Vivo V3 Max Review - Beauty With The Beast
Now at PHP 13,990, it is the most affordable Snapdragon 652 octa core powered handset in the country.
Disclaimer: This V3 Max is a loaner unit from Vivo Philippines for an honest review.
Vivo V3 Max SpecsDisplay: 5.5 Inch FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution w/ 2.5D curved arc screen and Gorilla Glass protection at 401 ppi
CPU: 1.8 GHz 64 Bit Snapdragon 652 octa core processor
GPU: Adreno 510
RAM: 4 GB
ROM: 32 GB ROM expandable to via micro SD card slot up 256 GB
Back Camera: 13 MP f/2.2 w/ PDAF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8 MP f/2.4
Battery: 3,000 mAh w/ Quick Charge 3.0
OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop w/ Funtouch OS 2.5
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 n/ac, 3G, Bluetooth, LTE Cat. 7, GPS, A GPS
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyroscope
Others: Fingerprint sensor, AK4375 HiFi chip
Dimensions: 153.9 x 77.1 x 7.58 mm
Weight: 168 g
Price: 16,990 Pesos (PHP 13,990 sale price)
Vivo tries to cover the basics in one package and with the addition of the OTG cable and the silicon case, which we don’t see part of the standard package often, users would no longer need to buy additional components anytime soon.
Build Quality / Design
|View at its back showing the camera and fingerprint scanner|
The construction of this handset is composed of metal unibody frame that feels refined and tough. On top, there's a layer of 2.5D curved Gorilla glass for better viewing angles and display scratch resistance.
The front of the V3 Max shows the front-view camera, proximity sensors on top and the capacitive android buttons at the bottom which do not have any backlight functionality. This makes it hard to use the phone in the dark if the user is not used to the locations of the buttons.
|Headphone jack on top!|
|Speaker, micro USB port, and microphone below|
|Right side of the phone showing the volume rocker and power button|
The design of this handset is simple yet elegant. Though a lot of phones nowadays showcase the slim and curved-corner exterior, the V3 Max stands out and shows its great design. It is a slender phone with rose gold paint finishes on its’ side panels and back plate. Though, it would be nice to have the same metallic finish on the font panels as well instead of the white plastic-like finish.
Given that, fans of great phone aesthetics will not be disappointed with the look and feel of this machine.
With its AK4375 HiFi chip, the V3 Max poses superior audio experience compared to its competitors in the mid-range market.
Audio is accurate, highly detailed, and fun sounding. True HiFi on a smartphone!Listening to audio files at a higher bit rate or using better quality earphones may make the difference the HiFi Chip creates more noticeable. It has proper bass slams, depth, and clarity. Given that, the V3 Max would be an excellent choice as a primary music player.
The earphones are of a generic kind and would not really utilize the HiFi chip embedded within the V3MAX.
Calls on the stock headset microphone is lousy and noise. Fortunately, the built-in microphone on the phone works well for calls and other audio recordings.
|PC Mark's work battery life score|
The V3 Max houses a 3,000 mAh battery capacity that's a standard for phones with 5.5 inch screen. However, we weren't so happy with its PC Mark battery benchmark result at just 4 hours and 11 mins. Based on daily usage tasks, the V3 Max battery could be sustained for a whole day. This is entirely based on the type of usage. High usage on the display and graphics like heavy games would drain the battery much faster.
Battery life should be better.What is really amazing is the double engine charging functionality that speeds up the charging time tremendously. From a drained out mode, the V3 Max only needed 2 hours to reach full battery capacity. With that, heavy usage would not be a problem at all.
|Main camera behind|
The V3 Max isn't a known shooter, but it has capable cameras on paper. At the back, there's a 13 MP sensor w/ fairly bright f/2.2 aperture, PDAF (phase detection auto focus), and single LED flash.
There's the basic HDR that can be used rescue stills, panorama, professional mode (up to ISO 3200, 16 secs shutter speed, has guides, and levels), fast (time-lapse), slow motion, and Ultra HD up to MP. It also captures images fast, can focus near, and even produce background blur.
One of the great modes that I personally like is the PPT mode. A lot of people take pictures of presentations instead of writing down notes. Unfortunately, the results ultimately end up warped and crooked. This features allows you to process the pictures immediately to make sure that the borders are even.
Rear Camera Samples
|Indoor with daylight|
|Macro test (good background blur)|
|Food in dim light|
|Another one in dim light|
|Flash test, it is pretty bright|
|Antutu and Geekbench scores|
The V3 Max is powered by a 1.8 GHz 64 Bit Snapdragon 652 octa core processor from Qualcomm with the potential to be flagship grade. There is 4 GB of RAM that does not recant and 32 GB internal storage that can be expandable to 128 GB.
Arguably, this handset is the speediest at this price!This beast poses a 72,864 score in Antutu and 2421 multi-core score in Geekbench which is impressive given the mid-range specs and does great in the graphics department as well thanks to the Adreno 510 GPU.
|Its iOS like interface|