There’s no denying that some smartphone makers like to take inspiration from Apple’s designs. In the past, we’ve seen dozens of phones designed to look like the iPhone. Now that Apple has made a major change in design with the iPhone X (Review), it was only a matter of time before other manufacturers followed. Asus was the first to introduce Zenfone 5 (2018) and Zenfone 5Z with a design strongly inspired by the iPhone X. Vivo V9 has become the first Android smartphone in the country to be launched with a notch. Vivo V9 is in the headlines thanks to its thin screen bezel and notch at the top.
Full Screen Design and Screen
Since Apple released the iPhone X with a full screen berbezel thin and has bangs, almost a lot of vendors in the world are starting to switch from full-screen smartphone just to full screen with bangs or notches on the front.
This is also evident from the design language given on Vivo V9 with full 6.3-inch screen with Full HD + resolution (2,280 x 1,080 pixels), IPS technology, and a 19: 9 aspect ratio that fills the front.
If the top has a bangs or notch that resembles the iPhone X, it is different from the chin that has a bezel shape similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8. With this combination makes it different from the design of products made by Apple and Samsung.
At a glance, bangs at the top of the Vivo V9 itself has a function to store the front camera, sensors, and speaker holes. Switching to the right side there are volume and power buttons are arranged vertically making it easier for me to do a screenshot combination with just one hand.
While on the left there is a SIM Tray that serves to store the SIM card and microSD. Furthermore, on the back there are two main cameras complete with LED Flash is arranged vertically, fingerprint sensor, and Vivo logo.
At the time I hold this smartphone, the rear body feels using polycarbonate material with paint that gives the impression of glass. But I prefer the rear body V7 that uses polycarbonate material with matte paint that gives the impression of luxury.
In addition, I also feel that the screen and the rear body like a spliced like OPPO F5. Unlike the impression when holding Vivo V7 whose body feels fused between the screen and the back.
You could say finger prints and dust easily attached to the back of the body so Vivo has equip V9 with additional Jelly casing in the sales package. Uniquely, this Jelly casing has a cover on the microUSB port to reduce the dust that attaches and prevents exposure to water splashes. In addition, there are also innate earphones in the cardboard.
Camera Selfie 24 MP and Two Main Cameras
Although the front camera of the V9 has a resolution of 24 MP is almost the same as the V7, but the Vivo claims that the quality of software and hardware that brought better so that it can produce selfie or wefie pictures with more interesting.
In front of the camera itself has been equipped with several modes, such as Face Beauty, Take Photo, Group Selfie, Video, AR Sticker, HDR, and Professional. Not to forget, Portrait Bokeh feature was presented in the application that allows me to produce selfie photos with bokeh effect (background blur), although only use one front camera.
Meanwhile, the Live Photo feature also allows me to be able to produce moving photos within 3 seconds. You could say selfie image produced by Vivo V9 has good quality in light conditions enough or abundant. But there will be noise when taking photos in low light conditions.
Turning to the rear, Vivo V9 has embedded two main cameras with 13 MP + 2 MP resolution with f / 2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED Flash. Combining these two main cameras allows me to instantly take bokeh (background blur) photos.
You can say the main 13 MP camera is used to capture the main object, but the 2 MP main camera is used to see the depth of distance between object and background so that it can produce bokeh photo well.
Vivo also pinned the Portrait Bokeh feature for its main camera on the built-in application allowing me to do aperture settings, ranging from f / 0.95 to f / 16 to create the desired level of bokeh. In a way I like this feature because it can be set before or after taking a photo.
Some of the modes presented in the main camera, consisting of Face Beauty, Take Photo, Videos, AR Stickers, Panorama, Professional, Ultra HD, Doc, Slow Motion, and Time Lapse. You could say the quality of two main cameras from Vivo is good and sharp. Moreover, the HDR mode it belongs to can produce a bright color. For that, for the curious Gadgeter with quality then can see the photos below:
The Vivo V9 sports a 24-megapixel selfie camera with an AI-assisted beautify mode. It does enhance shots automatically but you also have the option to manually set the level of beautification. Selfies have good amounts of detail and are good enough to go on social media sites. Video recording on the V9 maxes out at 4K and you can also record in 1080p and 720p resolutions. However, this phone lacks OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) and EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation), causing footage to be shaky.
Vivo V9 has been equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Octa-core chipset 1.8 GHz speed has a DNA from Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2 GHZ is famous for saving battery power, but has a powerful performance because it uses 14nm process technology.
To compensate for the ability of the chipset, Vivo also has embedded 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage that can add microSD up to 256 GB on this one smartphone.
Speaking of performance, I have done multitasking testing running applications, SMS, chat, phone, watch video occasionally, and play the game for a while. The result Vivo V9 can still run smoothly during RAM usage capacity is not close to the end.
