Realme 7 Review
- Pros: 90Hz display is a charm, battery life, gaming performance
- Cons: Plastic body, camera quality, heating issues
Realme has launched its latest 7-series in the Indian market. The Chinese major has been on a launch spree for some time now and soon after launching the Realme 6 and the 6 Pro earlier this year, the company has now launched its new 7-series – the Realme 7 and the Realme 7 Pro (Review).
The last two years have been very important for Realme – having released over 20 smartphones ranging from affordable to mid-range to flagships. Entering its Indian portfolio is the new Realme 7 series. We have been using the Realme 7 series for some time now and here’s what we thought of the new budget contender for the Indian smartphone market.
Realme 7 Review: Looks, build, design, and display
The 7 series features a different design than the one we have seen on the last few models like the Realme 6 or the Realme X50 Pro. The new dual-tone design at the back was a pleasant change from the shiny glossy back panel surfaces we have seen on earlier models.
The Realme 7 features a smooth matte back panel – with an anti-glare coating on top. The back panel is sadly plastic, not glass. However, like the plastic glass feel of the Realme 6 and the 6 Pro – the 7 looks much decent.
The camera bump gets a slight re-design, and the module looks much better than before. The rectangular module feels a more premium than the single vertical camera module on earlier models. Don’t get us the wrong – the module is still vertical – but gets a lot more character than before and is slightly wider this time.
The frame is polycarbonate as well. But no points deducted because it is an affordable device.
The left side of the frame features the volume rocker while the right side features the power button with a fingerprint scanner embedded underneath. The bottom part features the Type-C port, a headphone jack and a speaker grille. Overall, the phone is a bit chunky.
The display is the highlight of the Realme 7 – featuring a 6.5-inch LCD panel with a Full HD+ resolution and a 90Hz display. The display is decent and brings a lot of details with added contrast. The colours look great – although if you are regular AMOLED user, you will notice the difference between an LCD and the AMOLED panels considering AMOLED panels have deeper blacks. But the display looks great and on top of it – there’s the 90Hz refresh rate.
We have mentioned this before – but between 90Hz and 60Hz – the difference is minor with slightly smoother transitions and scrolling – sometimes does bring about a positive change. Scrolling endlessly through social media feeds is smoother – although not majorly noticeable when it switches from 60 to 90Hz.
The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, and the selfie camera is housed in a punch-hole on the top-left corner of the display.
Realme 7 Review: Software and performance
The Realme 6 really shined when it came to heavy performance on an affordable smartphone – so it was a slightly apprehensive situation when the Realme 7 arrived with the MediaTek Helio G95 chipset. One of the first smartphones to get this chipset – on paper it seemed much faster with a slightly higher-clocked GPU running on 900MHz as compared to the 800MHz on the G90.
Daily usage was smooth, and we never saw any lags or freezes. Multi-tasking was a major talking point during our review, and we were able to utilise the sidebar without having to pause for a lag or so.
However, in our time with the Realme 7 – we did encounter the refresh rate dropping back to 60Hz way quite a number of times and also minor heating issues when we decided to go for that second round of PUBG Mobile after losing the first one.
Speaking about PUBG Mobile, the gaming performance was supposed to be better on the G95, and it did not let us down. Be as it may with the minor heating issues – we were able to belt out smooth fps figures – making it easy to snipe down an enemy while lying down in the grass. The only gripe we had was that the touch response was 120Hz – we mean, why Realme?
The Realme 7 operates on the latest Android 10 with Realme UI 1.0 on top. The design is very ColorOS-sy with a certain amount of Reame flair thrown in. Bloatware is minimum while adaptability is at an all-time high. You can customise the interface by changing the icons and the design, a system-wide dark mode, a new app drawer, quick toggles in the notification dropdown shade, gesture navigation and more. Oh, then there’s the Game Space as well.
Realme 7 Review: Camera
The camera quality has been improved this time. We had tested the 64-megapixel sensor on the Realme X2, and we feel the camera image quality has come a long way from those blurry overweight images we first encountered.
The Realme 7 gets a 64-megapixel Sony IMX682 sensor with an aperture value of f/1.8 – indicating better macro capabilities and better lighting. The colours and contrast levels were great, while the details looked sharp – sometimes way too much.
The HDR and Night Mode worked pretty well and brought about brighter images with over-sharpening sometimes with added lower levels of contrast. The dynamic range was commendable, but the 64-megapixel sensor still needed some push.
There is the 8-megapixel ultrawide angle sensor which sounds good on paper – but is not that good – suffering from lower resolution with slight colour mismatches – nothing too major though.
The low-light performance is decent enough – enough for your social media handles. Realme will have to work on the noise capping in the images though.
Realme 7 Review: Battery
The Realme 7 gets a bigger 5000mAh battery which puts out a decent performance when combined with the optimisation tactics of the Helio G95 chipset. We were able to last the entire day and more with a single full charge.
The Realme 7 comes with 30W Dart charging which takes around 90 minutes to charge from 0 to full. Overall, the battery performance is satisfactory.
Realme 7 Review Rating
Realme 7 Review: Price and verdict
While the Realme 7 checks all the right boxes when it comes to bringing performance on a budget – there are still some minor niggles which Realme still has to look into. However, the decent display, the gaming performance, satisfactory battery life and the decent cameras make up for more than the price of the device. The Realme 7 is priced starting at Rs 14,999.
Still not convinced, get the Realme 6 (Review).