IQOO 9 SE 5G Review with Pros and Cons – Gaming King

IQOO 9 SE 5G Review

Mid-budget gaming smartphone is here, out of three newly launched IQOO smartphones, IQOO 9 SE 5G looks a better option for most people because it’s available at a good price.

IQOO 9 SE 5G Price in India

  • 8GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 33,990
  • 12GB Ram + 256GB storage: Rs 37,990

The IQOO 9 SE 5 G is available in Space Fusion and Sunset Sierra color options and it will go for sale on 2nd March 2022 at noon via Amazon.

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IQOO 9 SE 5G Review

Yes, IQOO 9 SE 5G is worth buying because it offers almost everything that a gaming smartphone should have, good cameras, fast charging, solid build quality, dual speakers, and a smooth 120Hz AMOLED display, so overall, it’s a good smartphone at a good price.

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For the price of Rs 33990, IQOO 9 SE 5G is a good option, it’s not an overpriced smartphone.

Overall, if you wanted a balanced smartphone then you can consider the IQOO 9 SE 5G but if you can spend Rs 5,000 more then I would recommend you to go with Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G (review)

IQOO 9 SE 5G Pros and Cons

120Hz AMOLED DisplayAds in the UI
66W Fast ChargingNo 3.5mm Audio Jack
Solid Build QualityCamera Needs Improvement
Stereo SpeakersSmall Battery Size
8 5G BandsNo NFC Support
Carrier aggregation SupportNo SD-Card Slot
Powerful Processor

Display Quality

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The IQOO 9 SE 5G comes with a 6.62-inches FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display with a 300Hz touch sampling rate with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

The device also has support for Widevine L1 which means you will be able to stream FHD+ content on OTT apps.

Also, as this is an AMOLED display, IQOO has added an in-display fingerprint sensor which works fine, no worries.

By the way, on the rear side, it has glass, and the frame is made out of aluminum while IQOO hasn’t said, what kind of glass protection they have used on the front side.

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The display quality is also great, there won’t be any issues while playing games or even watching movies. The brightness is also good enough to use the smartphone outdoors.

Overall, for the price of Rs 33,990, IQOO has done a great job, with no complaints about the display.


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We have seen Snapdragon 888 SoC in many smartphones and the same has been used on IQOO 9 SE 5G, so there won’t be any issue with performance.

It also runs on Fun Touch OS 13 – based on Android 12.

The good thing isn’t Fun Touch OS but the good thing is, that it runs on fun Touch OS 13-based on Android 12 which means, this phone will get two years of OS updates and three years of security updates.

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Now, everyone knows, that I’m not a big fan of Fun Touch OS. It has ads, comes with tons of pre-installed apps and it’s a bit complete to use.

This is all me, your experience might be different with Fun Touch OS.

The OS is fast and smooth, so issues with performance.

By the way, Snapdragon 888 SoC is powerful enough to handle, a 120hz display, so I don’t think you will face any kind of problem while using the device.

IQOO has also added 8 5G bands which means, that whenever 5G launches in India, this device will be able to take full advantage of superfast network speed.

Overall, this is the best processor you can get under Rs 50,000 in India unless some other brand comes with Snapdragon 8 gen 1


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It has a 48MP primary sensor which happens to have OIS support, a 13MP ultra-wide lens, and 2MP Macro while on the other side, it has a 16MP selfie shooter.

The front camera can shoot videos at [email protected] while the rear can shoot at [email protected] & [email protected]/60fps.

Now, IQOO has added OIS support which means, the videos will come out smoothly, so if you’re that person who loves to shoot videos with rear cameras then this might be a good option to consider.

OIS also helps a lot when you take images. We all know, that when we take images, our hands will shake and if the smartphone has OIS then that skating will go away because the sensor will adjust as per saturation.

That 48MP primary sensor does capture some good images under good lighting with good details but IQOO is trying to add a few extra colors.

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Also, we all know, that IQOO is a sub-brand of Vivo, so it’s obvious to see, some similarities between the cameras.

IQOO 9 SE 5G Review
IQOO 9 SE 5G Review

The images come out well and there is no issue with the dynamic range, considering the price tag, IQOO has done a good job with the cameras.

Still, I feel, with some OTA updates, the camera can be improved.

The night photos also come out well but here I feel, IQOO needs to work because sometimes, at night, the images lose details.

Again, most of the ultra-wide lens doesn’t capture the best images and the same can be said for the IQOO 9 SE 5G too.

The ultra-wide lens capture wider areas which means, either, brands need to use a bigger sensor or optimize the sensor.

In the case of IQOO 9 SE 5G, IQOO didn’t optimize the sensor and the sensor size is also small, so you get the point?

Coming to a 16MP front camera, it takes a good image which I was expecting from Vivo.

