iQoo has brought its Neo series to India with the launch of Neo 6 in super competitive sub-R. Price segment 30,000. In order to give the phone a fighting chance, iQoo equipped it with powerful hardware such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, and boosted its functionality by giving it 80W fast charging and a 120Hz AMOLED display. The charging speed in particular is much faster than what you typically get in this price range. But does that make the iQoo Neo 6 invincible? My first impressions of this phone were pretty positive, and now it?s time to see if it?s as good as it looks.
The iQoo Neo 6 is priced at Rs. 29,999 for the base variant which comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The top variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, which is the one I have, is priced at Rs. 33,999. The iQoo Neo 6 comes in two colors, Dark Nova and Cyber ??Rage.
The iQoo Neo 6 is a renamed iQoo Neo 6 SE which was launched in China earlier this year. The Neo 6 is a big smartphone and weighs 190g. It sports a 6.62-inch AMOLED display with a hole-punch at the top for the selfie camera. It has pretty thin bezels all around. The frame of the phone is made of plastic and is flattened at the top and bottom.
iQoo has added an IR (infrared) emitter on the Neo 6, which sits on the top next to the secondary microphone. The bottom of the frame contains the USB Type-C port, speaker, and SIM tray slot. The back panel is also made of plastic and has curved sides, which makes the phone comfortable to hold. The right side of the frame is narrow and has thin power and volume buttons.
The iQoo Neo 6?s Dark Nova trim looks classy, ??in my opinion. It has a gradient finish with mixed hues of dark blue and bright teal. This last shade glows when light hits it from certain angles. If you prefer something flashier, the Cyber ??Rage color might be right up your alley. The iQoo Neo 6?s camera module will also catch your eye. It has a two-stage design with prominent Neo branding on it.
iQoo ships the Neo 6 with a clear case in the box. The back panel of the phone has a matte finish, so fingerprints aren?t much of an issue, but the case should provide some extra protection. You also get a USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio adapter, which is a nice addition.
The iQoo Neo 6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC which is one of the most powerful SoCs in this price range. The Mi 11X (Review) which directly competes with this phone, is also powered by the same SoC. iQoo says it used a liquid cooling system to keep the SoC cool.
The Neo 6 sports a Full HD+ E4 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It has a 360Hz touch sampling rate which can increase up to 1200Hz in a few games. The panel is also HDR10+ certified and has a brightness of 800 nits. iQoo also added stereo speakers to the Neo 6, but it lacks an IP rating.
The phone supports Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band Wi-Fi, four 5G bands, dual 4G VoLTE and five satellite navigation systems. There is no NFC. The iQoo Neo 6 packs a 4,700mAh battery and supports fast charging up to 80W. iQoo also bundles a compatible charger in the box.
On the software side, the iQoo Neo 6 runs Funtouch OS 12 on Android 12. iQoo promises two years of Android OS updates and three years of security updates. The user interface is almost identical to the Vivo X80 which I recently reviewed since both use Funtouch OS 12. Unfortunately, I encountered the same problem with bloatware as on the Vivo X80, because there is everything just too much. You can uninstall most of these apps to reclaim storage space. On the iQoo Neo 6, I found the browser app pushing unwanted notifications throughout the day, which got annoying very quickly.
The iQoo Neo 6 uses a powerful SoC and delivers consistent performance with no signs of slowing down. I had the 12GB variant which comfortably allowed me to multitask without having to kill apps running in the background. I could switch between different apps and games, and never noticed the phone having to reload an app. iQoo also has an extended RAM feature which allowed me to allocate 4GB of system storage as virtual RAM.
Watching videos on the iQoo Neo 6 was attractive on the crisp AMOLED display. Stereo speakers also added to the viewing experience. The higher refresh rate made scrolling through apps and menus much smoother. iQoo set the refresh rate to Smart Switch by default and with this setting the Neo 6 ran at 120Hz most of the time.
