|Launch Date||April 2, 2018 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v8.1 (Oreo)|
|Custom UI||Funtouch OS|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Pearl Black, Champagne Gold, Sapphire Blue|
|Screen Size||6.3 inches (16 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 2280 pixels|
|Pixel Density||400 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||84.87 %|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 MSM8953 Pro|
|Processor||Octa core, 2.2 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||64 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 49.7 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||24 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||4616 x 3464 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Software Based Aperture||F0.95-F16|
|Video Recording||3840x2160 @ 30 fps|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|SAR Value||Head: 1.380 W/kg, Body: 0.406 W/kg|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||USB 2.0, Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Rear|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope|
|Applications||Google Services - Play Store, Google, Chrome, Google Map, YouTube, Drive, Play Music, Play Movies and TV, Google Duo, Photos, Flipkart, Newspoint, Amazon, UC Browser, WPS office, Whatsapp|
The Vivo V9 is a beautiful mid-ranged smartphone, which is actually Vivo's flagship smartphone of 2018 for the Indian market. It has a modern, bezel-less design with full-vision display and it is also accompanied by the infamous 'notch'. The display is bright and beautiful but can be too large for some consumers. The build quality is great, interface is smooth and the overall performance is very good. However, the battery life is average and there is no fast charging support out of the box. The camera department is very capable, specially the selfie camera with the implementation of A.I. beauty mode. So we would certainly recommend the Vivo V9 if you want a modern smartphone with good selfie camera. In case you want to check out the competition, then have a look at the Oppo F7, Moto X4 and Samsung Galaxy A7.
Vivo had introduced the V9 in India back in March 2018. It is the latest flagship smartphone from the company, which is actually a mid-ranged phone in terms of price. The V9 is a modern piece of art with the bezel-less display and a notch. It is also a selfie-focused smartphone as it comes with a 24 megapixel selfie shooter on the front. We also get dual rear cameras at the back but the main focus is on selfies with Artificial Intelligence face beauty mode. So let us check out the Vivo V9 review in order to find out if it is just a good selfie shooter or it has more substance inside it. However, do take a look at the specifications of the mobile below. The Vivo V9 is powered by a Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor, coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory (expandable up to 256GB). The mobile sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display and runs on FunTouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo OS. In the camera department, there is a 16 megapixel primary rear camera along with a 5 megapixel secondary rear camera and a 24 megapixel selfie shooter on the front. A fingerprint sensor is located at the back. We get Dual SIM connectivity along with 4G VoLTE support. Other features include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (Dual Band), Bluetooth 4.2 LE and GPS. In the sensor department, we get an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity and ambient light sensor. Under the hood, there is a 3260mAh non-removable battery.
The Vivo V9 is a modern smartphone with bezel-less design. We also get the notch and thus the V9 is one of the first Android smartphones to adopt the notch design from the iPhone X. It has a great build quality as the phone is primarily made of metal and glass. The phone feels very good in hand but it is quite big despite of being bezel-less as the display size is 6.3-inch. So you will have to use both hands to hold the phone firmly. The phone can be used for longer duration without any pain, as it has a slim profile (7.89mm) and weighs 150 grams. The glass back is a bit slippery but you can use a hardcover case to protect the device. Also, the curved edges around the phone provide a solid grip.
Looking at the back first, we get the dual camera setup on the top left in a vertical alignment, followed by the LED flash below. The fingerprint sensor along with the Vivo branding are found in the middle on top of the glass back. The back cover is not removable but a 3260mAh battery sits underneath the device. Now coming to the front side, there is a 6.3-inch display along with the both, that houses the selfie camera, sensors and earpiece. There are no capacitive buttons below the display as we get on-screen navigation buttons. The volume rockers and power/lock button are on the right while the tray for SIM and microSD cards is on the left. At the bottom, we have the microUSB port in the center, loudspeaker holes on the right, primary microphone and 3.5mm audio jack on the left. Overall, the Vivo V9 is a very good-looking smartphone with good hardware.
The Vivo V9 features a 6.3-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels (Full HD+). First of all, the display looks gorgeous because of the Full-Screen bezel-less design. The bezels are very slim on the sides and we get a notch at the top. It has a screen-to-body ratio of 90%. However, the display is kind of big for most consumers in the Indian market and hence you will have to use both hands to use the phone. It is very easy to view under direct sunlight and hence its sunlight legibility is good. The color tone is neutral and hence the colors and general look of the display is great for consuming rich content and play games. The 19:9 aspect ratio is a new standard for smartphones and hence most apps are not yet optimized. The native apps look great on this display but developers need to update their apps to make use of this real estate on this screen. There is a 2.5D curved glass on top of the display and it helps in protecting it from daily wear and tear. However, use a good protective case and do not drop the phone in order to protect the display from cracks or scratches.
