Realme X7 Max 5G Review: While some phones can be all-rounders, the Realme X7 Max 5G prioritizes certain features to get a great price.
You will be very upset if you purchased a Realme X7 Pro 5G in February of this year. You might be happy if you waited to make your purchase decision. The new Realme X7 Max 5G has better specifications than its sibling.
But, what’s more surprising is the much lower starting price. Realme is clearly concerned about the competition in this sub-Rs. Due to several recent launches, Realme is now in the 30,000-seat space. We’ll be assessing whether the company can maintain this pace with its latest premium model.
India Realme X7 Max 5G Price
The Realme X7 Max 5G base model, priced at Rs. 26,999 includes 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. A 256GB storage version is also available at Rs. 29,999. The Realme X7 Pro 5G (Review), is still available in a single configuration with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. However, it’s priced the same as the higher-end X7 Max 5G. It is still available for purchase, although it has been discounted.
Realme claims it created the new model in response to consumer feedback and is working hard to provide affordable specs. The company spokesperson did not clarify why the older X7 Pro 5G was still on the market at the original price. As such, buyers need to be aware that the newer model is far more powerful than the older model despite the difference in specifications.
The Realme X7 Max 5G is expected to compete with the leaked OnePlus Nord successor. It will compete with the Mi 11X (Review), the Poco F3 GT from Xiaomi and the Samsung Galaxy A52(Review), iQoo 7, Vivo V21 and quite a few other devices.
Realme X7 Max 5G Design
Realme’s brand slogan being in large letters on the back of its Realme 5G (Review), and X7 Pro 5G (Review), was something we didn’t like. It seems that others were not as surprised. Realme claims that customers gave it feedback and prompted them to create a new design. It is a smaller box with the Realme logo as well as its slogan in one unit. It’s still very attention-grabbing because it’s reflective and has an iridescent finish. But it’s an improvement.
Realme appears to have made some compromises in construction quality in order to lower their prices. The rear panel on the X7 Max 5G’s X7 Max 5G is made entirely of plastic. It doesn’t feel premium. The panel has a matte texture except for the thick, glossy stripe at the top that covers the camera module. Although most of the back is free from fingerprints or smudges the stripe easily picks up any, making them even more visible. Realme also chose a simple design for the camera module – it barely protrudes and is flat without any attention to individual lenses.
It feels and looks more like a regular phone than a premium model’s rear panel. The panel even bends slightly when you press it near the center. This is not noticeable or bothersome if the X7 Max 5G comes with a case. However, I’d rather have an opaque case than the smoky translucent box.
The screen size of 6.43 inches is smaller than that of the X7 Pro 5G’s 6.55 inch screen. The screen has narrow borders and protective film is already applied. The camera hole is located in the top-left corner. It’s not distracting, but it does serve its purpose. The bottom of the device has an embedded fingerprint sensor. This worked well during our review.
A 3.5mm jack is located on the bottom of the X7 Pro 5G, which many people will appreciate. The volume and power buttons are located on the left and right, respectively. They are easily accessible. Although there are two Nano-SIM slots on the tray to the left, there is no provision for microSD storage expansion.
The Realme X7 Max 5G weighs in at 179g and is 8.4mm thick. It’s easy to transport and use. Although the dual textures on the rear can feel awkward when you hold the phone in your hand or when talking, it is not slippery. Although the body is IPX4 splash-resistant, there is no mention of screen reinforcement.
This phone is available in Mercury Silver, Milky Way and Asteroid Black. Realme can’t describe the latter option, as it appears to be a purple gradient with a prominent stripe.
Realme X7 Max software and specifications
A new model was launched because it uses the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC instead of the Dimensity 1000+ found in the X7cturing process, along with a modern mix of CPU cores, makes this SoC significantly more powerful and efficient. Four Cortex A78 cores are high-performance. One core runs at 3GHz and the others three at 2.6GHz. There are also four Cortex A55 efficiency cores that run at 2GHz. The integrated Mali–G77 GPU remains unchanged. However, the image signal processor has been improved.
Realme claims support for 7 5G bands on the Dimensity 1200, while other companies only advertise one or two. There aren’t yet any Indian 5G service providers, but it might be an issue if you travel often. VoNR (Voice over New Radio), is also available.
The dual-channel UFS 2.0 storage and Wi-Fi 6 ensures that performance is quick. The battery is 4500mAh and supports 50W fast charging. The box also contains a 65W charger, which, like the rest of X7 series, is great for multi-device flexibility. However, it does not appear to be USB-PD compliant at 65W.
The X7 Max features a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED panel that has a 1080×2400 pixel resolution and a 120Hz maximum refresh rate. It also supports touch sampling rates up to 360Hz. The stereo speakers, Wi Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC are also worth mentioning.
My review unit came with Realme UI 2.0 and Android 11 as its base. It was also equipped with the March 2021 security patches. However, it received an update with May 2021. Realme UI has a variety of preloaded Realme apps and third-party bloatware. Some of these apps, including Theme Store and Browser, can’t be deleted. They also generate tons of clickbait notifications. By default, ads are not shown on the lockscreen.
Realme UI has some interesting features. You can disable or enable an app drawer or opt for a simpler mode with larger icons. You can also choose an Always-On Display option that turns off the phone’s display when it is not in use. This saves power. This can be overridden to make it truly always on or set up a schedule. The Settings app has an experimental sleep mode.
This is intended to reduce distractions. It also includes shortcuts and gestures such as call handling and taking screenshots. You can also find various navigation shortcuts.
