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Realme X7 5G overview: It’s all about 5G

A number of months in the past, again in 2020, it might have been fairly straightforward for me to advocate Realme’s 7 Professional, because it was the most effective finances smartphone within the sub-Rs 20,000 phase. The one smartphone that supplied higher worth was the mid-range, 5G-enabled OnePlus Nord, which gave patrons higher {hardware} at a aggressive base value of Rs 24,999.

Nevertheless, by the tip of 2020, a finances 5G smartphone confirmed up within the Indian market with Motorola launching its Moto G 5G at Rs 20,999. A number of months later in 2021, we had the Mi 10i 5G and now, we have now Realme’s finances 5G providing within the type of the competitively priced X7.

 Realme X7 5G review: It’s all about 5G

Realme X7 5G. Picture: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

On condition that 5G availability is nowhere in sight, the Moto G 5G’s saving grace was its clear and stock-looking Android software program. So, even if you happen to weren’t bothered about 5G (you should not be), you continue to had a couple of cause (software program, battery life, efficiency) to go for the Moto G, regardless of its common cameras. With the Xiaomi Mi 10i, it’s all in regards to the 108 MP digicam or that 120 Hz show.

With the Realme X7, it’s laborious to seek out the added worth it brings to the desk other than 5G. And that’s the place its issues start.

Flashy design

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Whereas I’m not a fan of the daring ‘Dare to leap’ branding, I’m a fan of that reflective again design within the Nebula color. Picture: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

Similar to the Realme X7 Pro (Review), the Realme X7, too, comes with an non-compulsory end that’s devoid of the slightly daring ‘Dare to leap’ branding on the again. Sadly, that common Area Silver end just isn’t as thrilling because the Nebula end. So these searching for one thing ‘cool’ minus the daring branding received’t have something attention-grabbing to select from.

Whereas I’m not a fan of the daring ‘Dare to leap’ branding, I’m a fan of that reflective again design within the Nebula color. It’s a mixture of yellow, purple and blue, full with a gradient orange body. When seen at an angle, the dazzling end additionally shows one other layer of inexperienced and purple, which reinforces its general enchantment. Aimed on the youth, the Nebula end will certainly seize consideration as it’s fairly distinctive.

Match and end ranges are top-notch. It’s laborious to consider the X7 is a finances smartphone, because it’s laborious to inform that the body and the curved again are made from plastic, and never glass and metallic. It is just the display that’s made from Gorilla Glass 5.

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Whereas the one, bottom-firing speaker is sort of loud, it could actually get irritating at excessive quantity ranges and is definitely not as immersive as a dual-speaker setup. Picture: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

Nice construct high quality apart, there are some things lacking vis-à-vis competitors. This contains the port for the three.5 mm headphone jack and a second speaker up high, which implies you shouldn’t have a stereo sound impact when taking part in video games or watching films. Whereas the one, bottom-firing speaker is sort of loud, it could actually get irritating at excessive quantity ranges and is definitely not as immersive as a dual-speaker setup. Those that nonetheless want plugging in a wired headset might be completely happy to know that Realme offers a Sort-C to three.5 mm adapter within the field.

60 Hz OLED goodness

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Because of Realme’s UI software program, the show felt fast and responsive when it got here to day by day duties. Picture: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

With a setup just like the Realme 7 Professional’s, the Realme X7 has an everyday 60 Hz FHD+ OLED show with a hole-punch cutout for the 16 MP digicam. Because of Realme’s UI software program, the show felt fast and responsive when it got here to day by day duties. The software program performs an essential half right here, and due to its fluidity, I didn’t miss a high-refresh price 90 Hz panel.

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As a result of it’s an OLED panel, viewing angles are nice and also you additionally get some goodies like AOD for notifications together with an in-display fingerprint reader. Picture: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

The show is brilliant sufficient to sort out the intense afternoon daylight and showcases colors which will appear a bit saturated to some. As a result of it’s an OLED panel, viewing angles are nice and also you additionally get some goodies like AOD for notifications together with an in-display fingerprint reader. Streaming films with Widevine L1 (FHD) assist was a enjoyable expertise due to the deep blacks, it’s simply that you’ll want to plug in a pair of headphones for higher sound.

