IQOO Z3 Rating and Review: Delivers Exceptional Performance?

The year 2021 is all about low-cost 5G devices. This year, every other smartphone in India and around the world will be a 5G phone. Because networks in India are yet to be operational, it makes sense for smartphone manufacturers to not rely solely on high-speed data as a selling point. In reality, every manufacturer selling a smartphone between Rs. 17,000 and Rs. 22,000 has managed to provide something more.

This year, iQOO appears to have come out with two fantastic flagship killers in the form of the iQOO 7 and the iQOO 7 Legend. The IQOO Z3 5G is the first device to be powered by Qualcomm’s all-new Snapdragon 768 5G SoC. The octa-core chipset is simply an improved version of the Snapdragon 765G Processor found in the Vivo V20 Pro and OnePlus Nord.

IQOO Z3 Pricing

On Amazon.in and iQOO.com, the iQOO Z3 5G is priced at Rs. 19,990 for the 6GB+128GB variant, Rs. 20,990 for the 8GB+128GB model, and Rs. 22,990 for the 8GB+256GB variant.

iQOO Z3

IQOO Z3 Design

iQOO knows a thing or two about creating visually appealing phones. Despite the fact that the company’s new challenger has a plastic back, the smartphone looks rather excellent thanks to its appealing gradient tone. The matte back panel feels smooth and resists fingerprints well, but it allows dust to accumulate easily. The Cyber Blue finish features a rainbow-like multicolour iridescent sheen that changes depending on the angle of view. Those opting for a more understated aesthetic might go for the Ace Black finish, which has a grey and black gradient.

The front fascia is dominated by a large LCD panel with a teardrop notch that houses the selfie camera. Needless to say, it appears to be out of date. The side bezels are tiny, while the chin and top bezel are prominent.

The iQOO Z3 5G is relatively light and easy to carry about with one hand thanks to its plastic design and a modest 4,400 mAh battery capacity. The handset weighs 185 grammes and measures 8.5mm thick. The triple-lens camera module in the back is unobtrusive but not unnoticeable.

Given its 6.5-inch display, the phone appears to be extremely compact and comfortable to hold. At the bottom, there is a 3.5mm headphone socket, a single speaker, the primary mic, and a Type-C USB connector. The fingerprint reader is integrated into the power button, which is located on the right side, while the volume rocker is located above it. The fingerprint reader is easily accessible and promptly unlocks the device.

IQOO Z3 Display

The iQOO Z3‘s display is a 6.58-inch FHD+ LCD panel that refreshes at 120Hz. The iQOO Z3’s display would have benefited greatly from AMOLED technology. That’s not to say the smartphone’s display isn’t good. Color reproduction and viewing angles are characteristic of LCD and fall short of an AMOLED panel’s vividness. I believe the firm could have reduced the size of the bottom bezel and gone with a smaller, more discrete notch. As it is, the iQOO Z3 appears to be a 2018 device from the front, with its water drop notch.

Buyers can choose between three distinct refresh rate presets, including 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz. Because to the fast refresh rate, the display is smooth and responsive. Scrolling, UI navigation, and other display interactions are as good as a mid-range device can get. Overall, at this price point, we would have chosen a better LCD or an AMOLED screen. If you can’t live without a good display, you should look into alternative phones.

Moving on, despite being HDR 10 certified, the screen does not allow HDR video playback on OTT platforms.

IQOO Z3 Software

The iQOO Z3 comes with FunTouch OS v11 on top of Android 11. FunTouch OS has a similar appearance to standard Android, but it includes various customizations that most other Android skins do not. You may customise the animations for the unlock screen, facial recognition, charging, USB insertion, and even sleeping and awakening the phone. On the other hand, unlike on Oppo’s ColorOS or Realme’s Realme UI-powered smartphones, there is no opportunity to customise the icon shape.

The custom skin is inspired by standard Android and, as a result, does not feel overcrowded or cumbersome. However, the UI comes with a slew of bloatware and duplicate apps, the most of which cannot be removed.

