The iQOO 3 5G may be average-looking, but it definitely packs a punch in the gaming department.
Gaming smartphones are a big thing now, and many companies like Vivo are capitalizing on the increasing demand for mobile gaming. Just last year, Vivo launched its iQOO subsidiary with a particular focus on this niche, and it quickly established itself as one of the leading producers of gaming smartphones quickly catching up with the likes of Asus, Nubia, and Xiaomi.
Now, Vivo has launched the iQOO 3 5G, and interestingly, it is the company’s first smartphone to launch outside of China.
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Excellent Gaming Features
The iQOO 3 5G certainly lives up to the gaming smartphone name. Its main processor is an Octa-core Snapdragon 865 with the Adreno 650 GPU. The phone comes with a chipset up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Its UFS 3.1 storage is also notably an upgrade from the standard UFS 3.0 that most smartphones use today.
Because it is a phone specifically for gaming, it’s not surprising that the iQOO 3 5G could support maximum gaming settings for titles like PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile, Into the Dead 2, and even Darkness Rises.
The overall gaming experience is further accentuated by the addition of game triggers and the 180Hz touch sampling along with a 4D vibration motor. Furthermore, the phone is designed to protect the user from any interruptions while playing. This is made possible by the Ultra Game feature of the device, which mutes notifications, rejects calls, and optimizes gaming experience.
Customization options are also made possible for the Ultra Game mode so users can choose a setting that favors them the most. Furthermore, its 5G capability is sure to enhance Internet speeds that would be all the more perfect for gaming.
The iQOO 3 5G comes with a 4,400 mAh battery capacity and is fully able to handle a whole day of gaming. Where the phone falls short, however, is with battery management as heavy usage of gaming, cameras, video streaming, and web browsing could deplete the phone by dusk.
Thankfully, the phone is built with a 55W fast-charging support, and in just 45 minutes, the iQOO 3 5G will be fully charged.
Camera, Display, and Audio
The iQOO 3 5G boasts outstanding level mixtures of brightness, saturation, and sharpness in its 6.44-inch Super AMOLED display and FHD+ resolution (2,400 x 1,080). Unfortunately, it is stuck with a 60Hz refresh rate, which is considerably less than the 90Hz of its competitors.
The gaming phone comes with a Hi-Res support on its headphone jack, and it has a single speaker that is directed downwards, which makes it a bit easy to muffle the phone when holding it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with stereo speakers.
As for the camera, the iQOO 3 5G has a 16-megapixel hole-punch selfie camera as well as a 48-megapixel main sensor. The telephoto comes with 13-megapixels and also with ultra-wide camera lenses. With the camera, the iQOO 3 5G can’t be considered top-line but still provides a good experience, especially with the right lighting. Low-light capabilities are poor, and consistency is lacking.
The only problem which isn’t really a problem
Overall, the iQOO 3 5G is exceptionally made, and the only problem is that it’s plain-looking. The iQOO 3 5G does not have the out-of-this-world design that most gaming smartphones have. For people that value the look of a phone, then the iQOO 3 5G is definitely not made for them.
When it comes to performance, the phone’s features makes up for its plainness in appearance. And for a price range of $500 to $600, it isn’t so bad.
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