The iQOO 12 arrives as the flagship smartphone from iQOO, a subsidiary of Vivo under BBK Electronics. This is the first smartphone to feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, placing it ahead of its competitors like the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.
Sporting a striking design, the iQOO 12 comes in two colour variants: Legend (White) and Alpha (Black). The Legend edition features a BMW Motorsport-inspired design with tri-color stripes. The device’s back panel is made of Porcelain Enamel Glass or AG Glass, with an IP64 rating for dust and water splash resistance.
The iQOO 12 features a 6.78-inch LTPO AMOLED display with a resolution of 2800×1260 and a 144Hz refresh rate. The screen’s peak brightness reaches 3000 nits, ensuring excellent legibility even under direct sunlight. Enhancements for picture saturation, contrast, MEMC, and super-resolution are features that will appeal to many photographers.
At its core, the iQOO 12 houses the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, combined with 16GB LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB UFS 4.0 storage. This setup provides a significant performance boost over its predecessor. The device excels in handling demanding applications such as photo and video editing with cooling supported by an efficient vapour chamber cooling system. Notably, the iQOO 12 runs on Android 14 based on FunTouch OS 14; this offers a clean, bloatware-free base that you can easily customise to your photo or video needs.
The most important part of the phone for us as photographers is the camera, and here, the iQOO 12 boasts a triple-camera setup: a 50MP primary astrophotography camera, a 64MP periscope telephoto camera, and a 50MP ultra-wide-angle camera. While offering flagship-level photography capabilities. The device supports up to 8K video recording at 30fps and 4K at 60fps.
To ensure that the phone keeps running without draining flat through all the image and video capture, the phone is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery; the iQOO 12 delivers reliable battery life, with up to six hours of screen time on a single charge. The phone supports 120W fast charging, and it is capable of fully charging in about 30 minutes.
The iQOO 12 looks to impress with its powerful chipset, high-quality display, and impressive camera system. For more details, check out the iQOO website