Vivo V9 in Nepal: Vivo has launched a new smartphone Vivo V9 in Nepal. The year 2018 has been the year of dual cameras apart from the triple camera of Huwaei P20 Pro. Vivo has joined the trend of the dual camera and the notch with iPhone X and Huwaei P20 Pro. Being the budget smartphone, it packs a punch in the specs section with the money. People of Nepal are in a bargain with the dual camera and almost full screen with the smaller notch.
DISPLAY AND BODY
It packs all aluminum body at the back which gives it a premium touch to feel. Vivo V9 packs a 6.3 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with the resolution of 1080×2280 pixels (~400 PPI density) and 85.2% screen to body ratio.
Vivo V9 comes with the dimensions of 154.8 x 75.1 x 7.9 mm and body weight of 150g, on the lighter side. The screen being an LCD lacks on the blacks and whites. Vivo V9 cannot distinguish between blacks and whites properly which is a downside for the smartphone with a bezel-less screen. Nevertheless, it gives a premium look to Vivo V9.
It comes with the Dual nano SIM mode with the dual standby and sports a 3.5mm jack. The inclusion of audio jack has given the audiophiles versatility as there are good budget wireless headphones and also the cumbersome of work to carry the USB OTG cable. but on the downside, there is no fast charging and lacks USB-C charging.
Looking at the price all these faults makes sense but faces a tough competition from the other Chinese manufacturers OPPO and Xaiomi in the midrange section.
Vivo V9 has the dual camera setup of 16 MP and 5 MP with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus with dual-LED flash as the primary camera setup. It’s secondary camera 24 MP selfie camera. The tagline of Vivo “Perfect Selfie” fits with the camera setup. The front-facing camera sports f/2.0 aperture which could record at 1080p resolution with front LED flash.
The additional features include geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, and panorama.
The low light camera performance is below par but the pictures in the daylight perform well above par.
Some camera samples:
OPERATING SYSTEM & HARDWARE
Vivo V9 is equipped with the latest Android 8.1 (Oreo) with the Funtouch OS 4.0. The interface is not smooth as compared to the MIUI by Xaiomi but does its job.
This is a lag for the stock Android users with heavy customization as with all these Chinese smartphones. With the skin underneath the android, the mobile phones receive the updates and security patch level too late. They have to work for the extra features in the customized skin.
NOT a great fan of customized skin!!
It has Qualcomm MSM8953-Pro Snapdragon 626 chipset, is the best in the market to be installed in the midrange budget smartphone. Vivo V9’s CPU has Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor with the Adreno 506 GPU. Vivo V9 has rear-mounted fingerprint Sensor, accelerometer, gyro sensor, proximity, and geo-compass.
The main feature that we all crave is 4GB DDR4 RAM with the 64 GB ROM expandable up to 256 GB through memory card. V9 has 3260 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery that could last a day with the full charge with medium usage. The mobile phone doesn’t make any sacrifices in the basic features.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
Announced in March 2018, Vivo V9 is available both online and offline in Nepal. Vivo’s offline outlet is filled with the latest smartphone. Vivo V9 in Nepal is priced at NRs 37,790 (330 euros, INR 22990).
- Good performance
- Up-to-date software
- Feature-packed custom UI
- Poor low-light camera performance
- The display has a reddish tinge
- Battery life could be better