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iQOO 9T in India with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 120W FlashCharge; Initial Impressions

iQOO 9T is the latest flagship smartphone from the Chinese brand; it comes as the well-polished Android flagship with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and 120W FlashCharge fast charging.

iQOO 9T 5G Mobile Phone

After the highly successful iQOO 9 series in India, the Chinese tech brand unveiled the iQOO 9T flagship mobile phone in the country. The newly launched flagship smartphone joins the iQOO 9 series featuring the vanilla iQOO 9 and the iQOO 9 Pro smartphones. The latest iQOO 9 series handset is powered by the new flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. It also powers premium smartphones like Asus ROG Phone 6, OnePlus 10T 5G, and others. It features a hole-punch display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

After highly successful iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro, the Chinese smartphone makers launched the new iQOO 9T 5G Mobile phone
After highly successful iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro, the Chinese smartphone makers launched the new iQOO 9T 5G Mobile phone

The flagship iQOO 9T 5G mobile features a Vivo V1+ imaging chip that offers excellent camera output. It also packs in up to 256GB of onboard storage. A 50MP ISOCELL GN5 primary sensor headlines the triple camera setup on the back. Later, we will check out the iOO 9T 5G smartphone. But first, let’s check out the iQOO 9T 5G price and availability in India.

iQOO 9T 5G new phone price in India

The all-new iQOO 9T 5G in India starts at Rs 49999 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. The smartphone also gets 12GB RAM and 256GB onboard storage, with a price tag of Rs 59999. iQOO India currently offers this 9T mobile phone in two color options Alpha and Legend. Regarding its availability, the iQOO 9T 5G phone is currently available via Amazon India and the iQOO India’s official website.

The all-new iQOO 9T 5G price in India starts at Rs 49999, joins iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro
The all-new iQOO 9T 5G price in India starts at Rs 49999 for the base 8GB + 128GB variant
  • Launch Offers

Moreover, the customers purchasing the iQOO phone using the ICICI Bank card can avail Rs 4000 instant discount. In addition, customers purchasing their phone unit from the iQOO India website will also get additional discounts on exchange offers. The Chinese smartphone makers also offer up to 12 months of no-cost EMI options. Furthermore, the customers will also get a free iQOO GamePad worth Rs 3999. Also Read – Upcoming OnePlus phones release date in India




For Amazon India customers, iQOO India offers smartphones with up to Rs 7000 off on exchanging iQOO devices. The customers can also get up to Rs 5000 off on exchanging non-iQOO devices. Furthermore, they will be eligible to get no-cost EMI for up to 12 months on purchasing the latest iQOO 9T 5G phone. Also Read – iQOO 9 Pro launch date in India

The latest iQOO 9 Series 5G, iQOO 9T mobile phone is available with variant launch offers including discount on select bank cards and EMI options, joins iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro
The latest iQOO 9 Series 5G smartphone is available with variant launch offers including discount on select bank cards and EMI options, joins iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro

iQOO 9T 5G Phone: Specifications

The all-new iQOO 9T 5G is a dual-SIM (Nan) smartphone booting on the latest Android 12 OS with Funtouch OS 12. It sports a 6.78-inch Full-HD+ E5 AMOLED display and a 120Hz refresh rate. This display gets a screen resolution of 1080*2400 pixels. During the launch event, iQOO India claims this display can reach a peak brightness of 1500 nits. Also Read – OnePlus 9T Pro release date details and other leaks




Furthermore, this display also gets 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut. For a smoother gaming experience, the display offers motion estimation motion compensation (MEMC) and HDR10+ support. Also Read – OnePlus upcoming mobile with 108MP camera in India

A special iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone retail box for media personals, joins iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro in India
A special iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone retail box for media personals
  • Hardware

Under the hood, the iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. This chipset is coupled with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Furthermore, the phone carries up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 inbuilt storage. The latest iQOO 9T 5G also includes Vivo’s V1+ imaging chipset. Also Read – Vivo iQOO 9 Series featuring iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro specs, how to buy online?




With the Vivo V1+ chip, iQOO claims this chip boosts frame rate and optimizes colors for a more immersive gaming experience. It also lowers noise in real-time while photography at night. The company also offers a liquid cooling vapor chamber with a total heat dissipation area of 3930mm square for heat management. This will offer improved thermal management while intensive gaming sessions. Also Read – Vivo iQ00 Neo Phone expected specifications and launch details in India

Vivo's V1+ chip on the latest iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone offers approximately 300% hike in energy efficiency and 72% low power consumption, joins iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro in India
Vivo’s V1+ chip on the latest iQOO 9T offers approximately 300% hike in energy efficiency and 72% low power consumption
  • Camera

