Realme X7 5G Review: You can get all you need for less than Rs. Are you willing to spend less than Rs. 19,999
The new Realme X7 5G & X7 Pro 5G targets the mainstream market and the “flagship killer”, and both are priced to challenge long-standing favorites. After seeing the superior Realme X7 Pro 5G review, it is time to take a look at the more affordable Realme X7 5G.
The price of the Realme X7 Pro 5G was Rs. The 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage version is priced at 19,999, while the Rs. It will compete with the Mi 10i, Samsung Galaxy M31s and the Realme 7 Pros (Review), among others, for 8GB RAM with 128GB storage.
Realme, unlike many competitors, is focusing on design and performance in the new X7 5G. A few small touches add value, but there are also interesting options that may cause potential buyers to reconsider. Continue reading to find out if this is the right upgrade choice for you.
Realme X7 5G Design
Realme may not have been a safe bet with the X7 series. However, it is up to you to decide if that’s a good or bad thing. The signature Nebula finish is a swirling of multiple colours, including peach, pink and blue as well as purple, gold and gold. They blend together and change depending on how you move the phone under the light. This might look familiar if you have seen the Realme V15 launch internationally. It is basically the same phone, but with a different name.
Realme refers to this as a “nonspectral gradient”, which means the colours don’t follow a VIBGYOR order. It is intended to reflect light through multiple stages and has a shimmery, iridescent finish. The downside is that the rear surface can be smudged easily and is extremely glossy. This phone can’t be used without getting covered in fingerprints.
Realme’s decision, in contrast finish to really catch the light, to embroider its “Dare To Jump” slogan across the rear of the vehicle will be the big polarizing issue. Although it’s not something I would want to live with every single day, an opaque cover would negate the Nebula finish’s purpose. Realme says that the Space Silver option will be preferred by many people. It will have the slogan on the back, but it is less flashy.
By today’s standards, the Realme X7 5G seems quite compact. Nebula’s version measures 8.3mm thick, weighs 179g, and Space Silver is shaved down to 8.1mm and 176g. The frame and back are made from polycarbonate. The front is made of an unspecified type of glass with a protective coating.
Realme claims that the phone is splash-resistant but does not have an IP rating. The phone is easy to use by one hand. The 6.4-inch screen is narrow except for the chin at bottom and the rear is rounded to meet with the sides.
Realme placed the power and volume buttons to the right and left, respectively. The screen has an embedded fingerprint reader and the front camera is located in the upper left corner. You’ll find a USB Type C port, single speaker, dual-Nano SIM tray, and a single USB Type-C connector. There is no room for a microSD Card. The rear cameras are extruded in a single piece, which is the most current design.
Realme uses more intricate packaging than usual and includes some nice extras. Realme also includes a 65W charger (more details later), a USB Type-C cable and a clear plastic case.
Software and specifications for Realme X7 5G
The X50 Pro 5G, its first 5G-enabled high-end phone, was launched in May 2011. (Review). The new X7 5G & X7 Pro 5G are aiming to make this standard more widespread. Although 5G networks are not available in India, this feature is increasingly important.
Realme promises dual sim, dual standby, and support for all major bands. However, it is still unclear which operators will use them. The MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC, which is relatively new and expected to be popular, enables 5G.
The Dimensity 800U 7nm octa core processor features two powerful ARM Cortex A76 cores clocked up to 2.4GHz and six efficient Cortex A55 cores clocked up to 2GHz. It features an integrated MaliG57 MC3 GPU and Wi-Fi 5.
Realme went with a full-HD+ 1080×2400-pixel Super-AMOLED panel of 6.4 inches. We notice immediately that the spec sheet doesn’t mention a high refresh rate. This is surprising considering the phone’s price and position. Realme lists a touch sampling rate of 180Hz. There are two options: 6GB or 8GB RAM. Both have 128GB UFS 2.1 storage.
Although the battery’s capacity is less than the average, it is still a good compromise for the light weight of the X7 5.G. The phone supports fast charging at 50W, but it also comes with a 65W adapter.
This is a great feature that many companies don’t offer. Realme’s SuperDart tech is not compatible with industry-standard USB Power Delivery, so you won’t be able to use the same charger for your phone and one more thing.
Realme X7 5G comes with Android 10 and Realme UI 1.0. However, the company promises that updates to Android 11 will be made and a more minimalistic Realme UI 2.0 will be available in the near future. These may not have been available at the time that you purchase this phone. However, I will review the information sent to me at launch and give this phone my rating. My device had the December 2020 Android security update, which is quite recent.
Although the UI is similar to stock Android, there are additional features and customizations like App Cloner which allows you to run multiple accounts and optional navigation gestures. Smart Sidebar also provides shortcuts for apps and other tools. The Settings app has a number of experimental features.
These include smooth scrolling (though it isn’t obvious how it is achieved), Super Nighttime Standby, which reduces network activity to conserve power, and DC Dimming, which can reduce flickering to relieve eye strain. However, this might have unexpected side effects like colour shifting or auto brightness not working.
