Vivo’s sub-brand iQoo is no stranger to 5G. It has launched four smartphones in India up to now, and all of them (including the particular Z3) support 5G. Since networks have yet to be operational in India, much more a lot of sense for mobile phone manufacturers to not rely just on high-speed data as a selling point. In fact , every manufacturer offering a smartphone costed between Rs. 17, 1000 and Rs. 22, 000 has managed to bring something more to the table. Xiaomi offers a 108-megapixel camera upon its Una 10i ( Review ), Realme’s X7 5G ( Review ) gets you dual 5G standby and a 120Hz Super AMOLED display, and the list goes on.

This particular being iQoo’s first affordable smartphone for the Indian market, it has gone with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G processor chip, which should remain exclusive for some time. In a smartphone segment that is crowded with devices through many manufacturers, has iQoo done enough to pull attention to its newest providing?

 

iQoo Z3 design

I received a Cyber Blue unit of the iQoo Z3 meant for review. The smartphone’s framework and rear panel are constructed with plastic. The matte back panel feels smooth, and is good at not picking up finger prints, but allows dust to develop easily. The Cyber Azure finish has a rainbow-like multicolour pearlescent finish that appears different when viewed through different angles. Those looking for something more subtle should go for the Ace Black complete, which features a grey plus black gradient.

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The iQoo Z3 features a 6. 58-inch LCD panel with thick black display borders

The phone appears quite thin and is comfortable to hold considering the fact that it features a 6. 5-inch display. There is a 3. 5mm headphone jack at the bottom along with the single speaker, the primary mic and the Type-C USB interface. The fingerprint reader can be embedded in the power key, which sits on the right side, along with the volume rocker placed above it. The particular fingerprint reader is easy to achieve and unlocks the device instantly.

iQoo Z3 specifications and software

The iQoo Z3 is the first smartphone in India to feature the particular Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G cellular platform. Like many mobile phones in this segment, the iQoo Z3 supports two 5G bands (n77, n78), but it does not offer dual 5G standby. The Snapdragon 768G is a slightly updated edition of the 765G which made it to several mid-range smartphones such as the Vivo V20 Pro ( Review ) and the OnePlus Nord ( Review ) in 2020. So , iQoo offering it in a sub-Rs. 20, 000 smartphone is indeed interesting.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G features an octa-core setup with one 2 . 8GHz Kryo 475 Gold core, another 2 . 4GHz Kryo 475 Gold core, and 6 1 . 8GHz Kryo 475 Silver cores. Compared to the Snapdragon 750G processor used in many other smartphones at this price point, the particular 768G offers higher PROCESSOR and GPU clock speeds and is built on a 7nm manufacturing process (instead of 8nm).

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The Cyber Blue iQoo Z3 has a rainbow-like multicolour pearlescent finish

iQoo has launched the Z3 in three configuration settings in India. There is a 6GB RAM +128GB storage version, an 8GB RAM + 128GB storage option, and an 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant. All of them support up to a 1TB microSD card for expansion using the hybrid SIM slot.

The iQoo Z3 uses Vivo’s FunTouch OS. Currently at version 11. 1, it is based on Android 11, and my device was running the Might 2021 Android security upgrade. At the time of writing this review, iQoo has yet to announce anything about a move to Vivo’s next-gen Origin OPERATING SYSTEM, which is already available on the Chinese variant of this mobile phone.

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The particular iQoo Z3’s fingerprint audience is embedded in its power button, which sits for the right side

FunTouch OS looks nearly the same as stock Android in terms of appearance, but offers several customisations that most other Android skin usually don’t. You can change the animations for the unlock screen, facial recognition, charging, UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS insertion, and even putting the telephone into standby and waking up it. On the other hand, there is no way to personalize the icon shape, like on Oppo’s ColorOS or Realme’s Realme UI-powered smartphones. There are also several iQoo-branded applications (including Notes, Video, EasyShare etc . ) and iQoo has retained its own phone dialer and SMS apps within the Z3. Bloatware is limited to just three apps – Snapchat, Dailyhunt and Moj – and all of them can be un-installed if not needed.

iQoo Z3 performance plus battery life

The particular 6. 5-inch FHD+ FLAT SCREEN on the iQoo Z3 comes with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 180Hz, which is useful while playing games. It uses strengthened Panda glass, which covers fingerprints easily, and these are also quite hard to wipe off. The display gets sufficiently bright in sunlight. Colours appear a bit saturated yet text and images appearance sharp. The 120Hz refresh rate made the software feel quite fluid in daily use. iQoo claims that the display is HDR10 qualified. I was able to stream HDR content on the Youtube application, but Netflix did not assistance it.

