iQOO Neo 9 Pro Review: Power Unleashed, Budget Intact

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  • Reliable performance

  • Smooth gaming

  • Excellent primary camera with 50MP.

  • 120W charge


  • Average 8MP ultra-wide camera

  • Boring design


Premium phones from iQOO are performance-focused phones, and cameras might not be the main reason for their popularity. It was the situation when it came to this model. Snapdragon 8 Generation 1 SoC powered IQOO Neo 7 Pro. The reality is that iQOO will be redefining its place in the market. The recently released iQOO 12 proved to be a powerful competitor with regard to cameras. The new iQOO Neo 9 Pro aims to continue the legacy by making a focus on camera performance and performance. It’s important to note that it’s all done while maintaining the price.

A few of iQOO Neo 9 Pro’s most important features are the Snapdragon 8 Gen2 SoC. a 50MP principal camera (IMX920 sensor) with video recording in 8K 5G support, Android 14, as well as 120W of charging (charger is included).

However, iQOO Neo 9 Pro’s greatest problem is that it’s in the most competitive smartphone market. This category also includes smartphones like Redmi Note 13 Pro+. Redmi Note 13 Pro+  with an elegant design and superior quality and durability. Then there’s the OnePlus 12R, too, sporting the identical Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC.

Table of Contents-

  • Verdict

  • Designs and displays

  • Cameras

  • Software and performance

  • Charge and battery

  • The final verdict

iQOO Neo 9 Pro Review: Verdict

The iQOO Neo 9 Pro keeps up the iQOO Neo 7 Pro’s tradition as a reliable, performance-oriented smartphone that comes with a reasonable price. The upgraded primary camera of 50MP performs well in both light and low-light situations; however, the ultra-wide camera could benefit from some enhancements. If a high-quality battery and speedy charging are important to you, then the Neo 9 Pro won’t disappoint once more. For a clean Android experience and a full Android environment, consider the OnePlus 12R, which also has Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, as the better option.

iQOO Neo 9 Pro Review: Display and design

Although, indeed, the iQOO Neo 9 Pro does not use its predecessor iQOO Neo 7 Pro’s boxy style however, the look and feel of the Black model that I’m reviewing is identical to the previous model. The construction is made of plastic, which accounts for the price that is a bit high. The back panel has a smooth, glossy finish and is capable of obscuring fingerprints and scratches. Additionally, there’s no headphone Jack.

If you like a sporting appearance, iQOO offers a Red-White variant that the company refers to as the Fiery Red colour. It has vegan leather patches, and aligns the device with other models like Motorola Edge 40, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ and Motorola Edge 40. The red-white colour scheme is over the top for me. However, the design isn’t always the most popular choice.

Overall, both models appear boring to me. If I were you, I’d prefer either the 12R model from OnePlus as well as the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ strictly for design. It’s important to note that the iQOO Neo 9 Pro boasts smaller dimensions as compared to the other models, with a size of 7.99mm by thickness.

The display of the iQOO Neo 9 Pro is now available in 1.5K resolutions (2,400 1260 inches) in lieu of the Full-HD+ resolution (2,800 1080 pixels). It still has an unidirectional 6.78-inch AMOLED display that has the highest refresh rate of 144Hz. The viewing experience is more powerful than a OnePlus 12R, the OnePlus 12R, and the iQOO Neo 9 Pro won’t disappoint either. Apps, such as Netflix, are optimised and provide HDR playback. The dual speakers offer high-quality and balanced sound however, the sound quality is lacking bass.

For games, iQOO 9 Pro’s flat display provides a more responsive touch than the OnePlus 12R’s curve-shaped display.


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iQOO Neo 9 Pro Review: Cameras

The iQOO Neo 9 Pro focuses on the basic but refined camera experience. The camera on the rear has the primary 50MP camera as well as an ultra-wide 8MP camera. There’s no periscope-style camera for telephoto; that’s only available on the top-of-the-line in 12.


