Last month was all about phones in the mid-range categories, from the much hyped Nothing Phone (1) to the highly anticipated Pixel 6a, the Indian smartphone market was blessed with them all. However, this month turns out to be more about flagship phones with the launch of the iQOO 9T and OnePlus 10T one after the other. Call it a mere fluke that smartphones that have similar specs, prices, and features are announced within two days.
While the iQOO 9T is relatively new and OnePlus as a brand has more people’s affection, iQOO’s flagship phone has everything it takes to pose a threat to the OnePlus 10T. The 9T is the first phone in India to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset which brings many improvements to the previously launched Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The OnePlus 10T is also expected to arrive with the same chipset. While the OnePlus 10T is still an enigma to many of us, I spent a few days with the iQOO 9T phone and here are my first impressions.
iQOO 9T: Design
Sleek and stylish are the two words I would use if I had to define the iQOO 9T. The smartphone is a looker and is sure to grab your attention if you are looking to buy a premium phone. The 9T is offered in two colors, the Alpha and Legend colors. I got the Alpha color variant for review and I think the Alpha makes the device look premium.
The iQOO 9T is tall and wide. This will appease anyone who loves big phones, but if you’re looking for a compact form factor, you might not enjoy using the iQOO 9T. I’ve always preferred bigger phones, no matter how difficult it is to perform one-handed operations. The phone has a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. So if you love watching content on your cell phone, the iQOO 9T will definitely appease you. The back panel of the phone will remind you of the Vivo X80. The back panel features two textures, the top slot has a glossy finish while the other half has a soft matte finish. The phone has a slim profile but a bit heavy.
iQOO 9T: performance and battery
The iQOO 9T is equipped with the most powerful processor in the Android ecosystem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. To top it off, iQOO 9T also uses Vivo’s V1+ image chip which improves gaming performance as well than image quality in low light. iQOO 9T actually got the highest score in the Antutu benchmark test. The phone managed to clock over a million, the higher the score, the higher the processor capabilities. So far, I’ve only indulged in basic activities like switching between apps, watching videos, and playing games. I experienced no lag and the phone did not heat up during strenuous activities.
Under the hood, the iQOO 9T houses a 4700mAh battery with support for 120W fast charging. Fast charging helps the phone fill up with juice in less than twenty minutes. I haven’t put the phone through any hard tests yet. Only then can I comment on the true potential of the phone. The full phone review will be up in a few days. But for that, you have to watch this space for more.
iQOO 9T: Should you buy it?
For Rs 54,999, the iQOO 9T is a perfect blend of power and style. You get the fastest and latest chipset plus an additional V1+ chip to further boost performance. The full review of the iQOO 9T will soon be available on the India Tody Tech website. So stay tuned if you really want to know whether the iQOO 9T is a good buy or not.
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