Realme’s cookie-cutter design formulation for its smartphones appear to be working in its favour, and kicking 2021 off are two new fashions known as the Realme X7 and the Realme X7 Pro. Each smartphones have been introduced final 12 months in China, although with totally different names, and are making their solution to our market now. Right this moment we’ll be trying out the Realme X7 Professional that is priced at Rs. 29,999, which by the appears to be like of it, slots in between the Realme X7 and the Realme X50 Pro (Review).
This is among the first smartphones in India to function MediaTek’s Dimensity collection 5G SoCs. It additionally boasts of a high-refresh-rate show, super-fast charging and loads of cameras. So far as the competitors goes, it takes on telephones such because the OnePlus Nord (Review) and the Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G (Review). So does the X7 Professional 5G provide higher worth than both of those? Let’s discover out.
Realme X7 Professional 5G value and variants
Realme has launched the X7 Professional 5G in India in a single configuration, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. That is LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 storage, nonetheless there is not any assist for expandable storage within the type of a microSD card slot. There are two color choices — Mystic Black and Fantasy — of which the latter is the one I’ve. It has an iridescent glass rear panel and appears fairly funky, however I actually want Realme hadn’t embossed its slogan on the again. This might have been saved on the bundled case as a substitute. Fortunately, the black model would not have this writing.
Realme X7 Professional 5G design and specs
The Realme X7 Professional 5G appears to be like fairly just like the Realme 7 Pro (Review), particularly the design of the rear digicam module. One-handed use is sort of comfy due to the slim physique and comparatively low weight of 184g. The bodily buttons have a very good tactile really feel and the polycarbonate body feels sturdy. The glass again and the pre-applied display screen protector do choose up plenty of fingerprints, however these are simple to wipe off.
The show is among the highlights of the Realme X7 Professional, and Realme hasn’t held again. It is a 6.55-inch full-HD+ Tremendous AMOLED panel with an in-display fingerprint sensor, 120Hz refresh charge, Gorilla Glass 5, and assist for HDR video playback. You get slim bezels across the show and a claimed peak brightness of 1,200nits. This show appears to be like nice, contact response is correct, and content material may be very legible even underneath brilliant lights.
The Realme X7 Professional 5G is lacking a headphone socket, but it surely does include a Sort-C to three.5mm adapter within the field. The remainder of the field contents are a 65W adapter, USB Sort-C cable, case, and the SIM eject device.
One other function value noting is using MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000+ 5G SoC, which we just lately noticed in motion in Oppo’s Reno 5 Professional 5G. It is fairly a power-efficient SoC with robust CPU and GPU efficiency. There’s additionally dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, NFC, assist for 5 satellite tv for pc navigation programs, and the standard suite of sensors.
Realme X7 Professional 5G efficiency and battery life
The Realme X7 Professional 5G ran easily within the brief time I needed to check it. I did not discover any unwarranted heating, system lag, or slowdowns of any sort. The 120Hz show makes utilization really feel fluid, and the telephone will routinely swap between 120Hz and 60Hz primarily based on the app getting used. Nonetheless, it isn’t adaptive like we just lately noticed on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Review), so even when no contact enter is registered, the show will proceed to run at 120Hz. This wasn’t a really large deal in my expertise because it did not appear to adversely have an effect on battery life an excessive amount of.
Realme claims that the in-display fingerprint sensor is thinner than one utilized in its earlier fashions, and in my expertise, it really works simply in addition to earlier than. A lightweight contact is all that is wanted for a profitable unlock. Face recognition is equally fast and works very properly even in poor lighting, which has been a working theme on Realme smartphones.
The Realme X7 Professional 5G remains to be working Realme UI 1.0, primarily based on Android 10. The subsequent model primarily based on Android 11 remains to be a piece in progress, though Realme has began an early entry program for a few of its smartphones. There’s not a lot that we’ve not already seen. Realme UI is sort of polished at this level and is simple to get used to. It is nonetheless flooded with bloatware, though most of that may be eliminated. The Browser app specifically is infamous for sending spammy notifications, even in case you’ve by no means opened the app. You may need to dive into its settings to disable this behaviour.
