vivo’s gaming-focused brand, iQOO, is back today with a new smartphone, as anticipated and leaked ad nauseam. the iQOO Pro comes in two versions – one that has 4G connectivity, one that ups it to 5G. Otherwise, they are mostly identical.
The iQOO Pro and iQOO Pro 5G both sport a 6.41-inch 1080×2340 Super AMOLED touchscreen with an in-display fingerprint scanner, the Snapdragon 855+ chipset, a 48 MP f/1.79 main rear cam that comes alongside a 12 MP ultrawide (f/2.2) and a 2 MP depth sensor, a 12 MP f/2.0 selfie shooter, and a 4,500 mAh battery with support for 44W ultra fast charging.
The software is Android 9 Pie with vivo’s Funtouch 9 on top. The iQOO Pro (4G) will be offered in two configurations. The one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at CNY 3,198 (approximately $451 or 407 at the current exchange rates). If you need 12GB of RAM you’ll pay CNY 3,498 ($493, 445).
The iQOO Pro 5G has three versions: 8/128GB for CNY 3,798 ($536, 483), 8/256GB for CNY 3,998 ($564, 509), and 12/128GB for CNY 4,098 ($578, 522). Both 4G and 5G models are offered in Racing Black and Le Mans Blue. They have the same dimensions: 158.77 x 75.73 x 9.325 mm, but the weight differs by 2g – the 4G phone tips the scales at 215g, while the 5G version goes up to 217g.
The iQOO Pro 4G is up for pre-order already in China and will ship from August 30, which is also when it will be out in stores. The 5G model will be up for pre-sale tomorrow with limited availability. A pre-booking open to all will commence on August 29, and the iQOO Pro 5G will be released on September 2. There’s no word on whether (or when) these will make it to countries other than China.
Haslinda has worked with some of the largest telcos in North America and Asia. She loves tech and doesn’t like iPhone