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Nubia Neo 5G Unboxing and First Impressions

We take a closer look at the Nubia Neo 5G equipped with the 6nm UNISOC T820 with a multi-layer heat dissipation cooling.
Nubia Neo 5G Unboxing and First Impressions
Nubia Neo 5G's edgy gaming aesthetic

The Nubia Neo 5G originally appeared in the Philippines back in September 2023

It features a 120Hz 6.67-inch IPS FHD+ screen, 6nm UNISOC T820 octa-core processor, Mali-G57 MP4 GPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, and a 4,500mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging.

At the back are the 50MP main camera and the 2MP secondary camera with an LED flash while in front is the 8MP selfie camera.

Other features include DTS:X Ultra, Multi-Layer Heat Dissipation System, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi and 4G LTE.

In the Philippines, the phone is priced at PHP 9,999.

Let's take a look at it.


Nubia Neo 5G's outer packaging
Nubia Neo 5G's outer packaging

It comes in a black box with black and yellow aggressive gaming-themed decals. Around the box are the key features, specs and regulatory information.
Box inclusions
Box inclusions

Inside the box are the phone, the silicone case, the 22.5W wall adapter, the USB-A to USB-C cable, the SIM ejector, and documentation. 

There are no included earphones in the box.

Build Quality/Design

Unique and eye-catching gaming design
Unique and eye-catching gaming design

At first glance, the phone looks unique and looks more expensive than its SRP. The rear design has a nice lustre to it that is more obvious when the light hits it. It has a unique holographic visual depending on the angle of the light.

The phone is made of a polycarbonate frame with a glass front panel and a glasstic rear panel. This combination of materials makes the phone solid and lightweight but incredibly slippery. In addition to that, the rear and front panels are prone to fingerprint smudges. We recommend wearing a case right away.

If you look closely at the large circular camera module, there is gold reflective trim with

It measures 163.7 x 75 x 7.98 mm and weighs 189 grams. There is no mentioned water or dust resistance but the SIM has a red rubber gasket.
Curved screen with notch
Curved screen with a notch

In front is the aforementioned 6.67-inch IPS screen with a 2,400 x 1,080 resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. It has a water drop notch that houses the front-facing camera. Above it is the slim earpiece. Around the panel are slim side and top bezels. The bottom bezel is noticeably thicker.

There is no mention of glass protection.
Top and bottom view
Top and bottom view

On top is the single microphone port. Below, is the 3.5mm audio jack, the other microphone port, the USB-C port, and the speaker grill.
Left and right sides
Left and right sides

On the left is the SIM tray while on the right are the volume rocker and the power button that doubles as fingerprint scanner.
Nubia Neo 5G's rear cameras
Nubia Neo 5G's rear cameras

The back has the 50MP f/1.8 main camera and the 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor with an LED flash. In front is the 8MP selfie camera.

The included modes of the stock camera app include Capture, Video, Portrait, Pro, Panorama, Refocus, Timelapse, QR Code, 50MP, Street, Night and Document modes.

The Pro mode allows switching of ISO (100-3200), Shutterspeed (1/1,000-0.5 seconds), White Balance, EV (+-3), and Focus.

Added features include metering modes, level, and anti-banding.

Nubia Neo 5G Specs

Display: 6.67-inch LCD (IPS) screen w/ 120Hz refresh rate, FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 395 ppi
CPU: 2.7GHz 6nm UNISOC T820 octa-core processor 
GPU: Mali-G57 MP4
ROM: 256GB 
Back Camera: 50MP w/ AF + 2MP f/2.4 + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8MP w/ FF
Battery: 4,500mAh w/ 22.5W Fast Charging
OS: Android 13
Connectivity: WiFi (2.4GHz/5GHz), 5G SA/NSA, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, OTG, NFC, GPS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor, face unlock, DTS:X Ultra, Multi-Layer Heat Dissipation System, USB-C, Colors: Starry Black
Dimensions: 163.7 x 75 x 7.98 mm
Weight: 189 grams
Price: PHP 9,999

Quick thoughts

Nubia Neo 5G web surfing
Nubia Neo 5G web surfing

The Nubia Neo 5G is one of the better-looking phones for under PHP 10K with a UNISOC SoC, 120Hz FHD+ IPS screen and a 50MP rear main camera.

Alongside are the 8GB RAM, 256GB of storage and a 4,500mAh battery with 22.5W fast wired charging.
AnTuTu and Geek Bench performance
AnTuTu and Geek Bench performance

In our initial benchmarks, the phone managed to score over 430+K in AnTuTu while only consuming 2 percent of battery and only increasing temperature by 6.8 degrees Celsius. It may not be the best at raw power, but it is powerful and efficient enough.

We will have to do more testing on how it actually performs on day-to-day and with longer gaming sessions.

Let's not forget the other features like the 8MP selfie camera and the 50MP + 2MP rear cameras.

So far, we find that the Nubia has made some trade-offs and prioritized keeping the price down while offering decent balance in performance and experience.

We are working on our full review, so stay tuned.

What do you guys think?

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