Realme arrived in Brazil in 2021 and announced two smartphones to attract the local public. One of them is the Realme 7, a more basic version of the 7 Pro. The intermediate device has a 6.5-inch screen with a 90 Hz refresh rate, 5,000 mAh battery, 30-watt charger, NFC and four cameras. Currently, in February 2021, it sells for R $ 2,499.
Is it worth it to shell out? And his performance with the MediaTek Helio G95? Does it run all games well? I evaluated the new Realme 7 and share below my first experience with the Chinese device.
Video analysis of Realme 7
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To grow in Brazil, Realme has been working with some important pillars that can draw the attention of the consumer – one of them is the design. The brand has talked a lot about it and, yes, I have to admit that the look of this device is very attractive. Looking from a distance, many people must think that Realme 7 has glass on the back and metal on the sides, but the truth is that everything there is plastic.
THE Tecnoblog evaluated the matte silver version that has a bluish and even orange appearance when the light reflects on it (it is a festival of colors). There is also a vertical line that is linked to the camera module and, at the same time, reinforces the Realme brand on the back. I must say that this language makes a good impression and resembles premium smartphone.
The device houses on the left side the fingerprint reader which is much faster and more accurate than the reader under the screen of the 7 Pro, which takes a few seconds to unlock the device. The smartphone still features USB type C and standard headphone jack, but the accessory does not come in the box, it is worth mentioning. For those who have two numbers you can benefit from the drawer that accepts two nano-SIM cards and a MicroSD simultaneously.
Screen and sound
The 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen has Full HD + resolution (2400 x 1080 pixels) and is only interrupted by a hole in the upper left corner to house the camera. The definition is good and the brightness can also be strong, but it does not reach the level of precision of the 7 Pro which has a Super AMOLED panel. When you compare the two devices, it is possible to notice that black is stronger in the Pro version, as it should be, while in 7 this color pulls more towards gray; blue is also stronger in the most expensive version, as is white.
The 90 Hz refresh rate ensures smooth navigation, the menu and app drawer scroll smoothly and quickly. In the device settings, you can keep the automatic selection as default or leave 60 Hz or 90 Hz, but it is important to remember that the larger setting tends to consume more energy. In my opinion, the embedded technology ended up compensating for the absence of Super AMOLED technology.
Stereo sound was restricted to the 7 Pro and the 7 has a main audio output that is mono, of course, at the bottom. It is quite loud, but it is very shrill when the volume is high. Despite this, the gaming experience is good, but there is no way to say that it is much better on the 7 Pro.
My test unit was running Android 10 accompanied by Realme UI version 1.0. Android 11 is confirmed, but whoever buys this model now will have to wait until the second half of 2021, which is the promised period for the update.
The interface developed by the company is beautiful, with icons that follow the flat design concept, and round shape that reminded me of Google’s Pixel line Android. In addition, the quick access bar is minimalist; it has native focus mode, which blocks calls and notifications for you to focus on other important activities; has dark mode; NFC for approach payments; and native app cloner.
This device is sold with 128 GB of storage, but the system already consumes 13.6 GB. In addition to Google apps, the tested Realme 7 came with Game Space, Phone Manager, WPS Office and Realme Link (app that controls other branded products, such as Realme Buds Q and Watch S).
The photo set here is made up of a 64 megapixel main camera (with Sony IMX682 sensor), an 8 megapixel ultrawide lens with 119 degree field of view, a 2 megapixel depth sensor and a 2 megapixel macro lens, which is a disappointment, I share the details below.
First, let’s talk about the main one that generates records with good definition, controlled noise, but post-processing tends to increase saturation, which ends up leaving the photo ready to be posted on social networks without heavy editing. Depending on the environment, the colors are very vibrant: brown turns black and green becomes dark green. The portrait mode is accurate, it pulls into the natural, and I even noticed a bit of grain, but nothing serious.
Ultrawide does not have this more laundered effect than the main one, although it keeps the saturation still strong. What caught my attention, however, is the lack of quality. When testing this lens, I noticed that the edges, including the sides, of the image lose sharpness and the dark tones become more intense unnecessarily. I really expected more here.
The macro of just 2 megapixels of resolution is sad. It is limited because it has a fixed focus, has no sharpness and worse: post-processing changes the tones, that is, the colors become stronger, which makes the image even more weird.
