August 18, 2022
iQoo 3 first impressions |  Gadgets 360

iQoo is the latest smartphone brand to enter the already competitive Indian market. This new brand has been separated from Vivo in the same way that Realme was separated from its parent company Oppo. Interestingly, what is the position of iQoo in the Indian market. While Vivo never really targeted the flagship segment, iQoo plans to do just that. The iQoo 3, the first smartphone from the brand to be launched in India, has the responsibility to make its mark. It sports hardware that is more powerful than any Vivo smartphone currently in the market, but should you seriously consider buying it? We got a chance to spend some time with the new iQoo 3 and here are our first impressions about the device.

iQoo 3 was not very well secreted. Thanks to multiple leaks, we already knew what the device would look like and had a fair idea of ​​the hardware it packed. What we know now is its price. iQoo 3 without 5G starts at Rs. 36,990 for 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, and is also available with 256GB storage. 39,990. Although the 5G modem should be paired with a Snapdragon 865 processor, iQoo has implemented both of these variants without active 5G functionality.

The only variant with 5G (which may also be advertised as the iQoo 3 5G) has the same basic specifications. If you opt for this variant, you will also get 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and it will be priced at Rs. 44,990. The recently launched Realme X50 Pro 5G (First Impressions) is priced more aggressively starting at Rs. 37,999 and shares the same processor as the iQoo 3.

When we tried our hands on the device, we were impressed with its build quality. The iQoo 3 is well built and feels premium in the hand. While the design hints at the Vivo V17 (Review), which we reviewed a while back, the overall finish is much better. At 214.5g, the iQoo 3 is heavy but still manageable. This could be due to the premium materials used in its construction as well as the 4,440mAh battery it packs in.

We like the large 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a small hole-punch display on the top right corner. It sports a full-HD+ resolution and has great viewing angles. There are also different color modes to choose from, something we will know when we review this smartphone. We like that the borders are quite thin and almost invisible if you set a dark wallpaper on the device. iQoo has pre-installed a screen protector on the device.

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iQoo 3 feels premium to hold

The iQoo 3 has a slightly rounded metal frame, which makes the device comfortable to use. We found that the power and volume buttons are in good shape and are easily accessible when the smartphone is held in hand. There is also a texture on the power button which makes it easy to distinguish by purely feel. On the right, the iQoo 3 has capacitive shoulder buttons that are easy to hit when holding the smartphone in landscape orientation, such as while gaming. There’s only one smart button on the left side of the frame that can be used to summon Google Assistant.

iQoo offers a 3.5mm headphone socket on the smartphone on top, so if you still prefer to use a wired headset the iQoo 3 lets you do just that. At the bottom is the USB Type-C port, SIM tray and loudspeaker.

The back panel of the phone is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and should be able to withstand the rigors of regular use. It is slightly curved at the edges which makes it comfortable to hold. The camera module again reminds us of the Vivo V17. While both the phones have some similarity in terms of looks, the sensors used are completely different. The iQoo 3 packs in a quad-camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 13-megapixel telephoto camera, a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, it packs in a 16-megapixel camera. We look forward to seeing how all of these cameras perform in our detailed review.

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iQoo 3 sports a quad-camera setup

iQoo has bundled a 55W “Super FlashCharge” charger in the box, which will help charge the smartphone quickly. When we reviewed the Realme X2 Pro (Review) we saw how quickly the 50W charger was able to top it up. However, it’s one of the biggest chargers we’ve seen.

The iQoo 3 is one of the very few smartphones in the market currently that sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. It is an octa-core SoC manufactured using a 7nm process. It has Kryo 585 cores and an Adreno 650 GPU. The smartphone also supports UFS3.1 storage, which is the latest standard, and LPDDR5 RAM. It comes in two variants, a base version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and another with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. iQoo 3 is a dual-SIM smartphone with two nano-SIM slots.

Unlike Vivo smartphones that come with Funtouch OS skin, iQoo 3 runs iQoo UI on top of Android 10. The smartphone feels fast, and we found the UI to be easy to use. However, Vivo’s Jovi Smart Assistant is present. We used this smartphone for a short time, we found that the UI is better than the Funtouch OS.

With a powerful processor, big battery, quick charging and a quad-camera setup, the iQoo 3 has the ingredients of a great smartphone. Has this new brand done enough to be successful and make a name for itself? Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for a full review of the iQoo 3 coming soon.

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