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The iQOO 3 5G is a gaming phone that doesn’t look like a gaming phone

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When somebody says “gaming cellphone,” you most likely know what to anticipate. Aggressive design. LED results. Perhaps a vent or two. The proscribed gamer aesthetic is unsubtle and, regardless of the widespread reputation of video video games, very a lot not for everybody.

The iQOO three 5G is the primary within the latest wave of gaming telephones that’s tried to look somewhat totally different. iQOO is a gaming-focused sub-brand of Vivo, the BBK-affiliated sister firm of Oppo, OnePlus, and Realme. The model launched in China final 12 months, however the three 5G is the primary iQOO cellphone to see launch in India and different markets.

The iQOO three 5G stands out, in truth, by wanting utterly unremarkable — this might actually be anybody’s cellphone. It has a specific resemblance to Huawei’s new P40 Professional, although Vivo would little doubt make the purpose that the same two-tone rounded rectangular digicam bump truly appeared first on its V17 final 12 months. There’s a shimmery stippled gradient impact on the again, however it’s refined; the obvious visible flourish is the copper-orange energy button.

So, what makes the iQOO three 5G a gaming cellphone? There’s the flagship-level Snapdragon 865 processor, after all, which can be why the cellphone is marketed as 5G-capable in India regardless of the networks not but having rolled out. Different specs are par for the course: as much as 12GB of RAM and 12GB of storage, a 6.4-inch 1080p OLED show, a 4,440mAh battery, a headphone jack, a 16-megapixel holepunch selfie digicam, and a 48-megapixel most important sensor together with 13-megapixel telephoto and ultrawide cameras. That is additionally yet one more BBK cellphone that provides ultra-fast wired charging — 55W on this case — however no wi-fi.

A extra explicitly gamer-focused characteristic is the pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons on the highest fringe of the cellphone if you’re holding the cellphone in panorama — iQOO calls them “Monster Contact Buttons.” Different gaming telephones from Asus and RedMagic have finished the identical factor, however the iQOO three 5G’s smaller measurement makes them somewhat extra snug to make use of.

iQOO additionally highlights the display screen’s 180Hz contact response charge, however oddly, the precise refresh charge is simply 60Hz. Often contact response charge is double the refresh charge, so I’d anticipated to see a 90Hz display screen right here, however for some cause that isn’t the case. I type of assume that’s a deal-breaker for a gaming cellphone until you’re enjoying video games at excessive settings or with sufficient visible depth that you simply’d by no means high 60fps, however even when that’s the case it’s arduous to advocate a high-end 60Hz cellphone in 2020. Excessive refresh charges enhance virtually every little thing about utilizing a cellphone, not simply gaming.

Nonetheless, the iQOO three 5G is fairly good worth, even undercutting Realme’s X50 Professional as the most cost effective Snapdragon 865 cellphone obtainable in India. It’s obtainable now for Rs. 38,990 ($510) for a mannequin with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, Rs. 41,990 ($550) for 8GB/256GB, and Rs. 46,990 ($615) for 12GB/256GB. At costs like that, it needs to be a fairly sturdy upper-mid-range providing even when its display screen isn’t the quickest round.

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