IQ OO3 – India’s fastest Android smartphone. Vivo has created IQOO 3 as its sub-brand. Released earlier this year promoted as the fastest smartphone by IQOO is a 5G enabled competent smartphone launched to take on the most fierce 30,000 to 40,000 market segment. This smartphone is one of the best smartphones under Rs.40,000.
5G networks are not yet here in India, initially planned for the late 2020 rollout now being delayed due to the pandemic. New rollout dates are not clear but what is known is that the 5G network is still 8 to 12 months far from now. This didn’t stop smartphones manufacturers to delay product launches with 5G technology. 5G enabled smartphones are already available in India for a few months now, and one such smartphone is the IQOO 3. Priced very competitively, this phone packs all the latest features an Android user can ask for. Now it’s also available with limited period discounts starting from 5000. Is it worth the 30k price tag? Let’s find out
|Colors||Volcano Orange, Tornado Black, Quantum Silver|
|Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen|
|Refresh Rate||180 Hz Refresh Rate|
|Screen to body ratio||84.3%|
|Pixel density||409 PPI|
|Protection glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|Performance||Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865|
|CPU||2.8GHz octa-core (1×2.8GHz + 3×2.4GHz + 4×1.8GHz)|
|OS||Android 10, iQOO UI 1.0|
|Storage||RAM & Internal storage||8 GB + 128 GB, 8 GB + 256 GB, 12 GB + 256 GB|
|Flash Storage||UFS 3.1|
|Camera||Main camera||Megapixels- 48|
|Telephoto Lens||Megapixels- 13|
|Super wide angle camera||Megapixels- 13|
|Bokeh camera||Megapixels- 2|
|Video||4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps; gyro-EIS|
|Selfie camera||Megapixel- 16|
|Features||Super night mode, Super Anti Shake, Portrait Bokeh, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, Super wide-angle|
|Battery||Capacity||Non-removable Li-Po 4400 mAh battery|
|Fast charging||55W, 50% in 15 min|
|Networks and connectivity||SIM slot||2 SIM Slot (nano)|
|Network Type||5G, 4G, 3G, 2G|
|Wifi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go|
3.5 mm headphone jack
|Sensors||In-Display fingerprint sensor, E-compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor|
|In the box||iQOO 3|
USB Power Adapter
Protective Film (applied)
Vivo iQOO 3 measures 158.5 mm height and 74.9 mm width which gives an amazing design. You will have a good grip when you hold it. It weighs 214 g which is a bit heavy and 9.2 mm depth. This smartphone is available in three different glowing colors like Volcano Orange, Tornado Black, Quantum Silver. Overall, the dimensions and colors give a smooth and sleek look.
With the polar view display, you will experience the immersive viewing. Vivo iQOO 3 comes with a 6.44-inch display which takes a bionic approach and it is housed with a super clear front camera that is small and placed at the right corner of the display for a modern look, best gaming, and great viewing experience. The E3 Super Amoled screen meets the Rhine eye comfort certification standards. Under the strong light, the full-screen brightness can reach up to 800 nits along with max 1200 nits in a few cases. HDR 10+ standard certification supports HDR video content playback. The display has a 180 Hz super touch response rate and has improved the screen touch scan frequency around 50% from 120 Hz, 29:9 aspect ratio, 84.3% screen to body ratio with 1080×2400 pixels at 409 PPI. It is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 from scratches and additional spills. This device comes with a new capsule design data cable where it will not interrupt while gaming and you will not worry while charging.
Vivo iQOO 3 is equipped with a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, a 7 nm chipset, rests on octa-core (1×2.8GHz + 3×2.4GHz + 4×1.8GHz) and clocks at 2.8GHz. It is built with the latest A77 architecture. The performance of Snapdragon 865 is increased by 25% and the energy consumption is reduced by 30% when compared with Snapdragon 855. It comes along with Adreno 650 GPU which is 25% better and 30% power efficient for ultimate graphics performance. It runs based on the Android 10 operating system. It comes along with monster touch buttons which uses two pressure-sensitive buttons at the side frame and it helps users to achieve quick multi-finger operations in gaming. These buttons have a good grip, comfort, great quality, wider adaption which is certified by the US- Ergo. The 4D vibration makes the gaming more realistic by simulating the recoil when shooting and the vibration of the wheel when driving.
iQOO 3 comes with different variants of storage, 8 GB RAM with 128 GB of internal storage at the price of Rs. 34,990, 8 GB RAM with 256 GB of internal storage at Rs. 37,990 and 12 GB RAM with 256 GB of internal storage at Rs. 44,990. The new LPDDR5 will improve the speed up to 5500 Mbps and it will bring users faster application retrieval, multitasking, and cache speed. The file transfer of UFS 3.1 storage is quicker than UFS 3.0. The memory isn’t expandable but you need not worry about the storage.
