iQOO has evolved from its origin when it was vivo’s gaming-oriented sub-brand, but some of that pedigree still shines through in its latest flagship announced today – the iQOO 7. There’s only one model (for now at least) and it brings the Snapdragon 888 chipset, 120W fast charging and several gaming enhancements. The phone runs on vivo’s all-new Origin OS based on Android 11, which is the successor of vivo’s FunTouch OS.
We have a 6.62-inch AMOLED display up front with FHD+ resolution and a variable 120Hz refresh rate. The touch sampling rate comes out to 300Hz and iQOO is also advertising up to 1000Hz (you read that right) instant touch sampling rate for buttery-smooth gaming. The display is also pressure sensitive with a left and right area in landscape mode allowing for more precise controls in supported titles.
The HDR10+ panel comes with a centered punch hole cutout for the 16MP selfie cam. You also get dual stereo speakers with Hi-Res audio developed in partnership with Monster Audio.
The Snapdragon 888 chipset is tasked with the heavy lifting and iQOO is bringing special performance tuning options for games allowing you to take maximum advantage of the latest Qualcomm chipset. It’s paired with 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage with Multi-Turbo 5.0 storage architecture alongside 8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM.
Snapdragon 888 • Pressure sensitive screen • 120W charging
Around the back, we find a triple camera setup with a 48MP primary shooter with OIS, alongside a 13 ultrawide module with a 120-degree field of view and a 50mm equivalent 13MP telephoto sensor. The main module comes with Super Video image stabilization with HDR.
There’s a 4,000 mAh battery split into two separate 2,000 mAh cells which allow for blazing fast 120W charging speeds. The included 120W FlashCharge allows iQOO 7 to reach a full charge in 15 minutes flat. The charger is also compatible with the 65W PD protocol.
The iQOO 7 comes in three color options: light blue, black and a white BMW M-sport co-branded version. The base 8/128 GB version will retail for CNY 3,798 ($586) while the 12/256 GB trim will go for CNY 4,198 ($648).
iQOO 7 in blue, black and white
Preorders in China are already underway while official sales are scheduled to commence on Friday, January 15. We are yet to get any details on the international availability and pricing of the iQOO 7.