iQOO Neo 3 Review

Vivo Sub Brand IQOO launched a smartphone named IQOO Neo 3 Lighter Version to IQOO 3 which was Launched in China. IQOO Neo 3 was released on April 24 2020. IQOO Neo 3 6/128GB costs CNY 2,698 Which is $380 or INR 28,999, and 8/128GB Retails CNY 2,998 Which is $423 or INR 32,190, 12/128GB variant Is Priced at CNY 3,298 Which is $466 or INR 35,425. IQOO has Launched 8/256GB Model For the Storage Lovers and Priced at CNY 3,398 $480 which is INR 36,500.

IQOO has Made Several Changes In 2020 Line Up to Stand Out from Last year Line UP. They had Improved the Display Quality drastically and Adopted a Full HD+ Resolution With 1800Hz touch sensing Display which is Very Responsive and Fast. IQOO Has Concentrated in the Camera department and Adopted the Triple camera setup with 48MP + 8MP + 2MP Camera sensors which include Main, Ultra wide-angle & Depth Lens. IQOO has Placed the 16MP Front camera in punch hole to achieve Bezel-less Display.

IQOO Neo 3 features the Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm named SD 865 which is available on Find X2 Pro, Realme X50 Pro 5G too. this chip is made of 7nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor is divided into 3 parts; the first part features 3 x A77 High power cores which are clocked at 2.42GHz, second part features 4 x A55 high powered cores which are clocked at 1.8GHz and Third Part consists of an A77 Single core which is clocked at 2.84GHZ. it has Adreno 650 GPU which increases its work by 20% compared to SD 855 the last Flagship processor from Qualcomm. it has an 5G Modem which 5G Ready for Future Use. Coming to the AI Department it does not have Ai built in the processor, it has AI Optimizations which helps in AI Capabilities.

Also read: Realme 6i / Realme 6s Review

I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of IQOO Neo 3 and Jump into the review.

IQOO Neo 3 Specs

iQOO Neo3 Launched With 144Hz LCD display, SD 865 and 44W fast charging for $380 neo 3 cover
  • 6.57″ FHD+ IPS LCD Display with 144Hz Refresh Rate
  •  Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • Adreno 650
  • 6 / 8 / 12GB LPDDR4X Ram
  • 128 / 256GB Internal Storage
  • Quad Rear Camera, 48MP f/1.8, PDAF (main) + 8MP f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide) + 2MP  f/2.4 (macro)
  • 16MP f/2.0 MP front camera
  • 4500mAH battery with 44W fast charging support
  • IQOO UI Based On Android 10.
  • Side-fingerprint scanner / Volte / Dual GPS / 5G + 4G
  • WiFi / Bluetooth 5.0 / USB – C 2.1 / NFC

6.57″ Full HD+ AMOLscreen :

Here in Display Department, IQOO 3 Features an Excellent Full HD IPS LCD Panel Notchless Edge screen with 409 pixels per inch, the colours are vibrant and enjoyable, viewing angles are also Excellent. There are No issues & problems with screen quality. It is very bright to see in direct sunlight. there is also Support to View HDR 10+. The screen is Super Responsive with 180Hz Touch Sensing Rate screen.

Single Speaker and Headphone Jack:

In IQOO Neo 3  IQOO Used the traditional Single Speaker System and it is Much louder and equal when Compared to Stereo Speaker System. we can see this traditional Same single Speaker System in 5G Version also.

Coming to Headphone jack and earphones, the headphone jack provided an Optimized and clear sound with Software Support like Dolby Audio and OZO Audio. The headphones are present in the Box Which Look Premium Too.

Build Quality : 

IQOO Neo 3  is Build with a 6000 Series Aluminium Frame on the side on Front of the Device Is Protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and back of the device made with ceramic. it provides a good look and feels Because it is made with 6000 Series Aluminium and Glass. There are no issues of creakiness with the build quality. IQOO Neo 3  well built and the bezels are shrunk down to place a 6.44″ IPS LCD screen. The IQOO Neo 3 is designed A bit thin and it is About 8.9 mm.


IQOO Neo 3  has a unique design. The back side of the Smartphone is made with Glass and look of the smartphone.

In-Display Fingerprint scanner: 

IQOO Neo 3  Features a Side mounted fingerprint sensor which is present on the Bottom Front of the phone. By performance, it is fast and very accurate to recognize the fingerprint of the user. 

Face unlocking:

IQOO Neo 3  has face unlock feature. It works Nice in Normal Conditions Very Quickly and And Securely but in Night Conditions it will work 40% Screen brightness to recognize the user.

Weight balance: 

IQOO Neo 3 feels A bit Heavy with 6.57” Screen and 4500 mAh battery equipped. This IQOO Neo 3 can be used by one hand.

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Battery life:

My IQOO Neo 3 lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage and at the end of the day, I had 19% of charge left in the phone which is good for a 4500 mAH Battery. We got 5 Hours of Sot( Screen on time) on using Mobile data which is good. you will get above 6hr Battery life if you use Continuously on WiFi. The ideal drain of IQOO Neo 3  is very low. the 44W Fast charging makes a difference and charges the phone in 57min which is a bit good.

