The Vivo iQOO series of phones has been making quite a buzz in the entry-level smartphone market for a few years. The company recently announced the Vivo iQOO Z6 was released on March 20, 2022, in India. The phone brings a few key developments from the Z5 released last year. So, will this phone be the next budget king? Let’s find out in this detailed review of iQOO Z6.
Key Features of Vivo iQOO Z6
Design and Build Quality
Speaking of the design, it will instantly remind users about the Vivo T1 and OnePlus 9 series. And that isn’t surprising considering iQOO, Vivo and OnePlus, all three belong to BBK Electronics.
The phone is an overall plastic one with a glass front. The plastic on the back has a refractive matte finish which easily catches the eye. The rectangular camera housing is raised a bit giving it a pronounced look. Needless to say, the phone doesn’t sit flush on a flat surface. At 185 g, the phone is relatively heavier than a plastic build phone. but the even distribution of weight helps to offset the weight for long time usage.
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Moving onto ports and buttons, the power and volume rockers are situated on the right of the device. The power button doubles as the physical fingerprint scanner which is now becoming a common placement in budget phones.
The top of the phone features the secondary noise cancellation mic and the hybrid sim slot. Users can have a dual standby sim or replace one with micro SDXC. The main speaker along with the Type-C port and the 3.5 mm headphone jack is situated on the bottom of the device.
Overall, the design of the iQOO Z6 isn't really much different from the Z5. But the certain refinements and polishing help to give the device a more premium look.
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The iQOO Z6 features a 6.58-inch IPS LCD panel. It was expected that iQOO will go with the LCD panel given the price of the device. But what’s interesting is that the company managed to include a 120 Hz refresh rate with the panel.
Animations look much smoother compared to before. Much of it is due to the smooth display and some OS tweaks. The display is everything expected from an FHD+ display. The phone does get relatively bright outdoors. Viewing angles are also great. Colors might look a bit washed out here and there depending on the content. But users have full control to tweak the colors so nothing to worry much. Aside from the 120 Hz refresh rate, this is just another run-off-the-mill IPS LCD panel. But considering the price, it does its job more than well enough.
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The camera is easily one of the strong points of the Z6. It features a triple camera sensor with the main one being a 50 MP f/1.8 wide-angle shooter. Some might feel that it falls short of the 64 MP main shooter used in last year’s Z5. But it was done to provide more aggressive pricing without compromising much on the quality.