iQOO announced its first smartphone in the Indian market. The iQOO 3 is the first commercially available 5G smartphone in India. It is future-proof for faster networks and packs top-of-the-line hardware. The iQOO 3 5G carries a price tag of Rs. 44,990 (12GB/256GB). The company also announced the 4G variants of the iQOO 3 priced at Rs. 36,990 (8GB/128GB) and Rs. 39,990 (8GB/256GB).
Display And Build Quality
Now a days most of the Android smartphone maker is using 90Hz or 120Hz display’s on their flagship smartphone but IQOO went with 60Hz display but that display has 180Hz Super Touch Response rate which what apple is doing with iPhone’s.
If IQOO has provided both 180Hz Super Touch Response rate & 90Hz together then it would be great, now you will say, a company can’t provide everything at 37k. So, if you don’t know, Realme has also launched its flagship Realme X50 Pro and that device has both things, so why IQOO didn’t provide.
Overall, you won’t get any problem while playing games like PUBG or Higher end games or even while consuming media content but if you want an overall good phone then this won’t be it.
To protect IQOO 3, the company went with SCHOTT Xensatio glass rather than Corning gorilla glass. In defense, IQOO said, “SCHOTT Xensatio glass is better for IQOO 3”. One more thing, on the rear side IQOO, does use Corning gorilla 6, I don’t get it why they didn’t use the same glass for front display. SCHOTT Xensatio glass is not that bad but if they have used Corning’s glass then it would have been great, nevertheless, you won’t get any problem in build
Performance And Battery Life
The display on the iQoo 3 does not have a refresh rate higher than 60Hz but the colour reproduction is very good. It has good viewing angles and is readable under sunlight. There are three colour modes to choose from and you can also tweak the colour temperature. Yes, the iQoo 3 has a tiny hole-punch, but it won’t distract you while viewing content. We weren’t happy with the loudspeaker on the iQoo 3 though. There is no stereo output and the speaker sounds too tinny for our liking.
The in-display fingerprint scanner, as well as the face unlock feature are quick to unlock the smartphone. We did not have any issues while using apps or playing games. Since we had the top variant with 12GB of RAM, multitasking was a breeze, and the phone was not forced to kill older apps in the background.
The Realme X50 Pro 5G is the only other smartphone in the market at the moment with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, and so the iQoo 3 does not have a lot of competition. In AnTuTu, the iQoo 3 managed to score 5,89,299 which was impressive. It also got 932 and 3,359 points in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests respectively, which was higher than what the Realme X50 Pro 5G achieved. The iQoo 3 scored 61fps and 42 fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase benchmarks respectively. 3DMark’s Slingshot Extreme and Slingshot scores were 7,292 and 9,066 respectively.
We played PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends to gauge the gaming performance of the iQoo 3. Both games ran at high settings and we did not notice any lag or stutter. We also put the gaming triggers to the test while playing PUBG Mobile. We found them to be useful and they helped improve our game.
You’ll be pleased to know that the iQoo 3 delivers good battery life. In our HD video loop test, it managed to go on for 19 hours and 13 minutes. With regular use, this phone will last about a day and a half without any issues. In our charging test, the iQoo 3 managed to charge to 78 percent in 30 minutes and took about 50 minutes to charge completely. A short five-minute charge was capable of getting the smartphone to 16 percent which is impressive. Some might point out that the Realme X50 Pro 5G charges to 100 percent quicker, but it comes with a 65W charger and has a smaller battery at 4,200mAh
The iQoo Three sports activities a quad-camera module on the again which reminds us of the Vivo V17. The main digital camera has a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 582 sensor with an f/1.79 aperture, and the secondary one is a 13-megapixel telephoto digital camera with an f.2.46 aperture which is able to 2x optical zoom and 20X digital zoom. The different two are a 13-megapixel wide-angle-camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.Four aperture. The digital camera app is equivalent to what we’re used to seeing on Vivo smartphones and is pretty simple to get round it.
The iQoo 3 was quick to lock focus, and the AI could determine what the phone was pointing towards. It would also suggest which camera to use for taking a particular shot. In daylight, the smartphone metered light correctly. Photos taken in the daylight were decent, but the colour tone was off in a few shots.
