iQOO Neo Review: A Gaming Smartphone With Snapdragon 845

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Today,  iQOO Neo was released on the evening of July 2nd. The biggest highlight is the use of Qualcomm’s previous generation flagship platform Snapdragon 845 against the new mid-range platform Snapdragon 730. Obviously Snapdragon 845 performance More powerful, quite a bit like “Tian Ji horse racing.”

Tian Ji horse racing is a famous case in China’s history how to make good use of his strengths to deal with the shortcomings of opponents, especially the operation of the horses in the middle horses, medium horses, and horses. Now iQOO Neo please Qualcomm 845 845 The flagship platform suppresses the opponent’s Kirin 7 series models, it is worth mentioning that its price is tightly biting the competing Snapdragon 7 series models.

On the occasion of the tide of change, what should we choose between the flagship of the previous generation, the new mid-range model, and the iQOO Neo, a new thing that combines the two characteristics? Next, through our detailed evaluation, we have a comprehensive understanding of iQOO new work to seek answers.

On the occasion of the tide of change, what should we choose between the flagship of the previous generation, the new mid-range model, and the iQOO Neo, a new thing that combines the two characteristics? Next, through our detailed evaluation, we have a comprehensive understanding of iQOO new work to seek answers.

Design & Appearance

iQOO currently has two colors of carbon black and electro-optical violet. What we get is the carbon black color. This is the outer packaging of iQOO mobile phone. The design style follows the first masterpiece, but the logo color turns golden.

This is a 6.38-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340×1080 and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. In addition, it supports the DCI-P3 wide color gamut. In terms of the screen, both the basic hardware parameters and the tuning effect are exactly the same as their first works. This is the top of the screen, iQOO Neo uses a full-screen design of water droplets, hiding the earpiece in a narrow position at the top of the screen and the upper middle frame, and a number of sensors hidden in the mini water drop area.

The iQOO mobile phone is the first COF packaging technology to narrow the chin, which is almost negligible under the dark theme UI. It cooperates with the drop-shaped forehead, the upper frame is compressed to 2.3mm, the left and right frames are compressed to 1.87mm, and the chin is compressed to 5.46mm, achieving a 90% excellent screen ratio. This is the color matching of carbon black, which is basically the same as the top matching Knight black of 12G+256G. iQOO Neo inherits this classic color, and the carbon fiber texture has become the hard-core male style of the manufacturer in recent years. The usual method of the model, the female user I recommend the color of the electro-optic purple.

However, the difference is that the former iQOO Monster Knight Black Edition is made of carbon fiber with a carbon fiber design. The iQOO Neo in our hands is made of a glass body, and both have the same smooth feel. Considering the pricing and cost factors, the 16.8 million-color breathing LED strips on the previous work did not appear on the iQOO Neo. Looking at the side frame, it still intentionally smoothed the middle frame and left the edges and corners, but it didn’t feel like a touch, but it was visually “square.

The iQOO Neo is also not thin, mainly because the battery at 4500 mAh is larger than the previous one. However, the weight of the whole machine only increased by 2 grams compared with the previous one, and the measurements were also controlled at 159.53*75.23*8.13mm, which was not much different from the previous one.

It is worth noting that the dual pressure touch button on the front side border and its button mapping function are not reserved on iQOO Neo. This is the bottom of the IQOO phone, and you can see that the 3.5mm headphone jack is also moved from the top. There are also speaker openings and C-port charging holes.

Hardware & Performance

As we said before, iQOO plays the game in terms of performance, and puts Qualcomm’s flagship mobile platform, Snapdragon 845, into the thousand-yuan model below 2,000 yuan. Its product manager has directly expressed sincerely. It is for the purpose of reducing the size of the Snapdragon 730. Next, we will make a comprehensive comparison between the flagship god U, which is not yet old, and the new mid-end U-Long 730, which is newly released outside the nickname “Snapdragon 855”. Even in the current 2019, the Snapdragon 845 is still one of the top processors in the Android camp.

The CPU part of the Snapdragon 845 is built from four cores and four small cores. The big core is Kryo385, which is modified based on the A75. The main frequency is 2.8GHz and the performance is still strong. What needs to be acknowledged here is that the CPU part of the Snapdragon 730 has made rapid progress in the Snapdragon 7 Series: upgraded from dual-core Kryo 360 (A75) plus six-core Kryo 360 (A55) to dual-core Kryo 470 (A76) plus six-core Kryo 470 (A55), the frequency is also increased to 2.2GHz, 1.8GHz, respectively, said that the performance is improved by 35%, which solves the problem that the Snapdragon 710 CPU is not as good as the Snapdragon 675.

