19 May 2020
UPDATE (May 18th, 2020):
The upcoming iQOO Z1 5G has been spotted on the Geekbench website just a day ahead of the launch. The listing shows the device with model number Vivo V1986A. This is because iQOO is a Vivo sub-brand aimed at high-end phones. It is further listed with an octa-core processor coupled with 8GB of RAM. The operating system is Android 10 which is the newest version. As for scores, it managed to reach 781 and 3070 in single-core and multi-core tests respectively.
UPDATE (May 13th, 2020):
The upcoming iQOO Z1 has surfaced a new leak that shows promotional renders as well as pricing details. The renders reveal the triple camera setup housed within a rectangular module. The phone is shown in two color variants Blue and Silver-ish but there could be more options as well. As for the pricing, the 6GB/128GB model i.e. the base model is tipped to cost CNY 2,498 (about $352) in China.
Original (May 11th, 2020)
iQOO has officially announced that its next smartphone iQOO Z1 5G will be launched on May 19th. The name confirms that it will be a 5G capable smartphone. Even though we have seen various 5G phone releases so far, this new upcoming smartphone is different in terms of the processor choice. It is said to be the first-ever phone with MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Plus processor.
All 5G phones, mid-range and flagships, so far have arrived with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. It will be the first time we will see a 5G smartphone featuring a MediaTek processor. It should be noted that Dimensity 1000 Plus is a flagship chipset which means the phone will be a 5G smartphone. There are also rumors of it sporting a 144Hz display panel for a high refresh rate.
In a separate, leak, alleged iQOO Z1 has surfaced in a couple of real-life leaked images. These images show a smartphone with a bezel-less but punch-hole display. It is shown with settings interface where a user can choose from 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, and 144Hz refresh rate
This is pretty much it what is known about the iQOO Z1 5G. The launch event will take place next week which means we can still see more official teasers and leaks related to the phone. It should be noted that it will be a release only for China and it is expected to remain that way for at least a month.