iQoo 7 Legend review: Almost an all-rounder

At its India launch, the iQoo 7 Legend immediately made the more affordable iQoo 7 smartphone a bit underwhelming. For additional Rs. The Legend Edition costs Rs 4,000 more than its sibling, with accents and cues from BMW’s motorsport cars, giving it a unique look and feel. And then there’s the spec sheet, which seems impossible to deliver at this price point.

When we look at the competition, it is only Xiaomi’s Mi 11X Pro (Review) that comes close in terms of specifications. It packs in the same Snapdragon 888 processor, but also packs a 108-megapixel primary camera and a slightly bigger battery.

Just under Rs. 40,000, neither smartphone offers the full premium package, as both lack features like wireless charging and IP rating. But these phones are all about performance, design and camera quality, and with that in mind, we’re going to take a closer look at the iQoo 7 Legend as it’s almost an all-rounder… with a few minor drawbacks.

iQoo 7 Legend Design

India is the only market that has launched the iQoo 7 smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor and the camera hardware is a bit watery. Globally, there is only one model and it is called the iQoo 7. This makes the iQoo 7 Legend more of a cosmetic variant in the international markets.

iQoo 7 Legend has an attractive design with a brushed-metal frame and matte glass back

However, buyers in India have a better reason to go for the BMW-inspired iQoo 7 Legend as it packs in the hardware of the international model, which is much better than the base iQoo 7 sold in India.

With a brushed metal frame and matte-glass back, the iQoo 7 Legend looks quite clean. The metal frame is quite interesting as it has well-polished edges, cutouts and indents which make it look and feel very premium. The power button on the right has fine lines and blue accents that make it stand out. The matte-glass back features red, black and blue racing stripes on a white surface that resembles the finish of a typical BMW M Motorsport racecar. Whether you are a fan of the brand or not, the color combination looks unique. There is no choice when it comes to the color or finish of this phone.

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The volume rocker and power button are located on the right

The combination of metal and matte glass keeps fingerprints away, but it’s also quite slippery, so I’d recommend slipping on the included TPU case. With a 6.62-inch display, the phone didn’t feel heavy to hold, as it’s just 8.7mm thin, but moderately heavy at 210g.

iQoo 7 Legend has stereo speakers. The bottom primary speaker sits next to the Type-C USB port, while the earpiece doubles as the second, and the display is hidden in a nearly invisible slit between the glass and metal frame.

iQoo 7 Legend Specification and Software

iQoo 7 Legend is available in two variants. The base 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant is available at Rs. 39,990, and the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage option is priced at Rs. 43,990. This smartphone, just like the Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro, uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and does not allow for expandable storage. It supports multiple 5G bands and offers dual 5G standby as well. It also has an in-display fingerprint reader, which works reliably.

The phone packs a 5,000mAh battery, which supports 66W charging speed. It features a 6.62-inch AMOLED display that offers a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz and is HDR10+ certified. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6 (dual-band) and NFC.

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iQoo 7 Legend runs on Vivo’s Funtouch OS, which runs on Android 11. based on

iQoo 7 Legend runs Vivo’s Funtouch OS, which is based on Android 11. The software runs smoothly in everyday use, with no lag or stutter, and the 120Hz refresh rate feels fairly fluid for the display. Funtouch OS offers some unique customization options such as the ability to change animations for unlock screen, facial recognition, charging, USB insertion, and when the phone is put on standby and wakes it up.

There’s even a touch screen animation option, which adds customizable particle trails (hearts, circles, squares) whenever you interact with the notification tray, home screen, and app drawer. This feature did not affect the use of native or third-party apps.

Preinstalled third-party bloatware includes Moj, Dailyhunt, PhonePe, Snapchat, and Flipkart. These apps can be uninstalled when not needed. V-Appstore will provide some promotional notifications every day, but these can be turned off in the app’s settings.

iQoo 7 Legend Performance and Battery Life

6.62-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. Touch sensitivity was on and I didn’t have any problems while scrolling through apps or playing graphics-heavy games. I had no problem viewing the display in bright sunlight. Colors looked natural, and sharpness wasn’t a problem at 394ppi. iQoo claims that the display of the Legend 7 is HDR10+ certified. However, only the YouTube app offered HDR10 streaming; Netflix did not.

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iQoo 7 Legend’s 6.62-inch AMOLED display is HDR10+ certified

Both speakers can deliver fairly loud and very clear sound with balanced output, which makes them great for gaming, but also good for watching movies or listening to music.

In terms of benchmarks, the iQoo 7 Legend performed at par with other premium smartphones with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. It managed 8,23,003 in AnTuTu, as well as 1,138 and 3,668 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests.

Gaming performance was also pretty solid. Call of Duty: Mobile performed flawlessly without any prompts on the highest settings possible. The phone did not heat up quickly. It was only after about 40 minutes of intense gameplay that things started to feel heated, which is good enough. Asphalt 9: Legends ran impressively at high quality with 60fps mode enabled.

