iQOO 9 5G Launched: Full Specifications, FAQs, Pros and Cons

iQOO has launched the iQOO 9 5G smartphone in the Indian smartphone market. The device comes with a gimbal camera at the back with a triple rear camera setup.

The device comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G Processor, a 48MP Triple Rear Camera Setup, a Selfie Camera Lens in the punch-hole design display, and 120W Fast Charging Support.

Let’s see the full features, specifications, price of the iQOO 9 5G. We have listed the Pros and Cons of the device along with some FAQs. Read on to check.

Price and Availability of iQOO 9 5G

The device launched in two differnet variants – 8GB RAM + 128GB Storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB Storage. It comes in two differnet colors – Legend and Alpha.

The 8GB+128GB model is priced at Rs 42,990 (~USD 569) and the high-end 12GB+256GB model is priced at Rs 46,990 (~USD 624).

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iQOO 9 5G Review

iQOO 9 5G has its Pros but iQOO has done some compromises which can be a huge letdown for some users. Let’s go deeper and see what iQOO has offered in the iQOO 9 5G smartphone.

Display

The iQOO 9 5G features a 6.56-inches FHD+ AMOLED Display with 2376 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, 120Hz Refresh Rate, and 300Hz Touch Sampling Rate.

The display further has HDR10+ support which also works on Netflix and has a 10-bit color depth that produces 1.07 Billion possible colors and has a 1200 nits Peak Brightness. The brightness of the device is good enough to use outdoors without any problems.

The device also has Widevine L1 support which means you will be able to stream FHD+ content on OTT apps like Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix. The iQOO 9 5G also has an In-Display Fingerprint Scanner which unlocks the device instantly without any issues.

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iQOO 9 5G Display

The device has glass on the backside while the frame is made out of aluminum but iQOO has not confirmed which glass protection they have used on the front side.

The display quality of the device is great, there will not be any issue and iQOO has done a great job.

Cameras

The iQOO 9 5G features a 48MP Triple Rear Camera Setup with an LED Flash in the rectangular module. The cameras consist of a 48MP primary lens with an f/1.79 aperture that has a gimbal.

The primary camera lens is paired with a 13MP ultrawide angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and has a 13MP portrait lens with f/2.46 aperture that has 2x optical zoom. There is a 16MP Selfie Camera lens in the punch-hole design display with an f/2.45 aperture.

The rear camera can record up to 4k videos at 30fps (frames per second) while the front camera can record up to 1080p videos at 30fps.

iQOO 9 5G Cameras

The camera does have a gimbal but if we place the gimble aside, the videos do come with good details and there is no issue with dynamic range too. Still, if iQOO is marketing this smartphone as a Gimble camera then they should provide a proper one.

The images come out without any issues with good dynamic range and natural colors. Now, if we consider the price then I feel, the cameras are not that great, iQOO needs to improve the camera quality.

Overall, iQOO has done a decent job in the camera department, the camera could have been better even now, iQOO can improve the camera with updates but who knows or if they improve it or not.

Performance

When it comes to performance, the device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ Processor coupled with Adreno 660 GPU. It comes with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 Internal Storage.

This is a powerful processor and it will give the best possible performance in day-to-day life. The device runs on Android 12-based FuntouchOS 12 skin out of the box. iQOO has promised to provide two years of OS updates and three years of security updates.

iQOO 9 5G Performance

Now, many people do not like the FuntouchOS as it has ads on the UI and comes with tons of pre-installed apps. However, it is the user’s preference, so your experience might be different.

The device is 5G supportive and has eight 5G bands which include n1, n3, n5, n8, n28A, n41, n77, and n78. Overall, users will get the best performance at this price point.

Audio

The smartphone has dual stereo speakers which give you a better audio quality output. It also has a dual noise cancellation microphone which helps you during the calls.

However, the iQOO 9 5G does not have a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack to plug in your wired earphones or headphones.

Overall, the sound quality of the device is good and there are no issues with call quality too.

