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iQOO Neo 6 review: Top notch performance

There’s a new phone in town and it’s iQOO’s new budget gaming-focused phone. The iQOO Neo 6, which boasts of powerful specs on paper, is the company’s newest offering in the mid-range segment. The Neo 6 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, supports 80W fast charging, and features an AMOLED display. And all for a starting price of Rs 29,999.

On paper, everything looks good. The iQOO Neo 6 comes at a starting price of Rs 29,999 for the 8GB variant. The 12GB variant is a bit more expensive at Rs 33,999. slightly dated: the Snapdragon 870 SoC. But for the segment, it’s a fantastic SoC. The processor was designed for high-end phones and in the iQOO Neo 6 it has a special setting for games. Overall the phone ticks a lot of boxes, but there are also areas where it falls slightly short. Let’s take a detailed look.

iQOO Neo 6: Design

iQOO designed the Neo 6 aesthetically. It previews previously launched iQOO phones and borrowed some elements from Vivo phones, but the merger yields fruitful results. It’s a big phone compared to other devices like the Poco F4 and OnePlus Nord 2T. With a screen size of 6.62 inches, it seems to dominate some of its competitors.

But despite the large size, the weight of the phone is surprisingly light: just 190 grams, which may seem like a lot, but is actually quite a bit less for a phone with a 6.62-inch screen.

The reason for this is that the phone is mostly made of plastic i.e. polycarbonate. The build quality is good, but it doesn’t feel or look as premium as phones that use a glass back. The bezels around the screen are thin, which is exactly what we like. iQOO bundles a case with the phone, which users will at least appreciate until they manage to get a third-party case.

The square-shaped camera module sits on the back and looks inspired by the face of a Polaroid camera. There’s a hint of retro futurism here, and in my opinion, it looks awesome. I like the Neo brand, which has a separate panel for itself.

The volume rockers and the power button are positioned on the right side of the Neo 6. Although it is a fairly long phone, accessing the buttons with one hand is quite easy, you do not wouldn’t have to stretch for pimples. At the bottom, we find the speaker holes, the USB Type-C port and the SIM tray. In the box, users get a USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio adapter.

In this review, you can see the Neo 6 in Cyber ​​Rage color. Personally, I think the iQOO Neo 6 looks best in the Dark Nova color, where the black and green gradient makes the phone extremely chic. The phone comes with an IP52 rating, so the occasional splash or rain won’t give your phone a hard time.

iQOO Neo 6: Display

The iQOO Neo 6 features a 6.62-inch FHD+ E4 AMOLED display with support for 120Hz refresh rate. The display has a touch sampling rate of 360Hz and offers a brightness of up to 1300 nits. Big numbers and they translate to a good experience.

You get HDR playback on most streaming apps, including YouTube and Netflix. Users can choose from three different display settings: a default mode, a professional mode, and a bright mode. Professional mode, when activated, produces colors close to nature, but there is a slight warm tone when looking at the screen from different angles.

Leaving aside the technical details, the iQOO Neo 6 screen is excellent. What makes it even better is support for 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate which means the phone screen will read your input at the speed of light: proverbially and theoretically. This helps immensely with smoother play and twitch-free play.

In the iQOO Neo 6 you also get the X-axis haptic vibration motor, which helps with precise vibration feedback.

As mentioned earlier, the iQOO Neo 6 has a large screen and thin bezels that you probably won’t notice when watching videos, movies, or web series on the phone. I watched Bhool Bhulaiya 2 on Neo 6 and my experience was not bad at all. The stereo speakers that come with the phone sound meaty and full, so even if you don’t use headphones, you’ll be happy with the multimedia experience on the phone.

iQOO Neo 6: performance and battery

Performance is an area where the iQOO Neo 6 largely scores, thanks to its chipset. In benchmarking apps like AnTuTu, we see big numbers – 729,331 points – from the Neo 6. And beyond the numbers, I found the Neo 6 to be an extremely fast phone for everyday use. When I was using the phone, I could switch between apps seamlessly. Scrolling on this phone is smooth, helped in part by the fact that it sports a 120Hz screen. The phone has a fingerprint scanner under its screen, and I found it to be quick and easy. However, if the fingers are wet or oily, the scanner takes a while to read the fingerprints.

The Neo 6 runs Android 12 with FunTouch OS. Compared to something like OxygenOS, it’s not as slick or clean. The software skin comes with too many preloaded apps like CRED, and several other useless apps that flood your notification panel with unwanted notifications. Although most of these apps can be uninstalled, I still don’t like this new trend of phone companies installing about 20 weird apps that no one wants on their phone.

It’s in gaming that the Neo 6 really excels. I played games like BGMI, Apex Legends, Asphalt 9 on Ne0 6 and found the experience enjoyable. The phone produced smooth gameplay even when the graphics settings were all set to High. I often played these games for 20-30 minutes straight, but the phone didn’t get too hot and I didn’t notice any performance throttling. However, the back cover of the phone got a little warm to the touch and there was a significant battery drop.

Overall battery performance on the iQOO Neo 6 is satisfactory. It has a 4500mAh battery which for me easily lasted a day. iQOO provided an 80W charger, which can charge the phone up to 80% in just half an hour. To completely fill the juice, the phone takes about an hour.

iQOO Neo 6: camera

The iQOO Neo 6 has a triple-camera setup on the back which includes a 64-megapixel main camera with OIS, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera with a 116-degree field of view as well as a macro camera of 2 megapixels. On the front, there is a 16 megapixel camera. The Neo 6 uses a Samsung GWIP sensor for its main camera.

The main camera captures bright images, but I find them lacking in detail. There is also a lack of contrast and sharpness. Close-ups on some occasions turn out better with more detail. The super macro mode does a good job, although on some occasions here I found the colors to be oversaturated.

I find the low light performance to be relatively better. Night shots, especially when taken in night mode, turned out to be well exposed and had better detail than some other phones in this price range can manage.

I liked the selfie camera on the Neo 6. In photos clicked with it, skin tones were quite accurate and photos taken in portrait mode had good edge detection. In low light, the phone uses full screen brightness to illuminate the face.

iQOO Neo 6: Should you buy it?

All phones have advantages and disadvantages. For the iQOO, these are easy to define: the phone offers great performance and a superb screen. But the camera is just average and the design is a bit plasticky.

Overall, I think this is a phone that people who play a lot of games should try to get. Under Rs 30,000, this is arguably the best phone for gamers. But if you’re someone who’s not into gaming too much and just want a regular daily driver of a phone, you should look for alternatives.

iQOO Neo 6 reviews 8/10