Vargo is a Chinese company that few people have heard about, but today I want to introduce you to a phone called the Vargo VX3.
On our review, the VX3 smartphone was not accidental. I ordered it, as it has very attractive features for a reasonable price. Now you can buy the Vargo VX3 for only $110.
It is difficult to surprise us now, but Vargo tried to do this. Therefore, I propose to share my impressions, advantages, and disadvantages of the VX3.
The Vargo VX3 has a compact 5.7 inch HD resolution, Helio P20 processor, 6GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory, NFC, a 3500 mAh battery with fast charging through the Type-C port.
In our review, you will learn everything you need to know about this smartphone before you buy it. We conducted some tests, such as cameras, speed, how it behaves in video games, all that a battery is capable of, how fast and smoothly it works, and whether VX3 is worth its money.
Vargo VX3: Specification
|Display:||5.7 inches IPS with 1280 x 720 pixels|
|CPU:||MediaTek Helio P20 Quad Core 2.4GHz|
|GPU:||ARM Mali-T880 MP2|
|Memory extension:||up to 256GB|
|Cameras:||13.0MP + 13MP main and 13.0MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and GPS|
|Connections:||USB Type-C and TF card slot|
|Dimensions:||147 x 72 x 8.1 mm|
Vargo VX3: Unboxing
I love beautiful packaging. The company Vargo with the model VX3 was able to make a complete impression on the box and equipment.
The box is an unusual shape, it is long black with silver inscriptions of the company.
Inside the box, I see in the upper part of the left – a smartphone in a special recess in protective cellophane, and on the right side – a protective case in black.
Under the smartphone and the case is still located a number of individual boxes.
Let’s start on the left side, where there is a box with documentation and a needle for SIM cards.
Next, we have a box with a charging adapter with 5V and 2A. It was very unexpected to find a wireless headset with a micro USB charging cable in the configuration. And the last is the Type-C cable itself.
For only $110 you get a very large set. Vargo VX3 very surprised me and pleased with high-quality components. A reliable protective case and headset is a big bonus. Now I would like to share my impression of appearance, which also surprised.
Vargo VX3: Design and Appearance
The appearance is pleasant and simple with the Vargo VX3, and I can freely say that it matches the modern design of last year’s smartphones.
In front, you will not find notch on the top screen. Below and above are large frames, but as for its price, it is excusable. Above there is a speaker, front camera, relevant sensors, and even LED notification. Side frames are thin and correspond to modern smartphones.
The back of the Vargo VX3 is made of metal but looks like glass. It is difficult to meet the metal case in the budget category.
In the upper left corner is a dual rear camera with two LED flashes. Just below the middle is the fingerprint sensor with a soft oval, under which we see the company logo.
Please note that the appearance of the Vargo VX3 smartphone in the test is slightly rounded on all sides, almost symmetrically at the front and rear, and slightly rounded at all angles, so it looks very elegant and comfortable to hold in your hands.
In size, it fits perfectly both male and female hand. The dimensions are 147 x 72 x 8.1 mm, and its weight is only 165 grams. As you can see the phone is thin, and compared to its competitors, it is pleasant to hold it in your hands.
The inputs and outputs are located on a metal frame – on the left – a slot for cards of dual nanoSIM and microSD. There is also a special additional mechanical button that can be configured for any function.
On the right side of the rocker to adjust the sound volume of the power button.
At the bottom are a microphone, speaker and Type-C connector. On top of the 3.5 mm audio input for headphones.
In general, the Vargo VX3 received a very interesting design – a metal case that looks like glass, a slim case, compact size, and Type-C port. The budget smartphone for $110 has everything you need, even better than some with middle-class smartphones.
Vargo VX3: Screen
Vargo VX3 received a compact screen with a size of 5.7 inches and a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
As I mentioned earlier, it is covered with a curved 2.5D glass, which fits into the overall circular design of the smartphone itself.
Information on the screen is clearly displayed, the colors are clear, and the icons and letters are readable.
The manufacturer does not provide any protection glass, although my screen looks quite solid and resistant.
Let’s also mention that the screen responds well to touch, and it does not attract fingerprints, which you can easily clean with a dry handkerchief.
As for the display brightness, we measured it with our meter and got a 477 lux rating, so you can easily use it in daylight and sunlight.
Vargo VX3: Hardware and Performance
The hardware configuration of this smartphone is quite good, and in modern conditions, it can be considered average or sufficient for the vast majority of users. The Vargo VX3 in our analisis has an 8-core Helio P20 or MediaTek processor (MT6757).
