Last month, Chinese smartphone maker Vivo launched its first 2018 V-series smartphone in the Indian market, the V9 (review). The company has now launched another new V-series smartphone in India, dubbed the V9 Youth. While the Vivo V9 Youth has the exact same design as the V9, it comes with a few downgrades that have allowed Vivo to make it more affordable.
Vivo V9 Youth: Price in India, Sale Date
The Vivo V9 Youth carries a maximum retail price (MRP) of Rs.19,990 in India but the market operating price (MOP) is Rs.18,990. It is now available from major smartphone retailers across the country and is expected to go on sale at leading e-commerce sites such as Amazon.in, Flipkart, as well as Paytm Mall starting April 24th. It comes in two colors – Pearl Black and Champagne Gold.
Vivo V9 Youth: Specifications, Features
The Vivo V9 Youth features a 6.3-inch IPS LCD Full View 2.0 display with 1080 x 2280 Full HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. Similar to the more expensive Vivo V9, the Vivo V9 Youth has a notch on the top and boasts an impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio. The new V9 Youth is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 14nm processor clocked at 1.8 GHz with an Adreno 506 GPU. In the memory department, Vivo V9 comes equipped with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. For further expansion, the smartphone has a dedicated microSD card slot that will accept up to 256GB capacity microSD cards.
Now let’s talk about the cameras on the V9 Youth. On the back of the handset is a dual-camera setup with a 16MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor stacked vertically. Below the two lenses is an LED flash. While the Vivo V9 Youth does not offer 4K video recording, it does offer some other features found on the more expensive Vivo V9. These include AR stickers, Bokeh mode for DSLR-like effect, and an AI Face Beauty for great looking portraits. The Vivo V9, on the other hand, comes with a 16MP + 5MP dual-cameras at the back. For selfies, the Vivo V9 Youth features a 16-megapixel sensor with a soft LED flash to help users capture selfies in low-light as well. The fingerprint sensor on the Vivo V9 Youth is placed on the back, just like the V9. In addition to the fingerprint sensor, users will be able to unlock the V9 Youth using the facial recognition technology as well.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with GLONASS, and 4G VoLTE. Fueling the internals of the Vivo V9 Youth is a 3260mAh battery, identical in size to the more expensive V9. However, just like the Vivo V9, the V9 Youth lacks support for fast charging. This is certainly a big disappointment as a number of more affordable smartphones now come with fast charging support. In terms of physical size, the V9 Youth measures 154.81 x 75.03 x 7.89mm and weighs in at 150 grams.
Vivo V9 Youth: OS, Software
On the software front, Vivo V9 Youth runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS 4.0. It comes with the updated Game Mode feature, which the company debuted with the V9. With the Game Mode enabled, users can block all messages, calls and alerts from disturbing your gameplay. The feature also lets you accept phone calls only from designated contacts. Then there is the new picture-in-picture mode that allows users to open a messaging app while they are playing a game. The screen can be split in two while in a game simply by sliding down with three fingers. A gaming keyboard is also available, specially designed to take up a small part of the screen to make sure your view isn’t blocked when chatting and playing games at the same time.