iQoo 7 series that was launched in China in January includes the vanilla iQoo 7 and iQoo 7 Legend that has been designed in partnership with BMW M Motorsport. Both the phones were expected to launch in India carrying the same specifications, just like in China. However, a new teaser image on Amazon website suggests that the regular iQoo 7 will be a rebranded iQoo Neo 5 instead.
The Amazon page shows iQoo 7 with a rear camera arrangement just like the iQoo Neo 5. It also states the phone will carry the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, just like iQoo Neo 5. The regular version of the iQoo 7 that launched in China was powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC. The Indian variant can be seen in two shades of Blue. Now, just like iQoo 7 Legend is expected to be the cheapest Snapdragon 888 phone, the regular iQoo 7 could be the cheapest Snapdragon 870 phone in the country. This could be why Vivo decided to switch out the regular iQoo 7 for a rebranded iQoo Neo 5 in India.
Also, an alleged Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification listing of the iQoo Neo 5 was recently spotted, making this speculation more credible.
iQoo India has also teased some of the specifications of the Legend edition stating that the phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC, have a “Legendary Track Design,” sport the largest vapour chamber, have a 300Hz touch sampling rate and 1,000Hz instant touch sampling rate, as well as a 48-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilisation (OIS).
Lastly, the iQoo 7 series has got an 8GB + 258GB storage variant in China that sits between the 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB storage variants that was previously launched in the country. This new variant is priced at CNY 3,898 (roughly Rs. 44,900) and comes in Black and Latent Blue colours. Rest of the specifications remain the same as the other variants. It is unclear if this configuration will make its way to the Indian market as well.
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