Vivo makes the Snapdragon 855 version of the iQOO Neo official
Vivo has released a new version of its early-2019 gaming phone. This variant distinguishes itself with the successor to the Snapdragon 845 found in the original: accordingly, it is known as the iQOO Neo 855. Otherwise, both phones have very similar specs, down to the 6.38-inch waterdrop-notched display. In addition, the '855 retains the elaborate cooling system from its template device.
Then again, iQOO fans may be glad to note the improved FlashCharge 2.0 standard for the Neo 855's 4500mAh battery. In addition, Vivo asserts that its updated processor results in appreciable performance gains, even going so far as to claim the renewed phone is associated with an AnTuTu benchmarking score of 477,016.
Nevertheless, the OG Neo was pitched as a cost-effective gaming phone, and this is reflected in its update's RAM/storage configurations and pricing. It starts at 1998 yuan (~US$283) for a 6/64GB SKU. This base model also has the compromise of UFS 2.1 flash storage for its relatively low price.
However, the subsequent, more powerful variants step up to a 3.0 level. They go for 2298 yuan (~$325), 2498 yuan (~$353) or 2698 yuan (~$382) for 6/128GB, 8/128GB or 8/256GB options respectively.
These iQOO Neos 855 come in the '845's purple and black colorways, but also have the choice of Icelandic Aurora (an appropriately-styled gradient) this time round. They can be pre-ordered on the Vivo website in China until October 31, 2019, and will go to a more general release thereafter.