iQoo 9 Pro Review: A Ginormous Leap Forward

iQoo launched its first smartphone, the iQoo 3, in India again in February 2020. It sat on the entry level of the premium section and provided aggressive {hardware}, which made it enticing to avid gamers. Since then, we have had the iQoo Z3, and simply final yr, the iQoo7 Sequence (iQoo 7 and seven Legend) in India, which as soon as once more sat on the decrease finish of the premium section.

Whereas the iQoo 9 was anticipated, the corporate additionally introduced a brand new iQoo 9 SE (a extra reasonably priced premium smartphone) and an ultra-premium mannequin known as the iQoo 9 Pro, which is aiming to tackle as we speak’s newest flagships. As I identified in my first impressions, the iQoo 9 Pro is clearly dressed to impress, and likewise boasts of top-notch {hardware} together with its major rear digital camera with gimbal stabilisation. Clearly, iQoo appears able to play with the large names equivalent to OnePlus and Samsung. So, is that this newcomer within the premium section value a glance?

iQoo 9 Pro worth in India

The iQoo 9 Pro is on the market in two variants and two finishes. There’s the bottom variant with 8GB of RAM priced at Rs. 64,990, and the top-end variant with 12GB of RAM priced at Rs. 69,990 in India. Each have 256GB of inner storage and can be found in Legend (white) and Darkish Cruise (black) finishes.

iQoo 9 Pro design

The iQoo 9 Pro’s design utilises a steel body which is sandwiched between two sheets of glass. I obtained the 12GB RAM variant within the Legend end for this assessment. It has loads of similarities with the iQoo 7 Legend (Review) when it comes to the general design. There is a three-colour BMW Motorsport-inspired racing stripe operating off-centre down the rear panel. The ability button can also be completed in blue, similar to on the iQoo 7 Legend (Review).

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The iQoo 9 Pro has a physique that is made from steel and glass

 

Look slightly nearer and there are some new particulars to be discovered. There is a nice carbon fibre-like weave etched into the white portion of the rear glass. The white space additionally has a matte end, which feels easy and doesn’t collect fingerprints, however is kind of slippery. Fortunately, iQoo features a colour-matched case within the field. The stripes on the again have a shiny end, giving the rear panel a dual-tone impact.

The digital camera module takes up a few third of the again panel. It barely protrudes, which I like. It is principally beauty, but additionally prevents the telephone from wobbling when positioned on a flat floor.

iQoo has utilised Panda glass for the show on the 9 Pro and it curves on the left and proper sides, lending the smartphone a slim profile. The bezels are minimal, and I like how the skinny slit for the earpiece is sort of invisible. Each the highest and backside of the telephone are flat. There is a SIM tray, major microphone, USB Sort-C port, and speaker on the underside, and an infrared emitter on the highest, together with the secondary mic.

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The rear panel of the iQoo 9 Pro has a dual-tone end with a mixture of matte and shiny glass

 

A significant premium characteristic that is lacking is an IP ranking. The corporate claims that the iQoo 9 Pro has all the required seals (round ports, the SIM tray, and so on) to satisfy an IP52 ranking equal, however it’s not formally licensed. I feel it could be greatest to be a bit cautious with this one round water and dirt. The dearth of an IP ranking would possibly transform a dealbreaker for a lot of, since practically each competing telephone on this worth section has one.

iQoo 9 Pro specs and software program

The iQoo 9 Pro debuted Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC in India, adopted by the launch of the Moto Edge 30 Pro (Review) the very subsequent day, and the Samsung Galaxy S22 sequence shortly after. This new SoC is constructed utilizing a 4nm fabrication course of and the CPU cores run at a most clock velocity of 3GHz. The SoC has a three-cluster structure with a single Arm Cortex-X2 CPU core clocked at 3GHz, three large Cortex-A710 cores clocked at 2.49GHz, and 4 small Cortex-A510 cores clocked at 1.785GHz. Graphics are dealt with by the brand new Adreno 730 built-in GPU. The processor additionally packs an built-in Snapdragon X65 5G modem.

Similar to Vivo with the X70 Pro+ (Review), sister firm iQoo has included what it calls an Clever Show Chip (IDC) within the 9 Pro. The IDC is meant to assist primarily with gaming by enhancing colors and smoothening framerates utilizing Movement Estimation and Movement Compensation (MEMC) algorithms. When it comes to connectivity, there’s Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and help for the standard satellite tv for pc navigation methods. The telephone is powered by a 4,700mAh battery which may be charged utilizing the bundled 120W charger.

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The iQoo 9 Pro’s Funtouch OS 12 relies on Android 12 

 

The iQoo 9 Pro ships with Funtouch OS 12, which relies on Android 12. This Android pores and skin is on the market on different iQoo gadgets too together with the iQoo Z5. You do get the brand new Android 12 Materials You widgets for Google apps and companies, they usually someway mix nicely with Funtouch OS. There’s even help for the theming engine which picks colors out of your present wallpaper and applies them to UI components. There are a number of iQoo-branded apps which might be principally duplicates of a few of Google’s inventory apps.