In theory, the single-core capability of the Snapdragon 730CPU is slightly better than that of the Snapdragon 845, but the multi-core capability is limited to only two large cores, which is completely incomparable to the four large-core Snapdragon 845. The GPU determines the graphics processing power of the phone, especially the upper limit of playing large games. In terms of parameters, the Snapdragon 845 is equipped with the Adreno 630, which is second only to the Snapdragon 855 in the entire Android camp, while the GPU graphics core of the Snapdragon 730 is only upgraded to the Adreno 618, which is 30 times better than the Snapdragon 710’s Adreno 616. About %, leading the current Snapdragon 7 series, there is still a big gap compared with the older brother Snapdragon 845.

The disparity in GPU is also an important sign and watershed that Qualcomm has always used to distinguish its flagship, high-end, mid-range, and entry. The Snapdragon 845 uses Samsung’s 10-nanometer process and has a gap with the latest 7-nanometer process used by the Snapdragon 855. The 8nm process used by the Snapdragon 730 is based on Samsung’s 10nm process improvement. In fact, it is still at the same level, and there is little difference between the two. More specifically, the full name of the 8nm LPP process used by the Snapdragon 730 is 8nm Low Power Plus, which claims to provide better performance. However, compared to the 10nm LPP process, power consumption is only reduced by 10%. The gap is minimal.

RAM and ROM are important points that are often overlooked. First of all, we say RAM (memory), the bit width of the 8 series has always been 64bits full, and the 6-series, 7-series convention is the whole line of lumps to 32bits, Snapdragon 730 naturally failed to escape. For ROM (flash memory), Qualcomm has been supporting full-speed dual-channel UFS2.1 for the 8 Series since the LT 835, while the 6-series and 7-series cap only support UFS2.1 storage in the UMCP package. The channel, which is the level of UFS 2.0, has not failed.

The Snapdragon 855 uses the x24 baseband, the Snapdragon 845 uses the X20 baseband, and the Snapdragon 730 uses the x15 baseband. The stronger the performance of the baseband chip, the higher the rate that can be supported. Although there may be no gap in daily use, the Snapdragon 845 has a higher ceiling than the Snapdragon 730.

In order to more intuitively reflect the similarities and differences between the two, we found a Phone equipped with Snapdragon 730 and then run a point.

Running test

Antutu test

Antutu introduction: The world’s number one mobile phone/tablet hardware performance evaluation tool can comprehensively examine the performance of all aspects of the device including the user experience, and visualize the ranking. Support multiple mainstream platforms, running points can be compared across platforms. Antutu’s running club provides a total score and multiple sub-items. total score reflects the overall performance of the equipment. 3D scores represent GPU graphics performance and game performance. The 3UX score represents the user experience, which is the performance in daily use. CPU scores represent CPU computing power and multi-core type. RAM performance represents system memory size and system optimization.

From the above picture, we can see that the Antutu of the 845 845 has more than 290,000 points, including more than 90,000 CPU parts and more than 120,000 GPU parts. Correspondingly, Snapdragon 730’s Antutu runs more than 210,000 points, including CPU scores of more than 80,000 and GPU scores of more than 50,000.

From the Antutu running point, you can see the disparity between the two. According to the scores given by Antutu, you can judge that the CPU performance of the Snapdragon 730 is close to but slightly less than the 845 845, GPU performance and years ago. Dragon 820 is quite.

Master Lu

Master Lu can evaluate and compare the five core hardwares of CPU, GPU, RAM, storage and display, which is more suitable for ordinary white users to understand mobile phone related information.

GeekBench test

About GeekBench: A cross-platform CPU performance test tool that accurately reflects the single core and multi-core performance of the device CPU. The test load simulates real-life application design, and the results are more meaningful. It can also measure the performance of GPU graphics.

The single core score can reflect the pros and cons of the CPU architecture design and the operating frequency. Multi-core scores reflect the efficiency of multiple CPU cores working at the same time.

