“The V9 Pro flaunts powerful Snapdragon 660 SoC, which is paired with 6GB of RAM”
Vivo has been on a roll in the country when it comes to smartphone launches. After launching the V11 Pro (review), V11 and V9 (review) in the country, the smartphone maker has now gone ahead and launched the V9 Pro as well in India. With the new launch, the handset maker is offering the same internals as the V11 Pro but at a more affordable price point. That makes it an interesting device, as our initial experience with the V9 Pro suggests…
Before we talk about the device itself, let’s start with its unboxing. The packaging of the V9 Pro is a signature Vivo box in white with the branding all around, smartphone’s imagery on top and core specs at the bottom. Unlike other brands, when you lift the lid of the box, you are greeted by a white Vivo branded sheath containing the transparent protective case and documentation. Underneath, you will find the V9 Pro covered in plastic with the wall charger, a micro-USB cable and in-ear headphones with an integrated mic. And lest we forget, Vivo has already applied a clear screen protector on the display for safety.
Coming to the smartphone itself, we won’t be exaggerating if we say that the Vivo V9 Pro is a stunner. The smartphone features a unibody polycarbonate make, which has a glossy mirror-like finish at the back. The icing on the cake is the Vivo branding and the gold accents around the camera and fingerprint scanner, which lend a distinctive look to the handset. The buttons and port placement on the V9 Pro is pretty standard as you will find the volume rocker and power switch on the right spine and SIM card tray on the left. The bottom edge is home to the 3.5mm audio jack, a micro-USB port and loudspeaker grille.
The display on the V9 Pro is a 6.3-inch affair with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and full HD+ screen resolution. While you do get a display notch up top, it’s not very large, and doesn’t meddle with the immersive viewing experience. Quality-wise, the IPS panel offers vibrant colours and sharp text. The handset also comes with features like Eye Protection and ability to select the apps to be displayed in the 19:9 ratio and the ones that hide the cut-out. For security, there is face unlock and a fingerprint scanner, both of which are extremely fast and accurate.
Under the hood, the Vivo V9 Pro gets Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor, which is based on the 14nm fabrication process. This means that the smartphone offers a good balance between performance and battery efficiency. Moreover, the chipset has been mated to 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, of which 48GB is available to the end user. On the software front, the phone boots Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo with functionality like gesture support, split screen, app clone, motorbike mode, and Jovi assistant. In the brief time that we spent with the handset, we rarely experienced any lag or stutter while multitasking and playing casual games like Temple Run.
As for the cameras, the Vivo V9 Pro comes with a dual-camera setup on the back comprising a 13MP shooter and a 2MP secondary snapper. The front panel of the smartphone houses a 16MP camera for selfies and video calling. The phonemaker has loaded the camera app with a multitude of features like doc scan, pro mode, panorama, face beauty, AR stickers, slow motion and live filters. While most of the features work as expected, we found the lens glare issue particularly prominent when clicking against a light source.
Without a doubt, Vivo’s V9 Pro is a loaded offering and is priced attractively at Rs 19,990. However, the smartphone is up against the likes of the Xiaomi Mi A2 (review) and Realme 2 Pro (review) – both of which are priced lower – as well as the Honor Play (review), which ships with flagship-grade hardware. But Vivo is making the handset quite lucrative as the phone will be available for Rs 17,990 as part of Amazon’s Great India Festival Sale, starting October 10th. What gives the latest offering from Vivo’s stables another edge is the fact that it can be easily picked up offline from your nearest retail store.