The massive anticipation surrounding the iQOO 3 finally reached its end when the phone was announced last week. Equipped with ultra-high-end technologies, this handset impresses in each and every department. At just Rs 36,990, the iQOO 3 provides you with ultimate gaming performance, superb battery life, a versatile camera experience, and an immersive display, among many other things. And on top of that, it’s among India’s first 5G-ready smartphones, which means you will be able to latch onto the high-speed wireless networks as soon as 5G is rolled out in India. A 4G version of the device is also available, in case you don’t wish to jump the 5G bandwagon just yet. Today, we’ve decided to create a list of the top reasons why we think you should buy the iQOO 3. Let’s get going with it then.

Ultra-powerful performance

The iQOO 3 stands among the very few phones out there to come with the Snapdragon 865 chipset at its heart. Unveiled in December last year, this latest offering from Qualcomm boasts of a 25 percent performance boost and a 30 percent decrease in battery consumption over the Snapdragon 855. Not just that, this SoC comprises the Adreno 650 GPU, which has received a 25 percent improvement in rendering graphics and a 35 percent decrease in battery consumption. The Snapdragon 865 chipset prides itself on its special X55 5G modem-RF system that allows it to achieve phenomenal download speeds of up to 7.5Gbps.

Along with all this, the iQOO also ships with 8GB and 12GB RAM options, which happen to be of the LPDDR5 type. This allows the memory to deliver fast application retrievals, increased cache speed, and overall swifter multi-tasking. Moreover, UFS 3.1 flash storage has also made its way into this new handset, allowing ultra-fast file transfers on both the 128GB and 256GB storage variants. All this makes iQOO 3 the most powerful smartphone in the market, which is evident from the AnTuTu score of 610,576, the highest in India yet.

Gamers’ paradise

The iQOO 3 promises to be an excellent phone for gamers. For one, there’s the first-rate internal hardware that it takes advantage of. And there are also a couple of more features onboard this device that will definitely light up the eyes of gamers. First among them is the Monster Touch button system. Two pressure-sensitive buttons are placed on one of the sides of this smartphone for making multi-finger operations possible in games. These are quite handy in shooting games, where they serve the purpose of shoulder triggers, just like on traditional controllers.

The makers of this device have also blessed its display with a 180Hz touch response rate. This is a feature that’s not quite visible to the naked eye, but it makes a huge difference during intense gaming scenarios. It basically recognises your touch faster, thus shaving milliseconds off the response time to make your controls faster. This 180Hz panel has been revealed to offer a 50 percent improvement in touch scan frequency, as compared to standard 120Hz panels. iQOO’s 4D vibration feature is present on this handset as well, offering vibration feedback during certain moments within your games.

Large battery with high-speed charging

A 4,440mAh battery goes inside the iQOO 3, which means you can easily expect this phone to last an entire day on a full charge, and still have some juice left in it when you hit the bed. This is the perfect battery size for gamers as well, for they can stop worrying about cutting the gaming sessions short just to save up on battery life. And even when the phone does run out of juice, getting it up and running again is a matter of minutes. Its 55W Super Flash Charge technology allows you to charge it up to 50 percent in just 15 minutes. That is one incredible feature that will really impress those who can’t find much time during their busy workdays to charge their handsets.

Monster Mode

The software onboard the iQOO 3 is home to a unique feature called Monster Mode. To activate it, you need to press and hold the phone’s AI button and the pressure-sensitive button in the upper-right corner in tandem. Doing this will allow the phone to make use of every single resource that the hardware has to offer in order to improve your gaming experience. Activating Monster Mode leads to increased frame-rates during gameplay as well as faster load times, among other things. When activated, this mode also changes the wallpaper and icon style to let you know that it’s running.

Resourceful quad-camera setup

Unsurprisingly, the iQOO 3 has been granted a quad rear camera setup. Headlining this assembly is a 48MP main snapper, which boasts of the Super Night Mode for clicking well-lit shots in lowlight environments. This camera combines with a 13MP telephoto camera to render up to 20x digital zoom. There’s another 13MP camera onboard, which has been fitted with an ultra-wide-angle lens for letting you explore wide-angle photography. Lastly, this phone houses a 2MP depth sensor as well, for letting you access portrait bokeh effects, portrait lighting effects and much more.

Excellent audio setup

The makers of the iQOO 3 haven’t ignored the audio department at all. They have equipped the phone with a 32-bit AK4377A Hi-Fi DAC for bringing top-notch headphone audio to the table. And they haven’t stopped at that, as they’ve even procured a Hi-Res Audio certification for the device. No matter if you’re watching movies or playing games, you can rest assured that the audio experience being provided will be top-notch. And to ensure that your earphone pin doesn’t interfere with your field of view, it has been granted an L-shaped design.

Other important features

iQOO 3 ships with a 6.44-inch FHD+ panel, which its manufacturer likes to call a Polar View Display. It’s spread beautifully over the front surface and grabs a tiny punch-hole for occupying the front camera. This is an E3 Super AMOLED screen, which is HDR10+ compatible and boasts of a peak brightness level of up to 1200 nits. One camera feature that’s worth mentioning is Super Anti Shake. It uses EIS algorithms along with the phone’s ultra-wide-angle lens to offer real-time image stabilisation while capturing videos.

Offers that sweeten the deal

The iQOO 3 price in India starts at Rs 36,990 for the variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, while the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage option costs Rs 39,990. Then there’s the ultra-powerful variant that truly goes all out in hardware, boasting of 12GB RAM, 256GB storage, and 5G support – this configuration is priced at just Rs 44,990. But iQOO is making the deal even sweeter, offering Rs 3,000 flat discount on purchases made using ICICI Bank debit and credit cards. Moreover, buyers can get no-cost EMIs for up to 12 months as well as an additional discount of Rs 3,000 on exchanging their old smartphones. On top of this, buyers will get premium service with the iQOO 3, with free pick-up and drop for any repair concerns at over 15,000 pin codes across the country as well as 24×7 on-call assistance over the toll-free number 1800-572-4700.

With all this goodness, the Rs 36,990 price tag of the iQOO 3 really makes it look like a steal. The device is available on Flipkart and the iQOO e-store.