Our Opinion

The Vivo X21 is a significantly better phone, but the Vivo V9 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the Vivo X21.

Vivo V9  Vivo X21 
Vivo V9 Vivo X21
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Excellence Score
50.5
70.3
Value for Money Score
74.6
72.6
Price ₹ 18,499 onwards ₹ 28,791 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2018 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.28 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display Super AMOLED, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Eye Protection Mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #15 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 512
RAM 4 GB 6 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 16MP + 5MP 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 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 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.5" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture, Dual Pixel Sensors, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 24.0MP 12.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Full HD Recording, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty F/2.0 Aperture, Screen flash
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 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 GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.89 mm 7.37 mm
Weight 150 gm 156 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3260 mAh 3200 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 Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Refined, understated design - the phone is sleek and features an all-black aluminum frame and a glass back with tapered edges, which make it very comfortable to hold
  • Surprisingly easy to handle, especially considering the 6.28-inch screen - the tall 19:9 aspect ratio helps a lot, and it also gives the front of the phone that modern bezel-less look everyone craves these days
  • Fans of minimalism will enjoy the Vivo X21 too - with the fingerprint sensor hidden under the screen, the back of the phone is very clean
  • The key USP of the phone, however, is the world's first under-display fingerprint sensor - the sensor works well most of the time, although it can be buggy now and then
  • In case you are not into that, you can also opt for the infrared-based facial recognition, which is fast and accurate, and pleasantly works in all kinds of lighting conditions
  • The Vivo X21’s display is otherwise beautiful too with the characteristic vibrant color palette and inky blacks of an OLED display - it has excellent brightness levels, and outdoor visibility too
  • The Vivo X21 also features an always-on display that looks pretty similar to Samsung’s implementation, with a clock and other notifications on screen
  • Good speed/performance backed by the solid Snapdragon 660 processor and an ample 6GB of RAM - mostly, in actual use, you will be hard pressed to see any differences in performance even compared to the top-end Android flagships like the Pixel 2 or the Galaxy S9
  • Decent dual camera setup at the back - does well especially in good lighting conditions, and with bokeh effects - it's not quite to the level of the Pixel 2 or the Galaxy S9 - but for its price bracket, it does a decent job
  • The front 12MP camera is decent too, and can also do (software based) bokeh images
  • Good audio quality via headphones
  • The single bottom-firing speaker also gets pretty loud
  • Good battery life - will last the day with medium to heavy use
  • Fast charging support
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • No water resistance - a feature thats now present in most phones in this price bracket
  • One area where the X21 loses out is the refinement of the UI - the OS which is basically a copy of the iOS, can often be un-intuitive, and sometimes buggy - the devil is in the details - and details are not very well done here
  • Uses the old microUSB standard, instead of the modern USB-C port
  • On the whole, the Vivo X21 is a good all-round phone, and has an innovative under-glass fingerprint sensor, but it's let down to some extent by its UI - everything considered, unless you are into the cutting edge fingerprint sensor tech, you are likely to find better overall value devices in this price segment, like the OnePlus 6, or the Honor 10
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. The under-display fingerprint scanner is a welcome change in the tech industry
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Vivo X21 is an all-rounder with good performance, decent camera performance and a snazzy new in-display fingerprint scanning technology
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you must have bleeding-edge technology in your phone, the Vivo X21 fits the bill: It's the only widely available phone with this type of fingerprint sensor
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Vivo X21 is a fun device that gets a lot of things right
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A device for tech enthusiasts
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Vivo X21 is a device straight out of the future
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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