iQOO Neo7 Racing Edition with Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC debut set for end of December 2022
iQOO has announced that it will provide 2022 with one of its last Android smartphone launch events of 2022. Then again, the device in question appears to be a refresh of the existing high-end Neo7. This version is slated to come with a switch to Qualcomm silicon – and, with it, an improved chance of getting onto the global market.
Vivo’s performance-focused brand iQOO has announced a last-gasp finishing touch for its premium mid-range Neo7 series of Android smartphones. It is to be known as the Racing Edition of its line, which seems to translate to a change to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor in place of the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ of the original release.
The device may have the same specs otherwise, down to the secondary Pro+ chip for its E5 AMOLED display. Then again, the Neo7's 9000+ could be seen as one of its most unique selling points, as smartphones with that top-end contender platform are still thin on the ground, even in the dying days of its launch year. Then again, iQOO’s decision to refresh it with the more common 8+ Gen 1 might imply that this may also become a global version of the phone.
iQOO does tend to take Qualcomm-based handsets to markets such as India: for example, it has also announced that its latest 8 Gen 2-powered flagship will launch there in January 2023; perhaps the Neo7 Racing Edition will join it there soon. However, it will have to be unveiled in China beforehand, on December 29, 2022.
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