Realme has launched its new 7 collection, which for now consists of the Realme 7 and the 7 Professional. For as we speak’s assessment, we’ll solely be trying on the Realme 7, which is able to ultimately exchange the present Realme 6 (Evaluation) smartphone. The latter introduced in segment-first options resembling a hole-punch show and a 90Hz refresh fee when it launched again in March this yr, and until as we speak, 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 principal upgrades — a brand new SoC, a much bigger battery, and a brand new main digicam sensor. Let’s have a look at if these upgrades are sufficient to make it value 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 fascinating patterns when mild hits it. The color possibility I’ve is named Mist Blue, however there’s additionally white. The rear digicam module now has a barely completely different design, in comparison with the Realme 6. Total, the Realme 7 appears to be like recent and new from the again, which the corporate desperately wanted since the remainder of the cellphone hasn’t modified a lot.
Aspect by facet, the Realme 7 appears to be like virtually similar 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, because of its bigger battery, and that is very noticeable in each day utilization. One-handed texting or pictures can get fatiguing actually shortly because of the 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 fee from the 6. The show can get very vivid, and colors are properly saturated. I seen some minor off-axis vignetting within the corners when displaying lighter backgrounds, however this is not value fussing over.
Total, the Realme 7 feels solidly constructed for a finances cellphone. Nonetheless I am not too blissful concerning the improve in weight, which positively makes it extra cumbersome to make use of each 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, nevertheless it’s not a serious 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 similar. 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 total, efficiency should not be all that completely 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 have been typically fast to load, and that 90Hz refresh fee made scrolling by means of menus really feel easy. There’s additionally a wide variety of reside wallpapers and loads of utilities resembling Good Sidebar, a built-in display screen 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 easy. Racing titles resembling CarX Drift Racing 2 additionally provided a very good expertise. The Recreation Area app helps organise all of your video games in a single place and allows you to simply entry issues resembling display screen recording and WhatsApp messages whereas enjoying.
A fast have a look at some benchmarks confirms that the brand new Helio G95 SoC is simply marginally sooner than the Helio G90T. In CPU benchmarks resembling Geekbench, the Realme 6 surprisingly posted increased scores in comparison with the 7, even after a number of tries. Nonetheless, the Realme 7 did put up barely increased numbers in a number of the different benchmarks resembling AnTuTu and GFXBench.
The Realme 7 did not get too scorching when pressured. I seen a little bit of heating across the rear digicam 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 fulfilling expertise on the Realme 7. You aren’t getting any frills like HDR assist 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 bought a day and half of runtime on one cost. For some perspective, the Realme 7 ran for somewhat over 24 hours in our HD video battery loop check, which is superb.
Fortunately, you may cost the battery pretty shortly too. The Realme 7 helps 30W Dart Cost quick charging, which may take it from zero to 100 in about 65 minutes. In case you do not have Realme’s charger useful, it’s also possible to use 15W USB-C Energy Supply 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 digicam. 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 have a look at this for ourselves. Listed below are two 64-megapixel images taken with the Realme 7 and 6. If we zoom in all the best way to a particular 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 picture.
Nonetheless, when taking pictures within the default picture mode, there is a noticeable enchancment in pixel-binned photographs captured by the Realme 7. It displays improved dynamic vary and publicity, with higher particulars in comparison with the Realme 6. Low mild images look cleaner too, with much less grain. Pictures captured utilizing Evening mode look extra pleasing, in comparison with what the Realme 6 can produce. Total, the brand new sensor is barely higher than the outdated one, and that is by no means a foul factor.
The Realme 7 does a very good job with close-ups too. Particulars and colors have been typically superb and the autofocus labored nicely. Nonetheless, 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 may anticipate.
The extremely wide-angle digicam 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 picture. Portrait pictures typically regarded good, and also you get the choice to regulate the background blur earlier than taking pictures. The two-megapixel macro digicam will not be nice, and even images taken in broad daylight look fairly poor.
I discovered the 16-megapixel selfie digicam to be strictly okay. Selfies taken through the day regarded first rate, however HDR may have been dealt with higher. Portrait mode is helpful because it manages to accurately crop out the background. Within the night or night time, you may get usable selfies offered there are vivid sufficient mild sources round. Evening mode is accessible, 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 facet. Movies shot with the ultra-wide angle digicam are stabilised however particulars are poor and the decision is proscribed to 1080p. Extremely Regular mode provides the very best stabilisation however the body is closely cropped and pictures appears to be like a bit delicate. Movies shot in low mild look grainy and particulars are weak. I would say do not even trouble recording with the extremely wide-angle digicam and simply stick with the primary one in low mild.
The digicam app on the Realme 7 options the Starry mode, which we first noticed on the Realme X3 SuperZoom.
Verdict: Do you have to purchase the Realme 7?
The Realme 7 is not a serious replace over the Realme 6, nevertheless it’s a adequate refresh with its bigger battery and higher main digicam sensor. Total efficiency is superb, battery life is superb, and the 90Hz show makes common utilization really feel easy and fluid. The Realme 7 additionally appears to be like nice however it’s heavier and thicker than the Realme 6, and video recording high quality on the whole may have been higher. At a beginning value of Rs. 14,999, it provides good worth.
I feel Realme 6 house owners needn’t fear about upgrading, as there can be little to achieve with the Realme 7. The bottom variant of the Realme 7 is nevertheless a good decide at its value for many who desire a excessive refresh fee display screen and have a decent finances.
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