The iQOO 7 is one of the cheapest Snapdragon 888 smartphones released so far
The iQOO 7 is one of the cheapest smartphones based on Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 888, with the device starting at CNY 3,798 (~US$588) in China. This will only net you 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, but the iQOO 7 should offer comparable performance to that of other current flagships. Alternatively, iQOO sells a version with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, which retails for CNY 4,198 (~US$650).
No models have expandable storage, but they do have UFS 3.1 flash storage and LPDDR5 RAM. iQOO has not cut costs with the display either, with a 6.62-inch AMOLED screen used that has a 120 Hz peak refresh rate. The 1080p panel also has a 300 Hz touch sampling rate and can detect pressure changes, much like Apple's 3D Touch technology could. Developers must adopt the technology in the iQOO 7 though, so we expect only a few apps, including those from iQOO, will.
The iQOO 7 also has four cameras, with one contained behind a hole punch in the centre of the display. On the back, there is a 48 MP primary camera that supports OIS, a 13 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor and a 13 MP telephoto camera. Additionally, iQOO has included a 4,000 mAh battery that the device can recharge at up to 120 W. According to iQOO, this wattage should allow the iQOO 7 to recharge fully in 15 minutes.
It is unclear if iQOO plans to launch the iQOO 7 globally. Nonetheless, it should eventually be available from third-party retailers in its three colours. One of these has been branded with BMW's M-sport livery, which is pleasingly understated.