iQoo Neo 6 Review: Powerful Phone at a Reasonable Price!

iQoo Neo 6:  iQoo has launched the Neo series in India along with the Neo 6. In this tough competition segment below 30 thousand rupees, the company has launched the phone with full preparation. It brings with it the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chip, offers 80W fast charging, and woos with a 120Hz AMOLED display. The charging speed that the company has given in this price range is really commendable. It is rarely seen in this segment. But do all these features make the iQoo Neo 6 a phone that cannot be beaten? My first impressions of the phone were positive and now is the time to know if it is as good as it looks or not.

iQOO Neo 6 Price in India

The iQoo Neo 6 price in India is Rs 29,999, which comes with its 8GB RAM and 128GB storage model. Its top model comes with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, which costs Rs 33,999. iQoo Neo 6 can be bought in Dark Nova and Cyber ​​Rays colors.

iQOO Neo 6 Design

The iQoo Neo 6 phone is a rebranded model of the iQoo Neo 6 SE that was launched in China earlier this year. Neo 6 is a big smartphone in size and it weighs 190g. The phone has a 6.62-inch AMOLED display with a hole punch design at the top for the selfie camera. The bezels of the display are thin. The frame of the phone is made of plastic and it is kept flat at the top and bottom.

iQoo has added an IR (infrared) emitter, which is located near the secondary microphone at the top. At the bottom, there is a slot for a USB Type C port, speaker, and SIM tray. The back panel is made of plastic with curved sides. The phone is quite comfortable to hold. Its right side is narrow and carries a slim power button and volume button.

iQoo Neo 6 Review Powerful Phone at a Reasonable Price!

The dark nova color of the phone looks quite classy. It has a gradient finish that shows a mixed shade of dark blue and bright teal. If you want a brighter phone then you can also check out its Cyber ​​Rage variant. The camera module of the phone will grab your attention. It has a two-step design, on which the branding of Neo has been given, which is seen separately.

The company has also given a transparent case in the box of the phone. The back panel has a matte finish, so fingerprints don’t fall so easily. Plus you get a USB Type C to 3.5mm audio adapter which is a good thing.

iQoo Neo 6 Specifications and Software

Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC has been given in iQoo Neo 6 which is the most powerful processor for this price range. The Mi 11X competes directly with this phone, which has a similar chip. iQoo says that it has included a liquid cooling system in the phone to keep the processor cool.

Neo 6 has a Full HD Plus E4 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It has a 360Hz touch sampling rate that can go up to 1,200Hz in some games. The display is also HDR10+ certified and its brightness is 800 nits. iQoo has also provided stereo speakers in the Neo 6, but the phone does not have an IP rating.

This iQoo phone has support for Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band Wi-Fi, four 5G bands, dual-4G VoLTE, and five satellite navigation systems. You do not get NFC in this. The iQoo Neo 6 packs a 4,700mAh battery and has up to 80W fast charging support. You also get a compatible charger in the box.

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Talking about the software, it runs on Funtouch OS 12, which is based on Android 12. The company has promised to provide Android updates for two years and security updates for 3 years with the phone. Its user interface is almost similar to the Vivo X80 that I reviewed recently. Sad that I got the same bloatware experience in this too. Some apps can be uninstalled. The browser keeps sending unwanted notifications throughout the day, which is quite a tease.

iQoo Neo 6 Performance and Battery Life

iQoo Neo 6 has a powerful processor and there is no lag in the phone even in continuous use. I had its 12GB variant on which I was able to multitask, switching between apps very comfortably. I didn’t see any app reloading at any point. The phone has an Extended RAM feature and can use up to 4GB of storage from the system as RAM.

Enjoyed watching videos on the phone’s AMOLED display. The stereo speakers make the experience even better. The refresh rate is high so scrolling is smooth in apps and menus. The company has set the refresh rate on Smart Switch by default. It runs at 120Hz most of the time in this setting.

The iQoo Neo 6 has an in-display fingerprint scanner which is quite reliable and never fails during use. FaceUnlock also worked in a similar fashion. The phone scored well on benchmarks. Its score on AnTuTu was higher than OnePlus Nord 2 with 729,331 points. In Geekbench 5, it scored 983 and 3074 points in single and multi-core. It scored 50fps in the Car Chase test in GFXBench graphics. For users who want good performance, this phone will not disappoint in terms of scores.

I played Call of Duty: Mobile on it, which by default ran on Very High graphics and had the frame rate set to High by default. I played the game for 20 minutes and the battery got reduced by 5%. The phone did not get hot which explains its liquid cooling capability.

I liked the battery performance of this phone and it lasted comfortably for one and a half days. In the HD video loop test, the phone lasted for 21 hours and 17 minutes, which is quite impressive. Its 80W fast charger charged the phone 83% in 30 minutes and the phone was fully charged within 50 minutes.

iQOO Neo 6K Camera

The iQoo Neo 6 packs a triple camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary lens with OIS, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with a 116-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel macro shooter. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel camera. The camera app is very easy to use and looks similar to the app on the Vivo X80. The main camera takes 16-megapixel photos by default but you can click photos in full resolution if needed.

Its day-lit landscape photos were with detail and things were easily recognizable even at a distance. Words written on distant buildings could also be read. AI optimization is available in the phone which enhances the contrast in the output. The ultra-wide camera has a wider field of view and gets the same color profile as the primary camera.

iQoo Neo 6 Review Powerful Phone at a Reasonable Price!

The phone took close-up shots with crisp and complete details. This creates a natural bokeh effect between the background and the subject. Edge detection was good in portrait mode. The macro camera also captured extremely close-up shots.

The phone proved to be very fast in capturing the scene in low-light, for which it was keeping the shutter open on its own for a long time. Due to this, the image was captured clearly and in detail. In extreme dark areas, the phone itself suggested switching to Night Mode.

The sensor of the phone captures the selfie in full resolution. The app adds a beautification filter by default but it can also be adjusted or disabled if needed. In daylight, the skin tone is accurate in the photo. In low-light, the screen flash is automatically activated for better results. Edge detection was good in selfies taken in portrait mode and the background blur level was also adequate.

Its primary rear camera can shoot 4K video at 60fps. Its selfie camera can also shoot videos at this resolution and frame rate, which is rarely seen. The footage was quite stabilized in daylight but moving in low-light was getting a little shaky footage. There is a dual video mode in the camera app so that the primary and selfie cameras can record videos simultaneously.

Our Decision

If you are looking for a smartphone with a budget of 30 thousand, then you can keep this phone high on your list. The performance of the phone is quite good as can be expected from a device with a Qualcomm chip. The promise of Android and security updates makes it future-proof. In my opinion, its base variant of 8GB seems more value for money.

I don’t have many complaints about it except the pre-installed bloatware of the phone. If you are taking the phone for video recording purposes, then keep in mind that it does not perform as well in low-light.

If you want clean software then you can look at Motorola Edge 30. If you can’t compromise on performance, then go for the Mi 11X and OnePlus Nord 2, which are good alternatives in the same price range.

Sunil Kumar writes about smartphones and laptops for Gadgets 360 Tech News based out of Mumbai. He is Deputy Editor (Reviews) at Gadgets 360 Tech News. He has written frequently about the smartphone and PC industry and has an interest in photography as well.

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