The processor was developed on 16-nanometer technology, but it still works quickly and competitively today.
As for graphics, the device is installed ARM Mali-T880 MP2, operating at a frequency of 900 MHz. This graphics chip is sufficient for most video games which we will discuss later.
The built-in 6 GB of RAM LPDDR4X (dual-channel with a frequency of 1600 MHz), which is a pleasant surprise, because the smartphone will work faster and 128 GB of internal memory will be enough for everyday tasks. Also, you can increase it with a memory card up to 128 GB.
Overall, the Vargo VX3 meets the hardware configuration and is very well balanced.
As for the real tests? Here are the impressions of some games.
War Robots is a third-person shooter. The game works with rare failures and delays. The heating device is felt.
Real Racing 3 is still the most realistic racing simulator on the Android platform. The game works with constant twitching. The heating device is felt but is within good limits.
We like this MediaTek processor, but the graphics part is relatively weak. If you are a gamer, you may have to look for another smartphone, the Vargo VX3 does a good job with lighter games.
Vargo VX3: Software
The operating system is Android 7.1 (64-bit) and supports all languages. Only those basic applications are pre-installed so that you have more space for your data. You can install all additional applications through Google Play.
As for the modern smartphone, the Vargo VX3 has a big drawback in the version of the operating system. Currently, in 2019, so I would like to see Android 9.0.
And in the settings, everything is standard and corresponds to most devices. Let me remind you that in the “Security and Location” section you will find a fingerprint section or you can save your face to unlock the device. Also with “Intellectual help”, you can additionally define some parameters.
The user interface of the Vargo VX3 smartphone is fast and smooth in our test, I have not noticed any slowdowns in the work. But again, you are unlikely to receive updates to the new version of the OS.
Vargo VX3: Camera
The cameras built into this smartphone are very convenient to use, and we are sure that you will be happy to use them often. The application in the camera is simple and intuitive.
On the back is a dual camera 13 megapixels + 13 megapixels. There is also a 2-tone LED flash and autofocus, and face detection, HDR, panorama, filters, and bokeh effect recording are already available with an additional blurry background, which has become almost standard.
Here is our mini-photo album. I want to note that the photos were taken mainly in cloudy weather with a bit of sunshine.
The front camera is also 13 megapixels, and I would say that this is the standard camera for this price class. All standard features such as recognition and unlocking of faces that you define in the settings in the “Security and Location” section are supported.
The video is recorded in the standard resolution of FHD 1920 x 1080 pixels and 30 frames per second (1080p at 30 fps), in MP4 format. The video is pretty good, it lacks detail and sharpness, but overall, everything is fine.
Vargo VX3: Communication
In this part of the Vargo VX3 – everything is in place and all the standard options for connecting your order. Of course, it supports 4G LTE networks, the quality of telephony is standard, if I may say so. Vargo VX3 in the analisis supports a hybrid SIM card slot – a combination of two nano SIM cards or one nano-SIM card and one microSD memory card.
Also worth noting is the availability of wireless NFC payment. I am very surprised, even in the middle classes, smartphones do not have this function.
When testing GPS, we found 20 satellites (17 actives) with an accuracy of 4 meters.
Vargo VX3: Battery
The battery life is average. This is a lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 3500 mAh, which is a good indicator for its price.
Vargo VX3 supports accelerated charging (5V and 2A). We tested it in several consecutive charges and discharges, this is what we got:
– 47% in 30 minutes
– 75% in 60 minutes
– 100% for 107 minutes (1:47 hours)
In our test for battery life with a constantly lit screen-on-time, the battery worked for 7 hours and 30 minutes. This means that the phone will withstand one and a half or two days of average load.
Vargo VX3: Conclusions and Reviews
It seems that Vargo has done a lot of work and launched the Vargo VX3 smartphone with several elements that will attract customers in our review.
We can highlight a high-quality metal design that is very good and the smartphone works quickly and smoothly, without any slowdowns. In addition, it is difficult to find in the budget category smartphones with USB Type-C port and NFC function, they are present in our hero.
Also, the smartphone has drawbacks. His weaknesses are HD screen resolution, the operating system version of Android 7.1 and not the best solution for video games with high graphics requirements.
For this price, I can forgive the aforementioned drawbacks, since for $110 it is difficult to find something better.
Vargo VX3: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
Currently, you can buy a Vargo VX3 smartphone at a low price for only $109.99 with a 31% discount.
Where else can you find a smartphone with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory for such a low price? It is almost impossible. Therefore, the Vargo VX3 is a workhorse with decent technical features.