Vivo V9 

price₹ 15,990 onwards

launchApr, 2018

50.5

excellence score

83.9

value for money score

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Design

  • 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

Display

  • The tall 19:9 display is bright and vibrant, and ticks all the right boxes

Software

  • 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
  • The Funtouch Android UI continues to come pre-installed with about six or seven bloatware apps - which could have been avoided

Performance

  • While the performance is good in regular use, the Snapdragon 626 chipset inside is not the best of the pack in this price bracket

Camera

  • 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

Battery

  • Decent battery life - will last the day with moderate use

More

  • 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
  • Doesn't support the modern USB-C port

Expert Reviews

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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 »
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Vivo V9 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.3 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • IPS
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
  • FullView Display
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #33 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 506
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3260 mAh
Dimensions
Weight150 gm
Thickness7.89 mm
Camera
Primary Camera16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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
Secondary Camera24.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • Full HD Recording
  • AI Bokeh
  • AI HDR
  • AI Face Beauty
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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