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iQOO Neo 7 Review – Best Phone Under 30,000?

- Updated: 24th Feb 2023, 23:49 IST
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    Review Summary
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    iQOO Neo 7 Review: Price in India and Variants
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    iQOO Neo 7 Box Contents
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    iQOO Neo 7 Specs at a glance
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    iQOO Neo 7 Design and Build
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    iQOO Neo 7 Camera
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    iQOO Neo 7 Battery and Charging
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    iQOO Neo 7 Display
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    iQOO Neo 7 Performance
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    Verdict
Review Summary

iQOO has been doing really well in the Indian market with all its budget and mid-range phones. And now the company has decided to introduce it’s latest iQOO Neo 7 in the market which packs a lot for its asking price.

For starters, it has a very basic design but it is packed with power inside. In fact, it is the first phone to feature MediaTek Dimensity 8200 chipset in India. You also get a big 5000mAh battery with 120W fast charging support to back it up.

The phone has a big 120Hz AMOLED display and stereo speakers for awesome content consumption. A 64MP OIS camera takes care of taking good photos. So, all this a starting price of 30K, sounds like a good deal right? Let’s find out in this iQOO Neo 7 review.

PROS

  • Solid performance 
  • 120Hz AMOLED display 
  • Good battery backup
  • 120W fast charging
  • Stereo speakers
  • Runs on Android 13

CONS

  • Poor macro lens
  • Bloatware
Key Specs
Battery Capacity5000 mAh
Operating SystemAndroid v13
Screen Size6.78 inches
Highlights:
  • 5000 mAh

  • Android v13

  • 6.78 inches

iQOO Neo 7 Review: Price in India and Variants

The iQOO Neo 7 has been launched in India in two variants. The phone starts at Rs. 29,999 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB Storage and goes to Rs. 33,999 for the 12GB RAM and 256GB Storage variant.

You can choose from the two colour options: Frost Blue and Interstellar Black. You can buy the phone online from iQOO’s official website and Amazon.

iQOO Neo 7 Review: Price in India and Variants

iQOO Neo 7 Box Contents

The iQOO Neo 7 packs the following items inside the box:

  • Phone
  • 120W Charger
  • Type-C USB cable
  • Earphone jack adapter
  • SIM ejector tool
  • Documentation
  • Phone case

iQOO Neo 7 Specs at a glance

Before we talk in detail about the iQOO Neo 7 in this review, let’s see what the on-paper specs look like:

  • Display: 6.78 inches AMOLED
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 8200
  • RAM & ROM: 8GB RAM 128GB Storage, 12GB RAM 256GB Storage
  • Software: Android v13
  • Rear camera: 64MP + 2MP + 2MP
  • Selfie camera: 16 MP
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • Weight: 193 grams
  • Dimensions: 164.81 x 76.9 x 8.58 mm

iQOO Neo 7 Specs at a glance

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iQOO Neo 7 Design and Build

The iQOO Neo 7 features a very simple and basic look. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t look bad. The thing is it doesn’t stand out. On the other hand, not everyone looks for a punchy and tacky look. So if you are in for a subtle-looking phone, iQOO Neo 7 might impress you.

iQOO Neo 7 Design

It looks very similar to last year and features a boxy design factor. I have the blue colour variant with me which looks nice and subtle. You can also buy the phone in black colour. It features a plastic back with a matte finish and keeps fingerprints at bay. The frame is also made of plastic.

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Coming at a price of 30K, it feels just not right to give a plastic body when the competitors are launching phones with glass back and metal frames. Anyways, the phone does not feel cheap in my hands. It has a nice and sturdy feel to it.

iQOO Neo 7 Build

There’s a big camera module on the back which protrudes a little. Overall, the phone feels light in my hands. You will find the power button on the right side along with the volume rockers. The top side has an IR blaster while the bottom side has the type-C port, primary loudspeaker and SIM card slot.

iQOO Neo 7 sides

iQOO Neo 7 Camera

iQOO Neo 7 features a triple camera setup on the back. This includes a 64MP OIS primary camera, a 2MP depth camera and 2MP macro lens. The front side has a 16MP selfie camera. Sadly, there’s no ultra-wide lens here.

iQOO Neo 7 Camera

The main camera of iQOO Neo 7 takes some impressive outdoor shots in daylight conditions. The details were good and so were the colours. Portrait shots come out really well. The edge detection was on-point and the blue level was nice. However, the quality drops as the light drops down.

