Vivo has finally launched its latest V series smartphone in India, the V9. As you can guess by its name, the Vivo V9 succeeds the Vivo V7 that was launched in India last year. The V9 is the company’s first smartphone with an iPhone X style notch to be launched in the country.
Vivo V9: Price in India, Availability
The Vivo V9 has been priced at Rs.22,990 In India and will go on sale in the country starting April 2nd via Amazon India, Flipkart, as well as all major offline stores. It comes in three color options – Pearl Black, Sapphire Blue, and Champagne Gold.
Vivo V9: Pre-Order Offers on Amazon and Flipkart
The Vivo V9 is now up for pre-order on Amazon India and Flipkart. Those of you who pre-order the Vivo V9 will be eligible to receive 5% as cashback in the form of Amazon Pay balance. Amazon is also offering couple movie vouchers worth Rs.500 from BookMyShow along with an additional Rs.2,000 off on exchange. Vivo is offering a one-time free screen replacement worth Rs.6,000 for up to six months to customers who pre-order the V9. If you wish to purchase the V9 on EMI, you will be able to opt for No Cost EMI on all major credit cards.
Flipkart, on the other hand, is also offering a slew of pre-order offers on the Vivo V9. If you have an old smartphone, you can get up to Rs.18,000 off on exchange. Additionally, the retailer will give you a further discount of Rs.2,000 over the regular exchange value. Customers having an HDFC Bank Debit or Credit Card can get an instant cashback of 5% on their purchase. Axis Bank Buzz Credit Card holders can get an extra 5% off on the Vivo V9, with the maximum discount capped at Rs.200. Apart from these, customers will be eligible for the one-time free screen replacement offer described above, along with No Cost EMIs.
Vivo V9: Specifications
The Vivo V9 sports a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2280 Full HD+ resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio, thanks to the iPhone X style notch on the top. Running under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor, a small upgrade over the Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor powering the V7. The octa-core processor is clocked at a high 2.2 GHz and features an Adreno 506 GPU. Moving on to memory, the Vivo V9 is equipped with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. For further expansion up to 256GB, the smartphone includes a dedicated microSD card slot in addition to two nano-SIM card slots.
The vertical dual-camera setup on the back of the handset utilizes a 16MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor. In terms of video, the Vivo V9 primary camera can capture 4K video at 30fps along with Full HD video at 30fps. On the front of the V9 is a 24MP resolution selfie snapper with an f/2.0 aperture lens, a soft LED flash, and Full HD video capture support.
Connectivity options supported by the Vivo V9 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and 4G VoLTE. Keeping the lights on is a 3260mAh capacity non-removable battery, although fast charging isn’t supported. The smartphone does have a fingerprint sensor, placed on the back of the handset. In terms of dimensions, the Vivo V9 measures 154.81 x 75.03 x 7.89mm and weighs in at 150 grams. When it comes to software, Vivo’s latest offering runs on Funtouch OS 4.0, based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
Vivo V9: Features
The key highlight of the new Vivo V9 is undoubtedly the large 6.3-inch Full HD+ IPS FullView 2.0 screen with 1.75mm thin bezels. Similar to the iPhone X, the Vivo V9 display has a notch on the top, which results in an aspect ratio of 19:9 instead of 18:9 aspect ratio on the Vivo V7. The screen-to-body ratio of the smartphone is an impressive 90%, higher than most other mid-range smartphones on the market today.
At the back is a 16MP + 5MP vertical dual-camera setup with 4K video recording, Ultra HDR mode, and bokeh mode with Shot Refocus feature. The 24MP resolution selfie camera comes with A.I. face beauty feature to help users take perfect selfies by using a self-learning algorithm, raise to wake, along with Face Access 2.0. In addition to unlocking the phone, Face Access 2.0 on the V9 can also be used to unlock apps. Vivo claims the AI Face Access technology employed in the V9 is more secure than previous implementations as it can detect light-reflected surfaces and subtle facial movements, making it impossible to unlock the phone using photos or video. The V9 also supports the ability to add stickers to images with the AR Stickers feature that is claimed to have been optimized specifically for the Indian market.
The Vivo V9 comes with an updated Game Mode that allows users to block all messages, calls, and alerts from disturbing them while gaming. You can also choose to allow phone calls only from select contacts. Chatting with your friends while playing a game is also possible, thanks to the “Gaming Keyboard” and picture-in-picture for games features.