Realme has launched its new 7 collection, which for now contains the Realme 7 and the 7 Pro. For right this moment’s evaluation, we’ll solely be trying on the Realme 7, which is able to finally change the present Realme 6 (Review) smartphone. The latter introduced in segment-first options comparable to a hole-punch show and a 90Hz refresh price when it launched again in March this yr, and until right this moment, stays the one possibility round Rs. 15,000 that gives a high-refresh-rate display screen.
The Realme 7 has some fairly large footwear to fill, and it is time to see how a lot has truly improved over the Realme 6. From my perspective, the Realme 7 brings in three fundamental upgrades — a brand new SoC, an even bigger battery, and a brand new major digital camera sensor. Let’s see if these upgrades are sufficient to make it price recommending.
Realme 7 design and show: Somewhat new
No new Realme smartphone is full and not using a recent design for the again. The Realme 7 includes a mirror-split design, which creates some attention-grabbing patterns when mild hits it. The color possibility I’ve is named Mist Blue, however there’s additionally white. The rear digital camera module now has a barely totally different design, in comparison with the Realme 6. Overall, the Realme 7 appears recent and new from the again, which the corporate desperately wanted since the remainder of the telephone hasn’t modified a lot.
Side by aspect, the Realme 7 appears virtually an identical to the Realme 6. The placement of the buttons, fingerprint sensors, SIM trays, and all of the ports on the backside on each telephones is just about the identical. The Realme 7 is definitely thicker (9.4mm) and heavier (196.5g) than the 6, resulting from its bigger battery, and that is very noticeable in day by day utilization. One-handed texting or images can get fatiguing actually shortly as a result of further weight.
Ergonomics apart, the Realme 7 feels well-built and durable. It nonetheless makes use of plastic for the body and again panel. The SIM tray has three slots for 2 Nano-SIMs and a microSD card. The show seems to have been lifted straight from the Realme 6. It’s a 6.5-inch full-HD+ LCD panel with a hole-punch cutout, and Gorilla Glass three for scratch safety. Realme has caught to the 90Hz refresh price from the 6. The show can get very vibrant, and colors are properly saturated. I observed some minor off-axis vignetting within the corners when displaying lighter backgrounds, however this is not price fussing over.
Overall, the Realme 7 feels solidly constructed for a price range telephone. However I’m not too completely happy in regards to the enhance in weight, which undoubtedly makes it extra cumbersome to make use of each day. The field contents are what you’d count on, together with a 30W quick charger, a USB cable, and a case.
Realme 7 efficiency and software program: Speedy sufficient
The Realme 7 is the primary telephone to debut with the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC. This is an up to date model of the Helio G90T, which was seen within the Realme 6, nevertheless it’s not a significant improve. The solely actual change is that the built-in Mali-G76 GPU now has the next clock pace of 900Mhz, versus 800MHz within the G90T.
The remainder of the SoC’s specs appear an identical. It’s nonetheless a 12nm octa-core chip, with two Cortex-A76 efficiency cores that may run at as much as 2.05GHz, together with six Cortex-A55 effectivity cores with a most clock pace of 2GHz. In concept, we must always see barely higher numbers in gaming benchmarks, however total, efficiency should not be all that totally different from the Realme 6.
The base variant of the Realme 7 has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for Rs. 14,999, and there is a second variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for Rs. 16,999. Just like earlier than, that is LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 flash storage.
Performance is fairly passable. The Realme 7 makes use of Realme UI, primarily based on Android 10, which labored easily. Face recognition and the side-mounted fingerprint sensor are additionally fast. Navigating by the interface felt snappy on the 8GB RAM variant that I had. Apps had been typically fast to load, and that 90Hz refresh price made scrolling by menus really feel clean. There’s additionally a wide variety of dwell wallpapers and loads of utilities comparable to Smart Sidebar, a built-in display screen recorder, and several other gestures and shortcuts.
The Realme 7 is nice with video games too. Battle Prime regarded nice on the highest graphics settings and gameplay was clean. Racing titles comparable to CarX Drift Racing 2 additionally provided a great expertise. The Game Space app helps organise all of your video games in a single place and allows you to simply entry issues comparable to display screen recording and WhatsApp messages whereas taking part in.
A fast take a look at some benchmarks confirms that the brand new Helio G95 SoC is simply marginally sooner than the Helio G90T. In CPU benchmarks comparable to Geekbench, the Realme 6 surprisingly posted larger scores in comparison with the 7, even after a number of tries. However, the Realme 7 did publish barely larger numbers in among the different benchmarks comparable to AnTuTu and GFXBench.
