Our Opinion

The Vivo V9 Youth is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy J8, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo V9 Youth!

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Samsung Galaxy J8 Vivo V9 Youth
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Excellence Score
39.2
44.6
Value for Money Score
70.5
79.0
Price ₹ 16,990 onwards ₹ 15,899 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2018 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 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 6 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1480 pixels (~ 274 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 383 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #50 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #50 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
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 (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 5MP), 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 5MP: F/1.9 Aperture Dual Camera (16MP + 2MP), F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), AI Bokeh, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features LED Flash, F/1.9 Aperture LED Flash, F/2.0 Aperture, Full HD Video Rec.
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.2 mm 7.89 mm
Weight 191 gm 150 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3500 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
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; ANT+ Support Face Unlock; Game Mode; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Decent design and build quality (though it's plastic - would have been nice to see a metal or glass design)
  • The Samsung Experience UI skin on top of Android is a pretty decent skin and packs a lot of features - there’s Bixby, Face Recognition, which works fine and there are features like themes, game launcher, Samsung Pay mini, Samsung Cloud, games launcher, one handed mode and more
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear - especially in proper lighting conditions, the camera takes good images, and low-light performance is not too bad either
  • Decent front camera too - captures generally good images with natural colors
  • Good call quality, with good noise cancellation
  • Very good battery life - even with heavy use, you should end up with 30 percent battery by the end of the day
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2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The tall, 18.5:9 AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy J8 is pretty decent, but could have had better resolution
  • The display also has significant bezels, whereas a lot of modern phones with tall displays these days have very little bezels
  • No ambient light sensor, which is a big miss at this price point
  • No compass
  • Also lacks a notification LED
  • Fingerprint & face recognition is on the slow side
  • Average performance considering the price bracket, thanks to the budget Snapdragon 450 at the core, which is these days more commonly seen in phones under Rs 10k - while day to day performance is alright, but push the phone a bit and it will start to stutter - moreover, the Samsung Experience 9.0 has a ton of unnecessary and sluggish animations, that don't help
  • The dual rear camera setup is decent, but the portrait mode is pretty mediocre, with very ordinary edge detection - the blurring feels mostly unnatural
  • Uses the old micro-USB standard instead of a modern USB Type-C port
  • No fast charging support
  • On the whole, the Samsung Galaxy J8 is hard to recommend - the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro and ZenFone Max Pro bring faster processors, better displays and more premium designs
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Expert Reviews
  1. Hard to justify the cost
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  2. Performance is its only serious drawback
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