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 phase and provided aggressive {hardware}, which made it enticing to players. Since then, we have had the iQoo Z3, and simply final 12 months, the iQoo7 Sequence (iQoo 7 and seven Legend) in India, which as soon as once more sat on the decrease finish of the premium phase.

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 Professional, which is aiming to tackle at present’s newest flagships. As I identified in my first impressions, the iQoo 9 Professional is clearly dressed to impress, and in addition boasts of top-notch {hardware} together with its main rear digicam with gimbal stabilisation. Clearly, iQoo appears able to play with the large names corresponding to OnePlus and Samsung. So, is that this newcomer within the premium phase value a glance?

iQoo 9 Professional value in India

The iQoo 9 Professional is obtainable 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 inside storage and can be found in Legend (white) and Darkish Cruise (black) finishes.

iQoo 9 Professional design

The iQoo 9 Professional’s design utilises a metallic 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 (Assessment) 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 facility button can also be completed in blue, identical to on the iQoo 7 Legend (Assessment).

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The iQoo 9 Professional has a physique that is made from metallic and glass

 

Look a little bit 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 clean and doesn’t collect fingerprints, however is sort 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 digicam module takes up a couple of 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 Professional 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 nearly invisible. Each the highest and backside of the telephone are flat. There is a SIM tray, main 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 Professional has a dual-tone end with a mixture of matte and shiny glass

 

A serious premium function that is lacking is an IP ranking. The corporate claims that the iQoo 9 Professional has all the mandatory seals (round ports, the SIM tray, and many others) to fulfill an IP52 ranking equal, however it’s not formally licensed. I believe it will be finest to be a bit cautious with this one round water and dirt. The shortage of an IP ranking may turn into a dealbreaker for a lot of, since practically each competing telephone on this value phase has one.

iQoo 9 Professional specs and software program

The iQoo 9 Professional debuted Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC in India, adopted by the launch of the Moto Edge 30 Professional (Assessment) the very subsequent day, and the Samsung Galaxy S22 collection shortly after. This new SoC is constructed utilizing a 4nm fabrication course of and the CPU cores run at a most clock pace of 3GHz. The SoC has a three-cluster structure with a single Arm Cortex-X2 CPU core clocked at 3GHz, three huge 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 Professional+ (Assessment), sister firm iQoo has included what it calls an Clever Show Chip (IDC) within the 9 Professional. The IDC is meant to assist primarily with gaming by enhancing colors and smoothening framerates utilizing Movement Estimation and Movement Compensation (MEMC) algorithms. By way of connectivity, there’s Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and assist for the same old satellite tv for pc navigation programs. The telephone is powered by a 4,700mAh battery which could be charged utilizing the bundled 120W charger.

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

 

The iQoo 9 Professional ships with Funtouch OS 12, which relies on Android 12. This Android pores and skin is obtainable on different iQoo units too together with the iQoo Z5. You do get the brand new Android 12 Materials You widgets for Google apps and providers, they usually in some way mix properly with Funtouch OS. There’s even assist for the theming engine which picks colors out of your present wallpaper and applies them to UI parts. There are a number of iQoo-branded apps which are mainly duplicates of a few of Google’s inventory apps.

The iQoo 9 Professional additionally comes with some preinstalled third-party apps corresponding to Josh, Netflix, Fb, Cred, Moj-Lite, and ShareChat, however all of those could be uninstalled. I additionally saved 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 Professional efficiency and battery life

The iQoo 9 Professional contains 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 ‘Skilled’ setting which made them seem extra lifelike and pure. The show additionally obtained fairly brilliant open air and was legible below direct daylight. It’s an LTPO panel which implies it will possibly regulate its refresh fee right down to 10Hz when required, which in idea ought to permit for higher battery life. The display screen additionally helps a 300Hz contact sampling fee which got here in helpful when taking part in FPS video games.

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

 

The iQoo 9 Professional’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 corresponding to Netflix on my assessment unit. Normal content material regarded sharp and showcased deep blacks. Amazon Prime Video for some purpose 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 Professional have been loud and fairly clear, which made gaming and streaming motion pictures pleasurable. Nevertheless, I did discover that they weren’t balanced, and the first speaker pushed out extra bass than the earpiece.

