Realme last month unveiled a decent mid-budget smartphone called the Realme 7 Pro.
Today I already have this model on hand. In this, I will try to explain what the main differences can be found in the seventh series compared to the sixth generation. Also, can the 7 Pro smartphone surprise me after testing the Poco X3 NFC budget smartphone?
Let’s go through the prices. For example, Realme 7 Pro will cost you quite a bit for $370 for version 6 and 128 GB of memory, and 8 and 128 GB versions will cost almost like a flagship – $430. Whereas the Poco X3 will set you back just under $240.
I have a version with 6 GB of RAM on the test. What I can attribute is a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 720G chipset, 64-megapixel camera, 4500 mAh battery capacity with 65W fast charging.
Judging by the technical features, the smartphone looks exactly as good as the Poco X3 NFC. But let’s take a closer look at what the 7 Pro is capable of from a practical point of view.
Realme 7 Pro: Specifications
|Realme 7 Pro:||Specs|
|Display:||6.4 inches Super AMOLED with 1080 x 2400 pixels, 60Hz|
|CPU:||Snapdragon 720G Octa Core 2.3GHz|
|Memory extension:||Up to 256GB|
|Cameras:||64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP main camera and 32MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.1, and GPS|
|OS:||Android 10 (Realme UI)|
|Dimensions:||160.9 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
Like most smartphones from the Realme brand, the 7 Pro comes in an exclusively yellow box. On the front of the box, you can find the designation of the company name and model.
Inside the box is a typical parts list. These are instructions for use and various documentation, a needle for a SIM tray, a protective silicone case. Also here I found, of course, the smartphone itself, a Type-C charging cable, and a 65W power adapter.
A few words about the protective case. Although it is made of transparent silicone material, it fits very tightly on the smartphone. Also, the protective case protects the edges of the screen well. But for full use, there is not enough protective glass on the screen. But in general, the package bundle is typical, as for most mid-budget smartphones in recent years.
Design, build quality and materials
Considering the smartphone will set you back over $300, I’d love to see the Realme 7 Pro with more premium materials. That is, this is a glass case, and not, as in the case of the 7 Pro, a plastic one.
Yes, at first glance it may seem that the body is made of glass, but in fact, it is matte plastic with an iridescent shade. I have a blue smartphone on my test, but you can also choose a silver one.
In addition, the frame of the smartphone is also made of plastic, not metal. That is, in terms of design features, the smartphone does not surprise me yet. But let’s look at other aspects.
On the back of the smartphone, I found an island of quad cameras and an LED flashlight. Also, there is no fingerprint scanner on the back, as it is located under the smartphone screen. A few words about his work. Of course, it doesn’t respond as quickly as a physical fingerprint scanner, but the accuracy is always correct.
The front of the device received a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with Full HD resolution or 1080 x 2400 pixels. This screen is designed using technology from Samsung. That is the quality of the display of colors, contrast, and other features at a good level.
The aspect ratio of the screen was 20: 9 and the pixel density was 411 PPI. The screen glass itself has received Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ protection and here I would like to see the 5th generation Gorilla Glass. The bezels around the screen are minimal, except for the lower chin, which sticks out strongly.
On the other hand, I liked the round notch on the front camera. It is located in the upper left corner and with the correct theme chosen, you might not even notice it.
The left side of the smartphone received a volume rocker and a slot for dual nano-SIM cards and a memory card. On the right side, there is only one power button.
The bottom end of the device has a 3.5 mm audio jack, microphone, Type-C port, and speaker. But on top, there is only one hole for the microphone, but there is no infrared sensor.
Besides, I would like to note that there is another earpiece at the top of the screen. And it is used as an additional second speaker and therefore the Realme 7 Pro smartphone received stereo sound. The sound quality is pretty good, you can hear notes of bass here, and the volume is at a high level.
In terms of build quality, I did not find any major problems during my short acquaintance. The buttons have good responsiveness and given that the case is plastic, it does not creak. Now let’s talk about the performance and features of the OS.
Performance, benchmarks, and OS tests
The Realme 7 Pro received a pretty good chipset – this is the Snapdragon 720G, which was introduced in 2020. In terms of performance, the 720G processor is very similar to the Snapdragon 732G and I did not notice a strong difference in real life.
The graphics accelerator used is the same as that of the 732G processor – this is Adreno 618. As shown by the gaming capabilities, the smartphone copes with heavy games pretty well. After half an hour of playing, the device warmed up to 46 degrees. Of course, it is difficult to call the Realme 7 Pro a gaming smartphone, but you can play on this smartphone without any problems.
In addition, I will leave an album with tests of various benchmarks. And you yourself can analyze the test results. I did not find any big differences between the performance of the Realme 7 Pro and the Poco X3. But the price tag of the latter is almost 50% lower.
As I mentioned, I have a version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The read speed was about 513 MB per second and the write speed was 200 MB per second. You can also use a separate microSD card slot, which is important for many users.
The user interface on the Realme 7 Pro is Realme UI, which runs Android 10. During my testing, I did not find any lags or slowdowns. All the commands worked fast, but I would like to get a 90 or 120 Hz screen here. But the 7 Pro only uses a 60Hz refresh rate.
For wireless capabilities, the smartphone received a standard WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac network, without using the sixth generation. Also, the lack of an NFC module for contactless payments was a big disappointment. As for the work of GPS, I did not have any problems or comments about it.
Camera and sample photos
The new Realme 7 Pro smartphone has four main cameras on the back. This is the main 64-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture, the second 8-megapixel module for ultra-wide shots. But the third and fourth sensors received a 2-megapixel resolution for macro and portrait shots.
On the front of the smartphone is a selfie camera with a resolution of 32 megapixels. It takes good pictures, but the maximum video resolution is only 1080p.
The main camera shoots video in 4K resolution and has image stabilization. Therefore, the video even in 4K resolution is very smooth and with good detail.
Below I will leave an album of photos taken with the Realme 7 Pro in different light conditions.
Battery and battery life
The manufacturer has installed a pretty good 4500 mAh battery on the Realme 7 Pro. As shown in my battery test using the Work 2.0 Battery Life app, the result was 15.5 hours.
That is, it is about two days with active use. This is a good indicator of battery life for a productive mid-range smartphone.
But another feature is the full charging time. For example, from 0 to 100%, the smartphone charges in 35 minutes and it is very fast. And all thanks to the 65W power adapter.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
Realme 7 Pro is a good smartphone that has got its advantages, but it also has some disadvantages.
I’ll start with the positives. The first is a 6.4 inch AMOLED screen with 600 nits brightness, good performance from the Snapdragon 720G processor. Also, I liked the design of the device, good battery life, and even the main camera. In addition, the smartphone was equipped with two speakers and I had no problems with the user interface.
The negative side of the smartphone is its plastic case, lack of an NFC module, not the fastest fingerprint scanner, and only a 60 Hz screen.
In conclusion, I can note that the Realme 7 Pro smartphone has its advantages when compared to the Poco X3 NFC, but also disadvantages. The biggest drawback is its price and let’s talk a little about it.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Now every user will be able to buy a Realme 7 Pro smartphone at a price of $ 369.99 with an 8% discount.
Of course, the price is not the most attractive, as for $240 you can get a Poco X3 with similar features, but the choice will be yours.