iQoo Z3 Review: A Powerful Smartphone at Great specifications for the price

Vivo’s sub-brand iQoo Z3 isn’t any stranger to 5G. It has launched 4 smartphones in India thus far, and all of them (together with the Z3) assist 5G. Since networks have but to grow to be operational in India, it makes a whole lot of sense for smartphone producers to not rely solely on high-speed knowledge as a promoting level. In reality, each producer providing a smartphone priced between Rs. 17,000 and Rs. 22,000 has managed to deliver one thing extra to the desk. Xiaomi provides a 108-megapixel digital camera on its Mi 10i (Review), Realme’s X7 5G (Review) will get you twin 5G standby and a 120Hz Super AMOLED show, and the listing goes on.

This being iQoo’s first reasonably priced smartphone for the Indian market, it has gone with the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G processor, which ought to stay unique for some time. In a smartphone section that is crowded with units from many producers, has iQoo completed sufficient to attract consideration to its latest providing?

iQoo Z3 design

I obtained a Cyber Blue unit of the iQoo Z3 for evaluation. The smartphone’s body and rear panel are made from plastic. The matte again panel feels easy, and is nice at not selecting up fingerprints, however permits mud to construct up simply. The Cyber Blue end has a rainbow-like multicolour pearlescent end that appears completely different when considered from completely different angles. Those in search of one thing extra refined ought to go for the Ace Black end, which contains a gray and black gradient.


The iQoo Z3 contains a 6.58-inch LCD panel with thick black show borders

The telephone seems fairly slim and is snug to carry on condition that it contains a 6.5-inch show. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the backside together with the only speaker, the first mic and the Type-C USB port. The fingerprint reader is embedded within the energy button, which sits on the proper aspect, together with the quantity rocker positioned above it. The fingerprint reader is straightforward to achieve and unlocks the machine immediately.

iQoo Z3 specs and software program

The iQoo Z3 is the primary smartphone in India to function the Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G cellular platform. Like many smartphones on this section, the iQoo Z3 helps two 5G bands (n77, n78), nevertheless it doesn’t provide twin 5G standby. The Snapdragon 768G is a barely up to date model of the 765G which made it to a number of mid-range smartphones such because the Vivo V20 Pro (Review) and the OnePlus Nord (Review) in 2020. So, iQoo providing it in a sub-Rs. 20,000 smartphone is certainly attention-grabbing.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G options an octa-core setup with one 2.8GHz Kryo 475 Gold core, one other 2.4GHz Kryo 475 Gold core, and 6 1.8GHz Kryo 475 Silver cores. Compared to the Snapdragon 750G processor utilized in many different smartphones at this worth level, the 768G provides increased CPU and GPU clock speeds and is constructed on a 7nm manufacturing course of (as a substitute of 8nm).

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The Cyber Blue iQoo Z3 has a rainbow-like multicol our pearlescent end


iQoo has launched the Z3 in three configurations in India. There is a 6GB RAM +128GB storage variant, an 8GB RAM + 128GB storage choice, and an 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant. All of them assist as much as a 1TB microSD card for enlargement utilizing the hybrid SIM slot.

The iQoo Z3 makes use of Vivo’s FunTouch OS. Currently at model 11.1, it’s primarily based on Android 11, and my unit was working the May 2021 Android safety replace. At the time of scripting this evaluation, iQoo has but to announce something a few transfer to Vivo’s next-gen Origin OS, which is already obtainable on the Chinese variant of this telephone.

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The iQoo Z3’s fingerprint reader is embedded in its energy button, which sits on the proper aspect

FunTouch OS appears to be like so much like inventory Android by way of look, however provides a number of customisations that the majority different Android skins often do not. You can change the animations for the unlock display, facial recognition, charging, USB insertion, and even placing the telephone into standby and waking it. On the opposite hand, there isn’t a strategy to customise the icon form, like on Oppo’s ColorOS or Realme’s Realme UI-powered smartphones. There are additionally a number of iQoo-branded apps (together with Notes, Video, EasyShare and so forth.) and iQoo has retained its personal dialer and SMS apps on the Z3. Bloatware is proscribed to only three apps – Snapchat, Dailyhunt and Moj – and all of them may be uninstalled if not wanted.

iQoo Z3 efficiency and battery life

The 6.5-inch FHD+ LCD on the iQoo Z3 contains a refresh charge of 120Hz and a contact sampling charge of 180Hz, which is helpful whereas enjoying video games. It makes use of strengthened Panda glass, which picks up fingerprints simply, and these are additionally fairly onerous to wipe off. The show will get sufficiently brilliant in daylight. Colours seem a bit saturated however textual content and pictures look sharp. The 120Hz refresh charge made the software program really feel fairly fluid in on a regular basis use. iQoo claims that the show is HDR10 licensed. I used to be capable of stream HDR content material on the Youtube app, however Netflix didn’t assist it.

