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Realme 7 Pro unboxing and first impressions: living up to the ‘Pro’ moniker

On: September 4, 2020

Realme recently launched its latest mid-range offerings called Realme 7 and  Realme 7 Pro in India. The Pro model is an upgrade over the standard variant with a Super AMOLED display, an in-display fingerprint scanner, 65W fast charging and 32-megapixel selfie camera, among others.

Also read: Realme 7 review: the new mid-range king

The Realme 7 Pro is Rs 4,000 more expensive than the standard variant, and has the goods to justify the premium pricing. I spent a little time with the smartphone and the first impressions are very favourable. Without any further ado, let’s delve into my experience with the new launch.

The Realme 7 Pro comes in the signature yellow box of the brand. Lifting the lid, you will see a cardboard sheath containing the smoky TPU case and documentation. Remove the sheath and you will find the Realme 7 Pro wrapped in plastic on top of the SIM ejector tool, 65W SuperDart charger and a USB Type-C cable. Realme has pre-applied a screen protector on the device, which is a plus. However, there are no earphones in the package.

The Realme 7 Pro comes with the same design as the standard variant with slight changes. It’s offered in Mirror Silver and Mirror Blue colours with the same ‘AG Split Design’ inspired by mirrors. I received the latter and it looks stunning, to say the least. The quad-camera module on the back panel is shorter than the one on the Realme 7, as the fourth sensor has been moved above the LED flash. Apart from the camera module and the Realme logo, the rear panel is bare.

Other elements include 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C port and speaker grille at the bottom, and a single noise-cancelling mic on the top. The volume buttons and the SIM tray are located on the left, while the power button is on the right. Unlike the power button-embedded fingerprint scanner on the standard Realme 7, the Pro variant features an in-display fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate.

Coming to the display, while the standard Realme 7 features an IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate, the Pro variant ships with a 60Hz panel. This is because Realme has opted for a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel on the Pro variant with FHD+ resolution. While the 60Hz is a downgrade, the Super AMOLED panel more than makes up for it. It offers impressive sharpness, vibrant colours with deeper blacks and good brightness levels. The phone also has Widevine L1 certification, which means it can stream online videos on Netflix and Prime Video in high resolution.

The smartphone features the 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, which also powered its predecessor Realme 6 Pro (review). The processor is loaded with features like 5th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine, Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming features and Qualcomm Location Suite. Realme is offering the phone in 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB configurations. In my short experience with the smartphone, it handled multitasking, casual gaming and day to day usage very well.

The phone boots Android 10-based Realme UI out of the box and is powered by a 4,500mAh battery with support for 65W SuperDART fast charging. Notably, this is the only smartphone at this price point to offer 65W fast charging, which completely charges the battery in 34 minutes as per the brand. Realme claims that in just 3 minutes of charging, the 7 Pro can offer 3 rounds (1.2 hours) of PUBG, 2 hours of Instagram, 2.5 hours of YouTube and 4 days on standby. I couldn’t test these figures out but they do sound impressive at this price.

The Realme 7 Pro is equipped with a 64-megapixel Sony IMX682 primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, 2-megapixel BnW portrait unit and a 2-megapixel macro shooter. This is the same setup as the Realme 7 and offers features like pro nightscape, starry mode, expert mode, HDR, ultra macro, and slow motion, to name a few.

Just like Realme 7, the camera captures good daylight images with a good amount of details. The dedicated night mode helps in taking clearer pictures at night but the issue of noise remains. Realme 7 Pro comes with a 32-megapixel camera on the front and it clicks good selfies.

So, should you buy the Realme 7 Pro over the Realme 7? Yes, definitely if you have the budget for it. You get a vibrant AMOLED panel, more power-efficient processor, 65W fast charging tech and powerful cameras at an affordable price point.

The closest contender to Realme 7 Pro is the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, which offers the same processor, 64-megapixel quad-cameras, 32-megapixel selfie camera and similar top configurations. The Redmi offering misses out on the 65W fast charging and an AMOLED display but is also much cheaper with base variant (6GB + 64GB) starting at Rs 16,999.

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Abhiman Biswas

Abhiman is obsessed with all things tech. His hobbies include reading on his Kindle and clicking random pictures on his phone. His secret superpowers happen to be mixing great cocktails and lip reading. In his spare time, you are likely to find him cleaning his aquascape, researching new species of aquatic fishes and planning which aquatic plants to buy next.