iQOO 11 tipped to launch in Malaysia as well as China with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and an imaging co-processor
The iQOO 11 is now officially in the race to launch as the world's first Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered premium Android smartphone. It and its possible 11 Pro sibling can reasonably be expected to do so from China to start off with. However, and somewhat surprisingly, the brand has just started its campaign to this same effect on its official Malaysian Facebook page.
The new iQOO 11 teasers for that market read "Coming Soon" where you might expect to find a launch date, yet indicates that a device of that name might arrive there soon enough.
The new posters unequivocally state that it will do so with the 8 Gen 2, although there are rumors of spec variation between its units and those destined for the Chinese market due to an alleged difference in model number (V2243A, as opposed to I2212 for the rest of the world).
This entails a lot of yellow and black livery to evoke this sponsorship - however, according to some new, less official "11-series" renders, that is not how the smartphones' "premium look" will pan out.
Indeed, well-known tipster Bald Panda now asserts that, while the 11 will inherit the by-now classic look of a BMW racing stripe on a white background, it will switch from the usual alternative of black to red for the first time.
The images also point to an updated, triple-lens rear camera hump with the legend "Powered by V2" inscribed at the bottom. The cryptic term might suggest that iQOO has a brand-new Vivo co-processor to pair with the 8 Gen 2 in its 11 and/or 11 Pro.
Should this be the case, iQOO is likely to tout the resulting '8 Gen 2+V2' dual-chip system as capable of enhanced camera, gaming and AI performance as well as improved battery life compared to other new flagships from non-Vivo brands during the 11 series' possibly imminent launch.