Our Opinion

The iQOO 3 128GB is a significantly better phone than the OnePlus 7T 128GB, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the iQOO 3 128GB!

OnePlus 7T 128GB  iQOO 3 128GB 
OnePlus 7T iQOO 3
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Excellence Score
78.3
84.3
Value for Money Score
82.2
86.8
Price ₹ 34,999 onwards ₹ 36,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Mar, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.44 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Fluid AMOLED, DCI-P3 Support, HDR10+ Display, 90Hz Refresh Rate, Video Enhancer, Reading Mode, Night Mode Super AMOLED, HDR10+, 180Hz Touch-sensing, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.96 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Ranked #2 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 650
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 16MP + 12MP 48MP + 13MP + 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/1.6 Aperture; Sony IMX586 Sensor; 0.8 um Pixel Size; 1.6um (4 in 1)@12MP; 7P Lens; OIS; EIS, 12MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size; 2X Optical Zoom; OIS, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 117° Wide-angle Lens, , Multi Autofocus (PDAF +Laser + Continuous), Video: 4K @ 30/60fps; 1080P @ 30/60fps; Slow Motion: 1080p @ 240fps; 720p @ 480fps; 720p @ 960fps, Time-Lapse, Video Editor, UltraShot, Nightscape, Studio Lighting, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image 48MP: f/1.8 aperture; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 13MP: f/2.5 aperture; Telephoto, 13MP: f/2.2 aperture; Ultra-wide, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, Super night mode, Super Anti Shake, Portrait mode, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, Super wide-angle
Secondary Camera 16MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features Sony IMX471 Sensor, 1.0um Pixel Size, EIS, F/2.0 Aperture, Time-Lapse, HDR, Screen Flash, Face Retouching f/2.5 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, HDR, Screen Flash
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM + GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.13 mmMedium 9.2 mmThick
Weight 190 gmMedium 214 gmHeavy
Width 74.4 mmOk for one-handed use 74.9 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 3800 mAh 4400 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 30W Warp Charge 30T Yes, 55W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Haptic Vibration; Alert Slider; UFS 3.0 Storage; DLNA; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos UFS 3.1 Storage; Pressure-sensitive buttons; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent, premium, 'dreamy' new design, with high quality materials and top-notch build quality - the frosted glass at the back just adds a new dimension to not just the visual appeal but also the in-hand feel
  • The front has a smaller teardrop notch than the OnePlus 7
  • A bit smaller than the OnePlus 7 Pro and slightly easier to hold (it's still on the large side though on absolute scale, so if you don't like big phones, you might want to reconsider)
  • Basic water resistance (though it's not IP rated)
  • Snappy in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Gorgeous, super smooth 90Hz AMOLED display - along with the display on the OnePlus 7 Pro, this is one of the most amazing displays out there on any smartphone - you will enjoy how much zippier and smoother the phone feels scrolling through things like web pages and apps
  • Strong brightness and great sunlight legibility
  • This time it's also a flat screen without the curved edges of the OnePlus 7 Pro - while that makes it look perhaps less stunning, it's a more practical design from a usability point of view
  • OnePlus continues to have one of the most refined, butter-smooth, minimalistic (nearly stock), yet very useful Android skins, with some handy off-screen gestures, smart customization options, an excellent and improved 'Reading' mode, and Zen Mode to control your phone usage - the excellent software experience remains one of the primary reasons to consider a OnePlus phone
  • Breakneck speeds with the new Snapdragon 855 Plus (which is supposed to be about 15% faster than 855 with graphics), and fast UFS 3.0 storage
  • Playing graphic-intensive games is smooth, and the phone is lightning quick at launching and quitting apps, surfing the web and taking photos
  • Good, versatile, triple rear camera setup, almost identical to the OnePlus 7 Pro - the only significant difference is that the telephoto lens, while packing more pixels (12MP vs 8MP on the 7 Pro), lacks OIS, and has up only to 2x zoom (instead of 3x on the 7 Pro)
  • What that means is that picture & video quality is also very similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro - in daylight, the photos are clear, bright and vibrant with some very good HDR rendering - in low light too, the performance is more than decent, and the Night mode helps with that
  • The wide-angle camera takes bright and sharp landscape photos, and the pictures don't show much warping around the corners, as wide-angle cameras tend to do
  • The new macro mode is good too - allowing you to take pictures of objects closer and with much more in focus than before
  • Portrait shots are also great - the fallout between the foreground and background looks smooth and natural, and you can now take portrait photos with the wide-angle camera as well
  • The 16MP front camera is good too - again similar to the 16MP front camera on the OnePlus 7 Pro
  • Uses its earpiece as a speaker, which gives the OP7T an excellent stereo audio setup - it's even slightly louder than the 7 Pro - and one of the best stereo audio setups on a current smartphone
  • Good battery life with a 3800mAh battery, and a 1080p screen - you will comfortably get a day's use, even with the 90Hz display
  • Amazingly fast charging with the new Warp Charge 30T technology - it charges to 34% in 15 min, and 68% in 30 min
  • On the whole, the OnePlus 7T is an excellent, top-grade addition to OnePlus' tradition of providing top-grade flagship devices at surprisingly reasonable prices - arguably its best value device in recent times - it's again the new 'budget flagship' to beat - near perfect
