Vivo V9 Review

Vivo has recently conquered the Indian Market with its selfie centric devices which were launched in the previous segment. Among the devices launched in the recent times, V7 was the best phone sold in the market. The recently launched device Vivo V9 is priced at Rs 22,990 and comes with iPhone-X like notch on the front and similar rear camera setup on the back panel.

Design & Display

The device looks pretty sleek at the first glance. It comes with dual rear camera on back panel like that of iphone X. The fingerprint sensor is available at the center of the back panel. The back panel of the device is plastic but with glassy look, making the device a perfect fingerprint magnet.

The Vivo V9 has 19:9 Full View Display 2.0 with an incredible 6.3-inch IPS Display with 1080 x 2280 pixel resolution and 400 PPI density. At this price segment this is one of the best device with Full View display (FHD). If you are a frequent user of YouTube or any other Video content application, the viewing angles of the device are good and sunlight legible.

Hardware & Performance:

Vivo V9 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Octa Core Processor clocked at 2.2 GHz coupled with Adreno 506 GPU and 4 GB of RAM. The internal storage on the device is of 64 GB and can be expanded to 256 GB using an external Micro SD card. As the device comes with Snapdragon 626 we don’t find any lag while using multiple applications. We had tried playing few high-end games on the device and it was a great experience while multitasking. The device heats a bit while playing games continuous and using the camera application.  As the device comes with a 6.3 inch Full View Display the gaming quality is amazing but the battery on the device drains due to high-res games like Free Fire and Shadow Fight 3. The device comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back panel and swiping down brings notification panel, and can be used to click images while using camera app. Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass are the sensors available on the device and helps in automating the device. The device also comes with face unlock feature where you need to setup your face ID in the settings. The Face Unlock option is quick while compared to that of fingerprint.

 

UI & Apps

The device comes with Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1.0 Oreo Out of the Box. The device comes with 54.6 GB as its internal storage out of the box, rest of the space is occupied by preinstalled Apps and Funtouch OS. iManager, Weather, EasyShare, Vivo App, Vivo Clond, Flipkart and few Google related apps are pre installed on the device. The Entire UI of the device is smooth and sturdy. As the display of size of the device is large, you can reduce the screen size of the device by enabling the One-Hand mode option making the device more interactive. The best this about Vivo V9 is App Clone, enabling this option helps you to use multiple accounts in parallel (WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram).

Note: Flipkart, Amazon, WhatsApp, Facebook, WPS Office, NewsPoint, UC Browser are few bloatware applications that comes pre-installed. If you don’t want to use these application you can disable them from the settings.

Vivo V9 UI

Camera

The device comes with a iPhone X like dual camera setup ( 16MP + 5 MP) on the back panel with LED flash below it. The front camera on the device is of 24 MP with f/2.0 aperture, present in the notch region of the front panel beside speaker grills. The Primary camera on the device comes with Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, Panorama feature and video recording at 2160p@30fps and 1080@30fps. The camera on the device does support the bokeheffect(Portrait) at 2mts, Live capture, slow-motion, time-lapse and AR Stickers. Recently the device has got some new updates which further enhanced the camera performance of the device. As the front camera is of 24 MP it captures better details during low light conditions. We have been testing the camera of the device for about 5-6 days and you can check the sample images below.

 

Battery &Conncetivity.

The device comes with a 3260 mAh Li-Ion battery with fast charging technology. We have been using this device for about a week and performance of the battery is great and can stand for a single day. The battery usage increases while using high-end applications, Video Calling, Camera, Wi-Fi, etc.

Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Micro USB Type 2.0, USB OTG, VoLTE, 2G/3G/4G Network, are the connectivity Features available on the device.

 

Pros:

24MP Front Camera

19:9 Full View Display

Cons:

3260 mAh Battery

Verdict:

At this price point Vivo V9 is the best mid-range device with 19:9 Full View Display, 16MP+5MP rear camera and 24 MP front camera. Vivo has tried to impress its audience with iPhone X like notch on front and camera setup on rear, giving the android users a new experience. For a person whose main interest is photography and watching videos Vivo V9 is the best fit for Rs 22990.

 

Ganesh Mundhra

"Programmer by Profession, Writer by Passion" His interests range from photography to technology.

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