Relating the new just-announced iQOO 8 series with speed is so cool and the BMW M Motorsport branding really proves that. These new phones pack all the latest specs found in the smartphone world. From the flagship Snapdragon 888+ chipset to the 120Hz refresh rate displays and 120W fast charging the new iQOO flagships tick all the 2021 premium phone boxes.
We are talking about the new iQOO 8 and its Pro version. However, let us see what the vanilla version brings to us.
The iQOO 8 has a 6.56-inch FHD+ flat display with a centered punch hole that can display up to 1 billion colors. It has a 120Hz refresh rate, a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, a contrast ratio of 6,000,000:1, and a peak brightness of 1200 nits. iQOO says there is an independent display chip that improves the frame rate while lowering power consumption. It also upscales SD content into HDR.
The phone has a Snapdragon 888+ chipset, LPDRR5 RAM, and UFS 3.1 storage. There is a 48MP f/1.79 Sony IMX598 gimbal camera on the back along with a 13MP f/2.2 120° ultrawide angle camera and a 13MP f/2.46 portrait camera. A 16MP camera is in front for selfies and video calls.
The iQOO 8 has a 4350mAh battery capacity. Even though it’s bigger than that of the iQOO 7, iQOO has been able to make the phone lighter by 9.6 grams. There is support for 120W fast wired charging that can fully charge the phone from empty to full in 18 minutes. There is also VC Liquid Cooling for keeping the temperature down when needed.
The new flagship also comes with a dual X-axis motor, an upgraded 4D vibration, and dual pressure-sensitive buttons under the display that allows four-finger operations to be done with just two. There are also improved three-dimensional stereo speakers for a better audio experience.
The iQOO 8 and iQOO 8 Pro both run OriginOS for iQOO, a custom-made version of Vivo’s China-exclusive Android fork. OriginOS for iQOO brings a similar widget-based homescreen interface available on Vivo phones.
There is also an AI subtitle feature that should be similar to Live Caption and a feature called Smart Privacy Protection that prevents third-party apps from accessing private information from the clipboard and SMS app.
iQOO 8 Specifications
CPU: Snapdragon 888 SM8350 2.84GHz Octacore
GPU: Adreno 660
Display: 6.56 inch, FHD + 2376 × 1080, 19.8:9, 120Hz, AMOLED
RAM: 8GB / 12GB LPDDR5
Storage: 128GB / 256GB, UFS3.1
Main camera: Triple
- 48 MP (main, IMX598, f/1.79)
- 13 MP (wide-angle, 120 °, f/2.2)
- 13 MP (portrait, 50 mm f/2.46)
Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.45
OS: Android 11 (OriginOS) 1.0 for iQOO)
Dimension: 159.06 x 75.14 x 8.63 (8.72) mm
Weight: 199.9g (201.9g)
Battery: 4350mAh (Fast charge 120W)
USB: USB Type-C
Audio 3.5mm jack: No
Face ID: Yes
Fingerprint sensor: Yes (under-display)
Colors: White, White-Orange, Black
SIM: Dual SIM
Others: VoLTE, High resolution, VoLTE, NFC, OTG, Liquid cooling
- 2G bands: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
- CDMA BC0/BC1
- 3G bands: WCDMA B1/B2/B4/B5/B8
- CDMA2000 BC0/BC1
- 4G bands:
- TD-LTE B34/B38/B39/B40/B41
- FDD-LTE B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B18/B19/B20/B26/B28A
- 5G bands: n1/n5/n8/n3/n28A/n41/n77/n78
iQOO 8 Price and Availability
The iQOO 8 will be available in two configurations and three colors (Racing, Legend, and Flame) when it becomes available for purchase on August 24:
- 8+128GB = ¥3799 (~$586)
- 12+256GB = ¥4199 (~$648)
Pre-orders start today, interested buyers will be able to grab the phone on Vivo’s online shop and physical stores, Tmall, Suning, JD.com, and more.
The iQOO 50W Vertical Wireless Charger will be available on August 26 too for ¥279 (~$43) before reverting back to its original price of ¥329 (~$50).