iQOO Z3 5G Unboxing and First Impressions

iQOO today launched the iQOO Z3 5G, the company’s latest mid-range 5G smartphone in India soon after the launch of the iQOO 7 series in the country. This is the first phone in India to be powered by the Snapdragon 768G SoC, has up to 8GB of RAM and features a 6.58-inch LCD screen with 120Hz refresh rate.


Box contents

  • iQOO Z3 5G 8GB + 256GB version in Cyber Blue colour
  • Clear Silicon case
  • USB Type-C Cable
  • 55W Super FlashCharge wall adapter
  • SIM ejector tool
  • Quick start guide and Warranty information

Starting with the display, the iQOO Z3 5G packs a 6.58-inch LCD screen with (2408 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ resolution, has HDR10+ support, 96% NTSC Colour Gamut and 120Hz refresh rate with 180Hz touch sampling rate, and 8.3ms touch response. Even though it is not an AMOLED display like the iQOO 7 series, this is good for the price. It has Panda glass protection, said the company.

The phone runs Android 11 with Funtouch OS 11.1 on top. It has a waterdrop style notch that houses a 16-megapixel camera with Samsung 3P9 sensor and f/2.0 aperture. There is a large chin below the screen, but the company claims that it has 90.61% screen-to-body ratio. Powered by Snapdragon 768G Mobile platform with built-in 5G SA/NSA support, it has n77/n78 bands. It has memory fusion technology that lets 8GB RAM to get an equivalent to 11GB RAM.

The phone has five layers of liquid-cooled heat dissipation system that promises to reduce the temperature by 10 degrees. It uses All-Scenario antenna design, same as the iQOO 7 for a better signal strength.

Coming to button placements, the phone has a fingerprint sensor on the right side embedded into home button. Above that there is a volume rocker. On the top there is a hybrid SIM slot that takes two nano SIM cards or a nano SIM and a microSD card up to 1TB. There is also a secondary microphone on the top. The bottom part is crammed with a 3.5mm audio jack, secondary microphone, USB Type-C port and a speaker grill.

The phone packs triple rear cameras that includes a 64MP main camera with Samsung ISOCELL GW3 sensor, and f/1.79 aperture, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 2MP 4cm macro camera with f/2.4 aperture.

Even though the phone has a plastic back, the gradient back looks attractive, but it is prone to scratches, so it is recommended to use the bundled case. It packs a 4400mAh battery with 55W flash charging that can charge the phone up to 50% in 19 minutes and 100% in less than an hour, according to the company.

Priced starting at Rs. 19,990 for the base 6GB RAM with 128GB storage version, it goes up to Rs. 22,990 for the 8GB RAM with 256GB storage version. The phone is already on sale and With the Flat Rs. 1500 off on ICICI Bank Credit cards and EMI and Flat Rs. 1000 off with Amazon coupons, the effective price of the phone is Rs. 17,490, which is good for a 5G phone packed with features.

Author: Varun Krish

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