iQOO 7 Legend is the company’s second outing in India after iQOO 3 (review) which was launched in March 2020 as one of the first 5G phones. An acronym for iQOO, I Quest On and On is a sub-brand of Vivo and uses the following services to provide after sales support. Priced at Rs 39,990, the iQOO 7 Legend is one of the most affordable flagship phones available in India right now and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. The smartphone competes with Xiaomi’s Mi 11X Pro in India. With its exquisite design without any RGB or any other bell and whistle, the iQOO 7 Legend is a gaming phone in the guise of a large steam cooling chamber, pressure-sensitive screen and powerful Haptix. Here’s how iQOO 7 Legend performed in our daily use and why anyone looking to buy a flagship phone in 2021 is a strong competitor.
iQOO 7 Legend Performance Review
The iQOO 7 Legend is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor that will be seen on almost all flagship phones launched this year. The Snapdragon 888 has an octa-core CPU with one prime core running at 2.84GHz, three performance cores running at 2.42GHz and four power-efficient cores running at 1.80GHz. It is supported by Adreno 660 GPU with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage.
In our daily use, the iQOO 7 legend showed no signs of stress and we did not experience any lag when switching between different apps or games. In the AnTuTu benchmark test, the iQOO 7 Legend scored 827163 points, while Geekbench gave it 1136 points in the single-core test and 3694 points in the multi-core test. Some of the highest scores we’ve seen on AnTuTu and Geekbench overshadowing phones like the Asus ROG Phone 5 and OnePlus 9.
The iQOO 7 Legend has also achieved high marks in PCMark Work 2.0 and GFX bench test, only to be taken by the score of ROG Phone 5. However, for some reason, Gamebench refused to run on our iQOO 7 Legend unit. We’ll update this review with the gamebench score as soon as we can. That being said, iQOO 7 performs flawlessly in games like Call of Duty: Mobile, Asphalt 9, Free Fire, Injustice 2, and more.
Unlike the ROG Phone 5 (Review) or even the iQOO 3, the iQOO 7 doesn’t have a trigger button on the side. Instead, the phone’s display is pressure sensitive and allows users to map in-game controls across different games. While in the game, players can press the left or right side of the screen to perform selected actions. The display has two sensors on the left and right that detect pressure sensitivity which allows players to tune it to their liking. The phone’s haptic feedback is generally good and has a 4D game vibration mode which enhances the feedback while playing the game. Moreover, the iQOO 7’s dual speakers can only get louder and louder enough which makes it even more so for a great gaming experience.
It was able to play popular games effortlessly and was easy to navigate between the phone’s UI and apps. The phone runs FunTouch OS 11.1 which is based on Android 11 The UI is fast, easy to use, and offers lots of personalization features, but it’s not an OxygenOS or One UI. It’s preloaded with third-party apps like DailyHunt, Moz, Netflix, PhonePay and Snapchat, which are simply unnecessary and can be uninstalled. Overall, the iQOO 7 Legend performed perfectly for the price it asked for, and we had no major problems with the Gamebench app not being launched.
iQOO 7 Legend Battery Review
The iQOO 7 Legend is equipped with a 4000mAh battery that supports 66W fast charging. We’ve been able to easily use more than a day’s worth of phones for a single charge. Our uses include playing games, watching videos and checking out social media apps with the phone at a 120Hz refresh rate all the time. The battery of iQOO 7 Legend should be good for most people and if it runs out of juice, you can always top it up in 0-100% to 25 minutes using 66W fast charging adapter.
iQOO 7 Legend Design and Display Review
The iQOO 7 Legend is a solidly built smartphone that looks very elegant in the hand. It has a soft-touch matte finish with three color stripes in red, black and blue and highlighted by the words “Fascination Meets Innovation”. For the iQOO 7 Legend, the company has partnered with BMW M Motorsport and created this “track design” on the back.
The iQOO 7 Legend has a metal chassis and measures 8.7mm thick. It weighs 209gm and is a little over the top of things. It’s only available in this Satin White colorway which doesn’t make it look like a gaming smartphone. The back has a rectangular camera module attached to a metal strip with the brand name. The power button has a blue accent, but without it the iQOO 7 Legend has got a clean design even though it is a powerful gaming-centric device.
