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iQOO 11 Pro debuts as the world's first Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 + V2, 50MP main camera and 200W-charging smartphones

The iQOO 11 Pro takes off. (Source: iQOO)
The iQOO 11 Pro takes off. (Source: iQOO)
iQOO has made its latest top-end BMW M Motorsport-branded smartphone official today, aiming for the front of the line with cutting-edge LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 internal storage to go with its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 - which is augmented in turn with a second-gen ISP. The 11 Pro also has second-gen 200W charging, rated to charge its battery to 100% in as little as 10 minutes.

iQOO has unveiled the 11 Pro as its top-end Android smartphone in China today (December 8, 2022). The brand has revealed its design before, although it has only just now confirmed that it has reprised the 10 Pro's racing-striped BMW-inspired Legend finish, as well as its alternate Track colorway; however, it has now revealed that, while the former has been executed in harder-wearing vegan leather and fiberglass this time around, the latter has turned into a frankly unimaginative glitter-effect black.

Then again, the new iQOO flagship also comes in an additional Isle of Man green colorway this time around. On the other side, the 11 Pro's 6.78-inch curved display has been unveiled as a cutting-edge 10-bit HDR10+ 2K panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and 1,800 nits of peak brightness thanks to its new E6 technology.

iQOO is an off-shoot of Vivo, and it is very apparent in the new 11 series, albeit possibly to the devices' benefit: its clearly ported rear camera window may not have a shooter behind the smallest of its 4 lens-panes, but it does have a customized Sony IMX866 as a main sensor, along with a second 50MP shooter for 150° wide-angle duty and a 13MP portrait lens.

Vivo underpins the impression of camera-related maturity in the typically 'gamer-grade' iQOO flagship line by also conferring its own new V2 chip to pair with the 11 Pro's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. Then again, the secondary processor is also rated to take some NPU and display-boosting functions in addition to ISP functions.

Even besides that, iQOO is taking no chances on performance with the integration of UFS 4.0 flash storage and LPDDR5X RAM alongside the dual-chip system. It also inherits the nearly class-leading 200W/4,700mAh charging technology of the 10 Pro, along with 50W wireless charging.

iQOO may thus have beaten Xiaomi to an announcement for its inaugural 8 Gen 2-powered smartphones today; however, the 11 Pro cannot be pre-ordered in China until December 21, 2022.

It will start for 4,999 yuan (~US$718) for an 8GB RAM/256GB base model; alternatively, a prospective buyer can go up to 5,499 yuan (~US$789) for the 12/256GB option, or 5,999 yuan (~US$860)for the highest-spec'd 16/512GB SKU.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-12- 8 (Update: 2022-12- 8)