The iQoo 9 Pro additionally comes with some preinstalled third-party apps equivalent to Josh, Netflix, Fb, Cred, Moj-Lite, and ShareChat, however all of those may be uninstalled. I additionally stored getting annoying push notifications from the default browser though I by no means opened it, however I managed to disable these notifications within the Settings, in order that they stopped bothering me after that.

iQoo 9 Pro efficiency and battery life

The iQoo 9 Pro encompasses a 120Hz 6.78-inch curved-edge AMOLED show with a 1,440×3,200 pixel (2K+) decision. Textual content and pictures appeared fairly sharp. Colors appeared a bit too saturated on the default ‘Normal’ color setting, so, I switched to the ‘Professional’ setting which made them seem extra sensible and pure. The show additionally acquired fairly vibrant outdoor and was legible below direct daylight. It’s an LTPO panel which implies it could actually regulate its refresh charge all the way down to 10Hz when required, which in idea ought to enable for higher battery life. The display additionally helps a 300Hz contact sampling charge which got here in useful when enjoying FPS video games.

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iQoo’s new Gamepad is kind of helpful and provides loads of bodily buttons, however must be bought individually

 

The iQoo 9 Pro’s panel is able to 10-bit color replica, helps HDR10+, and has a Widevine L1 DRM certification for HD video streaming. Nevertheless, HDR didn’t work in streaming apps equivalent to Netflix on my assessment unit. Normal content material regarded sharp and showcased deep blacks. Amazon Prime Video for some cause solely performed video at blurry SD high quality. YouTube was the one app that managed to showcase HDR content material. The stereo audio system on the iQoo 9 Pro have been loud and fairly clear, which made gaming and streaming motion pictures pleasant. Nevertheless, I did discover that they weren’t balanced, and the first speaker pushed out extra bass than the earpiece.

The telephone encompasses a 3D ultrasonic fingerprint reader below its show, which is kind of distinctive. It takes only one agency faucet to register a fingerprint as an alternative of a number of faucets, which makes setting it up a breeze. The readable space for registering or studying a fingerprint can also be rather a lot bigger than on different smartphones; sufficient to accomodate two thumbs facet by facet, so authentication was all the time fast and seamless.

The iQoo 9 Pro carried out as anticipated in our benchmarks, attaining higher scores than smartphones with a Snapdragon 888 SoC. The iQoo 9 Pro managed 9,91,830 factors in AnTuTu and 1,222 and three,636 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core exams. The telephone additionally managed 84fps within the Manhattan 3.1 check and 47fps within the Automotive Chase check in GFXBench.

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The sensor space for registering or studying a fingerprint is rather a lot bigger than on different smartphones

 

Gaming efficiency was additionally top-notch. The telephone solely acquired heat when maxing out the graphics settings in video games equivalent to Battlegrounds Cell India (BGMI) and Name of Responsibility: Cell, and ran cool when enjoying racing video games equivalent to Actual Racing 3. Each FPS titles appeared to be capped at 60fps, it doesn’t matter what graphics settings or body charge I chosen. The body interpolation characteristic, which claims to utilize the IDC to bump up framerates and make gameplay seem smoother, didn’t seem to have a noticeable impact. The 4D Recreation Vibration characteristic was nowhere near the form of suggestions you’d get from a controller, so I ended up switching it off as I discovered it fairly distracting. The show’s contact sampling charge was spot on and I didn’t discover any lag whereas enjoying FPS titles. As for the 120Hz refresh charge, just a few video games equivalent to Actual Racing 3 and Subway Surfers appear to reap the benefits of it. Most different titles have been capped at 30 or 60fps.

iQoo has additionally introduced a brand new iQoo Gamepad which is bought individually. It snaps on to the left facet of the telephone (when held horizontally) and provides a number of helpful bodily buttons (L1, L2, R1, an analogue stick and a D-pad) which have been helpful when enjoying FPS titles. I attempted it out with Name of Responsibility: Cell and I skilled no lag throughout gameplay which is kind of good as a result of it connects to the handset by way of Bluetooth. The gamepad is available in a black end with yellow accents, has its personal built-in battery (costs by way of a USB Sort-C port), and provides a pleasant grip albeit solely to your left hand.

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The iQoo 9 Pro has a 4,700mAh battery which may be charged shortly utilizing the bundled 120W charger

 

The iQoo 9 Pro’s 4,700mAh battery is an enormous improve over that of the older iQoo 7 Legend’s 4,000mAh unit. This one simply will get the job carried out and lasts a complete day even with heavy gaming. The telephone managed 17 hours and 16 minutes in our HD video loop check, which is kind of good. With informal use, the telephone ought to have about 30-40 % left by the tip of the day. The iQoo 9 Pro helps 120W quick charging. The comparatively massive 120W adapter costs the telephone from a lifeless battery to a 100% in simply 20 minutes. It takes simply 10 minutes to get to 50 %, which is nicely above common.

