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

iQoo’s Z3 supplied strong mid-range specs at an inexpensive value, making it wonderful worth for cash when it was introduced in June 2021. Since then, iQoo launched the Z5 which was a good improve, however this telephone didn’t supply the identical nice worth 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 Professional 5G in April.

In the present day, we’ll be reviewing the Z6 Professional 5G which is the top-end mannequin within the new sequence. That is iQoo’s first Z-series telephone to obtain the Professional badging and regardless of the identify, its specs and positioning point out that it must be the true successor to the Z5. Whereas the Z6 Professional 5G will get a a lot sooner 66W charging, iQoo has minimize fairly a number of 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 value 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 undoubtedly provides 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 (Evaluation), which is a extra highly effective smartphone. I acquired the 12GB RAM variant of the Z6 Professional 5G within the Legion Sky (blue) end. The telephone can also be accessible 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 comprised of 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 comprised of polycarbonate

By way of the general design, many of the adjustments are across the again of the iQoo Z6 Professional 5G. The three rear-facing cameras at the moment are positioned inside two giant round cutouts within the sq. module, with the first digital camera within the high one, whereas the ultra-wide and the macro cameras sit within the backside one. The telephone measures 8.49mm in thickness and does not 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 simple 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 device, 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 embody Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and help for the standard satellite tv for pc navigation techniques. The telephone comes with a dual-SIM tray with help for 2 5G nano-SIMs with dual-standby. The Z6 Professional 5G does not 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 sooner 66W charging and the appropriate 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 seems and capabilities precisely the identical because the OS on most Vivo smartphones, and this contains loads of preinstalled third-party apps. Whereas most of those will be uninstalled, the one which aggravated me probably the most can not. The working system’s default browser spammed me with a number of notifications day by day, regardless of not having opened and even launched the browser since I started utilizing the telephone. These notifications had been primarily information bites akin to the alerts from Google Information, however they popped up extra incessantly than wanted. Fortunately, you possibly can disable this completely from the browser’s notifications settings.

Other than this annoyance, the Z6 Professional 5G’s software program had the standard bugs that I additionally witnessed on a few of Vivo’s latest premium smartphones such because the X80 Professional (Evaluation). This contains the widgets’ incapability to adapt to the present theme after a brand new wallpaper and shade 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 properly compared to different gadgets on this section. The telephone managed a rating of 5,43,633 factors in AnTuTu and 798 and a pair of,858 factors in Geekbench’s single and multi-core assessments, respectively. Gaming efficiency was additionally fairly strong. I performed Name of Responsibility: 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 enjoying each video games, the telephone did get barely heat however by no means obtained highly regarded.

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The iQoo Z6 Professional 5G’s AMOLED panel has a waterdrop-style notch which seems 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 enjoying video games. The show’s brightness was not an issue, and textual content and pictures appeared sharp because of the display’s 409 ppi pixel density. Viewing angles had been good too. What I did miss from the iQoo Z5 had 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 function 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 costs 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 sort of quick. The telephone solely obtained 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 major 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. By way of the digital camera app’s interface, all of it seems very accustomed to all of the vital 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

Photographs taken in daylight utilizing the first digital camera had first rate particulars with well-saturated colors. Nonetheless, images at all times appeared a bit comfortable once I was taking pictures close-ups of objects or portraits. Dynamic vary additionally fell brief with blown-out highlights within the vivid areas of the picture when utilizing the rear digital camera’s Portrait mode. The ultra-wide-angle digital camera did not seize the perfect particulars and images had odd shade tones that appeared 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: (high to backside) Major digital camera, ultra-wide-angle digital camera, macro digital camera (faucet to see full dimension)

The fixed-focus macro digital camera was very tough to make use of because it was tough to seek out the candy spot when making an attempt to deal with an object. The outcomes weren’t well worth the bother in my view. Selfies shot in daylight had restricted element and dynamic vary, and showcased some odd shade tones that had 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 does not fare any higher. Efficiency in nonetheless photographs was nearly satisfactory with images each from the first and the ultra-wide-angle digital camera in low gentle, as they often appeared comfortable 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 appeared common offered there was sufficient ambient gentle, however appeared comfortable in dimly-lit scenes.

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

The standard of recorded movies in daylight was good offered there was sufficient gentle. In overcast situations, I seen a shimmery impact in movies when strolling and panning. Movies recorded at 4K decision had the perfect element. Stabilization 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 (Evaluation) was laser-focussed on providing unbelievable worth within the sub-Rs. 20,000 section, the iQoo Z5 (Evaluation) ended up dropping a few of that attraction 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 supplied which remains to be superb from a efficiency standpoint, however the Z6 Professional 5G misses out on stereo audio system and a hole-punch show, which had been a few of the smart additions on the earlier mannequin . Sure, the 66W charging system is quicker, and the AMOLED show does produce higher colours 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 sequence for the reason that 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 provides higher worth. The Realme 9 Professional+ 5G (Evaluation) (from Rs. 24,999), provides a greater show and superior digital camera efficiency, all put collectively in a sexy package deal. There’s additionally the Xiaomi 11i 5G (Evaluation) which provides a much bigger, 120Hz AMOLED show, a 108-megapixel digital camera, and a bigger battery from Rs. 24,999.

The truth is, it is simpler to suggest the iQoo Z5 (Evaluation) over the Z6 Professional 5G as a result of it provides higher options akin to a 120Hz show, 5,000mAh battery, stereo audio system, higher design and extra RAM on the identical beginning value.

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