The 2MP macro lens got nothing special to talk about. It takes low-resolution shots which lack in details and look faded. An ultra-wide lens would have been a better choice.

iQOO Neo 7 macro lens

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Moving on to the front camera, the 16MP lens takes good selfies in outdoor lighting. You get the details and sharpness in the selfies. The portrait selfies also came out really well. On the other hand, it takes a hit in low-light conditions. The low-light selfies turn grainy and lose the detail level drastically.

You can record 4K videos at 60fps from the main camera. The footage comes out to be detailed but shaky. You can change the resolution to 4K 30fps and get a more stable footage.

iQOO Neo 7 Battery and Charging

The iQOO Neo 7 packs a big 5000mAh battery which delivers a pretty good battery backup. A light user can get two days of battery life from this phone. However, if you are a heavy user who likes to play games all day, you would need to charge your phone by the evening.

iQOO Neo 7 Battery

I got a little more than 6 hours of screen on time which is good. But what’s better than the battery backup is its charging speed. iQOO Neo 7 comes with 120W fast charging support which takes about 25 minutes to fully charge the phone.

A quick charge of just 10 minutes juices the battery level to about 45 per cent.

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iQOO Neo 7 Display

iQOO Neo 7 features a fantastic FHD+ 6.78 inches AMOLED display. It has a refresh rate of 120Hz and a peak brightness of 1300 nits. I used the phone for a while and it’s a great display for content consumption and playing games.

iQOO Neo 7 Display

The 120Hz offers smooth scrolling and interactive experience while it also helps in playing games. The bezel around the display has also been reduced from last year. I watched a couple of videos on YouTube and the contents were really sharp.

iQOO Neo 7 Display Quality

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The colours were punchy and the backs were deep, as expected from an AMOLED panel. It supports HRD+ so you can consume HRD content on OTT platforms like Netflix. There is also Widevine L1 support so you can watch high-quality content on it.

iQOO Neo 7 Performance

iQOO Neo 7 punches way above the other phones in this price range when it comes to performance. It’s the first phone in India to feature MediaTek Dimensity 8200 chipset. The powerful chipset is paired with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage.

iQOO Neo 7 Performance

The phone glides through everyday apps and I did not experience any kind of lags or shutter. Switching between apps was smooth like the animations on the screen. The Dimensity 8200 SoC is quite powerful and can run high-end games easily.

I ran CoD and New State on iQOO Neo 7 and both the games could run at 90fps. It’s really impressive that iQOO Neo 7 can deliver such level of performance under 30K. No other phone comes close to it at this price. Moreover, the games ran smoothly without any lags and my gaming experience was great.

iQOO Neo 7 Gaming Performance

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iQOO Neo 7 runs on Funtouch OS 13 which is based on Android 13. iQOO has promised two years of major OS updates and three years of security updates. You get the Material You theme support along with many other features.

iQOO Neo 7 UI

At the same time, there’s a bunch of pre-installed bloatware on the phone. Yes, you can uninstall them from the settings.

Verdict

The iQOO Neo 7 is a solid all-rounder mid-range phone under 30K. It packs everything you would want in an expensive phone and excels in almost every aspect. The phone can run demanding games at high settings, has a beautiful AMOLED display for content consumption and has a big 5000mAh battery to back all of this.

Paired with 120W fast charging, you don’t have to wait long before getting back on your phone. The 64MP main camera takes excellent shots in daylight and I am really impressed to see that iQOO has launched the phone with Android 13 out of the box.

So, is it worth the 30K price tag? Definitely a big yes. iQOO Neo 7 is a great option for anyone who is hungry for power and wants a good all-rounder phone at a mid-range price.



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