Vivo’s new selfie smartphone Vivo V9 has entered the Indian market. The Vivo V9 offers face unlock feature, which you’ll find on other premium devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8
, Galaxy Note 8
, Galaxy A8+
, iPhone 8
, etc. Much like the iPhone X
, you’ll find a notch on the display. This time Vivo has tried that customers get many premium features at the mid-range price.
The highlight of the smartphone its 24-megapixel front camera. A fingerprint sensor is also provided in the smartphone along with the Face Unlock feature. Overall, the company has given a perfect package at affordable price. But does Vivo V9 meet our expectations? Will Vivo V9 be able to make its place among the existing smartphone in the market?
Specifications of Vivo V9
6.3 inch FullHD + Full View Display, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, 16MP + 5MP Dual Rear Camera, 24MP Front Camera, Android 8.1 Based FunTouch OS 4.0 Operating System, Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Processor, 3260 MH battery
Price: Rs 22,990.
Look and Design of Vivo V9
At first glance, Vivo V9 is a big and long phone. And because of the notch, it gets a glimpse of the iPhone X. There is one more thing that we liked – apart from Notch – that it’s light in weight. The phone is quite compact and easily fits in the hand. However, it does not seem very difficult to use it with one hand.
The front is fully occupied by the screen and the screen is bezel-less and comes with 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. That gives a lot of fun watching multimedia. Despite the 6-inch screen, the phone weighs 150 grams and it feels light in hand. Talking about the rear, there are two rear sensors at the top left corner of the phone and an LED flash just below them. Rear camera setup is vertical.
There is also a fingerprint sensor on the rear and below you will see Vivo’s branding in big letters. The phone is quite thin and with a thickness of 7.99 millimeters it seems convenient to use and this is because of its curved edges The V9 is launched in Pearl Black and Champagne Gold Color. The phone comes with a rear glossy look, which enhances its beauty. But you will need to clean the rear panel repeatedly because it catches fingers spots result during use on it.
At the bottom of the phone, you will find a 3.5mm headphone jack, speaker grill and micro-USB port. Volume and power buttons are given on the right. We think the quality of these buttons could be further improved. There is a dual sim slot on the left side of the phone. In the retail box of the phone, you will find a manual (manual), a charger, a USB cable, earphones and a transparent cover.
Vivo V9 Display and Software
The smartphone has a 6.3-inch big screen that comes with HD + (1080 2280 pixels) resolution. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 has been given for protection above the display. To add a premium feel to the phone the company has used 2.5D curved glass. Vivo is marketing the phone as Fullview Display 2.0 because of the 19:9 aspect ratio of the screen. The notch is the most important feature of the phone. Selfie sensor and speaker have been fitted in the phone’s little notch. The display is sharp and the text along with the pictures appear crystal clear. The screen is bright in sunlight and it is not difficult to use the phone.
The phone runs the latest Android 8.1
based on FunTouch OS 4.0. But due to the heavier skin of Vivo, the main features of Android Oreo are not available. Many apps are already installed on the phone because of the FunTouch OS. Many of Vivo’s apps include iMusic, Feedback, Lock, Vivo Cloud, iManager, EasyShare, Video, V-AppStore and Notes. Apart from this, work apps like popular third-party apps such as Facebook, Whatsapp, UC Browser, Amazon, Prime Video and NewsPoint will also be found. But the worst thing is that Vivo has not given the option of deleting these apps, which means you will have to keep them on the phone even if you do not need them.
Vivo V9 Camera
Now coming to the feature which the company is most admiring. The phone’s selfie camera- V9 has a 24-megapixel front camera with aperture F/2.0. The front camera is equipped with modes like Face Beauty, Face Beauty Video Call, Rear Time Camera Filter, HDR Mode, Portrait and Gender Detection. Vivo is continuously working on its selfie camera and V9 is also a part of the same development. AR stickers can be used with selfie cameras for selfie amateurs.
The phone comes with the best selfies and can be shared directly on social media. Selfies are a and colours look good too. The front camera works fast and we’re impressed with the autofocus too. Vivo V9 will also enjoy a feature like Apple’s live photo record. Apart from this, Portrait Bokeh mode is also in the front camera, which blends the background using the software. Users can also use Palm (palm) gestures to click selfies.
Talking about the rear camera, the phone has two vertical sensors of 16 megapixels and 5 megapixels equipped with an LED light. Ultra HD, Panorama, Shot Focus, HDR, Face Beauty, Slow-motion and Professional modes are also provided in the rear camera. The rear camera is awesome and the focus also works fast. Face recognition feature works fast and unlocks the phone instantly. Bokeh mode also works great. The quality of the pictures in daylight and indoor or low light is good. The exposure and the white balance are good. The phone does not have the optical zoom that means you have to rely on digital zoom. But overall, we think the Vivo V9 camera will impress you.
Vivo V9 Performance
Vivo V9 is a perfect and powerful phone for everyday use. Due to the duo of Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor and 4GB RAM, most of the work on the phone is easily done without any hassle. 64 GB of inbuilt storage is sufficient and can be extended up to 256 GB via MicroSD card.
The phone’s display is one of its key features. It leaves good impression watching videos and playing games.
Vivo has moved one step ahead with the aspect ratio of 19:9 because other companies are still giving 18:9 display ratio. The fingerprint sensor on the rear at the V9 is quick. Face Unlock works fast but only if there is enough light. You can also use the fingerprint sensor to click a picture. Speaking of call quality, this Vivo phone supports VoLTE and the quality is good. Earphones available with the phone have good audio quality. Due to the Dual SIM slot, you will be able to simultaneously use two SIM cards and MicroSD card.
The 3260 mAh non-removable battery is available to power the phone. Once charging we could keep the phone for more than one day. With the use of media, the phone goes for 36 hours which is the best. Apart from this, we saw that in about an hour the phone is charging more than 50 percent.
Should You Buy Vivo V9?
The most important question is why should one buy the Vivo V9? Vivo V9, which comes with a lot of features, is a strong contender. This is the first smartphone to come to India with a notch along with 19:9 aspect ratio display. That means you will enjoy the design of the iPhone X at a low price (in case of the notch). We also liked the camera performance. We enjoyed using the AR stickers given in the selfie camera.
The company should have paid a little more attention to the software. We liked the phone overall. Vivo V 9 is a perfect package launched at Rs 22,990. The phone is now available in the offline and online retail stores across the country. The V9 will be competing in the market with the already existing Moto X4, the Samsung Galaxy A8+ and Oppo F7. Oppo F7 will prove to be its biggest competitor.
Our Conclusion and Rating
If you’re not a brand conscious and want a good camera then you must go with this phone in the mid-range segment. You get dual camera setup at the rear with AI (artificial intelligence), along with a 24-megapixel front camera. This was our point, but you can visit the nearest Vivo store to check out the demo to see how you feel the about the Vivo V9.
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