Vivo will not be as in style or well-known outdoors of China, but when its current improvements with an under display fingerprint sensor and the Apex concept phone are any indication, this can be a firm value taking note of. Vivo is promoting its newest smartphone, the Vivo V9, as a telephone with the right shot and the right view, as a result of its 24-megapixel front-facing selfie digital camera and enormous, almost bezel-less show.
Does the Vivo V9 stay as much as these daring claims? How does it honest as a smartphone in each day use? Discover out in our Vivo V9 evaluate.
In an period the place nearly all of our smartphones are large slabs of glass and metallic, the Vivo V9 decides to go a distinct route.
The Vivo V9 has a couple of attention-grabbing points, however from the surface, there isn’t a lot to get enthusiastic about. As a substitute of the same old slab of glass surrounded by metallic, The V9’s physique is generally manufactured from polycarbonate coated in a shiny end that makes it powerful to maintain clear of fingerprints. This makes the telephone extraordinarily gentle, at solely 150 grams. It feels very sturdy, regardless of the plastic construct. The Vivo V9 additionally has a curved again and rounded corners, which make the telephone comfy to carry.
There’s no denying the Vivo V9’s similarities to Apple’s iPhone X, however that’s fairly widespread with Chinese language OEMs. The rear cameras are specified by a vertical orientation. The show has a powerful 90 % screen-to-body ratio, however options a notch. The notch is smaller than the iPhone X, because it solely homes the front-facing digital camera, earpiece, and the usual proximity and ambient gentle sensors.
The Vivo V9 features a Three.5mm headphone jack, a characteristic that’s turning into more and more extra uncommon in smartphones.
As fashionable because the design of the V9 is, it makes use of the outdated MicroUSB port as an alternative of USB Kind-C, which seems like a really odd resolution for a telephone making an attempt to maintain up with present smartphone developments. Flanking the MicroUSB port is a single speaker, which supplies ample audio by way of loudness and readability however is a mean speaker expertise at finest. On a extra constructive word, the Vivo V9 features a Three.5mm headphone jack, which is becoming increasingly rare.
Face unlock is obtainable as a secondary methodology of unlocking and works equally as quick supplied you are in ample lighting.
The V9 maintains its bezel-less look by transferring its fingerprint sensor to the again. The sensor is centered properly, making it simple and comfy to achieve with an index finger. It’s additionally one of many quickest fingerprint sensors I’ve had the pleasure of utilizing. The telephone unlocks the second my finger touches the fingerprint sensor — it feels virtually instantaneous. Face unlock is obtainable as a secondary methodology of unlocking and works equally as quick for those who’re in ample lighting. Vivo says the face unlocking makes use of “AI consideration sensing” to test for those who’re trying on the show earlier than it unlocks. This can be a nice safety measure to stop undesirable face unlocks. In observe, it really works, however I’d hardly think about it AI.
Whether or not we prefer it or not, it appears like the notch is here to stay. That doesn’t take away from how beautiful the Vivo V9’s show appears. The display screen is an enormous 6.Three-inch LCD panel with a decision of two,280 x 1080 and a facet ratio of 19:9. The 19:9 facet ratio means the display screen is barely taller than what we’re used to seeing, however except for the additional pixels it isn’t a noticeable distinction. The display screen is an absolute pleasure to make use of — being surrounded by skinny bezels permits it to really be the focal point. It appears unimaginable, with vibrant colours, nice viewing angles, and loads of sharpness (even whether it is 1080p).
Whereas the notch cuts into the show, it doesn’t negatively have an effect on how the display screen shows apps, nor does it change any interplay with the notification shade. Purposes on the Vivo V9 seem as they usually would on every other Android smartphone, although the notification bar matches the colour of no matter app is open to create the phantasm of the app operating beneath the notch.
Movies and video games haven’t performed properly with the brand new facet ratios we’re seeing on our smartphones, and the V9 brings a major quantity of pillar boxing. Like Samsung and LG, Vivo has baked in software program to regulate the facet ratio for third-party apps that don’t natively refill the whole show. This implies you will get a fullscreen expertise with movies and video games, although the trick crops a number of the content material.
The Vivo V9 is taken into account Vivo’s flagship smartphone, however the specs put this telephone squarely within the midrange class. Contained in the V9 is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 626 processor and 4GB of RAM. For storage, the V9 comes with 64GB of inside storage and helps microSD growth as much as an extra 256GB. It’s not essentially the most thrilling spec sheet, however ought to be greater than highly effective sufficient for many duties. In my week of utilization, the telephone was quick and responsive with unusual duties like navigating by means of the UI and launching functions. The 4GB of RAM was lots for a clean multitasking expertise. Video games additionally ran properly, with clean body charges. Very not often did the Vivo V9 ever really feel laggy or sluggish.
