iQOO‘s latest flagship smartphone, the iQOO 9T, is ready to hit the Indian market and will boast of some of the highest-end hardware features available in the market. The iQOO 9T runs the latest and greatest Qualcomm chipset, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, and will compete with the likes of other flagship devices such as the upcoming OnePlus 10T and the recently launched ASUS ROG Phone 6. iQOO 9T price in India was recently revealed via unboxing videos, though the phone officially launches next week. Here’s a quick roundup of everything we know so far about the phone.
iQOO 9T price in India, availability
The iQOO 9T officially launches and goes on sale on August 2nd at 12:30 pm and the phone will be available in two RAM + storage configurations and colour options. The iQOO 9T will be available in Alpha and Legend colour options and will have an 8GB+128GB and 12GB+256GB configuration on offer.
The 8GB+128GB variant is priced at Rs 49,999, while the 12GB+256GB variant will command a sticker price of Rs 54,999. Buyers will also be extended an instant discount of Rs 4,000 upon using ICICI Bank cards for the prices, thus bringing the effective price down. iQOO will also provide an exchange bonus for buyers which will amount to Rs 7,000 for an iQOO device and Rs 5,000 for other devices. Customers can also opt for a 12-month no-cost EMI option on offer.
iQOO 9T specifications, features
The iQOO 9T that’s going to hit the Indian market is essentially a rebranded iQOO 10 that was recently launched in China. The iQOO 9T will sit between the current iQOO 9 and the iQOO 9 Pro, making it the third iQOO 9 series device on sale in India. Thus, there are some confirmations as to what we can expect from the device.
The iQOO 9T dons a slender look and will be available in two colour options – Alpha and Legend. The Alpha colourway has a stealthier look thanks to the play with shades of Black throughout the design. The Legend colourway is a louder colour choice and will include a white and black colour combination with Red and Blue striping. This variant also harks back to iQOO’s longstanding association with BMW’s M motorsport division.
At the back, the top half gets a carbon fibre-like pattern and plays host to the camera housing. The camera housing itself is finished off in gloss black and will get chamfered edges.
The iQOO 9T’s front is dominated by a 6.78-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display, which is a 2D flexible E5 panel, supports HDR10+ and boasts a peak brightness of 1,500 nits. The display is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 sourced from Corning. The display also is home to a punch hole cutout for the front camera and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Under the hood, the iQOO 9T runs the latest Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. This top-tier chip is 10 percent faster than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, which is found in the iQOO 9 Pro. The chipset is paired to 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Storage is handled by a fast UFS 3.1 type arrangement and gets a capacity of 128GB or 256GB. The storage, however, is not expandable.
The iQOO 9T gets an advanced thermal management system to keep temperatures under control. It gets a 3930mm² Vapor Chamber Liquid Cooling System with an internal capillary structure and power pump to prevent overheating. To supplement gaming, the iQOO 9T also features a dedicated chip to increase the frame rate and optimise colours during gaming.
The camera department on the iQOO 9T is handled by a triple camera setup with an LED flash at the rear. This triple camera setup plays host to a 50MP GN5 main camera sensor with gimbal stabilsation, a 13MP ultrawide sensor and a 12MP portrait sensor. Upfront, there is a 16MP shooter to tackle video calls and selfies.
This setup is complemented by the inclusion of a V1+ chip. The V1+ chip has been jointly developed by Vivo and MediaTek and aims to power custom image processing. This dedicated ISP chip could help the iQOO 9T take better low-light images even when the light quantity is less than 1 lux.
Battery, charging and other features
To power all this hardware, the iQOO 9T is expected to have a 4,700mAh battery and will get a fast 120W charging system. This fast charging system is said to juice this flagship smartphone up to 100 percent in just 20 odd minutes.
The iQOO 9T is expected to deliver high-end audio output thanks to stereo speakers, Hi-Fi audio, and Type-C audio. Connectivity features such as 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, and a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer will also be on offer.
The iQOO 9T is also expected to be IP52 certified as an additional shield of protection for occasional splashes and dunks. The smartphone will run on Android 12-based Origin Ocean custom skin out of the box. It is also good to know that customers can expect three years of system updates and four years of security patch updates for the iQOO 9T.
More details will be available once the iQOO device goes on sale on August 2nd.