iQOO Z6 Pro hands-on

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Scarlette Lennon12 June 2022Last Update : 3 weeks ago
iQOO Z6 Pro hands-on

iQOO introduced the Z6 Pro in April, making it the first Z-Series smartphone to carry the Pro moniker. We got a chance to spend some time with the iQOO Z6 Pro and here are our first impressions.

The iQOO Z6 Pro comes in a retail box with a design similar to the more premium iQOO 9 Series retail packages, but with a smaller footprint. It includes a SIM eject tool, a protective case, some paperwork, USB-C cable and surprisingly an 80W power adapter (the phone does not run as fast).

The iQOO Z6 Pro has a 6.44 “FullHD + AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate and 1,300 nits peak brightness. It is protected by Panda Glass and has a fingerprint scanner underneath, which is quite fast and accurate.

The screen has a notch for the 16MP selfie shooter, which feels dated in 2022 to this price point. Even last year’s Z5 had a centered hole, which gave the smartphone a more modern look. However, it came with an LCD with lower brightness (650 nits) but had 120Hz refresh rate. It is also worth mentioning that the Z5 has stereo speakers that the Z6 Pro does not have.

iQOO Z6 Pro practical

That said, the iQOO Z6 Pro has Widevine L1 certification, enabling 1080p video streaming on OTT apps. It also supports HDR10, HDR10 + and HLG codecs, but does not play HDR videos on YouTube. iQOO told us that it is working on fixing this and an OTA update will be released soon.

Regarding the implementation of screen refresh rate, you get three options below Settings > Display & brightness > Screen refresh rates menu – 60Hz, 90Hz and Smart Switch.

iQOO Z6 Pro practical

The first option presumably keeps the screen refresh rate locked at 60Hz, while the other two work the same way with most apps. They increase the refresh rate to 90Hz when you interact with the screen, and switch it back to 60Hz after a few seconds of inactivity. The only difference we found was in the YouTube app, which stays at 60Hz all the time in Smart Switch mode, but updates at 90Hz mode when 90Hz mode is enabled.

Some apps, including Google Chrome, Google Photos, Quora and GSMArena, also stay on 60Hz all the time in Smart Switch mode. So if you want the smoothest scrolling experience possible, 90Hz mode is your best bet. But note that none of these refresh rate options allow HRR games.

iQOO Z6 Pro practical

When we move to the other side of the iQOO Z6 Pro, we have a camera island covered with a plastic plate that takes up more than half the width of the smartphone. It has an LED flash and two large circles with three cameras. The first houses the primary 64 MP camera, while the second hosts 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro devices. Unlike the Z5’s main camera, which can record 4K videos at 60fps, the Z6 Pro’s primary shooter can only record in 4K up to 30fps.

The large camera island causes the phone to wobble on flat surfaces, and the included case does not solve it properly.

iQOO Z6 Pro practical

The iQOO Z6 Pro’s rear panel itself is matte finish and feels nice to the touch with our Legion Sky version. It has the iQOO logo on the bottom and hardly attracted fingerprint smears during our use.

iQOO Z6 Pro practical

The iQOO Z6 Pro’s overall build is decent, with the power button and volume button clickable enough. The smartphone’s haptics are fine, but nothing to write home about.

iQOO Z6 Pros buttons and port
iQOO Z6 Pros buttons and port

iQOO Z6 Pros buttons and port

The Z6 Pro has the Snapdragon 778G SoC under the hood – the same chip that powered last year’s Z5. Our device came with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage space, but there are two more memory configurations – 6 GB / 128 GB and 8 GB / 128 GB.

None of these have a microSD card slot for storage expansion, but they do come with the Extended RAM feature that allows virtual RAM expansion up to 2GB on the 6GB RAM model and 4GB on the 8GB and 12GB RAM variants. It is our experience that activating this feature hardly makes any difference in the real world other than reducing your available storage space.

On the software front, we have Android 12 with FuntouchOS 12 on top, which is not that different from what you get on other iQOO smartphones running this version of FuntouchOS. It also means that the iQOO Z6 Pro comes pre-installed with several third-party apps, but luckily the majority of them can be uninstalled.

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The real performance of the iQOO Z6 Pro was not as smooth as the iQOO Z5, we tried last year with the same chip and memory configuration. Even its benchmark score was lower than the Z5. The smartphone stuttered at times during regular use, but performed better when it came to games. We hope future OTAs will bring some improvements to the Z6 Pro.

Keeping the phone running is a 4,700 mAh battery with 66W charging support, advertised to go from 1% to 50% in 18 minutes. In our test, the iQOO Z6 Pro went from flat to 50% in 25 minutes, 59% in 30 minutes and 100% in one hour with the included 80W adapter. The battery kept us on a day of moderate use – including an hour of play – when connected to Wi-Fi and the screen refresh rate set to 90Hz.

iQOO Z6 Pro practical

The iQOO Z6 Pro’s base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at INR 23,999 ($ ​​310 / € 290) in India, while the 8GB / 128GB and 12GB / 256GB variants are priced at INR24,999 ($ ​​320 / € 300) INR28,999 ($ 375 / € 350).

If all this sounds familiar, it’s because the vivo T1 Pro announced last month in India is a version of the iQOO Z6 Pro that has the same price. The only difference is that the T1 Pro does not come in a 12GB / 256GB configuration.

iQOO Z6 Pro practical

At the time of writing, last year’s iQOO Z5 is priced at INR23,990 ($ 308 / € 288) for the 8GB / 128GB base variant, while the 12GB / 256GB model, launched at INR29,990 ($ 385 / € 360) and currently priced at INR 32,990 ( $ 425 / € 400), is not in stock. It offers a screen with a higher refresh rate, 3.5 mm headphone jack, stereo speakers and larger battery (5,000 mAh vs. 4,700 mAh), but it does not have an AMOLED screen with a fingerprint reader on the screen and is slower to charge (66 W vs. 44 W )).

Other Snapdragon 778G-powered smartphones from the BBK Group in India include last year’s Realme GT Master Edition and Realme 9 5G Speed ​​Edition unveiled a few months ago, with the latter being the most affordable, starting at INR 19,999 ($ ​​260 / € 240 )). You can go this route to see how the iQOO Z6 Pro compares to the Realme GT Master Edition and Realme 9 5G Speed ​​Edition in terms of specifications.

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