  • Between this and the OnePlus 7 Pro, it will be mostly down to whether you value the curved screen and the pop-up selfie camera enough to pay the extra moolah - for most people, the OnePlus 7T will be the more sensible value choice
  • Good-looking smartphone with a punch-hole display and curved glass back - the Volcano Orange variant has a soft matte texture which is unique and also much better to grip
  • At the right side of the phone are touch sensitive “Monster Touch Buttons” which can be used in certain games and makes it easy to use index finger to control some in game actions - the implementation is even better than the ROG Phone, combined with optimised haptics, it makes for a rather pleasurable experience
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock both are quick to unlock and consistent
  • Vibrant, large 6.44-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a tiny punch-hole camera on the top-right corner - the screen offers an expansive way to enjoy games or anything else you might throw at it
  • It also supports HDR10+ which adds to the contrast and makes supported content on the screen more enjoyable
  • The phone’s brightness is also great under all lighting conditions
  • Crazy fast performance with the Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 chipset, combined with the latest LPDDR 5 standard RAM, and the UFS 3.1 storage - the phone aces all benchmarks and every game you throw at it will run perfectly
  • The phone doesn't heat up even during long hours of heaving gaming, like playing PUBG Mobile
  • Decent quad-camera setup - a 48MP primary shooter + 13MP ultra-wide lens + 13MP telephoto sensor + a 2MP depth sensor
  • The pictures with the primary camera outdoors in natural daylight had ample detailing and adequate sharpness, these shots retain good brightness levels with decent contrast levels and less saturation (though, images shot indoors are a tad on the softer side)
  • Decent ultra-wide lens, encapsulates a lot more in the frame than the primary sensor - the ultra-wide lens also doubles up as the macro lens as well and can let you go as close as 2.5cm to the subject (though, the quality isn't matched with the primary camera)
  • Telephoto lens is decent too with the right amount of sharpness and dynamic range and you can zoom in upto 20X (though, the 20X zoomed photos are distorted)
  • The 16MP front camera takes good selfies and manages to capture true-to-life images with a good amount of detail and even lighting
  • Good audio quality from the single speaker - can deliver high volume levels, retaining the flawless output, and the accuracy is top-notch
  • Included earphones in the box, a rarity among smartphones these days
  • Good battery life with the 4440 mah battery - you can easily manage a day and a half of use from the phone with moderate usage
  • Incredibly fast 55W fast charging with the included charger - the battery can be charged to 50 percent in just 15 minutes
  • The major advantage iQOO 3 has over it's competition are the gaming centric feature and optimisation and if the touch sensitive buttons are must have for you, iQOO 3 is a solid choice
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The camera bump at the back may be an eyesore for some (it's subjective though)
  • It's a very competent camera setup for the price, but again it's not quite up to the level of the most expensive flagships like the Galaxy S10 series, Galaxy Note 10 series, Pixel 3 series, or the iPhone 11 series
  • No included earbuds or a 3.5mm headphone adapter
  • If you want to look at even lesser expensive budget flagships though, you do have some strong options now - the two best value ones would be the Asus 6Z, and the Redmi K20 Pro - though you will be missing out on the super smooth 90Hz display and the great software experience of OxygenOS
  • Pretty chunky and a tad heavy, at 9.2 mm thick and 215 g weight - long gaming sessions might tire your wrists
  • At this price, most phones support 90Hz or higher refresh rate and seeing only 60Hz on a gaming centric smartphone is a downer
  • The iQOO UI based Android 10 OS is just the retouched Vivo FunTouch OS and a bit disappointing - the software comes across as a weak point as it is cluttered and not very well optimised (though, it is very feature packed)
  • Portrait mode can be hit or miss on the iQOO 3, as the edge-detection algorithm just doesn't do a very good job
  • Low-light performance is just average as images invariably turned out soft and lacking in detail
  • Video recording is average too - stabilisation is only offered till Full HD and videos are noisy
  • However, the Realme X50 Pro brings faster charging, a more versatile array of cameras, and, most importantly, a 90Hz display - in comparison, the iQOO seems to be second in the race it hoped to inaugurate
Expert Reviews
  1. The phone's high specifications and low price keep its value high and the company's aggressive pricing will not go unnoticed
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are looking for the best deal in mobile, OnePlus still delivers and the 7T should be high on your list
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Premium specs and zippy performance at a value that's better than its Android rivals
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. One of our favorite Android phones of the year
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. When I compare the 7T to any other phone right now, even the 7 Pro, I’m not sure anything can touch this combination of display, performance, and price
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A solid update to the OnePlus 7
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Worthy successor to OnePlus’ line-up of handsets
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Brings the best of 7 Pro at an affordable price
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Hits all the right notes...Ultimately, the OnePlus 7T is all about value - a core tenet of OnePlus - and it does deliver
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Brings all the best features from the OnePlus 7 Pro, such as the 90Hz display and a great triple camera system, to a lower price point..If you’re shopping for a new smartphone, the OnePlus 7T is a no-brainer
