Vivo V7+ now available for preorder in India, boasts a 24 MP selfie shooter
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18:9 (or 2:1, if you’re a proper mathematician) aspect ratios are all the rage right now. The flagship phones from power players Samsung and LG brought the unique aspect ratio into the market, and other OEMs are starting to hop on board. But these extended displays have often been reserved for more expensive devices, especially in the case of the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8. Leave it to China, then, to bring a flagship feature to the mid-range market. Vivo has started taking preorders for their new V7+ smartphone today in India.
While the aspect ratio may mimic current flagships, the specs definitely do not:
- 5.99-inch 1440 x 720 display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (8 cores, 64-bit)
- 4 GB RAM
- 64 GB storage
- AK4376A Hi-Fi audio chipset
- 3225 mAh battery
- Dual-SIM tray
- Dedicated microSD card slot
- Fingerprint sensor
- FunTouch OS 3.2 (based on Android 7.0 Nougat)
The V7+ does have a trick up its sleeve. The rear camera is a 16 MP shooter; it’s not stellar by today’s standards, but it should be adequate. The front-facing “selfie” camera, however, boasts a whopping 24 MP. Considering most front shooters hover between 5 and 8 MP on most phones, the V7+ may be a godsend for selfie enthusiasts looking to up their Instagram game. The wider aspect ratio will also make it a bit easier to frame shots for the front-facing camera, although 24 MP is overkill for phone photography. Considering most social media sites heavily compress stored images and most people view these photos on a 1080p or 1440p screen, many of those 24 million pixels will go to waste. At least it looks good on paper.
The Vivo V7+ is currently available for preorder in India for IN₹21,990 (about US$344). The phone will start shipping on September 15. No word on a release date for western markets as of yet.