IQOO Neo 6 performance and camera review

Introduction

The globally rollout of the IQOO Neo 6 has recently begin, and it’s fair we got the spotlight to one of the hottest mid-ranger india has so far. And it’s an affordable smartphone with a great AMOLED screen, powerful hardware, a capable camera, and speed charging.

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It happens quite often lately the global model of the IQOO Neo 6 is not same as the Chinese version. And also it’s not a brand new device either, the international Neo 6 is actually a Neo 6 SE that is still aggressively sold out in Chinese martket. Go figure!

And with that confusion sorted out, let’s explore this IQOO Neo 6.

If we had to describe the IQOO Neo 6 with as few words as possible, it will go like this-imagine the Poco F3 with a better main camera and fast charging. And it run the FUNTOCH OS instead of MIUI.

Indeed we can’t shake the feeling we are getting a refreshed version of the best selling smartphone in the recent years – Poco F3. The IQOO Neo 6 has arguable a more appealing design but relies on a similar AMOLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch response, and HDR10+ certification.

Then there is the snapdragon 870 5G chipset, which is still considered one of best choice as it delivers a flagship speed and sustained performance within the upper mid-range segment. And the IQOO advertises the Neo 6 as having a sophisticated multilayer cooling system, and we will surely see how orchids it’s own under the pressure.

The IQOO Neo 6 features a triple-camera setup on the back with 64MP OIS primary, an 8MP ultra-wide, and a 2MP macro camera. There is a 16MP of selfie shooter on the other side.

Finally the IQOO Neo 6 utilizes a 4,700mAh battery the supports up-to 80W fast charging. You ET that power adapter arrives bundled with the phone.

And seems there is little, if anything, missing on the IQOO Neo 6. The phone appears to have basic water protection even it there is not any of official mention about this, there are two speakers, under-display fingerprint sensor, IR-blaster. Well there is no NFC, micro SD expansion or not a 3.5mm Jack or Audio Jack, so it’s not all perfection.

Unboxing of IQOO Neo 6

The Neo 6 arrives in a stylish box with a Corbon fiber pattern and yellow marketing. Inside you will find the 80W power adapter and 4A-rated USB cable. There is also a soft transparent case.

Unboxing of IQOO Neo 6
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Digging in further revealed a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter, which is quite impressive. Even if the phone doesn’t comes with a 3.5mm or a audio Jack, the option is still available right out of the box.

Finally ,the IQOO Neo 6 like many other phones had a thin protective film applied to the display. It is for scratch resistance but is also a smudge magnet.

Design

The IQOO Neo 6 is eye-catchy and likeable right out of the box. The Dark Nova color is reminiscent of the northern lights but not as flashy as dedicated Aurora version of the other maker’s phones. And the smooth transition between the black and dark green makes the Dark and Nova this cool.

Design of the IQOO Neo 6
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on the other hand, if you want flashy, the cyber Rage version well get you that with light blue toward purplish-pinkish transition.

So, IQOO Neo 6’s build is nothing out of the ordinary -there is afloat tempered glass on top the screen. A thin and flat plastic frame with a matte finish, and a slightly curved plastic back with multiple layers paint and Matt, anti-glare coating.

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The rare panels matter finish doesn’t necessarily mean it’s grippy. In the case of the IQOO Neo 6 both the frame and the back offer a similar non-glossy surface, but neither offer much in terms of grip and handling. They are quite smudge-resistant ,though so we do give them point for that.

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The phone is not officially advertises as having ingress protection. It still appears to feature some insulation. While this doesn’t mean much it still gives a peace of mind of sorts.

Now it’s time to takes a closer look at the front.

The front is occupied by the 6.62-inch E4 AMOLED screen of 1080p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10+ supports. It is bright, colorful panel with fast touch response and thin bezels.

Bezels of the best and most popular
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There is a small perforation to makes way for the 16MP selfie camera, and for now-this is the most compact solution.

The IQOO Neo 6 has a dual-speakers setup of the hybrid kind-the earpiece also doublea as a speaker, while the other is at the bottom of the phone. There is no grills for the earpiece above the screen, just a thin outlet for the second, while the speaker itself is somewhere behind the OLED panel.

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The good news is that even if part of hybrid setup, the speakers balance in loudness and sound quality.

something you cannot see is the under-display fingerprint scanner. It is satisfying fast and reliable and rarely misses. It’s placement is a bit lower than usual, and some may find it uncomfortable at first.

