Introduction

Realme has been churning-out handsets at breakneck tempo since its inception with the funds phase its happiest looking floor. Sizzling on the heels of the brand new Narzo 20 trio – 20A, 20 and 20 Professional, Realme additionally determined to refresh its quantity sequence the Realme 7i.

Because the “i” suffix suggests, the Realme 7i is a barely toned-down model of the vanilla Realme 7. On this case, the Asian Realme 7 variant is a more in-depth match than the World Realme 7 because of the shared 64MP Quad-Bayer digital camera.

Realme 7i specs at a look:

  • Physique: 164.1×75.5×8.9mm, 188g; Colours: Aurora Inexperienced, Polar Blue.
  • Show: 6.50″ IPS LCD, 720x1600px decision, 20:9 side ratio, 270ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm): Octa-core (4×2.Zero GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.Eight GHz Kryo 260 Silver); Adreno 610.
  • Reminiscence: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM; UFS 2.1; microSDXC (devoted slot).
  • OS/Software program: Android 10, Realme UI.
  • Rear digital camera: Extensive (principal): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Extensive (principal): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Extensive (principal): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Extensive (principal): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF; LED flash, HDR, panorama.
  • Entrance digital camera: 16 MP, f/2.1, 26mm (vast), 1/3″, 1.0µm; HDR.
  • Video seize: Rear digital camera: 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS; Entrance digital camera: 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Quick charging 18W.
  • Misc: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass.

Pricing for the Realme 7i begins at INR11,999 ($165/€140) for the 64GB variant and goes as much as INR12,999 ($175/€150) for the 128GB one. Each with 4GB of RAM. That is a bit lower than the MSRP for the vanilla Realme 7 and within the realm of the brand new Narzo 20 funds household, we already talked about.

With a purpose to scale back the value of the Realme 7i, some {hardware} cut-backs naturally needed to be made in comparison with the vanilla Realme 7. These notably embrace a barely slower chipset, although one that doesn’t sacrifice on fashionable connectivity, like Twin-Band Wi-Fi ac, however does cap video seize decision at FullHD.

Display screen decision is bumped all the way down to HD+, however the 6.5-inch show diagonal and the fashionable 90Hz refresh fee have been preserved. And the final main bit might be charging pace, which is ready at 18W on the Realme 7i, in comparison with 30W on the Realme 7.

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All of those actually sound like easily-justifiable and nicely though-out downgrades that don’t tamper with the core expertise of the Realme 7i.

Design, supplies, dealing with

The again facet of the Realme 7i has a really attention-grabbing and distinctive two-tone design happening. The fabric and end of the floor are nonetheless the identical and really feel an identical, however the geometric transition from shiny to mat remains to be slightly distinctive and a conversation-starter.

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The floor itself is slick and a bit slippery. Additionally, a significant fingerprint magnet. As you’ll be able to think about, prints come up significantly clear on the highest shiny little bit of the cellphone. This nearly mirror-like phase additionally has us a bit extra nervous about scratches and scuffs. Because the again floor is an identical all through, it should not actually be extra vulnerable to scratching than the matte bit = it can simply present scratches extra simply.

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Fortunately, there’s a mostly-transparent, delicate silicon case included within the Realme 7i’s field. It hides away a number of the visible attraction of the two-tone design, however nonetheless lets lots of it shine by means of. Plus, having it on largely takes care of the digital camera wobble, which is in any other case noticeable.

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Aesthetics apart, the 164.1 x 75.5 x 8.9 mm physique of the Realme 7i is decently snug to carry in-hand, however not excellent. Our greatest guess is {that a} thicker profile, just like the 9.4mm of the common Realme 7, or extra aggressive physique curvature may have benefited total ergonomics. That, nonetheless, is extra of a nitpick on our finish than something.

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Tipping the dimensions at 188 grams, the Realme 7i is a bit lighter than the common Realme 7, even if it nonetheless has the identical large 5,000 mAh battery capability. Whether or not weight was shaved from completely different supplies, a lowered cooling answer for the lower-end chipset or less-complicated battery construction is hardly necessary.

The Realme 7i is notably lacking the FM radio and NFC of the Realme 7, however neither of these modules weigh all that a lot. In any case, the Realme 7i feels surprisingly mild within the hand.

On to controls. The Realme 7i has a really normal set and format for these. The rear-mounted fingerprint reader is snappy and dependable. Setting it up can be a breeze. All qualities we’ve come to anticipate from conventional capacitive readers.

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Buttons on the Realme 7i are good and clicky, with loads of tactile suggestions. They’re additionally positioned inside a handy groove and really simple to feel-out. Realme went for a quantity rocker, as a substitute of separate quantity buttons on this one.

