Vivo has launched its new mid-range flagship for this year “Vivo V9” in April 2018. The smartphone features a 6.3-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2280 pixels, a dual camera setup and 3GB/64GB of RAM and internal storage.
Vivo V9 Review
Pricing: Vivo V9 sells for about 300 Euro (339 USD/439 AUD). The Indian variant would cost you around 18,499 INR. You can purchase it from Amazon and eBay from almost any country but make sure it might not come with a warranty if you are outside South East Asia.
- Good display
- Excellent selfie camera
- Android 8.1 (Oreo)
- Snapdragon 626 could have been upgraded
- Somewhat high on cost
- Below Average Battery life
- Custom FunTouch OS has lots of bloatware
Vivo V9 Spec Sheet:
- Body: Front glass, Aluminum body
- Screen: 6.3″ IPS LCD display, 1080 x 2280 pixels, 400ppi
- OS: Android OS v8.1 Oreo, Funtouch OS 4.0
- Chipset: Snapdragon 626 chipset: Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53; Adreno 506 GPU
- RAM: 4 GB
- Camera: Dual: 16MP F/2.0 + 5MP, LED flash, phase detection autofocus, 2160p@30fps video
- Selfie: 24MP front-facing camera, F/2.0, 1080p@30fps video
- Storage: 64GB of built-in storage, microSD
- SIM: Dual-SIM (nano-SIM)
- Battery: 3260mAh non-removable battery
Design and Display: Vivo V9 has an aluminum build and features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the 2.5D curved glass but it is not waterproof. There is a notch on the front like Apple iPhone X with an amazing selfie camera on the top. On the bottom, you will find a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, a speaker grille, and MicroUSB port.
Vivo V9 features a 6.3-inch HD+ display (1080 pixels by 2280 pixels) with a 19:9 aspect ratio which is pretty good for watching videos and playing games. The screen has sharp and bright results if you are sitting inside but sun-readability is a bit dull.
Hardware: Vivo V9 is armed with Qualcomm MSM8953-Pro Snapdragon 626, 2.2GHz Octa-core processor with Adreno 506 and 4GB of RAM. This combination is very common in most of the Vivo and Xiaomi Phones. We have tested it several times and it proves its worth. However, Vivo V9 lags and have some bloatware to start with. You will sometime face automatic shutting off the apps and games due to poor custom OS.
There is only one variant with 64GB of internal storage which can also be expanded through 256GB of microSD card. On the rear, you will find a 16-megapixel primary camera with f/2.0 on Vivo V9 and a secondary 5-megapixel camera which is only used for depth sensor just like Xiaomi Mi Max 3 (Review) and Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Review). The front snapper packs a 24-megapixel lens with f/2.0.
Battery and OS: Vivo V9 packs a 3260mAh non-removable battery and measures at (154 x 75 x 7). The smartphone weighs at 150 grams which is a perfect weight for a device that has a 6.3-inch screen. Vivo V9 runs on custom Android 8.1 underneath FunTouch OS.
FunTouch could really be fun if we could delete most of the pre-installed apps (Vivo.com, Vivo Cloud, Flipkart, Amazon Prime and Newspoint and some more) but it seems like Vivo V9 users are stuck with these apps. Apart from that, you will face bloatware and multiple lags due to this custom OS which we still think needs a lot of improvement.
Vivo V9 support a dual SIM Network and you will need Nano-SIMs to use it. There is Wi-Fi 802.11, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, USB OTG, 3G, and 4G. You will find basic sensors on the Vivo V9 such as Compass/ Magnetometer, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope and Ambient light sensor.
Verdict: Vivo V9 Review
Vivo V9 is a nice phone if you want to have it for selfies but it cannot come in the top tier for mid-range phones. Why? The chipset is a bit old and the custom FunTouch OS has a lot of bloatware. For a smartphone with 6.3-inch screen, 3260mAh somewhat goes short for providing a full day battery backup. There are minimal heat levels due to an efficient processor but you will be facing lags during gaming. Vivo V9 needed a 6GB of RAM, a clear stock android and at least 4000mAh capacity battery for enough juice.