Our Opinion

The Vivo V9 is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo V9!

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max  Vivo V9 
Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Vivo V9
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Excellence Score
28.5
46.8
Value for Money Score
61.2
83.7
Price ₹ 15,863 onwards ₹ 14,994 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2017 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
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)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features TFT IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.69 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P20Ranked #42 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #38 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T880MP2 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
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13.0MP 16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.7 Aperture 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 13.0MP 24.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Flash, F/1.9 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, Full HD Recording, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty
Internal Memory 32 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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.1 mm 7.89 mm
Weight 179 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) 20.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 11 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 15 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 15 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 13 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 72 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay Mini Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well built - the phone looks and feels quite premium
  • Good, accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Good, bright, large display - decent colour reproduction, good viewing angles - good videos and movie watching experience
  • On the top of Android, is Samsung's new UI - Samsung Experience - it is more refined compared to TouchWiz UX - and continues to have a number of added software features like Games Launcher, one-handed operation mode, Multi-window mode, Direct call (to make a voice call by picking up and holding the device near your ear while viewing call, message, or contact details)
  • Smart alert (to set the device to alert you if you have missed calls or new messages when you pick up the device), Gesture support, Dual Messenger (lets you use two separate accounts for the same app such as Facebook, WhatsApp and more), Secure Folder, Samsung Pay Mini, and others
  • Decent performance - 4GB of RAM is more than enough to run several applications in the background
  • Excellent rear camera in all lighting conditions, comparable to the Moto G5 Plus, which has otherwise been the top camera phone in this price bracket
  • White balance and dynamic range remains impressive in all situations
  • Good selfie camera too, with a front facing flash for low light selfies
  • Video recording quality is decent too (but the phone doesn’t have a secondary microphone so recorded audio is not crisp)
  • Audio through the bundled or third-party earphones is decent
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life - lasts for more than a day with average use - and power-saving modes can extend it even further
  • Good Dual SIM management with Samsung's Smart Dual SIM feature (automatically forwards calls from the phone number on SIM 2, even if a user is on the phone with SIM 1’s number)
  • 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 with one hand
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Facial recognition to unlock works very well too
  • The tall 19:9 display is bright and vibrant, and ticks all the right boxes
  • 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
  • Decent battery life - will last the day with moderate use
  • Dedicated Dual SIM and MicroSD card slots
  • 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]
  • Pretty big for single-handed use - also a bit heavy at 179 grams - might not suit people with small hands
  • Performance is decent, but not the best in this price bracket - it's a notch below the likes of the Moto G5 Plus, the Redmi Note 4, the Coolpad Cool 1 and Honor 6X
  • Lacks a notification LED light - even though there is the Smart Glow feature around the rear camera, it doesn’t compensate fully for the lack of notification LED
  • Lacks fast charging, which is present in some of its competitors - takes about 2 and half hours to charge the phone
  • 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. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. gadgets.ndtv.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 »
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