The iQOO Z7 and Z7x were just unveiled in China. Note that these are separate models from the Z7 5G, which launched in India last week. Also, there’s no Pro model (yet), but the vanilla Z7 has taken on some qualities of the Z6 Pro (it even beats it in some respects).
The iQOO Z7 shares some similarities with the Z6 Pro (despite the naming), though it’s not a true successor. It is powered by the Snapdragon 782G, Qualcomm’s replacement for the 778G( ), which is what the Z6 Pro was using (the vanilla Z6 used the SD 695 instead.
Here it is paired with 8 or 12GB of RAM (LPDDR4X) and 128/256GB of UFS 2.2 storage. Unlike the vanilla Z6, storage is not expandable. This phone (and the the other Z7 models) are launching with Android 13 and (in China, at least) OriginOS 13. This supports virtual RAM up to 8GB.
Another major upgrade this generation is the 5,000mAh battery, which now supports 120W fast charging (up from 5,000mAh/18W on the Z6, 4,700mAh/66W on the Z6 Pro). The company says that 5 minutes of charging are enough for 5 hours of streaming video, a fully charger battery will last around 16 and a half hours of streaming.
The Z7 has a bigger screen than both its predecessors, a 6.64” in diagonal, and it is an LCD (1,080 x 2,388px, 19.9:9). It has 120Hz refresh rate and supports HDR10 with 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space.
The camera on the rear is pretty basic, a single 64MP module (f/1.8 lens with OIS), plus a 2MP depth sensor. There is no ultra wide here. The front-facing camera features a 16MP sensor. Both face unlock and a side-mounted fingerprint reader are available.
iQOO 7 in Space Black, Atomic Blue and Infinite Orange
The Z7 has a 3.5mm headphone jack, plus Bluetooth 5.2 with aptX Adaptive and LDAC support. The phone is certified for Hi-Res Audio (both wired and wireless).
The iQOO Z7x is more like the vanilla Z6. It uses the same Snapdragon 695 chipset with 6/8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128/256GB UFS 2.2 storage. And it does have a microSD slot for cards up to 1TB.
The battery grew both bigger and faster, it now has a capacity of 6,000mAh and charges at 80W (up from 5,000mAh/18W on the Z6). It’s not as fast as the Z7 battery, but some might prefer the extra capacity over the speed. And it’s not like this one is slow, it gets to 70% in 34 minutes. If you get it to 100%, it should last nearly 19 hours of watching videos.
Like its sibling, the x-phone has a 6.64” LCD (1,080 2,380px, 19.9:9 aspect ratio) with 120Hz refresh rate. This display covers the whole DCI-P3 gamut, but lacks HDR10.
Punch holed into the display is the 8MP selfie camera, the side-mounted fingerprint reader is still on board too. As for the rear camera, it has a 50MP sensor (f/1.8 lens, no OIS), plus a 2MP depth sensor.
iQOO 7x in Space Black, Atomic Blue and Infinite Orange
The Bluetooth version is slightly older (v5.1), but you still get aptX Adaptive and LDAC support, plus a 3.5mm jack for fans of wired headphones.
Pricing & availability
The iQOO Z7 and Z7x are on pre-order on vivo’s Chinese online store. The base Z7 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage starts at CNY 1,600 ($235/€215/₹19,000), the top of the line 12/256GB one is CNY 2,000.
The iQOO Z7x starts at CNY 1,300 ($190/€175/₹15,500) for a 6/128GB model and tops out at CNY for the 8/256GB option.
The first Z7 and Z7x units should ship out on the 24th (Friday).