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Vivo iQOO Neo3 5G launched as the cheapest Snapdragon 865 Phone: here’s how much it costs

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Vivo iQOO Neo3

Vivo has officially announced the iQOO Neo3 5G device in China. This comes after series of leaks and rumors have spread. One major highlight of the launch is the device’s use of the Snapdragon 865 chipset. Considering this and its price, the iQOO Neo3 5G seems to be the first Snapdragon 865 phone that costs less than $400.

The iQOO Neo3 5G has a price tag of 2,698 Yuan (roughly $380) for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. This makes it the cheapest phone with the Snapdragon 865 chipset. The closest to it seems to be the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro whose base version starts at 2,999 Yuan in China. This is roughly $423. In fact, for reference, the just-announced Motorola Edge+ with the Snapdragon 865 chipset too, costs $1,000.

We already got the update that the iQOO Neo3 5G would be launched on April 23. The clue was shared on an Animal Crossing island tour. We also already got confirmation that the device would sport dual-stereo speakers.

Vivo iQOO Neo3 5G Specifications

The Vivo iQOO Neo3 5G boasts a 6.57-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2408 x 1080 pixels. This display has a tall aspect ratio of 20:9. It supports HDR10+ and has an impressive refresh rate of 144Hz. Sitting at the top-right corner of this display is a punch-hole for the phone’s selfie camera.

The iQOO Neo3 5G runs Android 10 with iQOO UI 1.0. It uses an octa-core processor running 1 x 2.84GHz Kryo 585, 3 x 2.42GHz Kryo 585, and 4 x 1.8GHz Kryo 585 CPUs.

In the camera department, the iQOO Neo3 5G sports a triple-camera setup. The primary camera is a 48MP shooter that uses the Sony IMX582 sensor. This is coupled with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle shooter and a 2MP macro sensor. The device’s front camera is a 16MP shooter.

The iQOO Neo3 5G retains the 3.5mm audio jack and comes with a Hi-Fi audio chip. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and sports dual-stereo speakers. The device is powered by a 4,500mAh battery with support for 44W fast charging. It is expected to charge up to 50% in 20 minutes and 100% in 58 minutes.

Vivo iQOO Neo3 5G Price and Availability

The Vivo iQOO Neo3 5G is available in four memory configurations. Each of these variants is priced differently as shown here:

  • 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage: CNY 2,698 (roughly $380)
  • 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage: CNY 2,998 (roughly $423)
  • 12GB RAM + 128GB internal storage: CNY 3,298 (roughly $465)
  • 8GB RAM +256GB internal storage: CNY 3,398 (roughly $480)

The Vivo iQOO Neo3 5G is available in Night Black and Sky Blue color options. It is already up for pre-order and will go on sale on April 29 in China. There is no word on the international availability of the device yet.

Vivo iQOO Neo3 Color Options
Author: Vincent AbolarinVincent is an Electrical Engineer and smartphone enthusiast. Anything about smartphones, count him in!

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