As stated in my review, the iQoo 7 Legend is still a good premium smartphone that offers a high quality camera and great performance. Its only downside is the battery life is below average, although charging is pretty fast. Now iQoo has just announced three new smartphones as part of its premium 9 series. There is the new iQoo 9 SE, iQoo 9 and iQoo 9 Pro. 9 SE is the successor to iQoo 7, and iQoo 9 replaces iQoo 7 Legend.
iQoo 9 Pro is the new flagship in the series and it has several upgrades over iQoo 7 Legend. Battery capacity has increased, but more importantly, its cameras have taken a big step forward in terms of hardware. I got this smartphone in my hands and here are my first impressions.
iQoo 9 Pro is the most expensive offering in the new 9 series. It is available in two variants, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, priced at Rs. 64,990 as well as 12GB RAM and 256GB storage for Rs. 69,990. Compared to the iQoo 7 Legend, which was only available in one finish, the iQoo 9 Pro is available in Legend finish (white, blue, and red) and a new Dark Cruise variant with black carbon fiber texture.
IQoo continued its collaboration with BMW Motorsport, which gave the iQoo 9 Pro and iQoo 9 a racing-inspired Legend finish similar to that of the iQoo 7 Legend. There are some minor changes, such as the overall texture of the back panel looking a bit different thanks to a polished strip running across the matte back panel. The camera module on the 9 Pro literally takes up a third of the back panel, but only slightly protrudes. The package includes a high-quality TPU case with the same Legend finish and BMW Motorsport-inspired stripes. There is an infrared emitter at the top and a USB Type-C port at the bottom, but no 3.5mm headphone jack.
iQoo 9 Pro features a 6.78-inch curved-edge AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440×3200 pixels (2K). This is an LTPO panel with an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 300Hz.
iQoo 9 Pro debuts Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC in India. It is manufactured using a 4nm process and has a maximum processor clock speed of 3.0GHz. iQoo claims that it offers several performance improvements over the Snapdragon 888 SoC that was used in many popular premium smartphones last year. iQoo also includes a so-called Independent Display Chip (IDC) that is said to offer several benefits when it comes to games and images. Communication standards include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and familiar satellite navigation systems. There is also 5G dual standby and the phone supports fourteen 5G bands.
Compared to iQoo 7 Legend, the cameras received the biggest update. IQoo 9 Pro has a 50-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and gimbal stabilization similar to Vivo X70 Pro+ (review). There’s also a 50MP 150-degree ultra-wide-angle camera with autofocus, and a 16MP telephoto lens with 2.5x optical zoom and OIS. A 16-megapixel front camera is responsible for selfies.
The iQoo 9 Pro has a 4700 mAh battery, which is an upgrade from the 4000 mAh capacity of the iQoo 7 Legend. Wired charging speed has been bumped up to 120W, and this phone also supports 50W wireless charging with the company’s own docking station, which you’ll have to buy separately. The smartphone runs Funtouch OS 12 based on Android 12.
iQoo 9 Pro seems to have met all the requirements when it comes to premium smartphone hardware in early 2022. From the looks of it, this is also a potentially capable gaming smartphone. In fact, iQoo has even released a new gaming accessory called the iQoo Gamepad that adds physical buttons for gamers to enjoy. So, how well does it perform in the real world, and is the iQoo 9 Pro worth buying now or should we wait to see what the competition comes up with? Stay tuned for our detailed review coming soon to Gadgets360.com.