The Vivo X9 NBA Edition was launched in China earlier this month, as evidenced by the official listing of the device posted on Vivo's website. The Dongguan, Guangdong-based consumer electronics manufacturer said that the latest variant of the smartphone will only be produced in limited quantities and is set to be released in the Far Eastern country on May 10, priced at 2,998 Chinese yuan, which translates to approximately $435. While the blue model of the handset with NBA branding is 200 yuan ($29) more expensive than the three other versions of the Vivo X9 that were already introduced in recent months, the latest revision of the handset also ships with a number of extra accessories. Apart from the smartphone itself, all customers who purchase the Vivo X9 NBA Edition will receive a power bank, water bottle, and a key-ring, all of which will feature official branding of the National Basketball Association.
Apart from the blue back panel and the NBA logo that's placed on its bottom, the new variant of the Vivo X9 also features completely black bezels that are different to those featured on the black model of the handset that was launched in February and are nothing alike those sported by the gold and rose gold versions of the smartphone that hit the market in November. Apart from a different design, the Vivo X9 NBA Edition also ships with the company's proprietary user interface that boasts an NBA theme with special app icons and wallpapers, the listing of the device reveals. The special edition of the Vivo X9 likely won't be officially sold outside of China, though tenacious consumers in the West may be able to acquire it through online resellers. Finally, there's currently no indication that the Chinese phone maker is planning to remake the larger Vivo X9 Plus in the same manner.
The device itself features a 5.5-inch display panel with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 system-on-chip (SoC) and 4GB of RAM, all while boasting 64GB of storage space. Even though the original handset was also available with 128GB of storage, the NBA-themed revision is seemingly limited to the base model. Just like previous variants of Vivo's smartphone, the X9 NBA Edition sports a 16-megapixel rear camera and a dual camera setup on the front that utilizes a 20-megapixel main sensor and another 8-megapixel one. All of that hardware is powered by a 3,050mAh battery, while the device still ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.