iQoo Z6 Pro 5G was recently launched in India at a starting price of Rs 23,999 and it looks good on paper with the kind of specifications it boasts of. We put it to use for a few days to see its pros and cons and here’s our iQoo Z6 Pro 5G review detailing them.
iQoo Z6 Pro 5G review: Design and Display
As far as the design of iQoo Z6 Pro 5G goes, we have a bag of mixed feelings. The back panel and the frame of the smartphone are made from polycarbonate – which is not entirely a bad thing, but the real problem is that the look and feel of the device isn’t premium. We have seen better at this price point from the company. The matte finish means that the handset doesn’t get smudged easily, but then, it’s not enough to keep dust off the phone.
The rear panel houses the camera module of iQoo Z6 Pro 5G, which comes with three lenses. Besides this, there is only an iQoo branding on the back. The power and volume rocker keys are sandwiched on the right while the top and bottom house the speaker grill, Type-C port, SIM tray, microphone and secondary microphone.
Flip over and you will see the 6.44-inch display of the device that comes with a waterdrop notch on the top to house the selfie camera. It is outlined by thin bezels but the chin is obviously relatively bigger in size. There is also an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Speaking in more detail about the iQoo Z6 Pro 5G display, it is an FHD+ AMOLED HDR 10+ screen which comes with a peak brightness of 1,300 nits and a 90Hz refresh rate. The colours projected on the screen were vibrant and accurate and they remained consistent at different viewing angles. The text and images appeared sharp and clear and the sunlight readability could be better. Watching videos and playing games on the device was overall a good experience.
To sum it up, we would say that while the design of iQoo Z6 Pro 5G could have been better, the display makes up for it and can be counted among its pros.
iQoo Z6 Pro 5G review: Performance and Cameras
Before we speak about the performance of iQoo Z6 Pro 5G, let’s take a minute to talk about its specifications. The handset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor clubbed with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. It houses a 4,700mAh battery that comes with support for 66W fast charging.
The device runs Android 12 skinned with Funtouch OS 12. While the custom software means that there are some interesting gestures on the device, it also gets some bloatware along and not all of the pre-installed apps can be uninstalled. You might also get an annoying number of notifications on the device, but luckily, most of them can be disabled.
Coming to the performance of the smartphone, iQoo Z6 Pro 5G did impress us, especially for its price. We threw a variety of tasks at the device, and most of them were handled well. Even when we tried to multitask and used navigation while watching videos on YouTube (no, it wasn’t us who was driving!) the handset could take it.
Gaming on the device was another plus. Even when we tried playing heavy games like Asphalt 9: Legends, they ran smoothly. Credit for this can also be given to the display’s 180Hz touch sampling rate. You can also enable the ‘Monster’ gaming mode on the device to get an enhanced gaming performance. The phone did warm up a bit while gaming, but it wasn’t enough to label it as a ‘heating issue’.
The battery of iQoo Z6 Pro 5G was another definite plus and the phone lasts a day and a half with usage involving gaming, watching videos and clicking pictures. The in-display fingerprint scanner worked well at all times while we had the phone with us.
Finally, let’s talk about the cameras of iQoo Z6 Pro 5G. The handset comes with a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies, there is a 16MP lens on the front panel.
Pictures taken with the primary camera during the day had a good number of details and the colours appeared vibrant. But the images lacked a certain clarity and sharpness that one expects from a phone at this price. The Portrait Camera of the phone could also be better.
When we tried using the ultra-wide camera, it did manage to get in a lot more space, the details in the picture went down too and we noticed some distortion. Even the colours of the images taken were affected, which is not the best thing to happen.
The macro camera could also only do an average job. We weren’t too elated about the results of the selfie camera either. They could have been a lot better and more consistent and the colours could be more accurate too. The low-light photography of the device was definitely not among its pros. At best, we can call the shots taken as average and we highly recommend enabling the Night Mode to get better low-lit shots.
At the given price, iQoo Z6 Pro 5G left us with a bag of mixed feelings. While the display, performance and battery are its pros, the cameras and the design could be much better. The device also misses a few features like stereo speakers. The phone doesn’t tick all the boxes but if its pros are important to you while the cons don’t matter that much, you may be happy with it. However, there are quite a few options available in this price range that offer all that the iQoo Z6 Pro 5G does along with a much better camera performance – an aspect that’s important to most people in today’s age when sharing on Instagram is the new normal.
iQoo Z6 Pro 5G Pros
- Smooth performance
- Lasting battery
- Vibrant display
iQoo Z6 Pro 5G Cons
- Average design
- Inconsistent cameras
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