The iQoo Neo 9 Pro is coming to India soon and the company is already teasing the key specifications of the smartphone ahead of its debut. This phone features several notable specifications, including a dual rear camera setup that comprises a 50-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel secondary camera. It is also powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, which was launched in late 2022. When the smartphone launches in the country next week, it is expected to compete with phones like the OnePlus 12R and the Nothing Phone 2.
I had some hands-on time with the iQoo Neo 9 Pro and have been testing the phone’s cameras for a few days. Let’s take a quick look at the camera specifications of the upcoming smartphone. Unlike the more powerful iQoo 12 that the company launched in December 2023, this phone only features a dual rear camera setup. It has a 50-megapixel main camera with a Sony IMX920 sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS), combined with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera.
You get three imaging modes on the iQoo Neo 9 Pro: Natural, Textured and Vivid. As the names suggest, the first mode gives you more color-accurate images, while the Textured mode produces more detailed and sharper images with warmer colors. Vivid mode allows you to capture photos with greater color saturation.
While testing the cameras on the iQoo Neo 9 Pro, I found myself clicking photos using the main camera with Natural or Vivid mode for outdoor landscapes, while Textured mode is quite useful when clicking images of buildings or subjects where you need the camera. capture more details. It also worked well when capturing subjects indoors.
The main camera allows you to take detailed images with 1x and 2x zoom. Colors are accurate when capturing images using Natural Color mode, but Textured mode allows you to get plenty of detail if you don’t mind the change in color temperature. There’s also a high-resolution mode that takes 50-megapixel photos instead of the default pixel-binned images, which I’ll cover in my full review of the smartphone.
On the other hand, the iQoo Neo 9 Pro’s ultra-wide-angle camera allows you to capture images with decent details, but there is some warping at the edges. This camera will not offer the same level of detail as the main camera and there is a difference in color temperature compared to the main camera.
Portrait images captured with the iQoo Neo 9 Pro are quite sharp with ample detail. The portrait camera interface shows that the skin enhancement features are disabled by default. The bokeh effect is not too aggressive by default and can also be adjusted before and after the image is captured.
The phone also features a dedicated night mode and captures decent images with the main camera. In a restaurant with dim overhead lights, the phone managed to capture a certain amount of detail, although there is some softening, blurring and noise if you zoom in, especially around light sources. I’ll also be testing the iQoo Neo 9 Pro’s camera in more challenging low-light scenarios in the coming days.
It’s worth noting that these are my initial impressions about the camera of the phone, which is launching in India next week. The phone could also receive software updates in the days leading up to its debut. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for a more conclusive verdict on the iQoo Neo 9 Pro’s camera performance, as well as its design, performance, and battery efficiency; all of these will be part of the full review of the smartphone.