iQOO Neo 5 prototype surfaces, Snapdragon 870 and OriginOS in tow


iQOO Neo 5

iQOO is conquering users lately due to its cost-effective nature and its focus on brute force. Vivo has debuted the iQOO lineup as a sub-brand of gaming phones, but due to its success, it is independent enough to launch its own mainstream phones. Of course, the company’s target is the high-performance cost-effective flagship phone. The brand recently released the iQOO 7 and is now moving on to release the iQOO Neo 5.

For those unaware, the iQOO Neo series is a mid-range cost-effective iQOO lineup but that still has a flagship-grade performance. According to rumors, the brand is gearing up to launch the new iQOO Neo 5 around March. Since the launch is coming closer, we’re starting to see more and more leaks revealing details about the handset. Today, an alleged iQOO Neo 5 prototype has emerged in the web. It gives us a good glimpse of the handset along with some of its key specifications.

According to the leaked image, the iQOO Neo 5 users a centered punch-hole camera. It looks significantly reduced compared to its predecessor, so users will not be annoyed by the space taken by this cutout. The leaked image further reveals some of the iQOO Neo 5 specifications. According to it, the phone will be equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. This chipset came last month as Qualcomm’s response to chips like the Dimensity 1000 and Exynos 1080 series. It basically stands as a Snapdragon 865++ bringing an improved experience over the last year’s flagship SoC. The great benefit is that it will allow OEMs to price their devices lower than the phones equipped with the Snapdragon 888 SoC.

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iQOO Neo 5

iQOO Neo 5 will bring back Vivo’s memory fusion technology

The image also shows that the Neo 5 packs an 8GB + 3GB memory system. It presumably uses Vivo’s “memory fusion technology” as the iQOO 7. According to the official description, the memory fusion technology consists in RAM and ROM fusion through algorithmic optimization. It calls part of the idle ROM space for RAM operation. It is equivalent to an additional 3GB of available space so that the 8GB model will actually have 11GB of running memory. If you’re aware of the Swap memory concept, that is basically the same thing.

The device will run Android 11 and we can see that OriginOS will be running on top. This particular variant has 128GB of Internal Storage, but we can expect another one with 256GB. According to previous rumors, the iQOO Neo 5 will have a 120Hz refresh rate. Further, it will draw power from a 4,400mAh battery with 66W or 88W SuperFlash 3.0 charging technology. If it comes with 88W, then it will become the fastest charging smartphone costing around 3,000 Yuan.

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