With a delay of a few weeks, the Chinese Realme made, in the beginning of 2021, the announcement of its first devices for Brazil. Among them, what draws the most attention is the Realme 7 Pro, smartphone with official price (without considering discounts) of R $ 2,999.
For that price, the model offers a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 720G chip, 8 GB of RAM and four cameras at the rear, the main one with a 64-megapixel sensor. Other highlights include an eye-catching rear, digital on-screen reader and 65 W fast charger.
What is it like to use a cell phone with these features? Is the overall performance good? Does the battery do the job? Do the cameras look great in the photos? Does the smartphone represent a debut with the right foot of Realme in Brazil? This is what you will discover from now on.
Video review of Realme 7 Pro
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Design, finish and audio
It seems that Chinese brands are more daring when it comes to the look of their phones. Realme 7 Pro is a perfect example. The model has a back with a metallic gradient aspect and an asymmetrical cut effect that makes a great impression, at least “live”.
Although the brightness suggests otherwise, the rear surface is plastic, not metal or glass. The same goes for the frame, with the difference that this component is more rigid than the material at the rear. This detail gives the smartphone an air of well-built and robust product.
The phone is big, but the back has a curvature on the sides that helps a lot in the grip. The physical buttons were positioned slightly above the device’s half, which makes it easier to reach even by those with small hands – on / off on the right, volume controls on the left.
Also on the left we find the drawer. Good news for those who use two chips: it is possible to insert two SIM cards plus a microSD of up to 256 GB there, simultaneously.
The lower part houses the USB-C port, the connection for headphones and the speaker, which, incidentally, works together with the audio output on the top of the device to provide stereo sound, including Dolby Atmos.
As of now: together, the two speakers offer high volume and clear sound, but some distortion is easily noticeable at the maximum level.
One of the strengths of Realme 7 Pro is noticed in the first minutes of use. The phone comes with a 6.4 inch screen, full HD + resolution (2400 × 1080 pixels) and Super AMOLED technology that is very pleasing to the eye.
As is to be expected from panels of this type, the model’s screen displays vivid colors and deep black, but without exaggeration in saturation, in addition to offering viewing under varied angles, which is quite satisfactory.
The use of space is good, staying just over 90%. This parameter is just not better because the bottom of the display has a rather generous border.
Interestingly, the Realme 7 Pro screen loses some points outside of Brazil due to the fact that its refresh rate is 60 Hz. The previous model, the Realme 6 Pro, works with 90 Hz, but has an IPS LCD panel. Well, between having a 90 Hz rate and having a Super AMOLED panel, I prefer the second option.
My only caveat about the smartphone screen is that the brightness level is good, but not excellent: I had a little trouble seeing the contents of the viewfinder while testing the cameras in a park in the morning.
Ah, the smartphone’s fingerprint reader is integrated into the screen. Sometimes reading takes time, but it works on the first try most of the time.
Realme 7 Pro comes with Android 10 and the Realme UI 1.0 interface. The look is clean, intuitive and brings only discreet personalizations. It is noticeable that, more than the aesthetic aspect, Realme was concerned with providing the interface with functionalities.
For example, the interface has a small bar on the side that, when expanded, gives quick access to applications of your choice. This shrunk bar is almost always visible, but it is so discreet that it does not hinder any activity.
Another worthy feature is the Sphere of Aid, which resembles the iPhone’s virtual button (AssistiveTouch). It can be dragged across the screen and, when pressed once, returns to the previous screen; two taps show the list of open applications.
There is also a function that clones apps that can be useful, for example, to leave two WhatsApp or Instagram accounts activated on the device at the same time.
I admit that I was a little uncomfortable with some applications pre-installed on the tested unit. The video player and the audio recorder are useful, for example, but I would dispense with WPS Office. Fortunately, there are few bloatwares and they can be removed.
As for Android 11, the update for Brazil is expected to be released in the second half of 2021, according to Realme itself.
The Realme 7 Pro follows the trend of the four cameras at the rear. The main one has a 64 megapixel sensor (Sony IMX 682) and is accompanied by a wide angle of 119 degrees and 8 megapixels, in addition to two sensors of 2 megapixels each for depth and macro.
The main camera does a very convincing job. In general, the photos registered with it present very well dosed levels of contrast, color, definition and noise control.
It is a pity that I cannot say the same for the wide angle. Although the records here are not bad, it is noticeable that the definition of the photos taken with this camera is much lower when compared to the main sensor, not to mention that, often, the same images present more “washed” tones.
An interesting detail is that the camera app has an artificial intelligence (AI) mode that makes the image a little clearer and brighter. Works well. Sometimes, the saturation goes a little over the top, but the results tend to please those who enjoy more vivid tones.
