Our Opinion

The Vivo V9 is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo V9!

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Excellence Score
40.0
57.6
Value for Money Score
66.2
76.6
Price ₹ 19,799 onwards ₹ 20,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2017 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 7.0 Nougat Android 8.1 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 386 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features Super AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
GPU Adreno 506 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 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture 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 16.0 MP 24.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture 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 256 GB 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 7 mm 7.89 mm
Weight 172 gm 150 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3300 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) 19.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 13 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 14 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 17 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 18 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 62 hrs, Audio Playback Time (Always On Display Off): upto 106 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Battery Fast Charging; NFC; Dual-band WiFi; USB Type-C; WiFi Direct; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration Face Unlock; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Metallic body, with a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass covering almost the entire front
  • Fingerprint scanner in the home screen button works smoothly and unlocks the device within a fraction of a second
  • Very good 5.7-inch full-HD super-AMOLED screen - bright, with punchy colours, and exceptional contrast
  • You can also make use of the screen’s ‘Always-on’ feature to see notifications and alerts without having to unlock the device
  • The UI is well optimised with the hardware and day-to-day performance is always smooth
  • The Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor powering the phone is a mid-range chipset, that is good for day-to-day tasks, and still holds some power to process a few heavy-duty jobs
  • Pretty decent rear camera, though still behind the OnePlus 3/3T or even Samsung's own Galaxy A5 in this price bracket
  • Good front camera, performing reasonably well even in low-light conditions
  • Good battery life, assisted by a power efficient chipset - comfortably manages to last the day even with heavy use
  • Also, there is an ultra-battery saver mode for extra work time with limited background applications, processor speed and ram utilisation
  • Pretty good charging speed too - 100 per cent battery within 100 minutes
  • 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 top and bottom bezels are on the large side of the spectrum, and to some extent bring down the overall design quotient of the device
  • The chipset while good for a more budget phone, is a little bit of a downer in this price bracket - you can certainly find better performing phones in this segment - the OnePlus 3/3T being prime examples
  • 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
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  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. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Vivo V9 targets the masses....the handset should appeal to anyone who is looking for a well-rounded smartphone
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