You may not have heard of Vivo, but they are one of the largest phone manufacturers from China. And no, they are not related to VivoCity. Recently, Vivo entered Singapore’s smartphone market, bringing two affordable devices: Y65 and V7+.
In this article, we will unbox the Vivo V7+ and take a quick look at its design, software and cameras. Huge thanks to Vivo Singapore for lending me the device to review.
Unboxing – All the Accessories You Need!
Vivo V7+ comes in rather uninspiring white box. Inside the box you will find the device, wall adapter and micro USB cable and a pair of headphones that looks a lot like Apple’s Earpods. A clear jelly case is also included in the box.
First Impression – Looking Good
Display & Form Factor
Like most recent smartphones, the V7+ has an 18:9 display, so you will be able to see more in apps that support the 18:9 screen ratio. At 5.99″ HD+, the resolution is a little low for the size, but viewing angles are good and colors look pretty accurate.
Similar to the Redmi 5 I tested recently, Vivo V7+ uses on-screen navigation bar, which eats up a portion of your screen. But the bottom chin here is quite a bit smaller than on the Redmi 5, so I can understand why capacitive buttons were not used.
The design of the Vivo V7+ isn’t the most original we have seen, but there are some things that I really like about it. The sides are curved in a way that makes the phone feel thinner and the shiny silver accents around the device is really eye-catching.
Front & Rear Cameras
The rear camera on the Vivo V7+ is a 16MP shooter, with f/2.0 aperture and PDAF. We do not know a lot about this camera, but the photos I have taken with it looks promising. I will be testing the V7+’s rear camera more thoroughly in my full review.
Its 24MP front camera also has f/2.0 aperture. It has a selfie flash, like the Redmi 5, but this one seems a lot brighter, so bright it will hurt your eyes. The V7+’s selfie camera comes with some nifty features like portrait mode and face beauty (aka beautify).
Vivo V7+ runs FunTouch OS 3.2 on top of Android 7.1.2 out of the box. FunTouch is similar to OPPO’s ColorOS in many ways, even sharing the same TouchPal keyboard. One thing I wish they shared was the Settings app; FunTouch’s one is a mess.
The fingerprint scanner on the rear is relatively quick. Alternatively, you can use the face recognition to unlock your device, which is surprisingly fast too. Not sure how accurate it is, but you do not have to use it if you do not feel it is secure.
If you are someone that likes to travel, you might be interested in the Vivo V7+. It has dual SIM slots and a dedicated SD card slot, which is pretty rare. Most phones use hybrid SIM trays, accepting only a SIM card plus SD card or a second SIM card.
At S$469, the Vivo V7+ seems costly at first, considering its specs. But after using it for a few minutes, I notice that there are a couple of things the V7+ can do really well, things that are often neglected on more affordable phones like the Redmi 5.
Over the next few days, I will be using the Vivo V7+ as my daily driver, putting it through different usage scenarios and tests. My review of the V7+ will be coming very soon, so stay tuned!