UPDATE: Vivo V9 drops its price to S$369 (not S$409)
SINGAPORE, 16 JULY 2018 – Vivo has unveiled the V9, an all-new FullView™ Display smartphone, with a 90% screen-to-body ratio that packs AI-powered features in a sleek and stylish design. From photography to enhanced mobile performance, the V9 adapts to specific users’ needs to create the perfect shot while providing a fun and optimized mobile experience. The V9 is now available in Gold and Pearl Black at a recommended retail price of $369 (before contract) through StarHub and authorised dealers including Challenger, and Newstead Technologies.
“The V9 is the latest model in our V series after the V7+ and represents our understanding of consumer’s need for their mobile camera to automatically create the ‘perfect shot’ in any scenario. We are excited to introduce the V9’s AI power to young consumers in Singapore. The V9 meets their different needs for smartphone features, specifications, and prices,” Mr. Liu HongBin (刘宏斌), CEO, Singapore, Vivo said. “With AI playing a key role, we are confident that we can inspire and empower more consumers globally to express themselves by making the ‘perfect shot’ easier than ever to take, while the FullViewTM display provides consumers with the ‘perfect view’ to experience their photographic moments of self-expression.”
FullView™ Display for Unlimited Fun
The V9 is as compact in design as a traditional 5.5-inch phone but offers an incredible 6.3-inch display, while still feeling comfortable in your hand. The Vivo V9 adopts a 19:9 aspect ratio to increase screen size by 5.2% compared to the previous generation’s V7+, and the side bezels have been reduced by 19% to a mere 1.75mm. Taking phone design to the extraordinary, every arc and curve on the ergonomically optimized 3D curved cover is carefully polished to ensure absolute comfort in the palm of your hand.
Creating the Perfect Shot with AI Photography
New AI-powered camera functions continue Vivo’s ambitions to provide smart mobile photography with the V9’s crystal-clear 24MP front camera and 16MP+5MP dual rear camera. Based on in-depth research, powerful software and machine learning, Vivo uses AI to help consumers pursue a great photo that truly represents their beauty.
AI Face Beauty identifies users’ age, sex, skin tone and texture, as well as the surrounding lighting environment. A comprehensive database of almost one million facial images from around the world has been used to train the AI algorithm. This allows AI Face Beauty to adapt and apply the ideal algorithm for optimized photos. As usage increases, the AI will also learn your customized setting preferences, automatically creating the ideal photo every time and exactly the way you want.
The new AI Selfie Lighting feature also allows users to create artistic photo masterpieces anytime anywhere without an elaborate equipment setup. The V9’s AI algorithm transforms the facial profile in the original 2D photo into a 3D model to process the light accents authentically. Users can choose from a range of effects like Natural Light, Studio Light, Stereo Light and Monochrome Background. When coupled with AR Stickers that provides numerous effects to decorate your selfie, the V9 helps users to take selfies that reflect their unique style with just a few clicks.
The rear facing 16MP+5MP dual camera of the V9 creates amazing bokeh shots that rival those taken on a DSLR camera using its AI Bokeh algorithm, which has been optimized based on machine learning, so it can achieve high-level precision in identifying the key subject to ensure optimal focus in the photo.
AI-Optimized Mobile Experience
The V9’s AI also ensures the best mobile performance and endurance with Vivo’s AI Smart Engine. By learning your usage habits and preferences, the AI Smart Engine prioritizes processing and storage resources for an optimized experience. Not only does it ensure smooth operation and save power, as the AI picks up on your usage habits, Smart Engine can accurately predict your next move and have your favorite apps launch 20% faster.
With its updated AI Face Access technology, the V9 can detect the reflection of natural skin and the subtle movements of the face to further reduce the possibility of accidently unlocking when shown photos or videos. AI Face Access for App-Lock even helps secure your data and privacy for individual applications.
The V9’s AI Attention Sensing also recognizes when you’re looking at the phone to keep disruption to a minimum by automatically reducing the volume of message alerts, incoming calls and alarms, since you’re already looking at the screen.
Entertainment and Power
The updated Game Mode delivers the hyper-focused environment required for the most dedicated gamers with the ability to block all messages, calls and alerts while gaming. Alternatively, you can set it up to display phone calls from designated contacts only. The new picture-in-picture for games feature means you won’t even have to exit the game to reply to critical messages.
The V9 comes equipped with the latest Android 8.1 OS and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 64 ROM.
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Octa-core|
|Storage||64GB ROM (Supports microSD Card up to 256GB)|
|Colour||Gold, Pearl Black|
|Operating System||Funtouch OS 4.0 (Based on Android 8.1)|
|Type||IPS Capacitive Touch Screen/ incell|
|SIM and microSD Card slots|
|Card slots||2 Nano SIM and 1 microSD Card|
|Type||Dual SIM Dual Standby|
|Camera||Front 24MP (f2.0) / Rear 16MP +5MP (f2.0) with rear flash|
|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|
|USB (USB2.0), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (Bluetooth 4.2), GPS, OTG, FM|
|Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Proximity Sensor, E-compass, (Virtual) Gyroscope|
|Items in the box|
|V9, Earphones, Documentation, USB Cable, USB Power Adapter, SIM Ejector, Protective Case, Protective Film (applied)|