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The fuss-free OnePlus 7T's screen tech, camera and overall simplicity make it ultra-desirable
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Near perfect phone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. If camera is not the priority, then everything else about OnePlus 7T should tick
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Too good for the price
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. By far the best Android phone, at its price
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Buy it and don’t think twice: The OnePlus 7T is the new Android phone to beat for the money
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. Let's get right to the point: the OnePlus 7T is the best phone you can buy at this price...It's got the chops to compete with devices nearly twice its price
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. Take a slurp because this is one tasty T...a beautiful-looking phone with some better-than-flagship features for a lower-than-flagship price
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  19. The best smartphone value of 2019
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. Each time OnePlus releases a new phone, they seem to improve their ability to implement the right set of features for the best possible value
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. One of the best phones you can buy
    arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. Practical and premium to a T
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. Turning up the heat in the flagship smartphone segment, again
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. The perfect lovechild of the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. A killer combination for anyone looking for a flagship device on a relatively tight budget
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. Almost the perfect budget flagship
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. A great device...something that I can easily recommend to anyone
    neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  28. If your a hardcore gamer and you've been saving up for the OnePlus 7T, get the ROG Phone 2 and you won't regret it....For everything else, the OnePlus 7T is just the right value for money flagship to buy
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. Lies between the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro....If you can afford the 7 Pro, get the 7 Pro
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. An unbeatable package for the price
    9to5google.com in-depth Read Review »
  31. Nails almost all of a phone’s most important features while still packing in a few big-ticket items like its 90Hz screen..OnePlus is still delivering on its guiding mission of offering big specs at half the price (or close enough) of today’s flagship devi
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  32. Everything you wanted at an affordable price point
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  33. Phenomenal smartphone
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  34. Few phones get everything just right every once in a while and the OnePlus 7T is another shining example of that.... it's a steal
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  35. It might not have the sharper display of the 7 Pro, but we think the 7T is the best OnePlus phone this year, regardless of cost
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  36. Near-perfect...impossible not to recommend
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  37. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  38. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  39. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  40. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  41. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  42. pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  43. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. There’s nothing wrong with the iQOO 3, performance, cameras, charging, and an enjoyable interface are all spot on... but the Realme X50 Pro also have all of that and some
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Packs in some really powerful hardware
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The iQOO3 is the best multimedia and gaming phone you can buy at this price segment right now
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. With impeccable hardware that puts the user at the cutting edge of smartphone technology, the iQOO 3 5G ticks all the boxes for a heavy user
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. There is no reason to not consider iQOO 3
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Unless air triggers are somehow a must-have for you, the Realme X50 Pro is also a solid choice
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. iQOO 3's big advantage is the latest Qualcomm processor and more features geared towards gaming
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The iQOO 3 is a potent smartphone that delivers power-packed performance and importantly, could be a potential segment disruptor
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The iQOO 3 is a great package for anyone who wants to explore beyond the OnePlus and Samsung territory in the flagship killer category
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. From its design to performance, the IQOO 3 5G is a very solid phone and one that definitely deserves your attention... but the competition is stiff
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. The iQOO 3 is right up there among the leading options for anyone looking for a very powerful and yet well-crafted smartphone
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The iQOO 3 is definitely one of the most capable value-for-money-flagships you can buy right now
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The Snapdragon 865 and Monster Touch Buttons are reason enough to buy this phone
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  15. thehindubusinessline.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. business-standard.com hands-on Read Review »
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