vivo iQOO 7 Legend hands-on review
Introduction and specifications
Vivo decided to launch some of its game-oriented iQOO phones globally this year, with iQOO 7 Legend representing the Chinese vanilla iQOO 7, while the global iQOO 7 stands for iQOO Neo5. The subject of this practical review is the legend. And the latter gives you pretty much everything you want from a gaming smartphone.
An HRR OLED panel is at hand, ticking at 120Hz, and all of these pixels are powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset. And for a complete multimedia experience, the phone also has a set of tall stereo speakers. Unfortunately, there is no 3.5mm audio jack, which is still a standard for gaming devices.
an overview of vivo iQOO 7 Legend specifications:
- Body: 162.2×75.8×8.7mm, 210g; Glass front and back, metal frame.
- Screen: 6.62 “AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10 +, 1300 nit (peak), 1080x2376px resolution, 19.8: 9 aspect ratio, 394ppi; Always on display.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680; Adreno 660.
- Memory: 128 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 12 GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- OS / software: Android 11, Funtouch 11.1 (International), OriginOS (China).
- Rear camera: Wide (head): 48 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, 1 / 2.0 “, 0.8 µm, PDAF, OIS; Tele: 13 MP, f / 2.5, 50 mm, 1 / 2.8 “, 0.8 ,m, PDAF, 2x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 13 MP, f / 2.2, 120˚, 16mm.
- Front camera: 16 MP, f / 2.0, (wide).
- Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 60fps, 1080p @ 60fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps.
- Battery: 4000mAh; Fast charging 120W, 100% in 15 minutes (announced) – China, fast charging 66W – International.
- Various: Fingerprint reader (on display, optical); Pressure sensitive areas on the display; NFC.
It seems that vivo has not overlooked the camera department either. IQOO 7 Legend is one of the few gaming phones that offers a proper tele-camera. Sure, it goes up to only 2x optical zoom, but it’s better than cropping from the main camera. The ultrawide is also 13MP instead of the commonly used 8MP, while the main 48MP cam boasts OIS. It even appears from the specification sheet that the phone’s camera setup is capable and versatile and wins a few bonus points against the competition.
The weak link in the current setup would probably be the battery. A few years ago, a 4,000 mAh device would have been just enough, but today, 5,000 mAh batteries are close to becoming the standard for a gaming phone. To compensate for the lack of juice, vivo has implemented up to 120 W fast charging that can top-off the battery in just 15 minutes. However, only the Chinese model comes with the aforementioned 120W charger, while the global one comes with a 66W charger. Vivo says this is due to regulations and the 120W charger is just not suitable outside of China.
The price of the device is one of its strongest suits. The starting price in India is 39,990 INR, which is a pretty good price considering the powerhouse that iQOO 7 Legend is. And from now on and one of its direct competitors in the Indian market is OnePlus 9R and it is being shaped to be a better deal than that. When iQOO 7 Legend also leaves the Indian market, Red Magic 6 and Black Shark 4 lurk in the corners.
Unboxing the iQOO 7 explanation
As we have already mentioned, the global variant comes with a 66W charged charger along with a USB-A to USB-C cable for data transfer and charging, of course.
Vivo also included an appropriate protective case. It is a bit shiny, smooth and does not fit very well either. However, it looks a bit neat and clean and would probably do until the aftermarket cases appear.