• Jishnu Jyoti Sarma

Realme 7: Full Review, Specifications, Price in India | Assam


The Realme 7 can be said as a refinement over the impressive Realme 6 launched earlier in 2020, with some minor tweaks and changes which improves the overall user experience. For a smartphone in the sub-15k price segment, the new Realme 7 gets the performance, faster charging and a design which is quite appealing to the eye.


Realme's business has been somewhat different than most smartphone brands. They act like there's no tomorrow, launching new smartphones almost every month. Something we talked about in the full review of Realme 7 Pro.


The new Realme 7 is an upgrade to the Realme 6, launched earlier this year in the sub-15,000 price segment. It was a great smartphone and I'd still recommend it to anyone who's looking to buy a smartphone on a tight budget.


That being said, what does it mean for the Realme 7? What's new in this smartphone, you'd ask? Well...It's all about Speed! Keep on reading.

Design and Built


The new Realme 7 is 60% similar to the Realme 6. It has upgraded those areas where the older model lacked. Realme 7 gets a better camera hardware, a more solid built quality and a few bodily refinements.


The Realme 7 looks and feels way more premium with the modern rectangular camera design. Plastic is still used on the new smartphone but the design work on it is just commendable.

The back or the rear panel seems like a frosted glass like the OnePlus 8 Pro. This is one Realme smartphone I would definitely wanna carry around without a case, just to show off its back.


The fingerprint sensor sits on the power button, something which almost all new smartphones have adopted these days. Its feel is satisfying and clicks feel good as well. However, the new smartphone is slightly on the heavier side, weighing around 197 grams.


Other build features include a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. You also get a on-screen protection pre-applied on the display.



Display


The display remains almost unchanged. You still get a display with an aspect ratio of 20:9, with thin bezels and a punch-hole at the front for the selfie camera. The Realme 7

continues to come with a 6.5 inch Full HD+ LCD display, which despite being large doesn't feel wide in your hands. The display has a refresh rate of 90 Hz.

The LCD panel used on the phone is of good quality, with good viewing angles and the screen brightness is pretty decent as well. The fast refresh rate gives smoother scrolling experience (ideal for high FPS gaming). There's also support for Widevine L1, which lets you watch HD contents on popular OTT services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video etc.


Overall, it's a very good display!




Performance


Realme decided to stick with MediaTek but brings an upgraded Helio G95 in the new Realme 7. This is the newest mid-range chip from MediaTek with some improvements over the MediaTek Helio G90T, which came in the Realme 6. The new smartphone does remain with four Cortex A76 Cores, but comes with a 900MHz GPU. From a statistical point of view, the Realme 7 is about 5% faster than its predecessor.

Now comes the most important aspect of performance. How good is it for gaming?

High-end games like Call of Duty Mobile runs buttery smooth on this device. The frame rates are high and you can play at high graphics. The Helio G95 puts up a better show compared to the earlier Helio G90T. Also, the 180 Hz touch sampling rate makes the gameplay more efficient and pleasing.


The Realme UI with Android 10 can be summed up in two words - Neat and Sorted ! It will give the user a better experience and Realme has worked really hard to improve the UI. There are some pre-installed apps from Realme, eg. Realme Link, Realme Paysa etc., which can be removed.



Camera


Coming to the most important part of modern smartphones, Camera!

Realme has been boasting its Quad-Camera setup since last year but failed to deliver in quality, especially in the Realme 6 series. But with the new Realme 7, there is a much more to promise as the device comes with an improved camera setup.


The main camera comes is a 64 MP camera with a Sony IMX682 Sensor with f/1.8 aperture. This sensor is a lot better, resulting in more colour detailing in images. Along with the main camera, there's an 8 MP Ultra wide-angled lens, a 2 MP Black and White Portrait lens and another 2 MP Macro lens.

In normal mode, the back camera performs great under outdoor lighting conditions. But Realme's pixel binning trick isn't as good as expected and falls quite behind Redmi's tech. If you zoom in, there's a notable loss in image quality. In night mode, under artificial lighting conditions, the sharpness isn't as good as one would expect.


But the real fun of the camera lies in the 64 MP mode, in which the detailing of the images is great and looks really good. Colours tend to be slightly saturated, but they look good with the sharp detailing.


The 8 MP Ultra wide-angled lens is same as the Realme 6. Details do take a hit-or-miss. Colours are always a bit boosted higher than normal. And it's better to avoid using this lens under artificial lighting conditions.


For the 2 MP Macro lens, I only have one thing to say - avoid it! Better use the main camera in the 64 MP mode.


Realme 7 can record video upto 4K resolution at 30 FPS and the quality is quite good. There is adequate sharpness and details. But, when compared to the Redmi 9 Pro, it falls behind it.


At the front, there is a 16 MP camera which captures really good selfies, It captures lots of details and sharpness is good too. The camera does boost colours but it looks good and doesn't give that artificial plasticy feel.



Battery

With a 5000 mAh battery, the Realme 7 promises long battery life on single charge. The phone will easily last a day or a day and a half. But I think Realme should optimise the battery usage, maybe with a future software update.

Charging the Realme 7 is incredibly fast. The 30W Dart Fast Charger charges the 5000 mAh battery in just over an hour. This is really a superb offering from Realme considering the price of the smartphone.



What's More?


The Realme 7 's audio performance from just a single speaker setup is quite good but not stereo-like. The device houses the single speaker at the bottom.


Network Connectivity and Reception is also strong and reliable. Calls were decently audible without any shrill or distortion of voice.



Verdict


The Realme 7 is an exciting smartphone by the market leader for its price, starting at just ₹ 14,999. This is an awesome value for money package for mobile gamers on a tight budget. The performance, display, UI, battery and built quality is simply great. The only thing that beats the Realme 7 is that the Redmi 9 Pro with a similar price has a better camera performance and a premium glass body.


Overall, Realme did stand up in this price segment with the features it has to offer but to be at the top they should fulfill the desires of the customers, similar to its competitor, Xiaomi. The new Realme 7 does however, blow up every other competitor with its performance and the gaming experience it has to offer, but cannot be termed as an all rounder. But for mobile gamers, especially for gaming on a budget, look no further than the Realme 7.



Pros:

  • 30W Fast Charging

  • Great Display

  • Great Performance

  • Long Battery Life

  • Decent Built Quality


Cons:

  • Camera can be optimised

  • Below par camera performance in Night Mode

  • Plastic Body

Score: 9.4/10






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