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Vivo’s iQOO Monster gaming smartphone offers Snapdragon 855, 12 GB RAM, and 45-minute full recharge capability for under US$650

The iQOO gaming smartphones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoCs. (Source: Richard Lai/Engadget)
The iQOO gaming smartphones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoCs. (Source: Richard Lai/Engadget)
Vivo has released a series of new smartphones under its iQOO sub-brand. The iQOO devices are aimed at gamers and range from the base model with 6 GB RAM/128 GB storage up to the top-end variant (the iQOO Monster) that sports 12 GB RAM/256 GB storage. The smartphones come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and some of them feature Vivo’s 44 W Super FlashCharge technology.
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Customers in China can now reserve the newest iQOO (“I Quest On and On”) smartphones, which have just been added to Vivo’s online shop. Each of the several variants has a 6.41-inch AMOLED (2340x1080) screen that has a small dewdrop notch, allowing a body-to-screen ratio of 91.7%. The devices run on Android 9 Pie and are powered by the SD 855.

It’s the reported charging times that make these new iQOO smartphones really stand out. While the 6 GB RAM variant only has “22.5 W flash charge”, the 8 GB and 12 GB RAM models feature “44 W ultra fast flash charge.” Vivo's claims in regard to the Super FlashCharge charging times for a 4000 mAh battery are quite spectacular:

  • 0-50% - 15 minutes
  • 0-85% - 30 minutes
  • 0-100% - 45 minutes

The two lower-end models can currently be reserved in either Electric Blue or Lava Orange, while only the former color is listed at the moment for the 8 GB/256 GB and 12 GB/256 GB editions (although the Monster edition has been seen in black). Gamers have been catered for with the inclusion of pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons, a flashy LED strip on the rear for notifications, a vapor cooling system, and 4D Shock for enhanced gaming.

Camera setups include a 12 MP sensor on the front and a triple camera system on the rear with 12 MP + 13 MP + 2 MP sensors. Pricing for the new family of gaming smartphones from iQOO is as follows: 6 GB/128 GB model 2998 yuan (~US$447); 8 GB/128 GB variant 3298 yuan (~US$492); 8 GB/256 GB edition 3598 yuan (~US$536); 12 GB/256 GB “Monster” 4298 yuan (~US$640).

Gamers outside of China may eventually be able to get their hands on the iQOO smartphones. (Source: Richard Lai/Engadget)
Gamers outside of China may eventually be able to get their hands on the iQOO smartphones. (Source: Richard Lai/Engadget)

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iQOO (Vivo shop; in Chinese)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-03- 2 (Update: 2019-03- 2)
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.