The Vivo V9’s battery is a good Three,260mAh cell, although my utilization was purely on Wi-Fi. I used to be unable to obtain provider knowledge regardless of making an attempt a number of SIM playing cards, rebooting the gadget, and double checking the APN settings. That being stated, the Vivo V9 obtained me comfortably by means of a full day even with heavy quantities of video watching and gaming. I might think about, the V9 ought to nonetheless carry out properly on LTE knowledge because the battery within reason giant and the Snapdragon 626 could be very battery environment friendly.
The front-facing digital camera is backed by an AI-powered magnificence mode that’s suppose to detect your age, intercourse, pores and skin tone and texture to provide the very best selfie.
Vivo outfitted the V9 with a 24MP front-facing digital camera that offers you a number of the highest-resolution selfies on any smartphone. The front-facing digital camera is backed by an AI-powered magnificence mode that’s imagined to detect your age, intercourse, and pores and skin tone and texture to provide the very best selfie. This sounds nice on paper however I didn’t discover a lot of a distinction in high quality from an AI magnificence selfie and a regular selfie photograph apart from how the AI selfie softened my face and made particulars much less outstanding. Basically, the standard of the front-facing digital camera is superb. It supplies loads of sharpness, element, and pure pores and skin tones.
The first digital camera on the rear is a 16MP f/2.zero lens, backed by a 5MP depth sensor for portrait-style photographs. In contrast to portrait modes discovered on different smartphones, the V9’s digital camera helps you to simulate an aperture starting from f/zero.95 to f/16 and readjust the purpose of focus after the actual fact. This implies you’re by no means caught with the preliminary outcomes and the photographs could be tweaked to create a distinct look. Portrait mode can also be accessible on the front-facing digital camera, however doesn’t enable for any changes to the background blur because of the lack of a depth sensor.
The 16MP digital camera performs properly in most well-lit conditions, with crisp element, sharpness, and ample shade replica. The digital camera struggles to search out the correct publicity in excessive distinction settings, with photographs both popping out too darkish or too brilliant. Low gentle photographs sometimes resulted in muddy particulars, washed out colours, and overexposed highlights. Contemplating the dearth of optical picture stabilization this wasn’t too shocking and the f/2.zero aperture whereas respectable isn’t the brightest in the marketplace.
Like many different points of the V9, Funtouch OS could be very closely impressed by Apple.
The Vivo V9 is operating Vivo’s personal customized software program referred to as Funtouch OS on high of Android 8.1 Oreo. Like many different points of the V9, Funtouch OS is closely impressed by Apple. The V9 doesn’t have an app drawer and lots of of its icons look virtually an identical to iOS. Swiping down on the house display screen reveals a spotlight-esque search perform. Swiping up from the underside opens a control-center model interface for accessing Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, brightness, and different system capabilities. The Vivo V9 even contains an choice for changing the default Android delicate keys with iPhone X-style navigation gestures. This allows you to swipe up for house, swipe up and maintain to open the app switcher, and swipe left or proper alongside the underside to cycle between lately opened functions.
As a lot as Funtouch OS tries to emulate iOS there are some options that I did admire. Should you’re a cell gamer like myself, the sport mode is useful for auto-rejecting telephone calls and utilizing chat functions with out exiting the sport. Vivo additionally places an emphasis on smartphone security with its Motorcycle mode, which could be set to robotically reject telephone calls, mute notifications, or solely let you reply telephone calls when the bike has stopped.
There are a lot of different nice options together with a one-handed mode for simple one-handed operation and the power to clone functions which could be very helpful for apps that don’t help a number of account logins. Though I’m not a fan of how a lot Vivo makes an attempt to repeat iOS, the software program is straightforward to make use of and lots of the options are extra helpful than gimmicky.
2,280 x 1,080 decision
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 626|
Expandable as much as 256GB by way of microSD
|Digicam||Rear: 16MP sensor with f/2.zero aperture, PDAF + 5MP with f/2.zero aperture
Entrance: 24MP sensor with f/2.zero aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Three.5mm headphone jack
|Software program||Android eight.1 Oreo
Pricing & ultimate ideas
The Vivo V9 is at present solely accessible in India for Rs. 23,990 (~$360). Regardless of the iPhone’s affect, it’s an excellent midrange smartphone with some nice qualities, but it surely’s additionally powerful to advocate to U.S. consumers. Comparable options just like the Honor 7X should not solely cheaper, but in addition bought within the U.S. Should you’re in a position to simply get your arms on a Vivo V9, it isn’t a nasty selection. Vivo has extra thrilling smartphone releases developing for everybody else.
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