As I mentioned in my review, the iQoo 7 Legend is still a solid premium smartphone with a high-quality camera and excellent performance. Its sole flaw is its short battery life, even though charging is quick. Now, as part of its premium 9 series, iQoo has launched three new smartphones. The new icon 9 SE, the iQoo 9, and the iQoo 9 Pro are all available. The iQoo 9 SE succeeds the iQoo 7, while the iQoo 9 Legend surpasses the iQoo 7.
The iQoo 9 Pro is the series’ new flagship, with numerous improvements over the iQoo 7 Legend. Its battery capacity has increased, but more crucially, its cameras have improved dramatically in terms of hardware. Here are my initial thoughts after getting my hands on this smartphone.
iQoo 9 Storage
The most expensive model in the new 9 series is the iQoo 9 Pro. It comes in two flavors: 64,990 for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and 69,990 for 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. In comparison to the iQoo 7 Legend, which had only one color option.
iQoo 9 Design
IQoo has continued its cooperation with BMW Motorsport, which has given the iQoo 9 Pro and iQoo 9 a racing-inspired ‘Legend’ finish, similar to the style of the iQoo 7 Legend. There are some subtle changes, such as a polished strip running through the otherwise matte rear panel, which gives the overall texture of the back panel a distinct look. The camera module on the 9 Pro takes up over a third of the back panel yet only protrudes slightly. A high-quality TPU case with the same Legend finish and BMW Motorsport-inspired stripes are included in the box. At the top, there’s an infrared emitter, and at the bottom, there’s a USB Type-C port, but no 3.5mm headphone jack.
The iQoo 9 Pro comes with a 6.78-inch curved-edge AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,440×3,200 pixels (2K). It’s an LTPO panel with a 300Hz touch sampling rate and an adjustable refresh rate of up to 120Hz.
In India, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC makes its debut in the iQoo 9 Pro. It has a maximum CPU clock speed of 3.0GHz and is created using a 4nm production technology. iQoo says that it outperforms Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC, which was utilized in several popular premium smartphones last year. iQoo has also added what it refers to as an Independent Display Chip (IDC), which it claims has many gaming and imaging features. Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and the conventional satellite navigation systems are among the communication standards. Dual-5G standby is also available, and the phone supports fourteen 5G bands.
iQoo 9 camera
The cameras have seen the most improvement over the iQoo 7 Legend. Similar to the Vivo X70 Pro+, the iQoo 9 Pro offers a 50-megapixel primary camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and gimbal stabilization. A 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 150-degree field of view and autofocus is also included, as well as a 16-megapixel telephoto camera with 2.5X optical zoom and optical image stabilization. A 16-megapixel front camera is in charge of selfies.
The iQoo 9 Pro has a 4,700mAh battery, which is more than the 4,000mAh capacity of the iQoo 7 Legend. The phone’s wired charging speed has been increased to 120W, and it also supports 50W wireless charging using the company’s own station, which you’ll need to purchase separately. Funtouch OS 12 is the operating system on which the smartphone is based, and it is based on Android 12.
In terms of hardware, the iQoo 9 Pro appears to have checked all the boxes for a premium smartphone in early 2022. From the looks of it, this could be a decent gaming smartphone as well. In reality, iQoo has released the iQoo Gamepad, a new gaming attachment that adds tactile buttons for players. So, how well does it perform in the real world, and should you buy the iQoo 9 Pro now or wait to see what the competition has to offer? Keep an eye out for our in-depth review.