vivo’s iQOO Phone is A Competitively-Priced Gaming Phone

It has a sleek design with monster specs inside

After it was teased several times, vivo formally unveiled the iQOO gaming phone at a press conference in Shenzen, China. With the tagline “Monster Inside”, the iQOO comes with beastly specs: Snapdragon 855, up to 12GB RAM, up to 256GB internal storage, 6.41-inch AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint scanner, triple rear cameras, and 44W Super FlashCharge fast charging. The latter is available to all variants except the 6GB/128GB variant—that one gets 22.5W fast charging instead.

Being a gaming phone, vivo equipped the iQOO with gaming-centric features like Vapor Chamber cooling, Monster Touch shoulder buttons, and Multi-Turbo performance enhancement suite. Multi-Turbo consists of AI Turbo, Center Turbo, Net Turbo, Cooling Turbo, and Game Turbo—all of them claims to boost app startup by 30%, frame rates by 70%, and automatic Wi-Fi and 4G switching.

While the design looks conventional, you have a thin LED strip right at the middle of the glass back that serves as a notification light.

vivo iQOO Phone Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Adreno 640 GPU
  • 6GB/8GB/12GB RAM
  • 128GB/256GB internal storage
  • 6.41-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display
  • Triple rear cameras: 13-megapixel 120-degree wide-angle camera; 12-megapixel f/1.8 Sony IMX363 main camera with dual pixel; 2-megapixel depth sensor PDAF, Super HDR, LED flash
  • 12-megapixel front camera
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, NFC
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, Vapor Chamber cooling, Multi-Turbo, Monster Touch shoulder buttons
  • USB-C, 4D Shock
  • 4000mAh battery with 44w Super FlashCharge
  • Android 9.0 Pie with FunTouch OS 9

The vivo iQOO is priced at CNY 2,998(~Php 23.2k) for the 6GB/128GB variant, CNY3,298(~Php 27.8k) for the 8GB/128GB variant, CNY 3,598(~Php 27.8k) for the 8GB/256GB variant, and CNY 4,298(~Php 33.2k) for the 12GB/256GB variant. It will be available starting March 6 in China.


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One Comment

  1. Just as i expected from Vivo and oppo, they already learned their lesson in China, People always want value for their money. Even now, their phones are being sold as much as 30% discount on online stores in China, as they already reach the saturation point of expensive phones , mediocre phones vs budget, monster specs. I hope these would a domino effect globally.

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