It’s finally here! Vivo Philippines officially announced the arrival of their latest flagship phone… the Vivo V9. During the Manila launch last March 22, 2018, I was able to hold and test some of the features of this new phone and as you read further I’ll give you more details and some of my thoughts.
When I got my hands on this Vivo V9, I immediately said, “Whoah! It’s really lightweight” which I did not expect when I saw the size of the phone. Vivo V9 only weighs 150g! Yes just that. It wouldn’t add much weight to your purse or pocket and it is so easy to carry.
Vivo V9 is very compact in design like a traditional 5.5-inch phone but offers an incredible 6.3-inch display, while still feeling comfortable in your hand. Nice right? Watching a movie and playing games would be more fun with Vivo V9’s Fullview-Display. Hows that for an optimized mobile experience? Huhuhu I wish I have one!
Moving on, the Vivo V9 adopts a 19:9 aspect ratio to increase screen size 5.2% compared to the previous generation’s V7+, and the side bezels have been reduced by 19% to a mere 1.75mm. Every arc and curve on the ergonomically optimized 3D curved cover is carefully polished to ensure absolute comfort in the palm of your hand.
New Al-powered camera functions continue Vivo’s ambitions to provide smart mobile photography with the V9’s crystal clear 24 front camera and 16MP+5MP dual rear camera. Based on in-depth research, powerful software and machine learning, Vivo uses AI to help consumers pursue a great photo that truly represents their beauty.
AI Face Beauty identifies users’ age, sex, skin tone and texture, as well as the surrounding lighting environment. A comprehensive database of almost one million facial images from around the world has been used to train the AI algorithm. This allows AI Face Beauty to adapt and apply the ideal algorithm for optimized photos. As usage increases, the AI will also learn your customized setting preferences, automatically creating the ideal photo every time and exactly the way you want
This is me trying the AR sticker feature of Vivo V9 camera. Not much of a selfie person, but I super enjoyed it. This might turn me into one. 😂
The new AI selfie Lighting feature also allows users create artistic photo masterpieces anytime anywhere without an elaborate equipment setup. The V9’s AI algorithm transforms the facial profile in the original 2D photo into a 3D model to process the light accents authentically. Users can choose from a range of effects like Natural Light, Studio Light, Stereo Light and Monochrome Background. When coupled with AR Stickers that provides numerous effects to decorate your selfie, the v9 helps users to take selfies that reflect their unique style with just a few clicks.
The rear facing 16MP+5MP dual camera of v9 creates amazing bokeh shots that rival those taken on a DSLR camera using its Al Bokeh algorithm, which has been optimized based on machine learning, so it can achieve high-level precision in identifying the key subject to ensure optimal focus in the photo.
With its updated AI Face Access technology, the V9 can detect the reflection of natural skin and the subtle movements of the face to further reduce the possibility of accidently unlocking when shown photos or videos. AI Face Access for App-Lock even helps secure your data and privacy for individual applications. The V9’s AI Attention Sensing also recognizes when you’re looking at the phone to keep disruption to a minimum by automatically reducing the volume of message alerts, incoming calls and alarms, since you’re already looking at the screen.
The V9’s AI also ensures the best mobile performance and endurance with Vivo’s AI Smart Engine. By learning your usage habits and preferences, the Al Smart Engine prioritizes processing and storage resources for an optimized experience. Not only does it ensure smooth operation and save power, as the AI picks up on your usage habits, Smart Engine can accurately predict your next move and have your favorite apps launch 20% faster.
The Vivo V9 is equipped with the latest Android 8.1 OS and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 64 ROM. It is also powered with a 3260mAh battery which I think is good enough for any mobile activity like surfing the net, playing games, watching movies, and use of other mobile apps.
The price. Of course you are curious how much V9 is(we all are!). It is priced at Php17,990 here in the Philippines(prices and availability vary in markets) which is a pretty decent price fo a smartphone like this which is packed with cool features. Vivo V9 is available in 2 colors: Pearl Black and Gold.