According to the specifications, the recently released Vivo V9 is a mid-range smartphone. Thanks to good performance, it can easily become a high-end device for most consumers.
The price of the V9 is quite high – $ 380 (Rs 18500). Let’s find out if this device is really a top phone?
Vivo V9 features
Vivo V9 is equipped with a LCD-display with a resolution of 2280 × 1080 (19: 9), and the ratio of the screen to the body is 85.2%. The phone runs on an 8-core Snapdragon 626 processor with a frequency of 2.2 GHz (8 Cortex-A53 cores), in conjunction with an Adreno 506 graphics processor, as well as 4 GB of operational and 64 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded using a separate micro SD cards up to 400 GB.
The new V9 is equipped with a dual rear camera (16-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensor with f / 2.0 aperture) with autofocus and dual LED flash. The front panel has a front-facing 24-megapixel camera with f / 2.0 aperture that can record 1080p video at 30 fps.
The smartphone is powered by a 3260 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging. In addition, there is WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and USB charging port with USB OTG support. Vivo works on Android OS 8.1 Oreo out of the box.
- Smartphone itself
- Transparent silicone case.
- Micro usb cable
- Power Adapter (5V, 2A).
- Clip for the extraction of SIM-cards.
In a non-metallic body, the Vivo V9 looks beautiful. The smartphone is equipped with a 6.3-inch display with a “eyebrow”, like the iPhone X and is available in two colors – black and gold.
The volume and power buttons on the right side do not feel soft, like on other Chinese smartphones. On the back is a fingerprint scanner, and unlike Apple, Vivo decided not to get rid of it after the introduction of the face recognition function. Thus, we have several ways to unlock the phone.
From the hardware point of view, the V9 from Vivo is a great device. Of course, it will not win design awards for its appearance, but it copes with the tasks set without problems.
In Vivo, they managed to install a 6.3-inch display in a 5.5-inch case, and this is due to the 19: 9 aspect ratio. The Vivo V9 screen does not have a super high resolution, but it is enough for everyday work.
The colors are saturated, and the brightness is enough to view the contents in bright sunlight. But, there is one drawback, the V9 screen easily collects fingerprints.
Performance and Tests
The Snapdragon 626 processor installed on the Vivo V9 is an energy efficient and fairly powerful chipset. It easily handles daily tasks like emails, Twitter, Instagram and even some games.
Snapdragon 626 works in conjunction with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, which makes the phone good in terms of performance. 4 GB of RAM allows you to install a large number of applications, while 64 GB of internal memory gives you more options for using the camera as well as storing music.
- Sling Shot Extreme OpenGL ES 3.1 – 474.
- Sling Shot Extreme Vulkan – 420.
- AnTuTu – 89 491.
- GeekBench: 4 944 and 4636 – single core and multi core mode.
Scanners and sensors
The Vivo V9 can be unlocked using a fingerprint scanner or with the face unlock feature. Both options work very fast. These features allow you to conveniently block and unblock access to applications and personal information on your phone.
Sound quality and supported networks
The only speaker Vivo V9, is located at the bottom of the phone. It is not bad, but it is easily closed by hand in landscape mode or during games.
The V9 is a midrange device, so you shouldn’t expect incredible sound quality. Medium and high frequencies are not very clear, and the bass is barely present.
There were no problems with incoming and outgoing calls, the interlocutor is heard perfectly.
Vivo V9 supports the following networks:
- GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz.
- UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz.
- LTE: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28.
The Snapdragon 600 processor series is well known for its energy efficiency, which significantly extends the battery life of the phone. A 3260 mAh Vivo V9 battery supports gadget operation for a whole day, and the Quick Charge 3.0 quick charge function allows you to charge it up to 100% in 1 hour.
Of course, using the micro USB port instead of USB-C is a bit distressing, but this will allow you to connect a lot of cables that are in your home. In general, battery life is one of the strengths of the V9.
The Vivo V9 smartphone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo OS, with the Funtouch OS v4.0 proprietary shell and the installed security patch of February 1, 2018. Vivo is constantly updating its devices, which is good, as most Chinese smartphones do not receive updates at all.
Funtouch OS is very similar to the shell that OPPO uses, which is not surprising, since Vivo and OPPO are subsidiaries. Funtouch OS is a bit like iOS, including the missing application menu and quick brightness adjustment by moving the screen from bottom to top.
V9 has no settings that allow you to remove the “eyebrow” and set the standard notification panel, like on the Huawei P20. But it does not interfere here. Time and status icons are displayed on the right side of the protrusion, while notifications appear on the left side.
This Vivo phone also has a number of other features that make it enjoyable and convenient to use. For example, Smart Motion allows you to take a snapshot down on the screen by drawing the letter “C” – dialing and much more will start. Of course, these are not entirely new features, but it’s nice that they are here.
There is another useful feature – App Clone. It allows you to clone applications, such as WeChat, and run two instances at the same time. This will be useful to those who have multiple accounts, because most applications like Snapchat, Facebook and WeChat, do not allow to log in to more than one account at the same time.
And this is only a small part of the functions that are available on the Vivo V9. Some of them will be useful, and some will be unnecessary. Nevertheless, Vivo did a good job of adding a lot of functions for each, without taking up much space.
Vivo V9 cameras
I was pleasantly surprised at how good the Vivo V9 dual camera is, which consists of a 16-megapixel f / 2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel sensor, since most cameras on smartphones in this price range are mediocre at best.
There is a portrait mode on both the front and rear cameras. It works in both cases very well. Of course, not as good as on Pixel 2 XL, but better than some competitors that cost almost $ 700 (Rs 49,000). And it is impressive.
The frontal 24-megapixel V9 camera produces good and clear images. This Vivo device also allows you to change the lighting after the picture was taken, switching between natural light, studio, stereo and monochrome. Blur here can also be adjusted after shooting, but it does not work very well. Blurs not only the background, but also the foreground.
The user interface of the Vivo V9 camera is very similar to the iPhone. It has many modes, including Pro, panorama, face decoration, photo, video and visual objects of AR Stickers. It’s nice to see professional and manual modes that allow you to adjust the shutter or ISO to get the perfect shot.
Nowadays, phone camera performance is a very important part. Moreover, many people prefer to leave the camera at home, and prefer the phone for shooting. Vivo from Vivo is a smartphone that in many cases can replace your DSLR.
The cost of Vivo V9 is $ 380 (Rs 18500). With such a price, it competes with the Moto G5s Plus, and if I had a choice between G5s Plus and V9, I would have chosen the latter without hesitation. Nice to see a large 6.3-inch display in a 5.5-inch package.
The only real flaw is the outdated micro USB port. It is time to vivo already fully switch to USB Type-C.
Advantages of Vivo V9
- Good cameras.
- Headphone jack.
- Large display in a small package.
- Micro USB connector instead of Type-C.
- One speaker.
- System applications (Gmail) do not disable.