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The camera bump is a common theme within the Vivo-mode phones. Even if it’s large, it house just three cameras the 64MP primary, the 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro and a LED flashlight. It’s a two-step piece that jutting out of the beautiful plastic back. The lower part contains a pixelated Neo Logo.

Because of the camera setup, the phone wobbles a bit when left on a flare surface. If you find this annoying, you can solve the issues by using the case.

The plastic back is quite pleasant to touch and fingerprint resistant. It’s clean of text and logos, excluding the IQOO one. The subtle curved edges of the longer side makes the IQOO Neo 6 look much thinner than it.

The flat plastic frame is also thin on the longer sides, and of proper thicker around the top and bottom sides.

Left side of the phone is completely bare.

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And the right side houses the volume and power/lock keys.

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The top packs one of the mics and the IR baster.

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Finally ,the bottom side is where you’d find the dual SIM card tray, the USB-C port, the primary microphone and a Speaker.

The IQOO Neo 6 measures 163 x 76.2 x 8.5 mm and the weight is 190 grams, making it one reasonable thin and lightweight smartphone.

Despite having a lot of Matt plastic, the IQOO Neo 6 provides little grip, and if it weren’t for the flat sides, it would have been non-existent. It sure is not the worst we’ve experienced, but far from the best too.

Overall we had a positive experience of using the IQOO Neo 6. It is of a solid build with some sort of water insulation, we liked it’s frame and back surface. The color option are quite nice, too. It’s an easy to use smartphone, but if you don’t fell it secure enough on your hand the transparent case from the box will help with that.

Display

The Neo 6 has 6.62-inch AMOLED screen is the centerpiece I’d the Neo 6. The panel has extended 1080p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch response, and HDR10+ certification.

The Neo 6 has 6.62-inch AMOLED screen is the centerpiece I'd the Neo 6.
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The actual resolution of the screen is 1080 x 2400 pixels or 398ppi density and 20:9 aspect ratio. There is no information on the screen protection, but most of the IQOO phones lately use panda Glass, so there isn’t good chance the Neo 6bhas such a glass chance the Neo 6 has such a glass sheet as well.

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like the most of the phones nowadays, the Neo 6 also has a perforated screen – the selfie camera sits in a small punch hole.

So, IQOO hasblisted 500 nits of typical, 800 nits of high maximum, and 1300 nits of peak brightness. We don’t measure peak, but we’ve captured about 490 nits of typical and 770 nits of high brightness -in the line with the offical numbers.

The minimum brightness at point was 2.1nits.

Color accuracy

The IQOO Neo 6 has three display colors modes in settings – standard (default), professional, and Bright. And also you can adjust the color temperature in each of those modes. Standard and Bright cover the DCI-P3 color space and offer accurate color presentation, excluding the slightly bluish white and gray hues. The professional setting corresponds to sRGB, and it offers a superb color accuracy with an average deltaE of 2.

Refresh rate

60Hz, 120Hz, and smart switch. Both smart switch and 120Hz are dynamic options
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The IQOO Neo 6 has three options for refresh rate – 60Hz, 120Hz, and smart switch. Both smart switch and 120Hz are dynamic options with the only difference we noticed is that smart switch sometimes may render the UI with 90fps instead of 120fps.

Many apps that can use a high refresh rate are able to do so on the IQOO Neo 6. This includes the entire interface and all system apps.

And the video apps usually draw their interface at 60fps, and the videos PlayStation 60Hz too.

Some compatible HFR games seem to be choosing 120Hz, too no matter it the refresh rate was set to 120Hz or smart switch. There is a catch, though. It turned out that the refrigerator indicator always showed 60Hz when we weren’t touching the screen, and the led us to believe that all games are actually drawn at 60fps, no matter what the refresh rate indicator was showing.

The Display enhancements

The IQOO Neo 6 has a feature called visual enhancement in the display setting, which optimize the color and contrast in same streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube and you can pick the app manually from the compactble list. It Offers a minor boost in color saturation and contrast in non-HDR content, but it also increase the overall battery consumption.

The IQOO Neo 6 has a couple of interesting settings as part of the Ultra Game mode.

The Reports mode, available for selected games, allows for automatic DND mode. It disables unnecessary screen gestures, locks the brightness and balances frame rate and temperature to keep the best possible FPS. It is currently compatible with Call of duty Mobile and BGMI.

