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Vivo iQOO Gaming Smartphone with Snapdragon 855 and 12GB RAM Launched in China

Vivo’s new sub-brand iQOO has announced its first smartphone which goes by the same name. The iQOO has been built to handle high-end gaming but does not bear an overtly gaming-focused design like other gaming-focused phones such as the Black Shark Helo, ASUS ROG Phone and Razer Phone 2. It offers a high screen-to-body ratio and it is driven by the powerful Snapdragon 855 chipset. One of the USPs of the phone is that it carries support for 44W fast charging.

iQOO Specifications and Features

The iQOO comes with a 6.41-inch AMOLED display. The screen features a waterdrop notch and features full HD+ resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels as well as an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The Chinese manufacturer has embedded a fingerprint sensor under the display of the smartphone. The device measures 157.69 x 75.2 x 8.51mm and weighs 196 grams.

The phone features an LED strip running down the centre of the back panel, which lights up for notifications and while gaming. The iQOO features pressure-sensitive buttons on the edge that can be used as gaming controls. Vivo is calling this feature ‘Monster Touch’. It also features a vapour cooling system to keep the phone at usable temperatures during longer gaming sessions.

The Snapdragon 855 mobile platform powers the smartphone with up to 12GB of RAM. It comes with up to 256GB of internal storage. There is no microSD card slot on the device. The handset draws power from a 4,000mAh battery. Apart from the base 6GB RAM variant, all versions of the iQOO carry support for 44W Vivo Super FlashCharge that can charge 50 percent of the battery in just 15 minutes, while a full charge can be completed in 45 minutes.

The FunTouch 9.0 based Android 9 Pie comes preloaded on the device. The selfie camera features a resolution of 12-megapixels, while the back panel has a triple camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

Vivo iQOO Price and Release Date

The Vivo iQOO will be available in four variants. The 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variants of the smartphone are priced at 2,998 Yuan (~Rs 31,680), 3,298 Yuan (~Rs 34,850) and 3,598 Yuan (~Rs 38,000) respectively. These three variants can be Lava Orange or Electric Blue colours. The highest configuration model of the smartphone with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage costs 4,298 Yuan (~Rs 45,415). This model comes only in Electric Blue.

The smartphone will go on sale starting March 6th. The company did not confirm whether it will be made available outside of China.

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