The Vivo V9 Youth is the second V-series smartphone to release in India this year. Vivo basically made a few downgrades to the original V9 (review) to make it more affordable. New images popped up on twitter today, which claim that the Vivo V9 Youth’s price has officially been lowered further. It is currently uncertain if this price drop is just for offline retailers or will also reflect on online retail websites in the future.
Vivo V9 Youth: Price Cut in India
— Mahesh Telecom (@MAHESHTELECOM) June 22, 2018
According to the images posted on the official Twitter handles for BigC and Mahesh Telecom, the Vivo V9 Youth’s official pricing has been lowered to Rs.17,990 from the previous price of Rs.18,990. These images also have the FIFA World Cup 2018 logo at the top, presumably to correlate the price drop with the festive season. At the time of writing, however, the primary product listing on Vivo India’s online web store still denotes Rs.18,990 as the phone’s selling price. Either it might take some time for Vivo to update the information on its site, or maybe the price drop is only intended for offline retailers. Amazon India also currently has the official listing of the V9 Youth at the original price. However, we were able to find another listing on the website for the phone’s gold colour variant being sold by third-party sellers at discounted prices, with the lowest being Rs.17,299.
Vivo V9 Youth: Specifications, Features
Vivo has equipped a 6.3-inch IPS LCD Full View 2.0 display with 1080 x 2280 Full HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio on the V9 Youth. Just like the relatively pricier V9, a notch can be seen at the top of the V9 Youth’s display. However, the phone makes it up by boasting an impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio. Powering this device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC based on the 14nm process. This chipset offers an octa-core CPU clocked at 1.8GHz which is paired with an Adreno 506 GPU. In terms of storage, the handset has been fitted with 4GB of RAM along with 32GB of internal storage. Further expansion is possible with a microSD card, and the phone can accept up to 256GB this way. Then there is the 3,260 mAh battery to ensure the phone lasts through a full day of use.
Vivo V9 Youth: Camera, Other Features
Coming to the imaging department, the V9 Youth sports a dual camera setup at the back. This setup is comprised of a 16MP sensor placed alongside a vertically stacked 2MP sensor. The LED flash is placed just underneath this setup. Even though this camera is not able to provide 4K video recording, it does bring forth many of the features found on the more expensive V9. These features include AR stickers, Bokeh mode for DSLR-like effect, and an AI Face Beauty mode. Turning the phone over reveals a 16MP selfie camera situated inside the front notch. This sensor is accompanied by a soft LED flash to assist in capturing better low-light selfies. Users can even use facial recognition to unlock the phone with this camera. Meanwhile, there is a fingerprint scanner located at the back which can be used as a backup or even the primary unlocking method if the user does not trust the reliability of face unlock.
Vivo V9 Youth: Software, Connectivity
For the software, the Vivo V9 Youth runs Android 8.1 Oreo by default, This comes with a custom Funtouch OS 4.0 UI installed on top which is notable for its iOS-inspired design. The phone does come with a game mode feature that can be used to block all messages, calls, and alerts during gameplay. Only calls from previously designated contacts will come through so that you don’t miss out on ones from important people. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with GLONASS, and 4G VoLTE.