• Operating System: Funtouch OS 3.2 (Android 7.1.2)
  • System on Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Display: 5.7-inch
  • Camera: 16MP rear camera, 24MP front selfie camera
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Dimensions: 149 x 73 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 139g
  • Pros:
  • Overall performance
  • Minimalistic design
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • Antutu: 55,180 points
  • PCMark for Android: 4,750 points
  • 3DMark Storm Extreme: 7,923 points

Selfie Galore

One of vivo’s latest addition to its line of V-smartphones, the V7 was launched with a bang awhile back in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Now, here it is in our hands to be scrutinised. The V7’s main selling point is with its front cameras – a 16-megapixel rear camera coupled with a 24-megapixel front selfie camera. Together they offer your selfies much more than just filters. Instead they are now capable of capturing selfies with depth-of-field, as well as bokeh effects. So if you’re the type to go crazy on those selfies with your friends, the V7 would be your kind of device.

Aside from that, the V7 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, which is a great mid-range chipset. It provides all the performance and features that keeps the V7 smooth and operational. Wrapped in a Matte Black colour variant, the phone looks good. It easily reminds you of phones that are in the market right now, but manages to stand out from the rest with the use of an 18:9 display on its 5.2-inch screen. Additionally, while the resolution is not Full HD, the V7’s screen still looks great regardless. The body is shaped nicely and sits comfortable in our hands, but it doesn’t stop there – single hand usage of the V7 is just as pleasant.

Performance wise, thanks to the mid-range processor along with 4GB of RAM, your games, multimedia and everyday use are handled well. The menus are quite snappy, as vivo’s FunTouch OS 3.2 does provide a good user experience. Based on Android’s 7.1.2, the OS seems to be stable as well from our experience using it. Finally the V7 comes with a storage of 32GB. While that can be quite small considering the smartphone is targeted towards those who have trigger fingers, but there’s always the option to expand your storage with a microSD of up to 256GB.

Also, if you’re not a fan of black there’s also a colour variation of Crown Gold.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Click, Click! The sound of happy selfie takers. The vivo V7 is in a tier where it is affordable and caters to the current trend of selfie taking, but doesn’t too much compromise on performance.

(previously published in issue January 2018)

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