Review of the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G: Impressive Performance But With a Few Compromises

Review of the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G: Impressive Performance But With a Few Compromises ...

5G has been officially launched in India. As telecom operators rush to make 5G available across a wide range of parts of the country, smartphone brands are also introducing multiple devices, across pricing points that support the next-generation network. Even before 5G was launched in India, a plethora of devices were available, including one of the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G, which went on sale in early September. Thissmartphone is priced at around 15,000, and it is the company''s most

The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G is currently the only smartphone in India to support the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 SoC, which is based on a 6nm process. It also features a 120Hz display, a dual-camera setup, and a beefy battery in order to provide a pleasant all-round experience. If you want to buy this one, call us today.

iQoo Z6 Lite 5G price in India

The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G is priced at Rs. 13,999 for the base version, which has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Our variant, which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, is priced at Rs. 15,499. There is support for an 1TB storage expansion via a hybrid microSD card slot.

iQoo Z6 Lite 5G design

The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G comes in two versions, according to iQoo. The Stellar Green version, which appears more blue than green in our opinion. The back panel has a gradient finish and shines when light falls on it. The phone also comes in a Mystic Night colour.

In its Stellar Green colour, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G is

The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G has a flat frame design that fits the Vivo V25 series. However, the flat frame design makes the phone feel slightly thinner than its actual weight of 194g. The power and volume buttons on the left side, although they are a bit too recessed for me. The USB Type-C port is sandwiched between the 3.5mm headphone jack and the speaker grille.

The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G is available on the back of a 6.58-inch IPS LCD screen with a full-HD+ resolution. The bezels around the display are thin, except for the thick chin at the bottom. There is noticeable backlight bleeding around the screen edges.

The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G has a fairly thick chin bezel.

Despite the high refresh rate, iQoo seems to have traded that for a 120Hz refresh rate. It isn''t the smoothest software experience I''ve ever had, but I''d not recommend this considering the price. The screen also features a water-drop notch at the top of the display, which unfortunately gives the phone a somewhat dated look.

iQoo Z6 Lite 5G specifications and software

The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 processor that is based on a 6nm process. It also supports 18W rapid charging. Instead, iQoo has conveniently packed a note in the box, thanking customers for their contribution to the planet by reducing carbon emission.

The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G runs on the Android 12-based Funtouch OS 12 with a few third-party apps that can be uninstalled if necessary. Despite the fact that Funtouch OS 12 has come a long way, it requires a lot of work to be done with other features. Some features include the ability to customize the interface, such as adding themes and wallpapers. The new update also allows users to match the system''s colour and app UI colors with the wallpaper.

With a few third-party applications, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G has been preinstalled.

In my experience, the default Browser app has sent at least five notifications daily. The only way to avoid the spam notifications is by opening the ''App Info'' window and then disabling the toggle. This could have been a one-step process if iQoo enabled users to disable notifications directly from the notifications shade.

iQoo Z6 Lite 5G performance and battery life

The biggest benefit of the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G is its performance. The phone is perhaps among the best performers in the price range. While day-to-day tasks caused no problems, games I played on the device also ran smoothly. I played games such as Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legends, which was quite impressive for a smartphone in this price range. However, I didn''t experience any significant lag or stutter while playing, but was not impressed by a phone price. 15,

In AnTuTu, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G scored 3,85,763 points, higher than the pricier Moto G72 (First look) with a MediaTek Hello G99 SoC and the similarly priced Redmi 11 Prime 5G (Review), which features the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC. The phone did not get too warm when stressed, which might be credited to the four-component cooling system doing its job.

The bottom-firing single speaker is quite large. However, the company has not packed a pair of wired earphones in the box. The phone has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which is quick to authenticate and unlock the phone. The less secure AI face recognitionas an alternative. Finally, the phone has only two 5G bands n77 and n78, which is a minor problem.

The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G has a flat frame design.

The battery life of the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G has been minimally reduced as the phone lasts for a full day on a single charge. On occasions when the phone played with the camera, it returned about nine hours of screen time on a single charge. On other occasions, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G was used for 15 hours and two minutes. Since the device does not contain a charger, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G was used for a

iQoo Z6 Lite 5G cameras

The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G has a dual-camera setup on the back, out of which only one is easily accessible. There is a 50-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel front camera.

The iQoo z6 Lite 5G has a 50-megapixel primary camera.

The primary camera does a great job, as well as photos and the colours are slightly saturated. The post-processing algorithm also helps in increasing the amount of time spent to produce the final result. Regardless, the white balance goes for a toss at times, and colours are either on the cooler side or you see a cast of pink hue.

Shot using the usual Photo mode on the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G (tap to see full size)

Shot using the standard Photo mode on the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G(tap to see full size)

The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G''s night mode ensures that the sky looks black and grey (and not dark blue) but maintains the white balance by adding a pink cast. One major issue that I have with the phone is that it does not offer Night mode in the 4GB RAM variant. Considering there was support for up to 2GB of long-term (virtual) RAM, iQoo should not have assumed this feature in the base model.

The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G is in Night mode (tap to see full size)

The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G is in night mode (tap to see full size)

Both colours and details are done on the front camera. Even the beauty mode is switched off. Selfies taken with the standard Photo mode can improve skin tone and texture.

The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G version of the front camera was shot (tap to see full size)

With the rear camera, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G may shoot videos at up to 1080p 60fps. While the video recording on the front camera is limited to 1080p at 30 fps. Although the overall colours are decent, the dynamic range performance isn''t as good as some of the cameras in this segment.

When it comes to a budget 5G smartphone, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G performs correctly, without compromising a lot. The 120Hz refresh rate display is one of the highest in the segment, and the camera performance is also quite good for the price. The phone''s gaming performance, by far the best in my experience in this segment, is impressive. The battery life is also quite solid and can last all day.

The fact that the phone has no charger in the box is a bummer, but one can take it as a compromise for the better hardware and performance that it offers. Lastly, although the phone does offer 5G, it only supports two bands, which will be supported across telcos in India. It would have been nice if iQoo had added support for some additional bands in the Z6 Lite 5G.

If you want basic 5G support, we suggest purchasing the 6GB RAM version of the phone, but it also undermines the Redmi 11 Prime 5G (Review) by Rs. 500, giving it better hardware, which makes it a great deal. The Realme 9i 5G 6GB RAM variant, which is available in India for Rs. 16,999.