Realme X7 5G Review | NDTV Gadgets 360

The brand new Realme X7 5G and X7 Professional 5G are aimed on the mainstream and “flagship killer” market respectively, and each are priced to convey some severe competitors to longstanding favourites. We have simply seen what the higher-end Realme X7 Professional 5G (Evaluation) has to supply, and now it is time for a full evaluate of the extra inexpensive Realme X7 5G. Launched at Rs. 19,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant and Rs. 21,999 for 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, it must cope with the Mi 10i (Evaluation), Samsung Galaxy M31s (Evaluation), and even the Realme 7 Professional (Evaluation), amongst others.

Whereas many of those opponents have gone all-out with the cameras, Realme is focusing extra on design and efficiency with the brand new X7 5G, which has simply been launched. There are a number of little touches that add worth, but in addition some fascinating decisions which may trigger potential consumers to assume twice. Learn on to see if that is the proper improve possibility for you.

Realme X7 5G design

Nobody can say that Realme has performed it protected with the X7 collection, however whether or not that is a superb factor or a nasty factor shall be a matter of private style and a really subjective name. The signature ‘Nebula’ end is a swirl of a number of colors – peach, pink, blue, purple, gold, and yellow, which all kind of mix into one another and appear to alter as you progress this telephone round below the sunshine. If this seems to be acquainted, you may need seen information of the Realme V15 launching internationally – that is basically the identical telephone with a distinct identify.

Realme calls this a “non-spectral gradient” which signifies that the colors aren’t precisely following a VIBGYOR sequence. The end is supposed to refract gentle by a number of phases, and it does have a really shimmery, iridescent high quality to it. On the draw back, the rear floor is extremely shiny and susceptible to smudges. There is not any manner to make use of this telephone with out it getting fully coated in fingerprints.

The large polarising problem shall be Realme’s resolution to emblazon its “Dare to leap” slogan throughout all the rear, that too in a contrasting end that basically catches the sunshine. It is not one thing I might wish to dwell with day by day, however an opaque cowl would defeat the aim of selecting the Nebula end. I believe lots of people will go along with the a lot much less flashy House Silver possibility which, in accordance with Realme, is not going to have this slogan throughout the again.

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The Realme X7 5G has a 6.4-inch full-HD+ display

 

The Realme X7 5G is pretty compact by right this moment’s requirements. The Nebula model is 8.3mm thick and weighs 179g whereas House Silver shaves that down to eight.1mm and 176g. The again and the body are product of polycarbonate, and the entrance is an unspecified sort of glass with a protecting movie pre-applied. Realme additionally says this telephone is splash-resistant, however there is not any IP score. That is a straightforward telephone to make use of one-handed; the 6.4-inch display has slender borders apart from the chin on the backside, and the rear is rounded to satisfy the perimeters.

Realme has positioned the ability button on the proper and the quantity buttons on the left. There’s an in-display fingerprint reader, plus the entrance digital camera is embedded within the higher left nook of the display. On the underside, you may see a USB Kind-C port, single speaker, and dual-Nano SIM tray (with no area for a microSD card). The three cameras on the rear are extruded individually, which is kind of the present fashion.

Curiously, Realme has gone with extra elaborate packaging than regular, and there are some neat extras within the field. Along with the X7 5G itself, Realme features a 65W charger (extra on this later), USB Kind-C cable, clear plastic case, a SIM eject pin, and a Kind-C to three.5mm dongle.

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The ‘Nebula’ design with the large model slogan will not be to everybody’s style

 

Realme X7 5G specs and software program

A little bit below a 12 months after launching its first high-end 5G-enabled telephone, the X50 Professional 5G (Evaluation), the brand new X7 5G and X7 Professional 5G goal to make this new commonplace extra widespread. There aren’t any 5G networks in India (but) however that is turning into considerably of vital function anyway. Realme guarantees dual-sim, dual-standby plus help for all main bands, although it stays to be seen which of them operators in India will use. 5G is enabled by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC which is sort of new and more likely to turn into common.

The Dimensity 800U is a 7nm octa-core processor with two high-power ARM Cortex-A76 cores clocked at as much as 2.4GHz, plus six environment friendly Cortex-A55 cores clocked at as much as 2GHz. It additionally options an built-in Mali-G57 MC3 GPU, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, and a number of satellite tv for pc navigation programs.

