Vivo V9 Unboxing, First Impressions, Sample Photos

The Vivo V9 was released in the Philippines as the company’s hero device this 2018. The smartphone still highlights the “world-leading” 24MP front camera, but now rocks a dual-rear shooter; both use Artificial Intelligence algorithm to improve photo processing and output. However, the handset has more stuff to offer aside from its powerful set of cameras. Join us as we discover those points in our unboxing and initial impressions of the Vivo V9.

Vivo V9 Unboxing, First Impressions, Sample Photos

Vivo V9 Unboxing, First Impressions

The Vivo V9 is priced at Php 17,990 for the only configuration (4GB/64GB) released in the Philippines. This price standpoint is very competitive; and Vivo V9 is trying to fill some big shoes after the success of the Vivo V7+ and the Vivo V7. The smartphone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 which houses octa-core CPU and Adreno 506 GPU. 

Likewise, the Vivo V9 boasts an Antutu Score of 90798.

Vivo V9 First Impressions, Hands On

Design, Display

We can’t talk about the design without mentioning the Vivo V9’s notch - the rectangular cutout aesthetics which is basically borrowed from Apple’s playbook. To be honest, I love the implementation of the notch. It makes the screen more immersive allowing more space for notifications on the upper part of the display. The notch includes the proximity sensor, the earpiece, the 24MP front camera, and the very useful LED light notification.


The handset starts at 19:9 aspect ratio, but it could only run apps in 18:9 and 16:9 depending on the optimization. The Vivo V9’s display measures 6.3-inch in diagonal. Unlike the Vivo V7+, its screen packs a full HD+ resolution with 1080 x 2280 pixels. I should say that the display looks stunning – whites are very clear and blacks are deeper despite the fact that it uses an LCD panel.

Vivo V9 First Look

The curved-back design is also a breath of fresh air. It helps the handset nestle easily on the hands. Likewise, the body is entirely plastic but I love the fact that Vivo has implemented a shiny finish which mimics the aesthetics of other flagship smartphones that are made of glass. The phone looks stunning but you’ll immediately put it in a case because the back panel is an instant fingerprint magnet.

Vivo V9 Unboxing, First Impressions Philippines
Right Side: Power button and Volume rocker

The Vivo V9 Unboxing, First Impressions Philippines
Left Side: SIM Tray (2 Nano SIM & MicroSD Card slots)

Facing the display, the power button and the volume rocker are located on the right while the dedicated SIM tray is on the left. The bottom side houses – in consecutive order – the headphone jack, the microphone, microUSB port and the speaker grill.

Vivo V9 Unboxing, Hands On Philippines
Bottom Side: Headphone jack, Microphone, MicroUSB port, Speaker grill


The rear camera is a combination of 16MP and 5MP sensors which are arranged vertically with the LED flash. The rear camera is now powered with AI algorithm which produces decent photos with good color accuracy, saturation, and contrast.

Vivo V9 Hands On Philippines

Meanwhile, the front camera is a 24MP affair which offers good-looking selfies. The new camera interface now has automatic AI mode and the same set of 1 to 6 levels of beauty presets.

Vivo V9 Sample Photos

Vivo V9 Initial Sample Photos

Vivo V9 Camera Shot Sample

Vivo V9 Camera Sample Photo

Vivo V9 Sample Selfie Photo
AI Auto Selfie Sample  Photo
Vivo V9 Sample Photos

Vivo V9 Rear Camera Sample Photos

Vivo V9 Initial Sample Photos Low-light

Vivo Sample Photos: Vivo V9 Consumer Launch Philippines
Vivo V9 Consumer Launch Philippines

Vivo V9 Unboxing

The Vivo V9 box is similar to the previously released retail boxes from the company. However, the V9 box comes with a matte texture which gives the whole package a more premium feel. You’ll still get the standard out-of-the-box items: headphones, AC wall adapter, micro USB cable, SIM ejector tool, manuals. It also includes a free soft case to give your handset protection on the fly.

The Vivo V9 Unboxing Philippines

Vivo V9 Unboxing

Initial Wrap

The Vivo V9 is a good-looking handset with its shiny glass-like finish. It’s also comfortable on the hands with the addition of a curved back panel. More importantly, I love the implementation of the improved 24MP front camera and the new dual-rear camera setup. Both camera modules supports AI algorithm which is a step forward compared to its predecessor. Likewise, the display is also a point to love about the handset - it's clear and has great viewing angles for content consumption.

The Php 17,990 price standpoint is very competitive but from the looks of it, the Vivo V9 is a tough competitor in this segment. Of course, we will know more about the handset in our Vivo V9 review. Stay tuned.

Vivo V9 Specs

Screen: 6.3-inch FullView FHD+ (1080 x 2280p, 400ppi)
Aspect Ratio: 19:9 with 90% screen-to-body ratio
Touch Screen: 2.5D glass
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
CPU: 2.2GHz 64-bit Octa-core Cortex-A53
GPU: Adreno 506
Storage: 64GB
MicroSD support: Yes, up to 256GB with dedicated slot

Funtouch OS 4.0 (Based on Android 8.1 Oreo)

Rear Camera: 16MP + 5MP (f/2.0), LED flash
Front Camera: 24MP (f/2.0)
Scene Modes: Ultra HD, PPT, Professional, Slow, Time-lapse Photography, Camera Filter, Live, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty, Panorama, 4K Video, Palm capture, Gender detection, Retina Flash, AR Stickers, AI Scene Recognition

Cellular & Networks
Dual Nano SIM, dual standby
4G LTE, 3G, 2G

WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB 2.0, OTG, FM Radio

Fingerprint Scanner (rear-mounted), Face Unlock

Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, E-compass, (Virtual) Gyroscope

Dimensions: 154.81 x 75.03 x 7.89 mm
3D Curved Back cover Design
Weight: 150 grams
Color: Pearl Back, Gold

Capacity: 3260mAh
Removable: No

17,990 Official Price in the Philippines
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