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

The iQoo 9 Professional carried out as anticipated in our benchmarks, reaching higher scores than smartphones with a Snapdragon 888 SoC. The iQoo 9 Professional 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 quite a bit bigger than on different smartphones

 

Gaming efficiency was additionally top-notch. The telephone solely obtained heat when maxing out the graphics settings in video games corresponding to Battlegrounds Cellular India (BGMI) and Name of Obligation: Cellular, and ran cool when taking part in racing video games corresponding to Actual Racing 3. Each FPS titles appeared to be capped at 60fps, it doesn’t matter what graphics settings or body fee I chosen. The body interpolation function, 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 Sport Vibration function was nowhere near the type 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 fee was spot on and I didn’t discover any lag whereas taking part in FPS titles. As for the 120Hz refresh fee, just a few video games corresponding to Actual Racing 3 and Subway Surfers appear to benefit from it. Most different titles have been capped at 30 or 60fps.

iQoo has additionally introduced a brand new iQoo Gamepad which is offered 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 taking part in FPS titles. I attempted it out with Name of Obligation: Cellular and I skilled no lag throughout gameplay which is sort 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 Professional has a 4,700mAh battery which could be charged rapidly utilizing the bundled 120W charger

 

The iQoo 9 Professional’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 completed 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 sort of good. With informal use, the telephone ought to have about 30-40 % left by the tip of the day. The iQoo 9 Professional helps 120W quick charging. The comparatively giant 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 properly above common.

Furthermore, there are not any software program toggles to activate manually, and the telephone will at all times cost at this fee when it is plugged into the 120W charger. It additionally helps as much as 50W wi-fi charging, offered you employ the proprietary wi-fi charger which iQoo sells individually.

iQoo 9 Professional cameras

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

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iQoo 9 Professional daylight digicam samples. Prime to backside: Extremely-wide-angle digicam, main digicam, telephoto digicam (faucet to see full measurement)

 

Images 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 Professional, regardless of which digicam I selected. The pixel-binned 12-megapixel photos taken with the ultra-wide-angle digicam appeared a bit cropped (as a consequence of software program distortion correction), however you’ll be able to 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 photographs. The two.5X telephoto digicam captured some sharp-looking photographs, however this relied on the quantity of obtainable mild on every topic or scene. Shadows in photographs regarded gentle 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.

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iQoo 9 Professional macro digicam samples. Prime: Major digicam, backside: Macro digicam (faucet to see full measurement)

 

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

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iQoo 9 Professional low-light digicam samples. Prime: Major digicam (Night time mode), backside: Extremely-wide-angle digicam (Night time mode) (faucet to see full measurement)

 

Low-light digicam efficiency was additionally fairly good. The 5-axis gimbal stabilisation for the first digicam 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 digicam by default captures photographs with an extended (one second or extra) publicity when capturing in low mild. Images shot in ‘Auto’ mode additionally got here out fairly properly and packed in loads of element. Firing up Night time mode added extra dynamic vary and introduced out much more element with some added sharpness. Images taken with the ultra-wide-angle digicam have been additionally fairly usable, however the Night time mode photos from this sensor got here out a bit gentle because of the lack of OIS. Selfies taken in low mild additionally got here out a bit gentle in comparison with daylight photographs, 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 digicam appeared rock regular but additionally maintained good high quality, it doesn’t matter what the body fee or decision. Movies shot with the ultra-wide-angle digicam 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 digicam to seem a bit robotic, which was an issue once I needed to pan the digicam round. In low mild, 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.

Verdict

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

At a beginning value of Rs. 64,990, the iQoo 9 Professional competes immediately with the OnePlus 9 Professional (Assessment). In comparison facet by facet, it is clear that the iQoo 9 Professional provides higher options with the most recent Qualcomm silicon, sooner charging, and a gimbal-stabilised main digicam. What the iQoo 9 lacks is an official IP ranking which stands proud as a sore level. There’s additionally the not too long ago introduced Samsung Galaxy S22 which begins at Rs. 72,999. The Apple iPhone 12 (Assessment) can also be nonetheless a stable premium smartphone, though it is a 12 months previous.

General, it is simple to suggest the iQoo 9 Professional as there’s little direct competitors for the time being. Nevertheless, the OnePlus 10 Professional is predicted to launch in direction of the tip of March in India, and it will make issues much more attention-grabbing . Should you’re not in any rush, it would make sense to attend a bit and see what the competitors has to supply.


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