The stunning quad-camera setup includes 48 MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, 13 MP telephoto lens with f/2.5 aperture and 20x digital zoom, 13 MP super wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture and 120° and macro camera, and 2 MP Bokeh camera with f/2.4 aperture. It comes with LED flash and autofocus. With an ultra-wide-angle lens, super video stabilization uses the EIS algorithm. While shooting the video, it can perform real-time image stabilization processing by cutting the edges of the screen. Make sure the stable presentation of the subject in the video to get a clear and stable video. The telephoto lens with 20x digital zoom delivers a crisp image and you can see the defy distances and faraway landscapes very clearly and distance is not a barrier to capture pictures. Al super night mode brings of the best night photography skills. Here, upgraded HDR shortens the imaging time and composite multi-frame noise reduction technology delivers a crisp image. Al super wide-angle can be expanded up to 120° and gives the impressive pictures. With the super macro camera, you can focus up to 2.5 cm for a clear view of close-ups which cant be seen through the naked eye. You can record video at 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps.
Vivo iQOO 3 has 16 MP selfie camera with f/2.5 aperture where you can take a detailed selfies and post right away on social media. It also comes with a screen flash. You can shoot video at 1080p@30fps. The camera features Super night mode, Super Anti Shake, Portrait Bokeh, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, Super wide-angle.
Vivo iQOO 3 is constructed with a 4400 mAh battery which stays longer and you will enjoy gaming and video experience. You will not worry about battery and it is the thing of the past. The most effective part of this device is, it comes with 55 W flash charging technology which can charge up to 50% in barely 15 mins. The battery is charged via Type-C capsule data cable which is placed at the underside of the device.
Networks and Connectivity
Vivo iQOO 3 is built with two SIM slots that access only nano-SIM cards. With the new 5G era you will have a smooth experience and it brings advanced communication quality. You will also feel a refreshing experience with high internet speed download and low latency. Depending on the “cloud game” technology, you can experience gaming through the internet without downloading. And the device is more handy to play. It also supports 4G, 3G, and 2G networks.
Looking at the connectivity, it supports Bluetooth 5.10, wi-fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, NFC, GPS, OTG and 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go.
Vivo iQOO 3’s audio features Hi-Fi chipset which is 32VELVET high-quality audio DAC, loudspeaker, and 3.5 mm headphone jack. Sensors like In-Display fingerprint sensor, E-compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor are included. The accessories in the box are Vivo iQOO 3, Earphone, Documentation, USB Cable, USB Power Adapter, SIM Ejector, Protective Case, Protective Film (applied).
5G technology doesn’t make any change for now since network providers are not yet ready but when it’s here in the next 8+ months, Vivo already has an answer in the form of IQOO 3. A well-specced future-ready smartphone packed with up to date features is definitely an option to shortlist and now with the limited period discount offered I can only recommend going ahead and purchase it.
Vivo iQOO 3 FAQ’s:
What is Vivo iQOO 3 price in India?
Vivo iQOO 3 starts from Rs. 34,990 for 8 GB RAM|128 GB of internal storage, Rs. 37,990 for 8 GB RAM|256 GB of internal storage, and Rs. 44,990 for 12 GB RAM|256 GB of internal storage.
When was Vivo iQOO 3 launched in India?
Vivo iQOO 3 launched on February 25, 2020 (Official).
How much does Vivo iQOO 3 weighs?
Vivo iQOO 3 weighs around 214 grams.
Does Vivo iQOO 3 support the fingerprint sensor?
Yes, Vivo iQOO 3 supports a In-Display fingerprint scanner sensor.
What are the color variants available in Vivo iQOO 3?
Vivo iQOO 3 is available in three different glowing color variants like Volcano Orange, Tornado Black, Quantum Silver.
What is Vivo iQOO 3 screen to body ratio?
Vivo iQOO 3 comes with 84.3% screen to body ratio.