Monday, November 6, 2017

Vivo V7+ Smartphone Review

At the end of September 2017, Vivo held their new smartphone release event, V7 +, grandly and extravagantly, invited a number of top artists and broadcasted the show on nine national television. Smartphone V7 + is indeed can be said to have its own charm. In addition to its 24 MP selfie camera, which may be an attractive feature for selfie lovers, this smartphone also carries a new SoC, Snapdragon 450, which of course appeals to us, the Jagat Gadget team.

A few days after the release ceremony, Vivo invited us to try the V7 + smartphone directly. Interestingly, not just trying on the show, Vivo allowed Jagat Gadget team, and several other media representatives, to review more in their new smartphone. Therefore, we can finally make this review article for you all!


V7 + This is one of the new Vivo smartphones that comes with different designs from the company's products from China this before. What makes this new smartphone look different is Vivo is now trying to follow the trend by presenting a smartphone with a thin bezel, not only on the left-right side of the screen, but also on the top-down side of the screen. Indeed, the bezel on the top-down side can not be said to be really thin, but it looks thinner than the previous Vivo smartphone.

This smartphone has dimensions of 155.87 mm x 75.74 mm x 7.7 mm. The dimension of almost 2: 1 width and width is due to Vivo using a screen with an 18: 9 ratio. The screen on this smartphone itself has a diagonal of 5.99 ". However, because the ratio of 18: 9 diusungnya, the size of this smartphone so not as big as a smartphone with a 6.0 "screen in general with a ratio of 16: 9. When compared to the front section of the smartphone, the V7 + screen offers a screen-to-body ratio of about 78%, smaller than the 84% claim provided by Vivo, but is still fairly good for now.

In the bottom side bezel of the screen, Vivo does not put any components. There are no fingerprint scanners or physical navigation buttons in this section. As for the bezel on the top side of the screen, Vivo is seen placing a number of components. In addition to the earpiece, there are also selfie camera, proximity sensor, and light sensor.

Switch to the side of this Vivo smartphone. On the left side, Vivo puts a tray for SIM Card and Micro SD. One interesting thing, this tray is not a hybrid tray that is common in today's smartphone era. Vivo chose to offer non-hybrid trays, so users can use two Nano SIM and one Micro SD at a time. As for the right side, there are volume up / down button and power button.

Micro USB connector placed Vivo on the lower side of V7 +. In addition to the Micro USB connector, there are also speakers and mic from this one smartphone on the side. No lag, 3.5 mm audio connector is still available, and placed also on the bottom side.

For the back of this smartphone, Vivo puts a fingerprint scanner with a rounded rectangle. Placement of fingerprint scanner on the back side allows users to access it easily while holding the smartphone. However, on the other hand, when the smartphone is being laid, this fingerprint scanner can not be accessed at all. In addition to the fingerprint scanner, Vivo, also put the main camera of this smartphone, besarta with its LED flash, on the back side of this smartphone.

The body of the Vivo V7 + is quite sturdy even though it is not a metal unibody. Vivo seems to use a fairly hard plastic material, which still offers a solid impression as we hold the smartphone. Unfortunately, the rear body of the smartphone is fairly plain, without any texture, and the size is thin, making this smartphone quite feels slippery when held. However, the fixtures in the smartphone sales package will help overcome this.

What is included Vivo in V7 + sales package is not the most complete, but not to say the standard as well. Many smartphone manufacturers choose not to include headsets and softcases for their products, but Vivo includes both for this smartphone. Softcase is also able to help overcome the problem when users feel the body of this smartphone is too slick to be held without additional cases. Unfortunately, for the headset, the resulting audio quality tends to be ordinary, slightly closing the ability of the actual smartphone audio is quite good.

Vivo V7 + also comes with a screen protector that has been installed. The shield has a smooth surface, so it does not interfere with the use of touchscreen, and has a material that is hard enough, but not tempered glass. This, coupled with the silicon case / softcase, makes this V7 + ready for out-of-the-box use.


Speaking of specifications, as we alluded to at the beginning of this article, Vivo V7 + is somewhat interesting because of its new SoC, Snapdragon 450. The SoC offers a very similar specification to Snapdragon 625, one of the favorite SoCs currently in the middle class, with the clock speed is slightly lower. This SoC carries the Cortex A53 octa-core processor with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz, Adreno 506 GPU, with Hexagon 546 DSP and XE LTE modem. Specifications like this look quite promising, especially SoC is carrying fabrication / lithography 14 nm.

Vivo completes the V7 + with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. Kapastas RAM 4 GB can be said to be adequate for smartphones today. While 64 GB of internal storage can be categorized as large, especially with the Micro SD capability that is carried, in a non-hybrid tray, should make users will not experience storage-related problems in this smartphone.

Switching to the screen, this section seems to be one of the main attractions of the V7 +, because Vivo chose to use the "modern" screen with an 18: 9 ratio, measuring 5.99 ". The resolution offered by the screen is 1440 x 720 pixels, with an IPS panel. In general, this screen looks can produce a good and sharp look. The low-impression resolution for the 5.99 "screen, which is 1440 x 720 pixels, does not make the screen look bad.

It should be noted, however, that with this 2: 1 long and 2: 1 ratio the diagonal range does not make it present as big as a 16: 9 screen with a diagonal of 6 ". In the diagonal range of 6 "this width of the smartphone becomes very similar to the 5.5" smartphone. However, the proportion of the screen is slightly higher.

