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Vivo V7+ with 18:9 display gets portrait mode via software update

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The Vivo V7+ was one of the first phones in the Philippines to arrive with an 18:9 display. Not to mention face authentication, which worked well enough during our testing.

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And though it feels like a lot of time has passed since its September local press event, the V7+ remains a pretty decent option if you’re not particular about screen resolution. Even on the strength of the phone’s display, HD isn’t going to impress anyone in 2018. Adding portrait mode via a software update might.

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To wit: Vivo has rolled out a software upgrade of the V7+ to enable portrait shots with a blurred background using the rear-facing camera. The latest update, with the version number PD1708F_EX_A_1.15.3, can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app, like any other software release. It weighs in at 459MB, so make sure you are connected to a fast and reliable Wi-Fi and have plenty of power left — at least 20 percent — before you start the upgrade process.

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Besides introducing a new shooting mode for the main camera, the update includes patches to improve system performance and stability, as well as the “network adaptability of the phone.” We’re not completely sure what the latter means; our guess is that your unit will get better Wi-Fi and cellular reception after the download. Catch the full change log below.

Vivo V7+ software update change log on Revu Philippines

Vivo V7+ software update change log

It’s not every day that a new feature is added to an existing product, so props to Vivo for improving the V7+ after the checks have been cashed, so to speak. Hopefully, an upgrade from Android Nougat to Oreo is also in the pipeline this year. The Vivo V7+ is priced at P17,990 (roughly $347) in the Philippines.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.