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The iQOO 9 lineup from this year is big. In addition to the vanilla iQOO 9 and the 9 Pro, we have the 9 SE, a vanilla option just for China and now a 9T. The latter seems to be the second refresh of a biannual upgrade scheme, and it's supposed to be a direct successor to the iQOO 9. However, the iQOO 9T has a lot more in common with the Pro model.
Instead of relying on a last-year chipset like its predecessor, the 9T boasts the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is also a marginal upgrade over the 9 Pro. Additionally, the 9T borrows the competent 50MP main camera with OIS from the Pro version while retaining mostly the same secondary camera setup as the vanilla. One notable upgrade is the aperture of the telephoto camera as the 9T has it impressively large at f/2.0.
Moreover, the 9T is powered by the same 4,700 mAh battery as the 9 Pro and offers 120W fast charging. No wireless or reverse wireless charging capabilities, though.
Compared to the iQOO 9, the 9T offers a modest upgrade in the display department as well. A bigger 6.78-inch 120Hz OLED panel is now at hand and promises higher peak brightness, protected by Gorilla Glass 5, instead of Panda Glass. Interestingly enough, the 9 Pro offers the same 6.78-inch diagonal but with a higher resolution.
Despite all the similarities, all iQOO 9 phones have different designs, so it's quite easy to tell them apart. An interesting approach, given that most brands go for one, recognizable design language for all phones in the same lineup.
Asking about INR 50,000, the iQOO 9T looks like a pretty solid deal, although recent price cuts of the 9 Pro could make some users think twice before buying. Both devices are too close in terms of pricing and feature sets, and luckily, we have reviewed the 9 Pro and the vanilla 9, so it's going to be an interesting comparison. Follow us onto the next pages to see which one of the iQOO 9s deserves your hard-earned money.
No matter which paint job you get, the iQOO 9T comes in a BMW M Motorsport-branded box, which in turn is quite rich in content. At least compared to other retail boxes.
In addition to the 120W-rated charger and USB-C to USB-C cable, there's also a transparent silicone case and a 3.5mm audio to USB-C dongle. A rare find these days, so kudos to iQOO.