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The iQoo Z3 makes use of Vivo’s FunTouch OS, which is at present at model 11.1

General efficiency was top-notch with no stuttering or lag. The new Snapdragon 768G SoC confirmed a noticeable bump in scores in our benchmarking checks. The iQoo Z3 managed a rating of 4,45,029 in AnTuTu, in addition to 710 and 1,985 in Geekbench 5’s single and multi-core checks. The processor undoubtedly carried out higher than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G within the OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Review), which managed scores of three,91,813 in AnTuTu together with 639 and 1830 in Geekbench 5’s single and multi-core checks.

The Snapdragon 765G was an excellent processor for mid-level gaming, and the 768G additionally provides good graphics efficiency. The iQoo Z3 carried out nicely when enjoying Call of Duty: Mobile on the default High graphics and High body charge settings, working easily and exhibiting no indicators of overheating. The telephone began to heat up after switching the graphics and framerate to Very High (with anti-aliasing on), however maintained efficiency within the recreation. Asphalt 9 Legends additionally ran impressively at High Quality with no stutters or lag.

The single speaker on the backside will get fairly loud, however sounds tinny. It is nice sufficient for gaming, however not a lot for watching motion pictures or listening to music. At least iQoo has given this telephone a 3.5mm headphone jack for many who need higher audio high quality.

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The iQoo Z3 contains a single speaker that will get fairly loud, however sounds tinny

The 4,400mAh battery expenses up fairly shortly, going from no energy to 67 p.c in half-hour and finishing the cost in 60 minutes. As for battery life, the telephone achieved a formidable rating of 19 hours and 32 minutes in our HD video loop take a look at. With an hour of gaming, some images, telephone calls, and continuously checking social media apps, the telephone managed most days with 30-40 p.c left within the battery at night time, which is kind of good.

iQoo Z3 cameras

The iQoo Z3 contains a triple rear digital camera setup with a 64-megapixel f/1.79 main digital camera, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide digital camera, and a 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro digital camera. The selfie digital camera contains a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. The digital camera interface is what you’d discover on most iQoo and Vivo smartphones. The default seen digital camera modes may be swapped for no matter you’ll continuously use.

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The iQoo Z3 contains a triple rear digital camera setup, which features a 2-megapixel macro digital camera

When capturing in daylight, images got here out a bit saturated with a good quantity of element within the textures. Noise was below management and the shadows had loads of element, however there was noticeable purple fringing within the brighter areas of scenes. The ultra-wide-angle digital camera shot satisfactory images however was not capable of seize a lot element. There was additionally loads of purple fringing when capturing in brilliant settings. The 2X digital zoom mode surprisingly produced pictures with an excellent quantity of element. Portrait mode images had a bit extra saturation and good edge-detection.

iQoo Z3 daylight digital camera samples. Top to backside: Ultra-wide, normal, 2X digital zoom (faucet to see full dimension)

Photos shot in low gentle had noise below management, however element within the shadows was poor, primarily in scenes that had some type of lighting within the neighborhood. The Night mode managed to brighten up scenes and convey the highlights below management.

The 2-megapixel macro digital camera captured odd-looking color tones, so I most popular cropping pictures taken with the first digital camera as a substitute.

iQoo Z3 low-light digital camera samples. Top: Auto mode, backside: Night mode (faucet to see full dimension)

Selfies shot in daylight got here out clear, however appeared a bit too brilliant. Still, the entrance digital camera managed to show topics and backgrounds nicely. In low gentle, the selfie digital camera did a good job so long as there was a supply of sunshine within the neighborhood. Night mode messes issues up and applies some kind of make-up to faces (even with beautification switched off) making folks look textureless and artificial.

iQoo Z3 selfie samples. Top: daylight, backside: low-light (faucet to see full dimension)

Videos shot in 1080p at 30 and 60fps utilizing the first digital camera confirmed good element and stabilisation. Just like with images, I seen a whole lot of purple fringing when capturing movies with the ultra-wide-angle digital camera. In low gentle, video recorded at 1080p 30fps seemed a bit blurry and EIS resulted in a nasty shimmering impact when strolling.

Videos recorded in 4K appeared to have some irregular color saturation when capturing in daylight and in low gentle. The similar movies additionally lacked stabilisation, in order that they ended up wanting jerky if recorded when strolling and when panning.


With the Z3, iQoo now has a strong contender on the increased finish of the finances smartphone section. Its principal {hardware} function, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G processor, provides higher efficiency than the competitors, nevertheless it’s not a large leap.

There’s additionally a vibrant 120Hz refresh charge show and best-in-class charging with a 55W adapter within the field. Despite its plastic body and again, the telephone nonetheless appears to be like fairly good in its Cyber Blue end, and can also be considerably future-ready as a result of it helps 5G. The solely draw back is its common low-light digital camera efficiency.

The iQoo Z3 provides unbelievable worth for the {hardware} that it provides, priced beginning at Rs. 19,999. Its closest competitor is the Realme X7 5G (Review) which provides a 120Hz OLED show and 50W charging together with twin 5G standby on each SIMs.