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Vivo iQOO 7 Legend Review: An all-rounder, good for gaming smartphone

Vivo iQOO7 Legend Review

This year, Vivo decided to release most of its gaming-oriented iQOO phones worldwide, with the iQOO 7 Legend portraying the Chinese vanilla iQOO 7 while the global iQOO 7 stands for the iQOO Neo5. The iQOO 7 Legend offers you almost everything you’d desire from a gaming smartphone. Let’s look at some amazing Vivo iQOO7 Legend features.

Vivo iQOO 7 Legend Design 

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The iQOO 7 Legend possesses a great design and solid build quality. The BMW Motorsport-inspired three-stripe livery with a white paint job, metallic frame, and matte glass look attractive. The phone’s design is unique compared to the ones in the market.

The rectangle rear camera module doesn’t stick out too much, which is good since most recent phones have a big camera bump. It weighs 165 grams. The frame is a bit curvy, but you can better grip the phone due to the metallic finish and chiseled edges.

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The power button and the textured volume are placed on the right side of the frame. It doesn’t have a headphone jack. The matte finish at the back helps keep the fingerprints and smudges at bay. In order to protect the glass from damages, a phone case must be used.

It has a flat-screen. The front is secured by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The 6.2-inch AMOLED display supports about a 120Hz refresh rate. It has a Smart Switch option that automatically switches the suitable refresh rate under usage scenarios.

Vivo iQOO 7 Legend Display

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The iQOO 7 possesses an incredible display that offers attractive colors and crisp output. The display’s color temperature is accurate, which can be changed in the display settings if you’re not pleased with the default color temperature. Also, it supports HDR10+, and the highest brightness is appealing at 1,300nits. The smartphone possesses a Widevine L1 DRM certification, so you can comfortably watch Netflix or Prime Video content at the highest resolution. 

Vivo stated that it has a feature that can enhance the touch sampling rate to lessen input lag. The iQOO 7 Legend has a 300 Hz touch sampling rate, and it can be increased to about 1000Hz. Unfortunately, there is no option to enable/disable it manually or adjust it.

Vivo iQOO 7 Legend Camera

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The iQOO 7 Legend possesses a triple rear camera setup, which comprises a 48-megapixel f/1.79 primary camera, a 13-megapixel f/2.46 telephoto camera (with 2X optical zoom), and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 camera. A 16-megapixel f/2.0 camera performs selfies. The camera interface is similar to things that have been seen on Vivo and iQOO smartphones, with all essential controls available at a tap.

The primary shooter can capture incredible daylight shots with suitable color reproduction and high dynamic range. The exposure is incredible. The images captured using the 48MP mode provided good details and clarity.

It can quickly lock focus on a subject and provide beautiful images for Instagram. It does a good job when it comes to ultra-wide-angle shots. Also, it offers a wide field of view with an almost similar level of sharpness, color contrast, and zero barrel distortion, which is fantastic. 

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Inappropriate lighting conditions, the camera can capture attractive selfies with natural skin tone. You can get better low light and night shots, too, depending on the amount of light you have around you. The Night mode is superb at retaining colors and details, even with a minimum light source.

The quality of the video recorded with his phone was pretty good. The iQOO 7 Legend handled 1080p video at 30fps and 60fps properly, with lots of detail and good stabilization. Also, 4K videos displayed lots of detail and good stabilization even while walking or panning. Videos recorded in low light looked somewhat good and had reduced noise. The ultra-wide camera managed good quality in daylight and low light (with slight purple fringing), the deficiency of stabilization caused shaky footage.

Vivo iQOO 7 Legend Performance 

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The 6.62-inch FHD+ AMOLED display has a 120Hz refresh rate. Touch sensitivity was fantastic, and we didn’t experience any problem when scrolling through apps or playing graphics-heavy games while testing it. There was no issue viewing the display under bright sunlight. The colors looked natural, and sharpness at 394ppi wasn’t an issue. Vivo stated that the 7 Legend’s display is HDR10+ certified. Unfortunately, the YouTube app provided HDR10 streaming, while Netflix didn’t.

Both speakers can get pretty loud and sound clearly with balanced output, which makes them suitable for gaming and for watching TV shows, movies, or listening to music.

As regards benchmarks, the iQOO 7 Legend performed actively with other premium smartphones with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. It scored 8,23,003 in AnTuTu, and 1,138 and 3,668 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests.

Vivo iQOO 7 Legend Gaming

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The gameplay on the iQOO 7 Legend was pleasant and smooth. During the testing, we played games like Call of Duty and Asphalt 9: Legends.

Call of Duty and Asphalt 9 Legends played at High settings, and the gaming experience was perfect. The back of the game got warm after playing the games for more than an hour. There’s a Game sidebar that can be used to modify some settings during gameplay. And they include screenshots, 4D Game Vibration, call alerts, pressure-sensitive button assignment, screen recording, and autoplay with the screen off.

Gaming features such as 4D Dual-Linear vibration motors and on-screen pressure-sensitive sensors did provide a superb gaming experience, which is the reality for the battle royale games. The Ultra game mode possesses an Eagle Eye View feature, which provides contrast settings, sharpness, and good local tone mapping. You can enable or disable this mode in the Game sidebar.

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Two incredible speakers were added to the iQOO 7 Legend, which provided a balanced output with good mid/high tones. The overall performance is fantastic too. The multitasking experience was pleasant and smooth, and we had no problem while scrolling or surfing websites or the user interface.

Vivo iQOO 7 Legend Battery life

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During our testing, the 4000mAh battery, unfortunately, lasted for a day on a single charge. Only after making a few phone calls, taking a few pictures, an hour of gaming, surfing on the net, and browsing through social media platforms, then the IQOO 7 Legend went off by the end of the day. Changing the display refresh rate from 120Hz to Auto or 60Hz extended the battery life by an hour and a half. While the HD video loo battery test lasted for 13 hours, which is somewhat low for a premium smartphone.

 iQOO provided a fast-charging adapter in the box. The 66W charger can revive the iQOO 7 Legend from a dead battery to a 100% battery charge in about  31 minutes.

Vivo iQOO 7 Legend Specs

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Rear cameraWide (main): 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS; Telephoto: 13 MP, f/2.5, 50mm, 1/2.8″, 0.8µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 13 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 16mm.
Front camera16 MP, f/2.0, (wide)
Video CaptureRear camera: 4K@60fps, 1080p@60fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p@30fps
Body162.2×75.8×8.7mm, 210g; Glass front and back, metal frame.
ChipsetQualcomm 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
Display6.62″ AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1300 nits (highest), 1080x2376px resolution, 19.8:9 aspect ratio, 394ppi; Always-on display
OS/SoftwareAndroid 11, Funtouch 11.1 (International), OriginOS (China)
Battery4000mAh; Fast charging 120W, 100% in 15 min (as advertised) – China, Fast charging 66W – International
Memory128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
MiscFingerprint reader (under display, optical); Pressure-sensitive areas on display; NFC

Conclusion

If you need a performance-oriented phone that isn’t too expensive, then the iQOO 7 Legend is a good option. iQOO included Qualcomm’s excellent Snapdragon 888 to provide users with improved processing power and smooth performance. The device is targeted towards gamers, though the battery life is not that good. But, the camera performance is better for this price range, which is another good advantage.

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