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iQoo has introduced its Neo collection to India with the launch of the Neo 6 within the super-competitive sub-Rs. 30,000 worth section. In an effort to give the cellphone a combating probability, iQoo has outfitted it with highly effective {hardware} such because the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, and has bolstered its options by giving it 80W quick charging and a 120Hz AMOLED show. The charging velocity particularly is rather a lot greater than what you typically get on this worth vary. However does this make the iQoo Neo 6 undefeatable? My first impressions of this cellphone has been fairly constructive, and now it is time to see if it is truly nearly as good because it seems to be.

iQoo Neo 6 worth in India

The iQoo Neo 6 is priced at Rs. 29,999 for the bottom variant which comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. The upper variant with 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage, which is the one I’ve, is priced at Rs. 33,999. The iQoo Neo 6 is obtainable in two colors, Darkish Nova and Cyber Rage.

iQoo Neo 6 design

The iQoo Neo 6 is a rebranded iQoo Neo 6 SE which launched in China earlier this 12 months. The Neo 6 is an enormous smartphone and weighs 190g. It sports activities a 6.62-inch AMOLED show with a hole-punch on the high for the selfie digicam. It has pretty skinny bezels throughout. The body of the cellphone is made out of plastic and is flattened on the high and the underside.

iQoo has added an IR (infrared) emitter on the Neo 6, that sits on the highest subsequent to the secondary microphone. The underside of the body has the USB Sort-C port, speaker, and the SIM tray slot. The again panel can be made out of plastic and has curved sides, which makes the cellphone comfy to carry. The suitable facet of the body is slender and options slim energy and quantity buttons.

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This Darkish Nova color of the iQoo Neo 6 seems to be elegant


The Darkish Nova trim of the iQoo Neo 6 seems to be elegant, in my view. It has a gradient end with blended hues of darkish blue and vibrant teal. This latter shade shines by way of when mild hits it at sure angles. If you happen to choose one thing extra flashy, the Cyber Rage color could be to your liking. The digicam module on the iQoo Neo 6 may also seize your consideration. It has a two-step design with a distinguished Neo branding on it.

iQoo ships the Neo 6 with a clear case within the field. The again panel of the cellphone does have a matte end, so fingerprints aren’t actually a difficulty however the case ought to present some added safety. You additionally get a USB Sort-C to three.5mm audio adapter, which is an efficient addition.

iQoo Neo 6 specs and software program

The iQoo Neo 6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC which is among the strongest SoCs on this worth vary. The Mi 11X (Review) which straight competes with this cellphone, can be powered by the identical SoC. iQoo says it has used a liquid cooling system to maintain the SoC operating cool. 

The Neo 6 sports activities a full-HD+ E4 AMOLED show with a 120Hz refresh fee. It has a 360Hz contact sampling fee which may increase as much as 1,200Hz in a couple of video games. The panel can be HDR10+ licensed and has a brightness of 800 nits. iQoo has additionally added stereo audio system to the Neo 6 but it surely misses out on an IP ranking.

The cellphone helps Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band Wi-Fi, 4 5G bands, dual-4G VoLTE, and 5 satellite tv for pc navigation techniques. There isn’t a NFC. The iQoo Neo 6 packs a 4,700mAh battery and has help for as much as 80W quick charging. iQoo additionally bundles a appropriate charger within the field.

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The iQoo Neo 6 does have a good quantity of bloatware apps preinstalled


On the software program facet, the iQoo Neo 6 runs Funtouch OS 12 on high of Android 12. iQoo guarantees two years of Android OS updates and three years of safety updates. The person interface is sort of similar to the Vivo X80 that I just lately reviewed since each use Funtouch OS 12. Sadly, I confronted the identical subject with bloatware like I did on the Vivo X80, as there’s merely an excessive amount of of it. You’ll be able to uninstall most of those apps to reclaim some space for storing. On the iQoo Neo 6, I discovered that the browser app pushed undesirable notifications all through the day, which bought annoying in a short time.

iQoo Neo 6 efficiency and battery life

The iQoo Neo 6 makes use of a strong SoC and delivers constant efficiency with none indicators of slowing down. I had the 12GB variant which comfortably allowed me to multitask without having to kill any opened apps within the background. I may change between completely different apps and video games, and I by no means observed the cellphone having to reload an app. iQoo additionally has an prolonged RAM function that allowed me to allocate 4GB of system storage as digital RAM.

Watching movies on the iQoo Neo 6 felt partaking on the crisp AMOLED show. The stereo audio system additionally added to the viewing expertise. The upper refresh fee made scrolling in apps and menus a lot smoother. iQoo has set the refresh fee to Sensible Change by default and with this setting, the Neo 6 ran at 120Hz more often than not.