With a 180 Hz contact sampling price, sensitivity was additionally on par and I had no issues whereas swiping throughout the show when utilizing apps or taking part in video games.

Software program is nearly as good because it will get

As talked about earlier, Realme X7 runs Android 10 with the Realme UI customized pores and skin. In day-to-day use, it felt fairly gentle and fluid, responding to faucets and gestures with none lag. The software program layer might not be as customisable as Oppo’s ColorOS 11, however it can get there with an upcoming replace to Realme UI V2.0 that brings a number of modifications.

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In day-to-day use, it felt fairly gentle and fluid, responding to faucets and gestures with none lag. Picture: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

For now, it seems to be extra inventory than customized, however I solely wished that Realme used a greater haptic motor to maintain up with the software program refinements. The one which comes with it feels very entry-level and vibrates a bit an excessive amount of even for the smallest of interactions, like when typing on the keyboard.

Nice performer however not optimised for gaming

The MediaTek 800U chipset was the spotlight of Realme’s X7 collection launch as a result of it’s the primary smartphone in India to get one. Whereas it’s extra of a mid-range chipset that ought to ideally compete with the likes of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, it does fall a bit brief.

However that’s not my drawback with the chipset.

As talked about within the software program part of this overview, the chipset performs rather well and retains issues working clean and lag-free in day-to-day use. However fireplace up a recreation and you may be a bit stunned while you peek into the settings.

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Regardless of its glorious warmth administration (liquid cooling), this isn’t precisely a smartphone that’s meant for gaming. Picture: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

Name of Obligation: Cell ran easily with a little bit of stuttering, however maxed out at Medium graphics and Excessive body price as a result of it merely didn’t have any extra graphic settings to check out. On condition that this can be a chipset meant for mid-range gadgets, it ought to have been able to working the sport at Excessive and Very Excessive in any case. The wrongdoer right here appears to be the dearth of optimisation and provided that the chipset is pretty new, will probably be some time until builders wholeheartedly assist the 800U.

Asphalt 9 Legends chugged alongside simply nice with a few dropped frames and some hiccups at Excessive High quality graphics settings. The sport ran the smoothest at Default (or Medium) settings. Older titles like Actual Racing 3 additionally ran fairly easily with none hiccups however at a noticeably decrease decision.

Regardless of its glorious warmth administration (liquid cooling), this isn’t precisely a smartphone that’s meant for gaming. At the very least till builders start to assist the brand new chipset.

A mean digicam… for a finances smartphone

Massive, doesn’t all the time imply higher. The identical philosophy applies to digicam sensors because the picture high quality typically depends (closely) on the digicam software program and imaging algorithms other than the ISP (onboard the chipset). With the Realme X7, we get a 64 MP sensor which will appear much like the one on the Realme 7 Professional, however the outcomes are fairly totally different.

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With the Realme X7, we get a 64 MP sensor which will appear much like the one on the Realme 7 Professional. Picture: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

The first digicam shoots clear photographs in daylight with sufficient element particularly when capturing regular topics or objects. The noise suppression appears a bit too aggressive, however with the colors bumped up when it comes to saturation, they seem nice so long as you don’t pixel-peep. The dynamic vary too appears nice, so you’ll not find yourself with crushed blacks within the shadows.

After sundown, the small print take a noticeable hit. These aggressive noise suppression algorithms I observed whereas clicking images in daylight, end in textures that find yourself wanting extra like work in low gentle. Naturally, I assumed that the Night time mode would make things better. And it did… in a manner.

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The Night time mode shoots some clear and clear photographs, simply that it lacks texture and grain. So the photographs could seem nice, however zoom in a bit and you’ll surprise the place the small print disappeared. For what it’s value, the night time images nonetheless look good, however a bit dreamy. Nevertheless, they’re horribly low on element particularly compared to the Actual 7 Professional (identical price ticket, Snapdragon chipset), that was jaw-droppingly spectacular on the identical job.