The newly launched iQOO 9T 5G for optics features a triple rear camera setup. A 50MP primary ISOCELL GN5 sensor gets optical image stabilization (OIS) support. The secondary camera is a 13MP ultra-wide sensor and a 12MP portrait sensor. The 12MP portrait lens also works as the telephoto lens in some situations. This iQOO 5G phone gets a 16MP front shooter for selfies and video calls. Also Read – iQOO 9 series featuring iQOO 9 SE specifications and price in India



  • Connectivity

Regarding connectivity options, the iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone includes 5G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.2, OTG, NFC, GPS, FM radio, and USB Type-C. Furthermore, it also gets an all-important 3.5mm headphone jack. Similarly, for onboard sensors, the device gets an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, e-compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. For device security, the iQOO 9T 5G phone comes with a 3D ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, similar to iQOO 9 Pro.

Alongwith all important connectivity options like 5G, dual band Wi-Fi, the iQOO 9T 5G phone packs in 4700mAh battery, joins iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro mobile phone
Along with all important connectivity options like 5G and dual band Wi-Fi, the iQOO 9T 5G phone packs in 4700mAh battery
  • Battery

The latest iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone features a 4700mAh battery and 120W FlashCharge support. iQOO claims that this 120W fast charger can fill the battery from 0 to 50 percent in just eight minutes. The fast charger can charge the smartphone from 0 to 100 percent in just 20 minutes. Now, let’s take a deep look into the newly launched iQOO 9T 5G smartphone. Also Read – iQOO 9 Pro India specifications and price details and India launch



iQOO 9T 5G Phone Review

Indian smartphone users always want to spend less but want more power out of their smartphones. These days smartphone market offers multiple value-for-money flagship devices. Recently iQOO also entered the same space with the launch of its value-for-money flagship iQOO 9T 5G. The latest iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone will take on the likes of the OnePlus 10T, OnePlus 10R, and others.

iQOO 9T 5G BMW Motorsport Edition retail box and in-box contents including mobile unit, 120W Flash Charge instant fast charger joins iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro mobile phone
iQOO 9T 5G BMW Motorsport Edition retail box and in-box contents including mobile unit, 120W Flash Charge instant fast charger and more

The mid-range flagship smartphone follows the same “iQOO formula” of offering premium specifications. But, the presence of the same old FunTouchOS experience creates a void. Overall, this iQOO 9T is an excellent smartphone for its price. Also Read – iQOO 9 Pro BMW edition starting price in India



iQOO 9T 5G Mobile Phone: Design

The newly launched iQOO 9T 5G mobile comes with an eye-catchy design, a design that will attract millennials. The presence of the glass back and dual-tone rear panel design makes the iQOO 9T stands out in the crowd. The combination of black and white color on the Legend variant is quite appealing. The motorsport reference on the iQOO phone always creates hype; the same is true with iQOO 9T 5G. Like any other iQOO Phone, the iQOO 9T Legend variant also gets the BMW Motorsport stripes.

The dual-tone back panel design with glass finishing on the latest iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone, joins iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro in India
Dual-tone rear panel design with glass back finishing on the latest iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone

The rear panel is divided into two halves. The bottom half is frosted matte glass. White, the upper half does attract fingerprints. The camera module is in the top-left corner with a large rectangular design. Furthermore, the top half also features a Karbon fiber striped look. The camera module also gets subtle chrome treatment. This Chrome filling looks quite impressive. There is also a Vivo V1+ branding adjacent to the camera module.



  • Physical Design

The all-new iQOO 9T 5G gets an aluminum frame with a blue-colored textured power button and volume rockers. These power buttons and volume rockers are placed on the left edge, with volume rockers placed above the power button. The device offers a premium in-hand feel, similar to what we expect from a premium smartphone. Also Read – OnePlus 9T mobile launch details, OnePlus Next Phone 2022

The latest flagship grade iQOO 9T 5G offers premium in-hand feel, joins the iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro mobile phone
The latest flagship grade iQOO 9T 5G offers premium in-hand feel

The curved back panel offers excellent grip. The one-hand usage could be problematic for users with small hands. Besides, iQOO is also providing a case inside the retail box. The earpiece is placed on the top of the display and acts as a secondary speaker. At the bottom edge are another primary speaker grille and a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.




Furthermore, a mic and a SIM tray slot accommodate dual Nano SIM. Meanwhile, iQOO has also introduced an IP52 rating for water and dust resistance. Now, let’s discuss the haptics and the audio experience. Overall, the haptics on the iQOO 9T is top-notch. These are very strong and offer an intimate feel while typing or receiving notifications or calls.

