Vivo and Oppo have engaging in the smartphone launch battle for a while now, and while Oppo came up with F7, Vivo has come up with V9. To give credit where due, Vivo V9 is the first device in India to get notch for the display – surely a copy of iPhone X, but an incredible inclusion. It also does copy some of the back-panel design elements from Apple’s flagship launch. You can buy Vivo V9 online, but how good or bad is the phone? Here’s an honest and fair take.
Pricing, specifications and hardware
Vivo V9 has been launched with a price tag of 23k, which isn’t the cheapest for sure. It will have to compete with Oppo F7 and Moto X4 in the same segment. In terms of hardware, it gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor, which 4 GB RAM. In-built memory is 64 GB, which can be expanded further 256 GB via a microSD card. This is a dual-SIM phone that uses Nano-SIMs. There is nothing mentioned about display protection glass, but it does include a display screen protector out of the box. V9 runs on Android 8.1 out of the box, which is a huge advantage, but the UI is Vivo’s Funtouch OS 4.0. To be fair, the hardware isn’t the best for the price charged, but we did try it for gaming and extensive social media use and didn’t find any lag in performance. It goes without saying that Vivo could have done better, also in terms of build quality if compared to the Moto X4.
Display, camera and battery
If one reason was enough to buy Vivo V9, it would be the display. It features an incredible .3-inch FHD+ display that comes with 19:9 aspect ratio. The screen-to-body ratio is 90%, while resolution is 1080×2280 pixels. The front part of the device is a delight to look at, and despite the size, V9 doesn’t feel heavy at all, weighing 150 grams. The 24MP shooter on the front is the classic selfie camera you would expect from Vivo, while the dual camera setup on the rear (16MP + 5 MP) is decent. The 3260mAh battery offers a day’s charge at best, but certainly not the perfect choice for this price.
Finally, you can get Vivo V9 at a discount online. Other devices like Gionee S10 Lite are also available at a discount on many websites.