The company Vivo, well-proven first in China, and then in other markets of Asia, officially expanding to other countries. Vivo V7 is latest smartphones from the Vivo. The gadget is referring to the middle segment, received such flagship features as a widescreen “frameless” display and a high-resolution front camera.
Packing and equipment
The smartphone comes in a cardboard box with a laconic design. In the kit for the gadget, the manufacturer put a silicone case, power supply unit, USB cable <=> micro-USB, a “clip” for opening the SIM card tray, and a headset made in the manner of earplugs EarPods.
Vivo V7 is offered in two colors, black and golden. The case of the smartphone is made of a pleasant to the touch matte plastic, and the front panel, as expected, completely covers the glass. In general, the design of Vivo V7 is the case when the gadget looks both serious and modern.
Above the display, there was a place for the proximity and illumination sensor, the speaker and the LED indicator. There is nothing below – the navigation keys in the smartphone are virtual.
In the upper left corner of the back panel of the device, there is a lens of the main camera, which protrudes above the cover surface by about a millimeter. To the right of it is an LED flash, and just below the center is a fingerprint scanner.
On the left side of the Vivo, V7 is a tray with separate slots for two SIM cards and a memory card – for such a manufacturer’s decision, you can only praise. The right side is occupied by a volume rocker and power buttons.
The main speaker, microphone, micro-USB port and 3.5-mm audio connector are carried to the bottom end of the device, and only an additional microphone is on the top end.
Ergonomics & Design:
Vivo V7 was unusually compact and light among smartphones with the same display diagonal. Its weight is less than 140 grams, and thin frames on the sides of the screen allow you to use the gadget with one hand comfortably.
The slightly rounded “back” of the device and the absence of sharp corners also have a positive effect on ergonomics – the device lies almost perfectly in hand. The workmanship is excellent: the case is monolithic and has no gaps, and creaks are absent even with the intentional twisting of the smartphone.
The Vivo smartphone is equipped with a 5.7-inch IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1440×720 pixels and a pixel density of 282 ppi. This unusual resolution gives the now fashionable aspect ratio of 18: 9, in which the screen is convenient for watching movies and occupies the maximum useful area of the front panel of the device – in Vivo V7 this figure is about 77%.
The image quality is excellent: the picture is clear and has the correct color rendition. The viewing angles are close to 90 degrees, and the maximum brightness of the screen is sufficient for comfortable use of the smartphone in the daytime on the street. Of course, there is support for automatic adjustment of the backlight level. There was also an eye protection mode that can turn on and off on a schedule, but, unfortunately, does not have the intensity of the blue light filter.
The fagship is running the operating system Android 7.1 Nougat, on top of which the proprietary Vivo shell is installed – Funtouch OS 3.2. The shell noticeably changed not only the appearance of the system but also the logic of working with it, making Android the most similar to iOS.
So, in the notification panel of Funtouch OS, only notifications are located, and quick settings and switches are moved to the new panel. The top part of the settings panel is put under the icons of the last running programs. Any of the icons can be fixed in it permanently for a subsequent quick launch – by moving the icon down.
In Funtouch OS, there were a lot of opportunities for customizing the interface. The most important of them is support for themes. To do this, the iTheme application is preinstalled on the smartphone, containing a directory of free desktop themes and lock screen, wallpapers and fonts.
Other interface settings are in different categories of smartphone settings. For example, you can enable or disable some icons in the status bar. There is a possibility in the device to change the order of buttons on the navigation bar, change its color or hide it completely.
All the standard applications in Funtouch OS are made in Vivo’s own style. No “garbage” programs from third-party manufacturers on the smartphone are preinstalled.
Unusual was the presence in the Vivo smartphone of its own application store called V-Appstore. Its distinctive feature was the lack of registration and the presence in the catalog of only free programs and games.
As a standard keyboard in the Vivo V7 uses TouchPal. Smartphones chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset with eight cores ARM Cortex-A53, the maximum clock speed of which is 1.8 GHz, and graphics accelerator Adreno 506. The amount of RAM was 4 GB.
The amount of internal memory is modest enough – 32 GB, of which you will be available slightly less than 22 GB. But you can install a 256 GB microSDXC memory card even simultaneously with two SIM cards and do not compromise. The results of testing Vivo V7 in AnTuTu benchmarks, 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme and 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme are pretty good.
With the gadget’s gaming performance, the situation turned out to be ambiguous. The smartphone coped well with the World of Tanks: Blitz, but in Asphalt 8: Airborne on the maximum graphics settings lack of fps is visible to the naked eye. It is possible to play, but for greater comfort, the level of graphics will have to be reduced to “medium.” In Modern Combat 5, there are no problems with fps, but the game automatically reduces the graphics settings to a minimum, which is noticeable even in the screenshots.
