iQOO’s Neo family has grown by one member today, with the official launch of the Neo6 SE in China, following weeks of leaks, rumors, and teasers. The iQOO Neo6 SE is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 SoC, and that’s literally the only difference between this and the iQOO Neo6 non-SE, which was unveiled and released last month.
Still, the rest of the package is nothing to scoff at. For people who aren’t after the best possible performance (which would be where the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset in the Neo6 would shine), the use of an older chip in the 870 comes with an a substantial price differential.
While the Neo6 starts at CNY 2,799 ($419) with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, the Neo6 SE with the same memory and storage amount goes for just CNY 1,999 ($299). The 8/256GB model is priced at CNY 2,299 ($344), compared to CNY 2,999 ($449) for the similarly specced Neo6, and the top of the line version with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage costs CNY 2,499 ($374) vs. CNY 3,299 ($494) for the Neo6.
To recap, the Neo6 SE, like the Neo6, has a 6.62-inch 1080×2400 AMOLED touchscreen with 120 Hz refresh rate and up to 1,300 nits of brightness, a triple rear camera system with a 64 MP main sensor with OIS, a 12 MP ultrawide, and a 2 MP portrait camera, a 16 MP selfie snapper, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a 4,700 mAh battery with support for 80W fast charging.
It runs Android 12 with OriginOS Ocean on top. The iQOO Neo6 SE is available to order in China today in blue, orange, and gradient blue, and will be released on May 11. It’s unclear when or if it might be offered outside of China.