Battery

The device packs a 4,350 mAh Battery with 120W Fast Charging Support. iQOO has also included a 120W Charger inside the box. This charger can charge the device from 0 to 100 percent in around 20 minutes.

Here, iQOO should have included at least a 5,000 mAh Battery but they didn’t, instead of that they went with 4,350 mAh.

However, the battery life of the device varies from user to user. If a user is playing games then he or she needs to charge the device twice a day, but if you are a normal user, the device will barely last for a day.

Further, if you are a heavy user then make sure to carry the 120W charger otherwise you will only be able to charge this device at 18W with other chargers.

iQOO 9 5G Pros and Cons

ProsCons
120Hz 10-bit AMOLEDNo Wireless Charging Support
120W Fast Charging SupportNo 3.5 mm Headphone Jack
8 5G BandsOnly Dual SIM Slot (no expansion)
Dual Stereo Speakers4350 mAh Battery
Snapdragon 888+ ProcessorFlat Display (No Curved)
Average Rear CamerasOnly 16MP Selfie Camera
Dual Z-Axis Linear MotorAds in the UI
Vapor Chamber Liquid CoolingNo NFC Support

So, these are the Pros and Cons of the iQOO 9 5G, now let’s see the full features and specifications of the device.

iQOO 9 5G Full Specifications

Display6.56-inches FHD+ AMOLED
10-bit color depth
HDR10+ Support
300Hz Touch Sampling Rate
Resolution2400 x 1080 pixels
Display ProtectionSchott Xensation UP Glass
Refresh Rate120Hz Refresh Rate
Dimensions & Weight159.1 x 75.1 x 8.6 mm, 199 grams
BuildGlass Front
Aluminum Frame
Glass Back
Operating SystemAndroid 12 based FuntouchOS 12
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC
GPU – Adreno 660
CPU – Octa-core (1×3.0 GHz Cortex-X1, 3×2.42 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
StorageLPDDR5 RAM + UFS 3.1 Storage
8GB+128GB
12GB+256GB
Card SlotDual SIM Slot
Rear Camera48MP gimbal primary sensor
13MP ultrawide sensor
13MP portrait sensor
Video (Rear)4k@30fps
Front Camera16MP Selfie Camera
Video (Front)1080p@30fps
Battery4350 mAh Battery
Charging120W Wired Fast Charging
Headphone JackNo
SpeakersDual Stereo Speakers
Bluetooth Versionv5.2
NFCNo
5G Bandsn1, n3, n5, n8, n28A, n40, n77, n78
IR BlasterNo
FingerprintIn-Display Fingerprint Scanner
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Proximity Sensor
E-compass
Gyroscope
NavigationGPS, Glonass
ColorsAlpha and Legend

Key Specifications

  • 6.56-inches FHD+ AMOLED Display
  • 10-bit color depth, 120Hz Refresh Rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ Processor
  • 48MP Triple Rear Camera
  • 16MP Selfie Camera
  • 4350 mAh Battery
  • 120W Fast Charging
  • Dual Stereo Speakers
  • In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
  • FuntouchOS 12 Based on Android 12

Some FAQs

Does the device have Gorilla Glass Protection?

No, the handset does not have Corning Gorilla Glass Protection. Instead of that, it has Schott Xensation UP Glass on the top.

How many updates will the device get?

iQOO has promised to provide two years of OS updates and three years of security updates.

Does the device have NFC Support?

No, the smartphone does not support NFC (Near Field Communication) Technology.

Does the iQOO 9 5G has Widevine L1 support?

Yes, the device has Widevine L1 support which means users can play FHD+ videos on OTT apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos.

How many 5G bands does the device have?

The device has eight 5G bands which include n1, n3, n5, n8, n28A, n41, n77, and n78.

Does the device have a compass sensor?

Yes, the smartphone has a compass sensor.

Does the handset have wireless charging support?

No, the iQOO 9 5G does not have wireless charging support. However, it has a 120W Wired Fast Charging support.

Does the device has a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack?

No, the smartphone does not have a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack to plug your wired earphones or headphones.

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