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Vivo V7 Hands-on: A smaller near bezel-less option

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Vivo released yet another near-borderless smartphone two months after they released the Vivo V7+.

This is the Vivo V7, a smaller, more affordable, and almost bezel-less option.

Vivo V7

Here’s what’s new and what stayed the same.

Look and feel

The Vivo V7 has a familiar-looking screen — at 5.7 inches, however, it’s smaller than most near-borderless displays.

The forehead (yep, that bezel up top), houses a selfie shooter, the earpiece, proximity sensor, and LED flash.

Vivo V7

There is nothing on the bottom bezel — no buttons, capacitive or otherwise. The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back near the rear shooter.

The top right houses the volume rockers and the power button.

Vivo V7

On the left, we find the SIM card tray which can accommodate two nano-SIM cards and a microSD card.

Vivo V7

Admittedly, this phone fits my teeny hands better as I’ve always struggled with bigger handsets. Worth noting also is how gestures, much like those in the iPhone X, can be used instead of the onscreen home, back, and recent apps buttons.

Cameras

Vivo phones are known for their capacity to take “perfect selfies” and this particular release does not disappoint in that department. It has a 24-megapixel front-facing camera equipped with Face Beauty 7.0. If you’re wondering, this is what it can do. And no, I don’t normally look this fresh, unfortunately.

Vivo V7 selfie sample

The beauty filter is also available on video calls for certain apps like Facebook Messenger; however, you can’t activate it for normal video recording. (Sorry, vloggers!)

The single 16-megapixel rear shooter also has a portrait mode equipped with bokeh and beauty mode.

Vivo V7

Here are a few more sample shots:

What’s inside

The V7 is powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor which is, as Dan has explained earlier, “pretty much based on the Snapdragon 625.”Vivo V7

It has 4GB of memory, 32GB of storage, and runs on Android Nougat with FunTouch OS 3.2. A 3000mAh battery powers the device.

Much like the V7+, and all other near bezel-less smartphones, this handset is equipped with facial unlock capabilities.

V7 versus V7+

Side by side, the V7 looks much like its predecessor. Basically, the Vivo V7 is a smaller version of the V7+.

Vivo V7

Just a teeny bit, smaller, though — 0.3 inches to be precise. This isn’t much of a difference even when you get to hold both phones. The V7 also has the same screen resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.

Vivo V7 VS Vivo V7+

There are a few other differences, too. The V7 has less storage and a smaller battery capacity. It also lacks the Hi-Fi audio chip that the V7+ is equipped with.

Vivo V7

Photo lovers need not worry: This device is equipped with the same powerful shooters as on the V7+ for all you picture-perfect needs!

First impressions

At PhP 14,990 or around US$ 290 (IDR 3,799,000 in Indonesia), the Vivo V7 seem like a great deal compared to its more expensive predecessor.

Vivo V7

With this more affordable tag, however, come those spec compromises. How will they affect performance and phone capabilities? Does screen size really matter? These are questions we’ll reserve for the review.

In the meantime, it’s looking good for the V7.

SEE ALSO: Vivo V7+ Unboxing and Review

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Hands-on: Best phone of 2018?

Huawei outdoes itself again

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In an industry where incremental updates are the new norm, Huawei manages to wow us again — barely a year after the release of the P20 Pro. The Chinese company is back with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro which might just be the best among the best this year.

In this video, we go over the phones’ new designs, updated cameras, and new memory card format. We also go through the differences between the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.

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Razer Phone 2 Hands-on

A pocketable gaming rig with flagship features

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Razer has improved last year’s model, and from the looks of it, we might just have a phone that not only gamers would want to use. This is our Razer Phone 2 hands-on.

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Razer Phone 2 hands-on: Not only for gamers

All glass, all power

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Last year, Razer — the company known for gaming notebooks and peripherals — released a smartphone designed specifically for gamers, with features like loud front-firing stereo speakers, a brilliant display with fast refresh rates, and all the power to run your favorite games.

And just like that the gaming smartphone category was born.

This year, new competitors like the ASUS ROG Phone and ZTE Nubia Red Magic have cropped up. But Razer is back with an update! And from the looks of it, we might just have a phone that not only gamers would want to use.

At first glance, the Razer Phone 2 looks very much like last year’s model. It’s the same size, has the same boxy shape, and the same front-firing speakers on both its forehead and chin.

But turn it around and you’ll know it’s completely different. The 12-megapixel dual-camera setup (one has a 2x telephoto lens) is in a new place, and the back is now glass instead of aluminum.

In my briefing with Razer, I was told the decision on glass was to enable faster connectivity speeds — Gigabit LTE, to be exact — and to enable wireless charging.

Plus, they sell this wireless charging stand separately with cool RGB lighting underneath!

But you know what’s really cool? The Razer logo on the phone’s back lights up. Not just with Razer’s signature green, but any color of the rainbow! All of which can be managed with an app.

One thing that was really important to Razer this time around was to build not just a gaming phone, but also a flagship phone. So this year, they set out to improve the Razer Phone 2’s cameras.

The phone has got new Sony image sensors and better post-processing software, which are supposed to improve photo quality that, they say, should be able to compete with other flagships.

The camera app too has been updated — made simpler and easier to use. And for those who like it, there’s even beauty mode on the front-facing 8-megapixel camera.

Of course, all of what makes the Razer Phone 2 a great gaming phone is here.

The screen’s refresh rate is still a crazy 120Hz, but the panel has been improved further with even better dynamic range, whether you’re watching YouTube, an HDR movie on Netflix, or playing PUBG, which runs great on this device as can be expected from its pretty specced-up configuration.

This includes a high-end Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of memory, 64GB of expandable storage, and a hefty 4000mAh battery. All these power what you see on the 5.7-inch IGZO LCD and its 1440p resolution. Keeping everything cool is Razer’s vapor chamber cooling system.

With the official case on

So, is the Razer Phone 2 your GadgetMatch? Of course, you’ll have to wait till we finish our full review to find out whether or not the Razer Phone 2 lives up to its hype. But from the limited time that I had with the device, I think it has plenty of potential.

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