Realme has launched the new Realme 7 Pro which comes at the price of ₹19,999. This has to be one of the most interesting smartphones of 2020. Now let’s find out is this smartphone worth its price or not in this Realme 7 Pro Review.
The Realme 6 pro that arrived earlier this year had some compromises but the Realme 7 Pro brings some great upgrades, some nice changes and some really interesting features. But also at a slightly higher price.
So the question is, should you pay more? Should you buy this or the Poco X2? Well I’ve been using this phone as my daily driver, so let’s find out.
Realme 7 Pro Box contents:
1. Realme 7 Pro handset.
2. Pre-installed screen protector.
3. Protective case.
4. 65W Dart charger.
5. USB Cable (Type-A to Type-C)
6. SIM ejector and documentation
Design and Build quality
One of the biggest issues I have had with phones in this sub 20k price segment is the fact that they are all too big. Take the case of Poco X2, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max or even the Realme 6 Pro.
But compared to those phones, I like the fact that the Realme 7 pro is more handy. In my usage, there hasn’t been a day where I felt like the phone is too big or too heavy.
Here’s the dimensions and weight comparison of the Realme 7 pro, the Poco X2 and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. As you can see, the Realme 7 pro is a little smaller than both of them and a lot lighter (182g).
Honestly, I couldn’t feel the difference in weight while I was using it. One bummer when it comes to the design is that it’s a plastic back and next to the Poco X2 and the Realme 6 pro, it does not look as fancy or premium.
But in my opinion, it does not look cheap at all. The good thing here is that it’s a matte finish which looks and feels better than the glossy plastic. I also like the blue color variant and this new split design.
Apart from that, there are the usual buttons, usual ports the dual sim + micro SD dedicated slot. Apart from that, the design of the Realme 7 pro brings two upgrades that make a lot of sense to me.
That is the display and the speakers.
Realme 7 Pro review: Display
Realme has finally heard us and after the X2 they are back with Amoled panels. The Realme 7 pro comes with a 6.4 inch super amoled display and this is great because this is a big upgrade over the IPS LCD panel on the Realme 6 pro.
I mean this amoled display is obviously very attractive with very deep blacks and punchy colors. Here’s the Realme 7 pro display in comparison with the Oneplus Nord.
Both devices have the amoled panels and the Nord is a bit warmer but both of these displays have the same rich colors and black quality.
As for versus the Poco X2, the Realme 7 Pro’s display just looks more vibrant and more attractive. To be honest, the Poco X2’s display is a little brighter but that’s not a huge difference.
Look I think amoled is a great thing on the 7 pro, I know the Poco X2 has the 120 Hz refresh rate but like I’ve said, amoled over LCD is better for me.
So Amoled on the Realme 7 pro is nice and with widevine L1 on board, you can play netflix shows and movies in1080p and they look great.
Also there is one weird thing that Realme has done, they give 90Hz panel to the Realme 7 and 60Hz to the 7 Pro. This is very strange.
So it’s been mostly good but there’s one bug that I came across. When i started using this phone at night, the screen would automatically get warm yellowish even with the eye comfort mode turned off.
As you can see there’s some blue light filter on the screen as it looks very warm and yellowish but when I check in the display settings the eye comfort mode is off. In fact if I turn this on it gets even warmer.
This is a software issue not a display issue, because changing the time manually fixes this. I went online to look for some solutions to this issue and found that this has been an issue on Realme phones as well as Samsung phones too.
This bug automatically turns the night mode settings on. This can be fixed by a Software update, but this is quite a weird issue and I think this only affects people who are switching from stock android phones to this phone.
Fingerprint sensor and Face unlock
Since it’s an amoled panel, the fingerprint scanner has moved from the side to the front and that’s a good thing because the on-screen fingerprint scanner is very fast.
So that’s nice and not just the fingerprint scanner, face unlock is pretty fast too like on every other Realme phone, so unlocking the phone is pretty smooth.
Apart from Amoled panel, there’s one new design feature that I really really appreciate and that’s the inclusion of stereo speakers.
So you get a speaker at the top and one at the bottom and obviously the bottom speaker is a bit louder and more powerful but the top speaker isn’t too feeble or anything.
That’s pretty good but, the combined dual speakers are very loud and also get the stereo speaker impact and that’s pretty rare in this price range.
Realme 7 Pro Camera Review
Another area where the Realme 7 Pro comes with upgrades is on the camera front. This is the quad camera setup that you get and it’s the same as the Realme 7 with the same IMX682 primary sensor.
So that’s good but there’s one downgrade. Unlike the Realme 6 pro which had a telephoto lens, the Realme 7 pro does not come with a telephoto lens which is a little sad.
Instead of the that 2MP sensors, a telephoto lens would have made the setup better. Other than that, I think the cameras here are pretty good but there is one issue that I’ll talk about.
The daytime shots are well exposed, there’s good details and I also noticed some good dynamic range in some shots.
It’s important to note that some shots do have saturated colors which is a little much especially when there’s a lot of trees. But other than that, I like the camera performance.
In low light, two the Realme 7 pro photos are bright detailed and sharp which is very important in low light shots. Again, I noticed that the over saturation is still here in a few shots with some greenery.
I obviously compared the cameras of the Realme 7 pro to the Poco X2 which has to be the best camera phone in this price range and the results were pretty interesting.
In daytime, I think the Realme 7 Pro and Poco X2 take very good shots and they’re similar when it comes to details and dynamic range. But they have their advantages and their issues.
