Download iQOO 9, iQOO 9 Pro with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Launched for free
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset was unveiled just a month ago and we already have smartphone makers lining up to flood the market with their flagship offerings. According to the Xiaomi 12 Series, Moto X30, and the coming OnePlus 10 Pro, iQOO today launched its flagship iQOO 9 series in China. It includes the iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro, both of which are powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, a 50MP primary camera, 120W fast charging, and more.
iQOO 9 Pro: specifications
Starting with the design, the company doesn’t seem to have changed much on this front compared to its predecessor. You still have a glass back from AG, but iQOO 9 Pro now includes a huge rectangular camera module that spans the entire width of the device. Below you can see the iQOO 9 Pro BMW M Motorsport Edition.
The iQOO 9 Pro features a 6.78-inch curved Quad-HD+ E5 AMOLED display with support for 120Hz refresh rate and LTPO technology. The panel also supports 1000Hz touch frequency, 1500nits peak brightness, and 3200×1440p resolution. The front panel also has a 16MP punch-hole selfie camera and an under-display fingerprint sensor.
Turning our attention to the back, the triple camera setup on the iQOO 9 Pro includes a 50MP Primary Samsung ISOCELL GN5 Sensor with gimbal stabilization, a 50MP ultra-wide angle lens with a 150-degree FOV (similar to the recently launched Realme GT 2 Pro) and a 16 MP telephoto camera. You also get the dual LED flash baked into this camera module. The ultra-wide camera here also supports FishEye mode, among other cool camera features.
Under the hood, we already know that iQOO 9 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. You also have up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. For thermal management, the company has incorporated a 3923 square meter vapor cooling system into this unit. It runs on Android 12 based OriginOS Ocean, which was recently unveiled by Vivo. You also get all the essential connectivity options, such as Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, NFC and more.
Last but not least, the device also includes a 4,700mAh battery unity with 120W wired fast charging support. You also get support for 50W wireless charging on the iQOO 9 Pro, which is great from a convenience standpoint.
iQOO 9: Specifications
The company also launched the vanilla iQOO 9 flagship alongside the Pro variant and it brings with it some minor downgrades here and there. It has the same design as the Pro variant, but you get a flat screen on the front instead of a curved one. There’s a 6.78-inch Full-HD+ Flat E5 AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, 2400×1080p resolution, and more.
Another area where the standard iQOO 9 differs from its older sibling is the rear camera setup. While both variants feature the same 50MP ISOCELL GN5 primary sensor, the vanilla model includes a 13MP ultra-wide lens and a 12MP tertiary sensor. The 16MP selfie snapper is the same as the Pro variant on board.
The iQOO 9 is also equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, up to 12 GB of RAM, up to 512 GB of storage and the same 4,700 mAh battery with support for 120 W fast charging. On the vanilla variant, you don’t have wireless charging. So yes, both variants here are equally powerful and offer the same everyday user experience.
Price and availability
Starting at CNY 3,999 (about Rs 46,800), the iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro will be available to purchase in three RAM+storage configurations. We’ve listed the pricing details for all variants here:
- iQOO 9
- 8GB + 256GB – CNY 3,999 (~Rs 46,800)
- 12GB + 256GB – CNY 4,399 (~Rs 51,500)
- 12GB + 512GB – CNY 4,799 (~Rs 55,950)
- iQOO 9 Pro
- 8GB + 256GB – CNY 4,999 (~Rs 58,300)
- 12GB + 256GB – CNY 5,499 (~Rs 64,350)
- 12GB + 512GB – CNY 5,999 (~Rs 69,950)
The iQOO 9 series is currently available for pre-order in China and will go on sale from January 12. There’s currently no word on when the company plans to launch its flagship series on the global market, so stay tuned for more details.