With the debut of the Neo 6, iQoo has finally launched its Neo series to India. This smartphone was previously released in China under the name iQoo Neo 6 SE.
This smartphone seems to have been designed with gamers in mind, but the features should appeal to anybody seeking decent all-around performance.
The iQoo Neo 6 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor with liquid cooling, a 120Hz AMOLED display, a 4,700mAh battery, and supports 80W rapid charging.
The iQoo Neo 6 is priced under Rs. 30,000, making it a competitor to the Xiaomi MI 11X, OnePlus Nord 2, and Motorola Edge 30. Here are my first thoughts about it.
The iQoo Neo 6 is available in India for Rs. 29,999 for the basic model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The second option, which costs Rs. 33,999, includes 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The Neo 6 is available from iQoo in two colors: Cyber Rage and Dark Nova.
This is the first smartphone in the Neo series to be released in India, giving the business a chance to set the bar for what purchasers may anticipate from future models.
As I said at the outset, the iQoo Neo 6 is a rebranded iQoo Neo 6 SE. This might have been a deliberate move by the firm to keep the Neo series’ starting price in India low to appeal to a larger audience.
With the Neo 6, iQoo is strongly emphasizing performance, and it comes with some high-end hardware. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, which runs at 3.2GHz, lies at the heart of the iQoo Neo 6.
This SoC is pretty competent, and it’s also found in the Xiaomi Mi 11X, which is similarly priced. Interestingly, the Neo 6 model offered in China has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC.
The iQoo Neo 6’s body comprises plastic and weighs 190 grams. It’s not too heavy, and the curved edges make it a comfortable grip. A 6.62-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a hole at the top for the 16-megapixel selfie camera is included on this phone.
The bezels on display are narrow, but the chin is significantly thicker. It features a peak brightness of 1,300 nits and supports HDR10+ playback. You also get a fingerprint scanner built into the display.
The iQoo Neo 6’s touch display has a 360Hz touch sampling rate, although, in certain games, such as Call of Duty: Mobile, it can ramp up to 1,200Hz.
With the auxiliary microphone, iQoo has placed an infrared (IR) emitter on top of the Neo 6. On the bottom, there’s a SIM tray and the main mic, speaker, and USB Type-C connector.
The frame’s sides are narrow, and the power and volume controls are on the right. A 64-megapixel main camera with optical stabilization (OIS), an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera is included on the rear of the iQoo Neo 6.
The module has a two-step design and is emblazoned with the Neo logo. The end of my Dark Nova device featured a gradient design that changed color based on the angle I looked at it from.
The iQoo Neo 6’s battery capacity is 4,700mAh, supporting 80W rapid charging. The needed charger is included in the package from iQoo.
Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band Wi-Fi, four 5G bands, and 4G VoLTE are all supported by this phone. You get two nano-SIM slots, but there’s no way to enlarge the capacity.
If you prefer to keep a lot of your data on your computer, I suggest the greater storage option.
The iQoo Neo 6 runs Funtouch OS 12 on top of Android 12 in terms of software. iQoo has committed to providing Android OS upgrades for two years and security updates for three years, which is a positive step.
The Android security patch for April 2022 has been installed on my device. Although the UI comes with a lot of junk preloaded, you should be able to delete the majority of it to free up space. The user interface is comparable to other current Vivo smartphones and is simple to use.
The iQoo Neo 6 sets the standard for future Neo smartphones. It is up against tough competition, but it can hold its own. This smartphone should appeal to gamers and power users, but only time will tell until I put it to the test, so stay tuned for the complete review.