IQOO Z3 Review: Is It Good For Gaming?


This is the newest IQOO Z3 5G gaming phone, it is almost a flagship smartphone that comes in a mid range segment, I didn’t expect though.

If you’re thinking of buying a gaming phone then read this article till the end and hopefully you will get your dream gaming smartphone.

Till then, let me give you an overview of this article, we are going to talk about this IQOO Z3 5G gaming phone from every point of view, such as –

  • For gamers
  • For casual mobile user
  • Or anyone who are going to buy a phone for clicking their pictures (photography)

Now, in the last few months we have got tons of gaming-centric smartphones that have come out by big brands.

In fact IQOO also launched its second smartphone IQOO 7 in this period, so we get really confused between these gaming phones.

Well, every gaming phone comes with a special and/or highlighted features that set it apart from the rest of the phone.

Now, here the question arises that what are the features that make this IQOO Z3 phone a better gaming solution?

This is the thing that we are going to talk about in this article, and later you will get the answer that…

Should you buy IQOO Z3 for gaming?

IQOO Z3 Review

Key Features

  • First smartphone that comes with a Snapdragon 768G 5G processor
  • 55W flash charging adapter charges the battery in 50-60 minutes
  • 6.5-inch 120Hz refresh-rate LCD panel
  • Fingerprint reader is embedded in its power button

Pros

  • Value for money
  • Eye-body auto focus (good camera quality)
  • Very good in-hand feel

Cons

  • Heating issues during long gaming sessions

What’s in the Box?

  • IQOO Z3 phone
  • USB type-c cable
  • Documentation
  • Sim card tool
  • TPU case
  • Adapter
  • Stickers

IQOO Z3 Review: Design & Build Quality

Let’s start from the back side, it has a polycarbonate back but it looks like glass, we get to see an IQOO branding on the bottom side and 3 cameras with flash light.

That’s all.

In-hand feel is very good, it is a lightweight smartphone and it fits very well in our hand.

Well, I have big hands but you got it very well if you are the one who has small hands.

Let’s talk about it’s weight.

IQOO Z3 Design Build Quality

When I hold this IQOO Z3 in my hand, I think it should be around 183-184 grams, but actually it weighs around 188 grams, almost the same.

But I would say, the weight is average and it isn’t too heavy, it fits very well in our hands as I told you earlier.

The case you get is of very good quality and fits well.

IQOO Z3 Review: Ports and Buttons

On the bottom side, we get speaker grill, USB Type-C, microphone and also 3.5mm jack.

I want to remind you that in IQOO 7 we did not get 3.5mm jack.

On the left hand side, there is nothing.

On top side, we get a sim card tray and noise cancelling microphone.

Lastly, on the right hand side, we have a volume rocker and power on/off button that doubles up as a fingerprint scanner.

And guys let me tell you about it’s sim card tray, it’s a hybrid sim card slot where we can insert a dual sim card or one sim with a SD card.

IQOO Z3 Review: Display

I’m seeing this water drop style display after a long time, the bezels are thin and chin size is also average.

IQOO Z3 Display

Display here is a 6.58 inch screen and it doesn’t feel like a big display.

It is an IPS LCD FHD+ screen with 120Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate.

And it has 90.6% screen to body ratio as it has small bezels and it looks nice overall.

It looks slightly outdated because of the water drop design but still I like it overall and it gets a panda glass for screen protection.

IQOO Z3 Review: Processor

This is the first smartphone to come equipped with Snapdragon 768G 5G and it is successor of SD 765G.

It gets a 15% performance boost because of performance cores of this SoC are clocked at 2.5 Ghz while SD 765G is clocked at 2.4 Ghz.

In short, we get high performance from this IQOO Z3 gaming phone.

IQOO Z3 Review: Gaming

The IQOO Z3 phone comes with several settings which helps us to play the game better, you should check them once by yourself.

For gamers, the phone’s temperature is very important so we tested its temperature and we get to the maximum temperature around 37-38°C.

And if we talk about it’s back side temperature then we get to see initially around 34-35°c.

Now let’s play PUBG or Battle Ground Mobile India aka BGMI.

