iQOO is the first brand actually to announce a 5G smartphone in India. But right after the company announced that on February 25th, the iQOO 3 would be launched in India, Realme went ahead to launch their flagship Realme X50 Pro 5G. Today, iQOO launched the iQOO 3 and with that, the brand officially entered the crowded and ever-expanding Indian smartphone market. However, there is a 4G variant of the phone as well.
In terms of hardware, the iQOO 3 has flagship chipset, UFS 3.1 storage and more. The iQOO 3 features a 6.4-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display and the display is HDR10+ certified. The display has a 180Hz Super Touch Response rate, which is 50% higher than most phones. The phone comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on both the front and the back.
The iQOO 3 is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC coupled with 8GB or 12GB of RAM and Adreno 650 GPU. The 8GB variant of the phone comes with 128GB onboard storage, while the top variant of the phone with 12GB RAM comes with 256GB onboard storage. However, on the top variant of the device, there is UFS 3.1 storage, which is significantly faster. Also, only the 12/256GB variant is capable of 5G, rest of the variants are 4G only.
In terms of camera, the phone comes with a quad-camera setup on the back, which may sound pretty standard for 2020. But, the implementation and choice of lenses are quite different from others. There is a 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor as a primary camera. Along with that, there is a 13-megapixel telephoto lens, another 13-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Quad-camera setup on smartphones is standard these days. But iQOO has focused on a significant concern raised by many, i.e., improving the wide-angle and telephoto lens. Instead of 8-megapixel wide-angle lens iQOO 3 uses a 13-megapixel lens, which offers higher levels of sharpness. Also, the 13-megapixel telephoto lens provides up to 20X zoom so that capturing distant objects in great detail is never an issue. There are features like Super Anti-shake that use the EIS algorithm with an ultra-wide-angle lens. While recording a video, it can perform real-time image stabilization processing by cutting and processing the edges of the screen.
The phone runs Android 10 out of the box with iQOO UI 1.0 skin on top, packed with various gaming-centric features. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G VoLTE, and other typical connectivity options like dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.1. The phone uses a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. The iQOO 3 packs a large 4400mAh battery, which supports charging speeds of up to 55 Watts, making it possible to charge the phone from 0%-50% in just fifteen minutes. iQOO calls it Super Flash Charge, and yes, it’s speedy and one of the fastest in the industry right now.
iQOO 3 is a flagship gaming phone with various features that are intended for gamers. iQOO 3 comes with a Carbon Fiber Vapor Cooling System for faster heat dissipation so that the phone stays cool during intense gaming. There are two pressure-sensitive buttons on the side of the phone, called Monster Touch Buttons. These buttons let users use quick multi-finger operations in the game. There is Monster Mode, which lets users allocate all the resources for CPU or GPU intensive tasks like gaming or video rendering.
In terms of pricing, the base variant of 8/128GB is priced at Rs.36,990. The next variant of 8/256GB is priced at Rs.39,990, and the highest-end 5G capable 12/256GB is priced at Rs.44,990!