Several smartphone brands have confirmed to launch devices with the freshly announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 flagship chip, and vivo sub-brand iQOO is one of them. The company hasn’t divulged anything about its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered flagship yet, but a new report claims the smartphone could be a part of the iQOO 9 series, which will launch in India by late January or early February next year.
The iQOO 9 series is expected to consist of vanilla and Pro/Legend models, and the source claims at least one of them will support 120W charging.
iQOO introduced the iQOO 7 lineup in India in April, comprising vanilla iQOO 7 (rebranded Neo5) and iQOO 7 Legend (rebranded Chinese iQOO 7), with the latter featuring Snapdragon 888 SoC and 66W charging (its Chinese counterpart supports 120W charging, though).
Multiple reports claimed that iQOO would launch the iQOO 8 series in India this year, but our reliable sources always refuted those and said the company had no plans to bring the iQOO 8 lineup to the Asian country, which was unveiled in China in August.
Circling back to the iQOO 9 series, it’s unclear if the lineup will go official in India first or the company unveil it in China before bringing it to the international markets. The iQOO 7 series was announced in China in January and began the global rollout in April, starting with India. And if iQOO decides to adopt a similar strategy this time, you can expect the iQOO 9 to launch in China this month or by early January if the late January/early February India launch timeline is correct.