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Vivo unveils its X7 and X7 Plus flagship phones

Even though Chinese phone manufacturer Vivo unveiled the X6 and X6 Plus in December, the guts of both phones were rather underwhelming. Vivo hopes to change that a mere six months later with the X7 and X7 Plus.

Design-wise, neither phone really breaks new ground — the X7 and X7 Plus feature aluminum on the back and glass on the front, with the aluminum interrupted by antenna lines and a home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner below the screen.

As with their predecessors, the X7 and X7 Plus have plenty of similarities, such as an octa-core 1.8Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset and 4GB RAM. Furthermore, both phones feature 64GB of native storage, a huge 16-megapixel selfie shooter, and dual-SIM capabilities.

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In terms of software, the X7 and X7 Plus run Funtouch OS 2.5.1, which is based on the aging Android 5.1 Lollipop. With the software, both phones let you filter out blue light to make it easier to look at the displays in dark environments. Two other features include ID Wake, which lets you double tap the screen to turn it on, and Moonlight, which softly lights the display when taking a selfie.

The X7 and X7 Plus feature 1,920 x 1,080 resolution displays, though that is the first of several differences between the two phones — the X7’s display measures in at 5.2 inches, while the X7 Plus’ bumps it up to 5.7 inches. Even though the X7 features a respectable 3,000mAh battery, the X7 Plus uses its additional room to accommodate a larger 4,000mAh battery pack.

Finally, whereas the X7 packs a 13MP main camera with f/2.2 aperture, the X7 Plus features a 16MP rear shooter with a brighter f/2.0 aperture.

The X7 will launch on July 7 for CNY 2,498 ($376), while the X7 Plus currently has no listed price and will launch on July 15. Regardless of which phone you go for, they will be available in gold and rose gold.