iQoo Z3 First Impressions: A Toned-Down iQoo 3?

Vivo sub-brand iQoo has been launching 5G-enabled smartphones because it entered the smartphone market in India in February 2020. iQoo has launched 4 smartphones up to now, and all of them help 5G although operators have but to roll out their networks in India. That makes 5G branding for these smartphones extra about future-proofing and fewer about quick worth. With that in thoughts, the iQoo Z3 doesn’t financial institution on 5G as its solely spotlight, however has a lot extra to supply.


Key amongst its promoting factors is the brand new processor it makes use of. In contrast to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor used for the iQoo 3 (Evaluation), the iQoo Z3 will get the brand new Snapdragon 768G 5G cellular platform, which is an replace to the Snapdragon 765G.

This SoC makes its debut in India with the launch of the iQoo Z3. It’s constructed utilizing a 7nm manufacturing course of and options an octa-core setup with one 2.8GHz Kryo 475 Gold core, one 2.4GHz Kryo 475 Gold core and 6 1.8GHz Kryo 475 Silver cores. The brand new processor claims to supply higher CPU efficiency than the Snapdragon 765G.

As for the 5G bits, the cellphone helps two 5G bands (n77, n78) and doesn’t help twin 5G standby on each SIM playing cards. It gives a hybrid dual-SIM tray that allows you to insert both two Nano-SIMs without delay or one Nano-SIM and a microSD card (as much as 1 TB).

The iQoo Z3 is obtainable in 6GB and 8GB RAM choices. The bottom variant, priced at Rs. 19,990 in India, has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There are additionally two 8GB RAM variants, with both 128GB or 256GB of storage priced at Rs. 20,990 and Rs. 22,990 respectively. The iQoo Z3 additionally options Prolonged RAM like on lately launched Vivo X-series smartphones. This function assigns part of the inner storage for use as RAM, which iQoo claims may end up in higher day-to-day efficiency. That is one thing we’ll see for ourselves within the full assessment. These entering into for the 6GB RAM variant can rise up to 1GB of prolonged RAM, bringing the whole to 7GB. The 8GB RAM variants can use 3GB of the storage, which brings the whole to 11GB.

The iQoo Z3’s physique includes a plastic body and a plastic again panel, and doesn’t really feel too heavy at 185 grams. The again panel is curved on the left and proper sides and has a matte end that isn’t too good at rejecting fingerprints. The Cyber Blue choice that we have now obtained for assessment includes a delicate pearlescent end, which showcases various colors when considered at completely different angles. There’s additionally a plain Ace Black choice. The cellphone additionally includes a single speaker on the backside, in comparison with many of the smartphones on this phase that provide twin stereo audio system.

The iQoo Z3 has a 6.58-inch LCD panel with a waterdrop-style show notch


The 6.58-inch LCD display is protected by Panda glass, gives a FHD+ decision, and has a water drop-style show notch. The refresh fee of the show could be set to 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, or Sensible Swap, which decides the refresh fee primarily based on the app operating and your battery stage. The panel additionally has a 180Hz contact sampling fee which ought to be good for cellular gaming. iQoo says the machine is HDR10-certified.

FunTouch OS 11.1 relies on Android 11. The Sport Middle function gives some gaming-friendly software program tweaks. This contains Eagle Eye Show Enhancement, which iQoo claims can improve on-screen particulars in video games utilizing native tone-mapping and element sharpening.

iQoo gives the identical 4,400mAh battery capability and 55W charging fee as on the iQoo 3. The Z3 comes with a 55W charging adapter within the field. Whereas iQoo doesn’t emphasise this smartphone’s gaming capabilities, it has offered a 5-layer liquid-cooling system that ought to maintain the smartphone cool throughout gaming periods.

The digicam module barely protrudes from the floor of the again panel. It consists of a 64-megapixel major digicam with an f/1.79 aperture, an 8-megapixel 120-degree ultra-wide-angle digicam with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel macro digicam. The selfie digicam includes a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture.

The iQoo Z3 is a toned-down model of the iQoo 3, which was a premium gaming-centric smartphone. Plenty of high-end funds smartphones provide 5G help right this moment, however the iQoo Z3 is likely one of the few smartphones on this phase to additionally provide a 120Hz refresh fee show and 55W charging. Additionally it is presently the one one to make use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G processor.

With that mentioned, it can compete with smartphones such because the upcoming OnePlus Nord CE, the Xiaomi Mi 10i (Evaluation), and the Realme X7 5G (Evaluation). We have now but to finish our detailed assessment of this smartphone, which provides you with a greater concept concerning the efficiency good points that the Snapdragon 768G processor brings. So, keep tuned for our full assessment, coming quickly on Devices 360.

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