Realme 7 review: too much plastic ruins an otherwise great phone


For whom is the acquisition worthwhile?

Realme is at present 100% dedicated to smartphones with an excellent high quality/efficiency/value ratio, and this could seen by means of the Realme 7 specs sheet. For an affordable value, there are clearly some {hardware} packed beneath the hood which have made its approach right here – much like different far costlier smartphones. Those who’re prudent with their cash and but need a quad-camera setup, a 90 Hz show, and a big battery capability ought to undoubtedly learn on.

You can decide up the worldwide model of the Realme 7 in Europe. In Asia, the smartphone was launched onto the market a bit bit earlier and comes with bumped up specs for the digital camera, specifically the 64 MP main shooter. The 48 MP main digital camera within the German mannequin would suffice for individuals who have already set their hearts on selecting this one up, by no means thoughts the slight loss in high quality. 

What I like in regards to the Realme 7…

90 Hertz show

The Realme 6 did shock many in the beginning of the 12 months when it was launched with a fluid 90 Hz show. For those that are new to the world of smartphones, here’s a temporary abstract: The variety of Hertz describes the frequency at which a show updates the enter of the working system. Thus, a 90 Hertz show tends to look smoother than a display that runs at solely 60 Hertz. This is precisely the benefit of the show within the Realme 7, as a result of with 90 Hertz it’s smoother in comparison with the supposedly higher-end Realme 7 Pro mannequin on this facet. Granted, the latter comes with an OLED panel which opens up the chance for an Always On Display choice, whereas the Realme 7 is caught with a conventional LCD show.

It is a fairly curious determination to omit a 90 Hz show on the Realme 7 Pro, that’s all we will say. The two shows differ in particulars as follows:

Realme 7 and Realme 7 Pro: shows compared

The shows of each smartphones are nearly the identical measurement and supply the identical decision. However, the applied sciences are very completely different.
Feature Realme 7 Realme 7 Pro
Display measurement 6.5 inch 6.four inch
Resolution 1,080 x 2,400 pixels 1,080 x 2,400 pixels
Screen protector Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3+
Refresh price 90 Hertz 60 Hertz
Technology IPS LCD OLED

Where the Realme 7 picks up factors within the refresh price, the Pro model shines when it comes to the show expertise used. OLED shows normally supply a better luminosity in comparison with IPS panels and supply a really excessive distinction ratio. In addition, OLEDs normally supply a bit bit extra color rendering. However, the disadvantages ensuing from this technical distinction can solely be seen on the Realme 7 to a restricted extent.

The show of the Realme 7 works fairly nicely by itself even with out OLED expertise, because it delivers with good color rendering and good contrasts. Only the luminosity degree is unable to maintain up with OLED screens from this 12 months (2020). Brightness ranges are nonetheless adequate to be used below direct daylight. As for the Realme 7 Pro’s show, the display edges are usually not the sleekest to have a look at, as they show to be merely too thick for a smartphone that’s launched this 12 months. The front-facing digital camera is introduced by way of a punch-hole notch, and fortunately it’s not that much greater than the one discovered within the Google Pixel 4a 5G.

Good efficiency at Pro degree

The Realme 7 Pro proved to be fairly the performer in David’s evaluation and in comparison with this smartphone, the efficiency of the Realme 7 does get the center pumping. Unfortunately, no Qualcomm processor sees motion right here, however fairly, a Mediatek Helio G95 chipset is used. This SoC has been marketed as a gaming processor, which is quick sufficient to deal with the 

pre-installed Android 10 working system with none glitches or slowdown in on a regular basis use.
My favorite motion with any Android-powered machine is to show off the animations within the developer settings, which makes your entire Android expertise good and responsive.

