The first smartphone by Vivo for the year is 2018 is here. Termed as Vivo V9, it can be designated as the successor to the previous V7 model.

The company has announced the recent launch of V9 at an event held in Mumbai. Also, at the event, Vivo boasted about how it was the first to launch a device with such a high screen-to-body ratio in the mid-range segment.

Also, the company priced the Vivo V9 at ₹22,999 to aim for the mid-range price segment where it would be competing with smartphones like the Moto X4, Moto Z2 Play, Honor 9i, and even the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Apart from this, the first thing noticeable about the Vivo V9 is its design. At the very first instance, it resembles any other phone with a taller display. Then with the power of the phone on, the notch becomes visible. Along with this, the Vivo V9 has thin borders on the sides and top of the screen and is also slightly thicker one at the bottom. The notch sits at the top and houses the 24-megapixel selfie camera, earpiece, notification LED, and other sensors. With this, Vivo has also managed to fix a 6.3-inch display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1080×2280 pixels. The “ears” on either side of the notch are used to portray system status icons. In addition, the smartphone is 75.03mm wide and 7.89mm thick, which makes it comfortable to hold, weighing only around 150g.

Vivo has opted for a vertically stacked dual-camera module similar to the ones found on the iPhone X and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. A single-LED flash is positioned right below it. A rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is also positioned slightly too high but is quick to unlock the phone. Vivo has also implemented face recognition for the V9, using the selfie camera.

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The smartphone has a shiny rear which gives a plasticky feel and picks up fingerprints quite easily. The power and volume buttons are placed on the right, while the SIM tray is on the left. It has in fact placed slots for two Nan-SIMs as well as a dedicated microSD card slot. At the bottom of the phone, users would also find a 3.5mm headphone jack, the primary microphone, a Micro-USB port, and a speaker grille.

The Vivo V9 ships with a 10W charger, a wired headset, and a case. Vivo has also a pre-applied screen protector on the device.

This Vivo V9 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, which is an octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. Along with this, the phone boasts of 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and there are no variants. This is a dual-SIM device with support for 4G as well as VoLTE, which packs in a non-removable 3260mAh battery.

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The camera module states a 16-megapixel primary sensor at the back and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. There’s also a 24-megapixel selfie camera positioned in the notch at the front. The camera app is similar to that of other Vivo smartphones, but with the addition of AR stickers.

In terms of software, this phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Vivo’s custom Funtouch OS 4.0 on top, and this Funtouch OS looks similar to iOS. Vivo has also added gesture navigation, which is similar to that found on the iPhone X. Users would be able to swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen to go back, or stop half-way to reveal the app switcher.