iQoo Z6 Pro 5G Review: One Step Forward, Many Steps Back

iQoo’s Z3 provided strong mid-range specs at an inexpensive worth, making it excellent value for money when it was introduced in June 2021. Since then, iQoo launched the Z5 which was an honest improve, however this telephone did not supply the same great value because the Z3 because it was priced increased. With the brand new Z6, iQoo has introduced 4 fashions in all. The corporate first launched the iQoo Z6 5G in March, adopted by the Z6 4G, Z6 5G (44W) and the Z6 Pro 5G in April.

In the present day, we’ll be reviewing the Z6 Professional 5G which is the top-end mannequin within the new collection. That is iQoo’s first Z-series telephone to obtain the Professional badging and regardless of the title, its specs and positioning point out that it needs to be the true successor to the Z5. Whereas the Z6 Professional 5G will get a a lot quicker 66W charging, iQoo has minimize fairly a few corners to get right here, which makes us query how a lot of an improve is it actually over its predecessor?

iQoo Z6 Professional 5G worth in India

The iQoo Z6 Professional 5G is offered in three variants. The bottom variant comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 23,999. The second variant has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and is offered at Rs. 24,999, which positively gives higher worth over the previous. The third variant appears a bit costly because it prices Rs. 28,999 and comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, pushing it within the territory of the iQoo Neo 6 (Review), which is a extra highly effective smartphone. I obtained the 12GB RAM variant of the Z6 Professional 5G within the Legion Sky (blue) end. The telephone can also be obtainable in Phantom Nightfall (black).

iQoo Z6 Professional 5G design

Similar to the earlier fashions, the iQoo Z6 Professional 5G’s again panel and mid-frame are nonetheless produced from polycarbonate. The matte-finish of the again panel is a bit tough to the contact and feels a bit low-cost. This, mixed with the matte-finished body, makes the telephone fairly slippery. Smudges aren’t simply seen on the rear panel, but it surely does entice loads of mud and lint from pockets of clothes.

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The iQoo Z6 Professional 5G’s mid-frame and again panel are produced from polycarbonate

When it comes to the general design, many of the adjustments are across the again of the iQoo Z6 Professional 5G. The three rear-facing cameras are actually positioned inside two giant round cutouts within the sq. module, with the first digital camera within the prime one, whereas the ultra-wide and the macro cameras sit within the backside one. The telephone measures 8.49mm in thickness and doesn’t really feel too heavy at 187g, primarily because of the polycarbonate development. What’s lacking is a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is current on the iQoo Z5.

The glass over the show on the iQoo Z6 Professional 5G picks up smudges out of your fingertips and dirt very simply. Fortunately, these are straightforward to wipe off. One factor that did catch my consideration is the show’s notch, which is a U-shaped waterdrop design. I get that iQoo has upgraded the Z6 Professional’s show from a LCD to an AMOLED panel, however this notch mixed with the thick backside bezel of the show makes the telephone look very dated, particularly contemplating the Z5 had a extra trendy hole-punch cutout for the selfie digital camera. Within the field, iQoo supplies a clear TPU case, a SIM ejector instrument, a Sort-A to Sort-C cable and an 80W charger.

iQoo Z6 Professional 5G specs and software program

The iQoo Z6 Professional 5G makes use of the identical Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC present in its predecessor. Surprisingly, iQoo has gone with UFS 2.2 storage and LPDDR4X RAM, each of that are downgrades when in comparison with the iQoo Z5 which had UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR5 RAM.

Connectivity choices embrace Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and assist for the standard satellite tv for pc navigation methods. The telephone comes with a dual-SIM tray with assist for 2 5G nano-SIMs with dual-standby. The Z6 Professional 5G doesn’t have a microSD card slot. There is a 4,700mAh battery which is smaller than the one within the older Z5 but it surely helps a quicker 66W charging and the suitable charger is bundled within the field.

