Quite a few Qualcomm Snapdragon 865-powered flagship phones are still scheduled to launch this month despite the fact that many companies have withdrawn from MWC 2020. Vivo’s iQOO brand is also among them. The iQOO sub-brand was launched last year with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855-powered flagship, named as the iQOO phone. At that time, it was a China-only brand. iQOO went on to launch two more phones only in China last year. This month, though, the brand confirmed that it was expanding to India with the launch of a Snapdragon 865-powered flagship, which would launch in both 4G and 5G variants. This was confirmed by the Marketing Director of iQOO India. The upcoming iQOO flagship will be called the iQOO 3, and its specifications have been confirmed via its TENAA listing. Recently, iQOO officially teased on Weibo that the phone will have UFS 3.1 storage. Qualcomm PR separately confirmed to us that the Snapdragon 865 supports UFS 3.1 storage.
The UFS 3.1 standard was announced last week as an upgrade over last year’s UFS 3.0 storage. Although the theoretical maximum bandwidth remains the same, real-world performance and battery life will be improved in UFS 3.1-powered devices because of new advancements, including an SLC cache to bring UFS storage closer to SSDs. Last year, the OnePlus 7 series was the first to adopt UFS 3.0 storage. This year, though, it seems that it will be iQOO that will be the first brand to launch a phone with UFS 3.1 storage. This means it could have a theoretical performance edge over other upcoming Snapdragon 865-powered flagships such as the Xiaomi Mi 10 series, OPPO Find X2, Realme X50 Pro 5G, ZTE Axon 10s Pro 5G, LG V60 ThinQ, and others.
According to its TENAA listing, the upcoming iQOO 3 is expected to have a 6.44-inch Full HD+ OLED display, Snapdragon 865 SoC, 6GB/8GB/128GB of RAM with 128GB/256GB storage, 64MP primary camera, 13MP ultra-wide and telephoto cameras, 2MP depth sensor, 16MP punch-hole front camera, and a 4,370mAh battery with 55W fast charging. It will be powered by Android 10 out of the box. The phone is expected to be launched before the end of February.