Vivo iQOO: Top smartphone of the new sub brand for $544.21

Recently we have presented you the first information about the new Vivo iQOO smartphone, meanwhile it has been officially introduced. For the China version you currently pay $544.21 at GearVita with the coupon iQOO128. You can find all information about the smartphone in the article.

In February ’19, Vivo also made the marketing move that Xiaomi had made at the beginning of the year. Under the name “iQOO” Vivo is building up a sub-brand, which, however, does not focus on “budget” smartphones, but on premium smartphones. The first Vivo iQOO smartphone comes with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB memory.

Vivo iQOO Smartphone Front and Back

Technical data of the Vivo iQOO Smartphone

Display 6,41″ AMOLED Display (2340 x 1080p, 19.5:9 aspect ratio)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 @ 2.84 GHz
Graphic chip Adreno 640
Main memory 6/8/12 GB LPDDR4X RAM
Internal memory 64/128/256 GB UFS 2.1
Main camera 12 MP + 13 MP + 2 MP
Front camera 12 MP
Battery 4.000 mAh, 44W Charging at 256 GB Model
Connectivity LTE Band 1,3,5,7,8,, WLAN AC, GPS//BDS, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM, NFC
Features Fingerprint sensor in display | USB Type-C | Face Unlock | IR blaster
Operating system Funtouch OS 9, Android 9
Dimensions / Weight 157,69 x 75,2 x 8,51mm / 196 g

Flagship of the new brand

The new smartphone features the Snapdragon 855 processor. This is the new top processor from Qualcomm, which is also found in the new Xiaomi Mi 9. To be honest, there’s also an exaggerated 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal memory. What reads like the specsheet of a notebook is actually intended for this smartphone. We already know this from the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT, but we still overshoot the mark. However, there is also a version with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB memory.

Triple cameras are currently the hallmark of a flagship. The Vivo iQOO is also equipped with three camera sensors. The main sensor is the 12 megapixel Sony IMX363 with a ƒ/1.8 aperture, which we know from the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, for example. In addition there is a 13 megapixel and a 2 megapixel sensor. A 12 megapixel camera is also placed on the front.

Vivo iQOO Smartphone Specs

This hardware is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery, which can be quickly charged up to 44W via the USB type C port. This is only valid for the more expensive 12/256 GB version, the 6/128 GB version can only be charged with 22,5W. Unfortunately we have to do without wireless loading. On the other hand, NFC is also supported, which could be used for contactless payment via Google Play.

Charging the Vivo iQOO battery

“Could” is the cue here. Because of the existence as a China version one must do without pre-installed Google services. Also the Google Play Store is not on board. In this respect, we can’t yet say one hundred percent whether it’s easy to install. The internal memory also contains the FunTouch OS interface, which we also know from the Vivo NEX Dual Screen Smartphone. This is based on Android 9. In addition, the Vivo iQOO can only be used in English or Chinese.

Vivo iQOO Smartphone Banner

Fingerprint sensor in display

If you have seen the Vivo NEX before, you will recognize the iQOO directly as a smartphone from Vivo. The streamlined back, available in blue and orange/brown, is particularly eye-catching. A 6.41 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels is used on the front. This screen also houses the fingerprint sensor and is therefore identical in size and function to the OnePlus 6T.

Vivo iQOO Smartphone Orange

For gamers, however, the Vivo iQOO has come up with something special. On the right side, there are two touch-sensitive buttons, which are intended to ensure that you have additional options in the form of shoulder buttons, especially when gaming. Whether the keys can be reprogrammed accordingly and whether the keys can also fulfil functions in other applications is still unclear.

Vivo iQOO Touch Buttons

Evaluation

The Vivo iQOO actually does quite a lot right and is technically up to date. We find the touch keys on the side cool, which could be a good plus in everyday life depending on the software implementation. We’re still a bit sceptical about the camera, Vivo doesn’t seem to have taken that much of a step forward here, even though it has to be said that the same sensor in the Vivo NEX Dual Display was able to take really nice pictures. For us, the problem is the focus on the Asian market. We don’t yet know whether the Vivo iQOO will also be available in a global version.

Should we try to find a test device or do you find another smartphone more exciting at the moment?

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Maike

I love Gadgets destined to ease your everyday life - e.g. smart home gadgets. I own a few Xiaomi Gadgets (Xiaomi Mi A1, Xiaomi Yeelight Bedside Lamp, Xiaomi Wifi Repeater etc.), and would consider myself a fan :) 

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