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On the other facet of the button array lies a triple slot tray. It may deal with two microSIM playing cards, alongside a microSD card for growth all on the identical time.

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The underside facet of the Realme 7i additionally follows latest firm conference and is slightly busy. Right here we discover the one bottom-firing speaker and the primary microphone, alongside a trusty previous 3.5mm port. The Sort-C port within the center can deal with USB 2.Zero speeds and charging as much as 18W.

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The bundled charger within the Realme 7i’s field has these 18W lined as nicely.

Show

Similar to its vanilla sibling, the Realme 7i maintains a sizeable 6.5-inch show diagonal, with a 20:9 side ratio and what we might take into account fairly slim bezels for a funds system. Regardless of the dimensions and visible similarity, together with the punch gap selfie, the panel will not be immediately borrowed from the Realme 7. As an alternative the Realme 7i has a lower-resolution 720 x 1600-pixel LCD, which works out to a modest 270ppi.

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Nonetheless, in individual, it seems to be adequately sharp, particularly throughout the Realme UI itself. It’s important to put it subsequent to a vanilla FullHD+ Realme 7 to actually discover the distinction and even then, it is hardly main. Plus, one good thing about rocking a decrease native decision is that there’s much less stress on the GPU. A transfer that works nicely along side Realme’s choice to downgrade the chipset within the Realme 7i to a Snapdragon 662, with an Adreno 610 GPU.

The Realme 7i’s show had sufficient brightness to stay usable outdoor. At full blast, textual content was nonetheless legible beneath daylight.

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Decision on the Realme 7i may need taken successful, however the stylish 90Hz refresh fee remains to be current. A transfer that makes lots of advertising and marketing sense in our thoughts. Realme, like many different producers, remains to be tweaking its refresh fee habits, leading to variations throughout present fashions, in addition to put up numerous software program replace packages. In Auto refresh fee mode, the panel on our Realme 7i unit maintains 90Hz whereas it’s being interacted with and drops all the way down to round 80Hz when idle. We noticed this habits on the house display screen, app drawer, in settings, Google Play Retailer and Chrome. Mainly, all all through the UI, apart from sure apps, like YouTube, which we all know forces 60Hz.

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Setting the refresh fee to 90Hz within the Realme 7i’s menu leads to the identical total habits of 90Hz whereas lively and 80Hz in idle all through the UI. Solely now YouTube had its 60Hz lock overridden and likewise ran at 90Hz. This habits is a little more constant that what we noticed whereas testing the latest Narzo 20 trio, however so much much less smart when it comes to precise battery financial savings. It is doubtless not remaining.

Battery

The Realme 7i retains the ample 5,000 mAh battery capability of its vanilla Realme 7 sibling, which is greater than sufficient for a single day away from the charger. Actually, given the much less demanding chipset and display screen contained in the Realme 7i, we anticipate it to probably even do a bit higher when it comes to endurance than the Realme 7. The latter scored a stable 126 hours in our proprietary battery endurance check, which you’ll be able to learn extra about within the full evaluate.

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The one factor that did not make the lower, although, is the 30W quick charging of the common Realme 7. As an alternative the 7i has to do with 18W of quick charging. A little bit of a drag, however nonetheless higher than the 10W the Realme Narzo 20A makes use of to top-off its equally-sized 5,000 mAh pack.

Efficiency

A chipset swap is a fairly-common cost-saving measure and we see it carried out within the Realme 7i. It makes use of the 11nm Snapdragon 662 chipset, which has a 4 by 4 CPU configuration, as follows: 4×2.Zero GHz Kryo 260 Gold, 4×1.Eight GHz Kryo 260 Silver and a modest Adreno 610 GPU. That is paired with 4GB of RAM and both 64GB or 128GB of storage.

An 8GB RAM model, with 128GB of storage is alleged to exist as nicely, however we will not actually discover it within the wild. The storage is of the united states2.1 selection, although, which offers a lift. When it comes to uncooked efficiency, this positively falls behind the MediaTek Helio G95 contained in the vanilla Realme 7. Similar goes for the Realme Narzo 20 Professional, additionally based mostly on the G95, in addition to the Realme 7 Professional and its Snapdragon 720G and the vanilla Realme Narzo 20, rocking a Helio G85.

