iQOO7 Legend Review: The iQOO 7 Legend is a premium smartphone that offers everything a premium smartphone buyer could want at a fair price. It is worth considering as your next premium smartphone.
In the past few years, it has been proven impossible to pack a powerful chipset into a budget phone. These phones will deliver class-leading performance, but they also offer a great user experience. The Poco F1, Poco X3 Pro and Apple iPhone SE (2020), Realme X3, among others, are all examples.
These phones are either made from old phones or use inferior parts. The iQOO 7 Legend is different. Also read: Android 12 beta 2 is rolling out: New privacy options, tweaked design, and more iQOO’s second attempt to disrupt the smartphone market is in the form a phone that uses BMW’s identity as a tool to create a niche in a world dominated by OnePlus and iPhones.
The phone starts at Rs 39990 and uses the Snapdragon 888 chip. While this is a strong selling point, iQOO has emphasized the user experience by using fast charging and beefy cameras. Also read – iQOOZ3 with 120Hz display and 55W fast charging smartphone below Rs 20000: Full specs, price in India.
What does this all mean for Indian premium smartphone buyers? Are the iQOO7 Legend smartphones better than similar-priced OnePlus phones? Also read: iQOO 7 Legend roundup: Below 20,000, Snapdragon 768G, and many more
iQOO7 Legend Design
The BMW stripes are a key part of the iQOO7 Legend’s appeal to you and me as well as the majority of Indians. iQOO has decided to take full advantage of the partnership with BMW M Motorsport DTM and painted the phone in a variety of interesting colours.
It’s a phone that is so distinctive, you won’t be able to resist using it without a protective case. It’s no surprise that it was awarded the Red Dot Design Award this year.
The matte glass used to make the beautiful white rear with racing stripes is made from matte glass. It will hide scratches and nicks easily due to its light colour. The rest of the phone is very similar to modern Vivo smartphones. It has a rectangular camera cluster design and similar button placements. It’s not bad considering the X60 series boasts some of the most beautiful phones.
The sleek design is enhanced by the minimal camera hump protrusion and the blue power key. The iQOO 3’s shoulder keys are gone, highlighting the phone’s intention to be more than a gaming phone. The display is flat with slim bezels. The camera cutout is prominently highlighted with a chrome highlight.
Despite its weight of 209 grams, the iQOO7 Legend is not bulky. Its metal sides are contoured and make it easy to hold, while its matte rear provides grip. iQOO offers a transparent TPU case with BMW logos, and pre-installs a display protector – both of these are great options to keep your design pristine.
What are your overall thoughts? The iQOO 7 legend will be held on the same pedestal with the Galaxy S21 Plus and iPhone 12. It is beautiful because it appeals more to the heart than the mind.
iQOO7 Legend Display
The Redmi Note 10 Pro series now offers a 120Hz AMOLED display as a standard. The iQOO 7 Legend has the same formula – a 6.6 inch AMOLED display with a resolution 1080px and a refresh rate 120Hz. The display is bright, and I was able see the content even in the afternoon sunlight, according to iQOO.
Although the usual high contrast and heightened saturation of AMOLED displays are present, it looks a little bluish next to a OnePlus 9R or ROG Phone 2. I found that the “Bright” profile was more effective than the one with slightly warmer tones.
The iQOO 7 Legend’s smartphone display is one of my favorite. Gaming on this phone is a joy thanks to the 300Hz touch sampling rate. Call of Duty: Mobile allows me to lock on to my enemies with minimal movement while I adjust the scope on my sniper rifle.
It’s a wonderful experience. The OnePlus 9R is a bit slower. It’s no wonder that I scored higher on the iQOO. The MEMC chip that was included in the iQOO 7 Legend is not available in the iQOO 7 Legend. It is quite fast to unlock your phone using the in-display fingerprint scanner.
iQOO7 Legend Performance
The iQOO 7 Legend has the Snapdragon 888 as its brain, making it the fastest Android phone. This phone comes with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS3.1 storage.
It also features a well-optimized FunTouchOS 11 which may not be able to understand the meaning of lags for at least the next two years. The regular smartphone stuff is done quickly and the quick animations give you a sense of urgency.
On my busiest days, I used a lot of social networking apps simultaneously. I participated in video calls, handled emails via Outlook, made many calls, sent lots of messages, took photos and played music through Bluetooth speakers. They all seemed like a child’s game thanks to the iQOO 7 Legend. This lively performance is what keeps me away from my iPhone SE.
Gaming is what most people are interested in, and the iQOO 7 Legend excels at this. There is no game at the moment that can overwhelm the Snapdragon 888. Call of Duty Mobile runs at 60 frames per second in “Very High” graphics, and at “Max” frame rates.
Even after an hour of playing on the virtual battlefields, I don’t notice any frame drops or slower loading times. This is a common observation for Snapdragon 870-equipped phones.
Games with high-fidelity graphics, such as Shadow Legends 4 Arena, CarX rally and F1 Mobile Racing are also excellent. Although a longer game session that lasts an hour doesn’t cause frame drops or hiccups, it does heat up the phone. It heats up quite quickly and I had to often leave the phone unattended to cool it down.
The large vapor chamber cooling system is effective, but I would have preferred if iQOO had found a better way of dissipating heat.
Unlike the ROG Phone 5 or OnePlus 9R, there is no dedicated “game center” app that can be used to access all installed games.
