iQOO 3 5G – Will it make an impression?


iQOO 3

The iQOO 3 can be a gamechanger as nowadays, we can see many new companies entering the smartphone market. With the increase in internet access and digitalization all around the world, the consumer base has skyrocketed. Asia is the largest continent that houses a number of people belonging to various economical backgrounds. Earlier only people who had a working background used to own phones. But in these recent years, people of all ages and backgrounds have started using smartphones.

To cater to such a vast group of consumers, smartphone companies have started manufacturing feature-packed phones at low prices. Now since these tech giants are known to produce expensive products, they have started introducing their products through subsidiaries. Redmi is launching POCO phones and Oppo is launching Realme phones.

There is a new company in the market now which goes by the name iQOO.They are all set to launch their first phone, the iOQQ 3 5G and are initially focussing in countries in Asia. Let’s take a look at this newcomer and decide if its the one you should go for.




Design of iQOO 3 –

The smartphone world has already reached a saturation point in terms of design. All the phones these days come with a breezeless display and a glass and aluminum body. IQOO 3 is no exception. The phone has an aluminum frame and has Gorilla Glass 6 on both its front and backside. In terms of the glass, this device already surpasses its competitors. The phone has a protruding quad-camera module which makes the design look a lot like the Vivo V17. Vivo being the parent company, the similarity in design is not a deal-breaker.

Display of iQOO 3 –

The phone has a large 6.44 – inch super AMOLED display with FHD + resolution. This means that the display is comparable to high-end phones as the panel produces vibrant colors. The brightness of this display can go up to a whopping 1200 nits which are even brighter than some of the flagship iPhones.The display size is 6.44 inches and the screen to body ratio is about 84.3%. The refresh rate is where the display loses to its competitors. The refresh rate is only 60 Hz compared to 90 or 120 Hz. The display also supports HDR10+ and 180Hz touch sensing. The display has a punch hole design.

Honestly, even without a 90 Hz display, I would still prefer this over its competitors just because of the 1200 nits as I use my phone outdoors most of the time.

Hardware and Software –

The device rocks the latest offering from Qualcomm – The Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) chipset. It is an octa-core chipset with 1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585. The chipset houses the Adreno 650 GPU which when paired with the 6/8/12 GB RAM produces impressive numbers in the benchmark tests. In terms of internal memory, the phone comes with 128/256 GB of storage as an option for each of the 3 RAM variants. All in all judging from the hardware, it is pretty clear that the phone targets mobile gamers as their primary customers.

In terms of the software, the phone comes with Android 10.0 out of the box with the all-new iQOO 1.0 UI which we are yet to test.

iQOO 3 Camera -

The quad-camera being the MVP for phone companies this year, the iQOO 3 also comes with one. The numbers below are large but can surely use some improvement. The primary lens is a 48 MP wide lens with an aperture of  f/1.8 and a shutter speed of 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF. The secondary lens is a 13 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.5.The lens is a 50mm telephoto lens with PDAF and 2x optical zoom. The third lens is also a 13 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.2. The lens is a 16 mm ultrawide one with autofocus. The fourth and the final lens is a 2 MP lens with an aperture of f/2.4 and is a depth lens. The rear camera is capable of recording UHD video at 30/60 fps and 1080p at 30 fps with video stabilization.

The punch hole front camera is a 16 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.5 which is quite wide but lacks an ultrawide mode. The front camera can record videos up to 30 fps at 1080p.

Battery –

In terms of the battery, the phone has a gigantic 4400 mAh battery with 55W fast charging. This means the device can go from 0 – 50% in 30 minutes. This phone will easily last you a day with heavy usage and maybe 2 days with normal usage.

Audio and Miscellaneous –

In terms of audio, the device retains the 3.5 mm slot but from what we have heard lacks stereo speakers. The device comes with all the basic sensors and has a type C charging port. It also has an in-display fingerprint sensor. The device also supports Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC. The phone is also 5G compatible but we won’t see that work until a few more months.

My Verdict –

According to me, the sale of this phone would have been better if Vivo launched this phone a week before. The Realme X50 Pro with similar specs is slightly better as it has certain features that feel more updated. With a faster LPDDR5 RAM, Better camera, stereo speakers and faster charging the X50 pro might be better but the iQOO 3 also has some tricks up its sleeve such as a better display with more nits and better Gorilla Glass protection. It also has a 3,5 mm jack which is missing in the X50 Pro. It also has a bigger battery which can last a while. This clearly shows that both the phones are impressive in their own fields.

If you are a gamer then you should go for iQOO 3 but if you want a phone with a good camera then X50 Pro is a good option.

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