iQOO 3 5G Review, Specification & Price in Nigeria

Quite a few smartphone brands in recent years are breaking away from their parent company to make a mark in the industry. However, a successful story needs two main ingredients. First is figuring out the right balance of features and price.

The second is generating buzz. When OPPO sub-brand Realme broke away from the company a year back, it managed to capitalize on both these mantras and as such has been giving Xiaomi a run for it’s money.

iQOO 3 5G Review, Specification & Price in Nigeria iqoo

Housing a Snapdragon 865 processor, 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and a 48 MP quad rear-camera setup, this iQOO smartphone is every gadget person must-have device.

This phone features a 16.36-cm (6.44) FHD+ E3 Super AMOLED display, which offers a vivid and lifelike viewing experience. This phone also sports pressure-sensitive Monster Touch buttons, making it perfect for gaming enthusiasts.

iQOO 3 5G Key Features

  • 12 GB RAM | 256 GB ROM |
  • 16.36 cm (6.44 inch) Full HD+ Display
  • 48MP + 13MP + 13MP + 2MP | 16MP Front Camera
  • 4440 mAh Li-ion Battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Processor
  • In-Display Fingerprint Sensor, Monster Touch Buttons
  • 55 W Super Flash Charge

Design & Display

This smartphone from iQOO is powered by the Snapdragon 865 processor so you can play games, browse the Web, watch videos, and more seamlessly. This blazing-fast processor features a 7 nm chipset and is equipped with the A77 architecture, ensuring lag-free performance, every single time.

iQOO 3 5G Review, Specification & Price in Nigeria

A shiny glass layer adorns the back of the phone while the camera array on the top-right is slightly raised which makes the phone wobble when placed on a flat surface.

The quad-camera module itself seems very familiar to the one seen on the Samsung Galaxy A51 (review) or the Vivo V17 (review), both of which have an L-shaped housing for the rear cameras. The IQOO branding can be seen on the bottom left.

The color scheme for our review unit is called Tornado Black, which has a dual-tone color shift between black and purple. There is also an ostentatious Volcano Orange colored variant as well which, to put it mildly, is not that good looking.

On the display side, this phone features a 16.36-cm (6.44) FHD+ E3 Super AMOLED display, which helps you enjoy a stunning visual experience, be it texting your friends, watching videos, or browsing the Web.

This phone’s Polar View Display ensures you can enjoy an immersive viewing experience. Furthermore, this phone houses a 2.98 mm front camera so you can capture amazing selfies.

The right side of the phone has a dedicated AI-assistant key which can be customized to fire the Google Assistant. I do like the orange accents that the power button has on our review unit.

The bottom of the phone has the speaker grille, a Type-C port, and the dual-SIM port with no expandable storage.


Featuring a quad-camera setup (48 MP main camera, 13 MP telephoto, with 20X zoom, 13 MP wide-angle camera, and 2 MP Bokeh camera), this phone lets you capture beautiful images with ease. These lenses make it a delight to click pictures on this phone.

iQOO 3 5G Review, Specification & Price in Nigeria 5g

The iQOO 3, like many smartphones in the mid-range category, boasts of a quad-camera setup. The L-shaped housing has a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 13MP ultra-wide lens with an f/2.4 aperture, 13MP telephoto sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 2MP depth sensor.

On the face of it, the camera hardware is very similar to smartphones in the budget category but the image processing happening in the background is where the magic happens.

Clicking daylight photos is something all budget flagships/mid-range smartphones are doing pretty great and it is the same with the IQOO 3. Images are extremely crisp and detailed even without the UHD 48MP mode on.

The phone handles exposure calibration extremely well with a good dynamic range in the photos across various lighting conditions. Some points can be docked for slight over-saturation of greens and reds, but to any normal person, it might not even be noticeable.

On the front, there is a 16MP, f/2.0 lens which also supports portrait mode shots. In general, the phone shoots great selfies with good details but the excessive face smoothening even when beauty mode is turned off still remains a problem.

As far as video recording capabilities of the phone go, you have the option of shooting at 4K, 1080p and 720p videos @ 30/60 fps and slow-mo videos @960 fps. The phone also offers you a ‘Super anti-shake’ mode which significantly reduces shake in the video but it limits the resolution to 1080p.

Performance & Software

The iQOO 3 (5G) smartphone features a 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, which offers speedy application retrieval and cache speed. It also makes multitasking between applications seem smooth and seamless.

Thanks to the UFS 3.1 storage, the file transfer speed is greatly faster when compared to the previous UFS 2.1 standard. It also comes with an internal storage of 256 GB so you can store photos, apps, videos, and more.

Qualcomm is in the business of providing some of the best, if not the best, mobile computing platforms in the world. It comes in as little surprise that the company’s latest flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 865, makes the iQOO 3 unbelievably fast.

You can securely unlock your phone in about 0.29 seconds when the screen, thanks to the in-display fingerprint sensor with GX chip. When the phone’s screen is turned off, it takes about 0.31 seconds to unlock the phone.

Meanwhile, using monster touch buttons, playing high-intensive games, you can use the two pressure-sensitive buttons on this phone’s side frame. These Monster Touch buttons allow easy multi-finger operations while gaming, which also help ease the effort of your thumb.

This phone supports 5G capabilities, like 5G Cloud Game, 5G screen mirroring, and 5G EasyShare, making it perfect for someone who is looking out for a high-performance phone. The various problems, like heat dissipation, stacking, and antenna, are also solved in this phone.

Battery Life

iQOO 3 5G Review, Specification & Price in Nigeria

The iQOO 3 (5G) smartphone packs a massive 4440 mAh battery, which lets you play games, watch movies, and more for long hours without having to constantly charge it.

So, bid goodbye to low-battery notifications as the 55-W SUPER FlashCharge technology ensures your phone’s battery is quickly charged by up to 50% in just about 15 minutes.

iQOO 3 5G Price in Nigeria

The price of the Vivo iQOO 3 5G is on sale at the price of $400, which is about (NGN) 146,200 Naira.

It can be purchased at any mobile phone retail outlet. However for convenience, you can purchase the device using any popular e-commerce platform close to your region.

Other iQOO Specifications

Operating System : Android 10.0; iQOO UI 1.0

Chipset : Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+)

CPU : Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585)

Resolution : 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~409 PPI density)

Size : 6.44 inches, 100.1 cm2 (~84.3% screen-to-body ratio)

Dimensions : 158.5 x 74.9 x 9.2 mm (6.24 x 2.95 x 0.36 in)

Build : Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame

Memory Storage : 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM

Sensors : Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4400 mAh battery

Wlan : Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Chinedu Okeke

Chinedu is the founder of Nigerian Tech. He is a tech enthusiast who has the passion for emerging trends in the tech industry. He is also a professional web content developer.

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1 Response

  1. Abubakar says:

    Pls where can I get dis phone, very easy in nigeria

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