Vivo V9 Pro Review

When Vivo V9 was launched in India, it was the first Android smartphone to come with Notch in this market. It was given 4 GB RAM with Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor. After reviewing this phone, we came to the decision that it is much more powerful than the rest. But in a few days more powerful phones were launched in the price range of Rs 20,000, after which Vivo V9 started to look a bit expensive.

For example, Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review) comes with a more powerful Snapdragon 660 processor and is priced at Rs 16,999. Xiaomi’s Poco F1 handset is a powerhouse device available at an initial price of Rs 20,999. In response to the increasing challenges, the price of Vivo V9 (review) was cut. Now the company has launched Vivo V9 Pro in the market. It comes with much better hardware and is priced at Rs 17,990. Has the Vivo V9 Pro become a better package once the hardware gets better? Let’s know …

Vivo V9 Pro Design

Vivo V9 Pro and Vivo V9 are similar in appearance. It is slim. The grip is good due to the curved edges. Like the Vivo V9, the Vivo V9 Pro’s display has a notch at the top. Earpiece, sensors, notification LED and selfie camera have got place in this notch. Notch is very compact. Except the lower part, the bezel on the other edges of the screen is extremely thin. Vivo has managed to control the weight of this phone, it is 150 grams.

The 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port and loudspeaker grille are at the bottom. We did not like the headphone jack position. This is due to discomfort while playing the game in landscape mode. There is a SIM tray slot on the left side of the device with space for a dual nano SIM and a separate microSD card slot. On the left side are the power and volume buttons. These are easy to reach. There is nothing on top.

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Vivo V9 Pro has dual camera setup on the back side. There is also a single LED flash and fingerprint sensor. By the way, premium materials are used to make most of the devices in this price range. But Vivo has used plastic in V9 Pro. Vivo V9 Pro has been made available in Black and Nebula Purple colors. We have reviewed the black variant. To give a premium look, the golden highlight has been given in the camera module rim, fingerprint scanner and Vivo branding. The phone already comes with a screen protector. Apart from this, the retail box also has a transparent cover. In the retail box you will also get earphones with a 10 watt charger.

Vivo V9 Pro specification and software

The main difference between the Vivo V9 and Vivo V9 Pro is the Snapdragon 660 processor. This time Vivo has decided to use a more powerful chipset and has given 6 GB RAM with it. Inbuilt storage is 64 GB and if needed, up to 256 GB MicroSD card can be used. The 6.3-inch IPS display is full-HD + resolution. Viewing angles are good. There is not much problem in reading on the screen outside.

Apart from the powerful processor, some other changes have been made to the Pro model. Vivo has setup a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel camera in its Vivo V9 Pro smartphone, while the V9 model comes with a 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel shooter. At the same time, Vivo V9 Pro comes with a 16-megapixel sensor for selfie, while Vivo V9 has a 24-megapixel camera. For connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0, dual band Wi-Fi, GPS, GLONASS, USB-OTG and FM radio have been provided. 4G VoLTE support is available for both SIMs.

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Vivo V9 Pro comes with Android 8.1 Oreo, custom Funtouch OS 4. Our App Store is equipped with the September Security Patch.

V9 Pro comes with Face Unlock. It is as fast as a fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone. If you want, you can lock apps and games with fingerprint sensor or face unlock. You will get a customization like motorbike mode in which you can reject incoming calls and send SMS automatically to the caller. The app clone feature is similar to dual apps.

Even though this phone has many features. But many apps are already installed on it. The good thing is that you can leave most of these apps.

Vivo V9 Pro performance, battery life and cameras

Vivo V9 Pro comes with a powerful processor. This is realized by using the phone. During multi tasking we did not realize the phone slowed down. Apps and games load faster. Due to 6 GB RAM, you will be able to do multi-tasking without any problem.

Vivo V9 Pro’s 3260 mAh battery lasted 10 hours and 8 minutes in our HD video loop test. The phone ran PUBG in medium settings. The phone did not heat up while playing games in the air-conditioned room. Battery consumption is also not very high. Power saving mode became active at 9 o’clock at night after using the phone very well. In normal use, the battery will last more than a day.

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This phone’s camera app is the same as Vivo’s other smartphones. You will get toggles for HDR, Portrait and Live Photos. You can also switch to Panorama mode or Professional mode if you want. Beautification mode is available for primary and selfie cameras.

Vivo has reduced the camera resolution in Vivo V9 Pro. It seems that the company has decided to manage the budgetary pressure due to the powerful processor. Photos taken with the camera of V9 Pro came out good and sometimes bad. Exposure in daylight was accurate and it focused only on our wishes. At first glance, the photo looked fine, but the lack of detail was visible as soon as zoomed in. Macros came with shot detail, but it took longer to focus according to our wishes. Edge detection in portrait mode was sometimes right or sometimes wrong.

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Low light camera performance was worse than average. Noise was in control, but the photos came to Granny. With Vivo V9 Pro, you will be able to take beautiful selfies. In low light the screen flash proves to be effective. Portrait mode is also available for selfie camera and it has good edge detection.

With both camera setup of V9 Pro, you will be able to record videos up to 1080 pixels. This is shocking, as the Vivo V9 has 4K video recording support. The footage shaky comes because of no video stabilization. We found that you can activate the beautification mode during video recording or video call. Changing the camera sensor does not appear to have any major impact on the output.

Our decision
Vivo has kept the price of V9 Pro more aggressive than other products including Vivo V9. This phone has a powerful processor and more RAM does not cause problems in multitasking. But to keep the price down, a different camera sensor has been used this time. The good thing is that it has not had a great impact on camera performance. The Vivo V9 Pro at Rs 17,990 is cheaper than the Vivo V9, which is still listed for Rs 18,990. In such a situation, we can suggest you to buy a pro model without hesitation.

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