iQoo 12 first impressions: Mature design meets key specifications

iQoo 12 was launched by the company in India today and it is the company’s latest flagship phone to be launched in the country. The Chinese smartphone maker beat Xiaomi, OnePlus and other OEMs to launch the first smartphone with Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 in India – it is also paired with the company’s in-house Q1 coprocessor. The smartphone will compete with upcoming flagship phones like the OnePlus 12 and Xiaomi 14, which are expected to launch in India in the coming weeks.

The company has launched its latest flagship handset in Alpha and Legend colourways. The first is black with an AG glass rear panel, while the Legend – this is the model we received for review – is white with a white porcelain enamel glass material. Unlike its predecessor – the iQoo 11 5G – this flagship handset does not have the elongated BMW Motorsport-inspired racing stripes on the rear panel.

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iQoo 12 is available in Alpha and Legend (pictured) colors

The iQoo 12 has flat metal edges that are smooth with a slightly curved rear panel that is easy to hold. It has a flat 6.78-inch LTPO AMOLED display with very thin bezels on all four edges and iQoo says the display has a maximum brightness of 1,400 nits (3,000 nits in high brightness mode) – you can see the contents of the screen clearly. There are bright sunlight.

This is a phone with a large display, and reaching the top of the screen with one hand is challenging – I have fairly large hands. There’s a built-in feature that moves the display output to the bottom corner which helps a bit, but you’ll find yourself using the phone with both hands regularly.

On the rear panel, iQoo has equipped the handset with a triple rear camera setup housed in a circular-shaped camera island, which the company says is inspired by a submarine porthole. The glass on the camera module is slightly embossed, there are small dents on the metal edge. When you place the phone on a flat surface, it remains mostly stable, even if the camera island is aligned to one side.

This year, the iQoo 12 comes with some notable upgrades over its predecessor, the iQoo 11 5G. The handset is equipped with a 1/1.3-inch OmniVision OV50H sensor. It also has a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 120-degree field-of-view; With a 64-megapixel periscope telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, 100x hybrid zoom.

The company has equipped the iQoo 12 with a 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip paired with up to 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and up to 256GB of inbuilt storage. The phone is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery and comes with a charger in the box.

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iQoo 12 is equipped with 50 megapixel triple rear camera setup

The handset comes with a transparent TPU cover in the box, which appears to provide adequate protection with raised edges, including the screen and camera. It comes with a large charging brick and a USB Type-C to Type-C cable that can charge the phone at 120W. You have to toggle a setting to allow the phone to charge at 120W, and it does get a little warm when you’re charging full.

In the time I’ve spent with the iQoo 12 so far, the phone feels easy to use while packing a number of high-end specifications. The handset will face competition from several major smartphone manufacturers in the coming weeks and its relatively low price is likely to help the company provide better value for the specifications offered. iQoo has touted the smartphone’s processor performance and its battery efficiency, and we’ll put these claims to the test in our full review which will be available soon on Gadgets 360.

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