IQOO UI Based On Android 10 :

IQOO Ui 1.0 present on the IQOO Neo 3  is very fast & so fluid, No lags were noticed. It has bloatware majorly games and other apps which are uninstallable. It is a clean UI Which gives Stock Android Like Experience. There are some extra features like Dual Apps, Direct video calling feature, Always on Display in this IQOO Ui 1.0 making IQOO Neo 3 Perfect.

We cannot get Updates On System Optimization, Security patches and New Android Version upgrades because it is a custom OS. If we get the updates the updates are very slow compared to a stock Android Branding Smartphone.


My IQOO Neo 3 managed to do day to day tasks very well. There are No issues and problems with the UI. There are no heating issues with IQOO Neo 3.  It Feels a bit warm In Outdoor Conditions While Recording 4K Videos and Gaming.

Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9 & PUBG at the highest graphics setting without lags & frame drops in the game. We had a smooth game play and did not heats much.

Ram Management : 

Ram Management is not well on this device. It features a 8 / 12 GB ram variant and I did not notice any lag with the 12GB Ram device and there are reloading of apps on this  IQOO Neo 3 Multitasking experience is average.


In IQOO Neo 3, Out of 128GB or 256GB Storage, we get 114GB or 242GB With Google Account Included. 

Call Quality :

The Call quality on IQOO Neo 3 is outstanding and there are no issues with cellular call quality. We have taken long calls in a day, and the other party doesn’t complain about call Quality. 

Rear Camera: 

Coming to the Camera Department,  IQOO Neo 3 features a Triple Camera setup on the back of the device and a Single camera on the front of the device. they work perfectly in  IQOO Neo 3. let’s divide the cameras and look at the performance of them

48MP Primary Camera:

the 48MP main Camera is Awesome and features a Fixed Aperture of F/1.8. IQOO 3 has both PDAF Autofocus systems. The daylight pictures are excellent and contain exquisite details Which are like the natural photo. Exposure is in control with a Decent Dynamic range to take good pictures in good lighting Conditions. In low light Conditions, the images are clear and Sharp without noise which is good to see. Autofocus is very fast due to Laser and PDAF systems.

8MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera:

the 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens on IQOO Neo 3  does a good job in good lighting conditions and features a Fixed Aperture of F/2.2. it captures a much wider picture in a 108˚ field of view with good details. exposure is in not control with a good dynamic range. In low lighting conditions, the pictures from the 8MP camera have a little bit of noise in pictures.

 Depth Camera:

 the 2MP Depth Camera on IQOO Neo 3  with F/2.4 works does a good job in Day & low lighting conditions. it captures pictures with good portrait Effect.

Video recording can be done up to 4k@60fps .the video footage has excellent Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Stabilization is good at 4k@60fps And 1080p FHD recording Due to Electronic  Image Stabilization. The video quality in the low night conditions is very good with good Sharpness and Decent Dynamic range Due to night mode. the Telephoto Camera Makes Difference in Video Recording with 2x Lossless Zoom.

Slow Motion video Recording is Good in 1080P.

Selfie camera :

 IQOO Neo 3 has a 16MP punch hole camera with an 80 ° field of view. it has a fixed aperture of F/2.5 the Picture quality is good and captures pictures in a Wide view in good lighting conditions it also captures Average Pictures in  low light images Because of the Smaller F/2.5 Aperture. AI beautification mode is available. Photos are well detailed and contain a decent dynamic range.

This single camera can be used to take portraits images from the front with the Help of Artificial Intelligence.


IQOO has implemented Beautiful Colours Under the Glass which looks Unique from all the Smartphones. Especially the Dark Blue.

In Box Contents:

In IQOO Neo 3 smartphone box IQOO provided  headphones, USB-C cable, 44W charger and a protective case which is good for Flagship Smartphones.


  • Attractive Design
  • Good IPS LCD Display 144Hz Refresh Rate
  • Fast and IQOO UI
  • Great hardware for Raw Performance
  • Good Heat Dissipation Technique
  • The Quality and Details is Good With All Cameras
  • Faster Charging Solution with great Battery Life.


  • Available in China Only
  • No Wireless Charging
  • The Ultrawide Camera Quality is Average In Low Light

Also read: Realme V5 Launched In China, The Cheapest 5G Smartphone In World


Who can Get IQOO Neo 3  SmartPhone view: 

if you want a Flagship Phone with Bright IPS LCD Full HD screen, with Snapdragon 865 processor and 44W Wired fast charging, Punch hole Camera, Triple Rear Camera Setup & iQOO UI then you can go with IQOO Neo 3 SmartPhone. If you want the Same Full-Screen Design Smartphone then

Realme X50 5G

Nubia Play 5G

Blackshark 3 and if you want better cameras Within a In Same Price Range then

Mi 10

OnePlus 8

Pixel 4  can be your Alternatives to IQOO Neo 3 

If you are using IQOO Neo 3  then Share your experiences with us in the comment section below and Stay tuned to MobiRadar for more Reviews like this

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