4G LTE has been offered by Vivo on V7 +, with support for LTE Bands 3, 5, 8, and 40 as commonly used in Indonesia. Other connectivity options presented by Vivo are WiFi 802.11 b / g / n at 2.4 GHz, and Bluetooth 4.1. Unfortunately, there is no support for 5 GHz WiFi. Vivo also did not include NFC on this smartphone.

The battery in this smartphone carries a capacity rating of 3225 mAh, slightly larger than the capacity offered by today's midrange smartphones, 3000 mAh. When combined with SoC Snapdragon 450 14 nm which should be quite power-efficient, this smartphone should offer long enough usage durability. Unfortunately, Vivo does not offer a quick charging feature on this smartphone.

Android 7.1.2 Nougat with Funtouch OS 3.2 becomes the default operating system built from this Vivo V7 +. Funtouch OS 3.2 itself still carries some of the things offered in previous variants, including menu access by doing a slide from the bottom of the screen. For users who are unfamiliar with Funtouch OS, this may be troublesome, but it should not take long to adapt to the long-standing mechanism that Vivo is carrying.

Some censors pinned Vivo for one of their new flagship smartphones, including a fingerprint scanner placed on the back side. In addition, there is also an accelerometer, gyroscope, light sensor, proximity sensor, and e-compass in this smartphone. A number of these sensors should be able to accommodate the needs of standard use of smartphones in the current era.

The camera, especially for selfie, is the mainstay of Vivo in this V7 + smartphone, where they really rely on 24 MP sensor for selfie camera in this smartphone. The selfie camera is equipped with f / 2.0 lens. As for the main camera, Vivo uses a 16 MP sensor, with f / 2.0 lens, and features PDAF and LED flash. Video recording capability in this smartphone is limited to 1080p @ 30 fps.


As we discussed earlier, this smartphone is equipped with a 24 MP self-camera and 16 MP main camera.

In general, the camera in Vivo V7 + this can be said interesting, both for the camera selfie and main camera. Both camera responses are good enough, even when used in dark environmental conditions. For selfie camera, the high resolution supported by the 24 MP selfie camera makes errors in the photos so easy to repair. The feature of the shooting trigger by saying the sound became a pretty interesting feature.

This selfie camera is also equipped with bokeh feature. Based on our test, the resulting bokeh is not very strong, thin and quite natural impressed. Interestingly, this feature can only be activated from the Face Beauty menu, can not be found in the main menu selfie camera settings from this smartphone. Unfortunately, this bokeh effect can not be regulated power, either before or after shooting.

Meanwhile, for the main camera, although Vivo is not too encouraging as a feature of this flagship smartphone, the results are fairly disappointing picture. Moreover, the manual mode on this camera is quite complete. You can even take pictures up to 16 seconds!

When used in dark environmental conditions, we found that the main camera images had slightly less detail. This seems to be influenced by the use of noise reduction that is too strong, so the detail in the photo to be reduced. While for the camera selfie, white balance is sometimes somewhat less fitting. Especially, when the flash is turned on. For the record, the camera selfie on this smartphone supports beautify features for live streaming and video calls, in some popular applications.

The camera selfie from the smartphone is also equipped with the ability to support the security features in this smartphone, called FaceAccess. Users can unlock the device with this feature, where the selfie camera will recognize the user's face, and when appropriate will unlock the device. While using V7 +, we feel this feature can really support the convenience of use as it can help users unlock the device quickly. Unfortunately, because this feature was not working in the dark, because Vivo does not equip this smartphone with infrared. Apart from that, in general, this FaceAccess feature will help improve the convenience of using the device in a bright room.


V7 + is equipped with a 3225 mAh battery, capacity that can be said is for now. However, one thing that needs to be upgraded, from several times testing a smartphone with a mid-grade SoC with 14 nm fabrication, we feel with the battery in the range of 3000 mAh, a smartphone already offers battery life is fairly good.

This V7 + smartphone can last up to 14 hours 46 minutes, under smartphone conditions set to Airplane Mode, WiFi on, and screen at 50% brightness level. The results of our battery tests, both a 720p video and browsing test, show that this smartphone has a fairly good resistance. Batteries with a capacity of 3225 mAh was enough to make this smartphone offers a long usage time for users.


When compared with the Vivo smartphone we've tested so far, this V7 + looks different, offering a new design they are somewhat interesting. One of the things that support the more interesting V7 + display is of course the screen, with an 18: 9 ratio, as well as a thin bezel around it. The V7 + screen only offers 1440 x 720 pixels resolution, which impressed low for the 5.99 "screen. However, overall, we do not see it to be a problem for this smartphone, where the screen display does not give a bad impression at all. The resolution also helps the smartphone provide an excellent navigation experience, as it makes the UI response very good.

The performance of the SoC Snapdragon 450, a new SoC with 14 nm fabrication, also proved to be good, and supports a good usage experience for this smartphone. In general, its performance is slightly below Snapdragon 625, with the difference is not too far away. The use of SoC also supports good battery life of the smartphone, as evidenced by our tests. Only, quite unfortunate this smartphone does not support fast charging.

Camera selfie 24 MP, and 16 MP main camera, the smartphone is not exactly disappointing. The results obtained can not be said to be very special, but already fairly good for selfie cameras, especially with a very high resolution. The main camera is equipped with a highly qualified manual mode for more serious shooting needs. Unfortunately, the unavailability of OIS and EIS makes the video less stable during recording on foot.

Finally, we want to underline that, the screen and the performance of this smartphone is good. Not as bad as many have expected. In fact, we feel that the navigation is very smooth and small text read easily. Connectivity is a weakness of this smartphone. Meanwhile, the camera is classified above the average class. Vivo V7 + is present as a smartphone with a new look with a new screen and presenting a good camera capabilities.


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