Update | iQOO teases an upcoming Snapdragon 865, UFS 3.1 phone via its official channels

The iQOO 3 5G's teaser. (Source: Weibo)
The iQOO 3 5G's teaser. (Source: Weibo)
iQOO is a Chinese smartphone brand that has made a name for itself in recent years by offering high-end hardware at decent price-points. Now, it has revealed that its next such device is to be called the 3 5G. It will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC and have the next-gen UFS 3.1 storage standard.
Deirdre O Donnell,

Update: iQOO has released a follow-up teaser in which it indicates that this phone will indeed feature the Snapdragon 865, as well as UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR5 RAM. Oddly, the new promos in question made no mention of 5G. Could there be an LTE version of the 3 as well? In any case, they also show the date February 25, 2020 as footnotes, suggesting that this is the new flagship's launch date.

iQOO, the OEM Vivo's high-value brand, has hinted that it has a new phone to launch soon. It is to be called the 3 5G, and is thus likely to feature up-to-date connectivity. However, this may not be the end of its speed-related specs.

The brand's official Weibo channel has also suggested that an upcoming device will come with the improved UFS 3.1 standard for flash storage. It would go well with the rest of the 3 5G's rumored specs: for example, should it turn out to be an unreleased Vivo phone recently spotted on Geekbench, it will also run on the Snapdragon 865 processor and at least 8GB of RAM.

In addition, its officially-leaked image shows that the iQOO 3 5G might be appealing on the outside as well. It shows a phone with quad rear cameras, as well as a headphone jack placed along the top edge of the phone. To date, this potentially exciting new phone has yet to be linked to details on its launch or availability.

The iQOO 3's new teasers. (Source: Weibo via IndiaShopps)
The iQOO 3's new teasers. (Source: Weibo via IndiaShopps)


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-02-13 (Update: 2020-02-13)
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I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.