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iQOO 9 Pro 5G mobile phone: First Impression; new design and hardware

The all-new iQOO 9 Pro is the premium flagship smartphone from the brand. The device comes with new set of hardware and completely new overhaul. It features this year’s flagship Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC.

iQOO 9 Pro 5G is the latest flagship smartphone from the company to launch in India. The all-new Vivo iQOO 9 Pro mobile phone will succeed the last year’s flagship iQOO 7 Legend 5G in India. To recall, the iQOO 7 Legend is still an excellent premium range smartphone. This iQOO 7 Series smartphone offers a high-quality camera experience with great performance. The only drawback according to our experience is its below-average battery life. However, to compensate the company is offering a fast charger within the box.



iQOO 9 Series launched in India:

To recall, iQOO just announced three new smartphones under the premium iQOO 9 lineups. These includes the all-new iQOO 9, the iQOO 9 SE, and the iQOO 9 Pro 5G mobile phones. The iQOO 9 will succeed the iQOO 7. While the iQOO 9 Pro succeeds the iQOO 7 Legend. iQOO 9 SE is an all-new addition in the smartphone series. Let’s check out if the newly launched iQOO 9 Pro 5G can really succeed this iQOO 7 Legend mobile phone in every aspect.

iQOO 9, iQOO 9 Pro and iQOO 9 SE officially launched in India, will succeed the iQOO 7 Series in India
iQOO 9, iQOO 9 Pro and iQOO 9 SE officially launched in India, will succeed the iQOO 7 Series in India

iQOO 9 Pro India launch:

The all-new iQOO 9 Pro 5G is the new flagship mobile phone in this series. It comes with several new upgrade over the iQOO 7 Legend 5G. Now, the battery capacity has been increased with the launch of new iQOO9 series. More importantly, the camera has taken a drastic improvement in terms of hardware. In this review, we will be sharing this first look experience based on our hands on experience.



iQOO 9 Pro price in India:

iQOO 9 Series gets the all-new iQOO 9 Pro 5G phone as the most expensive offering in the country yet. This iQOO Pro variant comes in two RAM/ Storage options. Here, the base variant of iQOO9 Pro packs in 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. This base variant of iQOO 9 Pro comes with a price tag of Rs 64990. The other variant packs in 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. This top-end variant of iQOO 9 Pro comes with a price tag of Rs 69990 in India.

iQOO 9 Pro 5G mobile phone price in India starts at Rs 64999
iQOO 9 Pro 5G mobile phone price in India starts at Rs 64999

Regarding the colour options. This iQOO 9 Pro 5G mobile phone is available in Legend finish with white, blue and red colours. There is another new Dark Cruise option which gets the carbon fiber texture. The price details for the other iQOO 9 Series models are available on the iQOO India company official website. Also Read – iQOO 9, iQOO 9 Pro, iQOO 9 SE launched in India; Price, Specifications



iQOO 9 Pro 5G BMW M Motorsports Edition phone:

Just like last year, this year also iQOO has continued its partnership which BMW Motorsport. With this partnership, the Chinese smartphone makers bring its racing-inspired “Legend” finish on the latest iQOO 9 Pro and the iQOO 9 5G mobile phone. This design is similar to what we have already seen on the last year’s iQOO 7 Legend 5G in India. Besides this, there are some minor tweaks.

Just like iQOO 7 Legend 5G in India, iQOO 9 Series also gets BMW M Motorsports Edition mobile phone
Just like iQOO 7 Legend 5G in India, iQOO 9 Series also gets BMW M Motorsports Edition mobile phone

Based on our hand feel, the overall texture of the back panel appears to be bit different. This time a polished strip runs through the otherwise matte back panel. The one-third of the back panel is occupied by the camera module on the iQOO 9 Pro. The box content of the iQOO 9 Pro 5G phone includes a high-quality TPU case which comes with same Legend finish like the BMW Motorsport inspired stripes.

iQOO 9 Pro 5G phone: Design

As far as rest of the design is concerned, the iQOO 9 Pro gets the biggest 6.78-inch display on comparison to the rest of the smartphones in iQOO 9 Series. This display gets a hole-punch for the selfie camera. The rear side of the smartphone gets the triple rear camera module along with branding. The right edge of the smartphone gets the Volume rockers and the power on/off button. The left edge of the iQOO 9 Pro 5G phone comes with Dual SIM Tray.




