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[Review] 120W Fast Charge & OIS-Sensing Camera for under RM1500 - iQOO Z7 5G


Pros

Cons

+ 120W Fast Charge

- LCD Display

+ Obtainable Price

- Respectable performance

+ OIS Main Camera

iQOO Z7 5G

Price: RM 1499


Recently, iQOO announced the release of its newest addition to the Z series lineup which is the iQOO Z7 5G and the iQOO Z7x 5G. As the lucky min min all the time, it's unsurprised that I got a chance to hands-on & review the iQOO Z7 5G. Therefore, let's find out what can the iQOO Z7 5G offers for a mid-range price.


 

Design


The iQOO Z7 5G has a size of 164.58 x 75.8 x 8.75mm and a weight of 201.5g. The device is mainly made of high gloss plastic and finished with a frosted surface. Due to the curved design of the back, the grip is extraordinarily satisfying to hold onto and it does not leave any fingerprints on the back for long-time use.


The rear camera setup comes with a Dual Halo Ring design and is meticulously carved by micron-level lens etching. The Dual Halo Ring also uses a micron-level lens that refracts all light that came across the lens.


The iQOO Z7 5G features a color-changing back panel that changes the overall color presentation of the phone with the direction of the light. In addition, the iQOO Z7 5G comes in Metallic Grey and Tropical Blue colors, whereas my reviewing unit is the Tropical Blue color choice.


 

Display


In terms of display, the iQOO Z7 5G equips a 6.64-inch LCD display with a maximum brightness nit of 650. Besides, the screen consists of a 1080 x 2388 resolution and 100% DCI-P3 color gamuts to cover up the flaws of the display.


Not only that, the Z7 5G supports a 7 level of adaptive refresh rates, ranging from 30, 45, 48, 50, 60, 90, and 120Hz.


 

Camera


The Z7 5G sports a dual-camera setup with a 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing Camera and a 2MP Depth Camera; a 16MP front camera housed in the punch-hole notch. The biggest difference between the Z7 5G and Z7x 5G would be the camera capabilities as the Z7x 5G only comes with a 50MP Main camera without the OIS support, which makes a huge difference in low-light photography performances.


The Z7 5G allows users to capture high-res images with its 64MP camera mode. As you can see, the images taken with the iQOO Z7 5G look stunning under bright conditions.


As for the night mode, the Z7 5G still works perfectly fine thanks to the 64MP OIS Sensing-Camera. There's no noise in the pictures and most of the subjects/areas remain clear and visible.


 

Performance


The iQOO Z7 5G is powered by a 6nm Snapdragon 782G processor under the hood with a 12GB + 256GB storage option that can store all of the frequently used apps in this world. Of course, the Z7 5G also comes with Extended RAM technology where you can allocate another 8GB of virtual RAM to the device, ideal for heavy users.


Time to run the AnTuTu Benchmark & Geekbench 6 to test how the iQOO Z7 5G handles in terms of gaming and processing powers. As a result, the Z7 5G scores a total of 594,658 in the AnTuTu Benchmark; 1115 for the Geekbench 6 single-core score and 2957 for the multi-core score.


There's no worry about the sustainability of the iQOO Z7 5G. This is because the Z7 5G is packed with a 5000mAh all-day-long battery with a bulky 120W Fast Charge capability which juices up your device at the speed of light.


 

Buy or no buy?


To wrap things up, I would say the iQOO Z7 5G is one of the best midrange devices that offer premium hardware across the board. You can get 120W Fast Charge, OIS Camera, a Big battery, and a decent gaming performance smartphone for under RM1500.


Though it may disappoint in terms of visual experience due to its LCD display and 650 nits peak brightness. The budget limiting often requires sacrifices of several hardware choices in order to focus on other aspects of the device.

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