The Vivo V9 is among the newest smartphones in the market, and the reason it has been getting a lot of attention is not just because it is packed with features, but also because of its screen-to-body ratio. It has a ratio of almost 90% and has the notorious notch (made famous by the iPhone X last year) at the top of the display. While the iPhone X may have been the first smartphone to introduce the notch, Vivo has definitely managed to optimise it to offer some great screen real-estate for its users.
On various devices, the notch on the display is home for hardware like the selfie camera, the proximity sensor, notification lights, and the earpiece, of course. Another recent phone that launched in India with a notch is the new Oppo F7, which launched at almost the same time as the Vivo V9. What gives the V9 the edge over the Oppo F7 is its dual camera setup and superior processor.
The V9 is not just an iPhone X clone for Android users; it’s a lot more than that. Read on to learn more about this new smartphone.
Vivo V9: Price in India
The Vivo V9 made its debut approximately a week ago (March 2018) and currently carries a price tag of Rs. 22,990. The device does not have any other variants for sale and is currently available offline as well as on e-commerce sites like Amazon and Flipkart. The phone is available for purchase in colours such as Pearl Black, Champagne Gold and Sapphire Blue.
Vivo V9: Display and Performance
The Vivo V9 has a 6.3-inch IPS LCD screen which offers a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The phone has an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a pixel density of 400 ppi (pixels per inch). The Vivo V9 is driven by an octa-core Qualcomm MSM8953-Pro Snapdragon 626 chipset under the hood which clocks 2.2GHz. An Adreno 506 GPU takes care of all the graphics processing for the Vivo V9.
The Vivo V9 comes as a 4GB RAM 64GB ROM configuration, and if that seems insufficient, the device also offers support for expandable memory up to 256GB via its dedicated microSD card slot. Powering the V9 is a battery with a capacity of 3260mAh. The V9’s fingerprint is on the back, just below the rear camera, and other sensors include an accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, and compass.
Vivo V9: Camera Specifications and Software
The Vivo V9 comes with a vertically-aligned dual camera setup on the rear. The camera uses a 16MP f/2.0 lens in tandem with a 5MP lens to give you the ability to shoot pictures with excellent depth of field. The Vivo V9 can shoot 4K (2160p) videos at 30 frames per second. The camera features phase detection autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, and offers HDR and panorama modes.
On the front of the Vivo V9, housed in the notch, is a 24MP f/2.0 selfie snapper. The front camera is also capable of recording 1080p video at 30 frames per second. Even though the front camera is a single lens, the phone still lets you shoot portrait mode selfies (with the background blurred or ‘bokeh’ effects). Other options include the beauty mode and face detection. The V9 also offers face recognition for unlocking your phone, but note that this is not as effective as the iPhone X which uses a far more complex, hardware-based system to recognise your face and unlock your device.
In terms of software, the Vivo V9 runs on version 4.0 of FunTouch OS. This is equivalent to the latest version of Android, namely Oreo or version 8.1.
Overall, the Vivo V9 is a great phone that covers all bases in terms of requirements. If you’ve had the opportunity to try it out or you’ve purchased the phone, share your views in the comments below.