For night records, Realme 7 may not be as efficient as the 7 Pro. And the result is only satisfactory when the place is well lit. In more complex scenarios, the image loses sharpness completely and is very dark.
At the front, the 16-megapixel front camera produces selfies with good definition, bright colors and the blur, in portrait mode, works correctly most of the time and has few flaws in the subject’s foreground clipping.
Hardware and battery
Inside, Realme equipped this device with a Helio G95, an octa-core chip from MediaTek, which promises better gaming performance. The specifications complete 8 GB of RAM, which is an excellent number, 128 GB of internal memory, as I have already mentioned and, to store more data, the intermediary supports MicroSD cards up to 256 GB.
The G95 should please that person who only uses the basics on a daily basis, but who does not give up a little more powerful hardware. It runs very well on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube. These applications open quickly, the switching is fluid and there was no choking during use.
But if your business is gambling, Realme 7 may be for you. The smartphone promises to run any game on the Google Play Store without complexity. Asphalt 9, with the graphics at maximum, it ran smoothly, I tested the performance for several days and didn’t notice any crashes. In addition, the device does not get very hot.
The Realme 7 has a 5,000 mAh battery, a good number that follows the trend and, in practice, promises to last all day. To test it, I left the screen brightness to the maximum and consumed three hours of Netflix, one hour of YouTube, 10 minutes of Asphalt 9 and 10 more minutes browsing social media. The percentage went from 100% and went to 48% after these activities, a great result. As always, the device was connected to Wi-Fi and the screen refresh rate was automatic.
The highlights don’t stop there. The Realme 7 is accompanied by a 30-watt dart charge charger that makes the phone go from scratch and hit 100% in 1h04min, an excellent time. The brand says it takes 26 minutes to reach 50%; in my tests he scored that percentage after 25 minutes. It is so fast that I even got scared after analyzing several cell phones in the last few months, which need 2 hours to reach full charge.
Realme 7: is it worth it?
Realme has aggressive plans to grow in Brazil, promising to launch 12 smartphones in the country this year alone. The company started well with two intermediaries that serve both the average consumer and one who is willing to purchase a device to play frequently. Speaking specifically of Realme 7, the model still has a high price, but its technical file is, in fact, very attractive.
The device’s LCD panel is quality, it has a refresh rate of 90 Hz, the interface is minimalist and relatively easy to navigate, and the performance with the Helio G95 is interesting. Realme 7 did well in almost all aspects of this review and, in my opinion, it just slips on the cameras. The main one, of course, is the best and the macro lens didn’t even need to be here.
The Galaxy M51 may be a good option for you who want a similar model for less than R $ 2,500. It will not offer a 90 Hz screen or a 30 watt charger, but it has super AMOLED, an impressive 7,000 mAh battery and better cameras. I also wouldn’t ignore the Redmi Note 9 Pro, which is cheaper at retail, and has the same processor as the 7 Pro, the Snapdragon 720G, as well as a 33-watt fast charger and larger screen. The Realme 7 is a very interesting and complete phone, but before that I would analyze the intermediate rivals, especially if you want to save money.
- Fast charger
- 90 Hz refresh rate
- Beautiful design and construction
- Interesting performance for the category
- Beautiful and complete software
- Photo set could be better
- Missing IP certification
- Screen: 6.5 inch IPS LCD with Full HD + resolution (2400 × 1080 pixels) + 90 Hz;
- Processor: Mediatek Helio G95 octa-core up to 2.05 GHz;
- RAM: 8 GB;
- Internal storage: 128 GB, expandable by microSD card up to 256 GB;
- Frontal camera: 16 megapixels (f / 2.1);
- Triple rear camera:
- Main: 48 megapixels (f / 1.8);
- Ultrawide: 8 megapixels (f / 2,3);
- Depth sensor: 2 megapixels (f / 2.4);
- Macro: 2 megapixels (f / 2.4);
- Recording: 4K UHD at 30 fps;
- Drums: 5,000 mAh with 30 watt charger;
- Connections: 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C;
- Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass and fingerprint reader (on the side);
- Operational system: Android 10 with Realme UI;
- Dimensions and weight: 162.3 x 75.4 x 9.4 mm, 196.5 grams.