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The iQOO 5 Pro is the world's latest Snapdragon 865 phone with a 120Hz screen and 120W charging

The new 5 and 5 Pro. (Source: iQOO)
The new 5 and 5 Pro. (Source: iQOO)
The iQOO 5 series is a new line from this Vivo sub-brand that has been hyped with its novel spec of 120 watt charging. Now, on their launch, it is revealed that the Pro variant is the one with this new ability. However, the iQOO 5 still offers its Snapdragon 865 SoC, 120 hertz refresh rate and 12GB RAM top-end SKU.

iQOO has launched its 5 and 5 Pro in China today. The latter, as it turns out, is the one to boast its OEM's new FlashCharge 120W tech, which is rated to charge its 4000mAh battery in as little as 15 minutes. This system has apparently been certified by TUV Rheinland for safety, and is loaded with algorithms and sensors to control its temperature while in use.

This new spec has arguably eclipsed all other aspects of the new 5 series in the leaks surrounding its launch today (August 17, 2020). However, the rest are decently impressive on their own. The iQOO 5 may have missed out on 120W (it gets a slightly more conventional 55W system for its 4500mAh battery instead), but it does share the Pro's Snapdragon 865 processor and 120 hertz (Hz) display refresh rate. 

Both variants' speedy AMOLED panels are 6.56 inches in diagonal length and have FHD+ resolutions. iQOO also claims that their "Monster Engine" software will further enhance intensive tasks such as gaming, which, along with their 240Hz touch-sampling rate, may make them fluid indeed.

The 5 and 5 Pro also get the 50MP ISOCELL GN1 sensor from Samsung as a main sensor. This is joined by 13MP ultrawide and 8MP portrait lenses in the 5, whereas the latter is replaced by a 13MP periscope shooter for telephoto functions in the Pro.

The only other main details from pre-launch iQOO 5 rumors has also been borne out in the Pro version. It is indeed BMW-inspired, coming in the carbon-fiber-patterned glass rear panel hinted at in earlier trailers. However, iQOO kept the new phone's other colorway under much tighter wraps, and it is a considerable surprise: its back is made of white leather accented with the car marque's tri-color racing livery.

This SKU of the 5 Pro is called its "Legendary Edition", whereas the other, black option is the "Track" edition. Both styles are priced the same: a unit with 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage is now priced at 4998 yuan (~US$720), whereas the only other 12GB/256 GB choice is 5498 yuan (~$792).

The 5, on the other hand, comes in 3 SKUs: 8GB/128GB; 12GB/128GB or 12GB/256GB. They are priced at 3998 yuan (~$576), 4298 yuan (~$620) and 4598 yuan (~$679). It comes in more conventional Star Trace blue or Hao Ying gray gradient shades. The entire series is currently available to pre-order on Vivo's official online store from now.

All in all, the iQOO 5 Pro comes the closest to the well-hyped Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra in terms of specs at this point, even with the latter's 865+ SoC. However, the OEM did hint at its launch that this newer phone might soon get one thing the Ultra may not: an international release.

The iQOO 5 and 5 Pro. (Source: iQOO)
The iQOO 5 and 5 Pro. (Source: iQOO)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-08-17 (Update: 2020-08-17)