iQOO made a big splash in 2020 and introduced several new smartphones at different price points. That said, the consistency across all smartphone launches last year was worth it.
Whether it’s the top-of-the-line iQOO 7 Legend (Review) or the sub-20K iQOO Z3 (Review), every device in the brand’s arsenal offers great performance for its price, while also delivering generally solid overall specs. Fast forward to today and the recently launched iQOO Z6 Pro 5G is strictly following last year’s value-added formula on paper. But what about the real world? Check out our full iQOO Z6 Pro 5G review to see if this is truly the best smartphone under Rs 25,000 in India.
IQOO Z6 PRO Design and Build
The iQOO Z5 (Review) has a few inches off the Z6 Pro 5G, while the latter trades the hole punch cutout for a waterdrop notch. The other big difference here is the in-display optical fingerprint sensor, which replaces the side-mounted fingerprint scanner of the iQOO Z5. On the back, the square camera island doesn’t protrude too much and is almost flush with the rear panel. Three cameras are housed in two large camera rings. The frame is also made of plastic, while the rear panel itself is made of plastic rather than glass. Top 10 Best Investment Options to Get Higher Return in Future
Despite the new VC cooling system inside, the Z6 Pro isn’t that heavy and is actually lighter than its predecessor, weighing 180 grams and being 8.5mm thick. The iQOO Z6 Pro 5G is available in Phantom Dusk or Legion Sky colors, we got to the latter. Both colors opt for a smooth matte finish and an anti-glare coating that is highly resistant to fingerprint smudges. There’s Gorilla Glass protection on the front, though the waterdrop notch is something we’ve come to see on budget phones, not smartphones below 25K.
The iQOO Z6 Pro has the standard button layout with power and volume rocker on the right. At the bottom is a speaker grille with a USB-C port and SIM tray. However, the Z6 Pro lacks a headphone jack and microSD card slot, the first of which is found in the iQOO Z5. While the build of the iQOO Z6 Pro is pretty solid, it feels like we’ve taken a step back with its dated waterdrop notch. Moto E32s First Impressions, Specs & Pricing: A Good Looking Budget Smartphone
IQOO Z6 PRO Display
iQOO has updated the Z6 Pro 5G’s display by choosing an OLED panel instead of an LCD, and the difference is quite obvious. The Z6 Pro 5G features a 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with vibrant colors and good saturation levels, a significant improvement over the LCD panel on the iQOO Z5. Additionally, the screen also offers a peak brightness of 1,300 nits, which is bright enough to use the handset in direct sunlight. The Z6 Pro 5G also supports HDR10+, although some apps like Netflix and Prime Video do not.
Otherwise, viewing the content on the screen is pretty good. Compared to the LCD screen on the Z5, you also get good contrast ratios and color accuracy. The screen also has excellent viewing angles. You also get a 90Hz refresh rate that delivers a smooth and fast and fluid UI browsing experience. While the 90Hz refresh rate is a step down from the 120Hz on the Z5, I didn’t notice much difference between the two, and the Z6 Pro 5G’s OLED panel is far superior in all other scenarios. HBSE 10th 12th Result 2022 Released – How to Check Result 2022
IQOO Z6 PRO Performance
Not much has changed on the performance front as the Z6 Pro 5G continues to use the Snapdragon 778G SoC, one of the best chipsets in the segment, so no complaints. The chip is paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage. There is no storage expansion, but the Extended RAM 2.0 feature allows the phone to use up to 4GB of unused storage as virtual RAM to further boost performance.
IQOO Z6 PRO gaming
We also tested several games on the Z6 Pro 5G, including Call of Duty: Mobile, Raid: Shadow Legends, Star Wars: Hunters and Apex Legends Mobile. The Raid was set to max, while the rest of the games ran smoothly at high settings where the framerate was also high. The phone got warm after 30 minutes of gaming, I noticed some shrinking within 20 minutes, but the phone stabilized after the first hiccup. This is largely thanks to the new and improved cooling system with massive vapor cooling that can reduce temperatures by 12 degrees. Realme Narzo 50 Pro Full Specs, Pricing and Review
On Geekbench, the iQOO Z6 Pro managed to score 782 points in single-core and 2911 points in multi-core, which is quite impressive. I ran 10 straight tests, but the scores remained consistent without dropping. In the compute test, the GPU managed a Vulkan score of 2491 and an OpenCL score of 2335. After our tests and games on the iQOO Z6 Pro, there is no doubt that it is one of the best performing smartphones in the segment, if not the best.
IQOO Z6 PRO Camera
The cameras in the iQOO Z6 Pro prefer the same camera setup as the previous model. It gets a 64MP primary sensor and a 2MP macro camera paired with an 8MP ultra-wide unit. The waterdrop notch on the front houses the 16MP selfie camera. The iQOO Z6 Pro can record 4K video at 30fps and 1080p video at 60fps.
IQOO Z6 PRO
The 64MP main camera in the Z6 Pro 5G takes excellent shots in daylight. These shots have good dynamic range, strong colors and strong detail. While HDR is pretty effective in most situations, the camera also doesn’t overexpose images or exaggerate highlights. I also found the shutter speed quite fast when taking pictures during the day on the Z6 Pro. While the main camera is quite strong in daylight, the results change as the light decreases. Apple iPhone 14 Specs, Pricing, Rumors and Launch Date
Late in the evening, I saw the main camera pushing out softer images with less detail. You can get slightly better results using the night mode. Using night mode can remove some of the noise, brighten scenes and increase the level of detail. However, you will need sufficient ambient light and still objects to achieve usable results in night mode. In most cases, the mode didn’t render shadows very well, while images were noticeably softer. Photos taken using night mode on Ultrawide were mostly unusable. Portrait mode on the iQOO Z6 Pro was also good, with accurate edge detection and motion blur.