The brand new Realme X7 5G and X7 Professional 5G are aimed on the mainstream and “flagship killer” market respectively, and each are priced to convey some critical competitors to longstanding favourites. We have simply seen what the higher-end Realme X7 Professional 5G (Overview) has to supply, and now it is time for a full evaluation of the extra reasonably priced Realme X7 5G. Launched at Rs. 19,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant and Rs. 21,999 for 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, it must cope with the Mi 10i (Overview), Samsung Galaxy M31s (Overview), and even the Realme 7 Professional (Overview), amongst others.
Whereas many of those rivals have gone all-out with the cameras, Realme is focusing extra on design and efficiency with the brand new X7 5G, which has simply been launched. There are a couple of little touches that add worth, but additionally some fascinating decisions which may trigger potential patrons to suppose twice. Learn on to see if that is the correct improve choice for you.
Realme X7 5G design
Nobody can say that Realme has performed it secure with the X7 collection, however whether or not that is a very good factor or a foul factor might be a matter of private style and a really subjective name. The signature ‘Nebula’ end is a swirl of a number of colors – peach, pink, blue, purple, gold, and yellow, which all type of mix into one another and appear to alter as you progress this telephone round below the sunshine. If this seems to be acquainted, you might need seen information of the Realme V15 launching internationally – that is basically the identical telephone with a unique identify.
Realme calls this a “non-spectral gradient” which signifies that the colors aren’t precisely following a VIBGYOR sequence. The end is supposed to refract mild via a number of levels, and it does have a really shimmery, iridescent high quality to it. On the draw back, the rear floor is extremely shiny and susceptible to smudges. There is no method to make use of this telephone with out it getting fully lined in fingerprints.
The massive polarising challenge might be Realme’s resolution to emblazon its “Dare to leap” slogan throughout the whole rear, that too in a contrasting end that basically catches the sunshine. It is not one thing I might need to reside with on daily basis, however an opaque cowl would defeat the aim of selecting the Nebula end. I feel lots of people will go along with the a lot much less flashy House Silver choice which, in line with Realme, won’t have this slogan throughout the again.
The Realme X7 5G is pretty compact by at present’s requirements. The Nebula model is Eight.3mm thick and weighs 179g whereas House Silver shaves that down to eight.1mm and 176g. The again and the body are product of polycarbonate, and the entrance is an unspecified sort of glass with a protecting movie pre-applied. Realme additionally says this telephone is splash-resistant, however there is not any IP ranking. That is a straightforward telephone to make use of one-handed; the 6.Four-inch display screen has slim borders apart from the chin on the backside, and the rear is rounded to fulfill the perimeters.
Realme has positioned the facility button on the correct and the quantity buttons on the left. There’s an in-display fingerprint reader, plus the entrance digicam is embedded within the higher left nook of the display screen. On the underside, you may see a USB Kind-C port, single speaker, and dual-Nano SIM tray (with no house for a microSD card). The three cameras on the rear are extruded individually, which is kind of the present type.
Curiously, Realme has gone with extra elaborate packaging than regular, and there are some neat extras within the field. Along with the X7 5G itself, Realme features a 65W charger (extra on this later), USB Kind-C cable, clear plastic case, a SIM eject pin, and a Kind-C to three.5mm dongle.
Realme X7 5G specs and software program
A little bit below a 12 months after launching its first high-end 5G-enabled telephone, the X50 Professional 5G (Overview), the brand new X7 5G and X7 Professional 5G intention to make this new customary extra frequent. There are not any 5G networks in India (but) however that is changing into considerably of a must have characteristic anyway. Realme guarantees dual-sim, dual-standby plus help for all main bands, although it stays to be seen which of them operators in India will use. 5G is enabled by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC which is kind of new and more likely to develop into well-liked.
The Dimensity 800U is a 7nm octa-core processor with two high-power ARM Cortex-A76 cores clocked at as much as 2.4GHz, plus six environment friendly Cortex-A55 cores clocked at as much as 2GHz. It additionally options an built-in Mali-G57 MC3 GPU, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, and a number of satellite tv for pc navigation techniques.
