. With the launch of the 9 Series, iQoo has moved into a completely unfamiliar space, the Rs. 50000 and over category. It isnt as crowded as the mid range and the sub Rs. 40K segment. But there are some options from older and more established brands like OnePlus and Samsung.. So should brands like OnePlus be worried. Does the brand new iQoo 9 Pro stand out And, more importantly, does it perform like a premium smartphone should Lets find out in this video review.? The iQoo 9 Pro is available in two variants. Theres the base variant with 8GB of RAM, which is priced at Rs. 64990 and the top end variant with 12GB of RAM thats priced at Rs. 69990.. Both have 256GB of storage.The iQoo 9. Pro has Qualcomms recently announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC.. This new processor is built using a 4nm fabrication process and offers a maximum clock. Speed of 3Ghz. iQoo has included what it calls an Intelligent Display Chip IDC.. This is said to help with gaming by enhancing colours and framerates using Motion Estimation Motion Compensation, MEMC The iQoo 9 Pros design utilises a metal frame which is sandwiched between two sheets of glass.. I received the 12GB RAM variant in the Legend finish for this review. Theres. A three colour, BMW, Motorsport, inspired racing stripe, running off centre down the rear panel.. The power button is also finished in blue, just like on the iQoo 7 Legend.. The white area has a matte finish, which feels smooth and does not gather fingerprints, but is quite slippery.

. Thankfully iQoo includes a colour matched case in the box.. The stripes on the back have a glossy finish, giving the rear panel a dual tone effect. The camera module takes up about a third of the back panel., Its mostly cosmetic, but also prevents the phone from wobbling when placed on a flat surface.. The lack of an IP rating might turn out to be a dealbreaker for many, since nearly every competing phone in this price segment has one.. However, iQoo claims that its 9 Pro has all the necessary seals to meet an IP52 rating equivalent its just not officially certified.. The iQoo 9 Pro features a 120Hz 6.78 inch curved edge AMOLED display with a 1440×3200 pixel 2K resolution. Text and images appeared quite sharp.. It is an LTPO panel, which means it can regulate its refresh rate down to 10Hz when required, which in theory should allow for better battery life.The iQoo 9 Pros panel is capable of 10 bit colour. Reproduction supports HDR10 and has a Widevine L1 DRM certification for HD video streaming.. However, HDR did not work in streaming. Apps such as Netflix on our review, unit. Standard content, looked sharp and showcased deep blacks. Amazon. Prime Video, for some reason only played video at blurry SD quality. YouTube was the only app that managed to showcase HDR content.. The phone features a 3D ultrasonic fingerprint reader under its display, which is quite unique.. It takes just one firm tap to register a fingerprint.

Instead of multiple taps, which makes setting it up a breeze., The readable area for registering or reading a fingerprint is also a lot larger than on other smartphones enough to accomodate two thumbs side by side. So authentication was always quick and seamless.. The iQoo 9 Pro ships with Funtouch OS 12, which is based on Android 12.. This Android skin, is available on other iQoo devices too, including the iQoo Z5.. You do get the new Android 12 Material, You widgets for Google, apps and services, and they somehow blend well with Funtouch OS. Theres, even support for the theming engine, which picks colours from your current wallpaper and applies them to UI elements.. The iQoo 9 Pro also comes with some preinstalled third party apps such as Josh Netflix, Facebook, Cred, Moj, Lite and ShareChat, but all of these can be uninstalled.. Gaming performance was also top notch.. The phone only got warm when maxing out the graphics settings in games such as Battlegrounds Mobile, India, BGMI and Call of Duty Mobile and ran cool when playing racing games such as Real Racing 3.. The displays touch, sampling rate was spot on and we did not notice any lag while playing FPS titles.. As for the 120Hz refresh rate, only a few games, such as Real Racing 3 and Subway Surfers seem to take advantage of it.. The frame interpolation feature which claims to make use of the IDC to bump up framerates and make gameplay appear. Smoother did not appear to have a noticeable effect.

. Iqoo has also announced a new iQoo Gamepad, which is sold separately. It snaps on to the left side of the phone when held horizontally and adds several useful physical buttons, which came of use while playing FPS titles.. The iQoo 9 Pro has three rear facing cameras and a single front facing camera. Theres, a 50 megapixel primary camera with sensor and optical stabilisation for gimbal level, smoothness, a 50 megapixel ultra wide angle, camera with autofocus and a 16 megapixel telephoto camera with OIS and PDAF. Selfie duties are handled by a 16 megapixel front, facing camera. Photos. Shot in daylight came out sharp and clear and with good dynamic range.. There was plenty of detail and depth in the images captured by the iQoo 9 Pro no matter which camera I chose., The pixel binned, 12 megapixel images taken with the ultra wide angle. Camera appeared a bit cropped due to software distortion correction, but you can tap on the globe icon in the viewfinder to see the full 150 degree field of view with a fisheye effect which should make for some interesting Instagram worthy photos.. The 2.5X telephoto camera captured some sharp looking photos, but this depended on the amount of available light on each subject or scene.. The selfie camera managed some sharp and clear photos with good dynamic range and detail.. However, the Portrait mode had some issues with edge detection in complicated scenes with foliage or trees. In the background, and this resulted in a halo like effect around the subject.

Since the iQoo 9 Pros ultra wide angle, camera features autofocus. It is also used as a macro camera that can shoot subjects with impressive detail as close as 3cm away. Low light, camera performance was also quite good.. Photos shot in Auto mode also came out quite well and packed in plenty of detail. Firing up Night mode. Added. More dynamic range and brought out even more detail with some added sharpness. Photos taken with the ultra wide angle. Camera were also quite usable, but the Night mode images from this sensor came out a bit soft due to the lack of OIS.. Video quality in daylight was quite good.. Footage taken with the primary camera appeared rock steady, but also maintained good quality, no matter what the frame rate or resolution. In low light. Video quality took a slight hit, but stabilisation was still pretty good.. However, videos captured at all resolutions had a hazy or dreamy effect.. The iQoo 9 Pros 4700mAh battery is a big upgrade over that of the older iQoo 7 Legends 4000mAh unit.. This one easily gets the job done and lasts a whole day, even with heavy gaming.. The relatively large 120W adapter charges the phone from a dead battery to 100 percent in just 20 minutes.. It also supports up to 50W wireless charging, provided you use the proprietary wireless charger which iQoo sells separately. At a starting price of Rs. 64990, the iQoo 9. Pro competes directly with the OnePlus 9 Pro.

When compared side by side its clear that the iQoo 9 Pro offers better features with the latest Qualcomm silicon faster charging and a gimbal stabilised primary camera.. The 120W charging speed is the icing on the cake and theres. Also, wireless charging., What the iQoo 9 Pro lacks is an official IP rating which sticks out as a sore point. Overall, its easy to recommend the iQoo 9 Pro as theres little direct competition at the moment.. However, the OnePlus 10 Pro is finally expected to launch towards the end of March in India, and this will make things a lot more interesting..