iQoo 7 Legend Evaluation: Nearly an All-Rounder


At its India launch, the iQoo 7 Legend immediately made the extra inexpensive iQoo 7 smartphone look barely underpowered. For a further Rs. 4,000 over the price of its sibling, the Legend version includes a refreshing design, with accents and cues from BMW’s Motorsport vehicles, which give it a singular feel and look. After which there’s the spec sheet, which sounds unimaginable to ship at this worth level.

Once we take a look at the competitors, it is solely Xiaomi’s Mi 11X Professional (Evaluation) that comes shut when it comes to specs. It packs in the identical Snapdragon 888 processor, but additionally has a 108-megapixel main digicam and a barely greater battery.

At slightly below Rs. 40,000, neither smartphone gives the entire premium package deal, as they each lack options similar to wi-fi charging and an IP score. However these telephones are all about efficiency, design and digicam high quality, and with that in thoughts, we will take a more in-depth take a look at the iQoo 7 Legend as a result of it’s virtually an all-rounder… with some minor shortfalls.

iQoo 7 Legend design

India is the one market that noticed the launch of an iQoo 7 smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor and barely watered-down digicam {hardware}. Globally, there’s only one mannequin and it is known as the iQoo 7. This makes the iQoo 7 Legend extra of a beauty variant in worldwide markets.

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The iQoo 7 Legend options an attention grabbing design with a brushed-metal body and a matte glass again

 

Nonetheless, consumers in India have a greater purpose to go in for the BMW-inspired iQoo 7 Legend because it packs within the {hardware} of the worldwide mannequin, which is lots higher than what you get with the bottom iQoo 7 offered in India.

The iQoo 7 Legend appears fairly clear, with a brushed steel body and a matte-glass again. The steel body is sort of fascinating as a result of it options well-polished edges, cutouts, and indents that make it feel and look very premium. The ability button on the precise facet has advantageous ridges and a blue accent that makes it stand out. The matte-glass again options crimson, black and blue racing stripes on a white floor that resembles the end of a typical BMW M Motorsport racecar. Whether or not you’re a fan of the model or not, the color mixture does look distinctive. There aren’t any choices in the case of the color or end of this telephone.

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The quantity rocker and energy button are positioned on the precise facet

 

The mixture of steel and matte glass does maintain fingerprints away, however it additionally is sort of slippery, so I’d advocate slipping on the included TPU case. With a 6.62-inch show, the telephone didn’t really feel overwhelming to carry provided that it’s simply 8.7mm skinny, however is reasonably heavy at 210g.

The iQoo 7 Legend options stereo audio system. The first speaker on the backside sits subsequent to the Sort-C USB port, whereas the earpiece doubles as the second, and is hidden in an virtually invisible slit between the show glass and the steel body.

iQoo 7 Legend specs and software program

The iQoo 7 Legend is offered in two variants. The bottom 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant is offered at Rs. 39,990, and a 12GB RAM + 256GB storage possibility is priced at Rs. 43,990. This smartphone, identical to the Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional, makes use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and doesn’t permit for expandable storage. It helps a number of 5G bands and gives twin 5G standby as nicely. It additionally has an in-display fingerprint reader, which labored reliably.

The telephone has a 5,000mAh battery, which helps 66W charging speeds. There is a 6.62-inch AMOLED show providing a most refresh charge of 120Hz and is HDR10+ licensed. Connectivity choices embrace Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6 (dual-band) and NFC.

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The iQoo 7 Legend runs Vivo’s Funtouch OS, which relies on Android 11

 

The iQoo 7 Legend runs Vivo’s Funtouch OS, which relies on Android 11. The software program ran easily in on a regular basis use, with no signal of lag or stutter, and felt fairly fluid due to the 120Hz refresh charge show. Funtouch OS gives some distinctive customisation choices similar to the flexibility to alter the animations for the unlock display, face recognition, charging, USB insertion, and when placing the telephone into standby and waking it.

There’s even a contact display animation possibility, which provides customisable particle trails (hearts, circles, squares) everytime you work together with the notifications tray, residence display and app drawer. This function didn’t seem to have an effect on using native or third-party apps.

Preinstalled third-party bloatware consists of Moj, Dailyhunt, PhonePe, Snapchat and Flipkart. These apps may be uninstalled if not wanted. The V-Appstore will throw up a couple of promotional notifications day-after-day, however these may be switched off within the app’s settings.

iQoo 7 Legend efficiency and battery life

The 6.62-inch FHD+ AMOLED show sports activities a 120Hz refresh charge. Contact sensitivity was spot on and I confronted no points when scrolling by means of apps or taking part in graphics-heavy video games. I had no issues viewing the show in brilliant daylight. The colors appeared pure, and sharpness at 394ppi was not an issue. iQoo claims that the 7 Legend’s show is HDR10+ licensed. Nonetheless, solely the YouTube app provided HDR10 streaming; Netflix didn’t.

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The iQoo 7 Legend’s 6.62-inch AMOLED show is HDR10+ licensed

 

Each audio system can get fairly loud and sound very clear with balanced output, which makes them nice for gaming, but additionally good for watching films or listening to music.

By way of benchmarks, the iQoo 7 Legend carried out on par with different premium smartphones that function the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. It managed 8,23,003 in AnTuTu, in addition to 1,138 and three,668 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core exams.

Gaming efficiency was additionally fairly stable. Name of Obligation: Cellular carried out flawlessly with no trace of lag on the highest settings doable. The telephone didn’t heat up shortly both. Issues solely started to really feel heat after about 40 minutes of intense gameplay, which is sort of good. Asphalt 9: Legends ran impressively at Excessive High quality with the 60fps mode enabled.

