Realme X7 5G Review, Is it worth buying? The new Realme X7 5G and X7 Pro 5G are aimed at the mainstream and “flagship killer” market respectively, and both are priced to bring some serious competition to longstanding favorites. We’ve just seen what the higher-end Realme X7 Pro 5G Review has to offer, and now it’s time for a full review of the more affordable Realme X7 5G. Launched at $334.39 for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant and $ 499.99 for 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage.
Realme X7 5G in India Launched at Rs. 19,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant and Rs. 21,999 for 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage,
Realme X7 5G Review
Before goto review check Realme X7 Specifications
Realme X7 5G design
No one can say that Realme has played it safe with the X7 series, but whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing will be a matter of personal taste and a very subjective call. The signature ‘Nebula’ finish is a swirl of multiple colors – peach, pink, blue, purple, gold, and yellow, which all sort of blend into each other and seem to change as you move this phone around under the light.
Realme calls this a “non-spectral gradient” which means that the colors aren’t exactly following a VIBGYOR sequence.
The big polarising issue will be Realme’s decision to emblazon its “Dare to leap” slogan across the entire rear, that too in a contrasting finish that really catches the light. It’s not something I’d want to live with every day, but an opaque cover would defeat the purpose of choosing the Nebula finish. I think a lot of people will go with the much less flashy Space Silver option which, according to Realme, will not have this slogan across the back.
The Realme X7 5G has a 6.4-inch full-HD+ screen
The Realme X7 5G is fairly compact by today’s standards. The Nebula version is 8.3mm thick and weighs 179g while Space Silver shaves that down to 8.1mm and 176g. The back and the frame are made of polycarbonate, and the front is an unspecified kind of glass with a protective film pre-applied.
Realme also says this phone is splash-resistant, but there’s no IP rating. This is an easy phone to use one-handed; the 6.4-inch screen has narrow borders except for the chin at the bottom, and the rear is rounded to meet the sides.
Fingerprint & Selfie Camera
Realme has placed the power button on the right and the volume buttons on the left. There’s an in-display fingerprint reader, plus the front camera is embedded in the upper left corner of the screen. On the bottom, you’ll see a USB Type-C port, single speaker, and dual-Nano SIM tray (with no space for a microSD card). The three cameras on the rear are extruded individually, which is more or less the current style.
In addition to the X7 5G itself, Realme includes a 65W charger (more on this later), USB Type-C cable, clear plastic case, a SIM eject pin, and a Type-C to 3.5mm dongle.
Realme X7 5G specifications and software
Its first high-end 5G-enabled phone, the new X7 5G and X7 Pro 5G aim to make this new standard more common. 5G is enabled by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC which is quite new and likely to become popular.
Realme X7 5G Processor
The Dimensity 800U is a 7nm octa-core processor with two high-power ARM Cortex-A76 cores clocked at up to 2.4GHz, plus six efficient Cortex-A55 cores clocked at up to 2GHz. It also features an integrated Mali-G57 MC3 GPU, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, and multiple satellite navigation systems.
Realme X7 5G Display
Realme has gone with a 6.4-inch full-HD+ 1080×2400-pixel Super AMOLED panel. Immediately, we notice that a high refresh rate isn’t mentioned on the spec sheet, which is a bit surprising considering the price and positioning of this phone. However, Realme does list a 180Hz touch sampling rate.
Realme X7 5G Storage
You can choose between variants with 6GB and 8GB of RAM, but both have 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage and there’s no microSD slot for expansion.
Realme X7 5G Battery
The battery capacity is 4,310mAh which is lower than average these days, but that’s the tradeoff for the low weight of the X7 5G. This phone supports 50W fast charging but comes with a 65W adapter which is great to see – it’s quite the opposite of what many other companies do. This means you can charge even higher-end phones such as the Realme X7 Pro 5G quickly with the same charger, but Realme’s “SuperDart” tech doesn’t appear to be compatible with the industry-standard USB Power Delivery so you can’t for instance use the same charger with your laptop and carry one less thing around.
