Vivo iQOO Z1 5G is the latest gaming phone to feature the MediaTek flagship chipset for the first time. The company has already launched two gaming phones this year - iQOO 3 and iQOO Neo 3. Although snapdragon chops dominate the android phone in recent years, the MTK density series is in a better position for the high-performing needs. Let's talk about the display first. The phone has 1080MP LCD at a 144Hz refresh rate. The Z1 has scored over 520,000 points in the Antutu benchmark, but this isn't as good as 597,000 points of the Neo 3 running the Snapdragon 865. We see the GPU performance of the MTK chipset is much close to the Snapdragon chipset.
The gaming experience is not very different from what you can have on the Snapdragon since there are not many games that require extremely high CPU or GPU performance from Android phones. Most games support up to 60 fps frame rate. There are a few games that can lock the frame rate under 30fps like Asphalt 9. The game got a z1 shutter sometimes, but it still reaches at 29fps on an average. With games that don't lock the frame rate, Z1 could offer a super smooth gaming experience with its 144Hz display. If you continue to play games for a long time, the frame rate may drop down to 90fps to prevent any heating issues.
The phone comes with a 44W charger that takes only 23 min to charge up to 50% of the power and an hour to fully charge the phone. The one-hour PUBG mobile game consumed around 16% of the power. That means you can continue to play for another 5 hours of the game. The phone isn't perfect and has a performance gap between Snapdragon 865 and the Dimensity 1000 plus. However, with most android games, the gap is really hard to perceive due to frame rate limits. Z1 cost around $300 and is one of the cheapest gaming phones this year.
iQOO has come up with probably the cheapest 5G smartphone by the company today. The Chinese manufacturer also unveiled another smartphone called iQOO U1 but this one is 4G and has a pricing of $171. You can say that it is the most affordable phone in the company. The smartphone may sound cheap but has some great specs. For example, the phone has a punch-hole display, a massive battery, and fast-charging support.
The iQOO UI has a 6.53-inch FHD+ display with a 1080x 2340 resolution. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 2.3GHz processor. You can purchase the phone with 8GB of RAM, and 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage. It comes with three rear cameras, including a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel depth camera lens, and a 2-megapixel macro shooter lens. For the front camera, it features an 8MP lens for selfies and video calling. The device is using a side-facing fingerprint scanner for security.
The iQOO UI is available in three variants in terms of memory and storage. You can purchase the 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage for CNY 1,198, 6GB memory and 128GB internal storage for CNY 1,398, 8GB memory and 128GB internal storage for CNY 1,598. The phone has standard connectivity options and measures 162.05mm x 76.61mm x 8.46mm and weighs 190 grams. Connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Micro-USB port for charging. The phone is powered by a 4,500mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging and OTG reverse charging. The device has three color options - secret black, star blue, and sunny forest white. The phone will go on sale in China starting July 23.