Realme 7 review
Realme’s Series 7 smartphones is an oddball. Far from being a clear-cut upgrade to the Realme 6 series, Gen 7 offers a slightly different feature set than Gen 6 with the hope of enticing users who have a different set of priorities.
This is just another way of saying that the Realme 7 is basically the Realme 6 – with a bigger battery and an overclocked GPU.
Since we have the global Realme 7 in for review today, first, it’s worth making the distinction to the Asian Realme 7 model. Thankfully, it’s a single one – the primary camera has a 48MP sensor on the Global and a 64MP sensor on the Asian model. The Realme 6 had a 64MP primary snapper, and it’s a bit of a letdown to see that downgraded on the worldwide version of the “new” Realme 7.
The other cameras are the same as on the Realme 6 – the 8MP ultrawide, the 2MP macro, the 2MP depth, and even the 16MP selfie shooter.
We’re happy to see the Realme 7 still has a 90Hz screen refresh rate like the Realme 6 – a feature which is now absent on the 7 Pro in favor of switching to an OLED panel.
The Helio G95T is pretty much the same chip as the Helio G90T inside the Realme 6 – it has an identical 8-core processor and the same Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. The GPU, however, has a clock rate of 900MHz vs. 800MHz on the G90T chip.
The only significant update the Realme 7 got over the Realme 6 is the larger 5,000 mAh battery – up from the 4,300mAh. It supports 30W Dart Charging – an excellent feature for this budget class, but it was available since the Realme 6.
And without further ado, here is the complete specs sheet of the new phone.
Realme 7 specs
- Body: 162.3 x 75.4 x 9.4 mm, 196g; Gorilla Glass 3 front, plastic body
- Screen: 6.5″ IPS LCD, FHD+ (1080 x 2400px) resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, 405 ppi
- Camera: Primary: 48MP Quad-Bayer, f/1.8 aperture, 0.8µm pixel size, 1/2″ sensor size; Ultra-wide: 8MP, f/2.3 aperture, 1.12µm pixel size, 1/4″ sensor size; Macro: 2MP f/2.4, 1.75µm pixel size, 1/5″ sensor size; Depth sensor: 2MP mono camera
- Front camera: 16MP f/2.1 aperture
- Chipset: Mediatek Helio G95T (12nm): octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G76 MC4 @900MHz GPU
- Memory: 4GB/64GB, 6GB/64GB, 8GB/128GB, expandable via microSD card
- OS: Android 10, Realme UI
- Battery: 5,000 mAh, 30W Dart Charge
- Connectivity: 4G LTE; Dual SIM; Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, GPS, USB Type-C 2.0
- Misc: Side-mounted fingerprint reader, 3.5mm audio jack
The Realme 7, unlike the 7 Pro, has no water-repellent coating – meaning it is not splash/rain resistant. It also omits stereo speakers, if you were wondering. But it does come with many fan-favorite features such as a 3.5mm jack, a standalone microSD slot, and NFC (oddly missing on the 7 Pro).
And now it’s time to unbox this global version of the Realme 7 and see what’s included in the retail bundle.
Unboxing the Realme 7
The yellow box that contains the Realme 7 also brings a 30W Dart Charger and a compatible 6A-rated USB-C cable.
Inside the box, you will also find a transparent silicone case and the SIM ejection tool.