vivo iQOO 3 hands-on review

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It might be slow and often overshadowed, but the expansion of the mobile gaming niche is definitely strong and steady. Thankfully, we’re now past the point of just slapping a “gaming” badge on any old handset and calling it a day.

Catering to a demanding crowd takes actual innovation and tangible improvements. Something that is often hard to balance with a sensible price tag, as made painfully obvious by ultimate devices, like the Asus ROG Phone II.

vivo iQOO 3 specs

  • Body: Corning Gorilla Glass 6 front, aluminum frame
  • Screen: 6.44-inch Super AMOLED, 1080 x 2400px, 409ppi; HDR10+ certified; 60Hz refresh, 180Hz touch-sensing
  • Rear camera: Primary: 48MP f/1.8, 1/2.0″, 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 depth sensor; LED flash; 2160p@30fps video recording, gyro-EIS
  • Front camera: 16MP, f/2.5
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 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 fast charging
  • Connectivity: 5G (only on the 256GB 12GB variant in India), Dual SIM, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ax/ax, dual GPS, USB-C;
  • Misc: Monster Touch Buttons capacitive triggers, 4D vibration, In-display fingerprint reader, AK4377A independent audio chip with Hi-Res audio certification

A tough challenge for sure, but not an insurmountable one. Vivo’s iQOO sub-brand has been trying its best to achieve just that over the last year or so. The iQOO 3 is the latest product in the line. We had the pleasure of getting some hands-on time with it at today’s India launch event and already have a few early impressions to share.

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