Vivo entered the Indian market in late 2014 and emerged out as one of the premium & budget friendly phone makers. It has given several premium smartphones to the market at fraction of cost, slowly steadily taking control in the offline market & being one of the top-selling brands in the offline market. Vivo has seen the competition closely & has always strived to provide best features at reasonable price. Vivo phones have seen success in the Indian market and recently the Chinese brand came up with two new devices for India; Vivo V3 & V3 Max smartphones. Both the devices pack crazy specifications for the price & come with stunning design & built quality. Recently we got an opportunity to experience them closely at an event in Mumbai, below you'll find the technical specifications & features of both Vivo V3 & Vivo V3 Max, I've also included my first impressions with them.
Vivo V3 : Smartphone Specifications
Vivo V3 packs a 5.0-Inch IPS LCD HD display of 720p resolution (1280 x 720 pixels) and pixel density of 294 ppi. It is powered by Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616 Octa-Core processor with 4x 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x 1.0GHz Cortex-A53 along with Adreno 405 GPU. It comes with 3GB RAM and two storage options; 16GB & 32GB. The storage can be expanded using microSD card up to 256GB, there is a dedicated microSD slot.
Vivo V3 supports Dual SIM, It has a sleek unibody design with a thickness of 7.5 mm and 138 grams weight. The phone feels really premium & light in hands, thanks to the premium quality materials used. It has a 13 Megapixel Rear camera with f/2.1 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus, LED flash, face detection etc. The front shooter is an 8 Megapixel camera with f/2.3 aperture. It runs Android Lollipop 5.1 out of the box, topped with Funtouch OS 2.5. There are plenty of connectivity options like; microUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v4.1 A2DP, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, USB host etc. There is a 3.5 mm jack for connecting headphones, FM Radio is also present. Vivo V3 is currently available in Gold color & Rose Gold variant only, it houses 2550 mAh Li-Ion battery which is non-removable and also comes with a fast fingerprint sensor.
Vivo V3 is priced at Rs.14,190 | Buy from Amazon India
Vivo V3 Max : Specifications
Vivo V3 Max comes with a slightly bigger 5.5-Inch IPS LCD Full HD display of 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) and pixel density of 401 ppi. It is powered by Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 Octa-Core processor with 4x 1.8GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 along with Adreno 510 GPU. It comes with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The storage can be further expanded using microSD card up to 256GB, but for this, you'll have to use the SIM slot 2. Vivo V3 Max is a Dual SIM phone, one of which is a Hybrid SIM slot (which can either house a SIM or microSD card)
V3 Max also has a metal unibody design with a thickness of 7.6 mm and weighs 168 grams. Having slightly bigger footprint than Vivo V3, V3 Max still feels really light & equally premium in hands. It also comes with a 13 Megapixel Rear camera with Phase Detection Autofocus, LED flash and Full HD video recording 1080p capabilities. The front shooter is an 8 Megapixel camera which takes decent photos. Vivo V3 Max also runs Android Lollipop 5.1 out of the box, topped with Funtouch OS 2.5 and comes with various connectivity options like; microUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v4.1 A2DP, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, USB host etc. There is a 3.5 mm jack for connecting headphones, FM Radio is also present. Vivo V3 Max is again available in Gold color variant only, it houses 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery which is non-removable and also comes with a fast fingerprint sensor.
Vivo V3 Max is priced at Rs.19,699 | Buy from Amazon India
First Impressions & Conclusion
I spent a considerable amount of time with the Vivo V3 and from that I can say that the device does feel very good in the hand. The materials used in the manufacturing process are of high quality which gives it a premium look & feel. Both the phones are really light & not so slippery as I expected. The display is bright & works well under direct sunlight, the OS is clean & beautifully designed, I did not experience any lags while operating both the phones, also the overall experience was very smooth. Camera performance is decent if not best, the front camera clicks decent pictures. Audio quality is really great with the headphones on. I can't comment on battery life as of now, but from my brief experience, I can say that battery seemed decent. Overall V3 & V3 Max are great phones for the price, I'd like to explore more before giving my verdict.
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