iQOO 7 Review: Best Affordable Flagship Phone

Recently, Chinese brands and sub-brands have been on the rise in the smartphone space. The iQOO brand specializes in gaming smartphones that are pocket-friendly. As part of the iQOO 7 series last month, the brand included a Snapdragon 800 series chipset with 5G connectivity, a 120Hz display, and 66W fast charging.

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iQOO 7 Review:

BMW M Motorsport, with whom iQOO had partnered prior to the device’s launch, played a prominent role in marketing the device. The iQOO 7 Legend, being the only device to represent that collaboration, publicises it right at the outset.

iQOO and BMW M Motorsport branding can be found on the top of the smartphone’s box. Inside, the angular top reveals an iQOO 7 Legend unit, a warranty card, a guide, two BMW cards, a 67W charger, a USB Type-C cable, and a SIM ejector pin.

When you pick up the smartphone unit to have a first look at it, you feel a strong sense of familiarity. In case you miss it on your first attempt, do not worry, as it will only increase as we explore iQOO 7 Legend more thoroughly.

Design & Build

iQOO 7 Price in Nepal

Its design is the first thing I want to discuss. There has been a great deal of simplicity here at iQOO. The Storm Black variant I have does not have any of  those “in-your-face” gradient patterns we usually associate with Vivo phones.

The back panel has a subtle blue gradient finish around the center to make it look more interesting. In addition, the matte back finish does not attract fingerprints, and the camera module does not protrude.

The tablet is lightweight and ergonomically pleasing, despite the 6.6-inch display, and weighs less than 200 grams. The front and back of the phone are protected by Schott Xensation, which isn’t as good as the Gorilla Glass but does the job nonetheless.

There are all buttons on the right side, and iQOO has brushed the power button to distinguish it from the volume rockers. Their tactile feedback and position have also been good for me. A few small things can make a big difference. As for the frames, they’re still plastic-made, so not everything is perfect.

Performance

The iQOO 7 Legend shines in this area as well. With either 8GB or 12GB of RAM, it is powered by Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 888 (octa-core) processor. You can choose between 128GB and 256GB of memory. Adreno 660 is used for graphics on this device.

In order to enhance the performance even further, iQOO has incorporated a multi-turbo processor with extended RAM in its 7 Legend model. The storage memory can be used as extra RAM to improve performance. Due to this, 8GB RAM works as 11GB, and 12GB RAM works as 15GB in order to handle  performance loads.

Due to all this power, the smartphone had no performance lag, either when used regularly or when playing games. Despite keeping applications running for extended periods, it maintained a smooth performance.

The 4000 mAh battery guarantees long-lasting performance. While you might want to be cautious if you are purchasing this device for gaming, you should still be able to play for over an hour at around half the battery capacity without any problems. Charge the phone from 0 to 100 percent in under 30 minutes once it has been discharged.

Gaming experience

With its new flagship, iQOO claims to be a smartphone dedicated to mobile  gaming. Despite this, the company’s claim differs from the claim of many other phone manufacturers, who target gamers with their products. There is nothing like iQOO 7 Legend.

Immediately upon touching the device, you will notice a difference. Due to its heavier build and its “limited edition” design, the iQOO 7 Legend feels more like a gaming device than many others, such as the OnePlus 9R, will ever be.

In terms of firepower, too, there is a difference. The iQOO 7 Legend uses the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 888 chipset, which promises a smoother performance and more processing power than most smartphones in this price range.

Capture

The iQOO smartphone also features a 5.8ms touch response and MEMC – Motion Estimation Motion Compensation – a gaming frame-rate interpolation technology for players. Through the technology, an iQOO 7 game can be made to run at 90 or even 120 frames per second, instead of the standard 60 frames per second. Through the Eagle eye enhancement feature, the display can even be enhanced for better contrast ratio, colours, and sharpness while gaming.

In addition to the high volume, there is a surround sound system on the device, which is adequate but does not provide the most optimal sound quality. As with most smartphones, the pressure-sensitive screen makes gaining control easier. Other than on a few occasions, liquid cooling prevents the device from overheating during heavy use.

Also Read: 5 Best Phones Under 30000 In Nepal

Camera
On the back, iQOO 7 Legend uses a triple-camera setup with a 48 megapixel main camera, a 13 megapixel wide-angle camera that has a 120-degree field of view and a monochrome camera with 2x optical  zoom.

Under a variety of lighting conditions, the setup can capture impressive images. There is plenty of saturation and good contrast in each of the photos taken. The  iQOO 7 Legend’s low-light photography is just as good, with ample brightness and accurate colors captured through the Night Mode.

Further improvements can be made to the camera in certain aspects. In some shots, it misses details, especially when there is no single subject present, such as in a scenic shot. There is a chance that you will have to take multiple clicks to get the right image because it has trouble focusing on everything within the frame. It lacks a portrait mode for the very same reason, with a limited bokeh effect even at full zoom.

In addition, iQOO 7 Legend has two completely different colour schemes for the Portrait and Normal modes. Changing between the two modes, you’ll notice a significant color difference, with the Portrait mode producing more of a blue hue.

Here are some samples of cameras. Photographs were taken from a wide angle, close up, and a normal perspective. Others illustrate the difference between normal and portrait modes, as well as normal and night modes.

In terms of features, the camera module includes features such as Night Mode, Portrait, Slo-mo, Time-Lapse, AR stickers, Pro Sports Mode, and Ultra Stable Mode on the smartphone.

It comes with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera for taking photos on the go in clear and bright light.

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iQOO 7 Price in Nepal

IQOO 7Price in IndiaPrice in Nepal (Expected)
8/128GBINR 31,990NPR 49,999
8/256GBINR 33,990NPR 59,999
12/256GBINR 35,990NPR 63,999

iQOO 7 Specifications:

  • Body: 76.4 x 163.3 x 8.4mm, 196 gm, Schott Xensation Glass
  • Display: 6.62-inches AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 300Hz touch sampling rate, Schott Xensation Glass, 1300 nits (peak) brightness, 105% NTSC, HDR10+, SGS Eye Care
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio, 398 PPI
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (7nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585)
  • GPU: Adreno 650
  • Memory: 8/12GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 with Vivo’s Funtouch OS 11.1 on top
  • Rear Camera: Triple-camera (with LED flash);
    – 48MP f/1.8 Sony IMX598 sensor, PDAF, OIS
    – 13MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, 120º FOV
    – 2MP f/2.4 portrait sensor
  • Front Camera: 16MP f/2.0 sensor (punch-hole cutout)
  • Audio: Stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio, No 3.5mm audio jack
  • Security: In-display fingerprint sensor, Face unlock
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Ambient Light, Electronic compass, Linear Motor
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / AGPS / Glonass, USB Type-C, NFC, 4G LTE, 5G (sub-6GHz)
  • Battery: 4400mAh with 66W FlashCharge (66W adapter provided)
  • Color options: Storm Black, Solid Ice Blue
  • Price in Nepal: Not launched

Verdict

Summarizing, the iQOO 7 Legend is powerful and refined like a Vivo phone of old. What are your thoughts on the iQOO 7 Legend considering all these factors?

If you wish, you should choose iQOO 7 Legend if you wish to stand out from the crowd of OnePlus, Vivo, Xiaomi, as it has some of the top specifications in the smartphone industry at the moment, wrapped up in an outright distinctive case.

 

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