There is also 4D Game Vibration, which uses the phone’s built-in z-axis linear motor to provide a dynamic haptic feedback in compatible games like Asphalt 9, and you can turn this feature on/off for each one.

We also want to praise the excellent tactile feedback the screen provides thanks to the said vibration motor-it is prominent and accurate.

The Eagle Eye Enhancement offer local tone mapping for better contrast, color enhancements, and detail sharpening. It is Available for a couple of games, thought.

There is also something called Frame rate priority, but it has no explanation, and we couldn’t find a compatible game.

Streaming

The IQOO Neo 6 display is HDR10+ certified, and the device comes with Widevine L1 DRM support. This means you should be able to stream HDR10 1080p content from any popular services. And we can confirm that-Full HD HDR10 streaming is available right out of the box across the popular streaming apps.

Battery

The IQOO Neo 6 features a 4,700mAh battery capable of fast charging upto 80W. The phone has the Snapdragon 870 5G chipset and a large E4 AMOLED screen.

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The IQOO Neo 6 scored a 97h of endurance rating on our battrry test. It posted similarly great time to the IQOO 9 across our three standalone tests call, web browsing, and video playback.

Charging speed

The IQOO Neo 6 supports a 80W of fast wired charging for the 4,700mAh battery, and the phone comes bundled with the 80W brick and the 4A-rated USB cable.

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The official number for the test and we recorded exactly 50% in 12mints! A full 30mints on the 80W power after will give you a 98% charge. The phone reached 100% in 32 mints -exactly what IQOO has promised. And there is no wireless charging support on IQOO Neo 6.

Speakers

The IQOO Neo 6 has a hybrid stereo speakers setup-one speaker at the bottom, while the front – facing earpiece is a second speaker.

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We we’re pleased with the balance – both speakers seem equal in both loudness and sound quality.

The IQOO Neo 6 speakers scored a very good ark onboard loudness test. The audio quality is okayish, though nothing praise – worthy. The h oh go notes are very well presented, and there is some bass. But the setup is lacking in mid-tones and vocals.

Software

The IQOO Neo 6 boots latest android 12 OS with Vivi’s newest FUNTOCH 12 luncher.

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Funtoch 12 significantly departs from Funtoch 11’s core values. The stick-ish looking and functioning main UI elements and menus have been substituted with a highly customized and customuzable UI. Some of the changes are pretty nifty, too including the system menus being tailored towards a single-handed use. Some of the menu’s content moves to the lower half of the screen when you swipe down, but not all which is odd.

The recent apps menu, for example has one of theirs useful proprietary features. You can choose between the standard carousel formation and a horizontal title layout – sort of like MIUI, only scrollable horizontally.

The aPP Drawer, although stock-ish looking, has an expandable recommended apps category on the top most commonly used ones., whereas using the vertical scrolled on the right would highlight the apps beginning with selected letter.

The notification shade has been revamped too, in terms of looks mostly.

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The reset of the UI gets plenty of love too. In the dynamic effects sub-menu, vivo has grouped quite a few customizable aspects of the home screen, lock screen animation effects etc. There are even various charging and facial recognition animations.

Performance and benchmarks

The IQOO Neo 6 employs one of the fastest and fan-favorite available chipset, the Snapdragon 870 5G. It’s is a rehash of the last years flagship SD865 chip with even higher CPU clocks, and it’s prime core goes all the away up to 3.2GHz. It still packs one of the most powerful GPUs around -the adreno 650.

The SD870 feature an octa-core CPU in a 1+3+4 configuration with the prime core maxing out at 3.2GHz. The adreno 650 handles the graphics and should deliver flagship – grade performance including HFR gaming.

The IQOO Neo 6 has two variants, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage. Our is the latter RAM is LPDDR4X, while the storage is UFS3. 1.

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The Snapdragon 870 CPU is an easy champ in the mid-range. It is only bested by the flagship snapdragon 888+ and Dimensity 8100 within the more expensive REALME gt Neo 3.

The Adreno 650 GPU OS one of the best performer not only in the mid-range but in the whole current smartphones chipset selection. And it easily aces the graphics benchmarks.

The AnTuTu score of the IQOO Neo 6 is 730223. The IQOO Neo 6 at the top of its price range and among the best scoring of non-flagship smartphones.

Finally ,we’ve tested the stability of the snapdragon 870 which is inside the IQOO Neo 6. The chipset has a cascade cooling system with a large vapor chamber area and a 5 later 3D graphite cooling plates to further accelerate heat dissipation and provide sustained performance.