Furthermore, there is an infrared emitter on the top along with the secondary noise cancellation microphone. The bottom edge of the smartphone gets the USB Type-C port along with speaker grille. However, there is no place of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Other design details about the iQOO 9 Pro 5G phone are already available on the company’s official India website.

iQOO 9 Pro 5G mobile phone gets 6.78-inch display with 2K screen resolution
iQOO 9 Pro 5G mobile phone gets 6.78-inch hole-punch display with 2K screen resolution

iQOO 9 Pro 5G Phone: Specifications

In terms of specs, the all-new iQOO 9 Pro 5G phone comes with a bigger 6.78-inch curved-edge AMOLED display. This display gets a 2K screen resolution of 1440×3200 pixels. Furthermore, this is an LTPO panel with an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz along with 300Hz touch sampling rate.



  • Hardware:

In India, the iQOO 9 Pro 5G phone debuts with this year’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. This chipset is fabricated on a 4nm fabrication process. It gets the maximum CPU clock speed of 3.0GHz. Besides this, the Chinese smartphone makers also claims that this chipset can offer several performance improvements over the Snapdragon 888 SoC. To recall, this Snapdragon 888 chipset was used by many popular premium smartphones last year.

iQOO 9 Pro 5G phone runs on the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset
iQOO 9 Pro 5G phone runs on the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset
  • Connectivity:

In addition to this, iQOO 5G phone gets an additional Independent Display Chip (IDC). This chip can offer several benefits when it comes to the gaming imaging. Similarly for the communication standards, the iQOO 9 Pro includes Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and other connectivity options. Additionally, there is a dual 5G-Standby option. Furthermore, the Chinese company is offering support for up to 14 5G bands on the latest iQOO 9 Series mobile phone.



  • Camera:

The brand-new iQOO 9 Pro gets biggest upgrades in terms of cameras. On comparison to iQOO 7 Legend, the iQOO 9 Pro gets a 50-megapixel primary camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS). Furthermore, this primary camera also gets gimbal stabilisation. As per our usage, this gimbal stabilisation is similar to the Vivo X70 Pro+. Besides this, the iQOO 9 Pro gets a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with 150-degree field of view and autofocus capabilities. The third lens is a 16-megapixel telephoto lens with 2.5x optical zoom and OIS. For selfies and video calls, the iQOO 9 Pro gets a 16-megapixel front selfie camera.

iQOO 9 Pro 5G phone packs in 50-megapixel camera setup with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
iQOO 9 Pro 5G phone packs in 50-megapixel camera setup with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Battery:

The complete hardware on iQOO 9 Pro get its backup from a 4700mAh battery. This battery is an upgrade over the iQOO 7 Legend. To recall, the iQOO 7 Legend packs in a 4000mAh capacity battery. Furthermore, the wired charging speed has been bumped up by 120W. Additionally, the Chinese company is also offering 50W wireless charging on the new iQOO phone. However, this wireless charging is possible only with the company’s own charging dock. Keep in mind, users will have to purchase this charging dock separately.

iQOO 9 Pro 5G Phone: Our Verdict

iQOO 9 Pro 5G smartphone runs on the FunTouch OS 12 which is based on Android 12 OS out of the box. As per our usage, this time iQOO 9 Pro seems to have tick mark all the boxes when it comes to the hardware. Based on the specs sheet, the iQOO 9 Pro is the premium smartphone for early 2022.




As for the gaming capabilities, the Vivo iQOO 9 Pro 5G phone appears to get that extra edge over its competitors in terms of gaming. In addition to this, the Chinese company iQOO has even launched the new gaming accessories called the iQOO Gamepad. This Gamepad adds the physical buttons for the gamers. So based on our initial prediction, tell us if you are interested in buying one for yourself or should you wait to see what the competition comes up with. Stay tuned for the detailed review.

Written by Pulkit Sharma

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