iQoo Z3 is the company’s latest smartphone to hit the Indian market and is the first to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G chipset in India.
It comes with an impressive range of specs for the starting price of Rs 19,990 and even has a 55W fast charging solution which is quite unusual in this price range. The company mentions that the smartphone comes with a five-layer cooling system to keep the inside cool while gaming. This in combination with a 120 Hz display makes this a compelling device for gamers.
Here is a first look at the smartphone.
The introduction of the iQoo Z3 follows the flagship smartphone iQoo 7 and appears to adhere to the same standards that were set by it. One of the key features of the iQoo Z3 is the addition of 55W fast charging, which is unusual for this smartphone segment.
The smartphone competes with Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, Realme 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy M42. In our first tests, we did not find anything abnormal on the smartphone.
iQoo Z3 price in India and availability
The iQoo Z3 is available in a 6 GB + 128 GB version for a price of 19,990 rupees, the 8 GB + 128 GB version for a price of 20,999 rupees and the top model with 8 GB + 256 GB for a price of 22,990 rupees will be available. The iQoo Z3 will be available in the colors Ace Black and Cyber Blue. The first sale is scheduled for June 8th at 1 p.m. on Amazon.
You can get Rs 1,000 off with Amazon vouchers and up to Rs 1,500 off with ICICI bank cards. In addition, you can take up to 9 months of free EMI offers on iQoo Z3.
At first glance, the iQoo Z3 looks attractive and in contrast to the other smartphone designs, although it follows some of the usual trends. The back of the smartphone has an attractive finish and is available in the two colors Ace Black and Cyber Blue, the latter of which we received for testing.
The Cyber Blue swatch may only appear a lighter shade of blue from a distance, but it does reflect a rainbow pattern when it reflects light on it. The rear camera panel is in the upper left corner and pretty much does the bump. In addition to the iQoo branding on the lower left on the back, the color also seems to extend to the metal parts on the side. One surprising feature of the sides, however, is that black, notched bezels appear to cover a larger area compared to other smartphones.
The device is IP52 certified and seems ergonomic enough, but there is something about the feel of the highly plastic polymer used for the back that makes it feel less than premium. The power button on the side also serves as a fingerprint scanner.
The display seems to be a strong point of the iQoo Z3, even though it’s just an LCD and not an AMOLED. It has a 6.58-inch Full HD + LCD panel with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a touch sampling rate of 180 Hz. It supports a resolution of 2408 x 1080 with 401 pixels per inch and one screen -to-body ratio of 90.61%. There is also Panda Glass protection.
The display features Eagle Eye Enhancement, which uses Local Tone Mapping, Memory Color Protection, Color Enhancement, and Detail Sharpening, along with HDR10 certification. These work with all media playback on the device, including OTT platforms. With the high refresh rate, media and games seem to play unhindered.
The display seems to produce some striking colors that are neither unsaturated nor oversaturated. The warmth of the pictures also seems to harmonize with what one expects. The brightness is something that we have yet to test and that we will talk about in the full review.
We’ve only been using the iQoo Z3 for a few days and haven’t had a single drop in performance so far. The smartphone comes with the Snapdragon 768G processor. While the chipset is new in India, it was announced more than a year ago. It is an octa-core SoC based on a 7 nm process with a maximum clock rate of 2.8 Hz. For handling gaming and graphics, you get an Adreno 620 GPU. It is a 5G capable chipset and has n77 / n78 band support in India.
The iQoo Z3 will be available in India in two configurations: 6 GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB UFS 2.2 storage, 8 GB + 128 GB LPDDR4X and another with 8 GB + 256 GB LPDDR4X. The device also has an advanced RAM feature, which means that 8 GB of RAM is equivalent to 11 GB. It also comes with a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
This configuration seemed to produce consistent results with no issues and the gaming session seemed to go smoothly. The smartphone’s five-layer liquid cooling also seems to hold its own in the limited initial tests.
The iQoo Z3 comes with a Samsung GW3 64MP f / 1.79 camera, an 8MP ultra wide angle lens and a 2MP macro lens. On the front there is a 16-megapixel selfie camera in the dewdrop notch. Some of the camera’s features include Night Mode, Portrait, Panorama, Live Photo, Slow Motion, Time Lapse, Pro Mode, 4K 60fps, AR Sticker, and Doc Mode.
A few first snapshots seem to show that the camera is delivering good images with the correct color gradation. However, these are only for daylight recordings and we still have to load the camera system at night and in poor lighting conditions.
The results appear to be consistent with the front camera, and it comes with an Aura Screen Light flash system that brightens the screen to act like a flash and brightens the face for selfies in low light.
The iQoo Z3 comes with Funtouch OS 11.1 (Global) based on Android 11 and contains the security functions typical for the Android version. It comes with quite a bit of bloatware. And something that Vivo and iQoo seem to be sticking to their guns on are non-removable third-party apps like Netflix.
The iQoo Z3 is powered by a 4,400 mAh battery backed by a 55W fast charger that iQoo claims can charge the device up to 50% in just 19 minutes. While we don’t have to extensively test the device’s battery life yet, it seems to run out of juice pretty quickly in 120 Hz mode.
The iQoo Z3’s audio bit is a bit disappointing and only comes with a mono speaker with the outlet on the bottom. In fact, the sound is not loud enough compared to other smartphones and could be an issue when listening to media outdoors.
The iQoo Z3 seems to be a good competitor for the segment with some bankable innovations and functions. With the base price of 19,990 rupees for the 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variant, it seems to be on par with the other competitors. It could turn out to be tough competition for the other smartphones in this segment if it keeps up well in the full test.
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