The 8 MP ultra-wide-angle lens is bearable with loads of lens barrel distortion, it’s good for capturing a distinct perspective and I’m glad that Realme enables you to use the Night time mode on it as properly. The Macro digicam goes a bit too extreme with the processing and will get you some unrealistic images. Some could prefer it, however I did not dig it. As a substitute, I most popular the cropped output from the 64 MP sensor.

Supporting as much as 4K 30 fps video recording, I used to be impressed by the stabilisation that the digicam affords. Taking pictures at something beneath 4K 30 fps noticed the obvious lack of sharpness though 1080p 60 fps video showcased a clean and regular bitrate. I bought the most effective element when capturing at 4K @30 fps, however the colors had been a bit too saturated. Some could just like the punchy tones that seems prefer it’s working an Instagram filter, however I wasn’t a fan of it because it appeared a bit too extreme even on a colour-accurate show.

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In brief, if I needed to decide the most effective digicam between the Realme X7, the Realme 7 Professional, the Moto G 5G, and the Xiaomi Mi 10i, I’d nonetheless decide the 7 Professional regardless of dropping out on 5G. Picture: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

The 16 MP selfie digicam could look like a downgrade from the succesful 32 MP digicam on the 7 Professional, however it held up fairly properly in all types of lighting circumstances capturing abnormally sharp selfies in portrait mode.

In brief, if I needed to decide the most effective digicam between the Realme X7, the Realme 7 Professional, the Moto G 5G, and the Xiaomi Mi 10i, I’d nonetheless decide the 7 Professional regardless of dropping out on 5G.

A one-day telephone

With a 4,310 mAh battery inside and a 7 nm chipset onboard, I didn’t count on any bother with battery life and that was pretty-much the case with X7. The telephone simply bought me by a day of standard use and provided that it could actually’t run video games at excessive settings, there are much more financial savings regardless of my gaming-heavy utilization. The beautiful OLED show additionally performs a component right here and the AOD characteristic didn’t suck an excessive amount of energy both.

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It would juice up the telephone from 0-100% in about 50 minutes, which is nice conserving in thoughts what the competitors (Xiaomi and Motorola) have on provide. Picture: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

The charging bit like with each Realme telephone is the spectacular half. The telephone helps 50 W SuperDart charging however comes with the identical 65 W charger that’s out there with the X7 Professional. Regardless, the marginally throttled 50 W charging expertise was not dangerous in any respect. It would juice up the telephone from 0-100% in about 50 minutes, which is nice conserving in thoughts what the competitors (Xiaomi and Motorola) have on provide.

Must you purchase one?

On condition that 5G is nowhere in sight in the meanwhile and that the majority finances smartphones normally don’t undergo milestone Android updates too properly, you’ll find yourself upgrading to a 5G gadget when 5G does arrive (probably in a yr or two) and is usable in India.

In case you are searching for a finances smartphone with 5G, then there’s actually no cause to purchase the Realme X7, until you can’t do with an OLED show.

If 5G, gaming efficiency and a strong battery life is a precedence to your subsequent finances smartphone buy, then I’d strongly advocate the Moto G 5G (Review) over the Realme X7.

The digicam might not be excellent (neither is the X7’s digicam) and the telephone is a bit chunky (due to that 5,000 mAh battery), however it’s bought a killer two-day battery life, with a robust Snapdragon 750G chipset and the most recent software program with a close to inventory model of Android 11. And if you happen to care about it, the G additionally has a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

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In case you are searching for a finances smartphone with 5G, then there’s actually no cause to purchase the Realme X7, until you can’t do with an OLED show. Picture: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

And since we’re speaking ‘finances 5G’, I need to point out the Xiaomi Mi 10i (Review), though Nimish wasn’t impressed with that 108 MP digicam’s low gentle efficiency in his overview.

As you possibly can inform, there’s all the time some type of compromise concerned with the above talked about 5G smartphones. And for this reason I’d advocate spending a bit extra (round Rs 5000) and go in for a OnePlus Nord (Review). Priced from Rs 24,999 onwards it bought nice specs and appears to be an all-rounder going by Ameya’s overview.

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