iQOO, a sub-brand of Vivo, introduced its latest 5G smartphone last week, named iQOO Neo 6. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer launched this phone as a high-end gaming-centric device. The iQOO Neo 6 is the successor to the iQOO Neo 5 in China. The phone boasts several notable features, including a 120Hz AMOLED display and a triple rear camera setup. Additionally, it supports an 80W fast charging technology, an upgrade from last year’s iQOO Neo 5, which only supported 66W fast charging.
Vivo iQOO Neo 6 in China
Moreover, iQOO is providing a specialized display chip with the new iQOO Neo 6 smartphone. This chip is designed to optimize graphics processing and improve the gaming experience for users. The iQ00 Neo 6 runs on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, which is the latest flagship chipset from Qualcomm. It is worth noting that the iQOO Neo 5 also featured the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. Furthermore, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is offering the iQOO Neo 6 in three different colors.
In addition to the smartphone, iQOO has released a 44W flash charge power bank. This power bank can charge the Neo 6 from 0 to 50% in approximately 18 minutes. The Chinese technology company has also launched the iQOO Extreme Wind Cooling Back Clip Pro. This accessory helps to regulate the temperature of the smartphone while multitasking or gaming at high performance levels while charging. The back clip features dual USB type-C ports.
iQOO Neo 6 price
iQOO Neo 6 price starts at CNY 2799, roughly Rs 33500 for the base variant. Here is the base variant of IQOO Neo 6 packs in 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This IQOO phone also comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, priced at CNY 2999, roughly Rs 35900. The top-end variant of IQOO Neo 6 packs 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, priced at CNY 3299, roughly Rs 39400.
The Vivo iQOO Neo 6 smartphone comes in two color options, including blue and orange shades. These color variants come with classic lycée leather on the back. Furthermore, it is marked by a Black shade and fluorite AG Glass. As far as its availability is concerned, the iQ00 phone will go on sale exclusively in China starting April 20. The pre-orders for the IQOO Neo 6 have already started. According to reports, the iQOO Neo 6 could launch in India on April 26 but with a different moniker.
Meanwhile, IQOO is yet to provide availability and price details for the Vivo iQOO Neo 6 in other international markets. Besides the IQ smartphone, the company also launched IQoo 44W Flash Charge Power Bank and Extreme Wind Cooling Back Clip Pro. The iQOO Flash Charge Power Bank debuts in China at CNY 299, roughly Rs 3600. At the same time, the iQOO Extreme Wind Cooling Back Flip Pro is available for CNY 199, roughly Rs 2400.
iQOO Neo 6 Specifications
The latest iQOO Neo 6 is a dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone that runs on Android 12 OS with Origin OS Ocean skin. The Neo 6 phone sports a 6.62-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display. This display gets a screen resolution of 1080×2400 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. Moreover, it also gets a 120Hz refresh rate.
Under the hood, the iQOO Neo 6 packs in an octa-core Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. This processor will team up with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. In terms of storage capacity, the iQOO phone carries up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The internal storage does not support storage expansion.
The iQOO Neo 6 carries a triple rear camera setup headlined by a 64MP primary sensor for photos and videos. This 64MP primary camera is a Samsung ISOCELL Plus GW1P primary sensor that gets an f/1.89 aperture. Furthermore, this primary camera also supports Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The secondary camera is a 12MP ultra-wide shooter with a 2MP monochrome lens. At the same time, the iQOO Neo 5 comes with a 48MP triple rear camera setup.
For selfie and video calling, this iQOO phone comes with a 16MP selfie shooter at the front, with an f/2.0 lens. Besides the hardware, iQOO also offers some software-based filers and effects on the camera app. Additionally, the rear camera also offers 4K video recording at 60fps.
Regarding connectivity options, the iQOO Neo 6 includes 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.2, and GPS/ A-GPS. NFC and a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer are also present. Similarly, the device includes an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor for onboard sensors. For device security, it also includes an in-display fingerprint scanner.
For audio, the iQOO Neo smartphone gets dual stereo speakers. It also gets a dual linear motor for rich vibration. iQOO Neo 6 packs a dual-cell 4700mAh battery and 80W Flash Charge fast charging support. To recall, iQOO Neo 5 comes with a smaller 4400mAh battery. The iQOO 6 phone measures 163×76.16×8.5mm and weighs 193.95 grams (Orange and Blue color variants) or 197.23 grams (Black option). Now, let’s look at the new iQOO mobile phone in depth.
iQOO Neo 6: First Impression
This year Vivo’s sub-brand iQOO launched the latest iQOO Neo 6 with flagship-grade specifications. The flagship processor, triple rear camera setup, and 120Hz display make it a premium offering from the company. Furthermore, an 80W fast charging and excellent price point are the icings on the cake. Let’s take a look at the in-box contents.
iQOO Neo 6: In-Box content
iQOO Neo 6 comes in a Black themed box packaging. Once we opened the box, we found the documentation, a warranty card, some iQOO brand stickers, and a good quality iQOO TPU protection case. The box content includes an 80W Flash Charge Fast charging power adapter, a USB Type-C cable for data transfer and charging, and a SIM ejector tool. Besides these contents, the box packaging also includes the main mobile unit of the iQOO smartphone.
