The iQOO Neo 7 5G was recently launched in India for under Rs 30,000. However, it is not the only Rs 30,000 smartphone to debut in the country this year. The other is Xiaomi's Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus.
So let's take a look at iQOO's latest mid-ranger against the top dog of the legendary Redmi Note series to find out which is the best smartphone under Rs 30,000 in India in 2023.
iQOO Neo 7 vs Redmi Note 12 Pro+
|model||iQOO Neo 7 5G||Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus|
|Chip||MediaTek Dimension 8200 SoC||MediaTek Dimension 1080 SoC|
|advertisement||6.78-inch, 120Hz, HDR10+ AMOLED display||6.67" AMOLED screen, 120Hz, HDR10+, Dolby Vision|
|RAM:||8GB/12GB LPDDR5||8GB/12GB LPDDR4X|
|storage||128GB/256GB UV 3.1||128GB/256GB UV 2.2|
|Reversing camera||64 MP camera with OIS, 2 MP depth camera, 2 MP macro camera||200 MP main camera with OIS, 8 MP ultra-wide angle camera, 2 MP macro camera|
|Front camera||16 delegates||16 delegates|
|Battery:||Support 5000mAh, 120W charging||4980mAh, support 120W charging|
|digital printing||on the screen||Side mounted|
|Start price||29,999 rubles||29,999 rubles|
In terms of design, not much has changed with the iQOO Neo 7, which has a traditional smartphone design like its predecessor. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ has a more flat and square design as opposed to the rounded design of the Neo 7. In terms of build quality, the glass bottom of the Note 12 Pro Plus feels more premium. Compare this to the plastic back of the Neo 7 5G. However, the premium feel comes at the cost of weight, as the Note 12 Pro+ weighs around 15 grams more. Although the design is subjective, I would choose the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ by default.
Switch between the two phone screens and everything is generally smooth. Both phones offer premium displays, but the Note 12 Pro Plus gets Dolby Vision support. However, the iQOO Neo 7 5G's panel has an instantaneous touch sampling rate of 1200Hz, which will be more beneficial for gamers. Additionally, the Neo 7's display has a higher brightness and contrast ratio than the Note 12 Pro+'s display. On the other hand, the Note 12 Pro+ supports high-frequency PWM dimming at 1920Hz, which aims to reduce eye strain.
In terms of performance, both phones use MediaTek chips, although the Neo 7 5G's Dimension 8200 SoC is a significant performance boost over the Note 12 Pro+'s Dimension 1080 chip. While the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC of the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus is sufficient for multitasking and most games, the iQOO Neo 7 lets you set the maximum settings for most titles with a significant boost in CPU and CPU performance. . Moreover, iQOO Neo 7 has faster RAM and storage values.
We haven't tested the iQOO Neo 7's camera yet, so we'll compare the camera specs of the two devices. On paper, it looks like the main Samsung HPX 200MP sensor in the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is up here. However, we cannot rule out a good ISP for the iQOO Neo 7. But Xiaomi definitely beats it when it comes to hardware. Another advantage of the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is the addition of 8 MP ultra-wide, which the Neo 7 lacks. In terms of specifications, the Note 12 Pro+ has a clear edge on the camera front.
Battery and software
In terms of battery life and charging support, both phones are equal on paper, with little difference between the two devices. In terms of software, we prefer MIUI-related tweaks over FunTouch OS. And while both phones have two major OS updates, the Neo 7 runs Android 13, while the Note 12 Pro+ runs Android 12. On paper, it will beat the iQOO in terms of software.
Should you buy Redmi Note 12 Pro+ or iQOO Neo 7 5G?
The iQOO Neo 7 and Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus traded blows in every way. We couldn't pinpoint a clear winner. However, if you are a mobile gamer, the iQOO Neo 7 is a good choice. This is a leading artist with a performance to match. The iQOO Neo 7 5G clearly offers the best value for money in the segment. The Neo 7 also takes the lead in 5G software support, delivering an extra year over the Note 12 Pro Plus.
However, if you're looking for a complete phone that doesn't just focus on performance, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is worth considering. Both in terms of design and camera, the Note 12 Pro Plus is truly remarkable. While the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC offers more than enough performance for everyday tasks and games, it just pales in comparison to the Dimensity 8200 chip.
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