As we all know, VIVO has launched its brand-new smartphone in India. Yes, I am talking about the Vivo V9! The latest in company’s line-up of exclusive smartphones, the Vivo V9 is now endorsed by none other than Mr. Perfectionist himself. Yes, Aamir Khan recently launched the Vivo V9 in Mumbai where he was seen playing with his pets and clicking their pictures with the all-new Vivo V9.
Just to give you guys an overview, the Vivo V9 features a 19:9 Notch-display, a dual-rear camera setup, 24MP selfie camera, latest Android Oreo, and a lot more. I’ve been trying my hands-on V9 for a couple of days now and really liked the way this phone works!
Being a social media addict, I click and share a lot of photos and videos on my social media profiles and mainly going to talk about the camera, battery, display, and overall performance of the phone in this article.
This article is not a review of the phone, but mainly, it is the detailing of my experience with the phone.
To start with, I’d like to talk about the display of the phone first. The Vivo V9 features a 6.3-inches Full View FHD+ IPS LCD Display that has an aspect ratio of 19:9 and resolution of 2280×1080 pixels. That’s one of the highest body-to-screen ratios of over 90%. The display is well protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Pretty amazing!
To my surprise, even being an LCD display, the contrast ratio was pretty neat and the display has enough brightness to provide nice viewing angles even in the broad daylight outdoors. At the V9’s price point, it’s one the best displays you can see on a smartphone. Overall, I found the Vivo V9’s display rather ideal for binge-watching your favorite TV shows, watching YouTube videos, or to play high-end games
The top Notch on the display is pretty smaller as compared to the Notch of iPhone X which houses the 24 MP front camera, earpiece, and the other required sensors.
Talking about the front camera, the 24MP front-facing shooter equipped with AI face beauty which Vivo asserts takes the selfies game to a whole new level. With Vivo’s new “A.I. Face Beauty” feature, the selfies taken from V9 are totally amazing!
AI Face Beauty identifies users’ age, sex, skin tone, and texture, as well as the surrounding lighting environment. The AR Stickers provides numerous effects to decorate your selfie, the V9 helps users to take selfies that reflect their unique style with just a few clicks.
In ideal lighting conditions, selfies came out real crisp with plenty of details to gawk at. Selfie aficionados can also use the Face Beauty shooting mode which helps soften black spots and acne. Besides, there are plenty of options to tinker with your selfies with AR stickers, filters, backgrounds, and so on.
That said, the Vivo V9 is totally capable of belting out sharp and detailed selfies which you would surely lovely share with the world on your social media profiles.
The rear-facing 16MP+5MP dual camera of V9 creates nice bokeh shots and thanks to its AI Bokeh algorithm which perfectly identifies the corners and end points of the object in focus and properly optimizes the background blur to give you a perfect portrait. You can check the few samples below.
The camera app comes with a ton of features where you can optimize your pictures as per your needs. Pictures taken in low-light conditions are perfectly lit if clicked in HDR mode. On my couple of trips, I totally enjoyed using the Vivo V9’s camera.
Portrait Mode Samples
Talking about the internals of the phone, it is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor bundled with 4GB of RAM and Adreno 506 GPU. It comes with 64 GB of internal storage which is further expandable via microSD slot. As far as day to performance goes, I did not come across any noticeable lags or stutters. Apps and web pages load quickly and I did not face any issues any issues while trying to juggle multiple applications.
In terms of software, the Vivo V9 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Vivo’s proprietary Funtouch OS 4.0 on top. The UI is heavily inspired by iOS, with similar shortcut toggle menus right down to the style of the default app icons. Vivo has also added gesture navigation, much like the iPhone X. You can swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen to go back or stop in the middle to show the app switcher.
The Vivo V9 comes with the face unlock feature as well. The front camera scans your facial features and unlocks the phone instantaneously. It also identifies unauthorized access attempts by detecting light-reflected surfaces and subtle facial movements, helping prevent phone unlocking through use of photos or video. There’s also the App Lock feature, which offers more privacy and protection for apps by only permitting access through facial recognition.
According to me, At INR 23,000 price point, Vivo V9 is a perfectly balanced phone! Yes, it is missing few things, but they are not that much of the importance for a daily user. The most used aspects of a smartphone are the cameras, display, touch & feel of the phone, and Vivo V9 scores excellent in all those areas.