iQOO 9 series launched in India
The India-spec iQOO 9 is not the same as the one that was introduced in China. This one features a different chipset, display, camera, and battery. Apart from the name, the Indian iQOO 9 is totally distinct from the Chinese version.
The Snapdragon 888 Plus, an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 888 from last year, powers this phone. It is available in two memory capacities: 8/128 GB and 12/256 GB. It’s worth noting that the Extended RAM 2.0 capability here can utilise the UFS 3.1 storage to provide more virtual RAM.
The processor is cooled via the firm’s Full Coverage Vapor Chamber Liquid Cooling System, which the company says reduces the phone’s surface temperature by 4°C and the chipset’s temperature by up to 12°C during intensive gaming.
Instead of moving to OriginOS, the phone continues to run Funtouch OS 12. It will receive two years of OS upgrades and an additional year of security fixes (the same goes for the SE below).
The AMOLED display has been shrunk to 6.56 inches from 6.78 inches in the Chinese variant. It retains 1080p resolution and is also HDR10+ certified. The iQOO 9 features the same Dual Monster Touch controls as the iQOO 7 Legend – the display is divided into two zones, each of which can detect the amount of pressure applied with your thumb.
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The display features a 120Hz refresh rate and a 300Hz touch sampling rate. This chip may reduce the game’s frame rate to allow the chipset to cool down. This is accomplished by injecting intermediate frames to mimic 90 frames per second while the GPU only displays at 60 frames per second.
There is a 4,350mAh battery here with an ultra-fast 120W rapid charging capability, allowing for a complete charge from 0% to 100% in just 18 minutes. However, wireless charging isn’t here.
The primary camera on the iQOO 9 is a 48MP Sony IMX598, a 1/2.0″ sensor with optical stabilisation through a gimbal-like system. A 13MP ultrawide camera (120°) and a 13MP portrait camera with 2x optical magnification are also included (50mm). A 16MP selfie camera is located on the front.
The iQOO 9 is already available for pre-order; sales will begin on March 2. The entry-level 8/128 GB model costs Rs 43,000, while the 12/256 GB model costs Rs 47,000. It is available on Amazon India.
iQOO 9 Pro
The 9 Pro comes with a 6.78-inch 2K E5 AMOLED display protected by a 3D curved glass. The display utilises low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) 2.0 technology, enabling an adjustable refresh rate of 120Hz. Additionally, there has a 300Hz touch sampling rate.
The 9 Pro is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC and up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
For images and movies, the iQOO 9 Pro features a triple back camera array with a 50MPl Samsung ISOCELL GN5 main sensor combined with ‘Gimbal’ optical image stabilisation technology (OIS). Additionally, an ultra-wide 50MP secondary sensor, and a 16MP portrait sensor with 2.5x optical zoom are included in the camera configuration.
Its camera configuration is complemented by five-axis video image stabilisation (VIS) technology. The Pro features a 16MP front-facing camera with an f/2.45 lens for selfies and video chats.
Additionally, the phone features a 3D ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. It is powered by a 4,700mAh battery and supports quick charging through 120W FlashCharge and 50W Wireless FlashCharge.
In India, the iQOO 9 Pro is priced at Rs 64,990 for the basic 8/256GB storage configuration. The phone is also available in a 12/256GB configuration for Rs 69,990.
iQOO 9 SE
This phone is powered by the Snapdragon 888 processor (non-plus) and has the same memory choices of 8/128 GB and 12/256 GB as the 9.
Additionally, it features a bigger display than the vanilla model, measuring 6.62″ with a 1080p quality AMOLED panel. It, too, is powered by the Intelligent Display Chip and features a refresh rate of 120Hz with a touch sampling rate of 300Hz. The standard 9 and 9 SE both include optical in-display fingerprint scanners.
Additionally, the camera arrangement is relatively modest. It employs the same 48MP Sony IMX598 sensor, but with a less competent optical image stabilisation mechanism. The 13MP ultrawide camera with 120° field of view is included, however, the zoom camera is not. By the way, these ultrawide modules are capable of shooting macro at a distance of just 2.5 cm (1 in).
When it comes to battery capacity, you get a 4,500mAh cell here with a slower but still pretty powerful 66W FlashCharge.
The iQOO 9 SE will be available for pre-order on March 2. The 8/128 GB variant will retail for Rs 34,000, while the 12/256GB model will retail for Rs 38,000.