iQOO 11 5G first impressions and quick review: An iQOO spec for gaming and night photography


iQOO on Tuesday (January 10) launched Brand new iQOO 11 5G in India. This marks the global debut of the phone, with India being the first region to get its hands on the device.

The smartphone comes with a solid specs sheet that will definitely leave you amazed, especially considering the processor and refresh rate.

The iQOO 11 5G has many firsts. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, a first for India and rare globally including in the brand’s home market, China.

Additionally, it also has a high refresh rate panel with up to 144Hz, 120W fast charging, and Android 13 out of the box.

The smartphone looks good on paper, but how is it in reality? Well, I have been using the iQOO 11 5G for a while now and have noted a few things that caught my eye.

Having said that, here are my initial experiences with the iQOO 11 5G – the first phone in India with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.

iQOO 11 5G first impression

design and performance

iQOO is one of the few brands that is trying to bring attractive design. The company has been releasing phones in partnership with BMW Motorsports for a while now and it continues with the iQOO 11 5G. The smartphone comes in two color options – Legend and Alpha.

Although I have the Alpha shade, the BMW Motorsports-themed Legend shade is the flagship color that the brand advertises. But that shed might not be for everyone. Those who prefer classics or black (like me) may be more interested in the Alpha color.

The matte finish with glossy back looks good in contrast to the rendered images in real life. The Alpha has a glass back, while the Legend has a silicone leather-like finish.

There is a rectangular camera island at the back which of course protrudes a bit to make it more visible. Why? This is because it is one of the major design aspects of the phone on the back.

Things are simple on the front. It features a 6.78-inch punch-hole AMOLED display with near-symmetrical bezels. It has 92.90 percent screen-to-body ratio, so the bezels are quite thin. It is a Samsung E6 AMOLED panel with 2K resolution with 144Hz refresh rate, but it has a screw.

Despite the chipset within the phone supporting a full 144Hz refresh rate, the device only supports 144Hz in one game – Genshin Impact, a game using frame interpolation. While scrolling across the UI, 120Hz is the maximum refresh rate.

Keeping that restricted refresh rate thing aside, the display has impressed me as it has everything from the latest E6 AMOLED to the crisp resolution. And by the way, it has LTPO 3.0 technology for the display, which allows the refresh rate to be variable, helping you save some battery.


iQOO 11 5G

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The smartphone sports triple cameras at the back with no artificial sensors. It has 50MP Samsung GN5 main lens, 8MP ultra wide lens and 13MP telephoto sensor. To top it all, it has a dedicated chip called Vivo V2 for image processing.

No matter how the other lenses are, the main lens is impressive. The level of detail in daylight shots and images is spot on, especially when shooting in the 50MP mode. But I took out the phone more at night than in the daylight. This is because the photos taken by the main lens in low light were very good.

However, there is a shutter delay when using Night mode. If you are using night mode on the phone and the scene is almost pitch dark, it will take 2-3 seconds. I took a few shots in Night mode in a theater to capture the title screen of a movie, but due to the shutter delay, I missed it.

The story of the other two lenses is quite polar. The ultra-wide lens isn’t quite as nice, but I’m still testing it out and will keep word for a full review. As far as the telephoto lens goes, it is good but nothing extraordinary. There is 2x optical and 20x digital zoom on the rear and the maximum video recording support is 8K 30fps. There is also OIS, but it is limited.

display and software

iQOO 11 5G FuntouchOS 13

When it comes to performance, the phone hasn’t broken any sweat in my testing so far. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset is powerful and capable of running games at ultra settings.

Unlike its predecessors, the Gen 2 chip is much more efficient as I didn’t notice any heating issues while watching movies and charging for long periods of time.

Talking about charging, the device has 120W fast charging support which is more than fast. The battery has been bumped up to 5,000mAh. So the combo of big battery + fast charging is something everyone will love.

The smartphone boots on Android 13-based FuntouchOS 13 out-of-the-box. FuntouchOS has gotten better with version 13, although there is some bloatware pre-installed. It also comes with Hot Apps and Hot Games folders, but thankfully these folders can be disabled.

In my short time with the iQOO 11 5G, it is clear that iQOO is targeting gamers and camera enthusiasts with this. However, there’s a lot I’m keeping for a full review, including detailed camera and gaming tests, key software elements that may affect users, and a few other interesting observations. If there’s anything you want to know about the phone, leave your questions on our social platforms.

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