iQOO Neo3 5G unveiled: Snapdragon 865 & 144Hz screen at just $380!

iQOO Neo 3 5G launched SD 865 specs price availability
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A mid-range smartphone today must have two features – 5G connectivity and a higher refresh rate. Vivo’s iQOO has taken this trend of making affordable 5G smartphones a step further by launching iQOO Neo3 5G, which comes with a 144Hz screen and is one of the cheapest smartphones to have Snapdragon 865 chipset.  As of now, it is only available in China, but we hope it is going to launch in Nepal, too, for China’s equivalent price.

iQOO Neo3 5G Overview

Display and Design

iQOO Neo3 5G features a 6.57-inch FHD+ panel that supports a refresh rate of up to 144Hz. It isn’t the first device to come with a 144Hz screen, but it doesn’t mean that it is less exciting. What makes it unique is that the users can choose either between 60Hz, 90Hz, 120z, and 144Hz or let the device adjust it automatically according to the content on display. This intelligent feature will not only make the screen smoother but will make the battery more efficient.

iQOO Neo 3 5G 144Hz display specs Snapdragon 865 price availability launch

The device has a notch on the top right corner for the selfie camera. It also comes with support for HDR10. Since iQOO has used an LCD panel on the device, the fingerprint sensor is now on the side.

Performance and Memory

Unlike most of the devices in this price range that comes with Snapdragon 765, iQOO Neo3 5G is powered by more premium Snapdragon 865. It is the best chipset out there, and not every smartphone can afford to have it. One can choose between 6GB, 8GB, and 12GB of RAM, all of which will comes with 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage. There is also an 8/256GB variant if you are looking for more storage.

It also comes with Multi-Turbo 3.0 that will help solve system problems, optimize data and wireless networks, and reduce the sampling rate. iQOO has included a super liquid cooling system consisting of 11 layers to keep the device cool even during intensive gaming sessions.

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iQOO flaunts a 48MP AI triple camera setup on the back. An 8MP ultra-wide lens accompanies the 48MP primary camera with 112-degree of FOV. There is also a 2MP sensor to aid you with macro shots.  On the front, there is a 16MP selfie camera housed inside the punch-hole.

iQOO Neo 3 5G camera setup specs price launch Snapdragon 865 144Hz screen

Battery and Connectivity

The device features a massive 4,500mAh battery. iQOO claims that the phone can be charged up to 50% in 20 minutes and up to 100% in 58 minutes using 44W fast charger. iQOO supports dual 5G, dual Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.0. It also has the Maxwell Antenna System for a more stable network.

iQOO Neo3 5G Specifications:

  • Display: 6.57-inch LCD, Punch-hole, 144Hz response rate, HDR 10 support
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2408 x 1080 pixels)
  • Dimensions: 163.71H x 8.93D x 75.55W mm, 198.1 gram
  • Processor: Octa-core Snapdragon 865
  • GPU: Adreno 650 GPU
  • RAM: 6GB / 8GB / 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB UFS 3.1
  • OS: Android 10 with iQOO UI on top
  • Back Camera:
    – 48MP primary camera with f/1.79 aperture
    – 8MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture,
    – 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
  • Front Camera: 16MP camera
  • Audio: Dual Smart PA, Hi-Fi Audio, Dual Front Speakers
  • Security: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock
  • Connectivity: 5G, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack,
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 44W FlashCharge

iQOO Neo 3 5G Price and Availability

iQOO Neo3 5G is available for pre-order in China where its price is 2698 Yuan for 6/128GB, 2998 Yuan for 8/128GB, 3298 Yuan for 12/128GB and 3398 Yuan for 8/256GB. Shipping starts on April 29. It is still unknown if the device will launch outside of China. In Nepal, the expected price of the Neo3 5G is around Rs. 48,000 for the base variant.

Model Name Price in Nepal [converted] Availability
iQOO Neo3 5G (6/128GB) 2698 Yuan (~NPR 48,000) April 29 (China)
iQOO Neo3 5G (8/128GB) 2998 Yuan (~NPR 53,000) April 29 (China)
iQOO Neo3 5G (12/128GB) 3298 Yuan (~NPR 58,000) April 29 (China)
iQOO Neo3 5G (8/256GB) 3398 Yuan (~NPR 60,000) April 29 (China)

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