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The iQoo Z3 utilizes Vivo’s FunTouch OS, which is currently at version eleven. 1

Common performance was top-notch with no stuttering or lag. The newest Snapdragon 768G SoC demonstrated a noticeable bump within scores in our benchmarking lab tests. The iQoo Z3 handled a score of 4, 45, 029 in AnTuTu, as well as 710 and one, 985 in Geekbench 5’s single and multi-core checks. The processor definitely performed better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G in the OnePlus Nord CE 5G ( Review ), which usually managed scores of 3, 91, 813 in AnTuTu along with 639 and 1830 within Geekbench 5’s single and multi-core tests.

The Snapdragon 765G was a good processor for mid-level gaming, and the 768G also provides good graphics performance. The particular iQoo Z3 performed well when playing Call associated with Duty: Mobile at the default High graphics and Higher frame rate settings, running smoothly and showing no signs of overheating. The phone began to warm up after switching the graphics and framerate in order to Very High (with anti-aliasing on), but maintained performance hanging around. Asphalt 9 Legends furthermore ran impressively at Top quality with no stutters or lag.

The individual speaker at the bottom gets very loud, but sounds thin. It is good enough for video gaming, but not so much for watching movies or listening to music. At least iQoo has given this phone a 3. 5mm headphone jack for those who desire better audio quality.

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The iQoo Z3 features a single speaker that gets quite loud, but sounds tinny

The 4, 400mAh battery charges up very quickly, going from simply no power to 67 percent in 30 minutes and completing the particular charge in 60 minutes. As for battery life, the phone achieved an impressive score of nineteen hours and 32 minutes in our HD video loop check. With an hour of gaming, some photos, phone calls, plus constantly checking social media apps, the phone managed most times with 30-40 percent remaining in the battery at night, which is quite good.

iQoo Z3 cameras

The iQoo Z3 features a triple rear digital camera setup with a 64-megapixel f/1. 79 primary camera, an 8-megapixel f/2. 2 ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel f/2. 4 macro camera. The selfie camera features a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2. 0 aperture. The camera user interface is what you’d find of all iQoo and Vivo mobile phones. The default visible digital camera modes can be swapped to get whatever you will frequently use.

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The iQoo Z3 features a triple back camera setup, which includes a 2-megapixel macro camera

When shooting in daytime, photos came out a bit over loaded with a decent amount of detail in the textures. Noise was in check and the shadows had plenty of detail, but there was apparent purple fringing  in the brighter areas of scenes. The ultra-wide-angle camera shot passable pictures but was not able to capture a lot detail. There was also plenty of purple fringing when shooting in bright settings. The particular 2X digital zoom mode surprisingly produced shots with a amount of detail. Portrait mode photos had a bit more vividness and good edge-detection.

iQoo Z3 daylight camera samples. Bottom to top: Ultra-wide, standard, 2X electronic zoom (tap to see full size)

Pictures shot in low gentle had noise under control, but detail in the shadows had been poor, mainly in scenes that had some form of lights in the vicinity. The Night mode managed to brighten up scenes and bring the highlights under control.

The 2-megapixel macro camera captured odd-looking color tones, so I preferred showing shots taken with the major camera instead.

iQoo Z3 low-light camera samples. Top: Auto mode, bottom: Evening mode (tap to see full size)

Selfies shot in daylight was released clean, but seemed a tad too bright. Still, the front camera managed to expose subjects plus backgrounds well. In low light, the selfie camera did a decent job as long as there was a source of light in the vicinity. Night setting messes things up and does apply some sort of makeup to deals with (even with beautification turned off) making people appear textureless and synthetic.

iQoo Z3 selfie samples. Best: daylight, bottom: low-light (tap to see full size)

Videos shot in 1080p at 30 and 60fps using the primary camera showed good detail plus stabilisation. Just like with photos, I noticed a lot of purple fringing when shooting videos using the ultra-wide-angle camera. In reduced light, video recorded in 1080p 30fps looked a little blurry and EIS resulted in a nasty shimmering effect when walking.

Movies recorded in 4K seemed to have some abnormal colour saturation when shooting in daylight and in low light. Exactly the same videos also lacked stabilisation, so they ended up looking jerky if recorded when strolling and when panning.

Verdict

With all the Z3, iQoo now has a solid contender at the high end of the budget smartphone section. Its main hardware function, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G processor, offers better functionality than the competition, but not necessarily a giant leap.

There’s also a vibrant 120Hz refresh rate display and best-in-class charging with a 55W adapter in the box. Despite the plastic frame and back again, the phone still looks very good in its Cyber Glowing blue finish, and is also somewhat future-ready because it supports 5G. The only downside is its average low-light camera performance.

The iQoo Z3 offers incredible value for the equipment that it offers, priced starting at Rs. 19, 999. Its closest competitor will be the Realme X7 5G ( Review ) which offers a 120Hz OLED display and 50W getting along with dual 5G standby on both SIMs.


iQoo Z3 review: A Powerful Smart phone at the Right Price