First Impressions: realme 7


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While the realme 7 Pro is geared more towards content creation, the realme 7, on the other hand, is primarily pitted as a gaming-focused smartphone.


realme 7 unit (30)It’s got a mirror space design that uses a smooth and slightly glossy finish that reacts nicely to light.  It’s also not as slippery as a typical glass back. Speaking of which, you get a quad-camera module and a bit of branding.

realme 7 unit (42)The device uses a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and retains the headphone jack at the bottom, alongside a speaker grille, microphone, and a USB-C port.

realme 7 unit (84)realme 7 has a 6.5-inch FHD+ LTPS display with up to 480nits of brightness.

realme 7 unit (67)While you don’t get the saturation of the Pro’s AMOLED screen, the trade-off is that you do get a 90Hz refresh rate, which to some people is more of a win. Comparing it to a standard 60Hz screen, the difference in smoothness and fluidity is very noticeable.


This is also the first smartphone to run on the new Helio G95 SoC by MediaTek, along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, expandable using a micro SD card. Being pitted for gaming, it’s also equipped with a carbon fiber cooling system.

realme 7 unit (79)We’ll leave the benchmarks for the full review, but we can at least confirm that it’ll run Mobile Legends with everything cranked up, HFR, and HD Mode ON with no problems. For CoD Mobile, it can go Very High Graphics plus High FPS setting. We’re guessing that it could do better and that it’s just an issue of optimization since the SoC is pretty new.


realme 7 unit (23)For optics, it uses the 2nd generation 64MP Sony IMX682 as the main sensor, along with an 8MP ultra-wide unit, and a pair of 2MP sensors for portrait and macro photography.

realme 7 camera samples (23)realme 7 camera samples (15)realme 7 camera samples (20)On initial look, photos show good texture and detail, along with good exposure.

realme 7 camera samples (32)realme 7 camera samples (33)Selfies taken by the 16MP front camera are also decent, though I did notice that even with AI Beautification off, there seems to be a bit of glow applied to the face.

realme has equipped this device with 240fps slow motion, which works as intended. There’s also UIS and UIS Max video stabilization. Both work well in keeping the video steady but in exchange for noticeably degraded quality. It’s also able to record 4K videos at 30fps. The quality is decent, but with no stabilization, you get a very shaky video.

The company also introduces Starry Mode, which basically lets you take beautiful photos of the night sky. I tested it and got… well.. decent results.

Now, you can also apply a bunch of filters to your night shots. Choose from Modern Gold, Cyberpunk, and Flamingo.


realme 7 unit (66)On the software side, it runs realme UI on top of Android 10 and packs most of the well-loved features that I personally like. There’s Dark Mode and Game Space which lets you choose a performance profile for the games installed on the device.

realme 7 unit (64)Then there’s the Smart Sidebar which lets you quickly capture screenshots, launch apps, and even capture what’s on-screen in a few taps.


realme 7 unit (63)realme 7 packs a 5,000mAh battery and supports 30W Dart Charge. That’s not as fast as the Pro, but it’s still faster than what you usually get.

realme Philippines is geared to announce the local pricing of the realme 7 during the online launch that’s happening on September 30 via its official Facebook page.

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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