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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.

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).

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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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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-03- 2 (Update: 2019-03- 2)