The iQOO Neo7 (review), announced in the Indian market for a starting price of Rs 29,999, is the first device with MediaTek’s Dimensity 8200 SoC. While claiming to be a performance-first brand, iQOO also has made sure to appease the ever-increasing mobile gaming community in India. To wit, the iQOO Neo7 has various software and hardware tricks up its sleeves that allow it to deliver a lag-free experience when playing GPU-intensive titles. In the interest of allowing consumers to make a more informed choice, I have compared the Neo7 with the OnePlus 10R (review) from last year. Let’s see how both devices fare against each other in terms of basic benchmarks and gaming tests.
The latest version of Geekbench introduces new tests and datasets to generate single-core and multi-core results. I ran the benchmark on both devices to check out the final score and came away moderately surprised. On the Neo7, I got single-core and multi-core 1193 and 3,569 while the 10R outputted 1,101 and 3,464. Even though the OnePlus 10R runs on last year’s MediaTek’s Dimensity 8100 Max, which is a 5nm chipset, the difference between the two scores is very minimal. In the larger scheme of things, the Neo7’s small lead can be considered insignificant in terms of real-world usage.
Antutu hasn’t changed its benchmarking metrics thankfully and employs the usual set of GPU, CPU, Memory, and UX tests to generate an overall score. Here the difference is slightly more than what I saw on Geekbench’s synthetic tests. The iQOO Neo7 gets a score of 854,741 while in the OnePlus 10R, the result is 710,792. In terms of gains, the Neo7 is ahead of the 10R by about 17 percent which can make some amount of difference in real use cases. Looking at each result individually, you can see that the iQOO has a significantly better GPU score than OnePlus, with about a 22 percent lead, even though both phones’ SoC uses the same Mali-G610 MC6 GPU.
3DMark Extreme Stress Test
Running the 3DMark test for GPU stability under extreme load, the iQOO Neo7 comes out on top but not by a significant margin. The OnePlus 10R has a best loop score of 1,547 while on the Neo7 that number is 1,773. Apart from that you get a stability score of 96.8 percent on the former and 99.4 percent on the latter. What this basically means is that even after sustained loops of the same test, the iQOO Neo7 is better able to maintain the fps count as compared to the OnePlus 10R.
Call of Duty: Mobile
Testing CoD: Mobile on both devices, I put the frame rate setting at Ultra (90fps) and the graphics quality at Low to accommodate it. Although the OnePlus 10R has a larger vapour cooling chamber as compared to the iQOO Neo7, I did feel the former getting slightly hotter. When measuring the temperatures at the end of a 30-minute gaming session, the OnePlus 10R rose from 29 degrees to 36 degrees. On the iQOO Neo7 the gains were from 30 degrees to 34 degrees. Both devices are efficient at maintaining 90fps gameplay but I did notice the 10R having a slightly jittery experience. Both phones dropped about 14 percent battery during the entire session.
PUBG: New State
When it comes to PUBG: New State, the OnePlus 10R and iQOO Neo7 are both able to replicate the 90fps frame rate. However, if you are looking for a competitive edge and a smoother experience, the latter is going to be a better option. The third-party fps counter on both devices showed quite different readings but I could tell that the Neo7 could maintain a better frame rate count. In many scenarios where too much texture popped at once or when many players were shooting each other, the OnePlus 10R constantly dropped the frame rate to 60fps whereas the iQOO Neo7 didn’t go below 85fps. Talking about the temperature rise, the 10R had about 10 degrees in gains while the Neo7 had about 8 degrees. Both phones dropped an equal amount of battery during the test.
Currently, BGMI does not get the 90fps option as iQOO had earlier claimed but that might change in the coming few updates. What I can say is that at Extreme (60fps) frame rate and Smooth graphics, the playing experience on the Neo7 is quite enjoyable. However, the OnePlus 10R can also churn out a constant 60fps but at much better graphics settings. This is because the device has been out for a while and has better optimisations for BGMI than the iQOO Neo7.
From the benchmarks, it can be understood that the iQOO Neo7 does have a slight lead over the OnePlus 10R as far as performance is concerned. Apart from that Neo7 also is a better machine to play Call of Duty: Mobile for extended periods of time. In PUBG: New State I can definitely say that the OnePlus 10R has a more jittery gameplay while the iQOO can be considered quite smooth. However, with BGMI, as things stand, the 10R definitely provides a better experience with its graphics. One other thing to consider is that the iQOO Neo7 starts at Rs 29,999, which makes it a more budget-friendly option than the 10R. In conclusion, I think you would be much better served if you choose the iQOO Neo7 as your gaming companion.