Realme has added some bloatware, including its own Music and Video app, HeyFun video store, SoLoop video editor and Amazon, Facebook and Flipkart. Realme also offers its own Community, Store and Paysa apps as well as Link apps.
While most notifications are not intrusive, you can uninstall many of them. However, you will still receive a lot unnecessary notifications. Advertising will also be displayed in built-in apps and on your lock screen via the “Magazine”, though you can disable this in the Settings app.
Realme X7 5G Performance
It’s not surprising that even budget phones perform well these days. The Realme X7 5G performed smoothly in daily tasks. Although the setup was straightforward, there are a few defaults that you will need to modify later.
The X7 5G is easy to use and pleasant. The X7 5G did heat up a bit when it was being charged quickly, but this was not enough to cause heating. Although the in-display fingerprint sensor was quick and easy to use, there were some moments when it took a while for face recognition to work properly.
Benchmark scores for the X7 5G should be intriguing, as it is the first Indian phone to have a Dimensity800U SoC. AnTuTu’s overall score for the X7 5G was 3,35,698. It also scored 599 and 1,800 in Geekbench 5 single-core and multicore tests. It ran GFXBench’s Car Chase, Manhattan 3.1 graphics tests at 18.4fps and 31fps, respectively. 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme was also run. Wild Life scores were 3,137 and 1,589.
These scores show that the new X75G easily beats the Realme 7 Pro, which is still available at the same price. According to different tests, the Dimensity 800U appears to be about on par with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G or 750G.
Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends were both very smooth games. They were enjoyable to play at both Medium and Default quality settings. Although the screen is sharp and vibrant, it isn’t of the highest quality at this price.
Widevine L1 DRM was implemented to allow you to stream HD-quality videos via your favorite services. The phone has a single speaker at the bottom, and the sound quality is quite good for smartphone standards. Although this phone is Hi-Res Audio certified, you can still enjoy the best sound quality with good earphones.
The battery life should not be an issue. Even if you do a lot with the Realme X7 5G, it can still run for over a full day. The HD video loop test lasted for 20 hours and 45 minutes. The charging process was also very fast – it took just 25 minutes to charge from 0 to 50 percent and took 1 hour, 3 mins to fully charge the device using the included “SuperDart”, charger.
Realme X7 5G Cameras
Realme appears to have ignored the demand to have “quad camera” as a selling point. This is a good thing. A low-grade camera like the Realme X7 Pro 5G’s 2-megapixel “B&W Portrait” filter would have very little use.
The 2-megapixel macro camera on the Realme X7 5G is primarily for entertainment purposes and does not produce good enough results for serious photography. The 64-megapixel, F/1.8 primary and 8-megapixel f/2.3 ultra wide-angle cameras will be your mainstays.
Realme’s software can be used in a simple way. Common modes are easily accessible. Resolution settings, which might be needed often, are located at the bottom menu and one level deep. The Realme X7 5G performed well in the daytime.
It was able to lock focus quickly and meter exposures at the default 16-megapixel binned resolution. Some post-processing showed signs of oversharpening and details from a distance were too blurry for my taste. However, close-ups turned out great with vibrant colours.
The native 64-megapixel resolution resulted in photos that were slightly washed out and inconsistent in colour. Although the wide-angle camera is good, it can be a bit sloppy. There is also some blurring at the edges of frames. Although portraits have a good background separation, it is not possible to adjust the blur intensity after you take a shot.
Even though night shots were clear, they had good detail. Wide-angle cameras are best avoided when there isn’t much light. While some close-ups taken with the main camera were quite good, others seemed a little artificial.
Even though Night mode reduces the frame size, there is still motion blur. Although results may be more vibrant, they are not always better when you use Night mode. If you are able to keep your phone steady, you might be able to use the tripod toggle to get even better results.
A 16-megapixel f/2.5 front cam is embedded in the upper right corner of your screen. For selfies, beautification is automatically enabled. It can make skin appear artificial and too aggressive. Portrait selfies can be blurred with an effective background blurring. Both at night and in the daytime, quality is generally good.
You can record video at up to 4K 30fps. Although there is a lot of shake when you move around while recording, quality is excellent in both daytime and night. This is even with the wide-angle camera. While recording, you can’t switch between the cameras. You can also use the slow-motion 120fps mode.
Realme X7 5G is very fast overall. Other than a few small annoyances, the user experience is great. Realme UI 2.0 should reduce the amount of spam and bloat.
The phone is lightweight and compact, which doesn’t affect battery life. It could be a good option if you like to stream videos and play games throughout the day. Although the cameras are average, this is not an area that I find particularly impressive, given the price.
The Realme X75G 5G is India’s most affordable 5G phone. However, it’s still early enough to make that a major consideration in your decision.
The Mi 10i seems more refined than this phone, which could help it to compete with the OnePlus Nord (Review). The X7 5G is clearly the better choice than the Realme 7 Pro, but you need to be sure you can live with the design before you purchase the ‘Nebula’ version online.
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