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realme 7 Review: Unbeatable Midrange Gaming Smartphone

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The official launch of the realme 7 Series in the Philippines has brought excitement to the local smartphone market. Boasting a sleek gradient design, a robust processor, high-powered performance, and rapid charging, both the realme 7 and realme 7 Pro have captured the attention of everyone.

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In this review, our focus centers on the realme 7, as we look into its features like cameras, gaming capabilities, battery performance, and more.

realme 7 Specs:

Android 10, Realme UI
6.5-inch Full HD+ IPS display (1080 x 2400 resolution) at 405 PPI
90Hz refresh rate
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
2.05 GHz Mediatek Helio G95 octa-core processor
Mali-G76 MC4 GPU
8GB RAM
128GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD
64MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide) main + 8MP, f/2.3, 119˚, ultra wide-angle + 2MP, f/2.4, macro + 2MP, f/2.4, depth rear cameras, LED flash
16MP, f/2.1, Sony IMX 471 wide-angle selfie camera
Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Dual SIM, Dual Standby
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
GPS, GLONASS, BDS
USB Type-C
5,000mAh battery, 30W SuperDart Charge
Colors: Mist Blue, Mist White
196.5g


realme 7 Design
Sharing a common design with the realme 7 Pro, the realme 7 stands out with a lighter color scheme, particularly in its mirror blue version. The quad-camera layout is horizontally arranged, enhancing the visual appeal. 

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Noteworthy is the integration of the fingerprint scanner into the power button on the right side, a practical and efficient choice that allows quick and convenient unlocking even in standby mode.

realme 7 Display
The realme 7 features a 6.5-inch Full HD+ IPS display, slightly larger than its Pro counterpart. The 90Hz refresh rate and 90.5% screen-to-body ratio contribute to a visually immersive experience. The LCD panel delivers vibrant colors and wide viewing angles, making it ideal for gaming.

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The Eye Comfort and Dark Mode features enhance user customization, while the Widevine L1 certification ensures HD streaming on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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The LCD panel looks nice, and the brightness levels are good. Colors are presented in vivid colors, and viewing angles are amazing and wide, just don't use it in direct sunlight. Thanks to its 90Hz refresh rate, scrolling on apps is smoother and more responsive. It has Widevine L1 certification, so it means playing HD quality on Netflix and Amazon Prime is available.

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We enjoyed watching our movies and our favorite TV shows on Netflix on this device, the colors look great, and the refresh rate is really impressive. It features Eye Comfort, which allows you to customize the color temperatures, and a blue light filter to reduce strain on the eyes while using it for a long period and for reading at night. It also sets the schedule for when it will be activated. It also features Dark Mode system-wide, it even supports schedule time and applies Dark Mode to third-party apps, which is still beta mode.

realme 7 Performance
It's powered by a Helio G95 Gaming processor with up to 2.05GHz clock speed. The Helio G95 sports two Cortex A76 cores, along with six Cortex A55 cores, and graphics performance handled by the Arm Mali-G76 MC4 with up to 900MHz for boosted gaming performance. It also comes with 8GB LPDDR4x of RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 of internal storage.

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On day-to-day usage, this phone can perform great, opening apps is swift, multitasking is a breeze, and switching apps between social media and gaming is quick, which means the RAM management together with the realme AI works great.

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On AntuTu, it scores 295771, which is not bad for a midrange device, ranking 52nd, beating the Mi Note 10 Pro. For the real test, we downloaded some of the most popular games available on Google Play today.


Playing Call of Duty Mobile on this phone is a smooth experience, even at high graphics settings with consistent frame rates. Asphalt 9: Legends is another game that runs smoothly, allowing us to enjoy extended gaming sessions. We also tried War Robots, and while the graphics and gameplay are fantastic, it tends to load slowly. Fortunately, the phone supports dual-band WiFi, ensuring faster and more stable wireless connections. Additionally, it has 4G LTE support on its dual nano-SIM, making it possible to play games on the go.

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One noteworthy aspect is that we didn't experience any overheating issues during our gaming sessions with the realme 7, which is quite impressive. This indicates that the carbon fiber cooling system effectively maintains the device's high-speed performance.

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When it comes to gaming, audio is a crucial aspect. However, the realme 7 disappoints slightly in this department, featuring only a single loudspeaker at the bottom that doesn't deliver the best sound quality. It would have been an improvement if it came with Dual Stereo speakers like the realme 7 Pro. But it does support wired earphones through the 3.5mm headphone jack, providing good-quality audio. Alternatively, users can opt for a more immersive wireless audio experience by connecting Bluetooth earphones such as the realme Buds Q.

realme 7 Cameras
The realme 7 comes with an advanced AI quad-camera system that includes a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens, a macro lens, and a B&W portrait lens.

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The main camera utilizes a Sony IMX682 Sensor, enabling it to capture detailed images with a pixel size of up to 1.6 μm. The additional ultra wide-angle lens, macro lens, and B&W portrait lens add versatility to the camera system, allowing users to explore various photography options.

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The realme 7's camera setup, exemplified by the provided samples, effectively highlights the device's impressive photography capabilities.

realme 7 Battery with 30W SuperDart Charge
Equipped with a 5,000mAh battery and 30W Dart Charge, it offers an impressive balance between battery life and fast charging. The claimed 50% charge in just 26 minutes holds true in real-world scenarios. The phone easily lasts a whole day with regular use, and the 8 to 10 hours of on-screen time are commendable. The inclusion of power-saving modes further extends the battery life.

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Charging takes about 65 minutes from 0 to 100% using the 30-watt Super Charge. Now that's fast considering that it comes with a large capacity battery. If you want to extend battery life, you can set up additional power-saving modes for longer battery life.

In terms of protection, realme 7 includes five layers of security protection and provides hardware-level security protection for the entire charging process.

On a side note, both realme 7 and realme 7 Pro passed the TÜV Rheinland Smartphone Reliability Verification. The verification contains 22 major tests (12 daily-use scenarios, four component reliability, and six extreme environments) and 38 minor tests. realme has upgraded quality tests to further improve the reliability of smartphones, allowing realme users to freely enjoy the pleasure brought by the leap-forward technology and trendsetting design.

Pros:
Premium-looking design
Well-built and sturdy construction
90Hz display for smooth visuals
Solid overall performance
Impressive battery life
Fast charging capability
Great camera features

Cons:
Not a significant upgrade from realme 6
Video quality could be improved
No included earphones

Verdict
The realme 7 stands out as a robust midrange gaming smartphone. Games run seamlessly with high frame rates, and the 90Hz display enhances the gaming experience. The device's substantial battery capacity ensures prolonged connectivity and gaming sessions. The impressive camera capabilities make it an excellent choice for streaming gameplay online. While it may not bring groundbreaking changes from its predecessor, the realme 7 excels at delivering a solid and enjoyable smartphone experience.

The realme 7 is priced at ₱14,990 and it's available in all realme stores and kiosks nationwide. It is also conveniently available on Lazada and Shopee online stores.

Note that all the photos featured in this article were captured using the new realme 7 Pro.
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