iQoo introduced three smartphones this 12 months as a part of its premium 9-series lineup. All of us anticipated an iQoo 9 to be launched, however iQoo shocked us with two new telephones. the iQoo 9 Professional (Evaluate), with its Qualcomm Snapdragon Eight Gen 1 processor and gimbal-stabilized digital camera is supposed to compete with top-tier smartphones from Samsung and OnePlus. After which there’s the iQoo 9 SE, a smartphone designed to tackle the competitors on the worth finish of the premium smartphone section. After testing iQoo 9 SE for every week, I found that it’s not excellent however nonetheless affords good worth for cash. Here is why.
iQoo 9 SE worth in India
The iQoo 9 SE is offered in two variants and finishes. The 8GB RAM and 128GB storage possibility is priced at Rs. 33,990, whereas the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant prices Rs. 37,990. Each can be found in Area Fusion and Sundown Sierra. I obtained a Sundown Sierra unit with 12GB of RAM.
iQoo 9 SE design
The iQoo 9 SE within the Sundown Sierra end seems to be premium. It has a slim general profile. The again panel and body are product of polycarbonate, whereas the raised rear digital camera module is metallic. The iQoo 9 SE’s matte body and again panel make it fairly slippery however these surfaces are good at resisting fingerprints. This cellphone doesn’t characteristic an official IP score, however the firm does declare that it has all the required seals round its ports and the SIM tray to fulfill an IP52 equal score.
The iQoo 9 SE has a 6.62-inch full-HD+ Tremendous AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh price. The bezel is skinny throughout, and the outlet for the front-facing digital camera is not distracting. The show’s display is product of Panda glass and is sweet at rejecting fingerprints. The quantity rocker and energy button sit on the correct, with the SIM tray, Sort-C USB port and first speaker on the backside. The cellphone options an in-display fingerprint reader which is fast and dependable.
iQoo 9 SE specs and software program
The 9 SE has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, and iQoo says it has additionally applied its personal Clever Show Chip (IDC), which it claims assists the built-in GPU with MEMC (Movement Estimation and Movement Compensation) and SDR-to-HDR video upscaling when wanted. Communication requirements embody Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and the same old satellite tv for pc navigation methods. There isn’t any 3.5mm headphone jack, however iQoo does present a Sort-C to three.5mm adapter within the field. There is a dual-SIM tray and this cellphone helps dual-5G standby, however there is not any slot for storage growth.
The cellphone runs Funtouch OS 12, based mostly on Android 12. Android 12 options, together with the brand new Materials You widgets, the permissions supervisor, and the privateness dashboard have been applied. Regardless of operating Funtouch OS 12, iQoo has not included the theming engine that is accessible on the iQoo 9 Professional, so the colours of the keyboard and widgets don’t robotically change to match the wallpaper you select. There are a number of preinstalled third-party apps that I am glad could be uninstalled.
iQoo 9 SE efficiency
The 6.62-inch full-HD+ Tremendous AMOLED show reveals punchy colours on the default ‘Customary’ setting. Whereas many individuals will likely be proud of what they see, there’s additionally a ‘Skilled’ setting with extra natural-looking coloration tones. Daylight legibility is kind of good, and I had no issues with contact sensitivity with common use.
The 120Hz refresh price setting is adaptive however solely switches between 120Hz and 60Hz relying on content material. The show is HDR10+ licensed, so I did get pleasure from watching supported content material on Netflix and Amazon Prime in HDR. The twin stereo audio system sounded loud, clear and balanced when streaming video and enjoying video games.
Day-to-day software program efficiency felt easy and fluid with no signal of lag or stuttering. Benchmark outcomes didn’t disappoint both and had been on par with the competitors. The iQoo 9 SE managed a rating of 8,54,095 in AnTuTu, in addition to 1,065 and three,414 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core assessments. These scores are comparable even to what even some Snapdragon Eight Gen 1-powered smartphones have produced.
