iQoo 3 First Impressions
iQoo is the newest Chinese brand entering the Indian market. Here, it is worth noting that the brand is actually a sub-brand of Vivo in the same way Realme is the sub-brand of Oppo or Poco is the sub-brand of Poco. Vivo never actually targeted the flagship segment, but iQoo has jumped straight to the premium segment by launching iQoo 3 in India. The phone is powerful but should you consider it? That’s the big question. I got a chance to spend some time with the phone and here is the first impression of the device.
iQoo 3 starts at Rs. 36,990 but this model doesn’t come with 5G. There is no sign of 5G in India, so I don’t think that’s something people will miss.
When I first got the device, it impresses me with its build. The phone has a solid build and looks really beautiful. It actually felt like Vivo V17, but there are several noticeable differences. The phone is heavy because it uses metal and glass in the construction. It weights 216. The phone targets gamers and users who use the phone heavily but the company avoided using game-centric design.
Back is glass with a gradient pattern and you can see sparkles when there’s proper light. It comes in three colors. The back has a vertical camera module at the top left corner. This setup has a quad-camera setup and an LED flash. The iQOO branding is on the bottom left side of the back.
The display on the front is of 6.4-inch diagonally and features a punch-hole at the top left corner for the selfie camera. The display has Schott Xensation UP glass protection to protect it from scratches. The power button and volume rockers sit on the right side. The orange-colored power button on the black frame feels really good. The right side also retires two pressure-sensitive buttons that can be used as extra controls in gaming. We have seen such pressure-sensitive buttons on a few gaming phones. There is also a dedicated button on the left or the Google Assistant.
The 6.4-inch display is really bright with 800 nits of brightness and it can reach 1200 nits It uses E3 Super AMOLED panel that not just look a bit sharper than regular AMOLED panels but also saves some battery juice. The UI also has options to tweak display settings and colors if you want.
The phone packs the latest Snapdragon 865 SoC that is the flagship chipset for the best smartphone experience. The latest chip is rated to offer 25% better performance than predecessor while being energy efficient. With 8GB RAM, this phone is really a beast. You can enjoy high-end games without any lag, experience good multitasking and get a smoother daily experience.
The phone uses iQOO UI that looks to be the modified version of FuntouchOS. You can either use home screens for app icons or enable the app drawer. It fully supports Android 10’s Navigation Gestures. You also get Always on Display, Ultra Game mode, system-wide dark mode and more.
This phone also boasts to be the phone having the best Antutu Score. But I didn’t get a chance to verify the claims.
The phone comes in three variants that differ in RAM and Storage. Variants are 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, 8GB RAM with 256GB storage and 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The highest RAM and Storage model only comes with 5G. Other models are restricted to 4G.
The phone comes with a Quad camera that includes a 48MP Sony IMX582 primary sensor, 13MP wide-angle sensor, 13MP telephoto lens (2X lossless zoom) and 2MP depth camera. The phone also has 16 MP selfie shooter. I didn’t get much time to check the camera. There was also not good light to test the camera. So, I am not commenting on the performance.
The phone features Dual 4G VoLTE, 5G only on the top model, Wi-Fi 6 802.11 ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS/GLONASS, and USB Type-C. It has an In-display fingerprint sensor. The company has also taken care of the music. The phone packs AK4377A Hi-Fi chip and carries Hi-Res audio certification.
The phone packs 4400 mAh battery and supports 55W Super FlashCharge. It takes just 15 minutes to go from 0 to 100%. This large battery should be enough for the whole day of usage.
iQoo impresses with its specs. The phone has a good display, capable cameras, powerful performance, and a large battery. The high-end variant also comes with 5G support, in case you want a 5G phone. The phone looks impressive, but it won’t be an easy fight when Realme X50 Pro 5G is already in the market with similar specs.
Also see: Realme X50 Pro 5G Vs iQoo 3
The iQoo is new, but it has taken care of aftersales services. Customers will get free pick up and drop from the company after they register for a complaint. Vivo already has PAN India presence, so one shouldn’t worry much.
What do you guys think about this phone? Let me know your views in the comments.