iQOO 9 SE 5G Specifications, FAQs, Pros and Cons

iQOO has launched the iQOO 9 SE 5G along with the iQOO 9 5G and iQOO 9 Pro 5G. The device features an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Processor.

The iQOO 9 SE 5G comes with a 48MP OIS Triple Rear Camera Setup, a Selfie Camera lens in the punch-hole design display, and more.

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

Price of iQOO 9 SE

The device launched in two different variants – 8GB RAM + 128GB Storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB Storage. It comes in two color options – Space Fusion and Sunset Sierra.

The 8GB+128GB model is priced at Rs 33,990 (~USD 450) and the high-end 12GB+256GB model is priced at Rs 37,990 (~USD 500).

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iQOO 9 SE 5G Pros and Cons

ProsCons
120Hz AMOLED DisplayNo 10-bit panel (only 8-bit color depth)
Powerful Performance with Snapdragon 888No 3.5 mm Headphone Jack
8 5G BandsOnly Dual SIM Slot (no expansion)
Dual Stereo Speakers4,500 mAh Small Battery
Good Rear Camera SetupOnly 16MP Selfie Camera
Vapor Chamber Liquid CoolingNo NFC Support
Dual Z-Axis Linear MotorAds in the UI
Android 12 Out of the BoxPlastic Frame
Panda Glass Protection on the top

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

iQOO 9 SE 5G Review

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

Display

The iQOO 9 SE 5G features a 6.62-inches FHD+ AMOLED Display with 2400 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, 120Hz Refresh Rate, 300Hz Touch Sampling Rate. The display further has a 20:9 aspect ratio, 1200 nits Peak Brightness, and HDR10+ support.

Unlike the iQOO 9 5G, the device has an 8-bit color depth that produces 16.7 Million possible colors. The brightness of the device is also good enough to use the phone outdoor without any issues.

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

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iQOO 9 SE 5G Display

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

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

Cameras

The iQOO 9 SE 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 an OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).

The primary camera lens is paired with a 13MP ultrawide angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and has a 2MP mono lens with f/2.4 aperture. There is a 16MP Selfie Camera lens in the punch-hole design display with an f/2.0 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.

The videos do come with good details and there is no issue with dynamic range too. Also, ignore that 2MP mono lens as it’s added just for numbers.

iQOO 9 SE 5G Cameras

The images come out without any issues with good dynamic range and natural colors. But sometimes, it boosts the colors which can be fixed via OTA updates but who knows when iQOO will fix it.

Now, if we consider the price then I feel, the cameras are good, but still iQOO needs to improve the camera quality a lit bit.

Overall, iQOO has done a good job in the camera department, the camera could have been better even now, iQOO can improve the camera with updates in the future.

Performance

The smartphone 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 256GB of UFS 3.1 Storage.

This is a powerful processor and it will provide good performance in day-to-day life tasks. 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.

The device also has extended RAM availability, which provides the 8GB or 12GB RAM model with 4GB additional Virtual or extended RAM. However, the Virtual RAM is a gimmick and used only for marketing purposes and has no use in real-life, so forget about that.

Now, some people don’t like the FuntouchOS as it has ads on the UI and comes with pre-installed apps which you can uninstall. However, it’s the user’s preference, so your experience might be different.

iQOO 9 SE 5G Performance

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.

Overall, the smartphone is fast enough and it will capable of running every single game available on the market without any issues.

Battery

The iQOO 9 SE 5G packs a 4,500 mAh Battery with 66W Fast Charging Support. iQOO has also provided a 66W Charger inside the box of the device.

Here, iQOO should have included at least a 5,000 mAh Battery but they didn’t, instead of that they went with 4,500 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 or less.

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 SE 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.

iQOO 9 SE 5G Full Specifications

Display6.62-inches FHD+ AMOLED
HDR10+ Support
20:9 Aspect Ratio
300Hz Touch Sampling Rate
Resolution2400 x 1080 pixels
Display ProtectionPanda Glass
Refresh Rate120Hz Refresh Rate
Dimensions & Weight163.2 x 76.4 x 8.4 mm, 197 grams
BuildGlass Front
Plastic Frame
Glass Back
Operating SystemAndroid 12 based FuntouchOS 12
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC
GPU – Adreno 660
CPU – Octa-core (1×2.8 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 primary sensor
13MP ultrawide sensor
2MP mono sensor
Video (Rear)4k@30fps
Front Camera16MP Selfie Camera
Video (Front)1080p@30fps
Battery4500 mAh Battery
Charging66W 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
ColorsSpace Fusion, Sunset Sierra

Key Specifications

  • 6.62-inches FHD+ AMOLED Display
  • 120Hz Refresh Rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Processor
  • 48MP OIS Triple Rear Camera
  • 16MP Selfie Camera
  • 4,500 mAh Battery
  • 66W Fast Charging
  • In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
  • Dual Stereo Speakers
  • FuntouchOS 12 Based on Android 12

Some FAQs

Is there a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack?

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

Does the device have a 10-bit panel?

No, the smartphone does not have a 10-bit color depth. Instead of that, the brand has included an 8-bit panel that produces up to 16.7 Million colors.

Is the device waterproof?

No, the smartphone does not have any IP Rating certification.

Does the device have Gorilla Glass?

No, the iQOO 9 SE 5G does not have Gorilla Glass Protection. Instead of that, iQOO has included Panda Glass protection on the front.

How much mAh Battery does the device have?

The device features a 4,500 mAh Battery with 66W Fast Charging Support.

Does the device have Widevine L1?

Yes, the smartphone has Widevine L1 support which means you can play FHD+ content on OTT Platforms.

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