Vivo V9 is the first smartphone from the company to feature a design that mimics Apple iPhone X. It features a notch around the display to house the front camera, microphone and other sensors. The notched display allows Vivo to further trim the bezels surrounding the display with Vivo V9 offering a screen-to-body ratio of around 90 percent. Vivo V9 has a notch-like thin strip (measuring 1.85mm) at the top. However, the rest of the screen is not completely bezel less as it is in the Apple iPhone X. There is a thin bezel (5.93mm) under the screen.
Build Quality / Design
Vivo V9 features a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display offering a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. With an aspect ratio of 19:9, Vivo is adopting an even taller aspect ratio than what we saw on its predecessor. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It also offers expandable storage support for up to 256GB via microSD card slot. it has managed to accommodate a truly big 6.3-inch screen in a 154.8mm x 75.1mm form factor, which is quite impressive. At 150g, Vivo V9 is the lightest big-screen smartphone with a screen size of 6 inches or more. The Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 6-inch screen and tips the scales at 181g.
The V9 has screen offers a slightly wider aspect ratio of 19:9 and screen resolution of 2,280x1080p. Most thin-bezel smartphones including the Redmi Note 5 Pro offer an aspect ratio of 18:9 and screen resolution of 2,160×1,080p. The V9 is also one of the few smartphones which run the latest Android 8.1 (Oreo) out of the box with Vivo’s custom UI called FunTouch OS. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro still runs Android 7.1 but is expected to get the Android 8 update sometime this year.
The Vivo V9 has a single speaker grill at the bottom. At max volume it can get loud with little distortion but with crisp details, wide range, and strong bass. The speaker is louder and has wider range than the one in the V7/V7+. This makes it better for media consumption. Though it gets muffled easily when held in landscape mode. The phone would have cost more had Vivo added a second speaker. We just hope Vivo finds a way to do so in their upcoming phones.
The stock earphones however does bring justice. There is very little distortion in all volumes and the sound stage is decently sized. The trebles, the mids and the bass are well balanced. It is very good for the price you’re paying for it. We used our trusty RHA S500i and the earphones just sings. It brings out the deeper sound and crispier details in each tone. The DAC on this thing is so good.
Vivo has used Qualcomm’s, The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor coupled with 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage and is fuelled by a 3,260 mAh battery. The smartphone offers 64GB internal storage with the option to expand by another 256GB via microSD card. The Redmi Note 5 Pro runs on a slightly more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor with up to 6GB RAM (in the Rs16,999 variant).
For camera buffs, the V9 has a 16-megapixel camera for capturing detail shots and a 5-megapixel camera for taking shots in bokeh and portrait mode. For selfie enthusiasts the phone has a 24-megapixel camera with AI-backed beauty mode and AR stickers. The Vivo V9 features a 24-megapixel selfie shooter with features like AI enhancement and option to shoot in portrait mode. It also features dual cameras at the back, which are stacked vertically similar to that of iPhone X. The rear camera setup combines a combination of 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The sensors use a f/2.0 aperture and enable depth sensing, portrait mode and even AR stickers. It needs to be seen how it works in real life.
Vivo with OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo, which is quite a deal considering most Android devices are still stuck at Android Marshmallow. The smartphone is backed by a 3,260mAh battery and charges over microUSB port. The only missing puzzle ahead of the India launch is the price and retail availability. Vivo has also added gesture navigation, which is similar to that found on the iPhone X. You can swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen to go back, or stop half-way to reveal the app switcher.
Conclusion Vivo V9 Specs
Display: 6.3-inch FHD+ All Screen Display 2280 x 1080 w/ 2.5D curved glass at 400 ppi
CPU: 2.2GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 506
ROM: 64GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 16MP f/2.0 + 5MP w/ PDAF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 24MP f/2.0 w/ A.I. Face Beauty
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo w/ Funtouch OS 4.0
Connectivity: WiFi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, Colors: black, gold
Dimensions: 154.81 x 75.03 x 7.89 mm
Weight: 150 g
The V9 has an updated face unlock feature, which can also be used to secure files and photos. We’re waiting for all of the final technical specifications, but do know a Snapdragon 626 processor with 4GB of RAM provides the power, and there is 64GB of storage space inside. Android 8.1 Oreo is installed, which we’d expect to be overlaid with Vivo’s own user interface. The price and availability aren’t known yet either; but we doubt the V9 will be sold officially outside China and Vivo’s other markets. If you’re keen, you’ll be able to pick one up from an importer.