- iQOO Neo 7 is the first phone with a Dimensity 8200 SoC in India.
- It goes against the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus and the OPPO Reno8 T 5G.
- Which phone should you buy under Rs 30,000? We answer that.
iQOO has launched a new addition to one of its most popular series in India. The company has launched the iQOO Neo 7 which is a successor to one of the best mid-range gaming phones, the iQOO Neo 6. The iQOO Neo 7 will need to prove a lot to users to be called a worthy successor of the Neo 6. On paper, the phone seems to be a beast with a Mediatek Dimensity 8200 chipset, a 64MP triple rear camera setup, 120W fast charging, Android 13, 120Hz AMOLED display, and much more. However, competition has now increased in the sub-Rs 30,000 segment.
The iQOO Neo 7 faces tough competition from several devices, but we have picked two of the most popular competitors here, the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus and the OPPO Reno8 T 5G. So, which phone should you pick under Rs 30,000 in India? Know in our detailed comparison.
iQOO Neo 7 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus vs OPPO Reno8 T 5G: Price in India
All three phones have a starting price of Rs 29,999 for their base variant with 8GB of RAM. However, while the iQOO Neo 7 and OPPO Reno8 T 5G have 128GB storage in the base variant, the Redmi Note 12 Pro features 256GB storage.
The OPPO Reno8 T 5G comes in a single configuration only, whereas the iQOO Neo 7 and the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus have a 12GB + 256GB variant that is priced at Rs 32,999.
iQOO Neo 7 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus vs OPPO Reno8 T 5G: Design
The iQOO Neo 7 has a plastic frame and body with a square-shaped camera module on the back. It has a dual-tone design and is available for purchase in two colour options — Interstellar Black and Frost Blue.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus offers a premium design language. It has a glass back display and thin bezels around the display. It is available in Arctic White, Iceberg Blue, and Obsidian Black colours. It has a punch-hole camera in the centre.
The OPPO Reno8 T 5G has a polycarbonate body and the frame is curved as well. It is available in two colours – Sunrise Gold and Midnight Black. The former has a glossy finish and is slim and thick compared to other phones in the segment.
As design is subjective, we recommend you pick a phone depending on your liking.
iQOO Neo 7 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus vs OPPO Reno8 T 5G: Display
The iQOO Neo 7 5G flaunts a 6.78-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen also offers 1300 nits of peak brightness and HDR10+ certification.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus comes with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display, and it supports HDR10+ and Dolby Vision content. However, the screen brightness level maxes out at 900 nits.
Last, the OPPO Reno8 T 5G has a 6.7-inch curved AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate support. The iQOO Neo 7 and the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus have almost the same display features however, if you prefer a curved display, OPPO Reno8 T 5G is the choice for you.
iQOO Neo 7 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus vs OPPO Reno8 T 5G: Performance and UI
The iQOO Neo 7 is the most powerful phone among all the three devices. A MediaTek Dimensity 8200 SoC powers it under the hood. The SoC is based on TSMC’s 4nm process and features a Mali-G610 GPU. It is paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. You can check out its gaming performance below.
Then comes the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus which is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC. It is a good chipset in the mid-range segment but not as powerful as the Dimensity 8200.
Last, the OPPO Reno8 T 5G comes with a Snapdragon 695 SoC under the hood which is the least powerful among all three. The SoC is paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus comes with Android 12-based MIUI 13 out of the box. The iQOO Neo 7 boots the latest version of FunTouchOS, version 13 based on Android 13. Last, the OPPO Reno8 T 5G boots Android 13 with a layer of ColorOS 13 on top.
iQOO Neo 7 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus vs OPPO Reno8 T 5G: Cameras
The Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus has the highest megapixels across this segment. The camera setup consists of 200MP primary ISOCELL HPX sensor, 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP macro sensor. The main sensor has support for Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS).
The iQOO Neo 7 and the Reno8 T 5G do not have an ultrawide sensor even in the mid-range segment which is disappointing. The former has a 64MP primary sensor with OIS support whereas the latter has a 108MP camera sensor. The rest of the two sensors in both devices are a 2MP macro sensor and a 2MP depth sensor.
On the front, the iQOO Neo 7 and the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus rely on a 16MP selfie shooter whereas the Reno8 T 5G features a 32MP selfie camera.
iQOO Neo 7 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus vs OPPO Reno8 T 5G: Battery
The iQOO Neo 7 and the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus share the same battery and charging features. Both phones pack a 5,000mAh battery unit inside and have support for 120W charging.
However, OPPO lacks behind as the Reno8 T 5G packs a 4,800mAh battery unit that supports 67W charging speed. You do get a charging brick inside the box of all three phones.
Also Read: Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus vs Realme 10 Pro Plus vs OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G: Price in India, Specifications and Features Compared
iQOO Neo 7 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus vs OPPO Reno8 T 5G: Verdict
The iQOO Neo 7 is perfect for those who are into gaming and need a phone that can offer multitasking at an ease. The 120W charging speed and a 120Hz AMOLED display add a lot to the device’s value. However, having a weak camera setup is a big letdown for the Neo 7. If you can compromise that, the iQOO Neo 7 is a beast then.
Also Read: iQOO Neo 7 First Impressions
The Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus is overall a good phone compared to its price but you won’t get the gaming experience as good as the Neo 7. Last, if you are planning to pick the Reno8 T 5G, we will recommend you get the Realme 10 Pro Plus instead.