The iQoo 7 Legend features ‘4D game vibration’ using the phone’s dual linear vibration motor. This feature works well when playing Asphalt 9: Legends, which makes me feel the effect when my car takes off and bumps into things, like you get feedback from the game controller. However, I turned it off while playing Call of Duty: Mobile, as it became too distracting, especially the very jittery vibrations whenever I got hit by a bullet.

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The bundled 66W charging adapter takes the iQoo 7 Legend from a dead battery to 100 percent in 31 minutes

The 4,000mAh battery came out a little less than expected and only lasted a day on a single charge. With over an hour of gaming, a few phone calls, a few photos and browsing through social media apps repeatedly, the iQoo 7 Legend ran out of power by the end of the day. Switching the display’s refresh rate from 120Hz to auto or 60Hz only extends battery life by an hour and a half or more. Our HD video loop battery test lasted just 13 hours and 3 minutes, which is pretty low for a premium smartphone these days.

While this may be a dealbreaker for power users, iQoo has provided a very fast charging adapter in the box. The 66W charger can take the iQoo 7 Legend from a dead battery to 100 percent charge in just 31 minutes.

iQoo 7 Legend Camera

The iQoo 7 Legend packs a triple rear camera setup, which includes a 48-megapixel f/1.79 primary camera, a 13-megapixel f/2.46 telephoto camera (with 2X optical zoom) and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle f/2.4-megapixel camera. 2.2 Camera. The selfie duties are handled by a 16-megapixel f/2.0 camera. The camera interface is similar to what we’ve seen on Vivo and iQoo smartphones so far, with all the important controls available at a single tap.

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The ultra-wide-angle camera has autofocus and does double duty as a macro camera

The camera mode can be customized depending on what you need. Portrait mode bothers me a bit about the camera interface. It seemed to be a bug in the software, but the aperture selection control was always set to f/16 when using the selfie camera. Taking a picture using this aperture setting meant there was no depth effect. Every time I wanted to take a portrait selfie, I had to set the aperture manually, which was quite frustrating.

iQoo 7 legend daytime photo sample. Top to bottom: Ultra-wide, Standard, 2X zoom (tap to view full size)

iQoo 7 Legend Portrait Mode Camera Sampler (Tap to view full size)

Photos taken in daylight are sharp with good dynamic range and fine detail in textures. No matter which camera I chose, the results were impressive. However, I did notice some purple fringing in brighter areas of the frame when using the ultra-wide-angle camera. Portrait photos of friends and pets turned out to be quite sharp, with good edge detection and great dynamic range. While Portrait mode defaults to the 2X telephoto camera, I could also shoot using the main camera at 1X. Autofocus was fast with all three cameras.

iQoo 7 Legend close-up camera sample (tap to view full size)

The ultra-wide-angle camera on the iQoo 7 Legend also does double duty as a macro camera as it has autofocus. This meant that I could shoot objects up to 2 cm away. And with the 13-megapixel sensor, the results were impressive and full of detail.

iQoo 7 Legend Night Mode Camera Samples. Top: Wide (1X), Bottom: Ultra-wide (0.5X) (Tap to see full size)

In low light, the cameras on the iQoo 7 Legend sounded pretty decent. The primary camera took pictures with low noise but there was a slight loss in detail in darker areas. Night mode takes care of this and also brightens up the pictures a bit. The ultra-wide-angle camera also performed well when there was some light available in the surrounding area, but struggled with textures in low-light environments.

iQoo 7 Legend Low-Light Selfie Portrait Camera Sample (Tap to see full size image)

iQoo 7 Legend Selfie Portrait Camera Sample (Tap to see full size image)

Selfies come out clear and sharp in daylight with good dynamic range, allowing the subject and background to be exposed properly. The details took a hit in low light and the pictures looked flat. Night mode helped, provided there was a sufficient source of light.

Overall the video quality recorded by this phone was quite good. The iQoo 7 Legend managed 1080p video well at 30fps and 60fps, with plenty of detail and good stabilization. 4K video showed great detail and good stabilization, even when moving or panning. Videos recorded in low light looked decent and had less noise, but I did notice a slight flicker effect while walking. While the ultra-wide camera manages to have decent quality in daylight and low light (though with some purple fringing), the lack of stabilization results in really shaky footage.

Decision

Considering its hardware specifications and competitive price tag, it is quite hard to ignore the iQoo 7 Legend in the premium smartphone segment. The only other smartphone that comes close in terms of raw power is Xiaomi’s Mi 11X Pro (Review). While the Mi 11X Pro has a 108-megapixel primary camera, it doesn’t offer OIS, and charging is a bit slow at 33W.

OnePlus 9R (Review) is also a good option. It may have a slightly underpowered Snapdragon 870 processor, but there’s a good combination of performance and features in a package that’s just 8.4mm thick.

The iQoo 7 Legend offers Snapdragon 888 processor, a decent 120Hz refresh rate OLED display and great build quality, as well as pretty decent performing cameras. If you are a power user, it may fall short in terms of battery life, but although the battery is relatively small, it definitely charges quickly!


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