September 23, 2017
Vivo V7+

[TL;DR] Why I feel the Vivo V7+ is a Complete Sh*t for the Price of ₹21,990

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I haven’t written any editorials for long and this is Sunday. So, I thought why not go ahead and do a post-mortem of a new device? Just joking, let’s get started.

Most of us love taking selfies and that gets, even more, better when we get an amazing camera for more clearer and better photos. But up to what extent? Can we simply purchase a phone for nothing other than its front facing camera? That too for a price of ₹21,990? Well, I don’t know what views you have about this but the Chinese brand Vivo thinks that having a good front facing camera is just enough.

Just 2 days back Vivo launched their newest device named Vivo V7+ in Mumbai. The company created a lot of hype regarding the smartphone’s 24 MP front facing camera which they claim is one of the best front facing cameras available in any smartphones till date. The phone also comes with a bezel free display just like Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Note 8. There’s also 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage available in the device which can be easily expanded with the help of MicroSD card. However, these are the only good things which my eyes caught about the device. So, you must be thinking why I’m calling this device a sh*t? Well, there are a few reasons to start from.

1.      Build Quality

Whenever you buy a new smartphone before turning it on for the first time don’t you take it on your hand and try feeling its build quality and the material? I don’t know about you but I do it every time. Every smartphone marks its way but the way it is built and by today’s standards, everybody knows that a smartphone which costs more than 20k features amazing build quality. However, this is not the case with Vivo V7+. To my surprise, the device features a polycarbonate back rather than glass or metal body. Even smartphones starting from 7-8k these days feature a metal unibody design. Whereas for the price of ₹21,990 I really feel there’s no reason to remove metal/glass build for polycarbonate back.

2.      The 24 MP Front Camera Scam

Well from the heading I hope you have understood that we will be speaking about something really interesting. Of course, we will. Vivo claims that the Vivo V7 Plus features a 24 MP front facing camera. But that’s not the truth. It is just partially correct. If you have read about the specs of Vivo V7 Plus you will come to know that the device is featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 series processor. I did a mere 10 minutes study about the processor and came to know that the processor only supports up to 21 MP camera if it’s a single lens one. Whereas Vivo claims that the device has a 24 MP front cam. Strange, right? Go this link of official Qualcomm website and check yourself.

Snapdragon 450; Vivo V7+

I did a little more research about it and found that many YouTubers have done tests using most used benchmark apps and found that the sensor used in the front camera of Vivo V7+ is only a 20 MP sensor. But Vivo used software enhancements and made it 24 MP camera.  So, this is how Vivo is faking of 24 MP front facing camera and totally misleading the buyers.

3.      6-Inch Display but Only 720p?

 

The smartphone features a 5.99-inch bezel less display with 18:9 ratio like the LG Q6. However, under this very good-looking display, Vivo is hiding a huge secret. The display of the Vivo V7+ has a screen resolution of 720 X 1440. Can you just believe it? A 6-inch display that features only a little above 720p resolution. What a disgust! For the price of ₹21,990, you are getting only a 720p display. Is it 2010?

4.      No Android Oreo?

Android Oreo is already here and we have seen many smartphones which have launched recently coming with Android Oreo pre-installed. Whereas a higher mid ranged device like this is still having Android Nougat 7.1. This is not the only case of worrying. Vivo uses a very heavy skin over Android named Funtouch OS. And that’s one reason why Vivo is one of the worsts in delivering software updates. In past, we have seen Vivo phones not getting updated to Android Nougat from Marshmallow and I guess this is going to repeat again with the Vivo V7 Plus.

5.      Snapdragon 450 on a device that costs 22K! Seriously?

I really like the fact that Vivo has gone for Qualcomm’s newest processor the Snapdragon 450 but the fact is it is the better version of Snapdragon 435 which is good for using low to mid-range devices. Snapdragon 625 is the processor which has been proved better at this price range. However, rather than choosing the Snapdragon 625 Vivo has gone for the Snapdragon 450.  For ₹21,990 there is just no point of choosing Snapdragon 450 over the 625.

So here in this article, I’ve mentioned why the Vivo V7 Plus is a complete shit. We do not recommend purchasing the Vivo V7+ at this price point. The device is not completely bad at all. But for the price of ₹21,990, I feel it is a lot more than what the device should be priced at. If you want a device just for some good selfies, go ahead. But if you want to do anything more than just clicking selfies then better to scroll down. That’s it for this Sunday’s editorial, I will try to be back with another editorial and another post-mortem of yet another device next Sunday. Till then keep following PageSwype for more.

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Soumyajit Ghosh is one of the youngest TECH journalists in India. Other than writing articles he is a student. He is from Kolkata, India and like most other Bengalis he loves to sleep a lot. Haha! Funny right? Even in real life, he likes to have fun! Currently, he using an iPhone as a primary smartphone and HP 15-ab-219TX as his primary notebook. Want some tech tips from him? Use the social media links below to contact him.

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