Vivo finally took the wraps off on their highly-anticipated, long-rumored smartphone — the Vivo V9. And as it turns out, all the rumors about this device were true. More specifically, the leaks regarding its design.
As what you might already know by now, the Vivo V9 will adopt the iPhone X-like design. Something that we can expect from a lot of upcoming Android smartphones by now. While we’re still gearing up for a full review, let us share with you first our first impressions about this new smartphone.
With that, we’ll start with the unboxing experience. First off, the device’s box design is pretty much the same with the Vivo devices before it. It comes with a tall and slim box, which has just the right dimensions to accommodate the actual phone.
UPDATE: Our full review is now out!
Vivo V9 Specs
- Android 8.1 Oreo, FuntouchOS 4.0
- Dual SIM, Dual standby
- 6.3-inch Full HD+ IPS display, 2280 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~400ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
- 24-megapixel front camera
- 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual rear cameras, f/2.0, LED flash
- AI Face Beauty, Gender Detection, Slow Motion
- Fingerprint scanner, Facial recognition
- 4G LTE
- WiFi dual-band, WiFi hotspot
- GPS, A-GPS
- FM Radio
- microUSB 2.0
- Dimensions: 154.81 x 75.03 x 7.89mm
- Weight: 150g
- Colors: Pearl Black, Gold
- 3,260mAh non-removable battery
The product is pictured right on the front, with some of the key features printed on the back. Although I have noticed that the actual material is a bit textured, unlike the usual plain cardboard box that the previous Vivo products have.
Opening the top lid reveals a tiny packet that houses the free jelly case and the SIM ejector tool. Right off the bat, it looks like the Vivo V9’s packaging was also inspired by the iPhone X. In most Vivo boxes, the device goes first before the packet. But since Apple switched it on the iPhone X, Vivo followed suit.
Moving on, at the bottom we have the Earpods-like earphones, a microUSB cable, and the wall adaptor.
Now, on to the device itself. Well, it goes without saying that this phone is really an iPhone X look-alike — from the notch on top and even the dual cameras on the back that is also in a vertical orientation. But unlike Apple’s flagship, the LED flash is separated from the actual camera modules.
The Vivo V9’s bottom bezels are still noticeably thicker. But on the bright side, the notch on top isn’t as large as with the iPhone X. This is because it doesn’t have the TrueDepth sensor that the iPhone X has. The notch on the V9 only houses the 24-megapixel front camera, sensors, and earpiece.
What we have here is the gold variant of the Vivo V9. It has an identical build with the Vivo V7+ (read our review) with its metal-like plastic build. Although, it is worth noting that this device is incredibly light despite the huge size.
The display of the V9 is a 6.3-inch IPS Full HD+ panel. The extra stretch on the screen real-estate made its aspect ratio extend to 19:9, even taller than the usual 18:9 aspect ratio screen that we are currently accustomed to.
The screen does look cool in person. And despite breaching the 6-inch standard, the device doesn’t feel ginormous in the hands. However, we still have to tackle more about its quality and overall performance in our full review.
Going back to the camera, this thing can really take good selfies. Upon firing the 24-megapixel for the first time, this thing can shoot quickly and provides decent exposure and sharpness even in low-light.
The front camera also made the Face ID feature work really well, and the setup was fast and easy. And even for someone who wears eyeglasses like me, the device was still able to recognize my face without any problems.
I also played with the interface for a little bit. The overall experience was pretty fluid, from browsing through social media apps, playing with the cameras, and other minor tasks. This made us excited to test the performance of its Snapdragon 626 chipset and Android 8.1 Oreo interface extensively.
But basically, that’s it for now. The Vivo V9, despite shamefully copying the iPhone X, is turning out to be an interesting device. We are currently in the process of reviewing the Vivo V9, so stay tuned if you’re interested in getting to know more about this smartphone.
It’s currently available for pre-order, and those who will reserve their units will get freebies worth Php4,990.