The original iQOO Neo7 arrived in October with a Dimensity 9000+, it was followed by the Neo7 SE with a Dimensity 8200, now comes the Racing Edition with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Other than the chipset and price, this one isn’t too different from the original Neo7.
The iQOO Neo7 Racing edition pairs the 8+ Gen 1 chipset with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage for CNY 2,800 ($400/€380/₹33,000). There is also a 12/256GB version for CNY 3,000, 16/256GB for CNY 3,300 and a fully-loaded 16/512GB version for CNY 3,600.
The 6.78” display is an FHD+ panel (20:9) with HDR10+ support and 120Hz refresh rate. It is a flat display with no mention of strengthened glass. Up top is a 16MP selfie camera.
The rear camera setup features a 50MP main sensor (ISOCELL GN5 replaces the IMX766V), an 8MP ultra wide and a 2MP macro camera. The main module has OIS, this is essentially the same setup as the Neo7 (the SE version cut the ultra wide and used a smaller main sensor).
Next up, the battery. It is the same 5,000mAh two-cell setup as before with support for vivo’s 120W fast charging (wired only).
120W fast charging: 1-50% in 8 minutes with the screen off, 10-50% in 10 minutes with the screen on
While not strictly speaking a gaming phone, the iQOO Neo7 Racing edition certainly has what it takes. The fast Qualcomm GPU is helped out by an additional chip that can extrapolate new frames with minimal additional power consumption. There are also dual X-axis linear motors for better haptic feedback. And a giant vapor chamber to boot.
The best cooling system on any iQOO Neo phone yet
The phone lacks the shall we say “characteristic” look of gaming phones and is actually quite restrained for a “racing edition”. You can pre-order it in Orange, Blue or Black starting today, the first units will ship out in China on January 5. The phone runs Android 13 with OriginOS 3.0.
Although that should switch to FuntouchOS 13 for the global release. Not that we have heard anything about a global release. iQOO India is still only selling the Neo6, for example, no sign of any of the two Neo7 models that were unveiled months ago. Speaking of, the Neo7 with Dimensity 9000+ and 8/256GB memory costs the same as the 8+ Gen 1 model (CNY 2,800), though there is a slightly cheaper 8/128GB version as well.
Source (in Chinese)