Vivo V9 vs iPhone X: Do You Really Need a Flagship Phone?

Reymart Jan Sarigumba

Vivo has announced its latest mobile phone, the Vivo V9, on March 22 in China, revealing its price, release dates, and specifications which were already confirmed on their official website. This Vivo smartphone is equipped with a 6.3-inch Full HD Display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chip, 4 GB RAM, and a 3,260 mAh battery. We’re putting this promising handset up against the iPhone X, which is the most searched smartphone in the Philippines in 2017. Without any further ado, let’s begin our comparison.

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Specifications Vivo V9 iPhone X
Display 6.3 (1080x2280) 5.8 (1125x2436)
Processor 2.2 GHz, Octa 2.39 GHz, Hexa
Operating System Android 8.1 (Oreo) iOS 11.1.1
RAM and Storage 4 GB | 64 GB 3 GB | 64 and 256 GB
Primary Camera 16 MP + 5 MP 12 MP + 12 MP
Front Camera 24 MP 7 MP
Battery 3,260 mAh 2,716 mAh
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Apple A11 Bionic

Design and Display

The Vivo V9 is strikingly similar to the iPhone X, as it sports the iconic notch which the latter popularized. The V9’s display is slightly larger at 6.3 inches while the iPhone X’s is at 5.8 inches. Nevertheless, the iPhone X is equipped with a Super Retina HD OLED display with a 2436x1125 pixel resolution, which is better than the V9’s Full HD (2280x1080p) resolution. The latter has a lower pixel density compared to the former’s 458 ppi.


In terms of primary cameras, the V9 has dual cameras for wide-angle and telephoto images much like the iPhone X. The Vivo phone comes with 16 MP and 5 MP resolutions, with an f/2.0 aperture which is wide enough for snapping low-light shots. Meanwhile, the iPhone X has dual 12 MP cameras with a f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures. As for their secondary cameras, the V9 boasts a higher megapixel count at 24 MP and a wider aperture at f/2.0 compared to the iPhone X’s 7-MP and f/2.2 aperture. But do keep in mind that the 7-MP front snapper on the iPhone X has some smart capabilities that negate its low megapixel count, improving the quality of selfies.

Vivo Y15 ₱ 2,232.00
Vivo Y66 ₱ 3,088.00
Vivo Y91 ₱ 4,900.00
Vivo Y51 ₱ 1,850.00
Vivo V15 Pro ₱ 18,999.00
Vivo S1 ₱ 2,250.00
Vivo V9 ₱ 10,990.00
Vivo Y51 White ₱ 1,850.00
Vivo Y55 ₱ 2,499.00
Vivo Y71 ₱ 3,300.00
Vivo Y91C ₱ 3,900.00
Vivo Y19 ₱ 9,999.00
Vivo V7 Plus ₱ 3,500.00
Vivo Y12 ₱ 5,000.00
Vivo V20 SE ₱ 13,990.00


For their entry-level variants, both handsets come with a 64-GB internal storage, with the V9 wielding a higher RAM at 4 GB compared to the iPhone X’s 3 GB. Performance-wise, the iPhone X has the upper hand over the V9, as it is equipped with a more advanced chip, namely the A11 Bionic, and 6 cores clocked at 2.39 GHz. Meanwhile, the Vivo smartphone only has the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chip and 8 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz. Therefore, in this department, the iPhone X would be an easy winner. Nevertheless, should the V9 perform well without lags, reboots, or crashes, then it's going to be a reliable handset given its mid-range price point.


When it comes to the battery, the V9 houses a larger battery capacity at 3,260 mAh than the iPhone X’s 2,716 mAh. Given the large screen on the iPhone X with a lot of pixels to power, it would make more sense if it has been equipped with a much larger battery. Despite that, the iPhone X’s mediocre battery capacity doesn’t drain as quickly as some might expect, as it can go up to 18 hours per day with heavy use on a single charge. This is because the iPhone X comes with an OLED Display Technology that has been proven to be effective at consuming less power. Meanwhile, the V9’s battery can last up to 11 hours when you put it on a video loop, meaning it delivers an above average performance.

Apple iPhone X ₱ 19,000.00
Apple iPhone 7 Plus ₱ 18,560.00
Apple iPhone 7 ₱ 26,518.00
Apple iPhone 8 Plus ₱ 9,000.00
Apple iPhone 8 ₱ 18,600.00
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max ₱ 56,000.00
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 128GB Black ₱ 26,500.00
Apple iPhone Xs Max ₱ 46,500.00
Apple iPhone XR ₱ 11,000.00
Apple iPhone 11 Pro ₱ 38,000.00
Apple iPhone 6s ₱ 6,350.00
Apple iPhone 6 ₱ 5,700.00
Apple iPhone 6s Plus ₱ 8,200.00
Apple iPhone 11 ₱ 28,550.00
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max ₱ 63,000.00

So, Do You Need a Flagship Phone?

Apple’s latest flagship, the iPhone X, is absolutely a remarkable phone in its own right. The excellent display, premium design, and powerful camera make it a must-have device, provided you have the money to shell out.

But do you really need a flagship like the iPhone X? If you need a phone that looks like Apple’s latest flagship and don’t care about having the best display, performance, or camera, the Vivo V9 will do just fine.

How much are you willing shell out for your mobile phone? The iPhone X price starts around PHP 45,000 for the 3GB/64GB model while the Vivo V9 is priced at PHP 17,990. Vivo’s latest mid-range phone will be available nationwide on April 13. So, which of these two do you prefer? Drop a comment and let us know!

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