Switching to the wide-angle-camera reduces image quality and there is noticeable distortion at the edges. We also noticed that the colour tone was slightly off. The telephoto camera does 2x optical zoom and captures decent details just like the primary camera.
Close-ups shot with the primary camera were good. The smartphone also manages a natural depth effect between the subject and the background. You can also take macro shots with the iQoo 3 by switching to the wide-angle-camera. Macro shots had good detail and the iQoo 3 does let you get close to the subject.
Portrait shots turned out well, and the iQoo 3 managed good edge detection. The phone does let you set the level of blur before taking a shot, but details were not good compared to what other smartphones in this price range can produce.
Low-light camera performance was average as well, and we found our sample shots to be low on details. Switching to Night mode only made a slight difference, with areas in shadow appearing brighter with slightly better details.
Selfies taken with the iQoo 3 turned out better outdoors. The output was sharp, and the smartphone applies beautification by default. When shooting in bright surroundings, the smartphone enables HDR automatically which helps deliver better output.
Video recording tops out at 4K 60fps for the primary camera and 1080p 60fps for the selfie shooter. In daylight, we noticed that video had a slight shimmer effect. There is a Super Steady mode as well which stabilises shakes, but there is still shimmer in the output. Low-light video footage is unusable, but the Super steady mode delivered somewhat better output.
In terms of software, the iQoo 3 ships with iQoo UI 1.0 on top of Android 10. The UI looks a lot like Vivo’s new FuntouchOS with a different theme on it. We liked the UI as it was simple and easy to use. Thankfully, iQoo hasn’t fiddled with the quick toggle settings, unlike on Vivo phones, which require a swipe up from the bottom of the display.
iQoo’s UI does not have an app drawer and all icons are right on the home screen. Similar to Samsung’s One UI, this UI too has reachability in mind. One can simply swipe down on a setting screen to bring options within reach. This is useful for one-handed situations. There are lots of customisation options on the iQoo 3. You can choose from different animations for the lockscreen and for fingerprint and face recognition. This phone also has an Always-On display.
Users have the option to switch from the traditional three-button navigation layout to swipe gestures. This is convenient to use and iQoo has also implemented a quick launch gesture when you swipe back and hold. Vivo’s smart assistant Jovi is also present on the device.
- Premium Design
- Extremely Powerful And Responsive Despite 60Hz Panel
- Game Triggers Enhance Gameplay
- Long-lasting Battery Life Aided By 55W Fast-Charging
- Average Camera Performance
- No 90Hz Display
- Half-Baked Software Experience
- Underwhelming Audio Performance
Should You Buy It?
The iQOO has an edge in the Indian market being the first-ever 5G handset. The iQOO 3 5G is an extremely powerful smartphone with a focus on gaming, connectivity and smooth processing and multitasking. We also liked the premium design and long-lasting battery backup aided by the extremely fast-charging solution. As for the cons, the smartphone fails to offer an immersive audio delivery and the conventional 60Hz refresh rate panel is a letdown. The iQOO 3 5G also struggles to offer a good camera and software experience. Overall, the iQOO 3 5G is strictly for consumers who want a future-proof 5G handset with ultra-fast processing and multitasking performance. For better display and software performance, the sub-40K price-segment offers several good options such as the OnePlus 7T, Realme X2 Pro Master Edition, and the new Realme X50 Pro 5G. And, if you largely want to invest in a smartphone purely for gaming, Asus ROG Phone II is the smartphone you should go for.
VIVO IQOO 3 SPECIFICATIONS OVERVIEW
|Launch Date||25th Feb 2020|
|What’s In The Box||iQOO 3|
SIM ejector tool
Quick start guide
|Build Quality||Glass Build|
|Resolutions||2400 x 1080 pixels|
|Ram||8GB | 12GB|
|Storage||128GB | 256GB|
|Camera (Rear)||48MP Primary|
2 MP Depth
|OS||IQOO UI adopted from FUN TOUCH OS based on android 10|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 865 (7 nm)|
|Battery||4,440 mAh (55W)|
|Other feature||LPDDR5 Ram + UFS 3.1 Support|
|Colors||Volcano Orange, Quantum Silver, Tornado Black.|
|Price||8GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 36,990|
8GB Ram + 256GB storage: Rs 39,990
12GB Ram + 256GB storage: Rs 44,990