iQOO’s next big gaming phone could launch in India soon. Here’s proof

iQOO 9 Pro will come as a successor to the iQOO 8 Pro and it may launch in early 2022.

Highlights
  • iQOO 9 Pro has appeared on the IMEI database, suggesting that the India launch could be soon.
  • The flagship bears the model number I2022.
  • iQOO 9 Pro IMEI database doesn’t reveal its hardware specifications just yet.

iQOO 8 and iQOO 8 Pro flagships were launched in China recently and if rumours are to be believed, the latter is set to debut in India soon under the iQOO 8 Pro Legend moniker. Now, it appears the brand is gearing to unveil the successor, the iQOO 9. The next-gen iQOO 9 Pro Indian variant has been spotted on the IMEI certification with the model number I2022, which suggests the launch could be soon. Considering the iQOO 7 and iQOO 8 launch timelines, iQOO usually introduces the successors almost six to seven months after. We can speculate the iQOO 9 series may debut early next year. Unfortunately, the IMEI database listing doesn’t reveal much else about the phone just yet.

iQOO 9 Pro IMEI

iQOO 8 Pro specifications

To recall, the iQOO 8 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC paired with Adreno 660 GPU. It packs 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage. The phone runs on Android 11-based OriginOS 1.0 custom skin out of the box and packs a 4,500mAh battery with 120W fast-charging, 50W fast wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging. Connectivity features include 5G, 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth v5.2, and a USB Type-C port.

The iQOO 8 Pro sports a 6.78-inch 2K Samsung E5 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 20:9 aspect ratio, 92.2 percent screen-to-body ratio, 517 PPI, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and DCI-P3 colour gamut. It has an in-display fingerprint sensor for security and a 16MP snapper on the front for selfies and video chats. iQOO 8 Pro has a 50MP Sony IMX766V primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture and gimbal stabilisation, a 48MP ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, and a 16MP portrait lens with f/2.23 aperture.