iQOO 5 Review – Best cheap flagship of 2020

The super-large flagship iQOO 5 Pro assumes the role of the king of stockpiling-it supports 120W ultra-fast flash charging, and it only takes 15 minutes to charge 100% of the power. This is the only one that supports less than 5,000 yuan. 120W flash charging mobile phone.

iQOO 5 Review

At the same time, it uses a 6.56-inch Samsung AMOLED hyperboloid screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz , equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 flagship processor, and a rear 50 million Samsung GN1 custom main camera + 13 million ultra wide angle + 8 million periscope telephoto triple camera.

Unlike iQOO 5 Pro, the cheaper iQOO 5 takes on the main task of shipping. It is equipped with a Samsung AMOLED direct screen, the refresh rate is also 120Hz, and the charging aspect supports up to 55W flash charging. The same is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 flagship processor, and the same rear 50 million Samsung GN1 custom main camera, but there is no periscope telephoto, and a 13 million 2X telephoto, which is a portrait lens.

iQOO 5 Review

In terms of price, iQOO 5 starts at 3998 yuan, iQOO 5 Pro starts at 4998 yuan, and the price difference of 1,000 yuan makes the two solid in their respective big cup flagship and super big cup flagship fields. Due to time constraints, this time we first brought the evaluation of iQOO 5, and the experience of iQOO 5 Pro will be presented later, so stay tuned.

In addition, before starting today’s evaluation, let’s first compare the parameters to understand the differences between iQOO 5 and iQOO 5 Pro. The front of iQOO 5 adopts the current mainstream hole-digging screen design, with a high screen-to-body ratio, and the visual impact of hole-digging is also small.

The quality of the screen is quite high, E3 AMOLED panel, DCI-P3 color gamut, supports 120Hz high refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate, and has a peak brightness of 1300nit. The top hole is dug and contains a 16 million pixel front camera. The linear speaker is hidden in the 0.3mm micro-slit earpiece.

The chin adopts the flagship COP package without any suspense, and the four frames are quite narrow.

The back is made of AG glass, which is not easy to stain fingerprints. Rounded rectangular camera module, the entire camera module looks flat and stretched.

There is only one microphone opening on the top plus antenna white band. The bottom is the SIM card slot, Type-C charging port, and speaker openings.

The volume button and power button are placed on the right side of the phone. A charger that supports up to 55W fast charging. Image experience: Samsung GN1 customized main camera blessed a leap forward for iQOO.

From the first generation of iQOO phones to the predecessor iQOO 3, I have used almost all the phones released by iQOO. Every mobile phone is not bad, but the image module is often more conservative, even the flagship model is just satisfactory and just enough. ​

In the iQOO 5 generation, vivo finally made great efforts in the imaging system: the whole series is equipped with Samsung GN1 main camera, 50 million pixels, 1/1.3 inch outsole.

In addition to the main camera, the iQOO 5 series is also equipped with a 13 million pixel ultra-wide-angle module. In terms of zoom modules, iQOO 5 is equipped with a 50mm portrait mid-focus; iQOO 5 Pro is equipped with an 8 million pixel 5x periscope telephoto module. Regardless of whether it is iQOO 5 or iQOO 5 Pro, the sub-photographs are all mature and classic solutions of Blue Factory, which are used quite well.

The imaging system is definitely the area where iQOO makes up the best in addition to the high refresh rate screen.

Main photo

Among the imaging systems of iQOO 5, the most interesting is the customized GN1 main camera, which is the latest image sensor of Samsung Semiconductor.

It supports Dual PD and Tetracell technology, has 50 million pixels, a single pixel of 1.2μm, and the sensor area has reached an exaggerated 1/1.3 inch, which is only one step away from a 1-inch card machine. It is currently the largest mobile phone image sensor in production one. In the four-in-one mode, the output is 12.5 million pixels and the single pixel is 2.4μm, which increases the light sensitivity by four times.

-Larger pixels, clearer photos

The size of the pixel will affect the resolution of the image sensor. Sensors with smaller pixels can provide ultra-high-resolution images with clear details, while sensors with larger pixels receive more light, which will improve the sensitivity of the image sensor in low-light conditions.

ISOCELL GN1 has 1.2μm pixels, which is almost twice the 0.8μm small pixels of other high-resolution sensors. It is a large-pixel sensor-with higher sensitivity, the performance of dark parts of dark light and backlight shooting will be improved.

