Realme has launched its new 7 collection, which for now consists of the Realme 7 and the 7 Professional. For right now’s evaluation, we’ll solely be trying on the Realme 7, which is able to ultimately change the present Realme 6 (Assessment) smartphone. The latter introduced in segment-first options similar to a hole-punch show and a 90Hz refresh price when it launched again in March this 12 months, and until right now, stays the one possibility round Rs. 15,000 that provides a high-refresh-rate display.
The Realme 7 has some fairly massive 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 primary upgrades — a brand new SoC, a much bigger battery, and a brand new main digital camera sensor. Let’s examine if these upgrades are sufficient to make it price recommending.
Realme 7 design and show: Considerably new
No new Realme smartphone is full with out a recent design for the again. The Realme 7 encompasses a mirror-split design, which creates some attention-grabbing patterns when mild hits it. The color possibility I’ve is known as 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. General, the Realme 7 appears recent and new from the again, which the corporate desperately wanted since the remainder of the cellphone hasn’t modified a lot.
Facet by aspect, the Realme 7 appears virtually equivalent to the Realme 6. The location 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, attributable to its bigger battery, and that is very noticeable in every day utilization. One-handed texting or pictures can get fatiguing actually rapidly as a result of extra 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 is 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 shiny, and colors are properly saturated. I seen some minor off-axis vignetting within the corners when displaying lighter backgrounds, however this is not price fussing over.
General, the Realme 7 feels solidly constructed for a funds cellphone. Nevertheless I am not too completely happy in regards to the enhance in weight, which undoubtedly makes it extra cumbersome to make use of every day. The field contents are what you’d anticipate, 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 cellphone to debut with the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC. That is an up to date model of the Helio G90T, which was seen within the Realme 6, but it surely’s not a significant improve. The one actual change is that the built-in Mali-G76 GPU now has a better clock pace of 900Mhz, versus 800MHz within the G90T.
The remainder of the SoC’s specs appear equivalent. It is 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 principle, we should always see barely higher numbers in gaming benchmarks, however general, efficiency should not be all that totally different from the Realme 6.
The bottom 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. Identical to earlier than, that is LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 flash storage.
Efficiency 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 means of 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 means of menus really feel clean. There’s additionally a wide selection of reside wallpapers and loads of utilities similar to Good Sidebar, a built-in display recorder, and a number of 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 similar to CarX Drift Racing 2 additionally supplied expertise. The Recreation House app helps organise all of your video games in a single place and allows you to simply entry issues similar to display recording and WhatsApp messages whereas enjoying.
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 similar to Geekbench, the Realme 6 surprisingly posted larger scores in comparison with the 7, even after a number of tries. Nevertheless, the Realme 7 did submit barely larger numbers in among the different benchmarks similar to AnTuTu and GFXBench.
The Realme 7 did not get too sizzling when pressured. I seen 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 properly.
Watching movies was a reasonably pleasant expertise on the Realme 7. You do not get any frills like HDR assist but it surely does deal with the fundamentals properly. The speaker on the underside will get loud however I discovered its high quality to be fairly common.
Realme 7 battery life: Heavy responsibility
The Realme 7 will get a chunky, 5,000mAh battery, which is a giant improve over the 4,300mAh capability of the Realme 6. Even with medium to heavy utilization, I simply bought a day and half of runtime on one cost. For some perspective, the Realme 7 ran for a bit over 24 hours in our HD video battery loop take a look at, which is superb.
Fortunately, you’ll be able to cost the battery pretty rapidly too. The Realme 7 helps 30W Dart Cost quick charging, which might take it from zero to 100 in about 65 minutes. In case you do not have Realme’s charger helpful, you can even use 15W USB-C Energy Supply quick charging.
Realme 7 cameras: Alright, however could possibly be higher
The third massive change within the Realme 7, in comparison with the 6, is the first rear digital camera. It is nonetheless 64 megapixels, however Realme has switched to the Sony IMX682 sensor, as an alternative of the Samsung GW1 sensor. Realme additionally says it is utilizing a brand new “extremely excessive definition” algorithm for the 64-megapixel mode, which guarantees higher readability and element in comparison with the sensor on the Realme 6.
Let’s examine this for ourselves. Listed below are two 64-megapixel photographs 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.
Nevertheless, when capturing within the default photograph mode, there is a noticeable enchancment in pixel-binned photos captured by the Realme 7. It displays improved dynamic vary and publicity, with higher particulars in comparison with the Realme 6. Low mild photographs look cleaner too, with much less grain. Pictures captured utilizing Night time mode look extra pleasing, in comparison with what the Realme 6 can produce. General, the brand new sensor is barely higher than the previous one, and that is by no means a nasty factor.
The Realme 7 does job with close-ups too. Particulars and colors had been usually superb and the autofocus labored properly. Nevertheless, the remainder of the cameras are similar to what we have already seen on the Realme 6, when it comes to specs in addition to the varieties of photographs you’ll be able to anticipate.
The extremely wide-angle digital camera captures a wider perspective however particulars and colors are weaker in comparison with the primary sensor. That is extra distinguished 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 capturing. The two-megapixel macro digital camera shouldn’t be nice, and even photographs taken in broad daylight look fairly poor.
I discovered the 16-megapixel selfie digital camera to be strictly okay. Selfies taken throughout the day regarded first rate, however HDR might have been dealt with higher. Portrait mode is beneficial because it manages to appropriately crop out the background. Within the night or evening, you will get usable selfies supplied there are shiny sufficient mild sources round. Night time mode is obtainable, however selfies regarded over-sharpened in my expertise.
The Realme 7 can shoot movies at as much as 4K, however with out stabilisation. Colors are a bit on the hotter aspect. Movies shot with the ultra-wide angle digital camera are stabilised however particulars are poor and the decision is restricted to 1080p. Extremely Regular mode gives the perfect stabilisation however the body is closely cropped and pictures appears a bit mushy. Movies shot in low mild look grainy and particulars are weak. I might say do not even trouble 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: Must you purchase the Realme 7?
The Realme 7 is not a significant replace over the Realme 6, but it surely’s a ok refresh with its bigger battery and higher main digital camera sensor. General efficiency is excellent, battery life is superb, and the 90Hz show makes basic 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 normally might have been higher. At a beginning value of Rs. 14,999, it gives good worth.
I feel Realme 6 homeowners needn’t fear about upgrading, as there could be little to realize with the Realme 7. The bottom variant of the Realme 7 is nevertheless an honest choose at its value for many who need a excessive refresh price display and have a decent funds.
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