You can minimize games, wait for rounds to start and then jump in with the ‘Quick Return bubble’. Realme UI’s Game Assistant Panel can be accessed by swiping left from the screen. It displays CPU and GPU usage, as well as a frame counter. You can toggle between screen recording, call handling, touch sensitivity and “4D vibrating” for supported games. The ‘Game Focus’ mode will disable all notifications and alarms, so be careful.
Realme X7 Max 5G Performance
It’s no surprise that the Realme X7 Max 5G runs at an extremely high speed with such a powerful processor. Realme UI is extremely responsive and doesn’t slow down the hardware. You shouldn’t have any problems multitasking, even with multiple heavy apps. It’s sharp and vibrant enough to be used for entertainment. Stereo speakers are always a nice thing to have. The X7 Max 5G is loud enough that it doesn’t sound distorted.
Many diagnostic apps and tests recognize the Realme X7 Max as ‘Realme GT Neo. This is not surprising, considering that the specifications are based on the fact that the company simply brought the same phone to India but marketed it differently.
You can find out how the Dimensity1200 SoC compares to its competitors by checking AnTuTu scores of 704,855 and 972, respectively, in Geekbench single-core and multicore tests. This is a substantial improvement on the Realme X7 Pro scores.
These numbers indicate slightly better CPU performance than the OnePlus 9R powered by the Snapdragon 870. The Snapdragon 888 by Qualcomm still has a comfortable performance advantage. Realme’s performance is remarkable considering the price of the X7 Max 5G.
This phone was a good performer in graphics. It scored 1,284 on 3DMark’s Wild Life Extreme and ran GFXBench’s Car Chase, Manhattan 3.1 and Manhattan 3.1 scenes at 44fps, respectively. Call of Duty: Mobile, Asphalt 9: Legends and other games were fun even with high graphics quality. Stereo speakers can improve immersion in gaming. After 15 minutes of gaming at default high quality settings, the upper rear of the phone felt only slightly warm. Pushing it up to Max made things feel a little toastier.
Even if you stream media or play games, the Realme X7 Max can easily last a whole day. The HD video loop test took 22 hours and 55 minutes. The phone charges extremely quickly – it reached 65 percent in just 30 minutes and took less than an hour to fully charge the battery using the provided charger.
Night mode can make a big difference. However, the camera app defaults back to the primary camera once you enable it. If you are using the ultra-wide camera but then realize you need Night mode, you will have to manually adjust the zoom level. This is annoying as Night mode can make the most difference with the weaker camera and its less flexible aperture.
Low-light photos taken using the default Photo mode were disappointing. Some had motion blur, while others seemed to lack the ability to focus properly. Although night mode produced more detailed shots, they were not necessarily more focused. At night, the macro camera is almost ineffective
Realme X7 Max 5G cameras
The majority of value offerings within the Rs. The Rs. 30,000-40,000 price range boasts high-end processors and cameras. The Realme X7 Max 5G offers the former, but it makes compromises in order to keep its price low. The Realme X7 Max 5G doesn’t have an exceptionally high resolution sensor, optical stabilizer, telephoto lens or the flexibility of multiple sensors.
The 64-megapixel primary camera has a Sony IMX682 sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a 64-megapixel secondary camera. However, the other cameras are very basic. You would expect the 8-megapixel f/2.3 ultra wide camera and 2-megapixel macro camera on a budget phone these days. A fourth B&W portrait camera was added to the Realme X7 Pro, which is something that many people won’t miss.
Realme’s camera app is well-organized, with all modes and options easily accessible. It takes several steps to switch video resolutions and there aren’t always consistent options when switching between modes. There aren’t many creative options, except for Dual View and Slo-Mo.
The photos taken in daylight with the primary camera turned out to be quite impressive, with sharp details and precise exposures. Textures looked natural and had a decent depth of field. Photos at default 12-megapixel resolution were slightly more exposed than native 64-megapixel photos, but the detail level was similar. If you don’t mind saving larger files, you can magnify or crop the images after you take them to simulate optical zoom.
The portrait shots were very good. Daytime macros are low-resolution and difficult to determine the best distance to photograph your subject to maintain sharp focus. These shots can be used with a lot ambient light. The ultra-wide camera can cause some perspective distortion. Daytime photos were often overexposed with less detail in distant objects.
When you switch to the front-camera, beautification is automatically on. It smoothens skin, reduces blemishes and pinches facial features. This seems a little too much. It should be possible to change the default setting or make it an opt-in option. Although the background blurring in Portrait mode makes selfies look artificial, it is a nice touch. Nighttime requires that you position your face so that it isn’t completely obscured by shadows. However, quality is excellent.
The video seemed to have very overblown colours and a warm tone, which is even more evident in 4K cliips. The main camera shot footage at 1080p, but the ultra-wide and 4K video were not stabilized. Both resolutions are crisp and the video is easily viewed. The ultra-wide camera is less useful at night and the warm tone in 4K video is more apparent. This phone may not be the best choice to preserve and capture your most precious memories
The Realme X7 Max 5G’s performance is exceptional for a price of less than Rs. It’s a powerful phone at 30,000, but it doesn’t make it a great all-rounder. This phone is best for gamers and multitaskers who don’t care about the quality of their cameras.
This device is a great entertainment device because it has a processor, display, speakers and battery. 5G support could mean that your streaming and multiplayer experience will be better during its useful life.
The cameras are not suitable for most use cases. The main camera does a good job in daytime photos. However, low-light performance and video quality are poor. The macro camera is only meant to be used for filling in the blanks on the specification sheet.
This phone is not as stylish and comfortable as you would expect for such a low price. You can accept these compromises and still get a great gaming phone at a very affordable price. It is certain that you should purchase this phone if the Realme X7 Pro 5G has been on your mind.
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