iQOO Neo 9 Pro Gaming Review: Heavy on Performance, Not Your Pocket


iQOO has consistently proven its mettle in the performance department while going against the giants of the smartphone world. It’s a true definition of an underdog. The iQOO Neo 9 Pro continues on that front while dressed as a candy. It proves the point of being sweet on the outside and spicy on the inside. It comes well-equipped with a flagship processor and more. But, for Rs 35,999, how good of a deal is it for someone looking for a hardcore gaming device and a daily companion in one? Let’s find out in the iQOO Neo 9 Pro gaming review.

Specifications and benchmarks

The iQOO Neo 9 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, also found in flagships from 2023. As time passes, we see this processor has trickled down to mid-rangers, and as is tradition, iQOO jumps out instantly.

Hardware Specifications
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Storage Up to 256GB UFS 4.0
Battery 5,160mAh
Software version FunTouch OS 14 Based on Android 14
Connectivity details Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3

At this price, the iQOO Neo 9 Pro competes against the OnePlus 12R, iQOO Neo 7 Pro, OnePlus Nord 3, and the Poco F5 — all of which have a good handle on performance. The iQOO Neo 9 Pro uses the latest storage and RAM technologies and is available in two variants.

iQOO Neo 9 Pro
AnTuTu Overall benchmark score analysis
iQOO Neo 9 Pro
Geekbench single-core benchmark score analysis
iQOO Neo 9 Pro
Geekbench multi-core benchmark score analysis
Benchmarks Result
PCMark 10 14613
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test 3530 – Best loop score
Sling Shot Extreme (Open GL) Maxed Out
Car Chase 85fps
Manhattan 120fps
T-Rex 120fps
Storage Test (AnTuTu) 131276

These scores are reflective of my daily usage. The iQOO Neo 9 Pro works well with daily usage, multitasking, and endless doom scrolling on social media apps. While synthetic benchmarks are a good way of understanding the positioning of a smartphone, real-world usage — especially with intensive games such as Genshin Impact and BGMI can help paint a bigger picture.

BGMI Graphics and Performance

I put the iQOO Neo 9 Pro through our extreme gaming test, which entails a two-hour-long non-stop gameplay with the AC and fan turned off. It helps determine the thermal situation of the phone under loads.

In BGMI, the iQOO Neo 9 Pro can reach Ultra HDR graphics quality and Ultra framerates. Let’s look at how it performed across different settings.

BGMI Graphics FPS
Ultra HDR + Ultra 40fps, without much fuss
HDR + Extreme 60fps, without any trouble
Smooth + Extreme 60fps, smooth sailing
Smooth + 90fps 90fps, no major issues

Despite switching to the 90fps mode, the iQOO Neo 9 Pro maxed out at 60fps during our gaming test. But after a software update, the phone hit 90fps without any noticeable frame drop.

Call of Duty: Mobile Graphics and Performance

After about an hour and a half of continuous gameplay, the iQOO Neo 9 Pro’s battery dropped to 64 per cent from 100 per cent. In Call of Duty: Mobile (CODM), the phone hits Very High graphics quality and Max frame rates.

Call of Duty: Mobile Graphics FPS
Very High + Max 60fps, without any drops
Medium + Ultra 90fps, with minor drops to 83fps, but nothing that hinders the performance

During this period, the back of the phone reached about 37 degrees Celsius, with the room temperature at 23 degrees. The spike in temperature was not concerning at all, as we did not see any throttling.

Genshin Impact Graphics and Performance

Genshin Impact’s graphics settings only allow a maximum of 30fps with the provided presets. To achieve 60fps, you have to choose custom settings.

Genshin Impact Graphics FPS
Highest 30fps, without any noticeable drops
Custom (Forced 60fps) 60fps, without any trouble

The game ran perfectly well without any performance drops. Despite playing an intensive game such as Genshin Impact, the phone dropped down to 34 degrees Celsius. This is the liquid cooling vapour chamber playing its part. After two hours, the battery dropped to 57 per cent.


The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is a tried and tested chipset amongst performance-focused smartphones. This chipset and reasonable control over thermals make the iQOO Neo 9 Pro a safe bet for gamers. The slightly bigger battery should also help with longer gaming hours, which is always true when your squad is online.

As for close competition, the OnePlus 12R is a phone to look out for. The iQOO Neo 7 Pro, OnePlus Nord 3, and POCO F5 are other options if the Neo 9 Pro exceeds your budget. Speaking of budget, the POCO X6 Pro at Rs 26,999 is another phone that impressed us with its performance.

While the iQOO Neo 9 Pro surely earns brownie points for its performance, stay tuned to MySmartPrice to discover how well its cameras, display, and battery hold up in daily usage.