Realme 7 series kicked off a great start with the launch of the Realme 7 and the 7 Pro. The Realme 7 Pro is the successor to the Realme 6 Pro which had a lot going for it as it had a great 90Hz display, a telephoto camera, and the powerful Snapdragon 720G chipset. This time Realme is eyeing at the Realme 7 Pro to be the right successor to it and comes with substantial upgrades.
These upgrades include the newer AMOLED display, newer cameras, and a whopping 65W SuperDart charging tech never seen in this price range. Should you buy one?
Realme 7 Pro Design and Display:
The Realme 7 Pro has a plastic design at the back and on the front, it has a Gorilla Glass at the front. This is some sort of a disappointment as the previous Realme 6 Pro had a glass sandwich design. The front of the Realme 7 Pro gets a single front facing camera which houses a 32MP Sony IMX616 sensor which is different from the dual cameras on the front of the Realme 6 Pro.
On the back, there is a rectangular camera setup that houses the quad cameras, and this time it is equipped with a Sony IMX682 sensor with an LED flash. The back-finish looks premium but still, the plastic finish is good.
The sides have the volume controls and a power button which feel clicky and solid. On the top you have the regular microphone and coming to the bottom, there is a USB Type-C port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a loudspeaker grill. The Realme 7 Pro has a P2i coating that can resist rains or accidental spills.
The Realme 7 Pro has a smaller 6.4 inches full HD+ AMOLED display which is a big upgrade from last year’s IPS LCD display on the Realme 6 Pro. But the downside to the newer model is the lack of a 90Hz refresh rate which the Realme 6 Pro had. However, you do miss out on the refresh rate but what you get is an in-display fingerprint scanner which is faster and accurate. The brightness levels are also better and there is support for Widevine L1 also. But with AMOLED display, you get great viewing angles and the colors look punchier.
So combined with a good build and an AMOLED display, the Realme 7 Pro has a stand of its own.
Realme 7 Pro Performance and Software:
In terms of performance, many would think that the Realme 7 Pro may have an upgraded chipset from last year’s Snapdragon 720G but it isn’t. You still get the same Snapdragon 720G chipset as seen on the Realme 6 Pro. It is an octa-core chipset with 2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold and 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 465 Silver cores built on an 8nm process. This is a pretty powerful chipset powering many of the mid-range smartphones and the Adreno 618 GPU is good when it comes to playing heavy games.
In terms of benchmarks, in Antutu v8, the Realme 7 Pro scored 281066 which is quite good, and compared to the Mediatek Helio G95 on Realme 7 is lower. But still heavy titles like Call of Duty, Asphalt 9 ran smoothly. The back did not feel warm thanks to the plastic back. The Realme 7 Pro is paired with 6/8GB RAM and has 128/256GB storage which has UFS 2.1 speeds.
Coming to software, the Realme 7 Pro runs RealmeUI 1.0 built on top of Android 10. The RealmeUI provides almsot Stock Android like experience. It has the system-wide dark mode that applies to third party applications, then the dual music mode which can be used while using two earphones and also the three swipe on the screen for screenshot and the ability to edit it.
There are customizations to icon packs on the RealmeUI but there are still ads that turn the user experience a bit down. Still, you would find a ton of third-party applications pre-installed but not something like MIUI. It can be turned off from the settings. From the performance stand of view, we feel that Realme could have put the Snapdragon 732G chipset which would have been good, but still, it is pretty powerful.
Realme 7 Pro Cameras:
Here the Realme 7 Pro feels upgraded and as well a degrade also. The Realme 7 Pro gets the newer 64MP Sony IMX682 sensor with f/1.8 lens compared to last year’s 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 sensor on the Realme 6 Pro. The newer Sony sensor has great detail and the dynamic range is quite better compared to the Realme 6 Pro’s 64MP Samsung sensor.
You get good amount of detail with punchier colors and the level of contrast works well. The images retain natural colors and when zoomed into the shots, they look really good. With HDR turned on, the over-saturation takes place and plus Realme has the ChromaBoost which boosts the color levels making it look artificial.
At night, things change a bit. Realme 7 Pro gets the NightScape 4.0 which improves dynamic range and reduces the noise in the shots taken. Plus the Starry Mode comes in handy for long exposure shots in the dark.
The 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide camera remains unchanged and has good amount of detail but still the dynamic range is not so good but the colors look natural. At night, the shots have average detail and there is a lot of noise present.
The third camera is a 5MP macro camera which takes good close up shots with plenty of detail and the dynamic range is also good. It does have issues in focusing but that can be fixed in a future software update.
The portraits come out really good on the Realme 7 Pro with good details. The skin tones look natural and the background blur is well maintained. There is proper edge detection and Realme also allows to adjust background blur.
In terms of video, the Realme 7 Pro supports 4K at 30fps. The 1080p videos come out good with EIS coming in handy, then there is also the Super Stable mode which is paired with the ultrawide camera for stabilization. The colors in the videos look good but the dynamic range needs improvement. Similarly at night, the videos come out good but the noise is quite present ou there. The new NightScape does improve dynamic range and mask out the noise.
On the front, instead of the dual front cameras, there sits a 32MP Sony IMX616 sensor which takes some really good selfies with a wider aperture and the skin tones look natural. The dynamic range is good and the levls of contrast is good. When it comes to portraits, Realme has nailed it with proper background blur and brings out each and every highlight when zoomed in.
Overall, the cameras feel good but not so great.
Realme 7 Pro Battery Life & Charging:
The Realme 7 Pro has a 4500mAh battery that is 200mAh more than the Realme 6 Pro. So you get slightly better battery life and now with the 60Hz display, the device can last for more than a day with normal usage. The real steal of the show is the superfast charging as the Realme 7 Pro is equipped with a 65W Superdart charger that can charge from 0 to 100 in under 34 minutes.
The 60Hz display does not consume that much battery as compared to a 90Hz display. The 0 10 50 percent comes up within 12 minutes and the device does not heat up while charging as it pushes the heat to power brick. This is the same charger found on the Oppo Reno 4 Pro and the Realme X50 Pro. So when it comes to battery life, the Realme 7 Pro is good but the faster charging is just spot on.
Realme 7 Pro Sound Quality:
The Realme 7 Pro is equipped with stereo speakers finally so the top earpiece and the lower bottom firing loudspeaker together acts as stereo speakers for good a sound experience. There is also Dolby Atmos which is used and comes into effect while listening to songs and watching movies.
The sound through the 3.5 mm headphone jack is also good and there is very less distortion. The sound quality is a step up on the realme 7 Pro over the predecessor.
Should you own one?
Well the Realme 7 Pro may not have all the features of its predecessors, but still improves on many fronts like the better cameras, an AMOLED display and the superfast charging which is never found in any smartphone in this price range. The newer Sony IMX682 sensor works well and does most of the job well. However, the downturn being the same chipset used which is the Snapdragon 720G as used in the Realme 6 Pro.
So to sum it up, if you want an AMOLED display, a good display with good performance and a good set of cameras, the Realme 7 Pro is an excellent deal. The RealmeUI is also better when compared to MIUI in most terms also. But the prices have been jacked from the predecessor, as the Realme 7 Pro starts at Rs.19999 which makes it slightly expensive but what are you getting is a good mid-ranger and is worth considering.