There is good news for gyroscope gamers, in this IQOO Z3 we did not find any delay in gyroscope.

I was also able to control gun recoil with the gyroscope and it was smooth, so good for gyroscope gamers.

Let’s talk about gaming performance.

I played Team Deathmatch (TDM) for about 20 to 30 minutes and the FPS has dropped to just 58 which is great.

If you want to have a real test of FPS then go for a hot drop (in PUBG or BGMI) or a gun fight, you will know the exact result by how much FPS drop.

I want to tell you something…

IQOO claims that the IQOO Z3 comes with a liquid cooling system, but I’ve only played the game for 30 minutes so far and it’s getting warm.

One more thing, as it heats up, the screen brightness will decrease automatically, It is not that this is happening only in the game, but the brightness of the whole phone decreases.

What is your reaction about all this? Commenting below and share your thoughts.

I have played continuously for more than an hour and the FPS continuously drops from 40 to 50 and fluctuates up to 40 if you play longer.

This is all because heating issues, you have to play in AC room or use mobile cooler to get rid of FPS drops issues.

IQOO Z3 Review: Battery

In this IQOO Z3 phone, we get to see a 4400 mAh battery and 55 W fast charging, the adapter you get is 65W but the phone supports 55W charging.

By the way, it charges 50% of battery in just 19 minutes and approx 50 minutes takes for fully charged, That’s insane.

IQOO Z3 Review: Camera

In this IQOO Z3 phone, we get to see triple cameras in which a primary camera comes with 64MP, an ultra wide one which is of 8MP and the last one is a macro camera which is of 2MP.

Apart from this, the front camera or selfie camera is of 16MP.

Overall the quality of the camera is really good, I didn’t expect so much detail in the cameras that we got to see good colors and contrast too.

Here is one thing that I just noticed, like the camera has eye auto focus, we get to see the eye-body auto focus in this IQOO Z3.

In a nutshell, the iQOO has done a great job with its camera, so if you are a gamer as well as a camera lover then definitely go for it.

IQOO Z3 Review: Other Features

All the major features have been mentioned above but here are some more interesting features which I want to share with you –

  • It supports Widevine L1 – Which is good for HD streaming
  • Cam2api supported – Means you can use google cam without any hassle
  • SAR value within limits
  • No question asked return policy – Means if you didn’t like this phone, you can return it without any issues

Interesting, Right?

But here is some features that missing such as –

  • No FM radio
  • No notification light

IQOO Z3 Specs

BODY
Dimensions164 x 75.3 x 8.5 mm (6.46 x 2.96 x 0.33 in)
Weight187.5 g (6.56 oz)
SIMHybrid dual SIM (nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY
TypeIPS LCD, HDR10, 120Hz
Size6.58 inches, 104.3 cm2
Resolution1080 x 2408 pixels
MEMORY
Card slotMicroSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal128GB 6GB RAM
128GB 8GB RAM
256GB 8GB RAM
CAMERA
Primary camera64 MP
Secondary (ultrawide) camera8 MP
Third (macro) camera2 MP
Selfie camera16 MP
SOUND
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
BATTERY
TypeLi-Po 4400 mAh, non-removable
ChargingFast charging 55W

Frequently Asked Questions: IQOO Z3

Is IQOO Z3 good for gaming?

It depends on how you are playing the game like if you are a gamer who play just for fun then it is good for you but if you are a professional gamer then go for other .

Does IQOO Z3 support fast charging?

A big yes, the IQOO Z3 supports 55W fast charging. It takes just 19 minutes from 0 to 50% and/or 50 minutes to fully charge.

Can the iQOO Z3 be used for multimedia?

Yes, it comes with IPS LCD FHD+ 6.58 inch screen with perfect color accuracy and good contrast, so it is good for multimedia use.

The IQOO Z3 is one of the best gaming phone under 20000 that comes with tons of amazing features that enhance our gaming experience.

This is not only a gaming centric smartphone but you can also use it without gaming.

I hope you have gone through the gaming section so that you understand what’s going on during gaming.

So, that’s it for today guys, if you have any questions ask me anytime and yes – Do not forget to follow us on social media where we will keep updating what’s going on in gaming.

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