Night mode is also present and is efficient at removing noise and maintaining intense color. The problem is that post-processing is time consuming and the definition of the photo drops noticeably. Despite this, the results are not bad with the main camera.
From the depth camera there is little to talk about. It is there and really helps the main camera to take pictures with blurred background, without delay in the foreground focus.
The macro camera, at best, is just ok. Focusing is somewhat time consuming and, as the sensor is only 2 megapixels, the definition of the images turns out to be very low.
On the front camera, it has 32 megapixels and records very interesting selfies. In the foreground, the definition is decent, the color fidelity pleases and the portrait mode, entirely done by software, has almost no flaws in focus.
Performance and battery
The octa-core Snapdragon 720G complemented with the Adreno 618 GPU is the engine of the Realme 7 Pro. The model also has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. This set makes it clear that we are facing a premium intermediary.
On a daily basis, Realme 7 Pro behaves well. Opening applications hardly takes time, the response time to commands is fast and crashes were not noticed once. Only switching between apps occasionally takes a while, but not to the point of ruining the user experience.
The letter ‘G’ in Snapdragon 720G refers to the optimization for games promoted by Qualcomm. In fact, Realme 7 Pro successfully ran all tested games, including Breakneck and Asphalt 9: Legends. However, in the latter, falls in frame rates were noticeable with the graphics at maximum.
Well, you can’t expect a top-of-the-line experience here. Leaving the settings to medium or automatic, games flow with dignity.
The battery has 4,500 mAh and, with moderate use of the cell phone, can reach more than a day of autonomy with ease. I tested the component with a two-hour video on Netflix with maximum screen brightness, about 40 Breakneck and Asphalt 9: Legends added, an hour of Spotify via speaker, social networks and Chrome for an hour and a half and, to finish, a ten-minute call.
I started testing in the morning. At 22:00, the Realme 7 Pro still had 41% charge. It is a very good number.
Now, the impressive part. The smartphone is accompanied by the SuperDart, a 65 W charger that promises up to 42% charge with just 10 minutes of plug or recharge from 0 to 100% in 34 minutes of plug.
Look, I didn’t get those numbers. Even so, I recorded remarkable recharge times: after 10 minutes of taking, I saw the charge go from 12% to 45%; I kept the device in the socket until it was 100% complete and I needed only 42 minutes to do so. It seems like witchcraft to see the percentage increase so fast.
An important note: the charger sent to Tecnoblog it is type A, with flat pins, but the 7 Pro units officially sold in Brazil follow the standard adopted in the country.
Is Realme 7 Pro worth it?
It is natural to be suspicious of brands that are little known, but the 7 Pro shows that Realme is striving to occupy some prominent place in the market.
The device is well built, has a bold look, the screen is excellent for a mid-range model, the hardware set convinces, the main camera does a neat job and the fast charger impresses – a lot.
Despite all these attributes, the official price of R $ 2,999 ends up being very high. In this price range you can already find a Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, for example, which does not have an ultra-fast charger, but wins in processing and in cameras.
Because of this, Realme 7 Pro is only worth it if you get a good discount for it. Technically, it is well done. The cost-benefit factor is that it tempers your spirits.
For a brand that is taking its first steps in the complicated Brazilian market, addressing the issue of price is a challenge. But I hope that Realme will be able to come up with a really efficient commercial strategy, after all, the 7 Pro proves that the brand knows how to build good phones.
Realme 7 Pro
- Ultra-fast charger
- Decent battery life
- Nice canvas for the category
- The main camera is good
- Interesting look
- Bad macro camera
- Android 11 only for the middle of the year
- Screen: Super AMOLED, 6.4 inches, 2400 × 1800 pixel resolution, 60 Hz frequency, Gorilla Glass 3+ protection
- Processor: octa-core Snapdragon 720G with GPU Adreno 618
- RAM: 8 GB
- Storage: 128 GB expandable with microSD up to 256 GB
- Drums: 4,500 MAh with 65 W SuperDart charger
- Rear cameras:
- Main: 64 megapixel (Sony IMX 682), f / 1.8 aperture, 4K video
- Wide angle: 8 megapixel, f / 2.3 aperture, 119 degree angle
- Macro: 2 megapixels, aperture f / 2.4
- Depth: 2 megapixels
- Frontal camera: 32 megapixels, f / 2.5 aperture, 1080p video
- Connectivity: 3G, 4G, dual SIM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, USB-C, headphone connection, GPS, Glonass
- Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, brightness, fingerprint reader on the screen
- Operational system: Android 10 with Realme UI interface
- Others: double speakers, colors “Blue Fog” and “Silver Radiant”
- Dimensions and weight: 160.9 x 74.3 x 8.7 mm, 182 g