The iQoo Neo 6 has an in-display fingerprint scanner, which was reliable and never failed to unlock the device every time I tried. I also had facial recognition set up which worked just as well. The phone performed well in the benchmarks. It managed 729,331 points in AnTuTu, which was higher than OnePlus Nord 2 (Review). In Geekbench 5, the Neo 6 scored 983 and 3074 points in single-core and multi-core tests. In the GFXBench graphics benchmark, the iQoo Neo 6 managed 50 frames per second in the Car Chase test. Overall, scores were higher in this segment, so those looking for good performance should be satisfied.
I played Call of Duty: Mobile on the iQoo Neo 6 which defaulted to the ?Very High? graphics preset, while the frame rate was set to ?High? by default. I played the game for about 20 minutes which caused the battery level to drop by 5%. The phone did not feel hot to the touch which could be due to the liquid cooling system doing its job.
I was happy with the battery performance of the iQoo Neo 6 as the phone easily lasted over a day and a half without any issues. In our HD video loop test, the phone ran for an impressive 21 hours and 17 minutes. The supplied 80W charger managed to charge the phone up to 83% in 30 minutes and was fully charged in less than 50 minutes.
The iQoo Neo 6 sports a triple camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary with OIS, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide with a 116-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel macro. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel camera. The camera app is fairly easy to use and is visually similar to the app on the Vivo X80, minus the Zeiss additions. The main camera batches photos at 16 megapixels by default, but you can take full resolution photos if needed.
The main camera?s daylight landscape shots were detailed and objects in the distance were recognizable. Texts on distant buildings were also legible. The phone has an AI scene optimization option which sometimes increases the contrast in the output. The ultra-wide-angle camera offers a wider field of view and has a similar color profile to the main camera. However, the output was distorted along the edges of the frame.
Close-up photos looked sharp, and the iQoo Neo 6 managed to capture fine detail quite well. It also managed a soft, natural bokeh between the subject and the background. Photos taken in Portrait mode had good edge detection. The macro camera managed good extreme close-ups of subjects. However, the quality was limited by the resolution of the sensor.
The iQoo Neo 6 quickly assessed the low-light scene and automatically held the shutter open longer. This gave a fairly detailed picture. The phone also prompted me to switch to Night mode in very dark scenarios, which looked brighter and produced better shadow detail.
Selfies taken with the iQoo Neo 6 were captured at full sensor resolution. The app applies a beautify filter by default, but this can be adjusted or even disabled if needed. Daylight photos had accurate skin tones. In low light, the phone?s screen activated the flash automatically, resulting in better output. Selfies taken in Portrait mode had good edge detection and I could fine tune the level of background blur before capturing the image.
Video recording hit 4K 60fps for the main rear camera, as well as the selfie camera, which we don?t see very often. Video footage stabilized well in daylight, but low-light footage had visible flare when walking. The camera app also has a dual video mode which allowed me to shoot using the main camera and the selfie camera at the same time.
If you are looking to buy a smartphone with a budget of around Rs. 30,000, the iQoo Neo 6 should definitely be at the top of your list. It offers very good performance that you would expect from a high-end Qualcomm SoC, as well as excellent battery life and extremely fast charging. The promise of a guaranteed Android operating system and security updates makes the iQoo Neo 6 upgradeable to some degree. In my opinion, the basic variant of the iQoo Neo 6 is the one to get as it offers better value for money than the 12GB variant.
I don?t have any major complaints with the iQoo Neo 6 except for the pre-installed bloatware, which is definitely an issue. Those looking for good video recording performance should note that the iQoo Neo 6 does not perform well when shooting videos in low light.
If you value clean software, then the recently launched Motorola Edge 30 (Review) is something you should consider. However, if you don?t want to compromise on performance, then the Mi 11X (Review) and OnePlus Nord 2 (Review) are great alternatives to look at in the same price range.
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