The cookie-cutter from Realme for their smartphones seems to be working for them and the announcement of Realme X7 and Realme X7 Pro in 2021 are two different versions. Both smartphones, though with different titles, were introduced in China last year and are now moving to our market. Today we’ll see the Realme X7 Pro at Rs. 29,999, which seems like it, slots from the Realme X7 to the Realme X50 Pro (Review).
This is one of India’s first smartphones to feature 5G SoCs from the MediaTek Dimensity series. It also includes a high-quality display, high-speed recharge, and plenty of cameras. The market involves smartphones like OnePlus Nord and Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G (Review). But is the X7 Pro 5G better than all of these? Let’s just figure it out.
Price and Variants
Realme launched the X7 Pro 5G in India in a single variant, With 8GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM. The storages are LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1, but expandable capacity is not allowed as a microSD card slot. The Mystic Black and Fantasy, are two color options available, the second the one I have. It has an iridescent rear panel of glass and looks very funky, but I would prefer Realme not to have embossed its slogan on the back. This may better have been preserved in the bundled case. Fortunately, this is not published in the black edition.
Design and Specifications
In fact, the configuration of the rear camera module looks very identical to the Realme 7 Pro 19,999 (Review). The slender body and comparatively small weight of 184g render one-hand usage very easy. The actual buttons look fine and the frame is durable with polycarbonate. There are a lot of fingerprints on the glass back and the pre-applied screen protector, but these can quickly be wiped.
The display is one of the highlights of the Realme X7 Pro. It is a full HD+ Super AMOLED 6.55-inch screen with an in-display fingerprint scanner, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5, and HDR video playing support. The display has slim bezels with a requested peak brightness of 1200nits. This display looks fantastic, the touch response is good and even in bright light, the text is very readable.
A Headphone jack is absent from the Realme X7 Pro 5G, but the connector comes with Type-C to 3.5mm in the box. The remaining content in the box is a 65W charger, Type-C cable, case, and tool to eject SIM.
A further aspect that is worth considering is the usage of the Dymansity 1000+ 5G SoC by MediaTek, which we saw in Oppo’s Reno 5 Pro 5G recently. There is also a Dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, NFC, five satellite navigation systems, and the usual sensors set.
Performance and Battery Life
In a limited time, When I test the Realme X7 Pro 5G, it runs smoothly. I didn’t notice any heating issue, system lag, or any sort of slowing the smartphone. The 120Hz refresh ratio, the usage sound fluid, and the phone change from 120Hz to 60Hz automatically depending on the app being used. However, it’s not adaptive like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Review), so even if no touch feedback is recorded it continues to run at a 120Hz refresh rate.
Realme says the fingerprint scanner in the display is smaller than that in the previous versions. In my experience, it performs almost as well as before. All required to effectively open is a soft contact. Face recognition is just as quick and functions well even in dim lighting, which has been a running theme on Realme smartphones.
The Realme X7 Pro 5G also runs Realme UI 1.0, which is based on Android 10. Although several of its smartphones are still in full progress with the next Android 11 update, Realme has announced an early-access scheme. Realme UI is really polished and simple to get customized to. There is also bloatware flooded, but much can be disabled. In fact, the Browser software is known to deliver spam alerts, even though you never opened the program. To disable this behavior, you’ll have to delve into its parameters.
The performance in gaming and media was outstanding. The Realme X7 Pro 5G had solid benchmarks, higher than the Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G. Games like Oceanhorn and Call of Duty Mobile were running smoothly, without creating any heating problem. The phone has a vapor chamber cooling system that seems to function very well. The X7 Pro 5G features stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos that deliver rich and reasonably accurate audio together.
The 4,500mAh battery was last for the entire day, even with heavy usage. The fast charging of 65W SuperDart ensures that in half an hour the phone powered up to 91% quite easily. In our HD video loop test, the Realme X7 Pro 5G lasted 16 hours and 42 minutes.
The Realme X7 Pro 5G has a familiar camera setup that we used on some of its past smartphones. The front has a selfie 32-megapixel and the rear has four cameras, including a 64-megapixel primary camera, an ultra-wide-angle 8-megapixel camera, a monochrome 2-megapixel camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The video can be recorded Up to 4K 60fps, but only with the main back camera. The front selfie shooter sensor is limited to 1080p video capture. Other camera features include video Nightscape, a color AI portrait, and video bokeh real-time effects, which we see on previous Realme smartphones.
The Realme X7 Pro 5G capture strong details and exposure in landscape mode. There is no shutter lag while shooting during daylight. HDR is worked well. I turn off the “AI scene” toggle because I like a more realistic color tone, but you can do this turn-on if you want punchy colors. The 16-megapixel images capture this phone by default, including close-up photos, provide excellent details, but if needed, you can shoot at the maximum resolution of 64-megapixels. The camera has an incredibly large perspective, but bear in mind that the details are poorer. The monochrome camera is used only if the ’06’ filters are chosen in Portrait mode, while if there is a significant volume of light the macro camera shows predictable effects.
While the back cameras are very stable during the day, it fails to battle in low light condition. Normally low-light shots are not really detailed, but Nightscape helps to enhance exposures. Yet I saw a lot of unnecessary noise that rendered dark places appear flawless. When using Nightscape and its ultra-wide-angle camera, this is much more pronounced. The X7 Pro 5G also fails in very low-light situations to focus on the close-up subject. But offer the sensors ample artificial light and you can take some usable images.
Video quality is great at 4K and has strong stability, and when I shift my frame the autofocus can be changed easily. When I shot in the night, the results were grainy, and although the Ultra Night video mode boosts ISO to lighten the performance, I missed texture quality.
The front camera takes decent pictures in a good light. However, the beauty filter is switched off, even the colors of the skin tone appear to smoothen. The Realme X7 Pro 5G capture usable indoor selfies, but you may have to ON the screen flash while you take an outdoor shoot at the night.
Overall, if you shoot during the day, the cameras of the Realme X7 Pro 5G do good work but struggle in delivering adequate results in low lighting.
The Realme X7 Pro 5G monitors several instances to a powerful “flagship killer” in a mid-range and looks in many expect as a worthy successor to the Realme X2 Pro 29,999 (Review). It provides a bright screen, a smooth performance, excellent battery life, high-speed charging, and good light shooting cameras. The inclusion of stereo atoms sound and 5G support allows us to see a decent possible option for OnePlus Nord, however, the capacity is restricted to just 128GB.
But I think Realme should have rendered this a memorable smartphone and really differentiated it from the mainstream number set. For example, the style is identical to the 7 series of the company and many of the features of the X7 Pro are present in the more affordable versions. The cameras aren’t impressive in low light, a sector in which the Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G is going ahead. And still, it’s Android 10 while several other companies launched phones on Android 11.
The Realme X7 Pro 5G offers good value at Rs. 29,999, but it’s just not as exciting relative to the OnePlus Nord and Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G.