Is it Worth Buying IQOO Z3 5G? Better than OnePlus Nord CE?


IQOO is trying to become the new OnePlus and that might happen in the future but now, it’s not the time. We will talk about that topic some other day but now, IQOO has launched a budget smartphone in India and it has the best specifications on paper but when it comes to real life, it’s just another budget smartphone.

Also Read: IQOO Z3 5G Review – skip it

IQOO Z3 5G is powered by a new Snapdragon 768G processor, 4400 mAh battery with 55W fast charging support, 120Hz LCD display, triple rear camera setup, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, 5G support, and it’s priced at Rs 19,999 for 6GB of Ram and 128GB storage.

As you can tell from the specs, this is an ideal phone for anyone but it’s not. So let’s see, Is It Worth Buying IQOO Z3 5G but before that let me tell you the India price of IQOO Z3.

IQOO Z3 5G (6GB + 128GB)Rs 19,999
IQOO Z3 5G (8GB + 128GB)Rs 20,999
IQOO Z3 5G (8GB + 256GB)Rs 22,999

The IQOO Z3 5G is available in Ace Black, Cyber Blue color options and it’s sold via Amazon India.

Is It Worth Buying IQOO Z3 5G?


No, IQOO Z3 5G is not worth buying because the phone has lots of bugs in the UI and there is no update on when IQOO will fix the problems. So you can’t just buy a product on a future update. The phone does have a good processor, decent cameras, decent battery life but it has ads in the UI, the phone asks for unnecessary permission all the time. In short, IQOO Z3 could have a good option, if they have worked on UI.

The Fun Touch UI

Everyone is different and some people will like Fun touch UI and some won’t and that’s not the problem here. So what’s the problem? IQOO has replaced the Google Chrome browser default page with their own Page and that page has ads.

Also, by default, IQOO has granted all the permission to the Theme store without asking you and when you disable the theme store permission, IQOO asks for more permission which you have to give otherwise you won’t able to disable the theme store.

Also, some of the functions require permission. So you have to grant permission and give your IP address, Phone details, and more to IQOO and that details will be stored by IQOO for the next three years and of course, IQOO can share all of your details with other company because you have click on Yes button.

These are the few things I have mentioned here, there are lots of features either don’t work or asks for permission. In short, Fun Touch OS is a mess on IQOO Z3, if you still want to buy the phone then go aahed, at your risk.

The Phone itself?


Talking cameras, the IQOO Z3 comes with a 64MP primary sensor + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro sensor while there 16MP selfie shooter. In one line,

The camera doesn’t have the best image quality, it oversaturates the colors and details is also not that great. The same can be said for the front camera too, In short, considering the price tag, the IQOO Z3 5G had average cameras.

Some people will say, the phone has a powerful chipset under a 20k price tag which is not true because we have POCO X3 Pro and it’s powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC.

What I’m saying is, if you don’t want that 5G support then it’s doesn’t make any sense to spend 20k on IQOO Z3.

Also, the phone only has N77 & N78 5G bands, so it’s not like you’re getting true 5G support. One more thing, 5G network is not available in India and there is no update from the Indian Government or India network provider when 5G will roll out all over India.

Till, the 5G launches in India, I would go with the best 4G Android smartphone rather than a balanced 5G phone.

Coming to battery life, it has a 4,400 mAh battery with massive 55W fast charging support. Again, let’s not talk about Fun Touch OS, the battery will last for a day and even if it doesn’t, use a 55W charger.

Conclusion: Buy or not?


I think you already know, what to do with IQOO Z3 but still, let me tell you my opinion,

5G is not available in India, so let’s just remove 5G from IQOO Z3. Now if you look at this phone without 5G then it’s another budget phone, you will get better performance, a better camera, and better everything with Redmi Note 10 Pro Max or if you want clean UI then you can also check out the Moto G60 Fusion.

Also, if you want gaming phone, close your eyes and go with POCO X3 Pro.

You got it, if I have to recommend a phone then I won’t say, IQOO Z3 is the best phone available in India under 20k because it’s not.

Where to Buy IQOO Z3 5G?

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IQOO Z3 5G Full Specification

Launch DateJune 8, 2021
First SaleJune 8, 2021, at noon via Amazon
Display Size6.58-inches FHD+ LCD
Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels resolution
Display BrightnessUnspecified
Dimensions164 x 75.3 x 8.5 mm 
Display ProtectionPanda
Screen Refresh Rate120Hz LCD
BuildGlass front, plastic frame, plastic back
OSFun Touch OS 11.1- Oxygen OS 11
ChipsetQualcomm SDM768 Snapdragon 768G 5G (7 nm)
GPUAdreno 620
CPUOcta-core (1×2.8 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
Storage6GB Ram + 128GB Storage
8GB Ram + 128GB Storage
8GB Ram + 256GB Storage
Card SlotTwo SIM Card (No SD Card Slot)
Rear Cameras64 MP Primary Sensor
8 MP Ultra-Wide
2 MP monochrome sensor
Video[email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60fps
Front Camera16 MP Selfie Shooter
Video[email protected]
3.5mm JackYes
Stereo SpeakersNo
Bluetooth Version5.1
5G SupportYes
5G BandsN77 and N78
IR BlasterNo
SensorsFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Fingerprint SensorSide-Mounted
Battery4,400 mAh (non-removable)
Charging Speed55W Fast Charging
Charging Time50% in 19 minutes
ColorsAce Black, Cyber Blue
Weight185.5 Gram
Model Number
SAR Value
Price6GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 19,999
8GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 20,990
8GB Ram + 256GB storage: Rs 22,990
Available at[email protected]

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  1. What if the IQOO Z3 5G mobile is coming under 16000 or less and the other mobiles you compared in the blog are still in the same price range and haven’t dropped their price. Is it worth buying then?

  2. Iqoo z3 is Swift to Android 12 in the month of May
    They have clear the bugs long time ago
    And this price point iqoo has made a one off the best smartphone