Now, for those who don’t know, IQOO is a sub-brand of Vivo, so you will see some similarities, starting with OS…

Overall, IQOO has done a decent job in the camera department, the camera could have been better even now, IQOO can improve the camera with updates.

But it depends on IQOO when they gonna fix the cameras, will they fix it or not? only time will tell…

In short, for day-to-day use, the cameras won’t be an issue because the phone takes good and it also looks great.

As of now, for the price of Rs 33,990, I feel, the cameras are good, can’t complain much.

Audio Quality

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The IQOO 9 SE 5G has a stereo speaker which works fine, no issues there. Its dual speakers, so can’t complain much.

It also has a secondary noise-cancellation microphone. The IQOO 9 SE 5G does have carrier aggregation support.

As this is a flagship smartphone, IQOO didn’t add a 3.5mm audio jack.

Overall, the sound quality is good and there are no issues with call quality too.

Battery Life

The 4,500battery won’t last for a day but that 65W fast charging will help a lot. It will take only 31 minutes to charge from 0% to 100%.

Overall, if you’re a heavy user then make sure you carry the 65W charger with you otherwise, you will only be able to charge this smartphone at 18W with other chargers.

So yes, I’m a bit disappointed with the battery size but hey, they have also provided the 65W charger, so can’t complain much.

IQOO 9 SE 5G FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

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Q: Does IQOO 9 SE 5G has a 3.5mm Audio jack?

A: No.

Q: Does IQOO 9 SE 5G has NFC Support?

A: No.

Q: How many OS updates will IQOO 9 SE 5G  will get?

A:  IQOO has promised two years of OS updates and three years of security updates.

Q: What is the screen refresh rate of the IQOO 9 SE 5G?

A: It has a 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED panel.

Q: Does IQOO 9 SE 5G has stereo speakers?

A: Yes.

Q: Does IQOO 9 SE 5G has Widevine L1 support??

A: Yes.

Q: Does IQOO 9 SE 5G has a camera2api enabled?

A: Yes

Q: Does IQOO 9 SE 5G has 5G Support?

A: Yes.

Q: How many 5G bands does IQOO 9 SE 5G 5G have?

A: It has 85G Bands which include n1, n3, n5, n8 n40, n41, n28A, n77, and n78

Q: Does IQOO 9 SE 5G  have fast charging support?

A: Yes, it has a 66W wired fast charging support.

Q: Does IQOO 9 SE 5G have carrier aggregation?

A: Yes.

Q: Does IQOO 9 SE 5G have a compass sensor?

A: Yes.

Q: Where to buy IQOO 9 SE 5G in India

A: The IQOO 9 SE 5G is available on Amazon.


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I think you already know, whether you should buy IQOO 9 SE 5G or not.

Now if you ask me, yes IQOO 9 SE 5G is worth buying at 34k, it has almost everything but if you can spend more money then its better to buy Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G (review) but if don’t want it then, IQOO 9 SE 5G is also a not bad option.

IQOO 9 SE 5G Full Specifications

Launch Date23 February 2022
Release Date2nd March 2022 at Noon Via Amazon
Display6.62-inches FHD+ AMOLED
10-bit AMOLED Penal
Touch Sampling Rate: 300Hz
Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels resolution
Dimensions163.2 x 76.4 x 8.4 mm
Screen Refresh Rate120Hz Refresh Rate
BuildGlass front
Glass back,
Aluminum frame
OSFun Touch 12- Android 12
ChipsetQualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
GPUAdreno 660
CPUOcta-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 &
3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
Storage8GB Ram + 128GB Storage
12GB Ram + 256GB Storage

UFS 3.1 Storage
Card SlotNo
Rear Cameras48MP Primary Sensor (OIS)
13MP Ultra-Wide
2MP Macro
Video[email protected]
[email protected]/60fps
Front Camera16MP
Video[email protected]
3.5mm JackNo
Widevine L1 SupportYes
Carrier aggregationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
Bluetooth Version5.2
5G SupportYes
5G Bands8 5G Bands

n1, n3, n5, n8
n40, n41, n28A, n77, and n78
IR BlasterNo
SensorsIn-display fingerprint sensor
Electronic compass
Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
Sensor core
Fingerprint SensorIn-Display
Battery4,500 mAh (non-removable)
Charging Speed66W Wired fast Charging
Charging Time0% to 100% in 31 Minutes
ColorsSpace Fusion and Sunset Sierra
SAR Value
Model Number
Weight199 Gram
Price8GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 33,990
12GB Ram + 256GB storage: Rs 37,990
In the boxIQOO 9 SE 5G

66W Flash Charge adapter
Cable USB 2.0
Phone case
Screen protector
SIM tray ejector
Quick start guide
Safety information
Available atAmazon

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