iQOO Neo 5 Review: Vivo’s former subsidiary iQOO, which manufactures handsets, recently unveiled a new smartphone under its popular Neo product series. Unlike most recently launched handsets, the iQOO Neo 5 does not pack the Snapdragon 888 chip but is instead powered by the Snapdragon 870.
Dubbed as the iQOO Neo 5, the recently unveiled smartphone has gone up for grabs for just $459 on Giztop. The first generation of iQOO Neo was released in 2019 with the Snapdragon 845 platform, under the hood. The iQOO Neo 3 was launched last year with high refresh rate support.
The direct screen is an ideal choice for a superior gaming experience. Unlike the curved screen, the straight screen resolves issues related to false touch from the hardware level. The direct screen offers inherent control advantages, and the screen quality of iQOO Neo5 is good as well.
The phone sports a 6.62-inch Samsung AMOLED center hole-cut screen with a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels, 800nit peak brightness, and 1300nit local maximum brightness. It also supports HDR10 and HDR10+ video content playback.
The iQOO Neo 5 comes with 120Hz supports and features three modes including 60Hz, 120Hz, and smart switching. The phone uses adaptive refresh rate technology to automatically adjust to the most suitable refresh rate gear based on the actual application scenario.
Aside from ensuring fluency, it also controls the power consumption to a more ideal level. It has a touch report rate of 300Hz and an instantaneous touch sampling rate of 1000Hz.
The Ultra Clear Picture Quality is included in the display setting options of the Neo 5. It uses AI algorithms to upgrade the low-quality video to 1080P. It supports several applications including the camera, Weibo, Toutiao, Huya live broadcast, and Douyu live broadcast.
However, since it causes a certain power consumption burden, you can choose to turn it off or on based on your actual needs. The screen fingerprint is still there, and the actual performance is similar to the iQOO 7. The recognition accuracy, as well as the unlocking speed, are stable.
Under the hood
The iQOO Neo 5 packs the Snapdragon 870 chip, and comes in 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB, 12GB+256GB three storage options (LPDDR4X+Enhanced UFS3.1). It also supports Vivo’s own memory fusion technology and can partially ROM Expansion to RAM use to enhance running fluency.
In AnTuTu, Master Lu, and Geekbench 5 software benchmark tests, the iQOO Neo 5 scored 682965 points in AnTuTu, 767619 points in Master Lu, single-core 1028 points, and multi-core 3465 points in Geekbench 5 test.
iQOO Neo 5 is one of the rare mid-range phones to feature independent display chips. The independent display chip mainly improves three aspects of the increased number of game frames, stabilizes the game’s high frame rate operation, and improved game picture quality.
The ability to increase the number of game frames is actually MEMC motion compensation, which enhances the game screen by inserting frames. It is comparable to providing users with a high frame rate experience beyond the native frame rate of the game with hardware support.
Taking Benghuai 3 as an example, the iQOO Neo 5 allows you to select 90 frames in the game settings, and you can experience smoother pictures offered by 90 frames or even 120 frames through the game frame option in the game box.
The game’s native high frame rate mode is primarily supported by the GPU, while the iQOO Neo 5 game frame rate multiplier mode is implemented through its independent display chip so the power consumption is low and the body heating up can be controlled.
Five games officially support frame insertion to 90 and 120 frames. Aside from Bang Huai 3, Tian Yu, Tianya Mingyue Knife, Perfect World, and Fifth Personality also support frame insertion to 90 and 120 frames. Other games such as Peace Elite, Pharaoh, and Call of Duty have been adapted, too.
The independent display chip also enables Game Dynamic Stabilization, which ensures that the game screen is stable at a high frame rate for as long as possible. During a long game, the chip will actively reduce the frequency to suppress heat, causing the frame rate to fluctuate.
When the stable frame rate function is turned on, the independent display chip of the iQOO Neo 5 shares part of the image rendering task, which reduces the pressure on the GPU. This frequency reduction problem can be alleviated. Shunting, good heat dissipation, and resource allocation capabilities are important too.
iQOO has upgraded its game box. For instance, the CPU/GPU parameters can be displayed to users intuitively. More importantly, parameters such as multi-sampling anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering, texture filtering quality, and MipMap Lod offset can be manually adjusted, according to your needs for a better gaming experience.
The iQOO Neo 5 is available in three eye-catching color options including the cloud shadow blue version, night shadow black, and pixel orange version. The cloud shadow blue version features a front color effect similar to the previous light blue version iQOO 7.
The Neo 5 features the two-color cloud-level camera design, which became standard of Vivo phones since the launch of the Vivo X50 series. The stepped layout minimizes the visual abruptness of the camera module.
The back cover and the camera area of the Neo 5 adopt different processes. The back cover is AG frosted glass, which feels very delicate to the touch and has the characteristics of not being easy to touch fingerprints, the connection area between the camera and the back cover is glossy glass, and because of its existence, there is a gap between the camera and the back cover.
The iQOO Neo 5 has a body length of 163.34 mm, a width of 76.37 mm, a thickness of 8.43 mm and weighs 196 grams. The ideal thickness control, as well as the uniform weight distribution of the fuselage, make the phone light to hold in the hand.
Cameras and battery
The iQOO Neo 5 supports a 66W flash charge and draws its juices from a 4400mAh battery. You can use the original wired charger to charge the phone from 1% to 24% in 5 minutes, 45% in 10 minutes, 63% in 15 minutes, 79% in 20 minutes, and 91% in 25 minutes.
Moreover, it can be fully charged in only 30 minutes. The charging line chart below shows that the whole charging process did not appear to slow down, and the speed was fast.
The iQOO Neo 5 features a 16MP front shooter. The night scene, portrait, video, and short video modes all support AI beauty effects. It offers a slew of selfie styles such as freshness, texture, high-grade gray, film, JD blowing snow, and Tokyo fashion in portrait mode.
The short video mode supports several mature VLOG templates built-in. The playability is quite rich too.
The rear-mounted camera adopts a three-shot design of the main camera + super wide-angle + black and white lens. The main camera is 48MP, the Sony IMX598 sensor, f/1.79 aperture, supports OIS optical image stabilization. The ultra-wide-angle lens is 13MP, f/2.2 aperture, the field of view is 120°, and also supports macro shooting. There is also a 2MP black and white lens.
You can check out the samples without any post-processing below.
The main camera and ultra-wide-angle lens of the Neo 5 are similar to the iQOO 7, except that the 13MP portrait lens has been changed to a 2MP black-and-white lens.
Although the phone’s ultra-wide-angle lens has a large angle of view of 120°, this time the Chinese phone maker has dealt with the distortion of the ultra-wide-angle lens well. There is no obvious distortion, which largely guarantees the usability of the ultra-wide-angle lens.
Other configuration and price
The iQOO Neo 5 does not disappoint in terms of other configurations such as multi-function NFC, linear motor, and dual stereo speakers. Vivo uses the uses audio super-resolution technology for this product.
The starting point of the iQOO Neo 5 hasn’t changed, but the focuses on offering an enhanced gaming experience. With independent display chips and 66W flash chargers, Vivo has decentralized the software and hardware solutions that were commonly seen on high-end models.
The 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM version will set you back 2499 yuan, the 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM model retails for 2699 yuan, while the 12GB RAM + 256GB ROM version carries a 2999 yuan price tag. You can visit this link to get your hands on the iQOO Neo 5 for just $459 from Giztop.