- iQOO U1 is the cheapest Android-powered smartphone from the brand till date
- The handset’s price in China starts at roughly Rs 13,000
Vivo’s iQOO brand has launched a new smartphone in China, and it’s called iQOO U1. The company is stepping into the affordable segment of the country to take on the likes of Xiaomi and Realme with the handset. The iQOO U1 debuts with mid-range ‘designed for gaming’ Snapdragon 720G chipset. The handset flaunts a punch-hole display, triple rear cameras (headlined by 48MP primary sensor), and a beefy battery cell that is backed by a respectable 18W fast charging tech.
iQOO U1 price, availability
The iQOO U1 has been launched with a starting price of RMB 1,198 (~Rs 13,000) in China for the base 6GB RAM + 64GB storage option. The phone also comes in two other configurations: 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage options, which have been priced at RMB 1,398 (~Rs 15,000) and RMB 1,598 (~Rs 17,000) respectively. The U1 will go on sale from July 23rd in the country. There’s no word on the phone’s global launch yet.
iQOO U1 specifications
The iQOO U1 specifications include a 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS display with 1080p resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and a punch-hole in the top left corner. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 720G chipset that also rocks Redmi Note 9 Pro series, POCO M2 Pro, and Realme 6 Pro (to name a few). It’s paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Software-wise, the U1 boots Android 10-based FunTouchOS out of the box. The phone is driven by a 4,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.
For photography, the iQOO U1 sports triple camera setup at the back with 48MP primary sensor, 2MP portrait sensor, and 2MP macro sensor. Up front, it features an 8MP shooter for selfies and video calling. The handset is fitted with a side-facing fingerprint reader for security. The phone has standard connectivity options and measures 162.05mm x 76.61mm x 8.46mm and weighs 190 grams.