iQOO has officially launched its latest smartphone, the iQOO Neo 6, out of China and aimed at the Indian market. In China, the device is known as the iQOO Neo 6 SE, and while it’s primarily focused on gaming, its specs should appeal to people interested in an overall capable smartphone.
The device also landed in our hands and we tested it quite a bit over the past two days. You can read our impressions below and take a look at the camera samples. We hope we can help you determine if this is the mid-range device you’ve been looking for.
IQOO Neo 6 design
We received the device in the Cyber Rage color option, and that’s definitely the first thing you’ll notice about the phone. It doesn’t have a glossy finish though, which makes it fingerprint resistant and also gives it a bit of grip. Cyber Rage, which changes from blue to pink and purple depending on the angle at which you move it, is one of two color options the phone is available in. The other is called Dark Nova, which features a much darker non-gloss finish.
For starters, the smartphone isn’t heavy as the body is plastic and the screen has thin bezels with a bit of a chin, but it’s definitely not big enough to be a distraction.
The cameras on the back are housed in a square box, and the bump itself barely takes up space and doesn’t add much to the bulk of the phone. Overall, it’s pretty slim and easy to handle.
The selfie camera is installed in a punched hole at the top of the screen, in the middle. It’s a little distracting when watching videos, but it’s not a deal breaker and it’s easy to get used to.
The display is a 120Hz AMOLED with HDR10+. It has an in-display fingerprint scanner and a maximum brightness of 1300 nits. It has a touch sampling rate of 360 Hz but, depending on the games you prefer to play, it can go up to 1200 Hz.
There is a SIM tray present at the bottom, accompanied by the microphone, speaker and USB Type-C port, while the right side of the device hosts the power and volume buttons.
IQOO Neo 6 Specifications
As mentioned earlier, the Neo 6 is primarily geared towards gaming and while that might not be what you’re interested in, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give this device a chance as it comes with a grip high-end hardware for its price range.
For starters, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset under the hood. Its Chinese twin sports the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, but the 870, clocked at 2.3GHz, is still powerful enough to handle long gaming sessions and demanding workdays.
You only have to go through a game of Call of Duty: Mobile to see how capable it is, which is exactly what I did: the phone is snappy and runs as well as games such as Genshin Impact or those arcade-style. The IQOO Neo 6 also offers 4D Game Vibration as well as a game panel that you can swipe from the left side of the screen.
The panel will let you choose between a battery-saving mode, a balanced mode, and an all-game mode, creepily dubbed monster mode, which will give you the best speed and graphics. You have options to turn off or change your notifications from there, along with other features that will allow you to customize your gaming experience to get the most out of your device.
Sure, you can expect it to heat up during intense sessions, but the internal cooling system does a great job of keeping it running smoothly and we didn’t experience excessive heating during our gaming sessions.
We have the phone’s cascade cooling system to thank for that: it features five-layer 3D graphite cooling plates that aid in heat dissipation.
The Neo 6 packs a 4700mAh battery and comes with 80W fast charging support. The device comes with the required charger in the box and you can expect it to charge from 0% to 100% in about 37 minutes.
Battery life is nothing to write home about – after a day of normal use (emails, YouTube, social media browsing, etc.) the phone still had around 20% battery life and he was just as fast.
Other features include Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band Wi-Fi, no less than four 5G bands, and 4G VoLTE. Unfortunately, the storage isn’t expandable even though the SIM tray has two slots, so keep that in mind if you need space – it’s best to aim for the higher storage option.
Unfortunately, there’s no NFC, so keep that in mind if you’ve gotten into the habit of using your phone to pay for things.
The phone is running FuntouchOS 12, topped with Android 12. iQOO will offer two years of AndroidOS updates and three years of security updates, which is very good news. As is the case with FuntouchOS, you’ll get a handful of bloatware pre-installed, but most of them can be easily uninstalled.
As we mentioned in our Vivo X80 review, most of these pre-installed apps have come a long way over the past few years – they’ve received a number of improvements and it’s worth giving them a boost. luck, you might be surprised, who knows?
On the front we will find a 16MP selfie snapper while on the On the back, there’s a 64MP primary camera with OIS, accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera as well as a 2MP macro camera.
Overall the phone has good color rendition, but standard photo settings show a flat color profile. This is something most people like, but if you prefer more saturated photos, you’ll have to play around with the settings a bit. The camera has a good dynamic range which is aided by the software.
The panorama mode is also quite good. It does a good job stitching the shots together and most of the time you won’t get extremely noticeable artifacts in the shot.
The macro, on the other hand, isn’t great: the photo quality is pretty poor and, depending on the light you’re shooting in, the highlights are quite bloated and lacking in detail.
The OIS does a really good job – the videos we took of people in motion (walking, sparring) were very balanced. However, you may still spot motion artifacts on occasion, depending on how fast they move.
Price and availability
The iQOO Neo 6 is available in India from 31st of May and is available in 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM and 12GB RAM + 256 ROM options. In terms of price, it will cost INR 34,999 (~$450) for the basic version while the larger storage version will cost INR 39,999 (~$515).
Advantages: The phone has very good battery life and can handle tasks very well. It’s vivid and playing games on it is great fun, the colors are vivid, and there’s no lag or lag even after a long session. It is also a really beautiful device.
The inconvenients: There is no NFC, the macro camera needs a lot of improvement.
Overall, the phone performs very well for a mid-range offering and is a good buy even for someone who isn’t particularly into gaming.