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Gadget review: Vivo V3 Max

Vivo V3 Max offers a split-screen feature, faster processor, and functions without lags. But the heating problem may burn your fingers

HT48HRS_Special Updated: Jun 25, 2016 13:51 IST
Meenakshi Iyer

The Vivo V3 Max offers a split-screen feature, faster processor, and functions without lags. But the heating problem may burn your fingers.

At a time when most flagship smartphones are looking to one up each other with faster processors or a longer battery life, Chinese maker Vivo is banking on its speedy fingerprint recognition for its latest offering. The Vivo V3 Max also offers a new feature — a split screen that allows users to multitask: for instance, you can play a game while you chat.

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The device is powered by the company’s custom interface, Funtouch OS 2.5, based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. And it offers 32GB inbuilt storage that’s expandable up to 128GB with a microSD card.

What’s good: The V3 Max looks classy with its sleek metal finish, and has a good grip thanks to its compact body. Its finger recognition — placed on the back of the device — fires up the device in a split second and is intuitive as the censor is placed right where one might place their finger. Another great feature is the 13MP rear camera, which works well even in low-light conditions. The phone performs well with multiple apps open and a video playing in the foreground. Even when we switched to a game, there were no lags.

What’s not: The phone began to heat up within 15 minutes of heavy usage. It got so intense that we had to shut it down for a few minutes. Another negative is the quality of the images: when zoomed in, they turn grainy. While the phone claims to offer a ‘3D quality’ surround sound, to our ears it seemed similar to any other smartphones. We had to put on headphones while watching a film.

Verdict: While Vivo V3 Max’s pros dwarf the minor glitches, it still comes at a slightly higher price point compared to other devices in the segment with similar features. But the phone is definitely a good option to consider.

QUICK SPECS

What: Vivo V3 Max
At a glance: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 , 4GB of RAM, 3000mAh battery
USP: Fingerprint recognition, powerful processor
Best buy: Rs 23,980 (official price)
Rating: 3.5