The 5G rollout is about to arrive in India and smartphone makers have now shifted gears to focus on more budget 5G smartphones. Redmi 11 Prime 5G (First Look) was one of the most recent budget 5G smartphones launched in India. Realme, Poco and Motorola also launched 5G smartphones for around Rs. launched in. 15,000. iQoo is joining the race with the latest Z6 Lite 5G, its most affordable 5G smartphone in India.
iQoo Z6 Lite 5G is at the bottom of the Z6 series in India. It has been launched with two RAM and storage options. The base 4GB RAM variant with 64GB internal storage is priced at Rs 13,999, while the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant costs Rs 15,499.
Although the retail box is as big as any other iQoo smartphone, it is surprising to see that the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G does not come with a charger in the box. The company instead included a note thanking customers for their “contribution toward the planet by reducing carbon emissions.” Users will have to use a compatible fast charger that supports 18W charging or buy one separately from iQoo to charge the 5000mAh battery. You don’t get 3.5mm wired earphones in the box, but you do get a USB Type-A to Type-C charging cable, a transparent case and a SIM ejector tool with the phone.
Our iQoo Z6 Lite 5G review unit is a stellar green color. Those who want a less flashy looking phone can opt for the more subtle Mystic Night color option. Though the Stellar Green variant has a glossy finish, fingerprints are not easily visible.
The frame of the phone is flat and it is 8.25mm thick. On paper, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G might feel heavy at 194g but in reality, it doesn’t feel that much. The top edge of the phone houses a dual-SIM tray, while the bottom edge houses a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port, and a single speaker grille. On the right side of the phone are the power and volume buttons. The power button doubles as a fingerprint scanner, which is quick to detect fingerprints and unlock the phone.
The Z6 Lite 5G has a completely plastic build but thanks to the gradient color palette, it doesn’t look cheap. In fact, some of my friends mistook it for an overpriced premium device. However, the water-drop notch on the front suggests that the phone is indeed a budget device. It looks a bit old but at this price it is hard to complain.
The phone has a 6.58-inch IPS LCD display with full-HD + resolution. LCD distinguishing features limit the Z6 Lite 5G’s brightness level and color vibrancy. While the display brightness is good enough for indoor use, you may want to push the brightness bar to maximum when you’re outside.
The display of the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G also supports 120Hz refresh rate for a smooth scrolling experience. Compatible games should be able to take advantage of this as well, and I’ll test it out in a full review. iQoo claims that the phone should perform very well as compared to others in this segment, courtesy the Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 SoC. It is the first smartphone in the world to feature this SoC, and according to iQoo, users can expect higher AnTuTu benchmark scores than competing phones. We’ll test this claim in the review, and also run other performance tests to see if these high numbers actually have any meaningful impact in real-world use.
While the phone offers 5G, it supports only two bands (n77 and n78) in India. LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.2 internal storage have been used in iQoo Z6 Lite 5G. There is also support for storage expansion up to 1TB via microSD card.
At the back, there is a rectangular camera module with two large circular cutouts for the 50-megapixel primary camera and the 2-megapixel depth sensor. The water-drop notch on the front houses an 8-megapixel camera for selfies. We will test the phone’s camera performance in our full review.
Finally, software. iQoo Z6 Lite 5G out of the box runs on Android 12-based Funtouch OS 12. The software has pre-installed third-party apps as well as first-party applications from Vivo. You can choose to uninstall unnecessary apps.
With a starting price of Rs 13,999, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G competes with the newly launched Redmi 11 Prime 5G, Samsung Galaxy M13 5G, Realme 9i 5G, Redmi Note 11 and other smartphones under Rs 15,000. We’ll be testing the device to see how it stacks up against the competition, so stay tuned for our full review of the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G only on Gadgets 360.