iQOO is a smartphone brand owned by BBK Electronics Corporation, a Chinese company that also owns Realme, Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus. In Q1 2020, BBK Electronics shipped 56.7 million smartphones, surpassing both Huawei and Apple to become the 2nd largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, just behind Samsung.
The company just revealed the iQOO 5 series, which includes the iQOO 5 and iQOO 5 Pro. In China, iQOO devices will be sold as a Vivo sub-brand, but in India, they will be retailed as a stand-alone brand.
The iQOO 5 and iQOO 5 Pro are pretty similar, both have curved 6.56-inch AMOLED displays with a 120Hz refresh rate and punch hole cutouts in the top left corner for the 16MP selfie cam. The Pro model has a more pronounced curvature than the base model, and also has 120W fast wired charging and a periscope module around its back. This version is also available in exclusive BMW M Motorsport flavors with back finishes in carbon black and white leather with BMW’s blue and red accents colors. This is because of the partnership between the carmaker and iQOO.
The iQOO 5 Series also has a 240Hz touch response and 1,300nits of peak brightness and support the HDR10+ standard. There’s also an in-display fingerprint reader and dual stereo speakers.
The camera setup on the iQOO 5 is made out of the high-end 50MP Samsung GN1 sensor found on the Vivo X50 Pro+ with OIS beside a 13MP ultrawide snapper and a 13MP portrait lens.
The Pro model has the same lens setup plus an 8MP periscope module capable of 5X optical and up to 60x hybrid zoom. Performance-wise, the devices run on a Snapdragon 865 paired with 8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage.
We put the new iQOO 5 against the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, which is its direct competitor. Which one would you choose?