Both GeekBench’s running scores basically reflect the previous arguments. It can be clearly seen that the Snapdragon 730 relies on two large cores, the Kryo 470, in terms of single-core capabilities and Qilong 845, while in terms of multi-core performance of the CPU, The four Kryo385 of the Snapdragon 845 are still too strong.

After all, the Snapdragon 730 has a small number of cores and a small core frequency. It can be said that the Snapdragon 730 is 845, which is barely tied at the CPU level.

GFXBench test

Introduction to GFXBench: Cross-platform, cross-API 3D benchmarking software that accurately reflects the graphics performance of the device GPU. Multiple test scenarios can fully examine the OpenGL ES graphics performance of the device and enable battery life testing.

GFXBench provides two test comparison methods: OnScreen and OffScreen. When the screen runs the test at the native resolution of the device screen, the off-screen is unified to 1080p resolution, which is convenient for cross-device comparison.

There are four main test projects: T-Rex, Manhattan 3.0, Manhattan 3.1, and Car Chase, which correspond to the performance of OpenGL ES 2.0/3.0/3.1/3.1. The pressure is getting higher and higher, and the result is measured by the average frame rate (FPS).

If the previous total score, the CPU part of the competition can not reflect too much difference, then the GPU part of the test is completely torn the mid-end U in front of the flagship covered in the fig leaf. The graphics processing capability of the Snapdragon 730 is roughly half that of the Snapdragon 845, based on the results given by GFXBench. On the GPU side, the Snapdragon 845 is undoubtedly a winner.

PCMark test

Introduction to PCMark: PCMark is a test software that considers the comprehensive performance of the whole machine. It can accurately reflect the processing performance of the daily use of the mobile phone, and multiple daily test scenarios, such as web browsing, video editing, document writing, photo editing, etc. Perform a battery life test.

It should be noted that PCMark’s running point is biased towards energy consumption, that is, the higher the power consumption and performance of the more balanced mobile phone score. The left is iQOO Neo, and its advantages in energy efficiency ratio are still very obvious.

Androbench test

About Androbench: AndroBench is a benchmark application that measures the 4K random storage and storage performance of Android devices, including internal or external storage.

As we said before, in terms of ROM (flash memory), Snapdragon 845 supports full-speed dual-channel UFS2.1, while Snapdragon 730 only supports UFS2.1 storage in UMCP package, only one channel can be enjoyed, and UFS is measured. The level of 2.0.

Cameras

The same as its flagship first work, iQOO Neo mobile phone is also equipped with the previous generation flagship sensor Sony IMX363, the rear main camera has dual-core 12 million pixels, and uses full-pixel dual-core focusing technology to achieve fast focus, a single pixel area is increased to 1.4 Mm, with f/1.79 aperture.

Taking into account the cost factor, and distinguishing from the flagship, its super wide-angle lens is replaced by 8 million pixels, and the 2-megapixel depth of field camera has not changed. The above are the prototypes of the macro proofs and the main camera in the normal environment. The IMX363 is the flagship of the previous generation, and the resolution during the day is still not lost in today’s flagship CMOS.

The 12-megapixel main camera cuts to an ultra-wide-angle lens of 8 megapixels, and the picture quality is bound to be compromised. However, with the convergence of the white balance algorithm and color adjustment, we are completely unaware of this change. In addition, this super wide-angle camera of iQOO Neo can also provide a 120° super-angle of view range, which is superior to the view space and composition space, and the image quality at the edge of the photo is not distorted. This is a backlit proof that clearly records the details of the highlights and shadows.

Like its flagship, the iQOO Neo’s super night scene mode is to continuously shoot 12-16 frames for multi-frame synthesis, and achieve dynamic compensation through AI intelligent frame selection. Obviously, after turning on the night scene mode, you can get brighter photos with more details and less noise even in the handheld state.

Battery

In the previous test of its previous iQOO, we found that the 855 models improved the energy efficiency ratio of the 7-nanometer core, and the battery of more than 3,000 mAh can basically meet the normal use. However, it still uses the large-capacity battery of 4000 mAh directly and continues to increase the battery life based on the energy-saving ratio of the high energy efficiency ratio. This time, the iQOO Neo has further improved its battery capacity to 4,500 mAh.

Online video testing

I use the client to play online barrage video, 20% volume, 70% brightness and play 91 minutes online from 96% of the power.