In World of Tanks: Blitz on average graphics settings fps does not fall below 60 frames. It’s comfortable to play Asphalt 8: Airborne can only be on average settings. Otherwise, the lack of fps will be visible to the naked eye. In Modern Combat 5, there are no problems with fps, but the game automatically reduces the graphics settings to a minimum, which is noticeable.
Built-in Vivo V7 fingerprint scanner works very quickly and accurately. To unlock the smartphone does not necessarily first include a screen – just put your finger on the sensor, and the gadget will be ready to work in just a fraction of a second.
In the company application “Camera” on the left there are quick setting buttons, and on the right are mode switches and escape keys.
The main camera Vivo V7 has a resolution of 16 megapixels and provides a generally decent quality of photos. Daytime shots can be called excellent at all – they are clear, detailed and without noise. HDR mode perfectly copes with the task of equalizing the illumination of images, which show details both in the light and in the shadows. There is support for the automatic operation of HDR, when enabled, the smartphone itself will recognize situations when you, for example, want to photograph something against the background of a light sky.
Panoramas smartphone shoots at a resolution of 30.6 Mp, that is, in the same quality as the usual pictures, but the viewing angle is about 180 degrees. Errors in gluing are not encountered. When shooting indoors, pictures occasionally go out a little blurry, but with high-quality artificial lighting, there is no problem, and the picture is not inferior to the quality of street shots.
But at night the gadget does not do very well: even the lighted objects can be blurred, and the noise makes itself felt. Flash snapshots do not spoil and allow you to distinguish details better – it can be used safely.
The text and illustrations on the photos of books and documents come out clear and well-defined. Of the unusual modes of the smartphone camera is worth noting “live photos”, when you turn it on with the usual snapshot, a two-second video file is saved in the gadget’s memory. These short videos are played in the standard Gallery natively when you hold your finger in the picture. Another special mode was called ULTRA HD – in it the resolution of photos is increased to 63.7 Mp, which is achieved by interpolation. An example of such pictures you can see below.
The maximum resolution for video recording on a smartphone is Full HD. To the quality there are no complaints, the videos are clear and have a good detail, and stabilization is excellent with a handshake.
The front camera Vivo V7 has a resolution of 24 megapixels, which makes the smartphone the rare gadget, which has a front camera resolution greater than the main one. Despite the outstanding size of the pictures, their quality turned out to be average, especially when photographing against the background of a light sky. Strangely enough, the best photos on the front camera go in the rooms, where the lighting of the face and the background is about the same.
The flash of the front camera plays, more likely, the role of the backlight: in case of insufficient external illumination, the LED lights constantly while the Camera application is running. The flash makes the pictures warmer and useful in low light conditions.
Vivo V7 can work simultaneously with two SIM-cards in an alternate (DSDS) mode and, of course, supports LTE. The logic of operation is typical for most Android-smartphones: you choose actions for each SIM-card by default or manually specify the desired SIM-card before calling or sending SMS.
But there are also unusual functions: you can choose which buttons to call or send messages will be displayed in the dialer or when sending SMS – only SIM1, SIM2 only, or both SIM cards at once. The screenshots below show how the appearance of the dialer changes when switching these settings.
The set of wireless interfaces in the gadget is modest: Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n, working only in the 2.4 GHz band, Bluetooth 4.2 and FM radio. Thanks to the modern chipset, the device supports almost all existing navigation systems – GPS, GLONASS, and BDS. The exact location does not take 10 seconds.
The smartphone has a non-removable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 3000 mAh. This is not too big for a gadget with such a display, and therefore the battery life was quite expected to be average. The device will easily survive a working day of active use, or two days while saving the battery, but no more. But in Vivo V7 there are just two power saving modes: moderate, at which the frequency of the processor and graphics accelerator is reduced, and the wireless interfaces are disconnected, and the maximum, when activated, only calls, SMS and alarm clock will work.
When you play the movie in Full HD resolution at the maximum backlight level in the air mode, the Vivo V7 worked a little over seven hours, and in games at medium brightness – about 5.5 hours.
Vivo V7 turned out to be a good image smartphone. Yes, in the “heavy” games on the maximum graphics settings on the smartphone does not play, and this should be taken into account when buying. The advantages were the same: a great widescreen display with thin frames, a thin and light body, a decent camera, and also, that for many importantly, a separate slot for SIM-cards and a memory card. If you are not too demanding to “stuff”, Vivo V7 will be an excellent companion in city life.
- Separate slots of two SIM-cards and a memory card
- Small size with a large display
- There is no support for Wi-Fi in the 5 GHz band