Our Opinion

The Vivo NEX is a much better phone, but the Vivo V9 is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Probably the Vivo NEX, if your budget allows for it.

Vivo NEX  Vivo V9 
Vivo NEX Vivo V9
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Excellence Score
78.4
50.5
Value for Money Score
64.9
79.3
Price ₹ 44,990 onwards ₹ 17,649 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.59 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2316 pixels (~ 388 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features Super AMOLED, FullView Display IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.7 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 506
RAM 8 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB
Primary Camera 12MP + 5MP 16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.5" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; 4-axis OIS, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; no AF; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion, Live Photo, Portrait Bokeh (dual cameras), Time Lapse, Face Beauty, AR Stickers, Filters 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 8.0MP 24.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Live Photo, Face Beauty, Backlight HDR, Portrait Bokeh, Panorama, AR Stickers, Filters F/2.0 Aperture, Full HD Recording, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.98 mm 7.89 mm
Weight 199 gm 150 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 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
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Pop-Up Front Camera; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The Vivo Nex is absolutely gorgeous, and easily one of the most beautiful smartphone ever released - there is the premium blend of glass and metal, the grey speckled pattern on the back, the top-notch build quality, and the solid hand-feel, but the highlight of the phone is the stunning display in a futuristic bezel-free design
  • The power and volume buttons on the right edge are ergonomically placed. On the left is an 'AI' button, which can be be pressed once to invoke Google Lens, or long-pressed to call on Google Assistant
  • The 6.59-inch Super AMOLED, 19.3:9 display is the star of the show here - with a screen-to-body ratio of 93 percent, it dominates the front of the smartphone and looks striking - a no-notch tall screen is an unparalleled experience - and the viewing angles are superb, colours are vivid, and blacks are inky and deep - the maximum brightness is impressive, and the display also gets dim enough for comfortable use in a dark room - there is a nifty night mode that that can be triggered at set times - Vivo has moved the ambient light sensor to below the display and it works well enough
  • Vivo's Funtouch OS has taken a lot of inspiration from iOS, and is packed with features and gestures to the hilt
  • Performance is top-notch as expected - with the Snapdragon 845 under the hood, the Vivo Nex handles everything you throw at it with ease, and with 8GB of RAM, it keeps most apps running in the background, even those left unused for a full day - gaming on the phone is also quite a pleasurable experience, due to the combination of the gorgeous screen and the top-end hardware
  • The dual camera setup on the rear is pretty good, and clicks some impressive photos - the level of detail is very good, colours are rich and vibrant, and the autofocus is precise and accurate - there is also little to no shutter lag, and the dynamic range is good - thanks to the four-axis OIS, images taken at night also come out sharp and detailed
  • As with most flagships these days, the rear camera can recognise objects or scenes being shot and optimise its settings accordingly
  • The portrait mode is decent too (but not the best)
  • AR stickers are implemented well too and are a good way to impress friends - they can be used with both the front and the rear camera
  • There is a fully featured professional mode in the camera application as well which allows you to alter the ISO, exposure, shutter speed and white balance
  • Videos shot with the rear cameras are detailed and quite stable too, thanks to the four axis optical image stabilisation
  • Very good quality audio output via earphones (and the bundled pair of earphones are surprisingly good too)
  • Battery life is quite fantastic - you will get through a 12-hour day with about 40 percent left at the end, which is quite impressive - overall among flagship phones, the Vivo Nex takes the top end of the battery life ratings
  • Fast charging support is there too - the huge fast charger that Vivo includes in the box takes the phone from zero to about 50 percent in 40-45 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
  • 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]
  • Although for a phone with a 6.6 inch screen, the Vivo Nex is relatively manageable, but weighing in at 199g, the Vivo Nex is quite a hefty phone, bordering on phablet territory - it's also a bit too wide and tall to be used comfortably with one hand - in fact, it can be slightly cumbersome to use even with both hands - make no mistake, you will certainly be compromising on some ergonomics to compensate for that large, beautiful display
  • The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the display glass like the Oppo Find X, and it works well enough, but just like the Find X, it is not in the same league as the physical ones we have become used to - it will works well 8 out of 10 times on average, but when it doesn't, the novelty turns into an irritant, and you will have to use a pattern/pin to unlock the phone (there is no face recognition either)
  • Another new tech that Vivo had to adopt to create the bezel less design is Screen SoundCasting, which does away with the earpiece, and has a motor that vibrates the display glass itself - the technology is definitely impressive, and mostly works just fine, but can sometimes be iffy, with voices coming across as muffled and indistinct
  • Given the additional moving parts, there is also the question of long-term durability - while the mechanism feels quite solid and does not wobble in the slightest, you cannot know for sure how well it will stand up to regular use and abuse - there is also the risk of how badly this phone could get damaged if it falls with the camera module extended
  • Unlike most other flagships, the Vivo Nex is also not water or dust proof
  • The rear is pretty slippery too - you will want to use a case
  • Vivo's FunTouch UI might be feature packed, but it also tends to be rather cluttered, and occasionally unstable (you will experience app crashes now and then) which is a letdown - it is probably the biggest thing that stops the Nex from being a strong recommendation - you can liken the experience to climbing aboard a fancy, futuristic alien spaceship, only to quickly discover your inability to operate it properly and likely quickly crashing into a tree
  • While the front camera has that fancy, eye-catching camera mechanism, when it pops out, on the imaging front, it's average, considering the price bracket - it has a tendency to overexpose shots, and images taken at night look very soft and have a fair bit of noise
  • The single loudspeaker gets reasonably loud but is somewhat shrill and tinny, which is a letdown in this price bracket
  • On the whole, the Vivo Nex is an immensely desirable, but ultimately frustrating device - it is a smartphone from the future which is gorgeous, immensely powerful, and loaded with impressive technologies - the OLED screen is superb, the rear camera is competent, and battery life is impressive - however, the software has niggles, the fingerprint scanner is unreliable, waterproofing is missing, and the cameras while good are not the best of the pack - for now, for most users, flagship offerings from the likes of Apple, OnePlus, and Samsung will be a bit more polished and easier to live with
  • 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 vivo NEX S is nothing short of a monumental device...But you should only seriously consider it, if you are willing to live with the controlled chaos, that is Funtouch OS
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Vivo Nex's clever engineering and fantastic notch-free screen serve as a model for other phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Arguably the most technically advanced Android phone on the market right now
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. As of now, the Vivo Nex is best looked upon as a technology showcase, rather than owned as a daily driver
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Perfect for anyone who wants to live on the bleeding edge of technology
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Frustratingly imperfect, undeniably desirable
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Packs one surprise after another
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
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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. 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 »
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