GeekBench 5 (multi-core)

Increased is healthier


  • Realme 7 Professional
    1811

  • Redmi Word 9S
    1785

  • Xiaomi Redmi Okay30 (Poco X2)
    1692

  • Realme 7
    1681

  • Realme Narzo 20 Professional
    1666

  • Redmi Word Eight Professional
    1622

  • Realme Narzo 20A
    1400

  • Realme Narzo 20
    1328

  • Xiaomi Redmi 9 (Prime)
    1325

  • Samsung Galaxy M21
    1319

  • Realme 7i
    1318

  • Redmi Word 9
    1292

  • Realme C3
    1262

  • Samsung Galaxy M31s
    1261

  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    1100

GeekBench 5 (single-core)

Increased is healthier


  • Realme 7 Professional
    576

  • Redmi Word 9S
    570

  • Xiaomi Redmi Okay30 (Poco X2)
    548

  • Realme 7
    536

  • Realme Narzo 20 Professional
    517

  • Redmi Word Eight Professional
    493

  • Realme Narzo 20
    385

  • Xiaomi Redmi 9 (Prime)
    362

  • Redmi Word 9
    361

  • Samsung Galaxy M31s
    349

  • Realme C3
    347

  • Samsung Galaxy M21
    346

  • Realme Narzo 20A
    314

  • Realme 7i
    312

  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    184

AnTuTu 8

Increased is healthier


  • Realme 7
    292828

  • Realme Narzo 20 Professional
    291407

  • Redmi Word Eight Professional
    279355

  • Realme 7 Professional
    278414

  • Xiaomi Redmi Okay30 (Poco X2)
    272229

  • Redmi Word 9S
    254000

  • Xiaomi Redmi 9 (Prime)
    201829

  • Redmi Word 9
    200414

  • Realme Narzo 20
    193912

  • Realme C3
    192223

  • Samsung Galaxy M31s
    187863

  • Samsung Galaxy M21
    180711

  • Realme 7i
    172933

  • Realme Narzo 20A
    169543

  • Xiaomi Redmi Word 8T
    167395

  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    107157

Actually, so far as GPU efficiency goes, the Realme 7i has the form of “profit” the Narzo 20 and 20A additionally share – a decrease native decision, which means much less pressure on the GPU whereas rendering at full res, on display screen.

GFX Manhattan ES 3.1 (offscreen 1080p)

Increased is healthier


  • Realme 7
    34

  • Realme Narzo 20 Professional
    34

  • Realme 7 Professional
    30

  • Xiaomi Redmi Okay30 (Poco X2)
    30

  • Redmi Word 9S
    30

  • Redmi Word Eight Professional
    29

  • Realme Narzo 20
    16

  • Samsung Galaxy M21
    16

  • Realme C3
    14

  • Realme Narzo 20A
    13

  • Realme 7i
    13

  • Xiaomi Redmi Word 8T
    13

  • Samsung Galaxy M31s
    12

  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    9.4

After all, not like purely artificial load, fashionable Android video games usually scale-back rendering and even decision very gracefully and masterfully to accommodate even lower-end {hardware}.

GFX Manhattan ES 3.1 (onscreen)

Increased is healthier


  • Realme Narzo 20
    32

  • Realme 7
    28

  • Realme Narzo 20 Professional
    28

  • Xiaomi Redmi Okay30 (Poco X2)
    27

  • Realme C3
    27

  • Realme Narzo 20A
    26

  • Redmi Word 9S
    26

  • Realme 7 Professional
    25

  • Realme 7i
    25

  • Redmi Word Eight Professional
    24

  • Samsung Galaxy A21s
    19

  • Samsung Galaxy M21
    14

  • Samsung Galaxy M31s
    14

  • Xiaomi Redmi Word 8T
    11

The Realme 7i is definitely fairly akin to the Narzo 20A when it comes to all-round efficiency. As we talked about, each ship a stable and clean funds expertise. The true distinction between the Snapdragon 665 contained in the Realme Narzo 20A and the Snapdragon 662 contained in the Realme 7i comes all the way down to additional options, outdoors of the CPU and GPU configuration.

With a purpose to save prices, the Snapdragon 662 makes use of a less-powerful Hexagon 683 DSP and a slower reminiscence controller. Additionally, the X11 LTE modem is considerably of a downgrade in comparison with the X12 within the SD665. General, nonetheless, these downgrades should not actually all that noticeable from an end-user standpoint. Definitely not practically as noticeable because the 90Hz refresh fee and the additional fluidity it provides on the Realme 7i, in comparison with its similarly-powerful 60Hz Narzo 20A sibling.

Digital camera

It’s pretty protected to imagine that the Realme 7i borrows its digital camera setup from the Asian model of the vanilla Realme 7. It is not too dissimilar from that on the Narzo 20 Professional, both, however the 64MP principal unit units it aside. It has a 1/1.73″ Quad-Bayer sensor with 0.8µm pixels and a fairly-bright f/1.Eight lens in entrance.

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Becoming a member of the primary digital camera, we’ve an 8MP ultrawide – 1/4.0″ senor, 1.12µm pixels, f/2.Three lens – a slightly normal selection additionally discovered of the Realme 7, the Narzo 20 Professional, we already talked about and the vanilla Narzo 20. Then we’ve a pair of 2MP f/2.Four snappers – one for macro photographs, whereas the opposite for depth data. One other widespread prevalence on latest Realme telephones.