You can use the Game Assistant sidebar to turn on 4D vibrations for COD Mobile, block calls and lock your screen. Although the “Pressure-sensitive touch” feature is a great option, it’s not as easy as the shoulder triggers. The immersive experience is enhanced by the 4D vibrations.
It is disappointing to see iQOO abandon its iQOO UI, which was used on the 2021 models of iQOO 3. Nevertheless, iQOO may be able to speed up the update rollout for the upcoming Android 12 upgrade with FunTouchOS 11. (iQOO has remained mum about the update situation). FunTouchOS remains the same user-friendly and customizable Android skin.
The notification center has a lot of stock Android inspiration and there are several menus. The interface lacks the same overall fit and finish as OnePlus and Samsung’s phones. This includes disoriented fonts and an unbalanced UI layout.
iQOO has not spent much effort to create an experience that is unique for iQOO users. The outside of the site is adorned with BMW Motorsport colors, but inside you will only find three custom wallpapers. The special edition model doesn’t have a theme, icon pack, widget, or ringtone.
While there are some pre-loaded apps that can easily be removed, Vivo cannot delete any of its first-party apps. Only paid items are available in the theme store. Perhaps Vivo could follow Xiaomi’s MIUI and offer some freebies to give a try?
The haptic feedback is a wonderful addition to the experience. The vibrations are powerful and well-controlled to respond to input. Although the haptics of iPhones are better than before with custom effects, iQOO has subtly used vibrations throughout the system in order to improve the user experience. COD Mobile’s subtle vibrations help alert you when someone is near.
The Legend has a stereo speaker system, which is better than the iQOO 7. Although the output is loud, it does not have the same quality as an ROG Phone’s speaker system. The wireless audio headphones have excellent output, but it is not possible to adjust the volume. During calls, the earpiece output is loud enough.
The Snapdragon 888 supports 5G networks. This is a term that is currently only used in spec sheets. The phone is future-proofed by the support for up seven 5G bands. Although I occasionally experience drop calls and disruptions, Jio’s 4GLTE network performance is excellent. The VoWiFi is a great help.
iQOO7 Legend Cameras
Here is where the iQOO 7 Legend shines. The iQOO 7 Legend borrows the Vivo X60 Pro’s camera hardware but tunes it more. This 48-megapixel Sony sensor displays exceptional colour balance, brightness control and saturation in daylight conditions.
The pixel-binned photos retain a lot detail. HDR gives beautiful results by adding just the right amount of colour. The main camera is able to maintain the correct exposure and colour balance, even in low light conditions.
The camera will aim for higher exposures in difficult conditions. However, details can be lost when the lighting is poor. I consistently got good photos even after sunset, and even when streetlights were on.
The 48MP mode offers higher resolution under good lighting, but it does not show the details. The main camera can output video at 4K or 1080p resolutions. Videos tend to retain details that are slightly more saturated and contrasted under good lighting.
OIS is a great tool for stability, even though it’s not as good at 4K at 60 frames per second. The video quality at 1080p was excellent with good colour retention.
The 13-megapixel Portrait camera has 2X optical zoom. Although the magnification is less than that of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, you can still get usable photos with a 5x digital zoom.
The zoom camera produces photos that are nearly as good as the main one, but you may notice slightly blurred colours and less sharpness when pixel peeping. This zoom camera is best used for portrait photography, according to iQOO.
In all lighting conditions, the ultra-wide 13-megapixel camera does a fantastic job. Although it lacks the outstanding colour profile of the main camera, it does a good job overall. It can’t match the main camera’s performance at night and zoom, so details are less sharp. This ultra-wide camera allows you to get very close to your subject.
The output is excellent. The macro images look sharper, more detailed, and have a better colour profile than the dedicated macro cameras, as long as the subject is in good light.
The front camera, 16-megapixels, does a great job taking selfies. High standards are maintained in image processing, with accurate colour tones, sharp facial features and adequate exposure. iQOO is able to fix this problem if the background is more busy.
Battery The 4000mAh capacity battery of the iQOO 7 Legend is very small. With moderate-to-high usage you might need to recharge your battery by the evening.
The iQOO 7 Legend can go through battery life quickly if you play for an hour or more. After an hour of Call of Duty Mobile, I see a drop of 25%. Combine that with calls and social media browsing. By evening, I was headed for the charger with some light photography and music.
Once the battery is below 10 percent, it takes only 25 minutes to recharge. Mobile gamers will find the 66W charging solution a blessing as it can charge your phone up to 20-25 percent in just 10 minutes. The phone heats up quickly so you’ll need to leave the phone unattended while it charges and unattended after it has finished charging.
iQOO7 Legend Verdict
iQOO’s flagship phone is the iQOO7 Legend. It disguises itself as a gaming phone. It is fast and has an impressive camera, fast charging and responsive display. All this wrapped up in an attractive body.
Although Vivo’s FunTouchOS 11 doesn’t have as polished an interface as other phones, it is still a minor flaw in the scheme of things.
The iQOO 7 Legend starts at Rs 39990 and makes a strong case for its price. In terms of features, the Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro and OnePlus 9R are comparable in price. It is faster charging and has a superior display that decimates the iPhone SE 2020, iPhone XR. It makes the VivoX60 Pro’s Vivo X60 Pro’s cameras seem expensive.
The iQOO7 Legend is a great smartphone choice if you have Rs 40,000 spare. It’s a great value proposition and there is nothing else that can come close. It’s no surprise that iQOO picked the right name.
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