Performance

The iQOO Z3 5G is a fantastic all-around performer. The device tackles moderate to severe workloads smoothly because to the latest Snapdragon 768 5G CPU and enough RAM. I had no lags or performance concerns while shooting videos, surfing web pages, streaming YouTube videos, or performing any other smartphone-related task. The haptics feedback may have been improved. The vibration motor response is quite disappointing and has a negative impact on the user experience.

In our benchmarking tests, the new Snapdragon 768G SoC performed noticeably better. The iQoo Z3 scored 4,45,029 in AnTuTu and 710 and 1,985 in Geekbench 5’s single and multi-core tests, respectively. The chip outperformed the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G in the OnePlus Nord CE 5G, which scored 3,91,813 in AnTuTu and 641 and 1953 in Geekbench 5’s single and multi-core tests, respectively.

Gaming

The Snapdragon 765G was a decent mid-level gaming Processor, and the 768G also has good graphics performance. When playing Call of Duty: Mobile at the default High graphics and High frame rate settings, the iQoo Z3 ran smoothly and showed no signs of overheating.

After upgrading the visuals and framerate to Very High (with anti-aliasing enabled), the phone began to warm up, but performance in the game was maintained. Asphalt 9 Legends likewise performed admirably at High Quality, with no stuttering or latency.

Battery

The iQOO Z3 comes with a 4,400mAh battery that should last you a full day on moderate use with the display set to 120Hz. However, power users need not fear because the phone comes with a 66W brick that can quickly charge the gadget. Keep in mind that the phone only allows 55W charging, which is plenty quick for most users. In fact, in my tests, I was able to charge the phone from 0 to 50% in just 20 minutes, with a full charge taking little over 40 minutes.

Cameras

Daylight

When shooting in daylight, the pictures turned out a little saturated, but with a good amount of texture detail. The noise was well-controlled, and the shadows were detailed, but there was significant purple fringing in the brighter sections of the pictures.

The ultra-wide-angle camera took acceptable shots but couldn’t catch much detail. When shooting in bright light, there was also a lot of purple fringing.

Surprisingly, the 2X digital zoom mode generated images with a high level of detail. Photos in portrait mode had a bit more saturation and good edge recognition.

Selfies taken in daytime were clear, but appeared a little too bright. Nonetheless, the front camera did a good job of exposing subjects and surroundings.

Low Light

Photos captured in low light showed good noise control, but detail in the shadows was weak, especially in scenarios with some type of lighting nearby. The Night mode was able to brighten up scenes and adjust the highlights.

As long as there was a source of light around, the selfie camera performed admirably in low light. Night mode screws things up by applying cosmetics to people’s faces (even when beautification is turned off), making them look textureless and synthetic.

Macro Camera

I liked cropping photos obtained with the primary camera because the 2-megapixel macro camera caught odd-looking colour tones.

Video

Videos shot in 1080p at 30 and 60 frames per second using the primary camera shows good detail and stability. When recording movies with the ultra-wide-angle camera, I saw a lot of purple fringing, just like I did with photographs. In low light, 1080p 30fps footage appeared a little fuzzy, and EIS caused a horrible shimmering effect when walking.

When shooting in daytime and poor light, 4K videos appeared to have some aberrant colour saturation. The same videos lacked stabilisation, thus they appeared choppy when captured while walking and panning.

Competitors

Consider the OnePlus Nord or the Xiaomi Mi 10i as well. We would also recommend holding off on purchasing the OnePlus Nord CE 5G until it becomes available. It appears to be a promising low-cost 5G smartphone.

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Rating

Verdict
The iQOO Z3 delivers exceptional performance at a starting price of Rs 19,990. The smartphone charges quickly at 55W, and power users will benefit greatly from the phone's 120Hz display. Another deal-breaker is the lack of stereo speakers and a drab look. The iQOO Z3 5G, on the other hand, has a little superior overall camera performance than most of its competitors.
Design
80
Display
80
Performance
80
Battery
90
Software
80
Camera
80
Value For Money
90
Pros
120Hz refresh rate display
5G-ready
Good performance
Good battery life and fast charging
Solid build quality
Capable main sensor and selfie camera
Supports Expandable Memory
Cons
Plastic chassis
Average low-light camera performance
Audio setup not the best
Can’t stream HDR media yet
Huge bezels bordering the display
Poor Haptics
83
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