Furthermore, there aren’t any software program toggles to activate manually, and the telephone will all the time cost at this charge when it is plugged into the 120W charger. It additionally helps as much as 50W wi-fi charging, supplied you utilize the proprietary wi-fi charger which iQoo sells individually.

iQoo 9 Pro cameras

The iQoo 9 Pro has three rear-facing cameras. There is a 50-megapixel major digital camera with sensor and optical stabilisation for gimbal-level smoothness, a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digital camera with autofocus, and a 16-megapixel telephoto digital camera with OIS and PDAF. Selfie duties are dealt with by a 16-megapixel front-facing digital camera. The digital camera interface is just like what we have seen on different Funtouch OS-powered telephones, with customisable digital camera modes and necessary controls accessible below a hamburger icon within the high left nook.

iQoo 9 Pro daylight digital camera samples. Prime to backside: Extremely-wide-angle digital camera, major digital camera, telephoto digital camera (faucet to see full measurement)

 

Pictures shot in daylight got here out sharp and clear and with good dynamic vary. There was loads of element and depth within the photos captured by the iQoo 9 Pro, irrespective of which digital camera I selected. The pixel-binned 12-megapixel photos taken with the ultra-wide-angle digital camera appeared a bit cropped (on account of software program distortion correction), however you may faucet on the globe icon within the viewfinder to see the complete 150-degree subject of view with a fisheye impact, which ought to make for some attention-grabbing Instagram-worthy pictures. The two.5X telephoto digital camera captured some sharp-looking pictures, however this trusted the quantity of obtainable gentle on every topic or scene. Shadows in pictures regarded smooth with much less element, however capturing topics or objects below good lighting delivered actually good outcomes that regarded sharp and packed in loads of element.

iQoo 9 Pro macro digital camera samples. Prime: Main digital camera, backside: Macro digital camera (faucet to see full measurement)

 

The selfie digital camera managed some sharp and clear pictures with good dynamic vary and element. Nevertheless, Portrait mode had some points with edge detection in difficult scenes with foliage or timber within the background and this resulted in a halo-like impact across the topic. Because the iQoo 9 Pro’s ultra-wide-angle digital camera options autofocus, additionally it is used as a macro digital camera that may shoot topics with spectacular element as shut as 3cm away. It’s certainly one of many few usable macro cameras on this section.

iQoo 9 Pro low-light digital camera samples. Prime: Main digital camera (Evening mode), backside: Extremely-wide-angle digital camera (Evening mode) (faucet to see full measurement)

 

Low-light digital camera efficiency was additionally fairly good. The 5-axis gimbal stabilisation for the first digital camera is the star of the present right here and iQoo has even included a toggle within the viewfinder to indicate off how the gimbal strikes and compensates for handshake. The digital camera by default captures pictures with an extended (one second or extra) publicity when capturing in low gentle. Pictures shot in ‘Auto’ mode additionally got here out fairly nicely and packed in loads of element. Firing up Evening mode added extra dynamic vary and introduced out much more element with some added sharpness. Pictures taken with the ultra-wide-angle digital camera have been additionally fairly usable, however the Evening mode photos from this sensor got here out a bit smooth because of the lack of OIS. Selfies taken in low gentle additionally got here out a bit smooth in comparison with daylight pictures, however showcased the identical halo impact when utilizing the Portrait mode even at night time.

Video high quality in daylight was fairly good. Footage taken with the first digital camera appeared rock regular but additionally maintained good high quality, it doesn’t matter what the body charge or decision. Movies shot with the ultra-wide-angle digital camera have been additionally usable, however I observed loads of noise in darker areas and purple fringing in brighter areas. The digital stabilisation precipitated any motion of the digital camera to seem a bit robotic, which was an issue once I needed to pan the digital camera round. In low gentle, video high quality took a slight hit, however stabilisation was nonetheless fairly good. Nevertheless, movies captured in any respect resolutions had a hazy or dreamy impact.

The iQoo 9 Pro fixes the iQoo 7 Legend’s most important drawback – poor battery life – and provides loads extra options, which justifies its larger worth. My largest gripe is the dearth of an IP68 ranking, which is often present in smartphones on this section. Software program is up-to-date and gaming efficiency isn’t an issue. Nonetheless digital camera efficiency is sweet and the identical goes for video recording, though low-light movies might have been higher. The 120W charging velocity is the icing on the cake and there is additionally wi-fi charging.

At a beginning worth of Rs. 64,990, the iQoo 9 Pro competes straight with the OnePlus 9 Pro (Review). When put next facet by facet, it is clear that the iQoo 9 Pro provides higher options with the newest Qualcomm silicon, quicker charging, and a gimbal-stabilised major digital camera. What the iQoo 9 lacks is an official IP ranking which stands proud as a sore level. There’s additionally the lately introduced Samsung Galaxy S22 which begins at Rs. 72,999. The Apple iPhone 12 (Review) can also be nonetheless a strong premium smartphone, though it is a yr outdated.

General, it is easy to advocate the iQoo 9 Pro as there’s little direct competitors in the intervening time. Nevertheless, the OnePlus 10 Pro is predicted to launch in the direction of the tip of March in India, and this can make issues much more attention-grabbing . In case you’re not in any rush, it’d make sense to attend a bit and see what the competitors has to supply.


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