Realme has gone with a 6.4-inch full-HD+ 1080×2400-pixel Tremendous AMOLED panel. Instantly, we discover {that a} excessive refresh charge is not talked about on the spec sheet, which is a bit stunning contemplating the worth and positioning of this telephone. Nonetheless, Realme does listing a 180Hz contact sampling charge. You’ll be able to select between variants with 6GB and 8GB of RAM, however each have 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage and there is not any microSD slot for growth.

The battery capability is 4,310mAh which is decrease than common nowadays, however that is the tradeoff for the low weight of the X7 5G. This telephone helps 50W quick charging however comes with a 65W adapter which is nice to see – it is fairly the alternative of what many different firms do. This implies you’ll be able to cost even higher-end telephones such because the Realme X7 Professional 5G shortly with the identical charger, however Realme’s “SuperDart” tech would not seem like appropriate with the industry-standard USB Energy Supply so you’ll be able to’t for example use the identical charger along with your laptop computer and carry one much less factor round.

The Realme X7 5G ships with Android 10 and Realme UI 1.0, however the firm guarantees updates to Android 11 and a “extra minimalist” Realme UI 2.0 within the very close to future. If these have been launched by the point you purchase this telephone, your expertise shall be totally different, however I’ll evaluate what the corporate has despatched at launch time and charge this telephone accordingly. My unit had the December 2020 Android safety patch which is comparatively latest.

The UI seems to be very like inventory Android however there are added options and customisations reminiscent of App Cloner for working a number of accounts, optionally available navigation gestures, and Sensible Sidebar for shortcuts to apps and instruments. There is a class of “experimental” options within the Settings app, which as of now embrace clean scrolling (although how that is achieved is not clear), Tremendous Nighttime Standby which reduces community exercise to avoid wasting energy, and DC Dimming which might cut back flickering to ease eye pressure, however may need surprising unintended effects reminiscent of color shifting and auto brightness not working.

Realme has added a little bit of bloatware together with its personal Music and Video apps, a Theme retailer, HeyFun recreation retailer, SoLoop video editor, Amazon, Fb, and Flipkart. There are additionally Realme’s personal Neighborhood, Retailer, Paysa and Hyperlink apps. Most aren’t too intrusive and lots of could be uninstalled however you may nonetheless get quite a lot of pointless notifications. You will additionally see some promoting in built-in apps, and on the lock display through the “Journal” function, although this may be disabled within the Settings app.

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Battery life is great on the Realme X7 5G

 

Realme X7 5G efficiency

With even finances telephones performing easily nowadays, it is no shock that the Realme X7 5G was clean and responsive in on a regular basis duties. The setup course of was easy sufficient however there are a number of defaults you may wish to change manually later, reminiscent of promoting preferences. The X7 5G is nice and comfy sufficient to make use of with none hassles. It did get barely heat when charging quickly, however that was about it for heating. The in-display fingerprint sensor and face recognition have been often fast however there was some hesitation typically.

As the primary telephone in India with a Dimensity 800U SoC, benchmark scores needs to be fascinating. The X7 5G managed 3,35,698 general in AnTuTu, in addition to 599 and 1,800 respectively in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core exams. It additionally ran GFXBench’s Automobile Chase and Manhattan 3.1 graphics exams at 18fps and 31fps respectively, whereas 3DMark Sling Shot Excessive and Wild Life exams returned scores of three,137 and 1,589.

These scores imply that the brand new X7 5G handily beats the Realme 7 Professional which nonetheless sells for precisely the identical costs. The Dimensity 800U appears to be roughly on par with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G and 750G, buying and selling blows in numerous exams.

As for video games, I discovered each Name of Responsibility Cell and Asphalt 9: Legends to be clean. They ran at Medium and Default high quality settings and have been fairly satisfying. The display is comparatively crisp and colors are punchy, however this is not the very best quality I’ve seen at this worth degree. Widevine L1 DRM has been applied so you’ll be able to watch HD-quality streaming movies by your favorite providers. There is a single speaker on the underside and sound high quality is fairly good by smartphone requirements. This telephone is Hello-Res Audio licensed however you may nonetheless get one of the best outcomes with a superb pair of earphones.

