The new iQOO brand from Vivo is designed to be for premium phones and the first phone is a gaming phone with monster specs, and the most powerful phone Vivo have produced to date. The iQOO name stands for I Quest On and On hence the gamieng orientated phone to start.

As you would expect for a flagship phone of 2019 the iQOO comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with memory configurations of 6GB/8GB/12GB RAM and then 128GB or 256GB for storage. It is not clear if the phone has upgradable storage but it does have dual SIM card slots and this normally means one can be used for microSD.

Vivo iQOO sports a 6.4-inch waterdrop AMOLED display with an in-screen fingerprint sensor and high 91.7% screen to body ratio. Offers 19.5:9 cinema-like screen ratio that's perfect for viewing of videos, photos, and games. It is with a glass back that also has an LED strip with 16.8 million colour options.

Apart from the 6GB RAM model, all models feature the 44W Vivo Super FlashCharge, which takes just a mere 15 minutes to charge the depleted 4,000mAh battery up to 50 percent, or just 30 minutes to go from zero up to 85 percent, or just 45 minutes to get it fully charged.

There is a triple camera set-up on the rear with a 12MP IMX 363 primary sensor, 13MP wide angle lens and a 2MP lens for background bokeh.

The Vivo iQOO features two monster touch buttons on the side. The two-button comes into use when playing game improving gameplay. 

Being a gaming phone they have taken into account the thermal issues that arise from prolonged sessions. The phone features a new vapor cooling system manages to keep the new devices 14 percent cooler than the original NEX.

There are also plenty of features to boost performance, such as AI Turbo, Center Turbo, Net Turbo, Cooling Turbo, and Game Turbo, neatly wrapped in one service called Multi-Turbo. They will boost app startup by 30%, frame rate with over 70%, and an automatic switch between Wi-Fi and 4G for non-stop gaming.

The official pricing is CNY2,998 (£340/$450) for the 6/128 GB phone. Opting for 8 GB RAM will set you back CNY3,298 (£370/$490), moving to 256 GB storage is CNY300 extra, and if you want the 12/256 GB option, you have to dig deep and pull out at least CNY4,298, which is equal to £485/$640.

THose are obviously the price of the phone in China and if you want it in the UK you have to pay a small premium. Giztop have the base model up for pre-order for £411.75 which still represents a great price.

ManufacturerVivo
ModelVivo iQOO
ColorBlue, Orange
Operating SystemFunTouch OS 9.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie
NetworkGSM, CDMA, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, TDD-LTE, LTE-FDD
Band2G GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; 2G CDMA: 800MHz BC0; 3G: 1880/2010MHz (B34/B39), 3G WCDMA:B1/B2/B4/B5/B8; 4G FDD-LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17; 4G TDD-LTE: B34/B38/B39/B40/B41; 4G+: FDD-LTE: B1/B3/B1+B3; 4G+: TDD-LTE: B39/B40/B41/B39+B41
CarrierUnlocked
LanguageEnglish, Chinese, Malaysia, German, Spanish, Pilipino, French, Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Vietnamese, Arabic, Nepali, Hindi, Thai, Japanese, Korean
Google PlayYes
Screen6.41 inch waterdrop AMOLED display, FHD+ (2340×1080 pixels) ,19.5:9 screen ratio, 402 ppi
ProcessorCPU: Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core, Adreno 640 GPU
RAM6GB/8GB/12GB
ROM128GB/256GB
Rear Camera12MP+13 MP+2 MP, 12MP IMX 363 primary sensor, 13MP wide angle lens and a 2MP lens for background blur
Front Camera12MP, HDR, 1080p@30fps
Battery4,000mAh battery with 44W fast charging support
SIM CardDual SIM card slots, Dual Nano-SIM
Dimension157.69 × 75.2 × 8.51mm
WeightNo
In the boxPhone, USB Cable, Charger, Manual, SIM Needle, Protective case