• Monday, December 17, 2018

Vivax Fly V1 Review - Does it really fly?

Introduction

Today on our test we have a device that comes from Croatia. It is the Vivax Fly V1 which is this company’s flagship, so let’s see how it performed on our test!

The back panel of this phone is something we have to give praises to immediately. The whole phone is in fact built of plastic, but the back panel brings the Mirror look which is a good imitation of glass. It looks really nice, but it gets scratched very easily, and it’s a true fingerprint magnet. Build quality is also great, and in hand it feels as if you’re holding a more advanced mid-ranger. Fly V1 comes in Lumino Black, Liquid Gold and, as is the case with the phone we have, Moon Gray color.

Inside the very interesting factory box there are user manuals, a SIM tray tool, branded charging adapter, microUSB cable, headphones as well as an additional screen protection foil.

Display

The Fly V1 has a 5.47” IPS LCD panel with the aspect ratio of 18:9, which means that Vivax joins in with the trends. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass, and as we’ve already said, there is an additional screen protection foil inside the box apart from the one you have preinstalled on the panel.

Resolution of the display is HD 720p. With the naked eye you can’t see individual pixels, while in options there are 3 color presets – neutral, cold and warm. The brightness is OK until you expose the phone to direct sunlight. This is when the visibility suffers, but the ambient light sensor is there to at least somewhat mitigate this issue.

Hardware and OS

This phone is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 chipset which is based on a 28nm process, which inside has a Mali T720-MP1 GPU. Together with this chipset there is 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage memory.

Vivax Fly V1 does a decent job as long as you don’t push it too hard with high demanding tasks. Calls, messaging and other day to day tasks are all performed very smoothly, however, the phone won’t really perform that well when you try to play high demanding games. At the beginning they may seem to be working fine on low settings, but after some time thermal throttling is more than just noticeable. We must say that we did try to test this phone on the AnTuTu benchmark, multiple times even, but the app continued to crash so we weren’t able to get a score at all. Still, we believe that this phone can reach  about 50000 points on the benchmark, not more.

A great addition is that this phone supports facial unlock system which does a great job, and next to this there is the good old fingerprint scanner which is located on the central part of the back panel.

DTS sound system is also bound to improve the whole feel about the hardware. The speaker is plenty loud and sound quality is also decent.

Fly V1 runs on Android 8.0 OS. There are several preinstalled applications here, but not too many  – there’s not too much bloatware. This is almost stock Android environment, just as we like it!

Camera

When you take a look at the main camera, it leaves an impression that it’s a double camera setup, however, we have only 1 sensor and an LED flash next to it. It is a 13 megapixel sensor with the aperture of f/2.0, while the front facing sensor employs an 8 megapixel sensor.

Photos made by the main camera look solid with good and realistic colors. Noise in shadows is barely noticeable, and details are highly maintained. HDR mode also does a great job.

The Fly V1 captures videos in 1080p resolution at 30fps. Videos also look quite good, and the only flaw may be that they are stored in ancient .3gp format.

The front facing camera is an 8 megapixel sensor, and as such it can’t really capture too many details, but selfies look quite OK until we try zooming in. On the front side next to the camera there is also a soft LED flash which will help greatly in producing photos in low light shooting conditions. In general, the cameras are ok, and we must say that we could see far worse results on similar phones.

Connectivity

Vivax Fly V1 is a hybrid dual SIM device that uses one microSIM and one nanoSIM card which can be substituted by a microSD card for storage expansions up to 256GB. On the bottom there is a 3.5mm audio port and next to it there is a microUSB port that serves for charging and data transfer. The company points out that the phone is 4G enabled, and we must say that it’s a great addition.


Battery

Inside this phone there is a non-removable 3000 mAh battery. The phone supports 5V/2A fast charging, and with the factory kit the phone charges up to 32% in 30 minutes, while a full charge takes around 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Since it’s paired with a 28nm chipset, we must say that we didn’t expect this battery to last for too long, but things turned out differently. When it comes to autonomy, the Fly V1 is capable of lasting a whole day of medium use with around 6 hours of screen on time.

Final words

Vivax Fly V1 perhaps doesn’t have a dual AI camera setup, wireless charging, AMOLED display, and in fact it doesn’t really fly, but for the price of 130 euros we get far more that what we pay for. If you’re searching for a cheap phone, this one is definitely one of our suggestions.

Vivax Fly V1 Full Specifications

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Advantages and disadvantages

Reasons for and against it

Solid screen with color customization options
Pretty good cameras for phone with this price tag
Long lasting battery with fast charge
Mirror back looks fantastic!
LTE support
Great price
Weak and old chipset
Video is registered in .3gp