Realme X7 5G OS
The Realme X7 5G ships with Android 10 and Realme UI 1.0, but the company promises updates to Android 11 and a “more minimalist” Realme UI 2.0 in the very near future. If these have been released by the time you buy this phone, your experience will be different.
The UI looks much like stock Android but there are added features and customizations such as App Cloner for running multiple accounts, optional navigation gestures, and Smart Sidebar for shortcuts to apps and tools.
Realme X7 5G performance
Realme X7 5G Review, With even budget phones performing smoothly these days, it’s no surprise that the Realme X7 5G was smooth and responsive in everyday tasks. The setup process was simple enough but there are several defaults you’ll want to change manually later, such as advertising preferences. The X7 5G is pleasant and comfortable enough to use without any hassles. It did get slightly warm when charging rapidly, but that was about it for heating. The in-display fingerprint sensor and face recognition were usually quick but there was some hesitation sometimes.
For Realme X7 5G Review, These scores mean that the new X7 5G handily beats the Realme 7 Pro which still sells for exactly the same prices. The Dimensity 800U seems to be roughly on par with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G and 750G, trading blows in different tests.
As for games, I found both Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends to be smooth. They ran at Medium and Default quality settings and were quite enjoyable. The screen is relatively crisp and the colors are punchy, but this isn’t the best quality I’ve seen at this price level. Widevine L1 DRM has been implemented so you can watch HD-quality streaming videos through your favorite services. There’s a single speaker on the bottom and the sound quality is pretty good by smartphone standards. This phone is Hi-Res Audio certified but you’ll still get the best results with a good pair of earphones.
Battery life shouldn’t be a problem at all. The Realme X7 5G can easily run for an overall day even if you throw a lot of heavy tasks at it, including gaming and using the cameras. Our HD video loop test ran for a very impressive 20 hours, 45 minutes. Charging is also pretty quick – it took only 25 minutes to get from zero to 50 percent, and a full charge took 1 hour, 3 minutes using the bundled “SuperDart” charger.
Realme X7 5G cameras
Interestingly, Realme seems to have bucked the pressure to have “quad cameras” as a selling point for this phone. I’m happy with that, since a low-grade fourth camera, such as the 2-megapixel “B&W portrait” filter one on the Realme X7 Pro 5G, would be of very limited use anyway. Even the 2-megapixel macro camera that the Realme X7 5G has is largely for entertainment and doesn’t capture good enough results to be used for serious photography. You’ll spend most of your time with the 64-megapixel, f/1.8 primary, and the 8-megapixel f/2.3 ultra-wide-angle cameras.
Realme’s software is fairly easy to use and common modes are accessible, resolution settings, which you might need often, are at the bottom of the main menu and one layer deep. In the daytime, the Realme X7 5G was generally quick to lock focus and seemed to do well with metering exposures, at least at its default 16-megapixel binned resolution. There were some signs of oversharpening in post-processing, and details at a distance were a little too murky for my liking. On the other hand, close-ups came out well with vivid colors.
You also get a 16-megapixel f/2.5 front camera embedded in the upper left corner of the screen. Beautification is enabled by default for selfies. It’s a bit too aggressive and makes skin look artificial. Portrait selfies have effective background blurring. Quality overall is pretty good in the daytime and at night.
Video can be recorded at up to 4K 30fps. There’s a lot of shakes if you move about while recording, but the quality is quite good overall in the daytime and at night, even when using the wide-angle camera.
The verdict of Realme X7 5G Review
The Realme X7 5G offers very good overall performance, and other than a few minor annoyances with the software, the user experience is smooth. Hopefully, Realme UI 2.0 eases up on the bloat and spam. This phone is also relatively light and compact without sacrificing battery life. If you want to play games and stream videos throughout the day, it could be a good choice. The cameras are just about average, but this is the only area in which I’m not particularly impressed, considering the price.
Speaking of price, the Realme X7 5G most affordable 5G-capable phone, but it’s still too early for that to be a major factor in your purchase decision. It seems to be more polished than the Mi 10i for a slightly lower starting price, and could also undercut the OnePlus Nord (Review). It’s also very clear that you should choose the X7 5G over the Realme 7 Pro at these prices – just be very sure that you’re willing to live with this design before you buy the ‘Nebula’ version online.