Gaming efficiency was fairly good general. The cellphone did get a bit heat when enjoying video games on the highest settings, however efficiency didn’t take successful. Asphalt 9: Legends ran buttery easy with the graphics set to Excessive High quality (60 fps mode). Battlegrounds Cellular India (BGMI) additionally ran easily with HDR graphics and the body price set to Excessive. Name of Responsibility: Cellular appeared to have some optimization points. This recreation stuttered and lagged from launch to the menus and even throughout gameplay. It didn’t run easily even on the lowest graphics settings. Hopefully, this may be addressed with future software program updates.
Battery life is kind of good, and the cellphone lasted 20 hours, 1 minute in our HD video loop take a look at, which is kind of good. The smartphone’s 4,500mAh battery managed to final a day and a half with gaming and a few digital camera utilization. The iQoo 9 SE’s 66W charger takes this cellphone from 0-76% in 30 minutes and completes the cost in 50 minutes.
iQoo 9 SE cameras
The iQoo 9 SE has three rear cameras and a single 16-megapixel front-facing digital camera. The rear digital camera setup consists of a 48-megapixel (with OIS) major, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, and a 2-megapixel mono digital camera for capturing depth information. The ultra-wide-angle digital camera additionally doubles up as a macro digital camera as it’s able to autofocus. The digital camera interface is usually iQoo, with vital buttons on the left facet of the viewfinder. A hamburger menu provides entry to digital camera settings, side ratio, a countdown timer, and an on-screen overlay that will help you body pictures. The principle digital camera modes proven within the app (photograph, video, portrait, and Evening by default) could be changed with others that you just use extra steadily.
Images taken in daylight confirmed wonderful element with good dynamic vary. Pictures shot utilizing the Portrait mode with the rear digital camera got here out sharp with detailed textures and good edge detection. The ultra-wide-angle digital camera shot respectable photographs however they appeared sharper within the heart and blurry in the direction of the sides. Macro pictures got here out with spectacular element since they’re captured utilizing the 13-megapixel sensor of the ultra-wide-angle digital camera. Images shot utilizing the front-facing digital camera additionally got here out clear and sharp with good dynamic vary.
In low gentle, particulars in textures weren’t very clear when utilizing the auto mode. There was some noise in dimly lit scenes, however the general high quality was nonetheless good. Switching to Evening mode brightened up pictures and added a little bit of sharpness, however the high quality remained a lot the identical. The ultra-wide-angle digital camera’s low-light efficiency was strictly common, and it captured pictures that seemed smooth. Selfies shot in low gentle got here out properly, with good element and noise beneath management. Edge detection was common in such situations, although.
Movies captured in daylight got here out a bit saturated however with good dynamic vary. Video seemed properly stabilized, however not after I went past 4K 30fps. 4K 60fps clips had been good by way of high quality however appeared fairly shaky. In low gentle, 30fps footage (1080p or 4K) seemed the perfect, with good stabilization and noise beneath management.
The iQoo 9 SE is a strong contender within the sub-Rs. 40,000 smartphone section because it affords wonderful worth for cash. This class in India presently has just a few enticing choices from varied producers, however the iQoo 9 SE’s software program and digital camera efficiency make it stand out. There are additionally different significant advantages that improve this cellphone’s attraction, equivalent to an HDR-capable show, a selfie digital camera that works properly in low gentle, and the power to take spectacular macro pictures.
After which, there’s the enticing price ticket. Obtainable beginning at Rs. 33,990 for the 8GB+128GB variant, the iQoo 9 SE appears fairly attractive in comparison with the Realme GT 5G (Evaluate), which has additionally been a great worth providing. The iQoo 9 SE would even be a better option than Samsung’s just lately launched Galaxy A53 5G (Evaluate) except you’re particularly on the lookout for that IP67 score. These on the lookout for a near-stock Android software program expertise can even have a look at Motorola’s Moto Edge 20 Professional (Evaluate).