iQOO 12 Unboxing and First Impressions

iQOO launched the iQOO 12, the company’s latest flagship smartphone, in India today. The successor to last year’s is the first phone in the country to be powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC. Here we have the unboxing.

Box contents

  • iQOO 12 16GB + 512GB version in Legend colour
  • Clear Silicon case
  • USB Type-C Cable
  • 120W Super FlashCharge wall adapter
  • SIM ejector tool
  • Quick start guide and Warranty information

Starting with the display, the iQOO 12 packs a 6.78-inch (2800 × 1260 pixels) 1.5K 4.0 AMOLED 20:9 144Hz variable refresh rate, 2160Hz PWM dimming. Since the display has up to 3000 nits brightness, it is good to view outdoors. Even though there is an improvement in the display brightness, the iQOO 11 had a 2K panel.

It has a punch-hole that houses a 16-megapixel camera with f/2.45 aperture, same as the iQOO 11, and it still has 1080p video recording. The earpiece doubles up as a secondary speaker.

There is a small chin below the screen. It has an in-display optical fingerprint scanner.

Powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Mobile platform with built-in 5G SA/NSA support, it has support for several 5G bands. It has up to 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and up to 16GB of virtual RAM. It also has up to 512GB UFS 4.0 storage.

The phone has the largest 6010 mm² ultra-large VC vapor chamber in iQOO’s history. It has X-axis linear vibration motor and 4D vibration, making it suitable for gaming. It runs Android 14 with FuntouchOS 14, and the company has promised 3 years of Android OS updates and 4 years of security updates for the phone.

Coming to button placements, the phone has a power button and volume rockers on the right. The bottom part is crammed with a dual SIM slot, primary microphone, USB Type-C port and a speaker grill. The secondary microphone and the IR blaster are present on the top. The phone has an aviation-grade aluminum middle frame, which looks and feels premium, but attracts fingerprints.

The phone packs triple rear cameras that include a 50MP 1/1.3-inch main camera, 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and 64-megapixel 3x periscope telephoto camera. There is up to 8K 30 fps and 4K 60 fps video recording. Check out some camera samples.

The Legend version that we have has tricolor patterns that embody the ultimate pursuit of performance and control. It packs a 5000mAh battery with 120W flash charging, same as the iQOO 11.

Priced starting at Rs. 52,999 for the base 12GB RAM with 256GB storage version, it is also available in 16GB RAM with 512GB storage version that costs Rs. 57,999.

The phone will go on sale on and on starting from December 14th. With the Flat Rs. 3000 off with HDFC / ICICI cards.

Author: Srivatsan Sridhar

Srivatsan Sridhar is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast who is passionate about Mobile phones and Mobile apps. He uses the phones he reviews as his main phone. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram