Both Vivo and Oppo have been engaging in fierce launch battles in recent months, and it’s not surprising that both brands have come up with new offerings around the same time. Vivo V9 was launched in April 2018, and Oppo F7 followed suit soon. So, how good is Vivo V9? Should you spend 24k on this device (not considering the amazing discounts available online)? We put V9 to test to understand what you can really expect.

Credible specifications

Vivo V9 does offer a list of specifications that’s worth considering. It gets a 6.3-inch FHD+ touchscreen display, with resolution of 1080×2280 pixels. The entire frontal panel is covered by the display, while the back is made of aluminum. It is powered by a 3260mAh non-removable battery and weighs just 150 grams. For the specifications, it gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 2.2GHz Octa-core processor along with 4GB of RAM. You get 64 GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 256 GB via a microSD card. Vivo V9 doesn’t disappoint in terms of cameras either. There’s a 24MP shooter for selfies, with a 16 MP + 5 MP duo for the rear. It runs on the Funtouch OS 4.0, atop Android 8.1. Sensors and connectivity options are standard.

The pros

Vivo V9 is a great device if you don’t compare it with some of the lower-priced smartphones under 20k. We used it for heavy gaming and video calling and found no lags whatsoever. With that, the rear and front cameras work really well, even when the lighting wasn’t remarkable. It does compare to Oppo F7, but brand loyalists will stick to get for credible performance and decent hardware. What we loved the most was the display, and yes, this is the first device in India to offer the display notch for this price in India.

The cons

For smartphones of this price, we expected to see the USB Type-C port. Also, 6GB RAM was expected, although performance-wise, everything was decent. One also anticipated a better battery for the budget.

Should you buy this device?

We didn’t find any reasons why you shouldn’t get Vivo V9. This is a good budget for the price paid, and while a few things could have been more on paper, the cameras and display make up for the bummers effectively. If you haven’t tried a device from Vivo as yet, this might be worth checking.