Review of iQoo Neo 6: A Strong Performance at a Good Price

Review of iQoo Neo 6: A Strong Performance at a Good Price ...

With the introduction of the Neo 6 in the super-competitive sub-Rs. 30,000 price segment, iQoo has equipped it with powerful hardware such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, and increased its capabilities by giving it 80W fast charging and a 120Hz AMOLED display. So, here''s how it works.

iQoo Neo 6 price in India

The iQoo Neo 6 is priced at Rs. 29,999 for the base version, which has 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. The higher version, which includes 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage, is priced at Rs. 33,999. The iQoo Neo 6 is available in two versions, Dark Nova and Cyber Rage.

iQoo Neo 6 design

The iQoo Neo 6 SE, which was first launched in China earlier this year, has a 6.62-inch AMOLED display with a hole-punch on the top for the selfie camera. The phone''s frame is made out of plastic and is easily flattened at the bottom and bottom.

On the Neo 6, iQoo has added an IR (infrared) emitter that sits on the top next to the secondary microphone. The lower part of the frame is equipped with a USB Type-C port, speaker, and a SIM tray slot. The back panel is also made of plastic and has curved sides, making the phone comfortable to hold. The right side of the frame is narrow and has small power and volume buttons.

The iQoo Neo 6 Dark Nova color looks elegant.

The iQoo Neo 6''s Dark Nova trim is quite appealing, owing to a mixed hue of dark blue and bright teal. This latter shade shines through when light strikes it at certain angles. The Cyber Rage color might be to your liking. A two-step design with a prominent Neo branding is also on the card.

The Neo 6 is packaged by iQoo with a transparent case in the box. Fingerprints aren''t really an issue, but the case should provide some added protection. A USB Type-C to a 3.5mm audio adapter is also a good addition.

iQoo Neo 6 specifications and software

The iQoo Neo 6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, 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 has used a liquid cooling system to keep the SoC running cool.

The Neo 6 has a full-HD+ E4 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It is also HDR10+ certified and has a brightness of 800 nits. iQoo has also added stereo speakers to the Neo 6 but has missed out on an IP rating.

The iQoo Neo 6 comes with a 4,700mAh battery, which can support up to 80W of fast charging. The device also comes with a compatible charger in the box.

The iQoo Neo 6 has a decent amount of bloatware applications that have been preinstalled.

On the software side, the iQoo Neo 6 is running Funtouch OS 12 alongside Android 12. Unfortunately, the user interface is almost identical to the Vivo X80 that I recently reviewed, as both have Funtouch OS 12. Sadly, I was told that the browser app had pushed unwanted notifications throughout the day, which became very annoying.

iQoo Neo 6 performance and battery life

The iQoo Neo 6 provides consistent performance without causing any problems. I had the 12-GB version which comfortably allowed me to multitask without having to kill any open apps in the background. I never noticed the phone having to reload an app. I also had an extended memory capability that allowed me to allocate 4GB of virtual RAM as an app.

The crisp AMOLED display added to the viewing experience while watching videos on the iQoo Neo 6. Moreover, the enhanced refresh rate made scrolling in apps and menus much easier. iQoo has set the refresh rate to Smart Switch by default and with this setting, the Neo 6 was usually used at 120Hz.

The iQoo Neo 6 triple camera setup sits in a massive camera module at the back.

The iQoo Neo 6 had an in-display fingerprint scanner, which was reliable and never failed to unlock the device when I tried it. I had also set up face recognition, which worked equally well in benchmarks. AnTuTu was 729,331 points higher than the OnePlus Nord 2,Review, and The Neo 6 scored 983 and 3074 points in single-core and multi-core tests. Overall, the scores were on the higher side in this segment so those looking for good performance should be

On the iQoo Neo 6, I was able to choose the Very High graphics preset, while the frame rate was set to High by default. I played the game for about 20 minutes, resulting in a five-fold reduction in battery levels. The phone wasn''t warm to the touch, which could be the result of the liquid cooling system doing its job.

The battery performance on the iQoo Neo 6 was fantastic as the phone easily lasted for beyond a day and a half without any issues. In our HD video loop test, the phone was able to last 21 hours, 17 minutes, which was fantastic. The 80W charger surpassed the average number in 30 minutes and was completely charged in under 50 minutes.

iQoo Neo 6 cameras

The iQoo Neo 6 has a triple camera configuration of a 64-megapixel primary with OIS, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide with a 116-degree view, and a 2-megapixel macro. For selfies, the camera app is relatively easy to use and is somewhat similar to that of the Vivo X80, which includes Zeiss enhancements. By default, the main camera converts photos to 16-megapixels, but you may return the full resolution if required.

Daylight landscape photographs from the primary camera were detailed and objects at a distance were also visible. A smartphone with a data scene optimization option which occasionally highlights the contrast in the output. The ultra-wide-angle camera has a similar color profile as the primary camera. The output was also warped along the edges of the frame.

Primary camera (top) and ultra-wide-angle (bottom) samples from the iQoo Neo 6 (tap to see full size)

Close-ups of photographs were crisp, and the iQoo Neo 6 spotted noticeable differences between the subject and the background. Shots taken in Portrait mode had a good edge detection. However, the quality of the sensor was minimal.

Close-up camera samples for iQoo Neo 6 (top) and macro (bottom) (tap to see full size)

The iQoo Neo 6 was quick to see the scene in low light and automatically kept the shutter open for longer. This resulted in a fairly detailed image. I also prompted myself to switch to Night mode in very dark situations, which appeared to be brighter and improved clarity in the shadows.

Camera samples from the iQoo Neo 6 low light (top) and Night mode (bottom) (tap to see full size)

Selfies taken with the iQoo Neo 6 were captured at the sensors full resolution. The app has a beautification filter by default but this may be adjusted or even disabled if required. Daylight photographs had adequate skin tones. In low light, the phone enabled screen flash automatically which helped in getting a better output. I might fine tune the level of background blur before capturing the image.

Portrait selfies from the iQoo Neo 6 (tap to see full size)

The primary rear camera and the selfie camera was both recorded in daylight, but little light footage had noticeable drop in the output when walking. The camera app also has a dual-video mode that allows me to shoot using the primary and the selfie camera simultaneously.

The iQoo Neo 6 should definitely be a top choice if you want to purchase a smartphone with a budget of over Rs. 30,000. It offers excellent performance from a high-end Qualcomm SoC, along with excellent battery life and excellent charging times. The iQoo Neo 6''s base version is absolutely unmet, as it does not need to be 12GB.

When shooting videos in low light, I have little problems with the iQoo Neo 6 except the preinstalled bloatware. Those looking for good video recording performance should note that the iQoo Neo 6 performs fine.

If you value clean software, then the recently developed Motorola Edge 30,Review) is something you should consider. However, if you cannot compromise performance, the Mi 11X,Review) and the OnePlus Nord 2,Review are excellent alternatives to consider in the same price range.

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