There are a few necessary issues price noting in regards to the digital camera modes obtainable on the Realme 7i and its capabilities. Most-notably, it’s capped at 1080p (30fps or 60fps) for video seize, whereas the Realme 7 can do 4K.


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Digital camera choices and video seize

Apparently sufficient, nonetheless, there’s a particular Film Mode within the Realme 7i digital camera app, which is lacking from the Narzo 20 household. It’s successfully a Professional video seize mode. One other notable quirk sees the Chroma Increase choice, once more fashionable on the Narzo line, swapped for one thing referred to as AI Dazzle Colour. Although, in sensible phrases, their impact on photographs appears to be related.

We grabbed just a few fast check photographs with the primary 64MP shooter on the Realme 7i. We made positive to incorporate ones with HDR on, in addition to the Dazzle Colour toggle.


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Realme 7i principal 16MP digital camera samples: Common • Common • HDR • HDR • Dazzle Colour • Dazzle Colour

By default, the primary 64MP digital camera captures 16MP stills, after the pixel binning course of is finished. If you wish to, nonetheless, you’ll be able to shoot at its full 64MP decision. Listed below are a few scenes in that mode, in addition to 48MP with Dazzle Colour enabled.


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Realme 7i principal 64MP digital camera samples: Common • Common • Dazzle Colour • Dazzle Colour

On to the 8MP ultrawide then and the identical couple of scenes. Once more, accompanied by HDR and Dazzle Colour samples. Naturally, we reserve any high quality evaluation and remark for a full evaluate format.


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Realme 7i ultrawide 8MP digital camera samples: Common • Common • HDR • HDR • Dazzle Colour • Dazzle Colour

The Realme 7i shares the selfie digital camera module with the Realme 7. It’s a 16MP snapper, with an 1/3″ sensor, 1.0µm pixel dimension and f/2.1 aperture.

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Nothing too fancy, however there may be the necessary addition of gyro-based EIS on the Realme 7i, which works on each the primary and the selfie digital camera.

OS and UI

Not not like the latest Narzo 20 household, the Realme 7i runs on the corporate’s realme UI 1.Zero out of the field.

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It’s constructed on high of Android 10 and our unit was nonetheless rocking the marginally older August 5 safety patches.


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In regards to the Realme 7i and realme UI

Realme UI is not shy about its AOSP influences. We will not complain both, because it manages to stay slightly clear, regardless of having extra choices than most different customized Android skins. The Realme 7i even makes use of Google’s AOSP Cellphone and Messages apps.


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realme UI house screens and folders

The default icons are additionally very AOSP-like. Similar goes for the notification shade and fast toggles space, in addition to the latest apps interface.


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Current apps • Notification shade and fast toggles

Realme UI makes use of a traditional app drawer by default. Among the noteworthy preloaded apps embrace Realme PaySa and Realme Hyperlink.


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App drawer

The app drawer is simply an choice in Realme UI, although. If it is to not your liking, you’ll be able to simply change to a home-screen solely based mostly navigation mannequin as a substitute. Plus, an additional easy mode offers nifty versatility for older people or remedial Android customers, by means of its use of fewer and larger UI elements. Navigation may also be closely custom-made, together with fairly just a few gestures and issues like an assistive ball.


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realme UI house display screen, navigation and customization choices

Recreation Area is a nifty portal that has all the anticipated distraction-avoidance choices nicely lined. This consists of muting calls and notifications. There are additionally some efficiency and battery tuning choices thrown within the combine, so you’ll be able to attempt to both squeeze-out just a few additional frames or longer playtime from the modest {hardware} of the Realme 7i.


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Recreation Area

Lastly, there may be the realme Lab menu, the place the corporate tends to supply upcoming options for early beta testing to finish customers. Realme is consistently engaged on new issues.


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realme Lab

Remaining ideas

The Realme 7i gives a slightly unorthodox set of options and has an attention-grabbing place throughout the firm’s present lineup. On the one hand, it’s clearly an try to convey a lot of the necessary options of the vanilla Realme 7 at a cheaper price level, with out actually sacrificing an excessive amount of. With a beginning worth of INR11,999 ($165/€140) for the 64GB variant and going as much as INR12,999 ($175/€150) for the 128GB one, they clearly acquired the funds a part of the equation proper. Thoughts you, you continue to get a quad main-camera setup on the again, in addition to the fashionable 90Hz refresh fee on the panel. With a sure demographic the latter may make a a extra tangible distinction in perceived smoothness and responsiveness than a higher-end chipset, which Realme selected to forego.

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