Both Snapdragon 888 iQOO 7 and Xiaomi 11 which one to choose

Grover JAN 11,2021

Every year at the beginning of the year, there is a "bloodbath" of flagship phones. The main reason behind this is the replacement cycle of Qualcomm Snapdragon flagship SoCs. 2020 ended with Qualcomm bringing Snapdragon 888, which earned a lot of eyeballs just by its name. In addition, another unusual feature is that the pace of flagship releases has been brought forward. iQOO 7, which was released just 10 days after January, is surprisingly not the earliest Snapdragon 888 model. On the other side, Xiaomi 11 was launched at the end of 2020. So there are two Snapdragon 888 phones on the market to choose from, so who should we all pick?

Before we get into the single comparison, let's take a look at the parameters of the next two phones.

Shape: different styles, each with its own characteristics

Deciding on the merits of the phone's shape has always been a very subjective matter. The iQOO 7 has masculine lines and a metal frame that is weighty because of the addition of specific proportional copper elements. However, the back cover still has curved lines and feels good in the hand. The screen is also a straight design, which is very friendly to those who are averse to mis-touch.

iQOO 7
iQOO 7

Xiaomi 11 body as a whole is much more rounded, from the front to the back. But the screen curvature of the Xiaomi 11 is also not much, at best a micro-curve, for those who do not like curved screens, both phones are not mine.


However, objectively speaking, Xiaomi 11 is slightly inferior in appearance, that is, the camera protrudes more than iQOO 7, placed on the table when using a very strong shaking.

iQOO 7
Xiaomi 11

Color scheme, iQOO 7 more characteristic, but like which one or look at their own.

Charging: the winner is undisputed

Charging is the strength of domestic cell phones, but also the strength of domestic flagships. But Xiaomi 11 has taken a very special path: the package does not come with a charging head. Although people can buy the version with a 55W charging head for the same price, the regular Xiaomi 11 really does not come with a charger.

Screenshot of Xiaomi 11 purchase page

In contrast, iQOO 7 supports 120W power charging, which is the ceiling of current charging speed. And more importantly, the iQOO 7 charger is included in the package. On top of that, the iQOO 7 comes with a charger that supports up to 65W PD charging protocol, which can be used by laptops as well. For those of you who have PD compatible laptops, you will only need one charger in the future.

iQOO 7

Although Xiaomi 11 without charging head has an environmental factor, but iQOO 7 a charging head can charge the phone and computer is also an environmental protection, but also so that the earth is one less charger. So charging fast, equally environmentally friendly, and comes with a charger iQOO 7 wins no argument.

System, vibration motor and external sound quality

In terms of system, both phones are very powerful, MIUI 12 and OriginOS are both fine operating systems at the moment, and the winner here can only be determined by different people's usage habits.

Vibration motor texture is an important factor to distinguish the grade of the phone. Xiaomi 11 and iQOO 7 both use linear motors that represent flagship quality, but iQOO 7 has two, so the experience is better, especially when playing in landscape.

The external sound quality is interesting, as both phones have great sound quality and are the best of the dual-speaker phones. But in terms of experience, Xiaomi 11 loses. The reason for this is that the Xiaomi 11 has a serious vibration in the back of the body when the external playback is on, and the perception of the gripping hand is extremely obvious when using it, and the volume is even more exaggerated when it is on.

Performance, heat dissipation and photography 

Performance, the two phones are configured to pull full, so daily use really do not feel the difference. In terms of heat dissipation iQOO 7's material is more fierce, the temperature is slightly lower after the game, but Xiaomi 11 is not bad. And within the mainstream hand games, both will not be due to lack of heat dissipation and frame drops.

Not surprisingly, the two are not too far apart in terms of photography, as they are both equipped with very similar lenses. The only obvious difference is that the Xiaomi 11 main camera sensor size is larger. But we can't conclude that the sensor is bigger and the photos are better, after all, the iQOO 7 sensor is not bad, and the algorithm is more important than ever now.

Who is more suitable for iQOO 7?Who is more suitable for Xiaomi 11?

After some simple comparison, we can say that if you pay more attention to audio and video and gaming experience, iQOO 7 comprehensive performance will be better, because it has better speaker and cooling performance, screen quality is also good enough. If you are very concerned about the fact that the phone is getting stingy on accessories, then iQOO 7 is more worth choosing.

Of course, if you're used to MIUI and don't really care about the gaming experience and the quality of use (vibration feedback, audio resonance), then the Xiaomi 11 won't make you regret it. In short, you still have to make a choice according to your actual situation.