iQOO Neo9 Pro. Photo: Vivo China
iQOO Neo9 Pro. Photo: Vivo China

iQOO, the sub-brand of Vivo after the launch of its flagship, the iQOO 12 has launched the 9 generation of its popular premium mid-range smartphones, the iQOO Neo9 and Neo9 Pro in China. The Neo9 series is the successor of the Neo8 series, including the iQOO Neo8 and Neo8 Pro.

The Neo9 Pro has a new design with an upgraded display, chipset, ultra-wide camera, battery and reverse charging capability. The Neo series is popular for its design and performance at a mid-range price competing as a flagship killer. The sub-brand of Vivo has been doing quite well recently with new design and performance features in all price ranges. The Neo series is also getting attention for the same reason.

Let us see what the smartphone offers in terms of specs.

Specifications of iQOO Neo9 Pro

Dimensions Height:   163.53mm
Width:   75.68mm
Thickness:
Fighting Black/Nautical Blue: 7.99mm
Red and White Soul: 8.34mm
Weight Fighting Black/Nautical Blue: 196g
Red and White Soul: 190g
Display size 6.78-inch
Display type LTPO AMOLED
Resolution 2,800 × 1,260
Refresh Rate 144 Hz
Chipset MediaTek Dimensity 9300 (4nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×3.25 GHz Cortex-X4 & 3×2.85 GHz Cortex-X4 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A720)
GPU Immortalis-G720
OS OriginOS 4 based on Android 14
RAM 12GB | 16GB
Storage 256GB | 512GB | 1TB
Rear camera 50MP Sony customized VCS IMX920 main camera
50MP ultra-wide-angle camera
Selfie camera 16MP
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6/7, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.4
Network LTE | 5G
SIM Dual SIM
Audio Stereo speakers
Sensors Accelerometer | Ambient light sensor | Proximity sensor | Gyro | Electronic compass | Physical gyroscope | Infrared remote control | Flicker sensor | X-axis linear motor | Under-display fingerprint sensor
Battery 5,160mAh
Charging 120W wired charging
Reverse wired
Colours Fighting Black | Nautical Blue | Red and White Soul
Price (expected) Rs 65,000 (12/256G)
Rs 70,000 (12/512GB)
Rs 77,000 (16/512GB)
Rs 85,000 (16GB/1TB)

Design and Display

The design of the iQOO Neo9 Pro is different to its predecessor, the iQOO Neo8 Pro. The camera module hump has now been removed and the dual camera setup has a square-shaped lens with rounded edges.

The lens design bears a resemblance to the flagship iQOO 12‘s camera module. However, instead of featuring a single prominent camera bump, the lenses are distinctively separated.

iQOO Neo9 Pro. Photo: Vivo China
iQOO Neo9 Pro. Photo: Vivo China

The Neo9 Pro has three colour options, Fighting Black, Nautical Blue and Red and White Soul. The Black and Blue colour option has a frosted glass back and keeps away the fingerprints. The Red and White Soul colour option has a leather back which has a unique white stripe along the camera module side with stitches connecting to the red colour.

iQOO Neo9 Pro design and display. Photo: Vivo China
Photo: Vivo China

On the front, the Neo9 Pro has a centred hole-punch cutout which houses the selfie camera. The bezels are also minimal for a premium look and feel. It has an LTPO AMOLED panel with a 6.78-inch screen size, a 20:9 ratio and an impressive 93.43 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It has a resolution of 2,800 × 1,260 and supports a wide range of 1.07 billion colours. It has support for HDR and also an 8,000,000:1 contrast ratio. With a refresh rate of up to 144Hz, the display ensures smooth and fluid visuals.

Performance and Storage

The iQOO Neo9 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 chipset built on a 4nm architecture for powerful performance. Its octa-core CPU configuration is a mixture of high-speed Cortex-X4 cores clocked at 3.25 GHz, alongside additional Cortex-X4 and Cortex-A720 cores. It is equipped with the Immortalis-G720 GPU for graphics rendering for a smooth gaming and multimedia experience. It runs on OriginOS 4 based on the Android 14 operating system.

MediaTek Dimensity 9300. Photo: MediaTek
MediaTek Dimensity 9300. Photo: MediaTek

The iQOO Neo9 Pro is available in two RAM options: 12GB and 16GB. The 12GB variant is offered with either a base storage of 256GB or an extended 512GB option. Meanwhile, the 16GB version comes with a 512GB storage option or an even larger 1TB variant.

Camera

The iQOO Neo9 Pro has a dual rear camera setup, headlined by a powerful 50MP Sony customized VCS IMX920 sensor which is paired with a 50MP flagship ultra-wide-angle lens. The main rear camera features an aperture of f/1.88 while the wide-angle lens has an f/2.0 aperture. Additionally, the main rear camera supports OIS anti-shake technology for steady and blur-free images, while both rear cameras feature video anti-shake functionality, enabling smooth video recording.

iQOO Neo9 Pro camera specs. Photo: Vivo China
Photo: Vivo China

The rear camera has support for up to 20x digital zoom. The shooting modes for the rear camera include night scene, snapshot, portrait, photo, video, micro movie, high pixel, panorama, slow motion, time-lapse photography, super moon, ultra-clear document, time slowdown, Professional and Jovi ScanMP4. The iQOO Neo9 Pro’s rear camera has video recording capabilities of up to 8K, 4K, 1080p videos and 1080p slow-motion videos.

iQOO Neo9 Pro rear camera. Photo: Vivo China
Photo: Vivo China

On the front, the iQOO Neo9 Pro has a 16MP selfie camera with an f/2.45 aperture. It also has various shooting modes, including portrait, photo, video and micro-movie. As for video recording, it can record videos of up to 1080p which could be better with support for up to 4k videos.

Battery and Others

The iQOO Neo9 Pro boasts a hefty 5,160mAh battery. For charging it supports fast 120W wired charging and reverse wired charging capacity to charge other devices. Connectivity-wise, it supports Wi-Fi standards up to 802.11ac/6/7 for fast and reliable internet access and Bluetooth 5.4 for wireless connections. It has support for both LTE and 5G networks and dual SIM capability for high-speed data and connectivity options.

iQOO Neo9 Pro battery and charging. Photo: Vivo China
Photo: Vivo China

The phone also features stereo speakers for immersive audio. It has a wide range of sensors like an accelerometer, ambient light, proximity, gyro, electronic compass, physical gyroscope, infrared remote control, flicker sensor, and an under-display fingerprint sensor.

As for colour options; the iQOO Neo9 Pro is available in Fighting Black, Nautical Blue and Red and White Soul colours.

iQOO Neo9 Pro colour optoins. Photo: Vivo China
Photo: Vivo China

The iQOO Neo9 Pro when launched can be expected around Rs 65,000 for the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant, Rs 70,000 for the 12GB RAM and 512GB storage variant, Rs 77,000 for the 16GB RAM and 512GB storage variant, and Rs 85,000 for the 16GB RAM and 1TB storage variant in Nepal.





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