iQOO Z3 5G: A feature-packed mobile phone for tech-savvy youngsters

by Joseph K. Clark

The phone feels quite sturdy in hand. Whether it is a first-time or a replacement purchase, today’s youngsters’ knowledge, research, and assessment of the latest gadget in town are pretty evolved, especially regarding mobile phones. Having grown up in a fully immersed digital world, they are very discerning buyers, too— they want the latest in hardware and software for a great overall experience in gaming, multitasking, internet browsing, listening to music, watching videos, taking photos, etc. Let us not forget the mobile phone is their preferred device for most activities over the tablet, laptop, or desktop.

iQOO, a fast-growing handset brand, seems to have found a sweet spot in this youth-centric market with its products. We recently reviewed the iQOO 7 Legend, a well-rounded phone with a bright and colorful display, plenty of gaming-focused features, and long-lasting battery life. It’s time to look at its new creation—iQOO Z3 with future-ready 5G capabilities. Packed with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G 5G mobile platform, 55W FlashCharge, and 64MP AutoFocus Main camera, the Z3 is a feature-packed device that comes equipped with a 120Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate for a smooth experience.

This iQOO device is home to an ultra-responsive screen with a 180Hz Touch Sampling Rate for fast user input reactivity. The Z3 is priced at Rs 19,990 for the 6GB+128GB variant, Rs 20,990 for the 8GB+128 GB variant, and Rs 22,990 for the 8GB+256GB variant (our trial unit). The phone is available in two color options— Ace Black and Cyber Blue.


It also features a 120Hz Refresh Rate, DCI-P3 Wide Colour Gamut, and HDR 10 technology, culminating in a strikingly colorful and sharp visual display with minimal graphics blur. The phone feels quite sturdy in hand.

The Qualcomm 768G processor lets consumers experience top-notch immersive mobile gaming, vivid graphics, seamless multimedia animations, and impressive photography or videography footage. Seriously, you can pile on as many tasks and simultaneously run apps as you like; the iQOO Z3 keeps them going smoothly and efficiently and proves itself up to the challenge. On the battery front, it is packed with a 4,400 mAh (TYP) battery to endure an entire day of usage, combined with 55W FlashCharge technology. The device can charge up to 50% in just 19 minutes, and users can fully trust it in just 50 minutes.

Long gaming periods can generate much internal heat in a mobile device. Towards this, the iQOO Z3 contains a Five-Layer Liquid Cooling System comprising a liquid cooling pipe, 5814mm graphite layer sheet, cooling copper foil, thermal gel, and six temperature sensors. With this, the phone can accurately seek out the heat source and intelligently apply an optimal cooling solution to reduce the core temperature by 10 degrees when necessary.

The iQOO Z3 is outfitted on the camera front with an impressive 64MP triple rear camera; a 64MP primary camera is supported by a GW3 sensor and f/1.79 aperture, which offers a good quality picture quality for all scenarios. The primary camera supports 4K video shooting at 60fps which can be combined with Movie Mode for 2.35:1 complete screen recording with various movie-style filters. The phone also has an 8MP lens for 120 degrees wider view and a super macro lens to capture 4cm close-up shots.

Key takeaways: The iQOO Z3 is undoubtedly a lovely, pleasant feeling and a premium-styled device in its price range. It is intelligent, stylish, and ultra-fast. With its 6.58-inch 120Hz LCD, all your videos and pictures will sparkle with detail and clarity. The phone has a good camera setup; it is quite breezy with fluid performance, and gaming is top-notch, too; it is proficient at running some of the most demanding games without a hitch. Overall, an excellent choice for tech-savvy youngsters.

  • Display: 6.58-inch 120Hz LCD display
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G 5G Mobile Platform
  • Operating system: Android 11 (Funtouch OS 11.1)
  • Memory & storage: 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB
  • Camera: 64MP Main Camera + 8MP Wide-Angle Camera + 2MP Macro Camera, 16MP Front Camera
  • Battery: 4400mAh, 55W Flash Charge
  • Estimated street price: Rs 19,990 (6GB+128GB), Rs 20,990 (8GB+128GB), Rs 22,990 (8GB+256GB)

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