Vivo IQOO 3: the first mobile gamer with Snapdragon 865 and 5G connectivity

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IQOO is to Vivo what BlackShark is to Xiaomi, and the brand has already launched no fewer smartphones for gamers. We met the Vivo IQOO, Vivo IQOO Neo, Vivo IQOO Neo 855 and the Vivo IQOO Pro and now it’s the turn of its third major review: the new Vivo IQOO 3 5G.

The Vivo IQOO 3 5G is committed to the latest technology in all components, with both Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and LPDDR5 memory and UFS 3.1 storage and 5G connectivity in some versions.

Vivo IQOO 3 technical datasheet

I LIVE IQOO 3
SCREEN Super AMOLED 6.44 ”
2400 x 1080
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 158.51 x 74.88 x 9.16 mm
214.5 g.
PROCESSOR Snapdragon 865
RAM 6/8/12 GB LPDDR5
STORAGE 128/256 GB
UFS 3.1
FRONTAL CAMERA 16 MP f / 2.45
REAR CAMERA 48 MP f / 1.79
13 MP f / 2.2 wide angle
13 MP f / 2.46 telephoto
2 MP f / 2.4 depth
BATTERY 4440 mAh
Fast charge 55W
OS Android 10
IQOO UI
CONNECTIVITY 5G SA / NSA
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1 USB-C
Minijack
OTHERS Fingerprint reader on the screen
PRICE From 471 euros to change

Butt of power

Vivoiqoo

IQOO -or Live, depending on who you ask- has opted for the latest components for the IQOO 3. Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 could not be missing, which is accompanied by RAM of 6, 8 or 12 GB LPDDR5 and storage of 128 or 256 GB, UFS 3.1, a standard that was finalized only a few weeks ago.

The battery is 4,440 mAh, an acceptable amount, although considering that it is a mobile gamer that can be used for intense gaming sessions, it is not very much especially in the 5G versions. At least it loads really fast, with the support for fast charging of 55W, not the fastest of the moment, but close. The terminal comes with a special charging cable designed for long sessions.

Perforated screen

The Vivo IQOO 3 opts for the perforated screen to solve the ballot of the camera for selfies. This camera is in the upper right corner and is a relatively small perforation. The screen itself is a 6.44-inch Super AMOLED panel with FullHD + resolution (2400 x 1080)

Little screen

Something that is missing in this Vivo IQOO 3 is the increase of the refreshment of the screen since 60 Hz is maintained. Now, you may not be able to see them, but the system will record your touches with more precision. The touch panel has a 180 Hz refresh.

We are facing a mobile to play, and that is why two pressure-sensitive buttons are included in the terminal frame, which you can use to perform actions in the supported games. In addition, the mobile has a 4D vibration haptic engine (that is, with four points, one in each corner of the terminal).

Four lenses

Little camera

The Vivo IQOO 3 is a mobile for games that opts for a more normal design than other alternatives. There are no neons or spaceship design, but a terminal in normal appearance. As such, good photographic performance is also to be expected. For him, he has a four-lens camera on the back.

It is the main sensor of 48 megapixels f / 1.79, a wide-angle of 13 MP, a telephoto sensor of 13 MP and 2 MP for the depth lens. All together achieve a zoom -digital, yes- 20x. Selfies are provided by the 16 MP lens with aperture f / 2.45.

In terms of connectivity, having the latest Qualcomm means winning the latest in connectivity as well. The 12 GB models have 5G SA and NSA connectivity, while the rest remain in LTE. We also have Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 and, yes, a minijack connector.

Versions and prices of the Vivo IQOO 3 5G

Vivoiqoo3

The Vivo IQOO 3 5G has been announced at the same time in China in India, and it remains to be seen if it will be sold internationally. It is available in orange, gold, and black in different combinations of RAM and storage. Only older versions, those with 12 GB of RAM, have 5G connectivity:

  • IQOO 3 live 6 + 128 GB : 3,598 yuan, about 470 euros to change.
  • IQOO 3 live 8 + 128 GB: 3,798 yuan, about 500 euros to change.
  • I live IQOO 3 5G of 12 + 128 GB: 3,998 yuan, about 524 euros to change.
  • I live IQOO 3 5G of 12 + 256 GB: 4,398 yuan, about 575 euros to change.
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