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Vivo V7 Review – #24MPClearerSelfie for Less Price

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If the Vivo V7 Plus is too expensive for you, here comes the Vivo V7 for only Php 14,990. It still has the 24 MegaPixel selfie shooter that we loved on the Vivo V7 Plus. To know more about their difference, join us on our review.

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Vivo V7 Plus Specs

  • 5.7-inch HD+ FullView Display
  • 1440 x 720 resolution at 282 ppi
  • 1.8GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset
  • Adreno 506 graphics
  • 32GB internal storage expandable via dedicated microSD up to 256GB
  • 4GB RAM
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash f/2.0 aperture
  • 24 megapixel front facing camera f/2.0 aperture
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner
  • GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat with Funtouch OS 3.2
  • Dimensions – 155.9 x 75.8 x 7.7 mm
  • Price: P14,990

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

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Just like its bigger brother, the Vivo V7 has a good build quality. Even though their back covers are made of plastic,  this doesn’t make the phone looks like an entry-level smartphone. The silver lining and antenna bands on the edges of the phone added a sophisticated appeal to the overall appearance of the device.

Its smaller form factor compared to the Vivo V7 Plus makes a big difference when it comes to better hand grip especially while taking selfie using your one hand.

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The fingerprint scanner on its back is very easy to find because there are other elements around it.

DISPLAY

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The FullView display of the Vivo V7 packs the same 18:9 aspect ratio on a 5.7-inch screen display as compared to the 5.99-inch display of the Vivo V7 Plus. Even though the screen size is reduced, it still has the same 720 x 1440 resolution at 282 ppi density. Its average screen solution might be a downside for other people who loves seeing sharper and more vivid images but you should also consider that the lower screen resolution helps a lot on saving the phone’s battery life.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

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The Vivo V7 is now running Android 7.1.2 Nougat on top of Vivo’s FunTouch OS v3.2. As we review the device, we have received 3 software updates and this is something that we need to commend to Vivo. The first software update of course improved the overall performance of the device plus adding the Portrait Mode on the rear camera.

  • AnTuTu Benchmark – 55022
  • PCMark for Android Work 2.0 – 4712
  • 3D Mark Sling Shot – 808
  • Geekbench 4 – 759(single-core) / 3844(multi-core)

Powering the Vivo V7 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset together with the Adreno 506 GPU which are also used on the Vivo V7 Plus.

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The Face ID Access also works perfectly amazing. It can unlock the phone immediately as soon as it detected your face.

One thing that we noticed was the absence of the Hi-Fi audio feature which the Vivo V7 Plus has. This is one of the trade-off since the Vivo V7 has a lower price than the V7 Plus.

Another trade-off is the decreased on the internal storage, from 64GB down to 32GB, but the 4GB RAM is still remained. Good thing, both models have dedicated microSD card slot for expandable storage.

CAMERA

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If you are a selfie lover, choosing the V7 over the V7 Plus doesn’t make any difference. Both models are equipped with the same camera sensors on both rear and front. Vivo V7 and V7 Plus are packed with a 24 MegaPixel selfie shooter and a 16 MegaPixel back shooter.

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The 16MP rear shooter is capable of shooting good images. It has a fast shutter speed and the newly added portrait mode also does its work but since it is only a software enhancement, it still need some improvement on detecting the edges of the subject. While its 24MP selfie shooter will never let you down. Even when you are in are dark environment, the V7 has a front flash to light-up your face. The portrait mode also create good bokeh effect on the background. The only thing we noticed is when taking groupie, the nearest face has a sharp focus but the other member of the groupie are kinda out of focus.

Here are some camera samples

Back Camera (Good lighting)

Back Camera (Low light)

Back Camera (Portrait Mode ON)

Normal shot vs Professional Mode

Professional Mode

Selfie

Groupie

Lowlight

BATTERY LIFE

The Vivo V7 is equipped with 3,000mAh battery compared to the 3,225mAh of the V7 Plus. But you know what, it has an identical battery life with the V7 Plus even though it has a slightly smaller battery juice. Why? Because the V7 has a smaller display size and it is one of the reason why the V7 can last all day with above average usage.

VERDICT

We can say that the Vivo V7 is one of the best selfie phone in the market as of today. You can enjoy the same 24MP selfie shooter for a lesser asking price compared to the V7 Plus. Of course the trade-offs that we have noticed are the decreased in screen size and internal storage and the absence of the Hi-Fi audio chip. On the other side, the Vivo V7 overall screen size makes it better specially on taking selfie with your one hand. The Snapdragon 450 and the Adreno 506 GPU can run above average games smoothly while using it to play high graphics games like Modern Combat, NOVA, and Dungeon Hunter 4 will give you lags. Never-the-less, the Vivo V7 is built with a purpose, to give everyone a #24MPClearerSelfie and it doesn’t fail on that part. There is no perfect phone for everyone specially on the mid-range level smartphone battle. There are always trade-offs for a lower price compared to flagship smartphones.