What makes a gaming phone? Powerful internals, high invigorate rate display, gaudy design, extraordinary cooling, and additional controls. Indeed, the Vivo iQOO 3 5G has only some of these checkboxes ticked, however, is that a terrible thing? We will embark to discover.
Okay, the additional controls are there – like the Monster Touch shoulder buttons on the correct side of the handset. Talking about monsters, Monster Inside is the slogan for the iQOO 3 5G, and if that implies the Snapdragon 865, we’d concur – it’s astonishingly potent a chipset on an Android smartphone at the present time. The quickest accessible UFS 3.1 storage must be found inside this vivo and a bunch of other phones at the hour of composing, so the powerful internals is accounted for.
Regardless, the iQOO 3 5G is feeling the loss of that ‘gaming’ design with sharp lines and brilliant red or green colors. It does come in a striking orange color option, which we’ll view on the following page, however, it’s otherwise an inconspicuous handset. So – no gaming stylish, yet positively.
This carries us to the one major omission with regards to the iQOO 3 5G’s gaming aspirations – it’s only got a ‘plain’ 60Hz screen. More is better with regards to the invigorate rate, and other gaming phone options convey. It is as yet an incredible AMOLED screen as our tests will show, and with a 180Hz touch inspecting it should rush to recognize the action.
vivo iQOO 3 specs
Body: 158.5×74.9×9.2mm, 215g; Gorilla Glass 6 front and back, aluminum outline.
Display: 6.44-inch Super AMOLED, 1080 x 2400px, 409ppi; HDR10+ affirmed; 60Hz invigorate, 180Hz touch detecting.
Rear camera: Primary: 48MP, 1/2.0″, f/1.8, PDAF; Telephoto: 13 MP, f/2.5, 50mm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom; Ultra-wide: 13 MP, f/2.2, 16mm AF; 2MP, f/2.4 profundity sensor; LED streak; 2160p@30fps video recording, gyro-EIS.
Front camera: 16MP, f/2.5.
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (7nm+): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 and 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 and 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585), Adreno 650.
Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
OS: Android 10; iQOO UI 1.0.
Battery: 4,400mAh, 55W Super FlashCharge 2.0 quick charging.
Connectivity: 5G (only on the 256GB 12GB variation in India), Dual SIM, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/hatchet/hatchet, double GPS, USB-C.
Misc: Monster Touch Buttons, 4D vibration, in-display fingerprint per user, AK4377A autonomous audio chip with Hi-Res audio certification.
vivo iQOO 3 5G unboxing
The iQOO 3 5G comes in a particular box with a dark carbon fiber print and the brand name stepped on top in sparkly gold letters. A sticker demonstrates that ours is the 5G version (completely deceived out with 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM), yet 4G-only options are also accessible with less storage and RAM. The top’s sides diagonally cut which is a pleasant emphasis.
Inside the box, there’s the phone on a plastic plate. Below that, you’ll discover a paper sleeve that holds a frosted plastic protective case and the USB link with a red-and-white pill-formed connector on the phone end that drives the link at a 90-degree angle away from the gadget.
Burrowing further, there’s the 55W charger – it’s enormous and overwhelming, no two different ways about it, but on the other hand, it’s quick. The rundown of accessories also incorporates a lot of in-ear buds.
The iQOO 3 5G is a work in a recognizable fashion for a modern smartphone from the higher classes. An aluminum framework keeps things together and is exposed all around, while both the front and back boards are made of glass – Gorilla Glass 6, the specs state.
That is the rudiments; however, there are subtleties that are explicit to the iQOO 3. Boss among those is the Monster Touch buttons. On the correct side of the phone (or, rather, on top when you hold in straight up), in the opposite closures, there are these straightened zones in the casing which fill in as shoulder buttons for in-game actions. They are named ‘L’ and ‘R’ in the event that you forget what direction it is.
The buttons have ‘touch’ in their name, and we at first thought they worked capacitively, however after more cautious examination, we’re confident they require a real press, a reasonably firm one. Consider it like the press function on Google Pixels.
On this equivalent side of the phone, there’s also the power button and the volume rocker. Both are made of metal and have an exceptionally consoling snap action. The power button itself is finished so you can recognize it by touch alone. It’s also orange which fills in as a decent emphasize against the dark glossy silk outline.
While regarding the matter of colors, our audit unit is in the Tornado Black color conspire. Indeed, dark it isn’t – carefully, it’s more of a dim purple around the outskirts with a lighter tone in the center. There’s also a dotted example to be seen under the glass.
The camera gets together is in the top left corner with all the bits housed in a commonly raised region. Top to bottom, we have the glimmer, the 2MP profundity sensor, the essential 48MP module, and the ultra-wide shooter. Alone to the privilege is the 2x zoom telephoto. A genuinely circumspect arrangement of camera specs is printed here too.
Two other options are accessible – a Quantum Silver one we only got a brief look at announcement time and the Volcano Orange one we got to play with more.
That last one is the closest that the iQOO 3 5G gets to having the amount of pizazz anticipated from a gaming gadget. Yet, even that is somehow more of a whacky and eye-getting colorway on an ordinary phone than genuine gaming stylish. We can’t state we don’t value the design limitation.
On the left half of the iQOO3 5G, legitimately opposite the volume down button, is the thing that Vivo reciprocally calls the AI button or Smart button. We’ll speak more about it in the software section of this audit, yet we should just rapidly mention here that you can disable it completely if that is the thing that you wish.
The equivalent straightened regions at the closures of this side of the edge don’t have the ‘L/R’ designation, and obviously don’t function as buttons.
On the bottom of the phone is the place you’ll discover the USB-C port, jogged. To one side of it is the essential mic for voice calls and the card slot – tragically, that will only take two Nano Sims yet no micro SD. The loudspeaker is to one side.
Up top is the secondary mic for in-call noise dropping. Here you’ll also locate the 3.5mm headphone jack – we’ve almost forgotten what these resembled, however, we’re generally glad to see one.
A grille bored out of the edge above the display serves to let out the sound of the earpiece, we don’t recall an incredible same specific situation. It’s more than a touch of disappointing that this earpiece doesn’t double as the second speaker – the stereo sound is an unquestionable requirement for a gaming phone, the manner in which we look at things.
The 6.44-inch AMOLED display is surrounded by reasonably-sized bezels, similarly estimated on the sides and the top, somewhat thicker on the bottom. A little cut-out in the top right corner of the board lets the selfie camera come around – and it is one of the littlest punch holes we’ve seen.
The phone does come with a factory-introduced screen protector, which is overall quite all, yet it just bugs us massively that the hole for the selfie camera isn’t revolved around the real selfie camera.
The iQOO 3 5G is an incredible heavy unit, weighing in at 215g. That is somewhat the norm for the segment though with the Redmi K30 Pro tipping the scales at 218g and the Realme X50 Pro 205g. It’s a hardly chunkier unit too – it’s 9.2mm thick close to the 8.9mm of every one of these other two. The iQOO 3 5G’s footprint is like the Realme’s with which it shares a 6.44-inch display-diagonal, while the Redmi is slightly greater physically in light of the fact that it has a bigger 6.67-inch screen.