However, the truth that Realme makes use of a Mediatek chipset within the cheaper mannequin stays, however this doesn’t supply any actual drawback that’s blindingly apparent. As a number of the benchmark assessments present, the usual Realme can compete with the Pro model with out lacking a beat. To be truthful, I’ve to say at this level that Realme despatched us the 128 GB model with Eight GB of RAM for our evaluation. With a really useful retail value of €249, that is priced very carefully to the Pro, which you’ll be able to decide up for €299. Now, on to the benchmarks:

Benchmark comparability: Realme 7 and Realme 7 Pro

For benchmarks, I used Sling Shot Extreme OpenGL ES 3.1 from the 3D Mark and Geekbench 5 apps, and there have been 4 scores from which I calculated the typical.
Benchmark Realme 7 Realme 7 Pro
3D-Mark Slingshot Extreme ES 3.1 2705 2523
3D-Mark Slingshot Volcano 2745 2638
3D-Mark Slingshot ES 3.0 3263 3551
Geekbench 5 (Single/Multi) 507 / 1637 575 / 1784

3DMark truly confirmed that the Realme 7 mannequin clocked greater numbers than the Realme 7 Pro. This good efficiency was additionally evident in cell video games, the place you’ll be able to modify the graphic settings upwards with out much concern. Call of Duty: Mobile additionally ran easily at most graphics settings whereas racing video games like Asphalt 9 additionally shone, delivering crisp trying particulars in case you resolve to crank up the standard of the graphics settings to the utmost.

Camera Quality

A glance in the back of the Realme 7 brought about some disillusionment for me at first. “Not another quad-camera setup!”, I assumed. It should solely be for advertising functions the place there’s a depth sensor, a depressing wide-angle and a macro digital camera. When I went on a photograph tour with the Realme 7 throughout my lunch break, I used to be largely stunned by the standard of the images, particularly the color rendering and the first rate HDR mode that appeared fairly good.

Picture high quality in numerous settings

Let’s undergo a number of pictures intimately to judge the picture high quality of the Realme 7. We start with a typical good climate shot utilizing the primary digital camera.

Shot below optimum lighting situations

In good gentle situations, the primary digital camera of the Realme 7 did nicely. / © NextPit

The 48-megapixel foremost digital camera of the Realme 7 affords an open aperture of f/1.8. Because so much gentle falls on the sensor, the smartphone retains ISO sensitivity low in good climate and publicity instances brief. For photos with 12 megapixels, the smartphone makes use of pixel binning and downsamples the complete decision, which suggests you find yourself with an excellent diploma of sharpness and great color replica. However, I felt that the picture proved to be a bit too overdrawn, the place objects find yourself with fairly unnatural edges.

Recordings throughout twilight and at night time

Night Vision
With an elevated degree of darkness, the picture high quality additionally decreased significantly. The left picture was taken in an unlit room the place the hall gentle was turned on / © NextPit

Let’s go from optimum situations to conditions the place most cameras attain their limits. Modern smartphones have a particular mode for taking night time pictures, together with the Realme 7, and regardless of the night time mode, the outcomes are fairly poor with low element and loads of noise. Under low gentle situations, there’s additionally a powerful sharpening of the pictures, which will increase the visibility of the picture noise a bit. The Realme 7 just isn’t an evening imaginative and prescient machine, however at the least it takes cheap photos at the hours of darkness.

Focal size vary from ultra-wide-angle to telephoto

Collage Brennweiten
While the ultra-wide angle digital camera is first rate, the Realme 7’s is hardly usable. The smartphone lacks an further telephoto lens. / © NextPit

If you are lazy when taking photos and wish a smartphone with an extended focal size vary, the Realme 7 has an ultra-wide-angle sensor with a area of view of 119 levels. Telephoto pictures are solely attainable with a digital zoom and lose high quality as magnification will increase. You can see the entire set of leads to my fancy collage, particularly the place the wide-angle digital camera shines when positioned below scrutiny. Here, you’ll be able to anticipate a fantastically dynamic vary and surprisingly straight strains. But a decision depend of solely 8-megapixels is barely adequate these days.

HDR pictures

The HDR mode (proper) extends the dynamic vary of the digital camera with out creating artificial-looking pictures. / © NextPit

The Realme 7 boosts the dynamic vary of the sensor artificially, similar to every other present smartphone. In the pictures above, you’ll be able to see this greatest on the window that does not fully disappear in shiny gentle with HDR enabled. Realme proves itself as soon as once more to be an excellent halfway level, versus providing too much or too little. Pictures don’t find yourself trying synthetic and are properly dynamic.