The Realme 7 pro photos have better exposure and shadows, but there’s the over saturation problem. The Poco X2 photos have the more natural colors but sometimes it ups the contrast a bit too much which is not something I like.
Honestly, it’s a very close call in daytime. In low light, though I think the Realme 7 pro is better, the only big issue is saturation at times but other than that the photos are sharper and nicer looking.
Both these phones have the problems but they also take good photos. The Poco X2 is slightly better in daytime and the Realme 7 Pro is better in low light.
As for the other lenses, the Realme 7 Pro’s ultra wide angle lens is good enough. There’s obviously lack of details when compared to the main sensor but it retains the colors, so that’s a good thing.
When it comes to videos, there’s 4k 30fps video support. The quality of shots is pretty decent although like the photos, the colors are a bit too saturated to make things look kind of attractive.
Apart from that, there are some cool camera features on the video front that I’ve used in oppo phones in the past. There’s ultra night video mode, AI color portrait and the other color filters like sky blue, forest green, etc. which are all very cool.
There’s also portrait mode video aka bokeh video support. So these features are cool and something people will enjoy and I like the fact that some of them are available on the front camera too which by the way is a 32 MP sensor.
There’s no ultra wide angle lens like the 6 pro which is a little bummer because I kind of like that.
So the selfie camera is good here the photos have a slightly warmer tone but with the beautification turned off, the details are very good. The front camera too gets features like portrait video and AI color portrait.
The camera experience on the Realme 7 pro is good with the photos and videos that it captures looking good. The only issue is the over saturation which kind of makes the photos and videos a little unnatural but like I said, other than that it’s pretty good.
Battery and charging
Moving on to another upgrade and that’s on the battery and charging front. There’s a 4,500 mAh battery compared to a 4,300 mAh battery on the 6 Pro. It’s a minor upgrade but the battery performance has been decent.
I mean the phone lasted me for around a day and a little more on most times with an average screen on time of 5 and a half hours which is decent, nothing extraordinary.
But the exciting upgrade here is the inclusion of a 65W super charger. I mean this is crazy, this is a kind of a flagship feature and you’re getting it on a mid ranger.
This charger charges the phone to 50% in 13 minutes and it fully charges the phone from 1 to 100% in just 30 minutes. It’s crazy, fast and I also love the animation, it just gives you an idea of how fast this is.
Realme 7 Pro: Hardware
The internals of the Realme 7 pro remain the same as the 6 Pro. You get the same great Snapdragon 720G chipset and I like the fact that the base storage version is 128 GB because you know the price is also higher.
We all know that the 720G is a solid performer and it’s pretty solid on the Realme 7 pro. For a phone at this price, I’d call the Realme 7 pro a fast smartphone because the phone has been almost lag free. Yes, there was some stutter, but that’s kind of expected.
Otherwise the phone was always fast and snappy even while gaming I played Asphalt 9, and
PUBG COD mobile and I got high graphics and there wasn’t any lag. Also after an hour of COD, there was no heating or anything. So the 720G is pretty reliable on the 7 Pro.
Software and UI
It was overall a good experience but the only thing that kind of gave me mixed feelings is the Realme UI. I mean I like Realme UI, it’s got all the features and on the Realme 7 pro, it has Realme apps and apps like amazon, facebook and wps office were pre-installed which can be uninstalled.
But there were a few annoyances. So when I was first setting up this phone, I obviously put all the apps that I used to install on the play store and after every installation I used to get this full page prompt and yeah some with ads and that’s just super annoying.
I mean imagine getting these prompts 50 times while you’re setting up your brand new smartphone. Also I noticed a bug in the recent screen.
You have the icons over the close all button, it’s not a big issue but it’s not nice either. Anyway, other than that it was all fine and as for the ads, I did not notice any except for those prompts.
I have a positive feeling towards this phone but these issues are something that Realme should fix with an update.
When it comes to connectivity, I tested this phone with an Airtel sim, a Jio sim and a Vodafone sim and there weren’t any weird signal issues or connectivity issues or even voLTE issues. So I think that’s pretty good.
Realme 7 Pro Review: Conclusion
- 65W fast charging
- AMOLED display
- Dependable performance
- Decent design
- Loud stereo speakers
- Dedicated card slot
- Improved camera performance
- Not a very versatile camera
- Haptic feedback motor is inconsistent
Now it’s time for the conclusion. The Realme 7 pro starts at ₹ 19,999 in india and ₹2,000 more than what the Realme 6 pro costs right now. So it’s obviously priced a little higher.
So the big question is, should you pay more for the Realme 7 pro? Should you buy this over the Poco X2 or the Redmi Note 9 pro max?
Well technically, when compared to the Poco X2, you’re paying ₹ 1500 extra because the Realme 7 pro’s base variant has 128 GB storage.
I personally think that paying ₹ 1500 extra for the Realme 7 pro makes sense. I know this is not a perfect phone, the cameras have the over saturation issue. There are also the bugs and Realme UI issues.
Also the back is plastic, but you know what? For the extra price you are getting three big features, the amoled display, the stereo speakers, and the crazy fast 65W charging.
These are the features that make me like the Realme 7 pro even with its problems
So the verdict, is if you want these big features I’d recommend you to go ahead and just get the Realme 7 Pro.
Well that was my Realme 7 Pro review and I’d love to know your thoughts on the same. So comment down below also give this review a share if you enjoyed it.