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The realme 2 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Vivo V9, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 2 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

Vivo V9  realme 2 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Vivo V9 realme 2 Pro
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Excellence Score
50.5
64.4
Value for Money Score
83.9
91.3
Price ₹ 15,990 onwards ₹ 17,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2018 Oct, 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 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 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 LCD, Dewdrop Full Screen, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 1.95 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 512
RAM 4 GB 8 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 16MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
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 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX398 Sensor; Dual Pixel Focus; EIS, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, AI Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera 24.0MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Full HD Recording, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty F/2.0 Aperture, AI Beauty Selfie
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
Thickness 7.89 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 150 gm 174 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3260 mAh 3500 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 Audio Playback Time: 12 hrs, Video Playback Time: 10 hrs, Internet Browsing Time: 12.5 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration 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
  • The Realme 2 Pro, takes a different design philosophy compared to previous Realme phones, and is more about refined, premium, understated aesthetics - it all comes off quite well - and makes for easily one of the best looking devices in the mid-range segment
  • The paintjobs themselves are pretty catchy, and have a slight depth effect, which looks nice
  • The glossy rear panel is plastic but looks like glass
  • It is made via an injection molding process which requires 15 layers of sectional lamination and is claimed by Realme to be heat and impact resistant to a certain extent
  • The body of the phone is all smooth curves - the edges are curved ever so subtly and they perfectly merge with the metallic rim without any sharp corners whatsoever
  • When it comes to in-hand feel, the Realme 2 Pro is a joy to use
  • The device has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor which is quite fast and easily recognizes fingerprints in less than a second
  • The Realme 2 Pro also has support for Face Unlock functionality, which is surprisingly fast too, though it is more reliable when used in a well-lit environment
  • The Realme 2 Pro packs a gorgeous 6.3-inch FullHD+ (1080×2340) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio - the side and top bezels are virtually non-existent, with only a 5.5 mm thick chin at the bottom with rounded edges, granting the device an impressive 90.8% screen-to-body - the Realme 2 Pro’s signature design element of course is a waterdrop-shaped notch at the top - only previously seen in significantly more expensive phones like the Oppo F9 and the F9 Pro - and it looks equally stunning on the Realme 2 Pro - the minimalist appeal of the tiny, waterdrop notch is striking and arguably looks way better than the wide notches we have come to see on the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max trio, as well as an increasing number of Android smartphones - as for the display quality itself, it's quite brilliant when it comes to color reproduction, hues appear punchy and saturation is never an issue - sunlight legibility is good too - this is easily the best display in it's price bracket
  • Color OS adds plenty of useful features to the Android experience - such as the 'Smart Assistant' (which can be accessed by swiping right on the homescreen, and basically acts as a command center where users can access tools such as Quick Functions for quickly launching frequently used apps, check the weather, track health vitals such as steps walked, and do a lot more), 'Smart Sidebar' (which allows users to populate it with certain apps they use frequently and always want them at their disposal - the ‘Smart Sidebar’ can be accessed by swiping a thin sidebar at either edge of the screen), 'Kids Space', and navigation gestures
  • Very good, butter smooth performance, backed by a fast Snapdragon 660 processor - the device delivers on any task you throw at it, including heavy games - notching up performance scores similar to the Snapdragon 660 equipped Mi A2
  • Very good set of dual rear cameras, with strong image output in both good lighting conditions, as well as indoors - the images have good details, vibrant colors and adequate depth - bokeh shots come out well too with rich details and vibrant hues
  • Decent selfie camera too - takes good quality images, even though they are slightly over-exposed - and had a decent software bokeh effect
  • On the whole, the Realme 2 Pro cameras are pretty much on-par with the 2 best camera phones currently ruling the mid-range, the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A2
  • Good battery life - the phone comfortably breezes past a day, even with heavier use
  • Decent charging speed (takes about 2 hours to go from 0 to 100%), even though fast charging is not supported
  • On the whole, the Realme 2 definitely looks like another winner from the Realme camp and will give some tough competition to the phones ruling across the mid-range segment like the Redmi Note 5 Pro (larger battery, better software, but Realme 2 wins on design, display, and performance), Zenfone Max Pro M1 (larger battery, stock Android, but again Realme 2 wins on design, display, performance, and cameras), Mi A2 (stock Android, but Realme 2 wins on a better design, a better display, a larger battery, and headphone jack), Nokia 6.1 Plus (stock Android, but Realme 2 wins on a better design, a better display, better cameras, and a larger battery), and finally the Poco F1 and the Honor Play (they both have better performance with flagship chipsets, but Realme 2 wins on better design) - everything considered, Realme has very likely another champion phone on its hands - in the meantime, the mid-range in India keeps getting more and more competitive!
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
  • The downside to all the glossy charm of the rear panel is that the Realme 2 Pro is also a fingerprint magnet - if you don’t use a protective cover, you’ll find yourselves cleaning the rear panel multiple times throughout the day
  • The display is not flawless though - it is evident that Realme utilized a rectangular LCD panel which has been covered with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass on top and a thick chin of bottom bezels with rounded edges - the rounded bezels hide a little bit of content at the two bottom corners of the LCD panel, which can create an issue in apps which hold important control at these points - for example, in case of the PUBG game, the rounded bottom bezel covered a significant portion of the ‘x’ button used to go back in the game’s UI
  • Aesthetics wise though, Color OS is not the most refined, or clean Android UI, and this is one area where Realme falls a little behind stock Android, or MIUI phones in this price bracket
  • There are some UX quirks too in Color OS, like an annoying 2-step process to clear a notification
  • Video recording is a bit of a weak point, given the otherwise high quality of the camera - even with EIS, the videos tend to come out shaky if you are moving
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 »
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  11. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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  1. If you need a new phone and want the best bang for the buck - the Realme 2 Pro is the new champ in its category
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Has a lot going for it...a solid option under 20k, if you are looking for a good all-rounder
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Oppo's Sub-Brand Makes A Splash In The Budget Sector
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Realme 2 Pro is certainly powerful....if you have a budget of around Rs 14,000, the 4GB RAM variant is a no-brainer
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Another example of how these days you can get a very appealing smartphone without spending a small fortune
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Definitely earns the “Pro” moniker over the Realme 2...But the UI is a bit of a letdown
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A no compromises phone available at some great, disruptive prices
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. A beautiful smartphone...has a lot of things going in its favor, but poor video recording capabilities and an unrefined Android skin are drawbacks
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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