Starting from 96% of electricity, after 91 minutes, the remaining power is 87%. Power consumption is 9%. According to this power-down rate, in the same test environment, iQOO Neo full power can continuously play online video for more than 13 hours or even 14 hours. This data is sufficiently heavy for the chase party.

Game testing

The author used the long-awaited chicken hand tour “Peace Elite” to test the life of IQOO, HDR HD, starting from 100% power, the game 172 minutes.

Starting from 100% power, after 172 minutes, the remaining power is 56%. The power consumption is 44%. According to such a power-down rate, IQOO is expected to eat chicken for 6 to 7 hours in a row, which can be used safely for heavy game parties.

Charging test

The iQOO Neo is equipped with a vivo FlashCharge 22.5W flash charger. When the screen is turned on, it can be returned from 1% to 95% in 80 minutes. In the same model, the charging specification is quite high.

Experience

DC-like dimming

Since 2019, more and more mobile phones have been equipped with OLED screens. With the appeal of many mobile phone consumers, the stroboscopic problem of PWM dimming has finally received the attention of mobile phone manufacturers. More and more mobile phone manufacturers have begun to improve.

iQOO Neo comes standard with DC-like dimming. Under DC-like dimming, the low-brightness screen flash of the mobile phone will be effectively controlled, but it is not hardware-level DC dimming, but DC-like dimming. It is realized by software later, and the Snapdragon Display Engine layer mixer function inside the Snapdragon platform is called at low brightness to fit the effect of adjusting the screen brightness.

Although it is not hardware-level dimming, the effect of DC-like dimming implemented by iQOO Neo is not much different. When the low-brightness anti-screen flash function is turned on, the screen flickering phenomenon will disappear, which can alleviate visual fatigue.

Touch acceleration

Every day players who like to play mobile games should have a deep understanding. The touch response of the screen will have a more significant impact on the operation, especially in the mobile game such as the king glory. If the screen does not follow the hand, the chance of zooming in is slightly Passed, the game experience is extremely poor.

iQOO Neo is optimized from the bottom layer of the system and touch screen firmware. If the game character is moved at the same time, iQOO Neo’s screen touch response will be faster than other models with the same configuration, avoiding the situation of not following hands.

Verdict

Right now, last year’s Snapdragon 845 flagship stepped up the diving clearance and delisted. This year’s Snapdragon 7 Series new mid-end struggled to push new nodes. So close to the price level, is the previous generation of flagship or a new mid-range machine is more suitable for thousands of users below 1,000 yuan and 2,000 yuan? Such a problem is very difficult to answer before the launch of iQOO Neo: the previous generation flagship

In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 8 Series mobile platform can still be relied on, which is far ahead of the new system of the 7 system. In addition, in terms of COMS, even if the camera of the flagship camera is separated by a generation, it will be stronger than the new mid-end model of the newborn with long-term optimization.

However, in recent years, we have also seen the mobile phone in the accelerated iteration, such as the fingerprint unlocking of the screen, the ultra-wide-angle camera and other features popularized in the mid-range new machine. The old flagship is almost universally covered because of the intergenerational reasons, even if there is, the experience is also Not as new as the Phone. Thus, under this thorny issue, any choice has to be compromised and will be done to some extent.

The birth of iQOO Neo is unexpected. It combines the two options of the dilemma that I have mentioned. In the 19 years of new appearance ID, screen fingerprint unlocking, wide-angle three-shot, and other features, the performance of the previous generation flagship were added. Strength, flagship master photo optimization.

Through our actual test, we can find that the strength of the comeback 845 845 is still in the state of rolling in the front of the 7 series platform, especially in terms of graphics processing ability, it is indeed “your grandfather or your uncle.”

As a model sold in the thousand yuan file, it also retains the core components and features of the iQOO flagship after the processor is changed from 855 to 845, such as the classic design of the water drop screen, narrow border, and our front The characteristics of the screen-printed fingerprints mentioned above are extremely competitive in the mid-end machine market.

It is worth mentioning that the flagship core of the previous generation is equipped with a combination of new appearance ID and features. It is only the iQOO, which has no brand burden, no chaotic product line, and the left hand of the right hand is afraid to make a new one.

I am very much looking forward to the iQOO Neo, which does not follow the routine and play the game of Tian Ji, which will bring about the situation after it is officially put on the market.

 

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