5G rollout is just around the corner in India and smartphone makers have now shifted gears to focus on lower priced 5G smartphones. The Redmi 11 Prime 5G (First Look) was among the latest budget 5G smartphones to be launched in India. Companies like Realme, Poco and Motorola have also launched 5G smartphones for around Rs. 15,000. Joining them is iQoo with the latest Z6 Lite 5G, its cheapest 5G smartphone in India.
The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G sits at the end of the Z6 series in India. It launched with two RAM and storage options. The base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage costs Rs 13,999 while the variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage costs Rs 15,499.
Although the retail box is as big as any other iQoo smartphone, it is surprising to see that the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G does not include a charger in the box. The company instead included a note thanking customers for “contributing to the planet by reducing carbon emissions.” Users must use a compatible fast charger that supports 18W charging or purchase one separately from iQoo to charge the 5000mAh battery. You also don’t get any wired 3.5mm earbuds in the box, but you do get a USB Type-A to Type-C charging cable, a transparent case and a SIM ejector tool along with the phone.
Our iQoo Z6 Lite 5G test device has the color Stellar Green. Those who want a less flashy phone can opt for the more subtle Mystic Night color option. Although the Stellar Green variant has a glossy finish, fingerprints are not easily visible.
The phone has a flat bezel and is 8.25mm thick. The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G might seem heavy on paper at 194g, but in reality it doesn’t feel that heavy. The top edge of the phone houses the dual SIM tray, while the bottom edge houses the 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port and the single speaker grille. On the right side of the phone are the power and volume buttons. The power button doubles as a fingerprint scanner that quickly recognizes fingerprints and unlocks the phone.
The Z6 Lite 5G is built entirely of plastic, but it doesn’t look cheap thanks to the gradient palette. In fact, a couple of my friends mistook it for a much more expensive premium device. However, the waterdrop notch on the front gives away that the phone is indeed a budget device. It may look a bit dated, but at this price point, it’s hard to complain.
The phone features a 6.58-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution. The typical properties of an LCD tend to limit the brightness and color vibrancy of the Z6 Lite 5G. While the display brightness is sufficient for indoor use, you might want to push the brightness bar to the maximum outdoors.
The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G’s display also supports a 120Hz refresh rate for a smooth scrolling experience. Compatible games should be able to use this as well and I will test this in the full review. iQoo claims that the phone should also perform very well compared to others in this segment thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 SoC. This is the world’s first smartphone with this SoC, and iQoo says users can expect higher AnTuTu benchmark scores compared to competing phones. We will test this claim and also run other performance tests to see if these higher numbers actually have a significant impact on real-world use.
While the phone offers 5G, it only supports two bands (n77 and n78) in India. The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G uses LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.2 internal storage. There is also support for storage expansion up to 1TB via a microSD card.
On the rear is a rectangular camera module that houses two large circular cutouts for the 50-megapixel primary camera and 2-megapixel depth sensor. The waterdrop notch on the front features an 8-megapixel camera for selfies. We will test the phone’s camera performance in our full review.
Finally the software. The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G runs on the Android 12-based Funtouch OS 12 out of the box. The software comes preinstalled with a few third-party apps, along with Vivo’s first-party apps. You can uninstall the unnecessary apps.
With a starting price of Rs 13,999, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G competes with the newly launched Redmi 11 Prime 5G, Samsung Galaxy M13 5G, Realme 9i 5G, Redmi Note 11 and other smartphones priced under Rs 15,000. We’ll be reviewing the device to see how it stacks up against the competition, so stay tuned for our full review of the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G only on Gadgets 360.