iQOO 7 Review : The best gaming phone under ₹36,000 ?

The Chinese tech giant Vivo sub division is iQOO company. iQOO has previously launched iQOO 3 and it was a massive success now came its successor and it launched iQOO 7. Let’s see how it fares according to the competition in the market. Is it really a great successor to the iQOO 3. To find out more regading iQOO 7 please read more.

iQOO 7

Build And Design

iQOO 7 was launched in India on 26th April 2021.They are 2 colors Storm Blue and Storm Black. Both of the color variants look great and are not fingerprint magnets both the color variants have gradient finish it looks pleasing to eyes.

It comes with premium attractive looks with plastic back with matte finish. The built looks good and classy. It comes with triples camera setup with OIS for the main camera.

It weighs about 196 Grams and is sleek. In terms of the rest of the design, the power and volume buttons are placed in a very comfortable position. There is 2 sim slot not space for expandable storage. The SAR values are below the range 0.97 W/Kg for the head and 0.76W/kg for the body. It has all the sensors including NFC.

On the front it comes with Schott Xensation as the screen protection. There are 2 storage variants available 8GB RAM with 128GB internal storage and 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage.

Inside the box we have Handset, Screen Protector applied to the handset , a Translucent TPU Case, Type-C Cable, 66W Power Adapter, SIM Tray Ejector, Quick Start Guide, Safety Information.

Display And Multimedia

iQOO 7 is 6.62 inches AMOLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate and a touch sampling rate of 300Hz. It has a peak brightness of 1300 nits. So it is very bright and good display and can be used for media consumption. iQOO 7 doesnt offer HDR10+ to play Netflix videos.

Performance and Gaming

In the performance department iQOO 7 is powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC with 7nm technology used. It gives a rock solid performance in terms of all departments. In the Antutu score was near to 7 lakh mark and GFXBench score is around 60fps.

There is support of one band of 5G. This is a special display chip in the iQOO 7 i.e., the Pixelworks iris 5 display chip. that will carry features like MEMC, Always on HDR, and better video content optimization on the iQOO 7’s 120HZ AMOLED display.

In the gaming area it definitely gets heated up but for quicker and more even heat dissipation, the iQOO 7 liquid cooling system features a graphite layer that fully covers a surface area of 6,000mm2. So it stays cool, even when charging or in the heat of battle. It also comes with  Game Frame Interpolation that increases frame rates to 90 to 120fps.

Dual chip game display enhancement immediately improves the visual quality, such as colors and contrast, when gaming, and you can see the difference in real time when you allow or disable the functionality. This is accomplished by an algorithm in which a transition frame is squeezed in between two frames, resulting in higher frame rates.

Software and UI

It comes with FunTouch OS with Android 11. It tries close to the stock android but it comes with preinstalled bloatware in which few many can be removed but a few are still un installable. iQOO needs to work particularly in this area. Rest all transitions animations are smooth.

Camera

iQOO 7 comes with a triple camera setup with 48MP Sony IMX598 sensor with an aperture of f/1.8 with OIS along with 13MP ultra wide lens with aperture of f/2.2 and has a 120˚ field of view and a 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front we get 16MP selfie camera. Modes given are extreme night vision pro sports to name a few.

iQOO 7

On the main 48MP camera the dynamic range is good and images are properly saturated and are sharp and the colors are natural and pleasing to eye. Sometimes it tends to boost colors which most people will like it.

The human tones have a slight red tint that needs to be worked and the portrait shots are good and give good edge detection. The ultra wide shots are also good with nice dynamic range and sharpness. The front camera does a great job in taking photos in harsh conditions and gives good picture.

Video

iQOO 7 can shoot upto a maximum of 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30fps on the rear camera and front selfie camera can shoot upto 1080p at 30fps. the voice in the video is good in rear as well as front footage.

On the rear it has good quality with OIS it does decent stabilization but still some shaky moments are there can be resolved in the next software update. In the selfie camera the video footage was good but on stability there is room for improvements.

Battery 

iQOO 7 comes with 4400mAh capacity battery with a 66W flash charger inside the box. It could have been around 5000mAh it would be good as it is a gaming centric mobile it needs more capacity.

For a normal usage given the capacity is good. It takes around 30 mins to charge from 0-100%. The on screen time is around 6 and half hours. It may vary according to the usage from person to person.

Network

iQOO 7 supports 1 band in 5G i.e., N78 and rest all 4G and other bands are supported.

Pricing And Verdict

iQOO 7 is priced at 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage at Rs.31990 and for a 8GB RAM 256 internal storage is marked at Rs.33990 and higher RAM and stoarge variant i.e., 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage is priced at Rs.35990. According to the given specs the given price is a great deal. There is instant discount of Rs 2000 if using ICICI Credit or debit card while purchasing.

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Overall Rating

From the gradient matt finish to the processor and other specifications. It comes with many useful features. This is a mobile phone with excellent features that falls under this price range. This phone is suitable for everyday use if you want good performance, great cameras, and future 5G feature support.

  • Design and Looks : 7.5/10
  • Display : 8/10
  • Camera : 7.5/10
  • Video: 7.5/10
  • Processor : 8/10
  • Software: 7.5/10
  • Battery: 7.5/10
  • Pricing: 8/10

Rating: 7.5/10

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Pros

  • Nice attractive design and looks
  • 5G
  • Great Performance
  • 66W fast charging
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 300Hz Touch sampling rate
  • Great experience while gaming

Cons

  • UI
  • Stabilization issues needs to be addressed
  • No headphone jack
  • No HDR support as of now
  • Battery capacity
  • No expandable storage

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