The Red Blue stripes pattern on the rear panel of the iQOO 9T 5G phone, joins iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro mobile
The Red Blue stripes pattern on the rear panel of the iQOO 9T 5G phone looks perfect
  • Audio Experience on iQOO Mobile Phone

As for the sound experience, iQOO 9T 5G offers much better sound quality if compared to any other iQOO smartphone. While listening to music on the iQOO 9T 5G, we noticed a slight bass and depth with clear vocals. We can listen to every single beat at loud volumes without any distortion. Overall, the music experience was excellent.



iQOO 9T 5G Phone: Display

The newly launched iQOO 9T 5G sports a 6.78-inch E5 OLED display panel with a Full-HD+ resolution. This display offers a screen resolution of 1080*2400 pixels. Additionally, it comes with a 120Hz screen refresh rate. Furthermore, this display can reach a peak brightness of 1500 nits and gets 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

A 6.78-inch E5 OLED display panel with a Full-HD+ resolution on the latest iQOO 9T 5G, joins iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro mobile phone
A 6.78-inch E5 OLED display panel with a Full-HD+ resolution on the latest iQOO 9T 5G

Overall, the display is decent enough and offers vibrant and good color reproduction. The contrast levels are vivid. While watching videos on Netflix, the picture quality looks sharp. Moreover, Netflix also offers support for HDR10+. The refresh rate is variable; it often falls to 60Hz on most apps, even when set to 120Hz. Also Read – New upcoming OnePlus Future Phones




The display experience on the iQOO 9T 5G is smooth. Furthermore, we can choose specific apps that can switch to 120Hz. As for the viewing angles, the display looks blue when viewed from the extreme top or bottom. Besides that, we did not notice any issues viewing the display under direct sunlight. The display is super bright on a hot sunny day.

Display gets bluish tint, when viewed from an extreme angle on iQOO 9T 5G phone, joins iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro mobile phone
Display appears bluish when viewed from an extreme angle on iQOO 9T 5G phone

iQOO 9T 5G Phone: Performance

Under the hood, iQOO 9T, the iQOO 9 series 5G smartphone is powered by the latest flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor. This chipset pairs with an Adreno 730 GPU. The latest iQOO 9T 5G comes with a successor processor. Remember, the iQOO 9 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC in India. Furthermore, there is a Vivo in-house V1+ imaging chipset. It also helps to upscale content from 60Hz to 120Hz.



  • Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1: What’s New?

The flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC is fabricated on a 4nm fabrication process by TSMC. This has helped majorly in performance improvement. It makes the flagship smartphone smoother and faster, and the chipset also helps with heat management. The flagship Snapdragon processor also offers excellent performance with other smartphones, such as the OnePlus 10 Pro and the Vivo X80 Series.

The latest flagship processor, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 powers the iQOO 9T 5G, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powers the iQOO 9 Pro mobile phone
The latest flagship processor, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 powers the iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone

With a flagship Snapdragon processor, the device handles everything with ease. We did not notice even a single lag. App switching was also smooth with decent RAM management. Thermals were very much under control, even with graphic-intensive games like BGMI and Call of Duty: Mobile. For heat dissipation, the latest iQOO 9T 5G gets a vapor chamber of 3930 sq mm with liquid cooling.




iQOO 9T 5G also gets an “in-display dual monster touch.” It means that the device has a pressure-sensitive display with triggering points on the left and right sides of the phone. This feature is beneficial while playing games. The newly launched iQOO 9T 5G smartphone supports 9 5G bands alongside the support for Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, USB-C, and NFC. We did not have any issues with the connectivity performance on both Mobile Data and Wi-Fi.

9 5G Bands on the latest iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone, joins the iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro in India
9 5G Bands on the latest iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone, joins the iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro in India

 

iQOO 9T 5G Phone: Battery backup

The battery life is one of the most vital aspects of the iQOO 9T smartphone. The latest iQOO mobile phone packs in a 4700mAh battery along with a 120W charging solution. The same 4700mAh battery is also present on the iQOO 9 Pro. The 120W Flash Charge fast charger comes inside the retail box. In terms of charging experience, we managed to charge our iQOO 9T unit from 0 to 100 percent in mere 22 minutes.



  • Charging Time

The iQOO 9T manages the temperature with its vapor cooling technology during charging. We tested that the iQOO 9T did get warm during the charging process. But the temperature never got passed 41 degrees. However, after the 50 percent charging, the temperature instantly starts dropping constantly.

iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone features a 4700mAh battery with 120W FlashCharge fast charge support, joins the iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro mobile phone
iQOO 9T 5G mobile features a 4700mAh battery with 120W FlashCharge fast charge support
  • Battery Life

In terms of battery backup, the smartphone runs perfectly fine for one day with even slight heavy usage. In this test, we used navigation apps, forced the handset to run on a 120Hz refresh rate, and Mobile data was always on. We also did heavy gaming for a couple of hours and even YouTube viewing. With all these tasks, we got 5.5 hours of screen-on-time.