Realme has gone with a 6.Four-inch full-HD+ 1080×2400-pixel Tremendous AMOLED panel. Instantly, we discover excessive refresh price is not talked about on the spec sheet, which is a bit shocking contemplating the value and positioning of this telephone. Nonetheless, Realme does checklist a 180Hz contact sampling price. You possibly can select between variants with 6GB and 8GB of RAM, however each have 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage and there is not any microSD slot for growth.
The battery capability is Four,310mAh which is decrease than common lately, however that is the tradeoff for the low weight of the X7 5G. This telephone helps 50W quick charging however comes with a 65W adapter which is nice to see – it is fairly the alternative of what many different corporations do. This implies you’ll be able to cost even higher-end telephones such because the Realme X7 Professional 5G rapidly with the identical charger, however Realme’s “SuperDart” tech does not look like appropriate with the industry-standard USB Energy Supply so you’ll be able to’t for example use the identical charger along with your laptop computer and carry one much less factor round.
The Realme X7 5G ships with Android 10 and Realme UI 1.zero, however the firm guarantees updates to Android 11 and a “extra minimalist” Realme UI 2.zero within the very close to future. If these have been launched by the point you purchase this telephone, your expertise might be completely different, however I will evaluation what the corporate has despatched at launch time and price this telephone accordingly. My unit had the December 2020 Android safety patch which is comparatively current.
The UI seems to be very like inventory Android however there are added options and customisations resembling App Cloner for operating a number of accounts, non-obligatory navigation gestures, and Sensible Sidebar for shortcuts to apps and instruments. There is a class of “experimental” options within the Settings app, which as of now embody easy scrolling (although how that is achieved is not clear), Tremendous Nighttime Standby which reduces community exercise to save lots of energy, and DC Dimming which might cut back flickering to ease eye pressure, however might need sudden uncomfortable side effects resembling color shifting and auto brightness not working.
Realme has added a little bit of bloatware together with its personal Music and Video apps, a Theme retailer, HeyFun recreation retailer, SoLoop video editor, Amazon, Fb, and Flipkart. There are additionally Realme’s personal Neighborhood, Retailer, Paysa and Hyperlink apps. Most aren’t too intrusive and plenty of might be uninstalled however you may nonetheless get loads of pointless notifications. You may additionally see some promoting in built-in apps, and on the lock display screen through the “Journal” characteristic, although this may be disabled within the Settings app.
Realme X7 5G efficiency
With even funds telephones performing easily lately, it is no shock that the Realme X7 5G was easy and responsive in on a regular basis duties. The setup course of was easy sufficient however there are a number of defaults you may need to change manually later, resembling promoting preferences. The X7 5G is nice and cozy sufficient to make use of with none hassles. It did get barely heat when charging quickly, however that was about it for heating. The in-display fingerprint sensor and face recognition had been normally fast however there was some hesitation typically.
As the primary telephone in India with a Dimensity 800U SoC, benchmark scores must be fascinating. The X7 5G managed three,35,698 general in AnTuTu, in addition to 599 and 1,800 respectively in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core exams. It additionally ran GFXBench’s Automobile Chase and Manhattan three.1 graphics exams at 18fps and 31fps respectively, whereas 3DMark Sling Shot Excessive and Wild Life exams returned scores of three,137 and 1,589.
These scores imply that the brand new X7 5G handily beats the Realme 7 Professional which nonetheless sells for precisely the identical costs. The Dimensity 800U appears to be roughly on par with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G and 750G, buying and selling blows in numerous exams.
As for video games, I discovered each Name of Obligation Cell and Asphalt 9: Legends to be easy. They ran at Medium and Default high quality settings and had been fairly gratifying. The display screen is comparatively crisp and hues are punchy, however this is not the very best quality I’ve seen at this worth degree. Widevine L1 DRM has been applied so you’ll be able to watch HD-quality streaming movies via your favorite companies. There is a single speaker on the underside and sound high quality is fairly good by smartphone requirements. This telephone is Hello-Res Audio licensed however you may nonetheless get one of the best outcomes with a very good pair of earphones.
