iQOO 9T Review : In the Indian smartphone industry, iQOO this year unveiled the iQOO 9, iQOO 9 Pro, and iQOO 9 SE under the iQOO 9 series. The company recently unveiled the iQOO 9T, adding another smartphone to the 9 series. This flagship device of the brand comes with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus. However, the iQOO 9T has a lot in common with the Pro model. The 9T features a 50MP main camera capable of OIS from the Pro version, while retaining the same secondary camera setup as mostly vanilla. A notable upgrade in this is the telephoto camera’s aperture as in the 9T it’s impressively bigger at f/2.0. Furthermore, the 9T is powered by the same 4,700mAh battery as the 9 Pro and offers 120W fast charging.
iQOO 9T Unboxing
The iQOO 9 comes in a BMW M Motorsport-branded box, in addition to a 120W-rated charger and USB-C to USB-C cable within the box, there’s also a transparent silicone case and 3.5mm audio to USB-C dongle.
iQOO 9T Design Review
The design of the iQOO 9T handset is attention-grabbing. One-third of the back has a glossy texture and houses the camera module. The back panel of the device sports a curved design with a metal chassis. The volume rocker and power button of the smartphone are placed on the right bone. At the bottom of the device is the speaker grille, dual SIM slot, mic hole and a USB Type-C port. The best part about iQOO 9T is that even after having a bigger screen, it is quite handy and can be operated completely with one hand. The smartphone also comes with IP52 certification for dust and water resistance. On the front, the device flaunts a vibrant display with super slim bezels and a high screen-to-body ratio. A punch hole has been given in the top middle of the smartphone to place the front camera.
iQOO 9T Display Review
iQOO 9T flaunts a 6.78-inch OLED display that is fully capable of any activity, it has an E5 panel from Samsung that offers a refresh rate of 120Hz. The high quality display makes it easy to operate the smartphone in direct sunlight. During testing, very fast speeds were experienced, as there was no lag in terms of scrolling and other stuff. This includes HDR enhancement caps at HDR10+, which is perfectly fine for most content on the major streaming platforms. Notably, the 9T has the same FHD+ resolution (1080 x 2400px) as the standard iQOO 9, while offering a diagonal of 6.78 to the 9 Pro’s. However, it’s still 120Hz, and boasts a 360Hz touch sampling rate. A software feature enables real-time conversion of SDR content to HDR, which also works on most major streaming platforms, including Netflix and YouTube. There are also some game frame rate projections that artificially increase the refresh rate from 60Hz to 90Hz, but we recommend turning it off.
The display of the iQOO 9T smartphone has a maximum recorded brightness of 503 nits in manual mode, which is pretty solid, but the value is more than that. Doubles in auto mode – 1033 nits. In addition, iQOO advertises 1500 nits of maximum brightness. Color accuracy is also good, with the regular mode producing the best results. We only got an average dE2000 of 0.8, while the maximum is only 1.7. There’s a color temperature slider at your disposal, so you can always adjust it to your liking and perhaps keep the saturated colors of the default color mode. This is no LTPO display, so refresh rate control is out of the question. It has three modes – Smart Switch, 120Hz and 60Hz mode, the first two being almost identical as far as functionality goes. In both modes, the system will render at 60fps. Most of the third-party apps we tried locked at 60fps when Smart Switch mode was activated, while 120Hz mode fixed this problem.
iQOO 9T Camera Review
The iQOO 9T packs a triple rear camera setup that includes a 50MP Samsung ISOCELL GN5 primary shooter, a 13MP ultra wide-angle shooter that also acts as a macro shooter, and a 12MP telephoto sensor that doubles as a portrait shooter. The smartphone delivers some decent pictures at night with features like extreme night vision, pure-night view and XDR photos. The 2X optical zoom of the smartphone ensures that you get decent shots even if you keep any object away. The HDR mode of the smartphone works wonders in daylight conditions. While recording video, we shot a video in 4K resolution which offers great stabilization and good performance. As far as the front camera is concerned, the front camera of the device ensures that the user gets the best selfie shots. The pictures clicked by the iQOO 9T have a natural appeal which stamps on the fact that the device has a good sensor system. The iQOO 9T’s telephoto camera, which is marketed as a “professional portrait camera,” is also really good at taking bokeh photos. The iQOO 9T can do up to 2160p video at 60fps, though the hardware is perfectly capable of capturing 4320p footage as well. But the company has decided to skip 8K video recording for its Pro model. The smartphone allows electronic stabilization to simulate action camera-like recording [email protected] Caps on.
iQOO 9T Performance Review
The iQOO 9T smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 flagship processor paired with 12GB LPDDR RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. On top of that, the smartphone also gets Vivo V1+ SoC for better frame interpolation duties and image processing. Even though the iQOO 9T isn’t a full-blown gaming phone, the company adds some neat features to the software that boost the gaming experience. According to iQOO, the 9T is ready for e-sports-level. There’s an in-display Dual Monster Touch feature that splits the screen in two and you can map in-game buttons for more comfortable gaming during fast-paced battles. It is worth noting that this feature is only available in Call of Duty Mobile. iQOO 9T is one of the most responsive displays in the market with 360Hz touch response rate and low latency of less than 50 ms. In any case, the iQOO 9T is supposed to deliver decent sustained performance, which is equally important in our opinion. There is a 3,939 mm 2 vapor chamber made of copper and graphite for optimum heat dissipation. For a flagship SoC, this is indeed a great result. This could be due to some software optimization, or TSMC’s 4nm node is actually more efficient. The iQOO 9T smartphone will also get a lot of bloatware which clearly destroys the flagship experience. According to me, the UI of the iQOO phone still needs a lot of work if the brand ever wants to compete with OnePlus’ Oxygen OS.
iQOO 9T Battery Review
The iQOO 9T smartphone packs a 4700mAh battery that can last for a long time even after extensive usage. The device gets fully charged in around 25 minutes with 120W flash charging support. However, the time may range from 25 to 40 minutes depending on the stability of the power supply. For drainage, Apex Legends Mobile was run on the smartphone for an hour and the battery of the phone went from around 14% to 17%. When streaming video, battery drain is around 10% per hour. The battery lasted for about 16 hours when the device was used for calling, playing games, running social media applications and other stuff, which is a very good performance. Interestingly, there is a difference between the charging times of the 9T and 9 Pro, although it was very small. The 120W charging brick is able to top the battery from 0% in just 18 minutes, which is about three minutes faster than the iQOO 9 Pro and much faster than a similarly priced smartphone. It’s important to note that the 120W charger works well with the Power Delivery 3.0 protocol capping at 65W. However, the USB-C to USB-C cable provided is not PD-compliant.
iQOO 9T Price
The iQOO 9T handset is being shipped in two different color variants – Legend and Alpha. The device can be purchased from the Indian online shopping platform Amazon India. The handset 8GB RAM variant with 128GB internal storage is available in the Indian market for a price of Rs 49,999. At the same time, the 12GB RAM variant of the smartphone with 256GB internal storage is available in the market for Rs 55,999.