REVIEW SUMMARY
Design
8
Display
9
Performance
8
Battery
8
Camera
7

The new addition to the Vivo’s popular V series, Vivo V9 is quite a step forward from Vivo V7 which was launched in Pakistan in November 2017.

Vivo V9 made its way into the local market at the start of April 2018 and it will be fighting with the Oppo’s new flagship device, F7 for the title of ultimate selfie smartphone. V9 offers some impressive specs but is it worth all the hype and is it really a top-notch device, let’s find out:

Unboxing of Vivo V9

Here’s what you get in the box:

Design

The smartphone comes with an iPhone X inspired notch at the top but it is not the only device with this feature as many Android smartphone makers are moving towards adopting this trend in their new flagship devices.

Vivo V9 and Vivo V7
Vivo V9 (left) and Vivo V7 (right)

When it comes to looks, Vivo V9 is quite different from V7. The new device has a more sleek body which gives the premium feel to the user. The smartphone also has an all-screen display which further adds to the beauty of the Vivo V9.

The body is made up of aluminum and provides a nice grip where the user won’t have to worry about their device accidentally slipping from their hands.

Vivo V9 Back
Back of Vivo V9

The fingerprint sensor is present at the back side which is quite accessible to the user’s index finger. It has a vertical camera module at the back which adds to the beauty of the smartphone’s design.

Vivo V9 has power and volume buttons on the right side of the smartphone while the SIM tray on the left side.

Vivo V9 right side
Power and Volume Button of Vivo V9
Vivo V9 and Vivo V7 side
Right side of Vivo V9 (top) and Vivo V7 (bottom)

The smartphone comes with a MicroUSB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and speaker grill at the bottom of the device.

Vivo V9 bottom
Bottom side of Vivo V9
Vivo V9 and Vio V7 bottom
Bottom side of Vivo V9 (top) and Vivo V7 (bottom)

Display

Vivo has quite impressively packed a 6.3 inches large screen into a 5.5 inches body in V9. The smartphone has a 90% screen-to-body ratio and 19:9 screen aspect ratio.

Vivo V9 comes with a Full HD display meaning that it has 2280 x 1080 pixels screen resolution. The images on the smartphone are sharp as compared to the V7 and more vibrant.

The display works perfectly in direct sunlight and causes no trouble for the user who is using the device in the outdoors. This year, the company has significantly reduced the bezels at the front making it quite pleasing to the eyes.

The user also has the choice to change the brightness of the smartphone either through the control panel or by tweaking the Display and Brightness settings of the device. One can also make the screen appear cooler or warmer to reduce eye fatigue either manually or by setting a timer.

Brightness Settings Vivo V9
Display and Brightness Settings on Vivo V9

Performance

We are quite impressed with the hardware of Vivo V9 which has performed exceptionally well during our different tests. The company has updated the Snapdragon 450 chipset in Vivo V7 to Snapdragon 626 chipset in Vivo V9 coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

During our tests, the device carried out all the regular tasks including making calls, browsing the internet, using WhatsApp, watching videos on YouTube, using LTE etc. smoothly. The device responds quickly to the commands of its users and doesn’t cause any lag.

During the phase of rigorous testing, Vivo V9 managed to pull its weight without a hiccup. We ran some pretty heavy downloads in the background, opened more than 30 tabs in Google Chrome and ran different apps simultaneously in the background without suffering any major lag in the device’s performance.

Vivo V9 video playing
Playing Video on Vivo V9

The gaming experience is also quite impressive in Vivo V9. We played Dead Trigger 2 and Modern Combat 5 which are very resource heavy games but they played smoothly on the smartphone.

The device also performed well when tested on different benchmarks. Here is what Vivo V9 scored on AnTuTu:

Vivo V9 Antutu Benchmark
Antutu Benchmark Scores of Vivo V9

Looking at the Geekbench scores, we can see that its multi-core score is better than OnePlus 3 and Galaxy Note 5.

Vivo V9 Geekbench
Geekbench Scores of Vivo V9

Vivo V9 does an amazing job at multitasking where the user can just swipe three fingers from the top to access the split-screen feature. The fingerprint sensor on the smartphone is quick and the face Unlock feature also doesn’t take too long to unlock the device.

