iQOO Z3 5G review: A stunning package with some short comings

 iQOO Z3 5G comes as the company's latest offering in the Indian market. At a starting price of Rs 19,990, we try to find out if the smartphone takes out the competition in this segment.


  • The iQOO Z3 5G comes in two storage and memory options and two color variants.
  • It's on the back sporting an attractive design with a multi-colored 3D curved surface.
  • The smartphone delivers decent performance for various use cases.

After launching their premium devices this year, almost all smartphone OEMs are now targeting the affordable price segment with their new offerings in India. iQOO is a recent one in the race, with its iQOO Z3 5G launch in the country.

Great Launched at that price of Rs 19,990, the iQOO Z3 5G attempts to bring its premium features and technology in an affordable package. Thanks to this, the smartphone boasts of several impressive specifications on paper, even with the title claiming to be India's first Snapdragon 768G powered mobile phone.

Tick ​​the other required boxes along with the tools. It comes with a memory spread of 6GB to 8GB of RAM and 256GB to 128GB of storage. There is also a 64-megapixel selfie shooter at the back along with a triple camera setup. It also has a long battery life according to its claimed 4400mAh battery and fast charging times.

It is a matter of answering the question whether these claims have been properly translated from user experience with mobile phones priced at Rs 20,000. We got a chance to experience the iQOO Z3 5G from last week, and here are our thoughts on the smartphone.

iQOO Z3 5G out of the box

If you got a chance to see the iQOO 7 Legend that was launched last month, you would know that iQOO has put a lot of work into the branding and presentation of its products with this year's lineup. The same applies to the iQOO Z3 5G as well.

You can see it on the box of the smartphone. It comes in a neatly designed sharp color package to catch your eye. Inside is a mobile phone that lives up to the resulting anticipation.

As a smartphone, the iQOO Z3 5G is downright attractive. There is a clean and slim border display all around. Then there are the chiseled top and bottom edges, the notched edge, and a very impressive and easy-to-use cutout for the power button and volume keys on the right side.

The back adorns the color-changing reflective 3D curved surface made of high polymer plastic. We had our version of Cyber ​​Blue, which isn't actually blue, but an assortment of colors that mostly shed the iridescent spectrum at one point or another. good to see. However, it suffers from mild fingerprint smudges and is a bit slippery. The plastic cover provided in the box should do the trick.

The cover will also make a bit for the protrusion of the camera bump. As for the design, the iQOO Z3 5G comes with a capsule-shaped camera module that houses three lenses in a descending shape from the top. There is also an LED flash and some specifications of the camera lens marked on the module.

iQOO Z3 5G Performance

iQOO Z3 5G turns on and sets up quickly. iQOO Z3 5G  comes with Android 11 based Funtouch OS 11.1 which makes it a familiar device even for those who have used Vivo smartphones in the past. The user interface is clean and clutter-free, with circular icons guiding your movements. What you may not like is a little more pre-loaded apps than necessary. The problem of unwanted bloatware persists.

Once set up, the device's display comes up for testing to play any games or media content. iQOO Z3 5G comes with a 6.58-inch LCD with 1080x2408 pixel resolution. By itself, the display is suitable for viewing any type of media you want. However you will notice that it is not the best in its segment considering that there are devices with Super AMOLED displays in the price category. The iQOO Z3 5G lacks the same immersive experience.

Apps load quickly on the iQOO Z3 5G. In our limited usage, we found no problem running multiple apps in the background. The processing capacity is taken care of by the Qualcomm 768G octa-core processor which performs equally well for apps and games. It easily caters to your social media activities as well as the needs of graphic intensive games like Call of Duty Mobile.

iQOO says that Extended RAM technology helps in this. It claims to use some of the memory as additional RAM in times of need. The 8GB RAM variant then acts as the 11GB RAM. Another factor supporting gamers' performance is the iQOO Glory's five-layer liquid cooling system.

There are some gaming-specific features as well. For one, Eagle Eye Enhancement dynamically alters contrast and saturation to aid visuals for the game. iQOO says that this helps gamers identify the enemy quicker than before. In our use of this feature, we could not find any observable difference in effect or as a result of it. However, a 180Hz touch sampling rate can be realized in smooth response to multiple touches during gaming.

All this is backed by a 4400mAh battery with 55W FlashCharge technology for fast charging. The smartphone easily lasts you a day and can be charged up to almost 60 percent within 30 minutes. A full charge takes about an hour.

iQOO Z3 5G Camera

iQOO has equipped the iQOO Z3 5G with a triple-lens camera setup with a 64-megapixel primary lens, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. The setup is a capable one in its price range, but it also has some compromises to its name.

Shots taken through the iQOO Z3 5G generally turn out good with ample details and accurate colours. However, this holds true for normal photos of a nearby subject in focus. Zoom the smartphone to capture, and it will immediately start losing those details

This means that optimal photographic conditions are limited to a well-lit background with proper focus on a subject in the frame. Lose any of these, and your photos will start to deteriorate. This may also include zooming in on a distant object, capturing an image against or in low light, or expanding the field of view through an ultra-wide lens. Details are lost, individual subjects in images are blurry, while ultra-wide captures suffer from swirling around the edges. The only constant is accurate color depiction in all situations.

The 16-megapixel selfie shooter on the front does its job much better than the primary camera module. It can help you click even better selfies with AI beauty, filters and even the bokeh effect that you might need for your social media usage.

iQOO Z3 5G Verdict

Overall, the iQOO Z3 5G can handle daily smartphone tasks well for a wide range of users. Still, many aspects of its use are missing some bells and whistles that come to mind. For example, the device doesn't have a dual audio setup. This, along with not having the best performance in the market, at least makes for the optimal media experience on a smartphone.

The iQOO Z3 5G camera, though capable in favorable conditions, still makes you want more from it. An ideal scenario for the device is then limited to regular smartphone use which includes staying connected to calls or messages, scrolling through your social media, occasional gaming sessions and photography. Double down on any of these for a specific use case, and there's a chance you'll be left disappointed.

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