iQOO 3 5G Review: Excellent Performance And Impressive Design
We have only spent three months of 2020 and already witnessed launch of umpteen new phones. It speaks volumes about the cut-throat competition in India. As a result, new companies are coming up with new products to meet the demands and expectations of consumers. One such company that started like a Vivo sub-brand is iQOO, which is now a separate brand itself. This takes BBK Electronics, the parent company, to five sub-brands, namely: OPPO, OnePlus, Vivo, Realme, and now iQOO.
Without a functioning 5G network in India yet, getting the 5G variant may be moot, but the iQOO 3’s 5G variant comes with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, and the price it’s being offered at is quite convincing. Considering this is a new brand, is the iQOO 3 5G the right buy? Let’s take a deep dive into its features and specifications.
Design and Display
We have reached a point where we feel all smartphones look similar. But it is very different in the case of iQOO 3. A shiny glass layer adorns the back of the phone while the camera array on the top-right is slightly raised, which makes the phone wobble when placed on a flat surface. The IQOO branding can be seen on the bottom left. In the case of the button and ports go, iQOO has placed both the volume rocker and power buttons on the same side. The bottom of the phone flanks a speaker grille, a Type-C port, and the dual-SIM port with no expandable storage. For the gaming enthusiast, the iQOO 3 also has included two capacitive sensors on the phone’s left and they can be mapped to virtual buttons in the game.
In the case of display, the device comes with a 6.44-inch Super AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution. iQOO 3 also boasts of a stunning and colour accurate display. The phone is said to reach a peak brightness of 1200 nits which is even more than that of the latest iPhones. Additionally, the display supports 100 percent sRGB Color Gamut which ascertains crisp colours and deeper blacks than a standard IPS LCD. The most commendable feature of iQOO is that it has implemented a punch-hole for housing the selfie shooter and it is said to be the smallest in the segment.
The iQOO 3, like many smartphones in the mid-range category, boasts of a quad-camera setup. The L-shaped housing has a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 13MP ultra-wide lens with an f/2.4 aperture, 13MP telephoto sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 2MP depth sensor. Clicking daylight photos is something all budget flagships/mid-range smartphones are doing pretty great and it is the same with the IQOO 3. Images are extremely crisp and detailed even without the UHD 48MP mode on. Along with this, the device can handle exposure calibration extremely well with a good dynamic range in the photos across various lighting conditions. iQOO 3 also comes with a dedicated Night mode for low-light photography. It is similar to the night mode that Vivo offers on its mid-range/budget flagship smartphones. However, the Spectra 480 image signal processor employed by the Snapdragon 865 SoC gives extremely pleasing results. While the focus could be considered soft in some photos, the detailing and exposure are quite commendable. Varied conditions of dim lighting churned out more than satisfactory results while flash photography worked as expected.
The iQOO 3 5G is one of the first smartphones to run on Snapdragon 865 which ensures that the performance of the phone is satisfactory. Additionally, it is powered by a 4,400mAh battery that gets topped up by a 55W fast charger that comes included in the box. However, the screen-on times are at times disappointing. With 4G data turned on, the iQOO 3 5G delivers just about a day’s worth of usage with heavy usage that includes an hour of gaming, streaming a 40-minute episode on Netflix and browsing social media. If you also take videos and photos on top of that, the battery will be drained by the evening. On Wi-Fi, the battery drain is a little less aggressive and you can get a day’s worth of battery life even after heavy usage.
With Snapdragon 865, the performance of iQOO 3 unbelievably fast. Benchmark-wise the iQOO 3 has registered the highest ever AnTuTu score for a smartphone at 597,583 which is higher than even iPhone Pro 11. The UFS 3.1 storage along with LPDDR5 RAM is commendable. All of this combined makes the iQOO 3 the fastest phone.
iQOO 3 is one of the best phones launched this year with excellent performance. It has the best hardware specs you can imagine, backed by a capable camera and a battery charging speed that will put many rivals to shame. Without giving a second thought, you should absolutely make this device your partner-in-crime.