The idea of stuffing an ultra-powerful chipset in an affordable phone has been done and dusted in the last few years. You will get class-leading performance from these phones but you have to compromise in some segments as a cost-cutting from the companies. Case in point is the Poco F1, Poco X3 Pro, Apple iPhone SE (2020), and more.
iQOO’s second attempt at disrupting the smartphone market after the hit of IQOO 3 comes in the form of a phone that takes the help of BMW’s identity to carve a space in the world dominated by iPhones and OnePlus phones. It starts at Rs 39,990 and is the most affordable phone to use the Snapdragon 888 chip.
Design: The most important aspect of this phone is the BMW back, which looks really sexy in-hand feel and gives a premium look to the phone. No wonder, it won the Red Dot Design Award this year. But the phone is really heavy weighing approximately around 209 grams. Which feels hefty to hold as it has only a 4000mah battery. The phone has minimal camera bump which is a good thing. IQOO 7 Legend also has small edges and cutouts which gives a premium feel to the phone. Overall IQOO 7 Legend is the best in design but with a bulky feel, you might feel uncomfortable.
Display: The IQOO 7legend has not compromised even in the display segment. We all know the mobile phones have upgraded to 120hz display since last year. And it is common to witness every flagship and budget phone with a 120hz display. The phone comes with a 6.6-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080p and a refresh rate of 120Hz. And it is a bright display which can be seen under harsh sunlighting conditions. The displays also come with 300hz touch sampling which gives you a better touch response while gaming. I have no issues with these leading class features in the display of all new IQOO 7 legend.
Performance: The iQOO 7 Legend is easily the fastest phone around in the world of Android. Paired with SoC 888 with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB UFS 3.1 storage, and a well-optimized FunTouchOS 11, this is a phone that may not know the meaning of lags in the next two years at least. The UI is quick and snappy. The animation while switching apps is good and no lags experienced from over a week of usage. I tried playing Call-Of-Duty and Shadow-Fight 4 and got an amazing experience with an ease of 60fps and no heating issues at all. However, while playing, these games over a while I noticed frame drops. But you get options from the Game Assistant sidebar to block calls, lock screen brightness level, turn on 4D vibration for COD Mobile which is just amazing to play.
The haptic feedback of this mobile is so far the best from any android mobile, I have used. Unlike the iQOO 7, the Legend gets a stereo speaker setup and that is decent at its best.
This is an area where the iQOO 7 Legend impressed me a lot. It borrows the camera hardware from the Vivo X60 Pro but tunes it better. The same 48-megapixel Sony sensor expresses excellent color balance, brightness control, exposure balance, and saturation in daylight situations. The HDR adds a pinch of color in just the right amount to make for beautiful results. Overall in the Day-Light, the picture quality was amazing with proper details and richness of color offered. However, I am a person who likes more of a dull color. The 13-megapixel Portrait camera offers 2X optical zoom. The magnification is limited in comparison to the Galaxy S21 Ultra but you can get useable photos up to 5x digital zoom. Photos shot via the zoom camera are almost as good as the main camera. But you might notice the reduction in quality in it.
The 16-megapixel front camera does a good job of taking selfies. The image processing is of high standards, keeping true-to-real color tones, sharp facial features, adequate exposure, and good subject separation. On busier backgrounds, the camera struggled to detect hair strands – something that iQOO can fix with an update. The overall IQOO 7 Legend has great and exceptional cameras during the day but needs some improvements at night conditions.
Battery: The iQOO 7 Legend backs on a 4000mAh capacity battery and this is not usual in 2021. With an hour or more of gaming involved, the iQOO 7 Legend eats through battery life fast. I usually witness a drop of 20 percent after an hour of Call of Duty: Mobile. After few calls, and heavy surf on social media I found the need for my charger by evening. Thankfully, it only takes under 25 minutes for a full recharge once the battery drops under 10 percent. The 66W charging solution is a blessing for mobile gamers, as you can get almost 20-25 percent charge in 10 minutes.
Verdict: If you have Rs 40,000 to spare on a smartphone, I highly recommend the iQOO 7 Legend. At the moment, there’s nothing that comes close to it as a value proposition; forget surpassing it. No wonder iQOO chose the right name for this one. The Built, Display, Performance, And camera are just amazing comparing to the other smartphones at this price. And the BMW version is just a show stopper. This mobile still needs few improvements in the camera segment at low-light and to bring a few customizations on the UI. If you still need a better option at a lower price you can get IQOO 7 with SoC 870 and a few minors degrade.