Realme 7 Pro review: a smartphone built for Gen Z

Having beforehand launched in India, the Reamle 7 sequence is coming to Europe. The new 7 and 7 Pro are true to the model’s imaginative and prescient and supply strong specs and inexpensive costs. I’ve been utilizing the brand new Realme 7 Pro to see what it is all about. Is it a worthy improve of the Realme 6 Pro? And can it tackle the opposite sub-€350 telephones in Europe?

Good

  • Slimmer design
  • Solid efficiency
  • Superfast charging
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Bad

  • No 90Hz show this time
  • Big show bezels
  • Weak show brightness

Who is the Realme 7 Pro for?

Realme has not been shy stating its growth goals. ‘Dare to Expand’ and ‘Dare to Thrive’ have been the taglines the model was throwing round at IFA 2020 in Berlin. The technique is evident, launch a smartphone at each value level for each kind of (sometimes younger) client and crush the competitors. The Realme 7 Pro, due to this fact, is for a era of smartphone homeowners who worth portrait images and quick charging over multitasking and clean shows.

At a value of £279 (8/128GB), the Realme 7 Pro is an inexpensive, fashionable cellphone that may be recharged from zero to 100% in a little over half an hour. Add to that the visible customization accessible within the new Realme UI 2.Zero primarily based on Android 11 and you have a product which may simply seize a hip younger viewers.

The Realme 7 Pro is accessible in two colour choices Mirror Silver and Mirror Blue. It will go on sale from October 13th, with pre-orders from October seventh.

What I like concerning the Realme 7 Pro…

Solid efficiency

Realme has made a little bit of a title for itself by providing higher-end chipsets in its telephones than the worth tag suggests. The sub-€600 X50 Pro 5G, for instance, options the identical Snapdragon 865 you get in a Samsung Galaxy S20 within the USA and do not get in Europe.

The Realme 7 Pro options an octa-core Snapdragon 720G processor. That’s kind of the identical processor you get in a Google Pixel 4a (730G). I’d been utilizing the Pixel 4a as my each day driver for about seven weeks earlier than testing the Reamle 7 Pro and actually did not discover any drop-off in efficiency throughout my each day actions. Sure, the Android 11 goodness and Pixel-exclusive options are lacking, however for those who can dwell with a Pixel 4a when it comes to uncooked energy, you’ll be able to actually dwell with a Realme 7 Pro.

This processor is made utilizing an 8nm course of. It can be geared up with Kryo 465 CPU with two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores at as much as 2.3GHz and 6 high-efficiency Cortex-A55 cores at as much as 1.8GHz, together with a new Adreno 618 GPU, which is similar because the Snapdragon 730G. Compared to the final era, the Snapdragon 720G has a 10% enchancment in CPU efficiency and a 75% enchancment in GPU efficiency.

Realme 7 Pro benchmark comparability:

  Realme 7 Pro (720G) Google Pixel 4a (730G) OnePlus Nord (765G)
3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme ES 3.1 2523 2467 3219
3D Mark Sling Shot Vulkan 2368 2267 3002
3D Mark Sling Shot ES 3.0 3551 3542 4425
Geekbench 5 (Simple / Multi) 575 / 1784 548 / 1618 605 / 1936
MoveMark Memory 20637 19385 21799
MoveMark Disk 42774 47659 64489

Fast charging

The 65W SuperDart Charge is good for youthful customers who’re all the time trying for that little additional little bit of juice. You can cost the Realme 7 Pro from zero to 100 in 34 minutes. In solely three minutes, the Realme 7 Pro will be charged to 13% – which Realme tells me is sufficient for three rounds of PUBG, two hours of Instagram scrolling, or 150 minutes of YouTube watching. Apparently, you may get 4 days of standby time from the Realme 7 Pro, however you’d should barely contact the cellphone in any respect to hit these sorts of numbers. I began testing this, and after two days the battery was nonetheless on greater than 50% cost, however I wanted to make use of the cellphone once more and I’m comfortable to take Realme’s phrase on it. Whether or not you get a full day of battery life out of a smartphone like this (you do) is type of irrelevant once you’ve bought 65W quick charging. Bung it on cost for 5 or 10 minutes for those who get low and you might be golden.

That Realme bulk is decreasing

If you have ever held a Realme smartphone in your fingers earlier than you will know what I’m getting at right here. The model has been delivering strong specs at inexpensive costs, however the precise housing of the telephones has remained just about unchanged for a whereas. With the Realme 7 Pro, I felt for the primary time that the majority was disappearing. Compared to the X50 Pro 5G, for instance, the 7 Pro is noticeably slimmer and extra comfy within the hand. We’re nonetheless not fairly at the consolation of one thing like a OnePlus Eight or LG Velvet but, however that is a step in the best path for Realme.

The Realme 7 Pro is slimmer and sleeker than different Realme telephones. / © NextPit

The 3.5mm headphone jack lives on

Call me old style, however I’ve a gentle spot for telephones with a 3.5mm headphone jack. True wi-fi headphones are nice however you continue to cannot beat the sound of a wired pair of cans in case you are on the audio-junkie aspect of the spectrum. It’s not a big deal to have a headphone jack on a cellphone that prices lower than €400, however its nonetheless a promoting level for those that have a favourite pair of wired headphones that you’re not able to dwell with out.

