|Vivo’s sub-brand iQOO is mainly known for its gaming-oriented phones, but with the Z-series, the company wants to appeal to a different audience – the Gen-Z. That’s why the series is called iQOO Z.|
We have the iQOO Z3 in our hands – a phone that has already been released in China back in April, but only recently made its way to the international market.
The OEM says that it wants to distance itself from the gaming label with the Z-series, and we should be assessing the Z3 as a whole package – a fairly capable all-rounder with aggressive pricing. It’s also one of the first Snapdragon 768G-powered devices – it’s a potent chipset, and we are talking from experience.
vivo iQOO Z3 specs at a glance:
Body: 164.0×75.3×8.5mm, 186g; Panda Glass on the front, plastic back and frame.
Display: 6.58″ IPS LCD, HDR10, 120Hz, 1080x2408px resolution, 20.07:9 aspect ratio, 401ppi.
Chipset: Qualcomm SDM768 Snapdragon 768G 5G (7 nm): Octa-core (1×2.8 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver); Adreno 620.
Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
OS/Software: Android 11, Funtouch 11.1 (International), OriginOS 1.0 for iQOO (China).
Rear camera: Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.97″, 0.7µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 16mm, 1/4.0″, 1.12µm; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4.
Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.0, (wide).
Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
Battery: 4400mAh; Fast charging 55W.
Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); 3.5mm jack.
And if you are lucky enough, you can get the Cyber Blue variant with a frosted glass-like finish. We can definitely see iQOO’s apparent attempt to appeal to the Gen-Z audience. In case you need something less flashy, the more orthodox Ace Black and Silver colors are available for you.