Another day, another gaming phone. In the ever-growing dedicated space, the ZTE Nubia Neo 5G seeks to carve out its own place by going affordable, but makes sure to build a good first impression. The budget device sports a flashy design, with clean lines and futuristic-looking elements gracing the rear.
A 6.6-inch IPS display runs down the front, supported by a 120Hz refresh rate and resolution of 2,408 x 1,080. Under the hood, it boasts a Y820 chip from Chinese company Unisoc — a rare pick in the industry — and a Mali-G57 GPU, alongside 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone is pretty run-of-the-mill, so herein lies the question: will this configuration be able to run mobile games smoothly?
In the more GPU-demanding Honkai: Star Rail and Genshin Impact, it performed below expectations and churned out some confusing results. This also carried over to Call of Duty: Mobile, which ran hotter despite the lowered game settings, though credit has to be given to its stylish appearance, great battery life, and surprisingly efficient thermal management.
Check out the video above for a detailed breakdown of the gaming test, including temperature checks, individual findings for each title, and concluding thoughts. The ZTE Nubia Neo 5G retails for S$299, and is available in the War-Damaged Yellow and Phantom Black variants.