The touch response of the V9 is very smooth because of the good display quality and lag-free interface. Overall, the Vivo V9 has a brilliant display but it is quite big in size.
The Vivo V9 is powered by a Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and comes with 4GB RAM. It is a mid-ranged chipset from the house of Qualcomm and it can run most of the apps and games without facing any lag or stuttering. We did not face any frame drops during day-to-day usage as well. The phone can handle intense multitasking as it comes with 4GB RAM onboard and you will have around 2GB of free RAM most of the times. In terms of gaming, you can play most of the high-end games smoothly without facing any lag and they look stunning on this immersive display. The V9 features 64GB of internal storage, out of which you will get around 52GB of free space. Although, if you want more storage, you can get that by adding a microSD card (up to 256GB). There is a fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone, which can quickly unlock the phone and it is very accurate as well. If the fingerprint sensor is difficult to reach, you can also use the Face Unlock feature. It is not very accurate and does work well in good lighting conditions.
Now coming to connectivity, we get 4G VoLTE and Dual SIM (nano) support where the second SIM slot also supports 4G LTE unlike other smartphones. There is a dedicated microSD card slot as well. The V9 comes with a 3260mAh battery (non-removable) under its hood but there is no fast charging support. Actually, it does not come with a fast charging adapter but if you use one then you can get the benefit of quick charging. It is not a very big battery in comparison to the size of the display and hence you will get about one day of battery life with moderate usage.
Overall, the Vivo V9 is a good performer in most of the departments.
In the camera department of the Vivo V9, we get a dual camera setup at the back - 16 megapixel primary camera along with a 5 megapixel secondary camera. These lenses can click good images in outdoor daylight conditions. The photos have a lot sharpness and the colors look very vivid and crisp. The secondary lens helps in clicking great portrait images under natural lighting. However, portrait images are not perfect and they do not look good in poor indoor lighting. In low light, the pictures have some amount of noise and grain like most other Android cameras. The focusing is very quick due to PDAF but sometime it struggles to focus quickly when macro images are shot. The HDR mode is good and you should always use it to get more detail in your pictures. Talking about the selfie camera, we get a massive 24 megapixel shooter on the front and it is capable of clicking great selfies in both daylight and low light. We get A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) beauty mode for clicking natural looking portrait selfies. This mode gets better with time and provides better output as you keep on clicking selfies using it.
The camera app of the V9 has a clutter-free interface and you can click pictures with it very easily, even if you're a first time smartphone user. There are a lot of modes and filters including a manual mode but we would suggest you to stick with the Auto mode as it does the best job among all of them in most situations. Both the primary camera setup and the selfie camera can record Full HD videos and the quality is quite good. Overall, the Vivo V9 has a very capable camera setup but the selfie camera is better in comparison to the dual rear cameras.
The machine drilled speaker holes of the Vivo V9 are located on the right bottom. The quality of the loudspeaker is quite good and it is very loud as well. There is no sound distortion even at the highest volume level. However, the audio will get blocked by your palm while playing games or watching videos as the loudspeaker is placed at the bottom. We get a native music app which offers a lot of features and thus you'll not need any third-party app. Although, you can download an app like Saavn to stream online music.
The Vivo V9 can play or stream both Full HD as well as 4K videos easily as it comes with a capable processor and Full HD+ display. The native video app has all the basic features and hence you do not need any third-party app unless you have a favorite video player app. Although, to enjoy both audio and video at the optimal quality, you should plug-in a good pair of earphones as the bundled earphones are average in quality. Overall, the Vivo V9 provides a very satisfactory audio and video experience.
Out of the box, the Vivo V9 runs on FunTouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo OS. It is a massive improvement over the previous iterations of FunTouch OS mainly because we are getting the latest Android version here. However, it is very difficult to expect a major Android OS update in the future from Vivo since it does not have a good reputation of providing updates. The custom interface looks more or less like iOS as the app icons, settings menu and other features look very similar. Even the main wallpaper of the lock screen is similar to iPhone X's wallpaper. Although, the phone has a smooth UI and we did not face any lag day-to-day usage. Now talking about the features of FunTouch OS, it is very customizable and has a lot of features such as gesture controls, home screen customization, themes and more. However, there is no app drawer, similar to iOS and we get a single layer UI. In order to access the quick settings, you have to swipe up from the bottom of the screen instead of visiting the notification area. In the next few updates, you can expect the option to hide by notch as well. There are some pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily uninstall them if you want to. In case you're not fond of FunTouch OS, then we would suggest you to download a third-party theme such as Pixel Launcher for a more stock Android like feel.
Overall, the Vivo V9 has a stable interface along with the latest Android version.