Vivo S9 Review: A New Generation, Ultra Thin And Light Selfie Flagship

    Successors to Vivo’s well-received S7 lineup dubbed the Vivo S9 and the Vivo S9e were launched with 5G connectivity in China on Mar. 3. The S9 is the first phone to have MediaTek’s 6nm Dimensity 1100 chipset, while the latter packs the Dimensity 820 under the hood.

    Living up to expectations, the S series has maintained the Chinese phone maker’s original basic disk users. The previous generation S7 series is the best proof of the offline explosion.

    The ad slogan, “Light up your beauty” has been linked to the S series. Vivo introduced the Samsung GH1 image sensor with the S7 and equipped it with a front wide-angle lens, a 44MP high-pixel main camera, an 8MP wide-angle combination, and also supports AF autofocus, which is the strongest front camera combination yet.

    Two fill lights

    The Vivo S7’s selfie capability is still powerful, and the S9 retains this set of 44MP main camera, which has the same number of pixels as the previous generation. The new pixel isolation technology helps increase the amount of light by 12 percent with a more accurate color reproduction of the selfie.

    Sufficient light conditions are important when it comes to capturing good pictures with good quality. Newfangled phones use outsole sensors and night scene algorithms to compensate for insufficient light, but these functions are usually concentrated in the rear camera. For selfie lovers, this doesn’t make sense. The introduction of the Vivo S9 solved this problem.

    Aside from featuring a powerful selfie camera module, the Vivo S9 features two fill lights in the gap at the top of the screen. This feature originally appeared on the Vivo X7 series, and the slogan “Light up your beauty” also comes from this. The fill light seems to disappear after the full screen became mainstream.

    The Vivo S9 introduced the Ultra Night Micro without increasing the width of the frame. Sew fill light is indeed praiseworthy. While testing the S9’s night-time selfie ability, the aspect of “illuminating your beauty” is clearly evident. The original camera has 3 supplementary lighting solutions including “Auto” (the soft light ring and soft light of the screen are turned on in a dark environment), “Soft light” (the soft light ring is turned on separately), and “Soft light” (the soft light is turned on separately). The following is a self-portrait sample of my night scene (beautiful).

    Even in dull outdoor light conditions, in the absence of supplementary light measures, the night scene algorithm can brighten the skin. The resolution with the 44MP is really strong. When you turn off all room lights and use the soft light and the soft light ring to fill the light at the same time in the low light environment, you can get a very good effect.

    In other words, the S9 offers a satisfactory night shooting effect. Self-portrait portraits are three-dimensional and the skin condition optimization is good as well. There is a feeling of hyperbolic retouching in PS. With a slew of algorithms including basic noise reduction, Super HDR, AI extreme night mode, night scene beauty, and more, the presentation of the portrait is in place.

    Aside from that, there are multiple filters, styles, and beauty modes. The practical pixel wide-angle lens can cover more backgrounds or accommodate more people while taking selfies. The rear-mounted camera has been upgraded.

    While it is still a three-camera module featuring an 8MP wide-angle, a 2MPblack, and white lenses, the main camera has a larger aperture than the previous generation, and it supports OIS optical protection. You can check out the following samples, which were captured in cloudy weather with limited performance.

    Ultra-thin body

    Since it is a product designed for young people, the Vivo S9 pays special attention to appearance and body control. The S9 follows in the footsteps of the previous generation, and the familiar two-color cloud level reappears in the back shot.

    The mid-frame has been changed to this year’s popular right-angled edge design, and it is made using mirrored aviation aluminum, which offers higher strength and corrosion resistance, as well as good heat dissipation. The edge of the middle frame features diamond-cut high-gloss chamfers.

    As far as body control is concerned, the Vivo S series takes the title of Vivo’s thinnest and lightest 5G mobile almost every time, and the recently unveiled S9 is no exception. The color version is just 7.35mm thick, and the thickness of the Impression Pickup and the Chaolubai color combination is 7.43mm and weighs 173 grams with a 73.9mm grip width.

    Dimensity 1100

    The S9 is first launched with the Dimensity 1100 processor. Despite being a mid-range SoC, it boasts high-end specs. The Dimensity 1100 is manufactured with a 6nm process and has four A78 cores. Moreover, the support for peripheral functions is more complete.

    It also supplements the previously missing WiFi 6, and the flash memory specs also support UFS 3.1. In the Antutu running test, the score exceeded 60W, which is close to Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 870 platform.

    The Vivo S9 features a 6.44-inch AMOLED screen, and the screen resolution is the same as the previous generation, but it has a high refresh rate of 90Hz and touches sampling rate of 180Hz. The transition animation of the OriginOS is very good. The screen has passed through the TÜV Rheinland low blue light certification, which minimizes the damage of the blue light on the eyes.

    The bangs design is still consistent with the previous generation, leaving internal space for the powerful front camera module. The S9 has an extremely thin and light body, but there is no shrinkage in terms of battery and charging. The phone is backed by a 4000mAh high-energy-density battery, which supports Vivo 13W FlashCharge flash charging.

    The Dimensity 1100 uses a new technology, which has a good performance in power consumption control. The charging speed was measured from 0 to 100 in less than 1 hour, which is faster than the previous generation.

    The S9 is the first S series phone to run OriginOS, which is unique in system desktop and design style. It’s Huarong Grid and Atomic Components are highly playable and supports super card packs and camera card packs. The phone also supports full-featured NFC, with the corresponding app in the system, you can use the Vivo wallet, swipe the bus, and swipe the door.


    The V9 has a powerful self-portrait capability, an ultra-thin body design, and a lively color style.

    The long-lost fill light has returned on the S9 for superior night scene selfies. The phone packs the Dimensity 1100, which offers an improved experience. The 8GB+128GB will set you back at 2,999 yuan, while the 12GB+256GB model retails for 3,299 yuan.


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