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The iQoo Z6 Professional 5G’s native internet browser is infamous for producing spammy notifications

The iQoo Z6 Professional 5G runs Funtouch OS 12, which relies on Android 12. The software program appears and features precisely the identical because the OS on most Vivo smartphones, and this contains loads of preinstalled third-party apps. Whereas most of those may be uninstalled, the one which aggravated me essentially the most can not. The working system’s default browser spammed me with a number of notifications each day, regardless of not having opened and even launched the browser since I started utilizing the telephone. These notifications have been primarily information bites akin to the alerts from Google Information, however they popped up extra regularly than wanted. Fortunately, you may disable this totally from the browser’s notifications settings.

Aside from this annoyance, the Z6 Professional 5G’s software program had the standard bugs that I additionally witnessed on a few of Vivo’s current premium smartphones such because the X80 Pro (Review). This contains the widgets’ incapability to adapt to the present theme after a brand new wallpaper and color palette has been chosen, issues with the app labels within the app drawer in darkish mode, and so forth.

iQoo Z6 Professional 5G efficiency

The iQoo Z6 Professional 5G’s SoC carried out nicely compared to different gadgets on this section. The telephone managed a rating of 5,43,633 factors in AnTuTu and 798 and a couple of,858 factors in Geekbench’s single and multi-core assessments, respectively. Gaming efficiency was additionally fairly strong. I performed Name of Obligation: Cellular and Asphalt 9: Legends, and each video games ran easily on the highest graphics settings. Asphalt 9: Legends additionally had the 60fps mode enabled by default, making gameplay really feel extra fluid. The show’s 180Hz contact sampling charge felt spot-on when utilizing the ‘Monster’ gaming mode and the 4D vibration suggestions felt fairly correct and enjoyable. Whereas taking part in each video games, the telephone did get barely heat however by no means bought highly regarded.

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The iQoo Z6 Professional 5G’s AMOLED panel has a waterdrop-style notch which appears a bit dated for a telephone of its class

The 6.44-inch full-HD+ AMOLED panel on the iQoo Z6 Professional 5G has a refresh charge of 90Hz, which is not precisely an improve over the 120Hz on the iQoo Z5. The refresh charge on the Z6 Professional is adaptive and it switches between 60Hz and 90Hz when wanted. Whereas having 90Hz is not one thing to shout about particularly in comparison with the 120Hz panels on competing smartphones, it did make the software program expertise really feel extra fluid.

Nonetheless, the show stayed locked at 60Hz when taking part in video games. The show’s brightness was not an issue, and textual content and pictures appeared sharp due to the display screen’s 409 ppi pixel density. Viewing angles have been good too. What I did miss from the iQoo Z5 have been its stereo audio system, that are lacking within the iQoo Z6 Professional 5G. The one bottom-firing one sounded tinny and disappointing as compared. One good characteristic improve that the AMOLED panel brings is an in-display fingerprint reader. It is of the optical selection and it labored reliably on the Z6 Professional 5G.

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The iQoo Z6 Professional 5G has a 4,700mAh battery which is smaller than the one in its predecessor

Battery life was very spectacular because the telephone simply lasted a day and half with my typical heavy use, which included a mixture of gaming, streaming motion pictures and a few digital camera utilization. In our HD video loop check, the iQoo Z6 Professional 5G lasted 20 hours and 14 minutes, which was additionally good. The telephone comes with an 80W charger within the field, however fees the Z6 Professional 5G at 66W when plugged in. The telephone managed to cost from zero to one hundred pc in 49 minutes, which is kind of quick. The telephone solely bought barely heat within the course of.

iQoo Z6 Professional 5G cameras

The iQoo Z6 Professional 5G has three rear-facing cameras. There is a 64-megapixel main digital camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digital camera and a 2-megapixel depth digital camera. Selfies are dealt with by a 16-megapixel front-facing digital camera. In comparison with the iQoo Z5, nothing has actually modified so I anticipate the outcomes to be related. When it comes to the digital camera app’s interface, all of it appears very accustomed to all of the essential controls and buttons accessible with a single faucet, whereas the marginally superior controls are neatly specified by a slide-out menu.

