Realme 7 Review: A Budget Sensation

Realme is one of the popular smartphone brands currently in the Indian market. As per the fresh report of counterpoint research, Realme occupies 10% of the entire Indian smartphone market in the third quarter of this year.

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Alongside this, it holds the fourth rank in the list after Samsung, Xiaomi, and Vivo. If you notice the activities, you will get Realme launches new smartphones very frequently. To be specific, it revises its four series – C series, Number series, Narzo series, and X series very frequently.

One of the reasons behind the 10% Indian market share of Realme is the value for money products. The company recently added a few new handsets to this list, Realme 7 series is one of them. This array includes Realme 7, Reamle 7 Pro, and Realme 7i. No doubt, there is a great demand for all of these three phones, especially the Realme 7.

In case you are also planning to get one, here is the full review of the Realme 7 8GB | 128GB variant. It is available on Flipkart at Rs.16,999. There is another lower variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which costs Rs.14,999.

Specifications :-

  • 6.5-inch Full HD+ in-cell LCD display
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • 480 nits max brightness
  • MediaTek Helio G95 gaming processor
  • 6GB/64GB or 8GB/128GB RAM and storage options
  • 64MP+8MP+2MP+2MP quad-camera setup
  • 16MP front camera
  • Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 30W Dart Charger in the box

In the Box :-

  • Handset
  • Case
  • Screen protector (applied)
  • USB-A to Type-C cable
  • 30W Dart Adapter
  • SIM Ejector tool
  • Basic paper works

Design :-

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Hope you notice, all the Realme smartphones have a back design with vertical stripes. All are generally made on a plastic build body, though the finish varies. In the case of Realme 7, it’s matt finish with a gradient design. A vertical split line runs on the left side along with the camera module, where at the bottom, the Realme branding is put.

Due to the plastic build, the in-hand feel is not that premium like the glass-backed handsets, but not so cheap too. In one word, the feel in the hand is decent. On top of that, the curvy edges will allow you to grip the handset easily.

The 3.5mm headphone jack and Type-C port, primary microphone, and the mono speaker are placed in the bottom coming to the ports and buttons. The volume keys are placed on the left, and on the opposite, you will find the speedy side-mounted fingerprint on the power button. The placements of the buttons are perfect and clicky enough.

This phone’s overall weight is around 195 grams that are distributed throughout the model to provide comfortable usage, even is one hand.

Realme is offering two color options – Mist White and Mist Blue.

Display :-

As the on-paper detail writes, the Realme 7 has a 6.5-inch Full HD+ (2400×1080) In-Cell LCD. The panel is protected by the layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Though it’s not an AMOLED panel, 90Hz refresh rate support will not give you any chance to complain. The brightness of 480 nits is quite ok for comfortable use in average sunlight, but not enough for intense sunlight.

The media consumption experience is excellent as Realme 7 comes with Widevine L1 certification. It simply means you can enjoy Netflix or Prime Videos contents at the highest resolution.

The punch hole camera cutout is placed in the top left corner and will not interfere while using. There is no color shift while tilting and neither any other color issue.

Performance :-

Realme 7 is the first phone powered by the MediaTek Helio G95 processor. This SoC is backing up with 6GB/8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 internal memory. I didn’t get any problem in casual day to day tasks and not even for gaming. I tried Call Of Duty Mobile on it at the highest settings. The performance was smooth; obviously, there were the advantages of the 90Hz refresh rate.

If you perform multitask a lot, 4 to 5 tabs at a time can be managed easily. Further, the pages will refresh again. All the animations are well-performing each time, which also contributes to a smooth performance feel.

In a single line – if you are an allrounder with your phone, Realme 7 could be one of your best choices in terms of performance.

Camera :-

The quad-camera setup in the back holds a 64MP Sony IMX 682 sensor, 8MP wide-angle sensor, a macro, and a depth sensor of 2MP. For selfies, the company added a 16MP front shooter.

The images served by the main Sony sensor is awesome to say. It tries to capture all the possible details from the frame with accurate color. The most important thing is, it can maintain the same image quality with details and color throughout every corner. In wide-angle shots, the quality is “kaam chalau”.

The details are missing out more when you move from the center towards the edges. The depth sensor works well as per its capability. In normal macro shots, you need to keep your hand steady and have to try to focus on the object so often.

In the normal macro shots, the sensor manages to pick natural colors and details in some places. Still, in the ultra-macro mode, an additional option, the object’s colors were boosted, and also fails to detect enough details.

Coming to the 16MP front camera. It can capture great selfies. For those who edit their selfies to change their skin tones, Realme 7 front camera will do the same automatically. It basically softens the tone in every case. The job of the portrait mode is satisfactory.

In the case of night shots, all the samples are given below. Don’t forget to share your opinion with us.

For video, Realme 7 supports to record 4K video at 30 fps and 1080p or 720p clips at either 60 or 30 fps. The stabilization is managed well enough, thanks to the EIS support. Audio quality captured during the shoot is decent.

Battery :-

Realme 7 carries a 5,000mAh battery inside that can supply the power for more than 6 hours (screen on time) after enabling the 90Hz refresh rate. So, it’s enough for one-day casual usage. It can run some time more if you consider the 60Hz refresh rate. Keeping 90Hz enabled, it drains 8 to 9% for 15 minutes of COD Mobile.

The charging takes around 1h 15 minutes to rise up to 100% with the help of a 30W Dart charger comes in the box.

Other :-

Apart from design, display, performance, camera, and battery, there are other things to discuss., like the OS. Realme 7 runs on Realme UI that seats on top of Android 10. So, obviously, there are all the basic Android 10 features. Realme added some additional features like a screen recorder, application cloner, app locker, gestures, and more. Some bloats are there, and also ads appear most of the time. However, the ads are easily manageable.

Realme added a mono speaker to this smartphone. The loudness is good for media consumption, but obviously not as good as the stereo speaker experience.

I have no complaint about the call quality and microphone. But point to note, the built-in call recorder shouts its activation that is audible from both the end of a call. So, keep that in mind.

Both the side-mounted fingerprint and facial unlock are very fast and opens the screen lock for you as you apply your thumb or lift the handset in front of your face.

Pros & Cons :-

ProsCons
Gradient split back designPlastic back with quite common Realme design
90Hz displayPresence of ads and blots
30W Dart chargingLCD Panel, not AMOLED
Decent performanceMono speaker
Great camera work

Verdict :-

At the starting price of Rs.14,999, Realme 7 offers a good overall package, including a decent design, colorful display with 90Hz refresh rate, Helio G95 processor, and well enough camera module. The fact is, currently, there are multiple similar options in the market at the same price range. Even the Narzo 20 Pro comes with almost the same specifications at Rs.1,000 less price. Even that offers a 65W charger in the box.

Simply, you can say, Realme 7 is one of the best options to choose from around the Rs.15,000 price tag. Buy from here: http://fkrt.it/CV!vJSNNNN

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SUMMARY

A good option to choose in the midrange price segment.
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Anupam Modak
A CS Engineer and Tech Enthusiast who likes to fiddle with the latest gadgets and tech happenings around the world.

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