Due to the matte finish on the back, it is resistant to fingerprints and stains. But you may want to use a special edition silicone cover that comes with extra protection from drops in the box. According to official data, the iQOO 7 does not have gorilla glass protection and has not received an IP rating. It has a flat edge at the top and bottom with a Type-C port and dual stereo speakers. Although it misses the 3.5mm audio jack.
The iQOO 7 has a 6.62-inch Full HD + (2400×1080 pixels) resolution display that uses an AMOLED panel with support for a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone’s display is certified for HDR10 + playback and has Widevine L1 support. The display does not have a protective layer of gorilla glass and it comes with a pre-applied screen protector. The iQOO 7’s display offers 1300 nits peak brightness and can be really bright with good sunlight clarity.
The iQOO 7’s screen is perfect for capturing content because it creates images and videos with greater color accuracy and crisp details. The high 120Hz refresh rate helps smooth out the animations and shows it when using the phone every day. Having said that, we found that even after setting the refresh rate to 120Hz, it goes back to 60Hz whenever the screen is idle.
The iQOO 7 has a MEMC chip that samples frame rates in games like Call of Duty: Mobile and Freefire. The Game Assistant menu has an option to increase the frame rate of the two games to 120Hz even though they are locally 60Hz. What’s more, the iQOO 7’s screen offers a 300Hz touch sampling rate that affects your gaming performance because it can detect fast finger movements while playing, giving your character a slight edge as commands are quickly registered.
Another problem we encountered is that although the display is HDR10 + certified, it does not support HDR content from Netflix and Prime Video. Although this is not something that can be fixed with a software patch.
iQOO 7 Legend Camera Review
The back of the iQOO 7 Legend is equipped with a triple camera array equipped with a 48MP camera that uses Sony IMX 589 with f / 1.8 aperture with OIS, a 13MP telephoto camera with optical zoom up to 2x and a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera. Comes with 120-degree wide view. The ultra-wide camera doubles as a macro camera and has a 16MP selfie camera on the front. The rear camera can record 4K UHD and 1080p video up to 60FPS with features like ultra-stabilization and much more.
The iQOO 7 legend creates great images in daylight with crisp details, a balanced color profile and looks very close to the natural image. This is something we didn’t expect from a phone that was primarily made for gaming. Although the iQOO 7 Legend uses the same sensors for the primary camera as the Vivo X60 Pro, the iQOO 7 Legend’s optimizations help it capture more vivid images, including deep natural bokeh in the background.
The iQOO 7 Legend’s telephoto camera has a slightly cooler tone than the primary camera but it produces well-detailed images with 2x optical zoom and 20x digital zoom. The phone manages to keep the highlights and details sharp while zooming in, which is great for situations where you have to move closer to a subject without moving away from your place.
In the case of wide-angle cameras, the iQOO 7 takes decent and usable wide shots but occasionally suffers from barrel distortion. The pictures are detailed with slightly warm tones.
Images from macro mode also came out pretty well although zeroing in focus was a bit of a hassle. That being said, the macro images are well detailed and have some warm tones
In low light environments or at night, the camera can collect details well and enhance the night mode highlights, brighten the frame and smooth the textures of the image. That said, the details near the edges don’t come out as detailed as in normal mode.
Overall, the iQOO 7 Legend’s camera performance has remained decent, and users will find little problems, especially when capturing a frame in daylight. Software optimizations in place help the phone create better illuminated and detailed images although it can do better in night mode.
iQOO 7 Legendary judgment
In just one year, iQOO has come a long way and the iQOO 7 Legend is an extremely powerful smartphone that provides a smooth and lag-free gaming experience. It is well built, looks great on the hands and the matte finish is just cherry on top. With the Snapdragon 888, we’ve seen some top scores on benchmarking tests and in our daily use. The phone showed no signs of slowing down at all. It has some best-in-class hardware that gives it a good mix of power, balance and sustainable performance.
The camera performance of the iQOO 7 Legend has amazed us and gaming smartphones can take some great pictures as far as it goes. It is one of the fastest charging phones currently available in India and can top the phone in minutes.
The iQOO 7 Legend chooses a middle ground between gaming and regular run-of-the-mill smartphones. Its spirit is still the same as that of a gaming phone, but it is nicely packaged in a sleek body. If you are someone who wants to buy a gaming phone within budget, then iQOO 7 Legend should be at the top of your list. Even for those looking for a good offer in the sub-40,000 segment, the iQOO 7 Legend is rocking the charts right there.