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USB-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the underside. / © NextPit

What I do not like concerning the Realme 7 Pro…

Where’s the 90Hz show?

The
story of the show on the Realme 7 Pro is certainly one of give and take. Whilst the know-how has been upgraded from the Realme 6 Pro, itself solely launched earlier this 12 months, one standard function has been dropped. The value you pay for the improve from an IPS LCD display screen to a Super AMOLED, it appears, it the lack of a 90Hz refresh charge.

The Realme 7 Pro accommodates a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Full Screen with a 180Hz sampling charge. Compared to an LCD show, OLED show performs higher in picture high quality and energy effectivity, and it’s suitable with an in-display fingerprint sensor. But the dearth of a 90Hz refresh charge continues to be a little bit of a blow to those that love clean scrolling. The resolution has been made maybe to enhance battery life or to deliver the gross sales value down, nevertheless it nonetheless appears like a downgrade from the Realme 6 Pro for my part.

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The show is upgraded to AMOLED, however the 90Hz refresh charge is gone. / © NextPit

The Realme 7 Pro show comes with 20:9 ratio, 2400x1080P FHD+ decision, 82.7% screen-to-body ratio, 600nits peak brightness, 98% NTSC colour gamut. It’s shiny and sharp, however left me asking wouldn’t it actually have been so painful so as to add a 90Hz refresh charge? The equally priced Realme X50, for instance, options a 120Hz Ultra Smooth Display.

The 2X optical telephoto zoom digital camera from the Realme 6 Pro has additionally been dropped for the 7 Pro, with a 2-megapixel depth sensor taking its place. This is a trade-off I can dwell with, particularly when you think about the viewers Realme goes for. Bokeh selfies and portrait photographs are extra fascinating than sketchy zoom for the youth of at this time.

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The Realme 7 Pro’s Portait Mode at 1% Bokeh (high left), 50% (high proper) and 100%. / © NextPit

Bezels are nonetheless huge at Realme

The second show compromise you make once you purchase a Realme cellphone in 2020 is larger bezels than the competitors. Whilst you would be grasping to anticipate the screen-to-body ratios within the 90-percent vary we see on flagship merchandise today, the Realme 7 Pro feels a contact outdated with its somewhat giant bezels across the show.

Sure we’re not speaking about big high and backside bezels like we used to see on Google Pixel telephones or the brand new iPhone SE 2020, however you’ll be able to all the time inform a Realme cellphone from the entrance on account of this rounded, darkish edges. It’s a function of all the model’s telephones and never essentially a dig on the 7 Pro particularly, however given the physique has gotten slimmer and is transferring in the best path, I’d have prefer to have seen the show bezels placed on a related weight-reduction plan. Overall brightness is also higher, and I had some issue with viewability in direct daylight.

NextPit Realme 7 Pro front camera
The bezels are nonetheless barely too giant on the Realme 7 Pro for my liking. / © NextPit

Realme 7 Pro technical specs

Dimensions: 160.9 x 74.Three x 8.7 mm
Weight: 182 g
Battery measurement: 4500 mAh
Screen measurement: 6.Four in
Display know-how: AMOLED
Screen: 2400 x 1080 pixels (411 ppi)
Front digital camera: 32 megapixels
Rear digital camera: 64 megapixels
Android model: 10 – Q
User interface: Not accessible
RAM: Eight GB
Internal storage: 128 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Connectivity: LTE, NFC, Bluetooth

Final verdict

The Realme 7 Pro is, in some methods, what now we have come to anticipate from the fast-emerging model. Realme has proven no qualms about stating its targets because it floods the European market with units. The plan is evident, goal younger shoppers and provides them what they need at a value they will afford.

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The telephoto lens from the Realme 6 Pro is gone however a depth sensor has been added. / © NextPit

Whilst the Realme 7 Pro is in some methods and improve on the 6 Pro from earlier this 12 months – a slimmer physique, higher portrait photographs due to the brand new depth sensor, and the quickest charging available on the market – there are areas the place the brand new cellphone is definitely a legit downgrade such because the lack of the 90Hz show and the telephoto digital camera.

What we’re right here is a smartphone tailor-made to the calls for of the goal market. Realme has clearly made cuts in areas it thinks the children will settle for to provide them options it thinks will please them extra. It’s a fascinating technique that few producers do to this extent, with the vast majority of the competitors going for a one-size-fits-all method and making an attempt to seize each kind of client with only one or two variants. I assume it is the profit of Realme’s 20+ cellphone launches in two years method. If you actually need a 90Hz or 120Hz show, there are a number of different Realme telephones for the identical cash that give you that.

Realme’s product portfolio is changing into one thing of a decide and blend for younger shoppers and, for me no less than, it may be charming to see how this performs out for the model in the long run.

Realme 7 Pro

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