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The global versions of the iQOO 9 and 9 Pro launch in India, accompanied by a 9 SE

The 9 Pro has made it to India. (Source: iQOO)
The 9 Pro has made it to India. (Source: iQOO)
iQOO has launched flagship 9-series smartphones outside of China for the first time; however, their new Indian versions are not exactly the same as those announced in their OEM's native country. Nevertheless, they still manage to offer top-end 120W charging, as well as a cutting-edge 2K LTPO AMOLED display in the Pro variant.

iQOO has launched new flagship-series phones on the Indian market as promised earlier. However, the phone the brand now calls the global version of the 9 is not the same as the device introduced as the brand's 2022 vanilla flagship variant in China.

In fact, this new incarnation of the iQOO 9 is in fact an 8, albeit with a Snapdragon 888+ SoC in place of that phone's 888. Its OEM has also elected to exchange that phone's 50MP main camera for a 48MP shooter instead, possibly so that the 9 Pro is the only one in the new global flagship series with this spec.

Indeed, the 9 Pro has arrived in India as the full-fat top-end mobile device from the January 2022 Chinese-market launch. This means its offers an ISOCELL GN1 sensor as a main camera, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and the only E5 AMOLED panel of its renewed line-up: attributes that apparently empower iQOO to tout the Pro as "India's most advanced flagship" to date.

Both the 9 and 9 Pro have been released to with either 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, or as 12GB/256GB top-end SKUs. The 9's starting price has been announced as INR 42,990 (~US$573), whereas that of the Pro is INR 64.990 (~US$866).

For those looking to spend a little less, there is also the iQOO 9 SE. There is no phone of this name available in China, and that is largely because it is a rebranded Neo5S. Accordingly, it offers the Snapdragon 888 SoC and the same main camera as the slightly modified 9. It is priced at INR 33,990 (~$453) for an 8/128 GB SKU or INR 37,990 (~$453), but will not be available until March 2, 2022.

iQOO unleashes the 9 (Global Version)...
iQOO unleashes the 9 (Global Version)...
...and 9 SE on the Indian market. (Source: iQOO via
...and 9 SE on the Indian market. (Source: iQOO via
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-02-23 (Update: 2022-03- 4)