Vivo announced another device with a notch and it’s the new Vivo V9. From the design and up to nearly every component that it comes with, the Vivo V9 is nothing but the Vivo X21 for the global market. If you have noticed, the X series from Vivo still is bound mainly for the Chinese market and their best strategy to bring some of the specs of their flagship device outside of their motherland is to reintroduced them in other markets in which case is the V series for the rest of us.
With barely noticeable differences, the V9 is actually a tad taller, wider and thicker than the X21 for about a couple of centimeters with its display being plot at 6.3-inch. It has the unusual 19:9 aspect ratio with what Vivo calls as a “FullView display 2.0”. Different from the V7 from last year, the V9 has a very prominent notch on top of the screen where it houses its front facing camera and other sensors including an Infrared light to accurately map and distinguish the human face.
The new Vivo V9 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 SoC with Adreno 506 Graphics processor. It comes with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 64GB internal storage. It also support memory expansion through a microSD card with up to 256GB in capacities, should one would require additional storage from what the device has already built-in.
Similar with the recently unveiled X21, The V9 is also equipped with dual cameras on the back and in fact they almost of the same breed with minor differences. The Vivo V9 got a 16 Megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.0 Aperture lens paired to a 5 Megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 Aperture lens for bokeh effect with an “Ultra HDR” mode and records 4K videos. As the V series is designed for Selfies, the V9 continues the tradition of the V7 with its 24 Megapixel Selfie camera with an f/2.0 Aperture lens and supports 1080p videos.
With imaging in focus especially with Selfies, the V9 is equipped with an AI-assisted camera app with AI Face Beauty features that basically collects data from the its imaging sensors and returns details such as the age, sex , skin tone and textures that “truly represent their beauty”.
With AI is the word for 2018, Vivo is also jumping in to the bandwagon of overly emphasized use of AI as the identifier of power and better performance. The Vivo claims that AI improves the device performance through what it’s called its “AI Smart Engine” that intelligently manages the memory and storage of the device. An “AI Face Access” as they call it works to keep the device secure through facial recognition and “AI Attention Sensing” which detects users looking at the screen and would adjust the screen time and contrast as well as the volume of notifications accordingly. One might have noticed that these features have actually existed in Android a few years back but with the AI as the buzzword of the year, it’s really a pure marketing gimmick that most of these manufacturers are jumping into.
The Vivo V9 runs on 3,250 mAh embedded battery and is driven by the latest FunTouch 4.0 OS out of the box – a proprietary Oppo system that is based on the latest version of Android 8.1 Oreo.
The handset will hit the store shelves on April 13 with pre-orders from March 26th through April 5th and will be available in Pearl Black and Gold for 17,990Php here in the Philippines.