iQOO 3 5G 

price₹ 44,990 onwards

launchMar, 2020

89.6

excellence score

84.6

value for money score

Not available at any of our listed stores

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Design

  • 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
  • Pretty chunky and a tad heavy, at 9.2 mm thick and 215 g weight - long gaming sessions might tire your wrists

Display

  • 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
  • At this price, most phones support 90Hz or higher refresh rate and seeing only 60Hz on a gaming centric smartphone is a downer

Software

  • 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)

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • 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
  • 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

5G

  • iQOO 3 5G adds 5G support and is one of the very few phones available right now with this feature - if you want to make your phone phone future proof, you now has the option as currently 5G support is not available in India

Audio

  • 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

Battery

  • 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

Verdict

  • 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
  • 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

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  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. A powerhouse to sway performance-hungry smartphones' user
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Snapdragon 865 and Monster Touch Buttons are reason enough to buy this phone
    firstpost.com 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. 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 »
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  17. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »

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iQOO 3 5G Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.44 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignPunch Hole
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
  • HDR10+
  • 180Hz Touch-sensing
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.84 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Ranked #2 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 650
RAM12 GB
Memory
Internal Memory256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4400 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 55W Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight214 gmHeavy
Thickness9.2 mmThick
Width74.9 mmOk for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera48MP + 13MP + 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 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 Camera16MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • f/2.5 aperture
  • 26mm Focal Length
  • 1/3.1" Sensor Size
  • 1.0um Pixel Size
  • HDR
  • Screen Flash
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
More
  • Dual 5G Compatible (SA/NSA)
  • UFS 3.1 Storage
  • Pressure-sensitive buttons

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