Realme 6 in my opinion was the most impactful Realme smartphone to hit the country.
Not only this smartphone mark a lot of first for its segment, it also set the benchmark in the performance department and changed everyone’s perception about fmediatek’s processors.
That’s partly why people are still buying the Realme 6 and it’s also why the phone successor, the Realme 7 has some pretty big shoes to fill.
Design and Build
I’ve been saying this for a while that all Realme phones look the same, I mean if you looked at pretty much any Realme phone across any price segment, then what you’ll essentially have is a vertically aligned camera set up towards the left.
Now well the Realme 7 definitely looks different when compared to the Realme 6 but it still doesn’t have its own identity as it resembles its parent company’s Reno 4 pro quite a lot.
The design did grow a lot especially the back which offers a matte gradient finish with a split running to the left of the phone along its camera module.
While the Realme 7 does not look outrightly unique, it still managed to impress me with its design and I am sure that once you get it in your hands, you will feel the same.
One thing that you’ll not like is the Realme 7’s in hand feel. The majority of brands are making use of plastic for the construction phone’s body, you can probably tell that the phone doesn’t feel as premium as the Poco M2 Pro which comes with a glass back.
Now that’s not to say that the phone feels cheap and the use of plastic does mean that the Realme 7 is lighter. Thanks to its curvy back, the phone is really grippy and comfortable to hold.
While I have been advocating for the company to spruce things up in the design department, I am glad that some things haven’t changed including the phone’s speedy side mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor which unlocked the device in the blink of an eye.
It’s quite convenient to use too, however I still relied more on the phone’s excellent facial recognition which wakes phone too thereby allowing me to get into my home screen in one seamless motion
So don’t worry, you don’t always have to press the power button for your fingerprint to register on it and a gentle tap works too and while we’re on the subject you should know that the volume rocker which can be found on the phone’s left hand side below the smartphone’s 2+1 sim card tray.
It’s quite tricky too, there’s a headphone jack present on the phone as well which can be found at the bottom alongside the handset’s usb 2.0 type-c port and its mono speaker grill.
Now all things considered the Realme 7 brings a new spin to the design of the number series from the brand and it manages to get the basics right.
The only thing i disliked about the design of the Realme 7 was its feeble vibration motor which offered an unsatisfying tactile feedback. Other than that i am quite impressed with the design here.
Now let’s see if the phone can offer a similarly pleasing experience in the display department.
Realme 7 Review: Display
Display wise, the Realme 7 comes equipped with a 6.5 inch FHD+ LCD display which is quite similar to what you get with the Realme 6. In fact i really can’t tell the difference between the two.
They both offer a punch hole notch shipped with a high refresh rate of 90 hertz and even the peak brightness level is the same at 418 nits.
The display on the Realme 7 is a notch above the competition it’s a notch above the competition as it offers a 90 hertz refresh rate screen in a segment that is still dominated by 60 hertz panel now
Obviously, this is an LCD so you do miss out on striking colors offered by an Amoled panel, but you didn’t face any major issues with the quality of the display.
Movies were just as enjoyable to watch on the Realme 7 as the Galaxy M31s. The viewing angles were decent, there was little to no color shift. On the LCD panel of Realme 7, the blacks were surprisingly black and not grayish.
Also this Realme 7, does indeed come with widevine L1 certification, so you can stream your favorite tv shows and movies from netflix and Amazon prime in HD.
There’s no HDR support present here but the touch sampling rate of the display is on par with the competition. So you will indeed have a blast playing competitive action shooters like call of duty.
Now one more thing I’d like to point out here is that while the Realme 7 comes with a bundled TPU case and a screen protector, you also get a layer of corning’s gorilla glass 3 on the display. So you should be able to keep the scratches away.
The only thing that I don’t like about the display is that at 418 nits, it’s not particularly bright for an LCD panel.
I mean, I was still able to use the phone outdoors comfortably for the most part but there were times that under harsh sunlight I still had to squint my eyes or cover the top of the phone with my hand.
Speakers, Audio and Voice
As I mentioned in the design section, the Realme 7 comes with a headphone jack and a mono speaker grill positioned at the bottom.
This isn’t a fancy jack and you don’t get hydra certification here but it does the job and I didn’t notice any interference or static noise creep up.
When I connected my earphones to the handset, the speaker is actually really good as it gets quite loud. So you should have a good time watching movies on the phone.
As for the call quality, I tested this phone on its postpaid sim and got stellar network coverage. The download and upload speeds were to my liking too and I rarely dropped calls on the Realme 7 which is ideal if you take a lot of phone calls.
If you commute whilst taking such calls, then you will be glad to know that the phone comes with an electronic compass along with all the other necessary sensors too.
Hardware and Gaming Performance
Specs wise, the Realme 7 is the first phone in the world to be powered by MediaTek Helio G95 gaming processor. The chip works alongside 6 GB or 8 GB of LPDDR4X memory and correspondingly you’ll get either 64 GB or 128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage.
So how does the Realme 7 perform?
Well, ideally, it should perform really well but so far it hasn’t really lived up to its name. I told that the Helio G95 is going to be superior to the G95 Helio G90T, powering the Realme 6.
So far, I have gotten really mixed results with these two phones. The Realme 7 scores better when compared to the Realme 6 in antutu and 3d mark. It falls behind of its predecessor’s score in geekbench.
