Vivo’s gaming sub-brand iQOO unveiled the iQOO 3 5G earlier this year and although the phone featured top-tier hardware, it seemed to be more of good affordable flagship rather than something that would particularly benefit hardcore gamers.
Among the things that differentiate the iQOO 3 5G from gaming-centric smartphones like the ASUS ROG Phone 2 and the Nubia Redmi Magic 5G, for example, is the iQOO 3’s standard 60Hz display. Now, the company wants to fix this with a new phone dubbed iQOO Neo 3 which will be a “proper” competitor to offerings from rival brands.
Now, we’d first heard about the iQOO Neo 3 last month, when a teaser suggested that the iQOO Neo 3 will debut with a high-refresh-rate display. Now, leaked images on Weibo that were allegedly taken from the Setting menu of the Neo 3 actually show the 120Hz refresh rate option, tucked away in the display settings. Moreover, the company will offer the option of switching between 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz, which is exactly what we’ve wanted all along. This is a major step in order to allow users to set a balance between screen quality and battery efficiency.
Other companies like Samsung, Realme and ASUS all offer 120Hz display on their phones but are yet to add an intermediary 90Hz option. There is a third option on top of all frequencies and we believe that it is a mode where the system will dynamically adjust the refresh rate, based on the app you’re in.
Besides the refresh rate screenshot, there’s also an additional image revealing the ‘About Phone’ section under the Settings menu. As expected, the screenshot confirms the presence of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage. The configuration isn’t a surprise as it isn’t much from different to what we have on the iQOO 3.
However, there’s still no confirmation from iQOO regarding a tentative launch date. Considering that India will be a key market for this device, we forsee that the company will wait for the government’s current lockdown situation to be lifted.