Vivo released their Vivo V9 all-new FullView Display smartphone, which I should note, is essentially a midrange “clone” of the iPhone X. Now this in of itself is not a bad thing, especially when the Vivo V9 looks to be a good mid-range smartphone that has a 6.3-inch display, which is bigger than the iPhone X.

Speaking of displays, I’m still annoyed by all these weird aspect ratios popping up lately. Sadly, we will just have to get use to it, until a standard is finally chosen. The Vivo V9 uses a 19:9 aspect ratio, which looks great on their vibrant 1080p display.

As for the notch, it’s not as bad as people claim it to be. With a bit more wiggle room and an iPhone inspired UI/OS called Funtouch Os 4.0 (based on Android 8.1), it does free up space that would otherwise be taken by your notification bar. I also want to give props to Vivo for releasing their phone with the latest version of Android.

As for the cameras, the front notch sports a 24MP camera and the rear has a dual 16MP + 5MP camera. Which when powered by a Snapdragon 626 Octa-core (up to 2.2 GHz) and 4GB RAM should be able to handle 4k recording without too much hassle. As well as your almost now standard lighting and bokeh effects on smartphones these days. This can all be stored on the 64GB of storage space and up to 256GB upgradeability with a micro SD card.

With a 3260 mAh battery, this should also last you throughout the day for a normal user. Power users will still probably run into the same problem of having to charge midway throughout the day.

Priced at RM1399, this is should be a great mid range phone at the moment, especially for the selfie enthusiasts. Available in black and gold, the Vivo V9 will available at Vivo retail outlets and authorised resellers nationwide on the 31st March, 2018. For more information, you can check out their site here.

P.S. there’s also talks of a potentially a limited edition blue version of the Vivo V9.

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