The US$375 Vivo X7, which is another Chinese branded unlocked smartphone, had being going more than one million strong (George, 2016, July 5) since open sales began Thursday July 7th 2016. The 5.2″ smartphone is only bested in specs by its brother, the Vivo X7 Plus, which went on sale on Friday July 15th 2016 in China.
Both the X7 and X7 Plus are dual-SIM devices with a standard fingerprint reader in the home button to protect all those party pics and nude photos of your ex-girlfriend. However, 1 million registrations to buy the Vivo X7 means that these dated Android 5.1 Lollipop smartphones must be doing something interesting to buck the trend of declining Android Tablet and Phablet sales (Deer, 2016, July 14) worldwide.
So what’s so special about the Vivo X7 and the Vivo X7 Plus?
Vivo X7 and the Vivo X7 Plus – Funtouch OS on Android 5.1 Lollipop
Well, again, it couples be a meeting of great specs as well as the price being right.
The Vivo X7 sports a 5.2inch FullHD AMOLED display (George, 2016, June 30). It weighs in at 151g and has a very slim profile with dimensions of 147.3 x 71.8 x 7.2mm and weighs.
The Android 5.1 Lollipop which is rather dated, has a Funtouch OS layer that floats on a Snapdragon 652 chipset. 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage means that this is an impressively powerful beast.
The Vivo X7 Plus has a bigger 5.7inch FullHD AMOLED display and has the same in terms of memory and processor, but with phablet-sized dimensions. However what makes these smartphones stand out is the odd configuration of the Front and Rear-Facing Cameras.
Vivo X7 and the Vivo X7 Plus – Selfie-Camera for the self-obsessed Millennial
Normally the Rear-Facing Camera has more Megapixels and the Front-Facing Camera has less.
The twin towers of the Vivo X7 and the Vivo X7 Plus flip this idea on its head by both smartphones having a 16 Megapixel front-facing selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture lens.
The Rear-Facing Camera is the only difference as follows:
- 13 Megapixel for the Vivo X7
- 16 Megapixel for the Vivo X7 Plus
The 13 Megapixel for the Vivo X7 has an aperture of f/2.2 while the 16 Megapixel for the Vivo X7 Plus uses a Sony IMX298 sensor. Phase detection autofocus and an LED flash are also another similarity.
They also have 4G connectivity with Cat.7 LTE, WiFi ac and Bluetooth 4.1 to connect with other devices and Bluetooth Mesh Networks. The battery specs are also impressive and are another difference between the Vivo X7 and the Vivo X7 Plus:
- 3,000mAh power pack for the Vivo X7
- 4,000mAh power pack for the Vivo X7 Plus
A GPS Receiver and AK4376 32bit DAC on the Snapdragon 652 chipset complete the specs. On paper, one can finally see why the sales are so hot; this is a very powerful selfie-snapper that’s bucking the Camera trend, placing emphasis on selfies rather than casual photography (Deer, 2016, February 21).
So tell you relative in China to include the Vivo X7 and the Vivo X7 Plus in the barrel (Deer, 2015, November 12) for Christmas 2016!
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