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iQOO’s BMW-branded phone is, predictably, all about power

iQOO’s BMW-branded phone is, predictably, all about power

Depending on where you live in the world, you may or may not have heard of Vivo’s sub-brand iQOO. The company is focused on making performance-driven phones and has unveiled two new ones for global markets — the iQOO 7 and the BMW-branded iQOO 7 Legend. They both offer top-end chipsets at jaw-droppingly low prices.

There’s a lot in common between the phones, but there are some key differences. The 7 Legend, designed in partnership with BMW M Motorsports, features the iconic tri-color racing stripes, whereas the standard variant has a more discreet single-tone back. The internals differ as well — the BMW model is powered by the Snapdragon 888, while its less impressive sibling houses the Snapdragon 870.

The Legend gets a smaller 4,000mAh battery due to its large vapor cooling chamber (apparently the largest on any phone yet), whereas the regular variant has a 4,400mAh unit. Both phones support 66W FlashCharge, which should juice them up fully in about 40 minutes.

Last year’s iQOO missed out on a high-refresh-rate display, which was a bummer for a gaming phone. However, iQOO has come well-prepared this time around as both phones feature 12oHz FHD+ OLED panels. In fact, there’s even a dedicated chipset to increase the frame rate up to 120Hz while gaming. Speaking of gaming, the iQOO 7 Legend has a special trick up its sleeve. Instead of shoulder buttons, the phone offers an on-screen virtual joystick and control pad with pressure-sensitive digital buttons. iQOO claims that this will allow gamers to do with two fingers what they could previously accomplish only with four fingers.

iQOO 7

The regular iQOO 7.

As for the cameras, both phones share a primary 48MP wide and a 13MP ultrawide. However, the Legend swaps out the 2MP monochrome on the standard variant for a 13MP telephoto lens with a 50mm equivalent focal length. There’s an identical 16MP selfie shooter on both phones.

The iQOO 7 series is priced aggressively in the Indian market and will compete with the likes of the Mi 11X series. The iQOO 7 starts at ₹31,990 (~$428) for the 8GB+128GB variant, whereas the iQOO 7 Legend is priced at ₹39,990 (~$535) for the 8GB+128GB variant. Early birds can snag a ₹2,000 (~$27) discount on Amazon.

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