iqoo z6 lite 5g review

A strong contender in the budget smartphone category

iQOO It may be a new player in the smartphone market, but with a series of Fantastic releases In a short span of time, the company has already gained a solid foothold in a competitive landscape. Offering phones loaded with specifications with unique features, iQOO It stuck to the path of standing out from its competitors, including parent company Vivo. We got our hands on the recently released iQOO Z6 Lite 5G And I used it as my primary driver for a week, here’s our review.

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iQOO Z6 Lite 5G Review: Design and Display

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iQOO Z6 Lite 5G comes in a premium diagonal cover box with handset, USB cable, SIM eject tool, warranty card, quick start guide and silicone phone cover inside. There is no power adapter inside the box, although there is a section dedicated to it. The iQOO Z6 Lite 5G comes in Stellar Green and Mystic Night color options. For this review, we used the last variant.

When it comes to design, iQOO He kept things simple and clean on the Z6 Lite. The smartphone has a plastic frame and back which is the standard for budget phones under Rs 15,000. However, the matte texture of the plastic back and clean design make for a great feel. The dual camera module fits nicely in the upper left corner of the back panel. Under direct sunlight, the back turns out glossy. iQOO didn’t try anything extravagant with the Z6 Lite, but at the same time, they don’t seem to keep the design options publicly secure.

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At the bottom of the frame, you’ll find the headphone jack, a USB Type-C port, and the speaker grille. The SIM card tray makes its way to the top of the phone, with the volume rocker and power button located on the right side. The power button also doubles as a fingerprint sensor. The left side of the smartphone has been kept without buttons.

iQOO Z6 Lite 5G Review: Design and Display

Moving on to the screen, the iQOO Z6 Lite features a 6.58-inch IPS LCD screen at 120Hz. There is a water drop notch at the top housing the selfie camera. The bottom of the screen also has some thicker bezels, which makes the screen look a bit dated. The screen-to-body ratio of 83.9% could certainly be improved. The display with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,408 pixels is suitable for watching HD content on media platforms such as YouTube and Netflix.

The screen provides a smooth touch response while scrolling. Scrolling through different apps and browsing web pages is a seamless experience, and the screen records even the slightest of touches quite easily. This was very useful while playing the game. We’ll get into more details about gaming performance later in the review. Screen brightness is optimized for both outdoor and indoor conditions. Even in direct sunlight, we could discern what was on the screen very clearly.

iQOO Z6 Lite 5G review: Performance and cameras

iQOO Z6 Lite 5G is the first smartphone with Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 processor. The S4 Gen 1 is dubbed as the successor to Snapdragon 480+ SoC. The Z6 Lite is available in two variants of RAM and storage: 4GB + 64GB (Rs 13,999) and 6GB + 128GB (Rs 15,499). For our review, we used the 6GB+128GB model. Aside from the 6GB dedicated RAM, the Z6 Lite also uses an additional 2GB of storage when it’s running heavy tasks.

performance

The OS duties on the Z6 Lite are handled by Android 12 built with Vivo Funtouch 12. Funtouch 12 gets its fair share of criticism from fans and media alike, but when it comes to gaming, it offers some unique features that are not replicated by other operating systems. However, there are a few aspects that Funtouch OS needs to improve right away. First, the smartphone comes with a lot of bloatware.

You can uninstall all bloatware, but it will never look good when the user interface is not completely clean. The Global Search feature also proves to be a nuisance as it turns on every time you scroll down the screen. Usually, you want to access the notification bar every time you swipe down from any part of the screen. But Funtouch only lets you display notification boxes when you swipe down from the status bar.

There is also an issue with unnecessary ads disguised as flooded notifications. The browser app is especially popular when it comes to this. To get around this problem, you will need to uninstall all bloatware and restrict notifications for your default browser. There are some basic steps that you must take before you can fully enjoy the smartphone. Having overcome these issues, Funtouch is a decent operating system that can hold its own with its peers.