With moderate gaming, chatting, discord calling, and browsing social media apps, we got a screen-on-time of around 6 hours. However, with normal usage, the screen-on-time can easily pass 6 hours. A similar kind of battery backup is seen on the iQOO 9 Pro. Now, let’s take a look at the camera performance of the iQOO 9T 5G phone.

A 50 MP triple rear camera setup configuration on the latest iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone, joins the iQOO 9 and the iQOO 9 Pro mobile phone in india
A 50 MP triple rear camera setup configuration on the latest iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone

iQOO 9T 5G Phone: Camera

The newly launched iQOO 9T includes a 50MP ISOCELL GN5 primary sensor. The primary camera comes with optical image stabilization (OIS) support. Further, the secondary camera is a 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens accompanied by a 12MP portrait lens. There is a 16MP front camera housing inside the punch hole for selfies and video calls. Besides this configuration, the camera also gets multiple features.



  • Camera app

The camera app on the iQOO 9T is simple to use. The camera app also features an advanced mode inside the “More” section. The photo, video, portrait, and night modes sit on the front seat. Moreover, the camera app also gets camera-centric features like SuperNight mode, Portrait mode, Panorama etc. Talking about the photo quality, the shots taken in broad daylight come out well. The cameras have a solid dynamic range, and the photos have much detail. The images are vibrant with realistic colors, and the sensor is enough for taking amazing shots.

Neat and Clean Camera app UI on the flagship level iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone, joins the iQOO 9 and the iQOO 9 Pro in India
Neat and Clean Camera app UI on the flagship level iQOO 9T 5G mobile phone
  • Daylight Quality

The same can be said for portrait photos, which boast vibrant colors, sharp edge detection, and a nice bokeh effect. When it comes to wide-angle photographs, the detailing doesn’t suffer significantly, although it does get a little fuzzy around the edges. Furthermore, wide-angle photos have a significant color shift compared to normal ones. The wide-angle images have a cooler tone, while the regular ones have a warmer tone and are more like the actual scene.



  • Low-Light Quality

Shots shot in low lighting are also surprisingly good. On comparison with iQOO 9 Pro, the low-light photography on iQOO 9T 5G is much better. The shot has a decent level of clarity and details. Even the detection of edges is precise. However, the shutter speed suffers in low lighting, so remain steady in front of the subject for a second. In artificial lighting, the colors appear somewhat wrong, but the camera never compromises on clarity.

iQOO 9T 5G: Indoor Low-Light Photography with active Night Mode, joins the iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro mobile phone
iQOO 9T 5G: Indoor Low-Light Photography with active Night Mode
  • Front Camera Quality

Selfies taken with the front camera are likewise incredibly crisp. The skin tone may blow out when the sunlight hits you from a specific angle, but these selfies have enough details and colors for you to share on social media without any editing. The night photos turned out to be excellent. Photos taken in night mode are crisper and have somewhat more brightness than typical. We didn’t see much difference between images taken with and without night mode.



iQOO 9T 5G: Other mobile phone features

Like the recently launched phones from iQOO, the iQOO 9T also runs on the FunTouch OS. The software comes with enough customization options. Although, the UI needs many improvements. We experienced that some of the elements overlap. Furthermore, some of the icons are not correctly sized.

iQOO 9T 5G phone runs on the FunTouch OS latest version on top of Android 12, joins iQOO 9 mobile and the iQOO 9 Pro in India
iQOO 9T 5G phone runs on the FunTouch OS latest version on top of Android 12
  • Software Issues

Like the iQOO 9 and the iQOO 9 Pro India, this flagship smartphone also gets much bloatware such as “Hot games,” “Hot apps,” “Byjus,” and many others. Luckily, we can uninstall these apps to save some space on our handset. Furthermore, we also noticed that the Google Maps app crashed many times.




iQOO is promising to offer three major software updates on the newly launched iQOO 9T 5G phone. Currently, the handset is running on the July security patch. We think that iQOO is working hard to resolve the issue with the next update release.

Overall, the operating system does not feel that well optimized for a flagship-grade smartphone. A device like in 9T 5G deserves much better software support. The latest iQOO handset will also receive four years of bimonthly security patches.

iQOO 9T 5G phone: Key highlighting features and specifications, joins iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro mobile phone
iQOO 9T 5G phone: Key highlighting features and specifications

Final Verdict

The all-new iQOO 9T 5G is a decent flagship smartphone but nothing extraordinary. The battery life and fast charging are the main highlights of this flagship-level smartphone. The camera is also decent. Build quality is excellent and will attract the youth. Although, the FunTouch OS experience might take away all the pleasure with this phone. If you want something extraordinary from a smartphone, we might suggest you go for some other options in the market. The latest iQOO 9 series 5G Phone will stand against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, Motorola Edge 30 Pro, and the Oppo Reno 8 Pro.

Written by Pulkit Sharma

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