The iQoo 7 Legend options ‘4D Recreation Vibration’ utilizing the telephone’s twin linear vibration motor. This function labored nicely when taking part in Asphalt 9: Legends, letting me really feel the affect when my automobile landed and ran into issues, just like the suggestions you’d get from a sport controller. Nonetheless, I switched it off when taking part in Name of Obligation: Cellular, because it turned very distracting, particularly the very jarring vibration every time I received hit by a bullet.

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The bundled 66W charging adapter takes the iQoo 7 Legend from a lifeless battery to 100 per cent in 31 minutes

 

The 4,000mAh battery did fall a bit wanting expectations and solely lasted a day on a single cost. With an hour of gaming, a couple of telephone calls, some photographs, and ceaselessly shopping by means of social media apps, the iQoo 7 Legend ran out of energy by the tip of the day. Switching the show’s refresh charge from 120Hz to Auto or 60Hz solely prolonged battery life by an hour and a half or so. Our HD video loop battery take a look at solely lasted 13 hours and three minutes, which is sort of low for a premium smartphone today.

Whereas this may be a dealbreaker for energy customers, iQoo has supplied a really quick charging adapter within the field. The 66W charger can take the iQoo 7 Legend from a lifeless battery to a 100 per cent cost in simply 31 minutes.

iQoo 7 Legend cameras

The iQoo 7 Legend includes a triple rear digicam setup, which features a 48-megapixel f/1.79 main digicam, a 13-megapixel f/2.46 telephoto digicam (with 2X optical zoom) and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 digicam. Selfie duties are carried out by a 16-megapixel f/2.Zero digicam. The digicam interface is typical of what we now have seen on Vivo and iQoo smartphones to this point, with all necessary controls out there at a single faucet.

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The ultra-wide-angle digicam has autofocus and does double responsibility as a macro digicam

 

The digicam modes may be customised relying on what you want. What aggravated me a bit in regards to the digicam interface is the Portrait mode. It appeared to be a bug within the software program, however the aperture choice management was at all times set to f/16 when utilizing the selfie digicam. Taking a photograph utilizing this aperture setting meant that there was no depth impact in any respect. I needed to manually set the aperture each single time I needed to take a portrait selfie, which was fairly irritating.

iQoo 7 Legend daytime photograph samples. High to backside: Extremely-wide, commonplace, 2X zoom (faucet to see full dimension)

 

iQoo 7 Legend Portrait mode digicam pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Images taken in daylight got here out sharp with good dynamic vary and good element within the textures. Irrespective of which digicam I selected, the outcomes have been spectacular. Nonetheless, I did discover some purple fringing within the brighter areas of the body when utilizing the ultra-wide-angle digicam. Portrait photographs of mates and pets got here out fairly sharp, with good edge detection and nice dynamic vary. Whereas the Portrait mode defaults to the 2X telephoto digicam, I may additionally shoot utilizing the primary digicam at 1X. Autofocus was fast with all three cameras.

iQoo 7 Legend close-up digicam pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

The ultra-wide-angle digicam on the iQoo 7 Legend additionally does double responsibility as a macro digicam as a result of it has autofocus. This meant that I may shoot objects as shut as 2cm away. And with a 13-megapixel sensor, the outcomes have been spectacular and loaded with element.

iQoo 7 Legend Night time Mode digicam samples. High: Broad (1X), backside: Extremely-wide (0.5X) (faucet to see full dimension)

 

In low mild, the iQoo 7 Legend’s cameras held up fairly nicely. The first digicam captured photographs with low noise however fell a bit brief on element within the darker areas. The Night time mode takes care of this and even brightens up photographs a bit. The ultra-wide-angle digicam additionally carried out nicely when some mild was out there within the neighborhood, however struggled with textures in dimly lit environments.

iQoo 7 Legend low-light selfie portrait digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

iQoo 7 Legend selfie portrait digicam pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

 

Selfies got here out clear and sharp in daylight with good dynamic vary permitting the topic and background to be uncovered appropriately. In low mild, particulars took fairly a success and the photographs seemed flat. Night time mode helped, supplied there was an ample supply of sunshine.

The standard of video recorded by this telephone was fairly good general. The iQoo 7 Legend managed 1080p video at 30fps and 60fps nicely, with a great deal of element and good stabilisation. 4K movies additionally confirmed loads of element and good stabilisation even when strolling or panning. Movies recorded in low mild seemed fairly good and had low noise, however I observed a light-weight shimmery impact when strolling. Whereas the ultra-wide digicam managed first rate high quality in daylight and low mild (although with some purple fringing), the dearth of stabilisation resulted in actually shaky footage.

Verdict

Given its {hardware} specs and aggressive price ticket, the iQoo 7 Legend is sort of arduous to disregard within the premium smartphone section. The one different smartphone that comes shut when it comes to uncooked energy is Xiaomi’s Mi 11X Professional (Evaluation). Whereas the Mi 11X Professional has a 108-megapixel main digicam, it doesn’t provide OIS, and charging is a bit slower at 33W.

The OnePlus 9R (Evaluation) can be various. It could function a barely underpowered Snapdragon 870 processor, however is an effective mixture of efficiency and options in a package deal that’s simply 8.4mm thick.

The iQoo 7 Legend gives the Snapdragon 888 processor, 120Hz refresh charge OLED show and glorious construct high quality, plus cameras that carry out fairly nicely. It would fall brief when it comes to battery life, if you’re an influence consumer, however though the battery is comparatively small, it positive costs shortly!


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