Battery life should not be an issue in any respect. The Realme X7 5G can simply run for a over full day even when you throw quite a lot of heavy duties at it, together with gaming and utilizing the cameras. Our HD video loop take a look at ran for a really spectacular 20 hours, 45 minutes. Charging can also be fairly fast – it took solely 25 minutes to get from zero to 50 p.c, and a full cost took 1 hour, 3 minutes utilizing the bundled “SuperDart” charger.

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The Realme X7 5G has three rear cameras together with a 64-megapixel main one

 

Realme X7 5G cameras

Curiously, Realme appears to have bucked the strain to have “quad cameras” as a promoting level for this telephone. I am proud of that, since a low-grade fourth digital camera, such because the 2-megapixel “B&W portrait” filter one on the Realme X7 Professional 5G, could be of very restricted use anyway. Even the 2-megapixel macro digital camera that the Realme X7 5G has is essentially for leisure and would not seize adequate outcomes for use for severe images. You will spend most of your time with the 64-megapixel, f/1.8 main and the 8-megapixel f/2.3 ultra-wide-angle cameras.

Realme’s software program is pretty straightforward to make use of and customary modes are accessible, decision settings, which you would possibly want typically, are on the backside of the principle menu and one layer deep. Within the daytime, the Realme X7 5G was typically fast to lock focus and appeared to do properly with metering exposures, at the very least at its default 16-megapixel binned decision. There have been some indicators of oversharpening in post-processing, and particulars at a distance have been a bit too murky for my liking. Alternatively, close-ups got here out properly with vivid colors.

Realme X7 5G daylight digital camera samples (High: main digital camera; Backside: ultra-wide-angle) (faucet to see full dimension)

Realme X7 5G daylight close-up digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

When taking pictures on the native 64-megapixel decision, pictures have been a bit washed-out and the color tone was a bit off. The wide-angle digital camera isn’t unhealthy, however element does endure and there may be some warping on the sides of frames so you may wish to use it sparingly. Portraits come out with first rate background separation, however surprisingly, you’ll be able to’t modify the blur depth after taking a shot.

Photographs taken at evening had first rate element, and once more, the wide-angle digital camera is finest averted except there’s quite a lot of gentle round. Some close-up pictures taken with the principle digital camera have been surprisingly good, however others regarded a bit synthetic. Night time mode crops the body a bit however there’s nonetheless an opportunity of movement blur. Outcomes is likely to be brighter, however aren’t at all times general higher utilizing Night time mode. There is a tripod toggle that would make it easier to get even higher outcomes when you can maintain the telephone regular.

Realme X7 5G low-light digital camera samples (High: main digital camera; Center: Night time mode; Backside: ultra-wide-angle) (faucet to see full dimension)

 

You additionally get a 16-megapixel f/2.5 entrance digital camera embedded within the higher left nook of the display. Beautification is enabled by default for selfies. It’s kind of too aggressive and makes pores and skin look synthetic. Portrait selfies have efficient background blurring. High quality general is fairly good within the daytime and at evening.

Video could be recorded at as much as 4K 30fps. There’s quite a lot of shake when you transfer about whereas recording, however high quality is sort of good general within the daytime and at evening, even when utilizing the wide-angle digital camera. You’ll be able to’t change between cameras whereas recording. There is a slow-motion 120fps mode as properly.

Realme X7 5G selfie digital camera samples (High: daytime; Backside: low-light) (faucet to see full dimension)

 

 

Verdict

The Realme X7 5G affords superb general efficiency, and aside from a number of minor annoyances with the software program, the utilization expertise is clean. Hopefully, Realme UI 2.0 eases up on the bloat and spam. This telephone can also be comparatively gentle and compact with out sacrificing battery life. If you wish to play video games and stream movies all through the day, it could possibly be a good selection. The cameras are nearly common, however that is the one space during which I am not notably impressed, contemplating the worth.

Talking of worth, the Realme X7 5G is presently India’s most inexpensive 5G-capable telephone, however it’s nonetheless too early for that to be a significant factor in your buy resolution. It appears to be extra polished than the Mi 10i for a barely decrease beginning worth, and will additionally undercut the OnePlus Nord (Evaluation). It is also very clear that you must select the X7 5G over the Realme 7 Professional at these costs – simply be very certain that you simply’re keen to dwell with this design before you purchase the ‘Nebula’ model on-line.