The Realme X7 was announced last month with its super vibrant nebula colors and 5G features. And after testing the phone extensively for two weeks, let’s see if it’s worth the hype?
Display and Build Quality
The phone comes in two colors, a swirl of nebula or the less flashy Silver color for those wanting to settle with a lesser bright one. With the “Dare to leap” logo, sellers might be pushing the idea to experiment with the light in reflection. The device is built with polycarbonate polymer, with a glossy finish that shows varied colors when tilted at an angle. The front is protected with Gorilla Glass 5.
The Nebula version weighs around 179 gm with a thickness of 8.3mm, while the Space Silver reduces to 176 gm and 8.1mm thickness. It is light and comes with a silicon case which is required because the phone wobbles when kept on a flat surface.
The display is 6.4 inches AMOLED (approximately 82.6% screen-to-body ratio) and a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. While it won’t break easily and will be lighter to carry, they might be the problem of easy smudging (especially black color ones).
The volume button is on the left, and the power button on the right with a dual Nano Sim tray, fingerprint reader, USB type C port, single speaker. However, there is no space for a micro-SD card. It also features USB 2.0, GPS with dual-band A- GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS. There is no Radio or NFC. It does not contain any 3.5 mm audio jack either, which might pose an issue for some.
The Realme X7 is equipped with a triple camera system with 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 8 MP, f/2.4, 16mm (ultrawide), and a 2 MP, f/2.4 (macro).
It contains the usual features like LED flash, HDR, panorama with a video of 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps.
The selfie camera is 16 MP, f/2.5, 24mm (wide) with HDR feature and video of 1080p@30/120fps.
However, if I had to say about the camera, its performance could still be better. With the main camera, shots turned out to be well but could be a bit under brightening. Details were satisfactory but at times needed a considerable amount to focus. Close-up shots came well but at the expense of wide range. Lighting does play a part in the quality of the picture, so I recommend clicking somewhere where the camera doesn’t conflict with the light. Photos can come out saturated, but the brightness is quite average and nothing exceptional.
The night mode made the images better with good noise suppression, but the details disappeared on the zooming. While it did make the image more earthy, one might feel it to be a bit blurry. Shadows and illumination are caught well, but you have to change over to night mode every time you have to click pictures.
The ultra-wide camera is good for the range, but ultimately, it felt too edited and glittery. The selfie camera was a step down from the 32MP camera on Pro, but the pictures came out to be decent enough though a bit too sharp and filtered at times.
The macro camera was frankly unneeded and did not play any extra special role while capturing images. There was a lack of focus and stability, which can be easily compensated with the primary camera.
So, the camera performance had to be one of the chinks in the otherwise strong armor of the X7 with better night mode improvement.
The Realme X7 is one of the first devices to bring in MediaTek’s Density to India. With a MediaTek MT6873 Dimensity 800U 5G (7 nm) chipset, it boasts of 5G to bring forth. It also possesses two power octa cores of 2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 and 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 and a GPU Mali-G57 MC3, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 5.
It comes in two internal storage of 6GB RAM 128GB UFS 2.1 storage at Rs. 19999 and 8GB RAM 128GB UFS 2.1 storage at Rs. 21999.
The performance was quite impressive. It came with in-built apps of its community, payment apps and music, Amazon, Facebook, and managed to perform its tasks smoothly. There was not much heating of the phone while charging or even while playing games.
Games like Call of Duty could be played at medium range quality order by default but at times had stuttering issues with high quality. The loudspeaker’s audio quality was quite well, and HD streaming doesn’t consume too much battery.
Even while playing, the phone does not heat up a lot. It didn’t have any issues with performing day-to-day tasks and heavy tasks like gaming, so the performance is good enough.
The Realme 7 runs on Android 10 with Realme UI 2.0, which is somewhat close to stock android. But it does have some preinstalled bloatware like the in-built apps of its community, payment apps, and music, along with Amazon, Facebook. Some of its in-built apps can neither be removed nor disabled.
So, the software is good, with the only issue faced is the bloatware.
The device has a 4310 mAh battery and a 50W charger instead of the 65W one that comes with the X7 Pro.
The charge usually lasts for an entire day, even with heavy usage and can even last up to 1.5d with low to moderate use. Charging the Realme X7 is a breeze since it only takes around 48 mins to charge fully.
While it does perform well for its budget and being 5G, it is nothing extraordinary. It still requires a lot of optimization and updates, but it does well with design, display, and smooth functioning.
It has tough competition from Mi 10i and Poco X3 when it comes to display and chipset. Still, this phone is essential for those who prefer a lighter device with a better design, a good daylight camera, and a good battery life with an initial 5G band.
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Depth: 8.1mm(Space Silver), 8.3mm(Nebula)
6GB RAM 128 Storage
8GB RAM 128 Storage
Yes, it comes with in built fingerprint sensor
Nebula and Space Silver
No, it has a Type C audio jack
Yes, it supports USB OTG