Camera

For the first time ever, Vivo has introduced dual cameras in its V series smartphone. Vivo V9 comes with dual cameras featuring 16MP primary sensor and 5MP telephoto lens. The layout of the camera app is quite simple and the interface is easy to use.

Vivo V9 and Vivo V7 back
Back of Vivo V7 (left) and Vivo V9 (right)

While testing the device, we saw that the smartphone’s camera enhances the colors in the picture which makes it a considerable option for people who love posting images on the social media.

The company has brought the Professional mode forward in the bar present at the bottom of the camera app taking out the hassle of opening the settings to access the pro mode. Also, the settings in the pro mode do not cover the whole screen like they did in V7, letting users freely see the subject in their frame.

Vivo V9 is also capable of shooting videos in 4K which is quite a handy feature to shoot better quality videos using just the smartphone.

Vivo V9 front camera
Front Camera of Vivo V9

Vivo V9 also has a 24MP AI-enabled selfie camera at the front whose beauty mode is quite an attractive feature for those who always want a social media ready selfies. The phone also takes fine selfies under low lighting conditions thanks to the flash at the front of the device.

The smartphone also has AR Stickers which resemble the Snapchat filters where the user also has the option to make the 10-second video using different filters/stickers which they can send to friends and family.

Here are a few pictures taken with Vivo V9:

Standard Mode
Shot taken in Standard Mode
Zoom Shot
Zoom Shot
HDR Shot
Shot taken in HDR Mode
Wide Aperture, Potrait Bokeh Shot
Shot take in Wide Aperture Mode
Professional Mode
Shot taken in Professional Mode

Battery

The smartphone packs a 3260mAh battery which takes 2 hours to charge from 0 to 100%. The smartphone’s battery doesn’t drain too fast during the regular use including making calls, sending texts, using WhatsApp, watching YouTube videos, using LTE, etc.

After using it continuously for two hours, the battery fell from 100% to 70% which considering the use of mobile data is quite alright. During the heavy testing, the smartphone’s battery fell from 70% to 58% in just one hour and playing mobile games further drained the device more quickly.

If you are a regular smartphone user, Vivo V9 will be able to last the whole day for you but if you are a power user, you should consider keeping a power bank with you.

Value-Added Features

Some other worth mentioning features of the smartphone include:

Game Mode

Vivo V9 game mode
Receiving Calls in Game Mode on Vivo V9

This is one of the most interesting features of the device where the user will not be distracted by phone calls while playing a game in Vivo V9.

Game Mode Vivo V9
Game Mode Settings of Vivo V9

After enabling the Game Mode from the settings or from the control panel, the user has the choice to place any incoming calls in the background, auto eject calls, block floating previews and disable automatic WiFi connection.

Smart Click

Vivo V9 users can customize how their device will respond if they long press the volume down key on the device.

Smart Click Vivo V9
Settings for Smart Click on Vivo V9

They have the option of choosing between turning the flashlight on or off, record audio, open camera, open Facebook and the choice to enable any other mobile app.

Navigation Gestures

If you don’t want to use the on-screen navigation buttons, you can always switch to the navigation gestures from the Settings app of Vivo V9.

System navigation Vivo V9
Settings of Navigation Gestures on Vivo V9

The user can choose between two different icon patterns and there is also a guide to help them understand how the gestures work. It takes very less time to get used to them and they are quite fun to use.

Smart Motion

The user can carry out many small tasks using smart motion feature. using Air operation, they can just wave their palm over the device to wake up Vivo V9 or even unlock it if it is not password protected.

Smart Motion Vivo V9
Settings for Smart Motion on Vivo V9

It also has a Raise to Wakeup feature which takes away the annoyance of pressing the power button when you want to wake up your screen for Face Unlock. One enables, all a person has to do is pick up their device to their face level.

Our Verdict

Vivo V9 is quite an impressive device with a fine camera that can perform your everyday tasks with ease. If you are looking for a smartphone with eye-catching design and display along with good hardware, then you should consider giving Vivo V9 a chance.

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