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Exclusive: iQOO Z3 with 120Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 768 SoC to launch under Rs 25,000 in India

The iQOO Z3 will be the first smartphone to launch with Qualcomm Snapdragon 768 processor in India and will feature a 120Hz refresh rate panel with 180Hz touch sampling rate, Gagan Arora – Director – iQOO India, told India Today Tech.

At least one of these colour variants are confirmed to be black. At least one of these colour variants are confirmed to be black.

The iQOO Z3 will be the first smartphone to launch with Qualcomm Snapdragon 768 processor in India and will feature a 120Hz refresh rate panel with 180Hz touch response rate, Gagan Arora Director iQOO India, told India Today Tech in an exclusive conversation on Wednesday evening. This will be the first smartphone in India to pack Snapdragon 768 SoC. The smartphone is confirmed to launch in the country on June 8 and will mark iQOO's entry to an all-new price category.

Gagan told India Today Tech that the smartphone will be priced under Rs 25,000. This will put the iQOO Z3 in competition with the recently launched Realme X7 Max 5G, Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and probably, the upcoming OnePlus Nord CE.

"This smartphone has been made for GenZ. They don't like to compromise on any front. It has to match their fast-paced life. The iQOO Z3 will lead by performance and ahead of the competition," Gagan said.

The other confirmed features and specifications of the phone include 64-megapixel Auto Focus main camera, 55W fast charger inside the box, a Liquid Gaming Technology and two-colour variants.

Watch full interview here -

At least one of these colour variants are confirmed to be black. It was shown by the iQOO executive during the interview. The smartphone has a shiny, reflective rear panel with iQOO branding and a rectangular camera module. Gagan also confirmed that there will be an 8GB RAM variant of iQOO Z3 which will have 3GB extended virtual RAM. Basically, the phone will be able to allot some storage to RAM if the on-screen tasks demand.

The exact pricing of the smartphone will be known on the launch date.

iQOO will stick with FunTouch OS

iQOO had entered the Indian market last year with the iQOO 3 which was also one of the first 5G smartphones to launch in the country. Launched last year in February, the iQOO 3 ran company's own iQOO UI. However, the smartphone maker switched to the FunTouch OS on the iQOO 7 series, which was recently launched in India. The company plans to stick to the OS for now.

"FunTouch OS has come a long way. It has changed a lot from what it used to be. Today, it is much closer to stock Android UI. There are some custom elements to increase productivity, but they have minimum intervention. For now, FunTouch OS is what we want to keep for iQOO smartphones, Gagan replied to a question from an India Today Tech viewer Ramdilip Yenni.

The gap between iQOO smartphones

iQOO took nearly 14 months to launch its second smartphone in India after entering the country with iQOO 3. Gagan said that the smartphone maker used this time to understand the Indian market and consumer needs.

"Soon after we launched the iQOO 3, there was the pandemic, and we went into a lockdown. We used this time to reach out to people who bought the iQOO 3 and those who considered iQOO 3 but couldn't buy. We used this period to learn what users want from their next smartphone. It was a great learning experience," Gagan concluded.