When it comes to the 6.62-inch AMOLED display, the phone doesn’t hold back. It is ideal for videos because of its 2400×1080 pixel resolution and HDR10 support. The screen is extremely bright, making it useable even outside, and its colors stand out to create a dynamic appearance in pictures and movies. If you still think the colors are too muted or perhaps too vibrant, you can choose from a variety of color modes and temperatures.
Although the panel can handle refresh rates of up to 120Hz, there are really only two discrete options available: either you select 60Hz or 120Hz, or you let the system choose based on the content on the screen. Naturally, maintaining 60Hz conserves battery life, and some individuals might not be able to detect the change in any case. However, depending on the game or program, some may convert to an intermediate 90Hz.
It’s obviously a good thing that stereo speakers are becoming more prevalent, especially on mid-range phones like the iQoo Neo 6. Of course, some just reuse the top earpiece speaker instead of having separate second speakers. The same applies to this phone, although anyone other than the most demanding audiophiles might find it to be a significant issue. Unsurprisingly, the loud speakers begin to distort at greater volumes. Unfortunately, the quality is mediocre, so if you want a better experience, especially at lower volume levels, you’ll need to switch to your preferred earbuds. Although the phone lacks a headphone port, Vivo graciously includes a USB-C to 3.5mm converter, which is all but obsolete today.
The iQoo Neo 6 only has two useable cameras, despite its sizable camera island. Thankfully, they’re both sufficient for day-to-day requirements, but don’t expect to win any prizes with them. The star of the show is a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 camera, a rare treat in this price range with an f/1.9 aperture lens and optical image stabilization. As you may have anticipated, the camera creates clear, vivid, and detailed photographs, especially in good outside sunlight. The color settings by default are comparable to other phones from this region, which some people may find a little oversaturated. The camera does struggle a little bit indoors, but Night mode is invaluable for low-light images.
Vivo’s ultra-wide camera, in contrast to other smartphones of its kind, was equipped with a 16MP sensor. The output is adequate but not very stunning, especially in terms of the level of detail, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. The allure of the third camera, a meager 2MP macro camera, rapidly wears off. You’ll have to settle for the 64MP primary camera’s reduced 2x simulated zoom as there isn’t a separate telephoto camera. Unfortunately, it produces nothing particularly noteworthy.
Another 16MP camera is present on the front, and it makes for a decent selfie camera. With a distinct distinction between the foreground and background and an appealing blur in between, portrait mode’s bokeh is fairly good. The only drawback is that iQoo’s target markets continue to have a strong desire for AI-powered beauty, which is why the camera app by default is designed to perform a lot of it. Of course, you can turn it off, but doing so doesn’t involve pressing a single switch.
A superb smartphone that very few people will likely notice or even remember is the iQoo Neo 6. Its performance isn’t perfect, but it has enough physical power and software finesse to give consumers what they need and desire on their terms. The Snapdragon 870 manages apps and games with ease, its vivid and colorful display makes films and games genuinely compelling, and its quick-charging technology makes up for its sizable but brittle battery.
The 64MP camera is the best there is, but we had hoped that it would be accompanied by more powerful sensors. Despite being neat and appealing, its design isn’t particularly memorable or attention-grabbing. In other words, it’s a fantastic, all-around phone, but if you’re looking for something more appealing, you’ll have to search elsewhere, and you won’t be able to find it anyplace else unless you’re in India or China.
The $440 price tag does alter the story a little, offering amazing value for such a reasonable cost, but it regrettably competes for that market with many other phones. In other markets, the Realme GT2 is priced similarly but has somewhat higher specifications. The IP67 water resistance and superior camera output of the Samsung Galaxy A52s, a mid-tier community favorite, readily make up for its slightly inferior specs. The Poco F3 GT, which offers plenty of power without requesting more, is the iQoo’s main competition. With so many competitors, the iQoo Neo 6 will have a difficult time capturing consumers’ interest and, more crucially, their money.