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The iQoo Z6 Professional has three rear-facing cameras, that are just like these on the Z5

Pictures taken in daylight utilizing the first digital camera had first rate particulars with well-saturated colors. Nonetheless, images at all times appeared a bit delicate after I was taking pictures close-ups of objects or portraits. Dynamic vary additionally fell quick with blown-out highlights within the vibrant areas of the picture when utilizing the rear digital camera’s Portrait mode. The ultra-wide-angle digital camera did not seize one of the best particulars and images had odd color tones that seemed as if I used to be utilizing a filter. There was additionally noticeable purple fringing alongside the sides of objects and barrel distortion.

iQoo Z6 Professional 5G daylight digital camera samples: (prime to backside) Major digital camera, ultra-wide-angle digital camera, macro digital camera (faucet to see full measurement)

The fixed-focus macro digital camera was very tough to make use of because it was troublesome to seek out the candy spot when making an attempt to concentrate on an object. The outcomes weren’t well worth the hassle for my part. Selfies shot in daylight had restricted element and dynamic vary, and showcased some odd color tones that have been nowhere near the precise scene. Edge detection was beneath common for images taken with Portrait mode.

The iQoo Z3 and iQoo Z5 struggled when it got here to low-light digital camera efficiency and the iQoo Z6 Professional 5G doesn’t fare any higher. Efficiency in nonetheless pictures was nearly satisfactory with images each from the first and the ultra-wide-angle digital camera in low gentle, as they typically appeared delicate and blurry. Dynamic vary was as soon as once more an issue, with darkish areas showing like black patches and synthetic sources of sunshine trying like glowing blobs. Switching to Night time mode resulted in brighter photographs, however this was nowhere near the outcomes I’ve seen on some competing smartphones. Selfies seemed common supplied there was sufficient ambient gentle, however appeared delicate in dimly-lit scenes.

iQoo Z6 Professional low-light digital camera samples: (prime) Night time mode, (backside) Low-light selfie (faucet to see full measurement)

The standard of recorded movies in daylight was good supplied there was sufficient gentle. In overcast situations, I seen a shimmery impact in movies when strolling and panning. Movies recorded at 4K decision had one of the best element. Stabilisation was spectacular in any respect resolutions. In low-light, issues took a flip for the more severe as footage had restricted dynamic vary, with poor particulars within the darker areas and blown-out highlights within the brighter areas.


Whereas the iQoo Z3 (Review) was laser-focussed on providing unimaginable worth within the sub-Rs. 20,000 section, the iQoo Z5 (Review) ended up dropping a few of that appeal primarily due to its increased price ticket and the not-so-great digital camera efficiency.

With the iQoo Z6 Professional 5G, the main target of the Z-series has gotten much more diluted. A lot of the telephone’s {hardware} is just like what the iQoo Z5 provided which remains to be fantastic from a efficiency standpoint, however the Z6 Professional 5G misses out on stereo audio system and a hole-punch show, which have been a number of the wise additions on the earlier mannequin. Sure, the 66W charging system is quicker, and the AMOLED show does produce higher colors than an LCD show, however I really feel iQoo ought to have focussed extra on providing higher cameras which have been a weak level of the Z collection because the first mannequin in India.

Gaming efficiency and battery lifetime of the iQoo Z6 Professional 5G are fairly strong, however the telephone is much from an all-rounder, and that is the place the competitors gives higher worth. The Realme 9 Pro+ 5G (Review) (from Rs. 24,999), gives a greater show and superior digital camera efficiency, all put collectively in a beautiful bundle. There’s additionally the Xiaomi 11i 5G (Review) which gives a much bigger, 120Hz AMOLED show, a 108-megapixel digital camera, and a bigger battery from Rs. 24,999.

In reality, it is simpler to advocate the iQoo Z5 (Review) over the Z6 Professional 5G as a result of it gives higher options reminiscent of a 120Hz show, 5,000mAh battery, stereo audio system, higher design and extra RAM on the similar beginning worth.

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