The cooling turned out incredibly adequate as the Neo 6 aced the stability tests. It managed to keep 80% of its CPU performance when running CPU Throttle for an hour. Then it scored 99 % stability on the 3D mark GPU stress test.

And the IQOO Neo 6 was warm after the each test but never get hot.

Camera

The IQOO Neo 6 has a familiar trio of cameras at the back of the phone – a high-resolution primary shooter with optical stabilization, an ultra-wide camera, and a small macro shooter. There is also a standard 16MP of selfie camera in the front side.

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The primary camera in the IQOO Neo 6 uses a 64MP Samsung (S5K) GW1 1/1.72″ sensor with 0.8mm pixels and a tetrapixel filter. This sensor is paired with a 25mm f/1.9 lens.

The ultra-wide camera relies on a 8MP omniVision OV8856 1/4 sensor with 1.12mm pixels. It sits behind a 16mm f/2.2 lens.

Last at the back is macro camera with a 2MP of omniVision OV02B10 1/5″ sensor with 1.75mm pixel. It uses a 24mm f/2.4 lens and has a fixed focus at 4cm away.

And the selfie camera uses a 16MP of Samsung S5K3P9 1/3.1″ Sensor. The lens is 28mm f/2.0, and the focus fixed.

No, major changes were mad to the default Funtoch camera app. Since the vivo x70 series. There a straightforward Zoom selector with 0.6x,1x,and 2x shortcuts. The super macro mode is accessed from the flower incon next to the hamburger menu.

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The main modes are arranged in carousel formation, and you can switch between then by swiping. The more tab list the rest of the modes, and from reading, you can customize modes, you can have available in the viewfinder.

The pro mode gives you all the freedom to adjust the autofocus, white balance shutter speed is 32 seconds for the main, 0.8 for UW, ISO exposure. You can do so on the main and ultra-wide cameras. Theres a helpful information and explaining the options above the case you are just getting into the photography shooting in RAW is also was an option.

Photo quality

The camera apps default setting are HDR mode set to Auto (as on most phones) and AI turned off. The later option usually boosts color’s and the contrast depending on the recognized by the scenes, and since the default photos you are about to see the unrealistic already, we’d advise against the AI option.

So, the primary camera on the IQOO Neo 6 saves good photos with adequate detail levels excellent contrast, low noise and likeable, even it a bit over the top dynamic range.

They are far from perfect though, as the processing is a mess for example, foilage is sometimes ,it look quite well. The people and cars look glossy and like they came from the oil painting.

And then we have unrealistically popping color’s though many peoples like them this way, so we are not sure it this critique will resonate with everyone.

The photos look good, but they are abviously overproccessed, and we are not sure if everyone will find them appealing when looking at them at 100% Zoom.

And also you can get less processed photos by disabling the Auto HDR completely. The images Hav a more natural look, especially the foliage, the sharpening is just right. And the noise is more than tolerable. The are still oversaturated but likable nevertheless.

The main camera are good-the subject separation is proficient enough not to mess up some body parts, the blur is convincing, and the colors are realistic. The subject are well exposed and detailed, and the contrast is good, too.

There is a high-resolution 64MP shooting mode available, and this is probably the best way to get the least processed photos with accurate color’s, white balance, and realistic dynamic range.

It’s a Smart Upscaling process that yields usable photos with okay-ish detail and we said, realistic white balance, contrast and dynamic, they can also used for Zooming in without losing much detail by cropping their 16MP center.

The 8MPphotos we shot on the ultra-wide camera are good as well. They present enough detail, good contrast and wide dynamic range. They are also noise-free.

The UW photos share the unrealistic overprocessed look of the smudged foliage at time, and they can benefit from increased contrast and a notch down on, well everything else.

The third and final camera on the back of the IQOO Neo 6 is a 2MP macro eye with a fixed focus at 4cm away.

The 2MP macro photos are usable, and thats the best we can say about them. They are not that detailed, offer over-sharpened, and somewhat desaturated or oversaturated, pending on the scene and available light they look just as overproccessed as the rest of the photos.

And we liked the 16MP selfie from the front camera. When the Auto HDR is disabled (first photo), you will get a sharp and detailed photo with realistic color, was amazing contrast and low noise.

