It’s flagship Android phone launch season once again, and Vivo has just revealed the launch date for its BMW-branded top-tier phones, just in time. On February 23, the Vivo iQOO 9 series will be available in the global market.
Vivo’s connection with BMW M Motorsport is continue, and the iQOO 9 will include racing stripes on the back, exactly like prior iterations. The iQOO 9 series will feature the standard Vivo iQOO 9, the Vivo iQOO 9 Pro, and a less expensive iQOO 9 SE with slightly less powerful hardware.
Similar to the Galaxy S22 and Xiaomi 12 series, the Vivo series will be Vivo’s first Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powered phones. The lineup is already official in China, but the iQOO 9 is now available in other countries, beginning with India and Europe.
Because of the introduction in China, we already know the specifications. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC is used in both the iQOO 9 and 9 Pro, although the Pro variant has a superior display. Thanks to LTPO technology, it uses less power and has improved colour fidelity thanks to 10-bit colour capability. The Pro variant also includes HDR10+ and 2K resolution, whilst the iQOO 9 is limited to 1080p.
AMOLED panels with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate are used on both phones, although the Pro phone features curved sides. In addition, the iQOO 9 Pro has a significantly improved camera with gimbal stabilisation and faster charging technology.
The iQOO 9 SE, on the other hand, will be a completely new model that has yet to be revealed. To keep prices low, it will have a more limited set of specifications. It’s possible that the SD8G1 chip will be replaced by the SD888, although this is only speculation at this point.
Stay tuned for more information during the coming week.