Our Opinion

The Vivo V9 is a significantly better phone than the Motorola Moto Z, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo V9!

Motorola Moto Z  Vivo V9 
Motorola Moto Z Vivo V9
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Excellence Score
49.5
55.1
Value for Money Score
70.4
77.1
Price ₹ 19,990 onwards ₹ 19,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2016 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 534 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features AMOLED IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #28 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 530 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.8 Aperture, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Laser Autofocus, Zero Shutter Lag, Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash with dual LEDs, 1.12um Pixel Size, Professional mode, Quick Capture, Best Shot, Tap anywhere to capture, 8X Digital zoom, Burst mode, Night mode, Auto HDR, Closed loop processing, Panorama, Tap to focus & exposure, Video Stabilization, Slow Motion video Dual Camera (16MP + 5MP), F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Professional mode, Slow motion, Time-Lapse Photography, Camera Filter, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty, Panorama, Palm capture, Gender detection, AR Stickers
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 24.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Flash, F/2.2 Aperture, Wide-Angle lens, 1.4um Pixel Size, Auto Night mode, Beautification mode, Professional mode F/2.0 Aperture, Full HD Recording, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 5.19 mm 7.89 mm
Weight 136 gm 150 gm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 2600 mAh 3260 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, TurboPower
Other Battery Parameters Mixed usage up to 24 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery charging: up to 7 hours of power in 15 minutes (TurboPower); Barcodes, QR codes and Business cards scanner; Google Photos (Two years of storage at original quality); NFC; WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual Band; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Moto Mods Connector; Noise Filtration Face Unlock; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Sturdy, and well built
  • Premium all-metal design with aircraft-grade aluminum frame
  • World's thinnest phone at 5.19mm!
  • Cutting-edge, ambitious, but very well implemented modular/make-your-own-phone design is the defining factor here
  • The magnetic "mods" are practical and easy to use
  • Customization here isn't about what your phone looks like, it's about what it does!
  • Snap-on "Moto Mods" give your phone a meatier battery, turn it into a boombox for your weekend cookout or transform it into a video projector for an impromptu movie night! (The ecosystem of accessories is already good, and the company is lining up more partners)
  • Motorola's whole magnetic take on the modular ecosystem is simpler and more approachable than Google's intricate (and still developing) Project Ara, as well as easier to use than LG's G5
  • You can change Mods in seconds and won't have to power off the phone to do so
  • Slimmer "Style Shells" are also available, to stylize the phone
  • Excellent AMOLED display - deep blacks, vibrant colors, excellent viewing angles, and excellent sunlight legibility
  • Simple, stock Android interface with some of Motorola's signature gesture features that add plenty of value
  • Smooth, effortless speed/performance
  • Camera is pretty good overall, though not mind-blowing
  • Good battery life - lasts the day with moderate use
  • Turbocharging support - takes only about 1 hour 10 minutes for a full recharge
  • Fast and accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Although the 'mods' are the primary draw for the phone, but even without considering the mods, the Moto Z is, on the whole, a powerful, stylish phone with a lot to offer
  • Beautiful, elegant notch-based full screen design (that is clearly inspired from the iPhone X) - the device feels slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back - and it looks great
  • In terms of the ease of using the one-handed, the Vivo V9 actually goes one up on the iPhone X - it packs a bigger screen (6.2 inches) - and is still feels incredibly easy to use one hand
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Effective face unlock
  • The tall 19:9 display is bright and vibrant, and ticks all the right boxes
  • Facial recognition to unlock works very well too
  • Vivo's custom Android UI (Funtouch) is very inspired from iOS too - it works decently well, although a lot of Android users do tend to prefer close-to-stock Android UIs
  • The UI also brings in a new gesture based navigation system, that operates without buttons (a la iPhone X), and thus gives you even more screen real estate to play with - the system itself is not too difficult to get a hang of - so it works out pretty well - and makes navigation on the V9 feel more 2018 than getting around on, say, a Samsung Galaxy S9 with its standard touch buttons
  • Decent set of rear and front cameras, especially in daylight - colors are accurate, dynamic range is slightly above average, and the camera focuses relatively fast - of course, photo quality falls quite a bit short when compared to an iPhone X or Galaxy S9 - but for the price range, it's decent
  • Dedicated Dual SIM and MicroSD card slots
  • Decent battery life - will last the day with moderate use
  • On the whole, the Vivo V9 is an all-round good device in this price range - especially for people who are more interested in a great design, great screen, and decent cameras - at the cost of a little bit of raw performance power
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The missing standard (3.5mm) headphone jack on the phone means that you won't be able to easily use your regular earphones with the phone (though compatible earphones come included in the box, as well as a USBC-3.5mm adapter)
  • The mods need to, of course, be purchased separately
  • Tends to get a little hot when dealing with heavy apps/games
  • Buy the Moto Z and a mod or two if you want to be part of the future today, but if you are looking for a more "standard" handset, the OnePlus 3 (better value) or Samsung Galaxy S7 (better camera) may be better choices
  • The Funtouch Android UI continues to come pre-installed with about six or seven bloatware apps - which could have been avoided
  • While the performance is good in regular use, the Snapdragon 626 chipset inside is not the best of the pack in this price bracket
  • Doesn't support the modern USB-C port
Expert Reviews
  1. The performance numbers are in line with other top flagships of the year
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Ambitious, quirky and ultimately useful, the Motorola Moto Z is the most polished and customizable modular phone yet
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The world's thinnest smartphone is also the best modular phone
    in.techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Even without considering the mods, the new Moto Z is a powerful, stylish phone with a lot to offer
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. phonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. With the V9, Vivo has managed to ship the first Android phone with a notch in India - for whatever that's worth
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A surprisingly refined package... the device feels very slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back, and little things like facial recognition to unlock works very well
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Vivo V9 offers quite a bit for its price tag.... it is a beautiful looking device worth showing off, and it comes with decent hardware, and plenty of software customizations
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A great midrange smartphone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Vivo V9 targets the masses....the handset should appeal to anyone who is looking for a well-rounded smartphone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
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