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    iQOO 7 Review: Handset Equipped With 120W Fast Charging Solution And The Latest Snapdragon 888 SoC

    iQOO has come a long way since it was first introduced as the gaming-oriented sub-brand of Vivo, however, some of those attributes still reflects in the brand’s latest flagship, dubbed the iQOO 7, which was announced on Jan. 11. The IQOO 7 has gone up for sale bearing a $699 price tag on Giztop.

    After Qualcomm announced the new generation of flagship SoC Snapdragon 888, iQOO started working towards making its new generation of the flagship, the iQOO 7. There’s currently only one model and it offers several gaming enhancements, along with 120W fast charging. Aside from flagship hardware performance, iQOO 7 has been upgraded in terms of e-sports experience as well.

    Design

    The iQOO 7 comes in a box that retains the design of previous generations. The box uses black imitation carbon fiber texture, with a BMW M logo added to it. Aside from the manual, protective case, and other accessories, there are two iQOO&BMW M customized racing cards in the packaging box.

    The iQOO 7 sports a 6.62-inch AMOLED full screen with a flat design and a central punching hole. The flat screen is more favorable to in-game control. The phone also integrates a super touch acceleration technology, which facilitates 1000Hz instantaneous touch sampling rate, 300Hz touch reporting rate, and the touch delay is shorter than in the previous 25.8 percent.

    It supports a screen resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels, 6000000:1 screen contrast, 800nit peak brightness and 1300nit local maximum brightness, and 120Hz refresh rate, supporting 120Hz/90Hz/60Hz dynamic switching. On top of that, it brings a hardware-level 2048-level backlight for the first time, which has been increased to 4096-level adjustment gear through software.

    The iQOO 7 comes in three color options including Black Realm, Latent Blue, and Legendary Edition. The classic three-color band design has been included on the right side of the back. In mobile phones, the three colored bands represent speed, technological innovation, and exploration, respectively.

    Moreover, the iQOO 7 retains the three-camera design but features a larger and more square camera module, which resembles Vivo’s cloud-level design. The silver region of the logo makes the camera module look less monotonous while increasing the sense of hierarchy, and the lens area is extended make the look and feel more coordinated and natural.

    The back of the phone uses the AG frosting process, giving the phone a pure, high-end feel. The middle frame is made using nautical aluminum material, which officials say is widely used in key riveted structural parts and screwed structural parts of marine ships.

    The phone comes with dual speakers. The upper speaker uses super linear large-amplitude 1210, with a 0.5mm amplitude speaker core, and the bottom is a (1611+BOX) superlinear speaker with an independent sound cavity. Adding DBASS enhances the sound effects and it proves to be effective in 0.83cc cavity to form a stereo effect, and the loudness is as high as 71.5db.

    On top of that, the iQOO 7 comes with a built-in CS43131 independent Hi-Fi chip that delivers high-fidelity audio using a 3.5mm adapter cable/Type-C headset, which is also a trademark advantage of the iQOO phones. The power and volume buttons are placed on the right side. The power button is plated with dark blue, and all the other buttons are engraved with texture.

    The phone’s dimensions are 162.2 x 75.8 x 8.7 mm and it weighs in at 209.5 grams. Despite an increase in the weight of the phone, the battery capacity has been shrunk to 4000mAh with 120W fast charge support. The phone’s weight and thickness can be attributed to the dual speakers, ultra-linear motors, and heat dissipation components such as linear motors.

    Battery

    iQOO 7 supports 120W FlashCharge, which is currently touted as one of the fastest charging technologies in the smartphone field. According to an official statement, the iQOO 7 can charge up to 50 percent of 4000mAh in just 5 minutes, and 100 percent in only 15 minutes.

    The phone fully charges from 0 to 100 percent in less than 16 minutes, which is about a minute faster than the iQOO 5 Pro, which packs the same 120W, 4000mAh battery. When the phone is fully powered, the phone will show a pop-up window with the message, “the battery is complete, please remove the power in time,” meaning, iQOO 7’s fast charging is not only fast but also lasting.

    The 120W fast charging head is large in size, with a thicker data cable. Aside from its own 120W fast charging, the ultra-fast charging head is also compatible with the 65W PD protocol and is capable of charging some tablets and laptops. The Snapdragon 888 and 120Hz high refresh screen consume a considerable amount of power, but the 4000mAh battery appears to pass the test with the highest brightness setting and highest image quality.

    Camera

    For the main camera, the iQOO 7 retains the ultra-wide-angle, 2X portrait lens solution, but replaces the previous generation’s super-outsole main camera solution with the IMX598 sensor (X60 Same paragraph). It also supports the OIS anti-shake function. It has an Ultra-wide-angle macro lens 1300W pixel ultra-wide-angle macro lens that delivers a 120-degree wide-angle shooting (108° after correction) and supports 2.5cm macro shooting.

    As far as functions are concerned, it supports RAW HDR 2.0 technology, Super Night Scene 5.0, Polar Night 2.0, sports capture, smart sports tracking, and more. You can check out the samples below.

    Price

    The iQOO 7 smartphone is available in two versions including the 8GB RAM +128GB ROM version, which retails for 3798 yuan, and the 12GB RAM + 256GB ROM version which will set you back 4198 yuan.

    Alternatively, you can follow this link to purchase the IQOO 7 5G for $699 from Giztop. As part of the Early Bird Sale, the Chinese online store is giving you a chance to save $50, simply by applying coupon code Q750 at the time of checking out.

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