Images I’ve taken during my test include an ethereal sepia-like look that looks appealing but comes at the expense of precise colours. The primary camera can capture crisp details without adding the amount of noise. I tested the primary camera’s performance with that of the OnePlus 12R, and iQOO Neo 9 Pro exhibited better performance in both daylight as well as low light. The camera’s 50MP resolution is also excellent for taking portrait photos with a vibrant blur effect. However, portraits may show an excessive amount of saturation, which could be difficult to correct during editing.


Images taken with images taken with the 8MP ultra-wide lens are mediocre at best. There is a certain uniformity between images taken using a wide and ultra-wide lens, which is a positive feature. However, ultra-wide pictures can not be sharp enough.


The iQOO Neo 9 Pro still has a front camera of 16MP capable of capturing stunning selfies in bright daylight. The front camera can occasionally oversaturate skin tone. However, the details are still clear. Portraits taken using the front camera show clarity. However, edge detection may be inconsistent. Although general performance from the camera for selfies is reliable in daylight, photographs taken at night could be inconsistent in terms of precise skin tone detection as well as detail.


As we said, it can create an 8K video that can be difficult to work with. While the colours in controlled lighting might appear balanced and beautiful, however, the size of the files could be difficult to handle. For instance, a 20-second 8K video is about 135MB. The same footage in 4K could be about 60MB. Also, the phone tends to get hotter in 8K than in 4K and has low stabilisation. I recommend that you shoot videos using Ultra stabilisation mode (Full-HD 60fps, Full-HD) since the results will be far more than satisfactory.


The front camera, unfortunately, has full-HD recording at 30fps.

iQOO Neo 9 Pro Review: Cameras

iQOO Neo 9 Pro Review: Software and performance

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC that is part of the iQOO Neo 9 Pro offers an enormous performance boost above its predecessor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 SoC on the iQOO Neo 7 Pro. The version I am testing has 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 4 storage.


In the Geekbench tests of single-core as well as multi-core IQOO Neo 9 Pro showed roughly 20 and 28 percent improvements and 28 percent, respectively. The AnTuTu score was improved by around 24 per cent. Its processor Throttling test also showed incredible stability, even though the results seemed too promising to be real. One reason could be due to the iQOO Neo 9 Pro’s greater 6 043mm square vapour chamber. It could have to do with the specialised Q1 chip for performance. It could result from a glitch within the app.


The phone did run without lags or stutters in actual use. The gaming experience is smooth because of 4D audio (via the gaming mode) and a flat display. I have compared the gaming experience when playing BGMI as well as Call of Duty on iQOO Neo 9 Pro and the OnePlus 12R, and the earlier one had a more comfortable experience.

When it comes to an uncluttered Android experience, this OnePlus 12R is a step over the competition. This iQOO Neo 9 Pro is qualified for three years of the major Android OS, which is good; however, it could be more competitive with the similar offerings of Samsung as well as Google.


iQOO Neo 9 Pro Review: Battery and charging

It’s the iQOO Neo 9 Pro now has a larger 5,160mAh battery that is able to give you all-day battery use. When the performance mode is enabled, I got approximately 8.5 hours on screen, which is pretty excellent. Unfortunately, we were not able to run the backup test for PCMark’s battery test because of an issue in the application. We’ll update this section when we have time.

With the included 120W charger The iQOO 9 Professional fully charged in about 35 minutes.


Final decision

Like its predecessor, like its predecessor, iQOO Neo 9 Pro remains the best option for the sub-Rs40k market in case gaming and performance are important to you. The upgraded primary camera of 50MP is reliable, but the addition of a telephoto lens or an upgraded ultra-wide camera might give it an edge.

If you’re looking for an uncluttered Android experience and a rich Android ecosystem, then the OnePlus 12R may be the most suitable option. If you want a smooth and stable experience and plenty of 256GB storage at an affordable price and price, it’s the iQOO Neo 9 Pro proves to be an excellent choice that will not disappoint.


Sarvaguide’s rating: 8 / 10

Reasons to buy

  • Smooth and fast performance with no lags. Plus, Android 14 out-of-the-box.

  • Provides better gaming with a high as well as a flat screen.

  • The primary camera provides excellent performance even in the most optimal lighting conditions.

  • Battery backup for a long time and reliable charging speeds.


Reasons not to buy


  • The overall style could be boring.

  • The ultra-wide camera is in need of improvements.

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