From now on, we were quite happy with the performance of the phone. The apps took very little time to load, and even with many apps running in the background, the smartphone didn’t slow down a bit. Lightning speed combined with smooth touch response has taken the overall browsing experience to the next level. In the Geekbench app, the iQOO Z6 Lite scored 627 points in the single-core test and 1,860 points in the Multi-Core test. These tests place the Z6 Lite above Xiaomi Poco X3 NFCAnd the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 ProAnd the Xiaomi Pocophone F1.

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We put the iQOO Z6 Lite through gaming testing as well. iQOO phones usually do well when it comes to gaming, and the Z6 Lite maintains that reputation. We played Call of Duty Mobile on Z6 Lite and the smartphone handles the HD graphics well. We didn’t experience any lags or drops in frames in our extended gaming sessions. Overheating was not a problem for the first 30-40 minutes, after which the phone got a little warm. After pausing gaming and letting the phone rest for a few minutes, the temperature dropped quickly.

Gamers will be pleased to know that the Z6 Lite is equipped with “Monster Mode” and “Ultra Game Mode”. Turning on Monster Mode puts the smartphone into high performance mode, which is ideal when playing graphically demanding games. The battery naturally drains faster in Monster mode, which is why it is not recommended to use it all the time. Ultra Game Mode allows users to access a gaming sidebar that provides quick tools and shortcuts such as voice changer, screen recording, WhatsApp picture in-picture mode, and more. Processor and battery usage levels are also displayed on the sidebar.

Its gigantic 5000mAh battery is one of the best aspects of this smartphone. Even after above average daily use, the Z6 Lite lasts more than a day. We used the Z6 Lite as the base engine and our daily usage consisted of an hour of gaming, 40-90 minutes of video playback, regular browsing consisting of Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, and regular WhatsApp use. The phone easily lasted an entire day with 20-30% battery left. The smartphone does not charge with a power adapter, which is disappointing, but it does support 18W charging. It took us less than two hours to fully charge the phone.

The iQOO Z6 Lite 5G comes with a dual rear camera module that includes a 50MP primary shooter along with a 2MP macro lens. On the front, you get an 8-megapixel selfie camera. We’ve tested the cameras extensively and were quite satisfied with the results, although we wish iQOO ditched the macro lens for a super-fast shooter.

iQOO Z6 Lite 5G review: Performance and cameras

iQOO Z6 Lite 5G review: Performance and cameras

In daytime conditions, the Z6 Lite produced well-formed images with an adequate amount of detail. We suggest turning on 50MP mode to fully unlock the camera’s potential. The photos we took showed a good color combination without the need for excessive processing. The colors of the sky were captured well during the day, but while shooting in sunlight, the background was overexposed.

iQOO Z6 Lite 5G review: Performance and cameras

iQOO Z6 Lite 5G review: Performance and cameras

Portrait Mode works decently on the Z6 Lite, although we feel edge detection could have been much better. While the subject remains in focus, the edges can actually turn off in some scenarios. In limited lighting conditions, the Z6 Lite leaves a lot to be desired. Even with the night mode on, the images recorded quite a bit of grain. The processor could have been slightly increased to produce clearer images.

iQOO Z6 Lite 5G review: Performance and cameras
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The front selfie camera works well. It’s perfect for taking pictures in ample light but the image processor brightens skin tone by a big factor, a problem all budget smartphones have. However, the front camera works well on video calls across different platforms. Both front and rear cameras can record 1080p videos at 30 frames per second.

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Rule

Priced at 13,999 rupees iQOO Z6 Lite 5G It is a great budget phone that performs well thanks to the new Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 processor. If you are interested in buying a gaming smartphone, the Z6 Lite is one of the best options at this price. Although the screen may look a bit dated, the smartphone makes up for it with its blazing speeds and respectable performance.

Positives

Great gaming phone for the price

Applications load quickly

Great battery life

Negatives

Large amount of bloatware

Camera performance could have been better

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