Gaming and media efficiency was wonderful. The Realme X7 Professional 5G posted robust benchmark numbers; higher than what the Oppo Reno 5 Professional 5G managed. Video games equivalent to Oceanhorn and Name of Obligation Cell ran effortlessly, with out inflicting any kind of heating concern. The telephone has a vapour chamber cooling system, which appears to be doing its job fairly successfully. The X7 Professional 5G has stereo audio system together with Dolby Atmos, which collectively, produce wealthy and pretty detailed audio.
Even with heavy use, the 4,500mAh battery simply managed to get me by one full day. The 65W SuperDart quick charging signifies that this telephone will be charged as much as 91 p.c in half an hour, which may be very fast. The Realme X7 Professional 5G lasted for 16 hours, 42 minutes in our HD video loop check, which once more, is sweet.
Realme X7 Professional 5G cameras
The Realme X7 Professional 5G has a well-recognized digicam configuration which we have seen on a few of its earlier smartphones. You get a 32-megapixel selfie digicam on the entrance, and on the again, there are 4 sensors which embody a 64-megapixel fundamental digicam, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle digicam, a 2-megapixel monochrome digicam, and a 2-megapixel macro digicam. You possibly can shoot as much as 4K 60fps video however solely with the primary rear digicam. The selfie digicam is restricted to taking pictures 1080p video. Different video options embody Nightscape for video, AI Color Portrait, and real-time video bokeh results — all of which we have seen in earlier Realme smartphones.
The Realme X7 Professional 5G captures good particulars and publicity in panorama photographs. HDR is dealt with properly and there is not any shutter lag when taking pictures throughout the day. I had the ‘AI scene’ toggle switched off since I want a extra pure tone, however in case you like punchy colors then you may allow it. The 16-megapixel pixel-binned pictures that this telephone captures by default provide superb particulars, even for close-up photographs, though you may shoot on the full 64-megapixel decision if wanted. The ultra-wide angle digicam has its makes use of however understand that particulars are weaker. The monochrome digicam is just used when you choose the ’06’ filter in Portrait mode, whereas the macro digicam produces predictably satisfactory outcomes if there’s ample mild.
Whereas the rear cameras are pretty dependable throughout the day, they have a tendency to essentially battle in low mild. Common low-light photographs do not pack in plenty of element however Nightscape helps in getting higher exposures. Even so, I observed plenty of undesirable noise which made very darkish areas look patchy. That is much more pronounced when utilizing Nightscape with the ultra-wide angle digicam. The X7 Professional 5G additionally struggles to concentrate on close-up topics in very darkish circumstances. Nonetheless, give the sensors sufficient synthetic mild and you may get some very usable photographs.
Video high quality is respectable at 4K with good stabilisation, and the autofocus adjusted rapidly once I modified my body. The outcomes have been grainy once I was taking pictures at night time, and whereas the Extremely Night time video mode does enhance the ISO to make the output brighter, I misplaced out on texture high quality in consequence.
The selfie digicam manages to seize respectable photographs underneath good mild, nonetheless regardless of turning off the wonder filter, pores and skin tones nonetheless ended up wanting smoothened. The Realme X7 Professional 5G captures usable selfies indoors however in case you’re taking pictures outdoor at night time, you may want the display screen flash.
General, the cameras on the Realme X7 Professional 5G do a good job in case you’re taking pictures throughout the day, however battle to ship passable leads to low mild.
The Realme X7 Pro 5G checks lots of the containers for a stable mid-range “flagship killer”, and in some ways, looks like a worthy successor to the Realme X2 Pro (Review). It provides a vivid show, easy efficiency, nice battery life, very quick charging, and respectable cameras for daylight taking pictures. The addition of stereo audio system and assist for 5G makes it a very good potential different to the OnePlus Nord, regardless that the storage is restricted to simply 128GB.
Nonetheless, I believe Realme may have achieved much more to make this a memorable smartphone and actually set it other than its mainstream quantity collection. The design, for example, is just like that of the corporate’s 7 collection, and lots of the X7 Professional’s options are additionally accessible in Realme’s extra inexpensive fashions. The cameras aren’t very spectacular in low mild both; an space during which Oppo’s Reno 5 Pro 5G pulls forward. After which there’s the software program, which remains to be Android 10 when most different producers are launching telephones primarily based on Android 11.
The Realme X7 Professional 5G provides good worth at Rs. 29,999, however in comparison with the OnePlus Nord and Oppo Reno 5 Professional 5G, it merely is not as thrilling correctly.