Last year we saw several companies try their luck with a gaming phone. Razer launched their gen2 Razer Phone, Asus launched their Rog Phone, Xiaomi launched their Xiaomi Black Shark and Huawei came up with the Honor Play. In all of this how was Vivo going to stay quite. So today Vivo launched Vivo iQOO, its very own gaming phone.
Vivo iQOO, aside from the odd name, is a beast from every angle. From the outside, the phone is a typical glass sandwich with a bezelless front. Eliminating the bezels is a water-drop style notch with a thin bottom bezel aka the chin. The front of the device is a 6.41-inch 2,340 x 1,080 AMOLED display delivering those deep, crispy blacks that AMOLEDs are known for. There is also a fingerprint scanner hidden under the display for added security.
Internally, the Vivo iQOO is every bit as powerful as the latest and greatest from Samsung and Huawei. It is rocking a cutting edge Snapdragon 855 chip with either 6 or 8 or an absurd 12GB of RAM. Storage options also vary according to the model you pick. 128GB is the standard while the phone goes all the way up-to 256GB. Powering all of this is a 4000mAh battery promising a full day of heavy use.
“Gaming Features” And 4 Cameras
It is a gaming phone so don’t accept industry leading cameras but hey we can be wrong. And frankly, taking a look at that camera array we would like to be wrong. There are 3 rear cameras on the back of the devices. A 12MP standard camera, a 13MP ultra-wide angle camera, and a 2MP sensor for portrait mode shots. Around the front, a single 12MP selfie camera will take your mug shots, pardon the pun.
Now unto the gaming features and Vivo iQOO has quite a few of them. There is a 44W Vivo Super FlashCharge charging which, Vivo promises, will charge your phone from 0-100 in 45 minutes. And to cool of your hot gaming sessions, the Vivo iQOO uses a vapor chamber. Pretty crazy stuff if you ask us. Lastly, no gaming phone is truly “Gaming” if it doesn’t have some extra lights to show off. So Vivo iQOO has an LED strip on the back to show off those extra lights.
Other interesting features include 2 hidden pressure sensitive buttons on the right side. The buttons can be used as triggers in games like FPS, RPG and such.
Prices of Vivo iQOO vary with the RAM/Storage configuration you choose. About $450 for the 6GB/128GB in the chinese market and going all the way upto $640 for the 12GB/256GB version. The phone will launch in select global markets later this year.
So tell us what do you think about this device in the comments down below. Is it worth getting over the other gaming phones?