Battery life should not be an issue in any respect. The Realme X7 5G can simply run for a over full day even in the event you throw loads of heavy duties at it, together with gaming and utilizing the cameras. Our HD video loop check ran for a really spectacular 20 hours, 45 minutes. Charging can also be fairly fast – it took solely 25 minutes to get from zero to 50 p.c, and a full cost took 1 hour, three minutes utilizing the bundled “SuperDart” charger.
Realme X7 5G cameras
Curiously, Realme appears to have bucked the strain to have “quad cameras” as a promoting level for this telephone. I am proud of that, since a low-grade fourth digicam, such because the 2-megapixel “B&W portrait” filter one on the Realme X7 Professional 5G, can be of very restricted use anyway. Even the 2-megapixel macro digicam that the Realme X7 5G has is basically for leisure and does not seize ok outcomes for use for critical images. You may spend most of your time with the 64-megapixel, f/1.Eight major and the Eight-megapixel f/2.three ultra-wide-angle cameras.
Realme’s software program is pretty simple to make use of and customary modes are accessible, decision settings, which you would possibly want typically, are on the backside of the principle menu and one layer deep. Within the daytime, the Realme X7 5G was usually fast to lock focus and appeared to do effectively with metering exposures, at the least at its default 16-megapixel binned decision. There have been some indicators of oversharpening in post-processing, and particulars at a distance had been somewhat too murky for my liking. Alternatively, close-ups got here out effectively with vivid colors.
When taking pictures on the native 64-megapixel decision, pictures had been a bit washed-out and the color tone was a bit off. The wide-angle digicam is just not unhealthy, however element does endure and there’s some warping on the sides of frames so you may need to use it sparingly. Portraits come out with first rate background separation, however surprisingly, you’ll be able to’t modify the blur depth after taking a shot.
Pictures taken at night time had first rate element, and once more, the wide-angle digicam is finest averted except there’s loads of mild round. Some close-up pictures taken with the principle digicam had been surprisingly good, however others seemed a bit synthetic. Night time mode crops the body somewhat however there’s nonetheless an opportunity of movement blur. Outcomes is perhaps brighter, however aren’t at all times general higher utilizing Night time mode. There is a tripod toggle that might enable you get even higher outcomes in the event you can preserve the telephone regular.
You additionally get a 16-megapixel f/2.5 entrance digicam embedded within the higher left nook of the display screen. Beautification is enabled by default for selfies. It’s kind of too aggressive and makes pores and skin look synthetic. Portrait selfies have efficient background blurring. High quality general is fairly good within the daytime and at night time.
Video might be recorded at as much as 4K 30fps. There’s loads of shake in the event you transfer about whereas recording, however high quality is kind of good general within the daytime and at night time, even when utilizing the wide-angle digicam. You possibly can’t change between cameras whereas recording. There is a slow-motion 120fps mode as effectively.
The Realme X7 5G gives excellent general efficiency, and aside from a couple of minor annoyances with the software program, the utilization expertise is easy. Hopefully, Realme UI 2.zero eases up on the bloat and spam. This telephone can also be comparatively mild and compact with out sacrificing battery life. If you wish to play video games and stream movies all through the day, it could possibly be a sensible choice. The cameras are nearly common, however that is the one space through which I am not significantly impressed, contemplating the value.
Talking of worth, the Realme X7 5G is presently India’s most reasonably priced 5G-capable telephone, however it’s nonetheless too early for that to be a significant factor in your buy resolution. It appears to be extra polished than the Mi 10i for a barely decrease beginning worth, and will additionally undercut the OnePlus Nord (Overview). It is also very clear that you must select the X7 5G over the Realme 7 Professional at these costs – simply be very positive that you simply’re keen to reside with this design before you purchase the ‘Nebula’ model on-line.