Portrait mode for folks and objects

BokehThe Bokeh on objects works surprisingly nicely. 
/ © NextPit

Before this evaluation finally ends up as a digital camera evaluation, listed below are a number of phrases in regards to the portrait mode. This mode additionally works with objects, and right here the smartphone advantages from its personal depth sensor. Offering clear strains, I like how the rear a part of the bike slowly fades right into a blur, and this optimistic impression was additionally confirmed when snapping selfies. Here, I really feel that the entrance digital camera delivers comparable outcomes because the quad-camera setup on the again. A closing instance is proven beneath.

Vergleich Selfie
The selfie digital camera (left) delivers practically the identical picture high quality as pictures taken with the primary digital camera. However, the colors differ a bit and the dynamic vary (see cap) is a bit muffled, too. / © NextPit

Do you need to be taught extra about smartphone cameras? Check out our digital camera information for smartphones:

Update to Android 11 in December

Realme’s future offensive for the European market can also be noticeable on the subject of software program updates for his or her units. According to the update schedule, there shall be an replace to Android 11 for the Realme 7 collection in December. Thus, the producer has raised the longevity of its units to the subsequent degree, at the least when it comes to software program.

Realme’s personal Android interface Realme UI already appears good in model 1.0. Thus the working system on Realme 7 seems tidy and appears like a combination of inventory android and the Xiaomi launcher MIUI. As with the Realme C11, I preferred how gestures could be drawn instantly on the switched-off show to invoke an motion.

Battery life with fast charging functionality

If you just like the Realme UI as much as you do after selecting this machine up, and may hardly maintain your arms off the Realme 7, then you’ll certainly look ahead to the lengthy battery life. This is as a result of the smartphone is supplied with an enormous 5,000 mAh battery. Cramming it into the machine does make the smartphone a bit fats, although. In reality, the general top stands shut to 1 centimeter.

As common, when it comes to smartphone opinions, there are only some exact particulars obtainable in regards to the machine’s battery life. However, such a big battery normally interprets to with the ability to go as much as two days with out having to search for an influence outlet if the context of utilization includes you utilizing it for infrequent calls, common WhatsApps interplay and viewing YouTube movies throughout your night downtime. If the battery runs out of juice quicker than you’d anticipate, you’ll be able to simply make the most of the short cost function referred to as Dart Charge.

“Dart Charge works on 30 watts energy supply and may cost your smartphone by 50% inside 26 minutes. A charging take a look at that started at ten per cent battery degree reached 60 per cent after precisely 26 minutes. Realme thus retains its quick-charge promise to the letter. Especially on the subject of such massive batteries, quick charging techniques are undoubtedly nice to have. The Honor 9A, for instance, has a 5,000 mAh battery that merely takes far too lengthy to cost over a micro-USB connection.

What I do not like in regards to the Realme 7…

The feel and appear

I’ve already teased the Realme 7 a bit about this matter: this smartphone is 

not precisely a head-turner.
The smartphone is near a centimetre thick and ideas the scales at practically 200 grams, making it chubby as nicely. It’s onerous to pinpoint on the place the extra weight comes from. The cell phone’s housing doesn’t comprise any glass and even aluminium.

Rather, the housing made out of plastic, through which the buttons are embedded in a fairly rickety method. The change on the appropriate aspect of the case additionally doubles up as a fingerprint sensor and performs an admirable job when known as upon. This barely beneficial general impression is underlined by a rattling vibration motor, which is ideally set to activate solely when it offers with incoming calls. If you have been to make use of it for haptic suggestions whereas typing, the vibration does show to be fairly disturbing.

The speaker

The Realme 7 has a single downward-firing speaker on the backside. As with many different Android smartphones, this speaker sends sound downwards out of the case and has three cut-outs milled into the case for this goal. While lacking stereo sound is nearly manageable, the positioning of the speaker just isn’t optimum when viewing movies or having fun with cell video games.

This is as a result of the cut-out areas for the speaker typically stays coated and therefore, the amount degree is diminished to a minimal. This is particularly apparent when enjoying video games, the place the positioning of the arms is essential, and to overlook out on a full audio expertise would possibly inconvenience you. If you free the loudspeaker from all constraints, the tone is mostly loud however it on the subject of bass, it has a poor vary. A second speaker within the space above the show would have executed the smartphone a complete lot of excellent.


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