iQOO Neo 6 First Impressions: Gamers will love this!
iQOO Neo 6 marks the debut of the Neo series of phones in India — a family of phones that will focus on high-end specs for gaming without spending a bomb. Starting at a price of Rs. 29,999 for the base variant, the iQOO Neo 6 is right now among the most affordable smartphones using the flagship grade Snapdragon 870 chip. For gaming, there could be nothing better at this price, especially considering the fact that iQOO focuses on performance solely on its smartphones.
Hence, it was obvious for us to be curious and try out the iQOO Neo 6. We have been using the phone for a few days and so far, things have been looking good. But the iQOO Neo 6 cannot be judged solely on the basis of its gaming credentials, considering that you would want you Rs. 30,000 phone to be good at other things too. While a review is still a few days away, we have spent a few days and are happy to share our initial impressions.
iQOO Neo 6 Design
We have often blamed smartphone brands of bringing the same boring and repetitive design to most of their phones, regardless of the price. iQOO has tried something different here, albeit mild. The phone at first glance looks like any of those Android phones in the sub-Rs. 30,000 space but a closer inspection reveals a new camera hump design that is in-between the small and big humps we have seen on previous iQOO devices. It looks fun and stands out, although I wish iQOO could have come up with a bright exciting colour alongside the two existing ones. The build quality seems fine and the matte finish adds to the overall experience.
iQOO Neo 6 features at a glance
The main highlight here is the Snapdragon 870 chip, which even in 2022 is among the more stable smartphone chips. And as expected, it handles everything with ease — whether you ask it to do some heavy duty gaming, or manage social media apps. iQOO has optimised the chip well with the FunTouchOS 12 skin based on Android 12, which is something performance seekers and gamers will love a lot. However, FunTouchOS 12 is still full of bloatware and lots of junk apps as well as adware. The iQOO Browser is the most irritating bit on the phone — it constantly throws annoying notifications. Nonetheless, we are yet to out it though its paces and you will know more about it in our full review.
iQOO offers a 6.6-inch E4 AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and peak touch sampling rate of 1200Hz. As with most AMOLED displays, it looks vivid and “contrast-y”, although it lacks the fancy stuff such as a variable refresh rate. We haven't tried out the cameras much but based on the little time we spent so far, the still photography is decent — nothing special to write about.
Lastly, the 4700mAh battery has so far lasted us between a day and 1.5 days, depending on the usage variation. The 80W charging is a blessing, considering it only take under 25 minutes to do a 10-100 percent charge.
iQOO Neo 6 First Impressions
Based on our limited use so far, the iQOO Neo 6 seems like an incredible deal for gamers on a budget of less than Rs. 30,000. This is simply a fast phone that look nice and has fast charging — we may have more to add on to this in our full review. We would have liked iQOO to use new parts from 2022 for the Neo 6 instead of using older components but hey! The price is low and for Rs. 30,000, I am more than happy to have a phone that can game like an Android flagship.