If you rely on the default Auto HDR state (2,3,4 photos) or the light is not ideal, you will get halved detail, with arguably improved dynamic remain realistic and likeable across all the photos. Quite expectedly the low-light photos are always heavily processed, whether you’ve opted for Night mode or not. Usually there isn’t a big difference between the regular and night modes because the standard mode has faster simulated exposure.

So, the default photos taken at night with the primary camera are quite good they are notably bright, with wide dynamic range, good contrast and excellent color saturated. The noise has been cleaned well, even if some fine details got smeared in the process.

You can manually shoot in Night mode, and you will see there is barely a difference of first. But Zooming is revealed the Night mode photos offers more detail and better sharpness, and for less smearing.

So, the Night mode photos have higher per pixel sharpness and that is the main reason we do recommend using it.

The 2x toggle on the viewfinder offers digitally zoomed photos at night. These are crapped and upscaled from the standard 1x photos, and you can tell if you pixel-peep in those the resolved detail is halved still, these are quite usable and will do for sharing across various apps and services.

The low-light images from the 8MP ultra-wide camera are not as processed as the ones from the primary camera. They have realistic exposure and ture-to-life color’s, good contrast and acceptable dynamic range. The detail is mediocre.

There is one thing to consider though-the Night mode takes a noticeably longer time to shoot each ultra-wide photo, and that’s why we are not sure that the trade off is worth it.

Video recording

The IQOO Neo 6 capture videos with all cameras but the macro. The main camera records video upto 4K at 60fps, 1080p at 60fps is also supported. Ultra-wide and selfie shooter are limited to 1080p at 30fps capturing.

OIS is available in the primary camera, while optional electronic stabilization is supported on the primary and the ultra-wide camera .

IQOO stabilization option are bit awkward there is standard, ultra, and off. Standard means OUS+EIS for the ultra-wide camera. Ultra uses the main camera and 1080p @ 60fps mode to capture an action camera like video. And off, well it means no stabilization obviously.

Unfortunately ,there is no stabilization available for the selfie video capturing.

The camcorder is incredibly generous with the bit rate 4K footage gets 50mbps, while 1080p/30fps is is allocated a similarly about 30Mbps. The audio bit rate is 128Kbps, the sound is stereo.

Competition

The IQOO Neo 6 is a all-round smartphone with plenty of premium features like a smooth AMOLED screen with HDR10, a powerful snapdragon 870 5G chipset, with outstanding sustained performance, incredibly fast charging and reliable cameras even if their photo quality is undistinguished.

The IQOO Neo 6 starts at about INR 30,000 (about €370/$390), and it’s quite a reasonable price tag for such a smartphone.

The first competitor that comes to mind is the REALME GT Neo 3T-this is pretty much same notable differences-Realme’s primary camera is not stabilized, and the battery capacity is slightly larger. The GT Neo 3T is not available in India yet, but you can get it in Europe. It is good as the IQOO Neo 6 and worth having as your daily driver.

If you live in India, you can get REALME gt 2 about as much as the IQOO Neo 6. It has a more powerful snapdragon 888 chipset, and the primary cameras photo quality is better. The rest is a match to the IQOO Neo 6. You should consider the GT2 if you are not a fan of Funtoch is, otherwise just pick the phone you like the most. There is no right or wrong choice.

Our verdict

At the end of the day, we are happy with the IQOO Neo 6. It’s beautiful phone with a solid and lightweight build, stereo speakers and a large battery with blazing fast charging.

The most notable features of the IQOO Neo 6 are excellent 120Hz, HDR10 AMOLED screen and the sustained performance with excellent stability. The speakers turned out loud, though the quality was a mixed bag. The battery life was preety good, but the standby performance was rather mediocre.

Then there are the cameras – all four cameras saved overprocessed photos -not bad, but not up to par either. The video quality was mostly good though.

Ultimate , we’d recommend putting the IQOO Neo 6 on your shortlist as it an excellent device for gaming and multimedia,and it is priced just right. It will do the job as a camera phone, too though if the photo quality is a priority, the competition has better offers for that.

Pro’s and Con’s

Pros

  • lightweight, and beautiful design.
  • Excellent AMOLED screen, 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch response, HDR10+.
  • Outstanding speed and sustained performance.
  • fast charging
  • The main camera offers great video quality.

Cons

  • No ingress protection.
  • The speakers audio quality is not up to par.
  • Mediocre photo quality across the board.
  • No EIS for selfie video.
  • No NFC.

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