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The triple digicam setup on the iQoo Neo 6 sits in an enormous digicam module on the again


The iQoo Neo 6 has an in-display fingerprint scanner, which was dependable and by no means did not unlock the system every time I attempted. I had additionally arrange face recognition which labored equally nicely. The cellphone fared nicely in benchmarks. It managed 729,331 factors in AnTuTu which was greater than the OnePlus Nord 2 (Review). In Geekbench 5, the Neo 6 scored 983 and 3074 factors in single-core and multi-core checks. Within the GFXBench graphics benchmark, the iQoo Neo 6 managed 50fps within the Automotive Chase check. General, the scores have been on the upper facet on this section so these in search of good efficiency must be happy.

I performed Name of Obligation: Cell on the iQoo Neo 6 which defaulted to the ‘Very Excessive’ graphics preset, whereas the body fee was set to ‘Excessive’ by default. I performed the sport for about 20 minutes which resulted in a 5 p.c drain in battery degree. The cellphone wasn’t heat to the contact which might be the results of the liquid cooling system doing its job.

I used to be pleased with the battery efficiency on the iQoo Neo 6 as the cellphone simply lasted for past a day and a half with none points. In our HD video loop check, the cellphone ran for 21 hours, 17 minutes which was spectacular. The provided 80W charger managed to cost the cellphone as much as 83 p.c in half-hour and was charged utterly in beneath 50 minutes.

iQoo Neo 6 cameras

The iQoo Neo 6 sports activities a triple digicam setup consisting of a 64-megapixel major with OIS, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide with a 116-degree area of view, and a 2-megapixel macro. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel digicam. The digicam app is pretty simple to make use of and is visually just like the app on the Vivo X80, minus the Zeiss additions. The primary digicam pixel-bins photographs to 16-megapixels by default, however you may shoot on the full decision if wanted.

Daylight panorama photographs from the first digicam have been detailed and objects at a distance have been recognisable. Textual content on distant buildings have been additionally legible. The cellphone has an AI scene optimisation choice which sometimes bumps up the distinction within the output. The ultra-wide-angle digicam provides a wider area of view and has an identical color profile as the first digicam. Nevertheless, the output was warped alongside the sides of the body.

iQoo Neo 6 major digicam (high) and ultra-wide-angle (backside) digicam samples (faucet to see full measurement)


Shut-up photographs regarded crisp and the iQoo Neo 6 managed to seize minute particulars fairly nicely. It additionally managed a delicate, pure bokeh between the topic and the background. Pictures taken in Portrait mode had good edge detection. The macro digicam managed good excessive close-ups of topics. Nevertheless, the standard was restricted by the decision of the sensor.

iQoo Neo 6 close-up (high) and macro (backside) digicam samples (faucet to see full measurement)


The iQoo Neo 6 was fast to gauge the scene in low mild and mechanically stored the shutter open for longer. This resulted in a reasonably detailed picture. The cellphone additionally prompted me to modify to Evening mode in very darkish situations, which regarded brighter and produced higher particulars within the shadows.

iQoo Neo 6 low mild (high) and Evening mode (backside) digicam samples (faucet to see full measurement)


Selfies taken with the iQoo Neo 6 have been captured on the sensor’s full decision. The app applies a beautification filter by default however this may be adjusted and even disabled if wanted. Daylight photographs had correct pores and skin tones. In low mild, the cellphone enabled display screen flash mechanically which helped in getting a greater output. Selfie’s taken in Portrait mode had good edge detection and I may effective tune the extent of background blur earlier than capturing the picture.

iQoo Neo 6 daylight and low mild Portrait selfies (faucet to see full measurement)


Video recording topped out at 4K 60fps for the first rear digicam, in addition to the selfie digicam which isn’t one thing we see fairly often. Video footage was nicely stabilised in daylight, however low mild footage had seen shimmer within the output when strolling. The digicam app additionally has a dual-video mode that allowed me to shoot utilizing the first and the selfie digicam on the similar time.


If you’re trying to purchase a smartphone with a finances of round Rs. 30,000, the iQoo Neo 6 ought to undoubtedly be excessive up in your record. It has superb efficiency that you’d count on from a high-end Qualcomm SoC, together with glorious battery life and intensely quick charging. The promise of assured Android OS and safety updates make the iQoo Neo 6 future-proof to an extent. For my part, the bottom variant of the iQoo Neo 6 is the one to get because it provides higher worth than the 12GB variant.

I haven’t got main complaints with the iQoo Neo 6 apart from the preinstalled bloatware, which is unquestionably a priority. These in search of good video recording efficiency ought to observe that the iQoo Neo 6 does not fare nicely when taking pictures movies in low mild.

If you happen to worth clear software program, then the just lately launched Motorola Edge 30 (Review) is one thing it’s best to take into account. Nevertheless, for those who do not wish to compromise on efficiency, then the Mi 11X (Review) and the OnePlus Nord 2 (Review) are superb options to have a look at in the identical worth vary.


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