Vivo has recently unveiled their newest smartphone selfie-centric smartphone, the Vivo V7. It sports similar specs as the Vivo V7+ such as the Snapdragon 450 octa-core CPU, 4GB RAM, and 24MP front camera, but at a lower price point. This puts it in the line of sight of another powerful device in the same price range, the Huawei Nova 2i. Let’s find out which looks better on paper in our quick specs comparison below:
UPDATE [11/17/17]: This article previously mentioned that the V7 has a Gorilla Glass 4 and Hi-Fi audio chip. As it turns out, it doesn’t have those features. We have updated the article to reflect the changes.
|Vivo V7||Huawei Nova 2i|
|5.7-inch 18:9 FullView IPS display @ 1440×720 pixels, 282ppi||5.9-inch 18:9 IPS LCD display @ 2160 x 1080 pixels, 409ppi|
|2.5D Curved Glass Display||2.5D Curved Glass Display|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 1.8GHz octa-core CPU||HiSilicon Kirin 659 2.36GHz octa-core processor|
|4GB RAM||4GB RAM|
|32GB storage||64GB storage|
|up to 256GB via dedicated microSD card slot||up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM 2)|
|16MP OV16880 f2.0 rear camera w/ LED flash||16MP+2MP rear cameras, f/2.2 with LED Flash|
|24MP f/2.0 front camera w/ Moonlight Glow||13MP+2MP front cameras, f/2.0|
|Dual-SIM (nano)||Hybrid Dual-SIM (nano+nano)|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Dual-band WiFi b/g/n||Dual-band WiFi b/g/n|
|Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 4.2|
|GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|USB OTG||USB OTG|
|FM Radio||FM Radio|
|Fingerprint scanner||Fingerprint scanner|
|Funtouch OS 3.2 (Android 7.1 Nougat)||Huawei EMUI 5.1 (Android 7 Nougat)|
|149.3 x 72.8 x 7.9 mm||156.2 × 75.2 × 7.5 mm|
|139 g||164 g|
Summary of advantages
• Dedicated microSD card slot
• Higher front camera resolution
• Face ID
Huawei Nova 2i:
• All-metal unibody
• Larger screen size
• Higher screen resolution
• Larger storage
• Dual rear and front cameras
• Larger battery
As you can see in the specs above, the Nova 2i has the advantage on the display with a larger screen size and a higher resolution display. This appeals well to users who prefer a more detailed screen especially when watching videos and viewing photos.
Storage-wise, the Nova 2i has the advantage again with its 64GB storage. The V7 only has 32GB but compensates with a dedicated microSD card slot, while its rival depends on the hybrid SIM slot.
When it comes to imaging, both devices have their merits. The V7 uses single camera modules for the front and back, with the 24MP front camera as its main feature. The Nova 2i, on the other hand, sports 2MP secondary cameras on the front and back but its mostly assist the main cameras for its depth-of-field effect.
As for its batteries, the Nova 2i has a larger capacity and got 12.5 hours of playback in our battery test.
Looking at special features, the V7 boasts a biometric security feature called Face ID which allows the user to unlock their phone using their face. The Nova 2i, however, features an all-metal unibody design for a premium look and feel.