Vivo has announced its latest flagship phone, the V9, and without surprises, there is a notch. The V9 has a 6.3-inch LCD screen of 2280 x 1080 with an aspect ratio of 19: 9; Vivo says the notch helps achieve a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.
The V9 spec sheet is quite standard, for the most part: there is a Snapdragon 626 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 3260 mAh battery, 64 GB of storage, a microSD card slot and a headphone jack. The phone runs Funtouch OS 4.0 of Vivo on top of Android 8.1 Oreo.
The camera system has a 16-megapixel primary sensor and an f / 2 lens paired with a 5-megapixel sub unit to obtain depth information and blurry backgrounds. However, as is often the case, Vivo is giving priority to selfies, this time with a front camera of 24 megapixels f / 2.
If you think it might be a bit too detailed for a favoring selfie, Vivo believes that AI is the answer. A feature called AI Face Beauty uses machine learning to identify the age, gender, skin tone and texture of users in order to "truly represent their beauty," as the company says. There is also a self-lighting function that sounds very similar to what Apple presented on the iPhone X and 8, although Vivo is trying to carry it out with a single camera (although high resolution). Stay tuned to know how that works.
Vivo states that artificial intelligence increases the performance of the phone in general through what it calls the "Intelligent AI engine", handling things like storage management and application launch based on user behavior. It is said that "AI Face Access" improves the accuracy of the facial unlocking function, while "AI Attention Sensing" recognizes when you look at the screen and reduces the volume of notifications accordingly. These features would not have been labeled as AI in other phones a few years ago, but hey, 2018.
The V9 will be the new flagship of Vivo in India
The V9 will serve as Vivo's new flagship phone in India and other markets, but this week the company also announced a similar flagship, slightly higher for China, the X21. Share industrial design with the V9 but it has a Snapdragon 660 processor, 12 megapixel cameras on the front and back, and an OLED screen. There is also an option for a fingerprint scanner on the screen, this time provided by the Chinese company Goodix instead of Synaptics.
The V9 will be available imminently in black and gold variants; We will update with pricing information as soon as we have it.