Vivo’s Face Beauty feature is upgraded to 7.0, which now allows you to use it in your video calls. The Portrait Mode, on the other hand, enables users to control the background blur to project DSLR-like portraits.

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Conclusion

The Vivo V7 Plus is a deserving upgrade if you’re coming from the V5 series given its refreshed design, features, performance, and a reasonable price point. Although there are existing mid-range smartphones offering a 1080 resolution, the V7 Plus makes up for this weak spot by stepping up on the other aspects.

Available in Champagne Gold and Matte Black colors, the Vivo V7 Plus retails at P17,990.

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