iQoo has finally introduced its Neo series in India with the launch of the Neo 6. Interestingly, this smartphone has already been launched in China as the iQoo Neo 6 SE. It seems that iQoo aimed this smartphone at gamers, but the specs should also appeal to those looking for good all-around performance. The iQoo Neo 6 features a liquid-cooled Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, 120Hz AMOLED display, 4700mAh battery, and 80W fast charging.
The iQoo Neo 6 is positioned in the sub-Rs price bracket. The 30,000 price range which pits it against Xiaomi MI 11X, OnePlus Nord 2 and Motorola Edge 30. Here are my first impressions of it.
The iQoo Neo 6 starts at Rs. 29,999 in India for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The other variant has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 33,999. iQoo offers the Neo 6 in two colors: Cyber Rage and Dark Nova.
This is the first Neo series smartphone to be launched in India and it gives the company an opportunity to set the tone for what buyers should expect from future models. As I said at the very beginning, the iQoo Neo 6 is a rebadged iQoo Neo 6 SE and this may have been a conscious decision by the company to keep the entry price of the Neo series relatively low in India to meet wider demand. the audience.
iQoo leans heavily towards performance with the Neo 6 and it certainly comes with premium hardware. The iQoo Neo 6 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC clocked at 3.2GHz. This SoC is quite capable and can also be seen in the Xiaomi Mi 11X at a similar price. Interestingly, the Neo 6 variant sold in China is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC.
The body of the iQoo Neo 6 is mostly made of plastic and weighs 190g. It’s not too bulky, and the curved sides make it relatively easy to hold. This phone features a 6.62-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a punch-hole at the top for a 16MP selfie camera. The display has fairly thin bezels, but a slightly thicker chin. It supports HDR10+ playback and has a maximum brightness of 1300 nits. You also get an in-display fingerprint scanner. The panel used for the iQoo Neo 6 has a touch sampling rate of 360Hz but can go up to 1200Hz in some games like Call of Duty: Mobile.
iQoo placed an infrared (IR) emitter on top of the Neo 6 next to the second microphone. There is a SIM tray on the bottom, as well as the main microphone, speaker, and USB Type-C port. The sides of the case are thin, the power and volume buttons are on the right. The iQoo Neo 6 has a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 64MP main camera with optical stabilization (OIS), an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro camera. The module has a two-stage design and has the Neo logo. There was a gradient pattern on the back of my Dark Nova device that changed color depending on the angle I was looking at it from.
IQoo Neo 6 is equipped with a 4700mAh battery and supports 80W fast charging. iQoo includes the necessary charger in the box. This phone supports Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band Wi-Fi, quad-band 5G, and 4G VoLTE. You get two nano-SIM slots, but the memory isn’t expandable. If you tend to store a lot of your data locally, I would recommend taking a look at the higher storage option.
In terms of software, iQoo Neo 6 runs Funtouch OS 12 on top of Android 12. iQoo has committed to two years of Android OS updates and three years of security updates, a welcome move. My device had the April 2022 Android security patch installed. There is a lot of malware preinstalled in the user interface, but you should be able to remove most of them to free up memory. The user interface is identical to what you will see on other recent Vivo smartphones and is easy to use.
iQoo Neo 6 sets the tone for future Neo smartphones. It faces some pretty tough competition but has the potential to hold its own. This smartphone should appeal to gamers and power users alike, but we’ll know for sure once I’ve put it to the test, so stay tuned for a full review.