The Realme 7 did not get too scorching when confused. I observed a little bit of heating across the rear digital camera module however that was it. Realme says it has used a carbon fibre cooling system within the 7, which appeared to do its job nicely.
Watching movies was a reasonably satisfying expertise on the Realme 7. You do not get any frills like HDR help nevertheless it does deal with the fundamentals nicely. The speaker on the underside will get loud however I discovered its high quality to be fairly common.
Realme 7 battery life: Heavy obligation
The Realme 7 will get a chunky, 5,000mAh battery, which is an enormous improve over the 4,300mAh capability of the Realme 6. Even with medium to heavy utilization, I simply received a day and half of runtime on one cost. For some perspective, the Realme 7 ran for just a little over 24 hours in our HD video battery loop take a look at, which is great.
Thankfully, you’ll be able to cost the battery pretty shortly too. The Realme 7 helps 30W Dart Charge quick charging, which may take it from zero to 100 in about 65 minutes. In case you do not have Realme’s charger useful, you too can use 15W USB-C Power Delivery quick charging.
Realme 7 cameras: Alright, however may very well be higher
The third large change within the Realme 7, in comparison with the 6, is the first rear digital camera. It’s nonetheless 64 megapixels, however Realme has switched to the Sony IMX682 sensor, as a substitute of the Samsung GW1 sensor. Realme additionally says it is utilizing a brand new “ultra high definition” algorithm for the 64-megapixel mode, which guarantees higher readability and element in comparison with the sensor on the Realme 6.
Let’s see this for ourselves. Here are two 64-megapixel images taken with the Realme 7 and 6. If we zoom in all the best way to a selected portion of the buildings, we see that the Realme 6 captured a cleaner picture with much less grain, however textures are closely smoothened. The Realme 7 retains higher textures, however at the price of having some grain within the photograph.
However, when taking pictures within the default photograph mode, there is a noticeable enchancment in pixel-binned pictures captured by the Realme 7. It reveals improved dynamic vary and publicity, with higher particulars in comparison with the Realme 6. Low mild images look cleaner too, with much less grain. Shots captured utilizing Night mode look extra pleasing, in comparison with what the Realme 6 can produce. Overall, the brand new sensor is barely higher than the outdated one, and that is by no means a nasty factor.
The Realme 7 does a great job with close-ups too. Details and colors had been typically excellent and the autofocus labored nicely. However, the remainder of the cameras are similar to what we have already seen on the Realme 6, by way of specs in addition to the kinds of images you’ll be able to count on.
The extremely wide-angle digital camera captures a wider perspective however particulars and colors are weaker in comparison with the primary sensor. This is extra outstanding as soon as you start cropping the photograph. Portrait photographs typically regarded good, and also you get the choice to regulate the background blur earlier than taking pictures. The 2-megapixel macro digital camera isn’t nice, and even images taken in broad daylight look fairly poor.
I discovered the 16-megapixel selfie digital camera to be strictly okay. Selfies taken through the day regarded respectable, however HDR may have been dealt with higher. Portrait mode is helpful because it manages to appropriately crop out the background. In the night or evening, you may get usable selfies offered there are vibrant sufficient mild sources round. Night mode is on the market, however selfies regarded over-sharpened in my expertise.
The Realme 7 can shoot movies at as much as 4K, however with out stabilisation. Colours are a bit on the hotter aspect. Videos shot with the ultra-wide angle digital camera are stabilised however particulars are poor and the decision is restricted to 1080p. Ultra Steady mode gives one of the best stabilisation however the body is closely cropped and photographs appears a bit tender. Videos shot in low mild look grainy and particulars are weak. I’d say do not even hassle recording with the extremely wide-angle digital camera and simply follow the primary one in low mild.
The digital camera app on the Realme 7 options the Starry mode, which we first noticed on the Realme X3 SuperZoom.
Verdict: Should you purchase the Realme 7?
The Realme 7 is not a significant update over the Realme 6, nevertheless it’s a adequate refresh with its bigger battery and higher major digital camera sensor. Overall efficiency is superb, battery life is great, and the 90Hz show makes common utilization really feel clean and fluid. The Realme 7 additionally appears nice however it’s heavier and thicker than the Realme 6, and video recording high quality basically may have been higher. At a beginning value of Rs. 14,999, it gives good worth.
I believe Realme 6 homeowners needn’t fear about upgrading, as there can be little to realize with the Realme 7. The base variant of the Realme 7 is nonetheless a good choose at its value for individuals who desire a excessive refresh price display screen and have a decent price range.
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