The iQOO 7: Should You Buy It?

iQOO 7 showed to be a capable all-arounder that should appeal to gamers in particular. iQOO goes out all the brakes and offers hardware and software that Vivo generally saves for its high-end phones at a far lower price, effectively undercutting the competition.

iQOO 7 specs

For the starting price of INR 31,990, you get a luxury design, amazing performance, fantastic battery life, a compelling camera for photography, and a respectable 120Hz AMOLED display - and that's a currently unmatched value.

The Funtouch software, on the other hand, might use some improvements. After all, is said and done, we can confidently recommend this phone.

On January 11, 2021, the iQOO 7 smartphones were released. A 6.62-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080x2400 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio is included with the phone. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor inside the iQOO 7 is octa-core. 8GB of RAM is included. The 4400mAh battery powers the iQOO 7, which runs Android 11. Fast charging is supported by the iQOO 7.

After almost a year, Vivo's spin-off iQOO has returned. The iQOO 7 series aims to disrupt the mid-range luxury smartphone industry by combining cutting-edge specifications and design with aggressively low prices.

The iQOO 7 has a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.79 aperture on the back, a 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture on the front, and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. Autofocus is available for the back camera. On the front, there is a 16-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture for selfies.

The iQOO 7 is powered by OriginOS for iQoo, which is based on Android 11 and comes with 128GB of internal storage. The iQOO 7 is a dual-SIM phone that takes both Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM cards. The iQOO 7 measures 209.50 grammes and has sizes of 162.20 x 75.80 x 8.70mm (height, breadth, and thickness). Storm Black and Solid Ice Blue were the two colours available when it was first released.

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac/Yes, GPS, Bluetooth v5.20, NFC, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G are all supported by the iQOO 7. (Supports Group 40, which certain Indian LTE networks will use.) A speedometer, light source sensor, navigation, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and in-display fingerprint sensor are among the sensors included on the phone. Face unlocking is available on the iQOO 7.

Some Key Features 

× RAM/ROM: 8GB/128GB 
× Display: 6.62-inch (1080x2400)
× Camera: 48MP+8MP+2MP And 16MP Front camera
× Battery: 4400 mah
× Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
× Price: 31,990

Now let's go through a detailed review

Display And Design 

The display is outfitted with the most advanced hardware available. The iQOO 7 has a 6.62-inch full HD+ (1080 x 2400 px) AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 300Hz.

The display has a wide colour gamut, is HDR10/HDR10+ compliant, and has a high brightness level. iQOO claims a max brightness of 1300Nits. The phone is DRM L1 certified and can stream 1080p material from Netflix, Youtube, and Amazon Prime Videos. Only the Youtube app supports HDR.

The iQOO 7 is designed with a 6.62-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080x2376 pixels. The front camera is housed in a punch-hole design at the top-left of the 19:9 aspect ratio screen. A pixel density of 398 PPI is obtained. The power button and volume rocker are located on the phone's right side. The headphone jack is located next to the USB Type C port on the bottom of the device.

The iQOO 7 features a class-leading 120Hz display that is a godsend for gamers. That said, the panel can't yet stream HDR media from OTT services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The iQOO 7 ships with an AG matte glass on the back which lends the device a premium in-hand feel. What's more, the finish also keeps fingerprints and smudges at bay.

For the majority of the beefed-up web exclusives, we come across sacrifice style. That isn't the case with the new iQOO offers, thankfully. The iQOO 7 we have with us is 8.4mm thick and weighs less than 200 grammes, making it a slim and light phone by today's standards.

The curved-edge back is made of actual glass and is available in two exquisite colours. 

The power button and volume keys are situated in just the right positions on the side frame, which is made of high-quality polycarbonate. 

In Android 11, the long-press action on the power button brings up the smart home dashboard, which is still not fully integrated. An optical in-display fingerprint reader and a quick face unlock are available for unlocking.

Performance And Storage 

The iQOO 7's strongest suit is its performance. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 octa-core chipset in India, which is nearly identical to the Snapdragon 865 from last year. Up to 12GB LPDDR4X RAM and up to 256GB of the newest UFS 3.1 storage add to its gaming credentials.

That is a tremendously powerful setup, as evidenced by its practical application. The game experience was fantastic. Even without the game-centric features that iQOO has built-in, Call of Duty Mobile operated really smoothly.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 octa-core chipset was used by iQOO to power this phone. For high-end graphics performance, including power gaming, the hardware combination comprises 8GB RAM and an Adreno 650 GPU. Due to the lack of a memory card port, the phone's onboard storage is limited to 128GB. 

Camera

This smartphone features a triple rear camera arrangement with a 48MP primary sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 2MP sensor to meet customers' diverse photographic needs. The phone sports a 16MP selfie camera on the front that can capture films and make video calls.

On the back, there are three cameras: a 48-megapixel Sony IMX598 with OIS, a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel mono sensor for portraiture. A 16MP sensor for selfies is located on the front. The phone can capture enough information in bright daylight. The dynamic range is large and the colours pop. In comparison to its pricing, the iQOO 7 performs admirably. The performance is comparable to the Vivo X60 Pro, which is more expensive.

The iQOO 7 features a 48MP camera with a Sony IMX598 sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera with a 120-degree field-of-view, and a 2MP depth sensor on the back. The rear cameras have a dual-LED flash and can film in 4K at 30 frames per second. A 16MP selfie camera is positioned within the punch-hole notch cutout on the front.


Battery And Connectivity 

Extra safety features on the IQOO 7 include an on-screen fingerprint sensor and face unlock to protect the device and data stored on it. The phone comes with a 4,400mAh battery that supports 66W quick charging technology from iQOO. For charging and data transfer, it has a USB Type C interface. 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, VoLTE, and GPS with GLONASS are the device's key connectivity features.

The iQOO lives up with a 4,400mAh battery that supports 66W rapid charging out of the box and can charge from 0% to 100% in 30 minutes, according to the firm.