Realme introduced the X7 series with a focus on the mid-range segment. The brand launched Realme X7 and the Realme X7 Pro to give buyers options at different price point. We have already looked at the capabilities of the X7 few weeks back and now we got a chance to spend some quality time with the Realme X7 Pro to see if it really is the Pro as claimed. In terms of the features, the phone does get an AMOLED screen and supports a high refresh rate for fluid navigation.
But we’re more intrigued to see if the new MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ 5G chipset has the power and efficiency to match your needs. We are going to find out all that and more in our detailed review.
Design and display
- 160.8 x 75.1 x 8.5mm, 184 grams
- 6.55-inch AMOLED, Full HD+, 1200nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Realme X7 Pro does well to justify its higher price tag with its overall design and build quality. The use of glass has been smartly done to make sure it does not feel slippery. The edges are neatly rounded off and the dimensions ensure the phone does not feel unwieldy while holding it. At the back, the mix of glass and matte finishing ensures it is not very flimsy and the smudges are not too pronounced.
But what did annoy us is the large Dare to Leap branding embossed at the back of the phone. I mean, we get it, the brand wants to showcase what it stands for, but surely not at the cost of something as prominent as this. Purely for this reason, we would choose the other colour variant.
The power button sits on the right side of the phone, and the volume controls are on the left side. You will also find the USB Type-C port at the bottom, slotted between the SIM card slot and the stereo speaker. And, as you might have noticed, the Realme X7 Pro misses out on the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.
Unlike the X7, Realme has thrown in everything but the kitchen sink for the display on the X7 Pro. It sports a 6.55-inch AMOLED panel that offers punchy colours. Brightness and contrast are on the higher side for a pleasant viewing experience.
Having support for 120Hz refresh rate changes the dynamics of how you see content on the screen. But somehow Realme has decided to limit the capability to switch between 60Hz and 120Hz. Even then, it is hard to ignore the fluid nature and the well-balanced use of an AMOLED.
The screen gets a punch hole design that houses the front selfie camera on the top-left that gets you immersed into videos with its larger screen real estate.
You also have the on-screen fingerprint sensor that is easy to set up and during our time, the performance of the sensor was quick and we did not face any issues while using it.
- Rear: 64-megapixel primary sensor, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, 2-megapixel macro sensor, and 2-megapixel depth sensor
- Front: 32-megapixel
Realme X7 Pro features a quad rear camera that consists of a 64-megapixel primary camera, along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, 2-megapixel macro sensor and 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, the X7 Pro gets a 32-megapixel camera for selfies, video calls and Full HD+ video recording. The main camera offers features like Ultra 64MP mode, Super Nightscape 4.0, Expert Mode, Ultra Wide mode, AI Beauty, and Filter among others. Even for videos you get an ultra nightscape mode.
Now coming to the quality of the cameras on the phone, it is fair to say the main 64-megapixel camera does pack a punch, as long as it gets reasonable amount of light to work on. Images are sharp, the details on the subject are pronounced and the colours are life-like and nothing over the top. We barely noticed any shutter lag or delay in focus while shooting outdoors.
But things could certainly improve when it comes to shooting in low light. We noticed a slight lag before the image gets captured and the overall processing left us underwhelmed. The colours are a bit off and even the details are slightly grainy. Don’t get me wrong, the images are not abject failure, it is just that we expect more out of phones in this price range nowadays. Hopefully, Realme can fix the issues with a firmware update.
The additional lenses add extra appeal and give versatile options to the person using the phone. The ultra-wide camera does its best in bright outdoor conditions, giving you a different perspective of the same location. The macro lens manages to blur out the background effectively, leaving you with an image that fits into the portrait bracket. But the results in low-light are fairly average as expected.
The front camera might give you a lot of megapixels but the results are similar to what we have seen with other phones these days. The over-processing of selfies tapers down the quality of the image, where not only are the details missing, but you tend to lose the realness of the image as well.
Performance, software and battery
- Android 10 with Realme UI
- MediaTek Dimensity 1000+
- 8GB + 128GB
- 4,310mAh battery, 65W Super Dart Charge
MediaTek has tried its best to compete and convince buyers that its chipset are capable and efficient. Most of their claims haven’t got the desired results. But with the Dimensity chipset, things have changed and the new Dimensity 1000+ is a 5G phone SoC that promises a lot, without compromising on much.
Using this processor could have been a big risk for Realme but from what we have seen with the X7 Pro, the results are impressive. The phone features 8GB of RAM and 128GB onboard storage that supports UFS 2.1 and Turbo Write technology but is not expandable. There was nothing to complain about the performance of the phone.
This chipset delivers understated performance, without any noticeable heating to report which eventually works out in favour of the built-in battery. With a high refresh rate screen, Realme was asking a lot out of the Dimensity 1000+ chipset but it handles all tasks effortlessly, no matter what you throw at the phone.
When it comes to gaming, our primary use case revolves around Call of Duty: Mobile and we played it for well over an hour across different graphics settings. Again, no major heating issues or lag was observed and even the battery life did not come down massively.
A special mention for the stereo speakers on the Realme X7 Pro. These are loud and enrich the experience of watching videos with the extra thump and the power that everyone likes. But missing out on memory card slot as well as headphone jack was a bitter pill to swallow.
The other thing we didn’t like is the use of Realme UI version based on Android 10 operating system. We do like the near stock Android-like experience of the interface. But the amount bloatware needs to be kept in check. More than that, Realme X7 Pro in 2021 should be running on Android 11 software.
And finally, the overall efficiency of the device was backed by its battery life. Realme X7 Pro packs a 4,310mAh unit which isn’t the biggest you will find these days. But having it support 65W Dart Charge technology was always going to make up for the smaller capacity. And the results clearly show us the virtue of that. During our lengthy video loop test on YouTube, we ran a 2-hour-long video on full brightness and 120Hz refresh rate. The battery dropped from 88 percent to 74 percent during that time.
So, even with rugged use, Realme X7 Pro will last you for a day and more without having to hunt for the charger in the middle of the day. And the best thing is, you do not have to manually switch the refresh rate to save the juice in the tank.
The Realme X7 Pro is a powerful and featured-packed device as we have pointed out in the headline itself. There is no other way to put it. The use of MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset works like a charm on all fronts. And if the night shooting capabilities of the camera are improved, you get a device that justifies its value in true sense. The AMOLED panel is bright and offers punchy colours with deep blacks. The high refresh rate is a given at this price point these days.
The battery sees the benefit of having a power-efficient 7nm 5G chipset and 65W charging support is always a big bonus. Yes, the competition is stiff with the OnePlus Nord 5G and the Oppo Reno 5 Pro in this category, but for worth, the Realme X7 Pro is no slouch either.
Pricebaba’s rating: 8/10
- Bright AMOLED display
- 120Hz refresh rate
- Powerful performance from Dimensity 1000+
- Impressive daylight shooting with primary camera
- 65W fast charging support
- Average low-light photography
- Bloatware in Realme UI
- Misses out on memory card slot
- No headphone jack