And ISOCELL GN1 also has Samsung’s pixel isolation technology ISOCELL Plus, which uses a physical barrier to isolate pixels, so that more light is collected by the microlens, achieving higher color fidelity and higher sensitivity. Resolution photography brings natural tones and shadows.

-Kill at night

Traditional RGB sensors have pixels with different color filters arranged in a mosaic pattern, while Samsung’s Tetracell sensor places pixels with the same color filter next to each other in groups of four. When shooting under low light conditions, the sensor can treat these four pixel groups as one large pixel, which means that more light can enter the sensor to obtain a brighter and less noisy image. Given that the ISOCELL GN1 has larger pixels than other sensors, shooting in low-light conditions has a leapfrog upgrade compared to previous digital flagships.

In scenes with high light ratios, such as shooting dim objects against a bright background, it may be difficult to obtain the correct dynamic range, and it is impossible to obtain proper exposure for both light and dark areas of the image. Traditional HDR technology is used to solve this problem by taking multiple images and stacking them together for post-processing to obtain a wider dynamic range in the final image.

While real-time HDR can optimize exposure for different areas of the frame, ISOCELL GN1 does not need to use continuous photos and stack them together, but uses Tetracell technology to provide better color and shadow, midtone and highlight details.

Each pixel in a group of four takes pictures at a different exposure time: two pixels for medium exposure, one pixel for long exposure, and one pixel for short exposure. In other words, the HDR image of ISOCELL GN1 combines the information of three exposure levels.

  1. Ultra wide-angle lens, 2X telephoto lens

iQOO 5 is equipped with a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and a 13-megapixel 2x telephoto lens. The telephoto lens belongs to the classic 50mm focal length. It is one of the most commonly used portrait lenses for photographers and is also very suitable for shooting scenes that require small distortion.

  1. Performance: Snapdragon 865+LPDDR5+UFS3.1 troika

Performance has always been the advantage of iQOO among models of the same price. Models in all gears have relatively higher performance configurations that satisfy the fans of setting the world. The LPDDR5 memory + UFS3.1 and iQOO 5 series matched with the Snapdragon 865 platform are not missing. Let’s run a minute next.

Master Lu running points

Master Lu can evaluate and compare the five core hardware of CPU, GPU, RAM, storage, and display screen, which is more suitable for ordinary white users to understand mobile phone related information.

It can be seen that in Master Lu’s scoring system, iQOO 5 scores ahead of most Snapdragon 865 models.

CPU test

The CPU core used by Snapdragon 865 is a 1+3+4 architecture with frequencies of 2.84GHz, 2.42Ghz, and 1.80GHz. The cache capacity has not changed, but the 1+3 large core has been upgraded to the Coterx-A77 architecture, and the L3 cache has doubled At 4MB, the four small cores are still Cortex-A55 architecture, with a frequency of 1.8GHz.

In the GeekBench5 test, the Snapdragon 865 used by iQOO 5 benefited from the A77 architecture and achieved very good results in both single-core and multi-core performance tests. Among them, the single-core is close to 19% ahead of the Snapdragon 855 Plus. Compared with the Snapdragon 855, it leads by nearly 35% on single-core and about 25% on multi-core.

GPU test

In terms of texture filling, the previous generation Adreno 640 has performed well. Each core has doubled from 12 sets of TMU units to 24 sets of TMU units, for a total of 48 sets of TMU units, which also makes the texture filling rate: pixel filling rate has reached a rare 3 : 1 ratio. The Adreno 650 GPU has brought a 50% improvement in pixel processing performance compared to the previous generation, and its pixel fill rate performance is now on par with ARM’s Mali GPU.

Qualcomm has pointed out that Adreno 650 GPU has improved performance by an average of 25% in different tests and loads. It should be pointed out that Qualcomm clearly stated that the performance increase will be even higher in some loads, such as the high load test Aztec Ruins in GFXBench, at this time there may be more than 25% performance improvement.


LPDDR5 has been commercialized this year. The new memory standard will increase the energy efficiency of each bit of data by more than 20%. Naturally, Snapdragon 865 supports LPDDR5 memory. iQOO 5 is equipped with up to 12G LPDDR5 memory this time.

LPDDR5 uses the highest 16 Bank programmable and multi-clock architecture, introduces Data-Copy and Write-X instructions to reduce power consumption, and link ECC error correction. Micron claims that the use of LPDDR5 will save power by 5%-10% and extend battery life by 5%-10%.

In addition, LPDDR5 memory has a huge impact on the performance improvement of smartphones. Compared with the LPDDR4 standard in 2014, LPDDR5 has increased from 3200Mbps to 5500Mbps, which can transmit 44GB of data per second.

