Rumors about the upcoming iQOO device have come true as the firm launched its iQOO Z5 smartphone at an event today in China. The Z5 brings considerable improvements over its predecessor iQOO Z3 in terms of display and internals.
To start off, we have a larger 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS LCD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, which was also present on the Z3. Then there’s the punch-hole cutout for a 16MP selfie camera and a new Snapdragon 778G chipset alongside 8GB/12GB RAM and 128GB/256GB onboard storage.
In terms of the rear camera, it borrows the same triple camera setup as seen on the Z3 — a main 64MP Samsung GW3 sensor accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide sensor and a 2MP macro lens.
The battery has been upgraded to a 5,000mAh capacity up from Z3’s modest 4,400mAh, however, the charging speed has been lowered to 44W instead of 55W on last year’s model. The Chinese variant runs on Vivo’s Origin OS layered on top of Android 11, though you’ll see it with Funtouch OS 12 once it makes it to the international market. Besides that, there are stereo speakers, a headphone jack, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
In terms of price, the base variant of iQOO Z5, i.e. 8GB/128GB costs CNY 1,899 (around NPR 35,000 in Nepal), while the top of the line model (12GB/256GB) goes for CNY 2,299 (around NPR 43,000 in Nepal).
Official sales will begin from September 24 in China with international sales happening later this year.