Vivo V9 smartphone has been launched by the Chinese smartphone maker at an event in Mumbai on March 23, 2018. The smartphone features an iPhone X-styled full-screen display with a notch, minimum bezels, is powered by the Snapdragon 626 chipset, a 24-megapixel selfie camera with support for AR stickers among others. The Vivo V9 is priced at Rs. 22,990, is available in Champagne Gold and Pearl Black colour options. Pre-booking for the smartphone will start on March 23, 2018, and will go on sale on April 2, 2018
With respect to the design, the Vivo V9 sports a FullView display with a notch and minimum bezels around. The rear is built out of aluminium with a glossy finish and a curved back for comfortable grip. The vertically-aligned dual rear cameras are positioned at the top left with the LED flash below it (bears a resemblance to the iPhone X camera placement). Vivo branding is visible on the rear, and the smartphone includes a 3.5-mm headphone jack and micro USB port. The Vivo V9 sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ (1080x2280p) Incell IPS FullView display 2.0. With the display notch, the screen real estate extends marginally and thus translates to the 19:9 aspect ratio. Shielding the display is Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chipset with a quad-core 64-bit processor which is built on a 14 nm process. The immediate successor to the tried-and-tested Snapdragon 625, the Snapdragon 626 includes support for Full HD+ displays, Adreno 506 GPU, and reportedly offers 10 per cent higher performance over the Snapdragon 625 mobile platform. The device includes 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 64GB of internal storage (supports expandable storage up to 256GB via microSD card).
On the camera front, there is a dual rear setup- 16-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture for high-resolution images + 5-megapixel with a f/2.4 aperture for depth information. The rear camera supports different shooter modes such as Ultra HD, slow-motion, Time Lapse, live photo, Bokeh mode, shot refocus, HDR, Face Beauty, Panorama, 4K video, Palm capture, Gender detection, LED flash, AR sticker, pro mode, automatic scene detect capture among others.
The front-facing camera is a 24-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture. The front camera modes include Face Beauty, Gender detection, AR stickers, Face Beauty video call, camera filters, HDR, Portrait lighting effect among others. The AR stickers have been customised for the Indian market. First introduced on the iPhone X, and then popularised on Samsung Galaxy S9 series, AR stickers customises a users’ face into a cartoon character and adds support for various facial features.
Vivo V9 includes face unlock feature, and similar to Huawei smartphones, by raising the device and pointing towards the face, activates the facial unlock mechanism within the smartphone. With face unlock, applications can be locked and unlocked, thus providing an alternative to software and touch-based locking mechanisms.
Vivo V9 is backed by a Li-Ion 3260mAh battery and runs Funtouch OS 4.0 which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. The dual-SIM smartphone measures 154.81×75.03×7.99mm and weigh 150 grams. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, WiFi (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2.
Vivo V9 is priced at Rs. 22,990 and is available in Pearl Black and Champagne Gold colour options and Sapphire Blue edition is scheduled to launch in May. Pre-booking for the smartphone will start on March 23, 2018, and will go on sale on April 2, 2018. Bollywood actor Aamir Khan has replaced Ranveer Singh as the brand ambassador for Vivo in India.
Vivo V9 Specifications:
Display – 6.3-inch Full HD+ (1080x2280p) Incell IPS display with 19:9 aspect ratio
Processor – Qualcomm MSM8953-Pro Snapdragon 626 with Adreno 506 GPU
RAM – 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage
SIM – Dual SIM
Operating system – FunTouch OS 4.0
Rear camera – Dual cameras 16 MP + 5 MP
Front camera – 24-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture
Lock – Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, face unlock
Dimensions – 154.8 x 75.1 x 7.9 mm
Weight – 150 grams
Battery – 3260mAh battery