The Chinese company Vivo is giving a lot to talk about recently. First it was the Vivo X20 Plus UD with fingerprint reader under the screen and more recently by the Vivo APEX, that prototype with a retractable camera. Now they return to the charge with a new release, although in this case it is a more discreet team.
The latest model to join the Vivo offer is the Vivo V9, the average range we talked about a few days ago when its features were filtered and that is already official in India. Here we have no fingerprint reader under the panel or retractable cameras, but Vivo makes it clear that the reduction of frames is their priority also in the mid-range, and the formula to achieve this time is the controversial notch.
Vivo is betting heavily on the reduction of frames on their smartphones, and some of their solutions are as innovative as they are risky. As we said, this brand was the first to put the fingerprint reader under the screen of a smartphone, and later we were surprised with a concept in which the front camera came out of the upper edge of the chassis in a curious retractable system.
The bet for the compaction of this Vivo V9 is neither the fingerprint reader under the screen nor the retractable camera, but the notch. Vivo says that thanks to integrating this peninsula or eyebrow at the top, they get the screen to occupy 90% of the front. However, even though at the top edge we have notch, the lower one still has a wider width than the rest, so the same question is still around… why not leave an edge of the same width in the upper part? Was that notch so needed?
With respect to the screen, we are facing a IPS panel of 6.3 inches and FullHD+ resolution, but beware because here the format is not 18: 9 like most new models, but 19: 9, that is, it is a bit more elongated. In the back there are two photographic sensors that act together to achieve the fashionable portrait effect. There is also space for the fingerprint reader.
Speaking of cameras, the front bet strongly with a sensor of 24 megapixels and advanced functions of facial recognition applied to beauty mode, a function that Vivo labels with the fashionable ‘buzzword’: Artificial Intelligence. In the end, what this system does is recognize details of our face to apply beauty mode more precisely.
In addition to this beauty mode, Vivo also integrates Artificial Intelligence functions in other areas. For example we have AI Face Access, a system of unlocking by facial recognition, and AI Smart Engine, a function dedicated to managing storage and suggestions of apps based on the use we make of the terminal. There is also AI Attention Sensing that lowers the volume of notifications if we are looking at the screen. Again, interesting functions but that of Artificial Intelligence have little …
Finally in this section, comment that the version of the system is Android 8.1 Oreo with the Funtouch 4.0 layer.
If we open the Vivo V9, we have a technical profile typical of a fairly orthodox mid-range, although it is closer to that premium mid-range, especially in the memory part. We have a Snapdragon 626 as a brain, accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and a single 64 GB expandable background with MicroSD.
Other features include the aforementioned fingerprint reader, Dual SIM connectivity, headphone port and MicroUSB, nothing USB-C at the moment. Finally, the battery has a capacity of 3,260 mAh.
As we anticipated at the beginning, Vivo V9 has been officially announced in India, where it will soon be available in black and gold at a price still unknown.