To play games, such as Mobile Legends, Arena of Valor, Dynasty Warrior, and Asphalt can run smoothly without experiencing problems because the chipset used by this smartphone has DNA from Snapdragon 625 that can run the game smoothly.
Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon 450 chipset uses 14nm process technology making it a frugal battery life. With a slightly newer technology, arguably the battery life of this chipset is more efficient in consuming energy than Snapdragon 625.
Meanwhile, Vivo V9 battery has a capacity that reaches 3260 mAh. To try the endurance of this battery, I try to do things that I often do in everyday activities, such as chat, SMS, phone, play games, send emails, and create documents. The result, Vivo V9 is able to survive for 10 hours 20 minutes from the condition of the battery 100% to 15% critical point. You could say this has satisfied me because there is no need to bring a charger when it starts to get out of the house until back home again.
Of course the results will vary depending on the activities that Gadgeter often do to this smartphone. For the record, I used one SIM card on a 4G-LTE network during the testing process. Later battery endurance results will be different again when using two SIM cards at once.
Since Vivo V7 + and V7 were born full-screen, Vivo started pinning the fingerprint sensor on the smartphone nicknamed Selfie Expert. This also applies to Vivo V9 which has the sensor on the back.
In addition to being able to unlock the smartphone quickly, this fingerprint sensor can be used to lock predefined applications. Even this sensor can also facilitate me in taking selfie photos just by touching the fingerprint only.
You could say the Face Access feature is one that must be present in the smartphone that was released in 2018. Vivo party itself claims that this feature is able to recognize the face in just 0.1 seconds.
Although in fact a little slower, but I think indeed the face scan done by V9 is arguably fast. In enough light and abundance, Face Access can recognize my face well.
But when in low light conditions or dim the Vivo V9 will be difficult to recognize my face. Meanwhile, Face Access can not work under rest-screen conditions so I need to enable the Raise to Wake feature to make the screen turn on when I swing the smartphone from my pocket or pants.
Almost the same as the previous Vivo V7 series, Vivo V9 has the ability to take long screenshots or commonly called scroll screenshot. This will be useful when Gadgeter wants to capture the targeted web page because it usually has a long page.
At a glance, this long screenshot has a maximum limit of 15 pages to be used as a screenshot image. For Gadgeter who want to access it in Vivo V9 then can directly sweep the screen from bottom of the screen to the top and then select the S-Caputre menu.
Later Gadgeter will be faced with 4 menu choices consisting of Long Screenshot, Rectangular, Funny Screenshot, and Screen Recording. Then, Gadgeter can select Long Screenshot and select Next menu on the bottom right of the smartphone. Once completed then can choose Save menu.
In addition to the long screenshots, I will also tell you about Funny Screenshot to take screenshots with box, lasso, pattern, and doodle shape, Rectangular to take screenshots with box shape, and Screen Recording to record Gadgeter activity on smartphone screen.
This one feature allows Vivo V9 users to multitasking applications easily, where two applications can run in one screen. For example, users want to watch videos while chatting.
Later if the Vivo V9 users are chatting or watching video, but want to open one more application then only need to do 3 finger gesture with sweep or swipe from the top screen to the bottom then automatically the screen will be divided into two so that users can run two applications at once .
Even when users are cool to open a video or chat and want to open one more application then live gesture 3 fingers by sweeping the screen from top to bottom then automatically some supported applications will appear and users can directly select it.
This is actually almost similar to the built-in Dual-split feature that is owned by the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and up. Vivo V9 itself has been using FunTouch based on Android 8.1 Oreo that has supported Smart Split with several applications consisting of Facebook, LINE, Messages, WhatsApp, YouTube, Video, MX Player, watching movies & TV, and streaming video.
This one feature allows users not to be disturbed by phone calls when playing games. Some of the modes that come in this feature consist of Block floating previews, Reject incoming calls, and Background calls. You could say this one feature is almost similar to Motorbike Mode so as not to be disturbed while performing activities that require concentration.
Since Vivo V5s, this one feature is commonly present in Vivo-made smartphone, including V9 With the presence of App Clone feature allows Vivo V9 users can activate two application accounts at once in one smartphone. Some apps already supported by App Clone include WhatsApp, LINE, BBM, Zalp, Viber, and WeChat.
During the week of Vivo V9 usage in daily activities, I can say I’m satisfied using it, ranging from battery life is quite durable, front camera and rear camera are attractive, and good performance.
Vivo V9 itself superior in terms of 24 MP front camera, two rear camera 13 MP + 2 MP, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM, fingerprint sensor, and Face Unlock. But the absence of NFC features and the use of body made from polycarbonate to the lack of this smartphone.
Save battery power
Large RAM capacity
Reliable file storage
Nice selfie photos
Dual rear camera
The bangs or notch are actually annoying