While the Realme 6 can play PUBG comfortably at HDR and Ultra or smooth and extreme, with little to no frame drops, the Realme 7 currently maxes out at HD and high or smooth and ultra.
Comparing the specs of the G95 to the G90T, both the processors are pretty much the same with the G95 offering a slight boost of 100 MHz to its GPU. So the performance should undoubtedly be consistently better here.
I didn’t come across any instances of lag while playing PUBG on HD and high. The Realme 7 has been a star performer there. It renders animation smoothly, opens apps swiftly and keeps a healthy number of applications in memory for buttery smooth multitasking.
The Realme 6 could do all of that too and in certain games (particularly pubg), it offered a better user experience as well.
So far, what you need to understand is that the Realme 7 is a really capable performer but it’s not outright better as compared to the predecessor Realme 6.
Realme 7 review: Software
The realme 7, much like most of the Realme phones runs the Realme UI on top of android 10. It’s been a while since the company has introduced new features with its custom skins.
So if you’re coming from a Realme or an oppo phone, then chances are you will be quite familiar with the interface.
For the usability, the UI offers all the stable features of android including a dark mode, navigational gestures and google’s digital well-being suite.
You also get some added utilities baked into the UI such as an app cloner, an app locker and various gesture based commands. A swipe down with three fingers clicks a screenshot and a swipe up will toggle the split screen view.
That being said, the ads and the bloatware situation is a bit concerning with the default browser pushing random news articles, but it is quite easily fixable too.
Other than that, the phone is running july security patch and it offers essential utilities like a screen recorder and a call recorder too.
Although the call recorder announces whenever a call is being recorded, so think twice before doing any sneaky business using the Realme 7.
Realme 7 Camera review
Now one of the usps of the Realme 7 is that the phone comes with sony’s all-new 64 MP sony IMX682 sensor at the back. This is the same sensor which was present on the Samsung Galaxy M31s and this is a very capable sensor.
The rest of the camera specs of the Realme 7 are exactly the same as the Realme 6. So both the phones get an 8 MP wide angle sensor, a 2 MP macro sensor and a portrait lens as assisting shooters on the back along with a 16 MP selfie camera.
The only differentiating factor between the Realme 6 and the Realme 7 is in the form of the respective 64 MP sensors.
So how much better is the sony IMX682 sensor on the new model? Well, not a whole lot.
So in this white shot taken from the two phones, you’ll notice that the green color is slightly different on the 6 and more vibrant on the realme 7.
During the day, you’ll notice that all the shots you could take from the Realme 7 are just as good from the Realme 6 with very similar details and colors.
The only distinguishing factor which I noticed was that, the Realme 7 could squeeze out more information from the shadows and it had more vibrant hues.
The Realme 7 is undoubtedly a very capable shooter and all the shots had good details, colors and excellent dynamic range.
I did notice instances of over sharpening at a closer crop in shots, but seeing how almost every phone under rupees ₹ 20,000 is guilty of the same, I can’t really fault the Realme 7 here.
As for the wide angle images, they could have been better for sure. I mean the shots are serviceable but there is noticeable blurriness towards the edges and the corner details. This is not the worst part, but there’s certainly room for improvement.
Same goes for the macro images too and I found it quite difficult to get a ground worthy ultra close-up with the phone. You’ll need very stable hands and a very still subject to actually get your money’s worth.
Main camera close-ups
I found that the close-ups I clicked with the phone have crispy details and a gorgeous natural bokeh effect. The only downside I noticed here is that the phone really struggles to dissolve the color red.
If you do want to click a good 64 MP photo with the Realme 7, ensure that the source of light is behind you.
To be honest, I’ve never enjoyed selfie cameras on Realme phones. Despite turning off all the beautification features, they still beautify the skin and the same is the case with the Realme 7 too.
It’s not a bad selfie camera and I actually got some good photos out of it too. But it would constantly soften the skin tone.
Same goes for the portrait shots which didn’t have the cleanest of blur effects and I could see part of my ear disappear in almost every single image.
Lastly, I like to talk about the low light photos from the phone and here the Realme 7 managed to impress me quite a bit.
The shot with the night mode disabled was not clear and visible, while the one with the night mode enabled was excellent. It had good details and very little noise around the dark areas which is somewhat of a rarity in this price segment.
The low light selfies were possible too and with the screen flash enabled, it managed to get a share worthy photo.
Coming to the videos, the Realme 7 can shoot videos in 1080p at 30 fps and 60 fps and in 4k at 30 fps.
Battery and charging
The battery life of the Realme 7 has been generous too. The handset offers a 5000 mAh battery. The display set to 90 Hz and on heavy usage can offer you a screen on time of over 6 hours.
The good thing is that the phone refuels just as quickly and takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach full charge. Thanks to its bundled 30W charger.
Realme 7 review: Conclusion
For the price, this phone does get a lot of things right and it offers a good looking design, a good quality display. It lasts really long, it’s a capable performer and it also comes with a good set of cameras.
The problem is that this is a very marginal upgrade over the Realme 6 which already is a fantastic smartphone. Heck in some cases I had a better experience such as gaming on the Realme 6 than I did on the Realme 7.
So to get the most value out of your money I’d still recommend you go with the Realme 6 which by the way is going for ₹ 14,000 right now on the company’s website.
But if you want the latest and greatest from Realme, then the Realme 7 is not a bad option either.
That wraps up my full review of Realme 7, do let me know in the comments below if you enjoyed this article and if you did, do give this Realme 7 review a share.