- Analysis by KJ David
Although likely joining our list of the best selfie smartphones on the market, the Vivo V7's specs profile is marred by a disappointingly-low-key 1440 x 720 HD resolution on its wide 5.7-inch display. In comparison, a good number of competing phablets boast Full HD (1920 x 1080) and even Quad HD (2560 x 1440) screens. Its IPS screen type winds up as a con in our book as well, knowing that it was released around a time where things like OLED and LTPS were all the rage among flagship-caliber smartphones, although we do appreciate the wide 18:9 aspect ratio brought about by its Vivo FullView architecture.
Setting the forenamed setbacks aside, the V7 packs a pretty strong punch in terms of imaging, having its list of pros headlined by a whopping 24-megapixel selfie camera bundled with Vivo's self-branded Moonlight Glow selfie flash , which is aimed at optimizing the quality of selfies across various lighting conditions. It also resembles many popular camera phones resolution-wise, sporting a 16-megapixel f/2.0 main camera at the back. Powering its high-end cameras is an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, which, though not that fast, at 1.8GHz , still passes the passable threshold, especially with a 4GB of RAM to work with. Also on board is a duo of both facial recognition and fingerprint user authentication , which was not that common in this class when the V7 made its debut.
Joining its mix of pros and cons is the V7's 32GB-only internal memory , which was unimpressive for a sophisticated camera phone as of this technical review. That said, it does support up to 256GB's worth of external memory that may not be the monstrous 2TB microSD allowance offered by some full-blown premium models, but is still quite hefty. We cannot help but wish it had more than 3000mAh of battery power , though, since lots of 4000mAh-powered phablets with comparable pros and cons also entered the market in 2017. Its 139g gram weight (The average was around 150g when it came out) sounds like a nice silver lining, however.
When it's all said and done, the Vivo V7 drops the ball in terms of display and storage, but they don't seem to take anything away from it being a high-ranking selfie-focused phablet.
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