iQoo Z5 Review: A Decent Step Up, but Not a Big Leap

On paper, the iQoo Z5 doesn’t seem to have much improvement over the previous model of the series, the iQoo Z3. There is no AMOLED display like competing smartphones at Rs.

It costs 25,000 and the camera is the same as the Z3. The price is slightly higher – the base version costs Rs 23,990. So the new iQoo Z5 is worth the money or is there a better smartphone that offers more for less? Let’s find out.

IQoo Z5 Price in India
iQoo Z5 is available in two versions. There is an option for 8GB RAM and 128GB storage which is the main option and at Rs 23,990 in India. The second is 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, which is at Rs 26,990.

IQoo Z5 Desain Design
The iQoo Z5 is one step ahead of the Z3 in terms of design. The soft back cover of the previous model has been replaced by a matte texture which is very resistant to fingerprints and also did not escape my hands.

The size of the camera module is increased to a rectangle with rounded corners and slightly protruding from the back. The back and frame are plastic, but the phone feels solid.

The color is more subtle this time. There are two of them – Mystic Space and Arctic Dawn – both look very mature and elegant. I received the Mystical Space Unit for review, which alternated between dark blue and black from different angles.

The back wall and frame of the iQoo Z5 are made of plastic

The phone doesn’t look too rocky at 8.5mm and doesn’t feel too heavy at 197 grams. At the top is a 6.67-inch LCD + Full HD panel with a recess for a perforated camera.

The edges on the top left and right appear quite thin, while the edges on the bottom are thicker than the band. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack and is located at the top of the smartphone.

iQoo Z5 specifications
The iQoo Z3 debuted in India with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G processor, and the Z5 received an updated 778G SoC. This updated processor is based on a 6nm manufacturing process and runs at a maximum clock frequency of 2.4GHz, which is less than 768G. However, it has a built-in Adreno 642L GPU running at 750 MHz instead of the 450 MHz Adreno 620 GPU on the old 768G.

The 7 comes with 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Communication standards include support for 5G radio (limited to n77/n78 band only), dual-band WiFi AC, Bluetooth 5.2 and a normal satellite navigation system. The phone has a compartment with two SIM cards and no microSD card slot to expand the memory. It has a 5000 mAh battery which can be charged with the included 44 W charger.

Features of IQoo Z5
iQoo Z5 works with Funtouch OS 12, which is based on Android 11

Vivos Funtouch OS 12, which is based on Android 11, is used on the iQoo Z5. Like the Premium Vivo X70 Pro+, the Z5 also gets gadget processing and you can read more about it here. Animated widgets work as expected, but are not very integrated with native or third-party apps.

Still fun to use. The rest of the software looks like FunTouch 11 and works smoothly due to the display with a 120 Hz refresh rate.

iQoo Z5 kinerja performance
Although the LCD screen does well for the price, I noticed a faint yellow tint at the bottom of the panel. Sunlight legibility is excellent and viewing angles are good too.

The 6.67-inch screen with 20:9 aspect ratio takes a bit of a stretch to get things done. Vivo claims that the screen is HDR 10 compatible, but I couldn’t find support for it in most OTT apps, including Netflix and Amazon Prime. That said, the Z5 is still a great video streaming device thanks to its stereo speakers that sound loud and clear.

The screen is easy to fade and removing fingerprints is not easy

IQoo Z5 . battery life
What I don’t like about how it looks is it’s blurry. The smartphone has a screen protector pre-installed. The peeling left a layer of dirt on my back making it sticky and preventing my fingers from slipping on it, especially when playing. After a game session, these panda jars are opaque and difficult to clean.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G did not disappoint in our benchmark tests. The phone’s results are on par with the competition, scoring 5,66,151 points in AnTuTu and 760 and 2802 points respectively in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests.

iQoo Z5 power and volume buttons are positioned correctly
Game performance is quite good. I’ve tried Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9 and both games run smoothly.

The Snapdragon 778G SoC manages to launch Call of Duty: the standard mobile fluid with ultra-high graphics and high frame rate settings with no noticeable heating issues. Asphalt 9: Legends also runs smoothly on standard settings.

Since this smartphone is player-oriented, there is also “4D Game Vibration”, which can be activated in the Ultra Game Mode menu or in the game sidebar. Ready