As mentioned above, the iQOO Neo6 is a premium category smartphone that succeeds the iQOO Neo5. Compared to iQOO Neo 5, the latest Neo 6 offers a premium in-hand feel. We got the black color variant. When light reflects on its back, the black shade offers a bluish tint. The rear side of the smartphone comes with AG Glass protection. The backside of the Neo 6 offers a matte finish, which makes the smartphone non-slippery. With such a design, the in-hand feel of the smartphone is excellent.
Remember that the iQOO Neo 6 is slightly taller than its predecessor. The latest iQOO handset is 8.89mm thick and weighs around 195grams. Considering the flagship-grade specifications, the weight of the smartphone is ok. The camera module is different from its predecessor. Earlier this year, Vivo’s sub-brand iQOO also launched the iQOO 9 Series featuring iQOO 9 mobiles like the flagship iQOO 9 Pro, iQOO 9, iQOO 9 SE.
The bottom edge of the smartphone gets the SIM tray, USB Type-C port, primary microphone, and the speaker grille. The top-edge features the IR Blaster and the Noise Cancellation microphone. Even though the smartphone comes with dual stereo speakers, these speakers are asymmetrical. The top speaker sits within the earpiece. The right edge gets the volume rocker and power button. At the same time, the power button comes with a textured feel. The overall design of the iQOO Neo 6 is on the premium side.
iQOO Neo 6 sports a 6.62-inch Samsung E4 AMOLED punch-hole display. The display gets a Full-HD+ screen resolution (1080×2400 pixels). Furthermore, this display gets a 120Hz refresh rate and a 20:9 aspect ratio. iQOO is offering a 360Hz touch sampling rate. iQOO claims that this display can reach a peak brightness of 1300 nits, and the max brightness can reach up to 800 nits. The overall display quality of the iQOO smartphone is good. Colors are natural in both outdoor and indoor situations.
Taking about the performance of iQOO Neo6, with premium design, the Chinese smartphone makers are offering a flagship-grade processor in the form of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. We can get up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Additionally, a Monster Mode on the iQOO Neo 6 for high-end gaming.
Undoubtedly, the Vivo iQOO Neo6 excels in every situation in terms of performance. It can easily handle multitasking along with intensive video editing and high-end gaming. One can easily play games like PubG, CoD, and others in high graphic settings. The average frame rate while gaming is around 80fps, which is excellent. We did not notice any frame dropping issue.
The triple camera unit is sandwiched between the metal layer in this unique camera module. The bottom part of the metal layer features the Neo branding. Additionally, there is AI camera branding mentioned on the metal portion. The triple camera unit feels quite attractive.
IQOO Neo 6 gets a triple rear camera setup for photos and videos. The 50MP primary camera is a Samsung ISOCELL Plus GW1P sensor with an f/1.89 aperture. Moreover, this primary sensor also gets PDAF and OIS support. The secondary camera is a 12MP Samsung GM1 ultra-wide-angle sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. At the same time, the third lens is a 2MP monochrome lens with an f/2.4 aperture. The iQOO handset also gets a 16MP selfie sensor with an f/2.0 aperture for selfies.
When it comes to image quality, the daylight shots are fantastic. The ultra-wide-angle lens offers excellent digital distortion on the edges. The image quality with an ultra-wide lens is also good. The colors in all the images we clicked appear to be natural. FYI, it’s possible to utilize the ultra-wide lens as a macro lens. It means that we can also click macro shots with the same lens. This iQOO handset can also record 4K videos at 30fps. A detailed camera review will be published later. Also Read – Realme GT Neo launches with MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC, India launch happening soon
Software-wise, the iQOO Neo 6 runs on OriginOS Ocean skin on top of Android 12. Moreover, this custom skin comes with many new features based on Android 12. However, the handset comes with a lot of junk apps pre-installed. Although, we can uninstall these junk apps to save our storage.
The complete hardware on Vivo iQOO Neo 6 will get its backup from a 4700mAh dual-cell battery. This battery can easily last you for a day or so on average usage. This battery can last for around 18 to 20 hours on heavy usage. To charge the Neo 6, we also get an 80W Flash Charge fast charging adapter inside the box. Moreover, this iQOO charger can charge the smartphone from 0 to 100 percent in around 90 minutes.
Vivo iQOO Neo 6: Final Verdict
The all-new Neo 6 is an excellent offering from the Chinese smartphone brand. The latest smartphone offers an excellent display, decent performance, and premium design. The camera may not be up to the mark, but it can click some decent shots in daylight and night situations. However, it may lag in extremely low-light situations.
iQOO Neo 6 launch date in India is set for April 26. If this report is true, then Vivo iQOO Neo 6 will compete against the OnePlus 9, the OnePlus 9R, the Xiaomi Mi 11T, and others. Also Read – iQOO 9 Pro 5G mobile phone: First Impression; new design and hardware