iQOO Neo 8 Pro Launched: The New Flagship Killer?

iQOO Neo 8 Pro

As expected, iQOO had a very special event in China today. The company unveiled the new iQOO Neo 8 series, iQOO Pad, and new TWS Air Pro earbuds. The iQOO Neo 8 duo certainly stole the spotlight offering powerful specs at a reasonable price. The iQOO Neo 8 Pro arrives as the world’s first smartphone with the MediaTek Dimensity 9200+ chipset.

iQOO Neo 8 and 8 Pro key specs and features

The Dimensity 9200+ is MediaTek’s latest chipset for the flagship market. The new chipset comes with higher frequencies for extra horsepower. The Prime Cortex-X3 core is clocked at an impressive 3.35 GHz and comes alongside 3 x ARM Cortex-A715 cores clocked at 3.0 GHz plus 4 x ARM Cortex-A510 cores at 2.0 GHz. The new chipset also brings the ARM Immortalis G715 GPU with ray-tracing support. Interestingly, the first Geekbench 6 results show the device outperformed the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Obviously, we will need to wait and see how the device will stand in real-world tests.

The iQOO Neo 8 Pro comes with up to 16 GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 512 GB of UFS 4.0 storage. The chipset also enables the phone to work on Wi-Fi 7 networks. There is a huge 5002 mm² vapor chamber to ensure temperatures will be low on this chipset. The vanilla iQOO Neo 8 packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 with up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The hardware of the vanilla is not on par with the 2022 flagships, but this is still better than most of the mid-range phones in the market.

iQOO Neo 8 Pro

Both iQOO Neo 8 and Neo 8 Pro pack a 6.78-inch AMOLED screen with 2,800 x 1,260 pixels of resolution. The phones also have a 144 Hz refresh rate. The iQOO Neo 8 packs a 50-Megapixels Samsung GN5 sensor with OIS and a 2-Megapixels depth sensor. Meanwhile, the Neo 8 Pro brings a 50 MP Sony IMX 866 shooter with OIS and an 8-Megapixels ultrawide module.

iQOO Neo 8 Pro

Both phones are equipped with the Vivo V1+ ISP.  In terms of software, both phones run Android 13 with Origin OS 3 on top. They draw power from the same 5,000 mAh battery with support for impressive 120W fast charging.

Pricing and Availability

When it comes to the pricing, the iQOO Neo 8 starts at CNY 2,299 ($325) for the variant with 12GB/256GB of RAM. The price goes up to CNY 2,899 ($410) for the version with 16 GB / 512 GB of Internal Storage. The iQOO Neo 8 Pro starts at CNY 3,099 ($440) for the 16/256GB variant and goes up to CNY 3,399 ($482) for the version with 16GB/512GB of Storage. Both phones sell in Red, Black, and Green color options. The open sales will begin on May 31. Right now, there is no word on a possible global availability, but we expect these devices to eventually leave the Chinese stronghold.


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