Vivo on Thursday announced a Sapphire Blue colour variant of Vivo V9 in India. Launched in March this year, the V9 smartphone will now be available in Champagne Gold, Pearl Black, and Sapphire Blue colour models. The smartphone costs Rs 22,990.Talking about the availability, the Sapphire Blue Vivo V9 will be available from May 18, 2018, across all offline stores and May 21, 2018, On Amazon India and Vivo E-store.Speaking on the availability of the Vivo V9 Sapphire Blue, Kenny Zeng, chief marketing officer, Vivo India, said, The new Vivo V9 Sapphire Blue is a perfect combination of premium design and impeccable performance. The new variant presents our consumers with a smartphone that not only matches-up to their daily usage demands, but also their style quotient.Vivo V9 was launched in March and went on sale in April in India. It is the first smartphone from Vivo tom come with a notch. The smartphone features a new design language and competes with the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro, Huawei P20 Lite, and recent Oppo phones.Talking about the specs of the phone, Vivo V9 sports a 6.3-inch (1080×2280) LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The phone comes with an edge-to-edge display and offers a screen-to-body ratio of almost a 90 per cent.Vivo V9 comes with a dual rear camera set up with 16MP primary and 5MP secondary sensors. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS 4.0 meaning that it will also support Google’s Project Treble out-of-the-box. Vivo V9 comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable internal storage.advertisementThe key highlight of the phone is its 24MP front camera that comes with AI capabilities. V9’s camera is also capable of recording 4k video and includes features like Portrait model, Bokeh shots, Live photos, Beauty mode, Mirrored selfie and more. Vivo V9 is backed by a 3,260mAh battery.The Vivo V9 5 comes with AI Face Access for improved accuracy of the face unlock feature. However, the phone’s face unlocks feature is not as secure as the fingerprint sensor present on the rear panel of the phone. Vivo V9 comes with a smart feature called AI Smart Engine that boosts the phone’s performance over time through smart storage management and app launching based on user behaviour.