Being one of the newest brand in the local smartphone scene, Vivo needs to make a huge type of impact immediately. They need to bring a handset here with all the right ingredient from build, design, functions, specs, software, and price in-order to capture the picky hearts of Filipinos.
|Vivo V3 unboxing and first impressions|
However, we think that their first offering, the Y51 isn't that type of machine that'll leave a lasting impression. Fortunately, the company is serious in getting the proper speedy local penetration they deserve. They launched the V3 Max with a great value for money due to what it can offer for the price.
Vivo Philippines followed it up with our topic for today, the regular V3 that's originally priced at 11,990 Pesos. After a month, it received a sweet price cut down to 9,990 Pesos that serves as a treat to everyone.
With its new SRP, the Vivo V3 appears to be the killer deal in a phone in the sub-10K range as there are few that can match its value proposition for the price. Now, let's verify our claims.
Vivo V3 Specs
Display: 5 Inch HD IPS 1280 x 720 resolution w/ 2.5D curved glass and Gorilla Glass protection at 294 ppi
CPU: 1.7 GHz 64 Bit Snapdragon 616 octa core processor
GPU: Adreno 405
RAM: 3 GB
ROM: 32 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 128 GB
Back Camera: 13 MP w/ PDAF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8 MP
Battery: 2,550 mAh
OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop w/ Funtouch OS 2.5
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 n/ac, 3G, Bluetooth, LTE Cat. 7, GPS, A GPS
Others: Fingerprint sensor, AK4375 HiFi chip, Colors: gold, rose gold
Dimensions: 143.6 x 71 x 7.5 mm
Weight: 138 g
Price: 9,990 Pesos
Unboxing / Accessories
|The simple looking Vivo box|
The packaging is just right. It's simple, no gimmicks, and just a box with a lot of surprises inside.
After opening the box, the beautiful Vivo V3 will immediately greet you followed by the rest of the inclusions inside.
Speaking of those inclusions, you'll get a 1A wall charger, charging / data cables, earbuds w/ mic, SIM ejector pin, high-grade type of TPU silicon case, and a pre-installed tempered glass to protected its sleek 2.5D curved screen.
With its packaging alone, Vivo delivered one of the most generous package we saw in the sub-10K range.
Build Quality / Design
|At the back featuring the main camera, single LED flash, and fingerprint scanner|
The build and aesthetics of the Vivo V3 is a reminiscence of an iPhone with few improvements. The construction of the smartphone is a combination of mostly metal and glass w/ few plastic part.
The frame is made out of a solid slab of metal w/ plastic chrome painted upper side, the back has a non-removable aluminum metal plate, and there's a Gorilla Glass protected 2.5D curved screen on top.
Build is solid in general, should be tough enough to survive normal daily abuse.
While this type of build is standard among durable modern phones, Vivo amped up its game with the inclusion of a tempered glass and great type of silicon case that protects your handset further from drops and accidents.
|Upper microphone, micro SD card slot, and 3.5 mm jack on top|
Also visible in this image sensor, earspeaker, and 8 MP selfie camera
|Below, there's the unlit capacitive keys, another microphone, micro USB port, and speakers|
|On the right, you'll find the SIM card slots and how the slim the phone looks at 7.5 mm|
|Power button and volume rocker at right|
In terms of design, this is a lovely looking phone. We got the popular rose gold variant which is a pleasure to view. It also has a nice touch of slight curve at the back and a standard semi rounded curves on the sides.
This phone looks sexy on the eyes, easily one of the most stylish out there!
Ergonomically speaking, holding the phone is just fine. Due to its considered small size at 5 inches, this could be usable for one handed use for those who has big hands. However, we noticed that its lower chamfered edge and pre-installed tempered glass has sharpness in it when you try to feel it. Fortunately, there's its ever lovely case to the rescue.
Another thing that we liked here is its clever buttons and ports placement. In particular, that's the standard button placements, dedicated eject-able micro SD card slot on top, and loud speakers below.
As of the moment
We're pleased with the way Vivo came up with this type of package. The accessories were complete and the handset built in a nice way.
Now on the next part of this review, we'll take a good look on the rest of its impressive specs for a sub-10K phone. It'll be exciting as there are very not many phone around that has 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, 13 MP w/ PDAF main camera, AK4375 HiFi chip, and HiFi audio chip all at the same time.
Plus, its Funtouch OS 2.5 appears to be something to look forward as we find it snappy and feature packed.
For our review: Vivo V3 Review - All Rounder Under 10K!