Storage test

iQOO 3 launched UFS 3.1 flash memory for the first time, and iQOO 5 is naturally equipped with flash memory of the same specification. According to vivo official data, compared to UFS 2.1, UFS 3.1 has a 137.2% sequential read rate and a 99.8% random read rate. Compared with UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1 achieves higher write performance, lower power consumption and more stable performance management.

AnTuTu running points

According to AnTuTu’s evaluation system, iQOO 5 has the best running score.

5G experience

The iQOO 5 is equipped with Qualcomm’s second-generation 5G baseband Snapdragon X55, which is manufactured using the most advanced 7nm process. A single chip can fully support 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G, and the 5G part realizes full circle. That is, it fully supports millimeter wave and frequency bands below 6GHz, TDD time division duplex and FDD frequency division duplex mode, as well as SA independent networking and NSA non-independent networking modes.

The Snapdragon X55 complements FDD frequency bands below 6GHz, so as to achieve full coverage of both FDD/TDD modes, especially 800MHz and lower frequency bands only exist in FDD mode, complete support is essential.

In terms of operators, by the current 2020, the 5G network construction of the three major operators is still progressing steadily. When the actual network speed is measured, because the network stability of different regions, different times, and different operators may be different, the results of the network speed measurement may be somewhat different from what you personally experience.

It can be seen that in the case of China Unicom’s 5G network, the measured downlink rate of iQOO 5’s 5G speed reached 852Mbps and the uplink rate reached 101Mbps; the measured downlink rate of China Unicom’s 4G speed was 78.3Mbps, and the uplink rate was 44.4Mbps.

In terms of downlink speed, the 5G network has increased to more than 10.8 times that of the former.

  1. Charging battery life: 55W fast charge +4500 mAh experience

iQOO 5 has a built-in 4500mAh battery, which is even higher than the battery capacity of iQOO 5 Pro. It also uses vivo Super FlashCharge technology, the maximum charging power reaches 55W.

Peace Elite game process discharge statistics

When the HDR+ limit frame rate is fully turned on, the average discharge current statistics are shown in the figure. It can be estimated that the iQOO 5 continues to play Peace Elite under the test conditions and the battery life is about 5 hours.

Online video discharge statistics

In the case of 70% brightness and 30% volume, use Bilibili to connect to Wi-Fi to watch 1080P online video, and the discharge record statistics are shown in the figure. It can be estimated that the iQOO 5 can last for more than 10 hours.

iQOO 5 has been upgraded to 55W fast charge, which is second only to iQOO 5 Pro’s 120W among vivo phones. It can be seen that it only takes 60 minutes to charge from 1% to 100%, which is quite fast for a mobile phone with a battery capacity of 4500 mAh.

  1. Summary: The rare light and thin performance flagship also makes up for Zeng Jin’s little regret

If there is no iQOO 5 Pro, which is an unexpectedly large cup, then iQOO 5, as a digital flagship, definitely represents its strongest level.

In just half a year since the release of iQOO 3, iQOO 5 has completed a considerable upgrade. Although it does not have the extreme configuration of its own super large flagship Pro, from the perspective of considering a normal flagship, iQOO 5 has not let People are disappointed, this is an all-around flagship:

In terms of appearance and value, follow the trend closely, and the narrow-edge design + AG craft glass has become the starting card for creating a sense of quality.

The addition of the 120Hz high refresh rate + 240Hz sampling rate screen complements the previous regrets. The Samsung GN1 super-outsole custom main camera gives iQOO a major leap and breakthrough in the long-term conservative imaging system for the first time, mainly in night shooting and HDR Compared with past works, his ability has been significantly improved.

120W charging is the biggest attraction of the iQOO 5 series, although it only appears on the super-large flagship iQOO 5 Pro. According to the official statement, the 4000 mAh battery of the iQOO 5 Pro can be fully charged in 15-16 minutes.

Of course, the 55W fast charge of iQOO 5 is not slow to use, and the 4500 mAh battery can be fully charged in 60 minutes. Putting aside the unconventional charging solution models like iQOO 5 Pro, it is quite fast among ordinary flagships.

It is worth mentioning that many users are complaining that the high-end SoC models are too heavy and thick. The body thickness of iQOO 5 is 8.32mm and the weight is 197g, which is relatively thin and light among the current flagship phones of Snapdragon 865. , Whether for daily use or playing games, the thin and light body will not bring too much burden to the grip.