It was also the most affordable smartphone within the sub-Rs 211,000 price range. The OnePlus Nord was a mid-range smartphone that is 5G enabled. It was the best value. It featured superior hardware at a base price in the region of Rs 24,999.
Motorola’s Moto G 5G 5G 5G was launched at Rs 20,999 by 2020. A few months later, we had the Mi 10i5G and now the affordable X7 by Realme.
The Moto G5G’s saving grace? Its stock-looking Android Software. 5G is unlikely to be available in the near future. Even if 5G isn’t important to your decision (and it shouldn’t), there are still reasons to choose Moto G, despite the average camera. The most important features of the Xiaomi Mi 10i are its 108 MP camera, 120 Hz display and 120 Hz screen.
It is hard to see the Realme X7’s additional value beyond 5G. Here are the problems.
The regular Space Silver finish isn’t as exciting as the Nebula. People who are looking for cool things without bold branding won’t find many options.
Although I don’t like the bold “Dare to jump!” branding, Although I don’t like the bold ‘Dare to leap!’ branding, I love the Nebula reflective back design. It is a mix of red, yellow and blue with a gradient orange frame. It is also easily visible from an angle. The Nebula finish also features a layer of purple and green, which adds to its appeal. Nebula is a unique finish that targets youth.
Excellent fit and finish. It is hard to believe that the X7 budget phone is even affordable. The X7’s frame and curved back are made of plastic, not metal and glass. Gorilla Glass 5 is used for the screen.
Although the build quality is great, there are some things that could be better than others. A port for the 3.5mm headset jack and a second speaker are missing from the top. You won’t be able to hear stereo sound effects while watching movies or playing games. The speaker at the bottom of the unit is loud but not as immersive as dual speakers. Realme also includes a Type C-3.5mm adapter that can be used to connect a wired headset.
60 Hz OLED goodness
The Realme X7 has a similar setup as the Realme 7 Pro. The 60 Hz FHD+ OLED screen has a hole punched cutout to accommodate the 16MP camera. Realme’s UI software made it responsive and fast for everyday tasks. The software plays an important role in this. Its fluidity allowed me to see every panel with a refresh rate of 90 Hz.
The OLED panel is bright enough to be visible in bright afternoon sunlight and can show colours that may seem too saturated. OLED panels offer excellent viewing angles and come with AOD notifications. A fingerprint reader is included in the display. Widevine L1 support streaming movies in deep blacks was a wonderful experience. To get the best sound, headphones are required.
Excellent touch sampling rate of 180Hz. I had no problems using apps and games.
Software looks better than it is .
Realme X7 runs Android 10 with the Realme UI skin. It was responsive quickly to taps and gestures, and felt light and fluid during day-to-day use. The software layer may not be as customizable as Oppo ColorOS 11, but it will be with Realme UI V2.0 which offers many improvements.
It seems more stocky than usual for the moment. Realme could use a better haptic engine for software updates. It vibrates loud enough for small interactions, such as typing on the keyboard, and it feels very basic.
Great performer, but not optimized to gaming
The MediaTek 800U chipset was a highlight of Realme’s X7 Series Launch. This is the first Indian smartphone with one. This chipet is mid-range and should be able compete with the Snapdragon 765G. It falls short of the Snapdragon 765G.
But that’s not the problem with my chipset.
As we mentioned in the software section, the chipset runs very smoothly and is extremely reliable. The settings available when you open a new game will surprise you.
Call of Duty Mobile was smooth, but there were some stuttering. Because it didn’t have other graphic settings, it maxed at Medium graphics (High Frame Rate). This chipset was designed to run mid-range devices. It should be able to run the game at Very High or High. This could be due to poor optimization. This chipset is still relatively new so it may take some time before the 800U is fully supported by developers.
Asphalt 9 Legends ran smoothly, with only a few dropped frames. There were also some hiccups when using high quality graphics settings. The best settings for this game were the default (or medium). Real Racing 3 and older titles performed well, but at a lower resolution.
This smartphone is not designed for gaming, despite the exceptional heat management (liquid cool) it has. Developers will not be able to support this chipet until they do.
A budget smartphone with a average camera
Sometimes bigger is not always the best. Camera sensors work in the same way. Camera software, other imaging algorithms, and the ISP (onboard with the chipset) all play a major role in the image quality. Although the Realme X7’s 64MP sensor may look very similar to the Realme 7 Pro, the results are quite different.
Clear images are taken in daylight by the primary camera. It has sufficient detail for subjects or objects that are stable. The noise suppression can be a bit harsh but the colours are boosted in saturation so they look good, provided you don’t pixel-peep. The dynamic range is good so you won’t get crushed blacks in the shadows.
After sunset, the details are less apparent. The aggressive noise suppression algorithms that I used to take photos in daylight result in textures that look more like paintings. Naturally, I assumed that Night mode would fix it. It worked… in a certain manner.
Night mode produces crisp, clear images. It does not have texture nor grain. Although the images may look great, if you zoom in you will see all of the details that have disappeared. Although the night photos are beautiful, they can be a bit dreamy. These photos are also lacking in detail, especially when compared with the Real 7 Pro (same price, Snapdragon chipset), that was jaw-droppingly impressive at the same task.
It is easy to use the 8 MP ultra-wideangle lens, but there is a lot of barrel distortion. Realme also allows you to use the Night Mode. This lens is great for different perspectives. Macro cameras can take some unrealistic photos because they are too processed. Although it may seem appealing to others, I didn’t find it appealing to me. I prefer the cropped output from the 64 MP sensor.
Even at 4K 30fps, the stabilization provided by the camera was excellent. The stabilization was superb, even though 4K 30fps had a poor resolution. Smooth shooting at 1080p 60fps was possible thanks to a steady bitrate. The colours were too saturated, even though I could capture the most detail at 4K @30fps. Some may like the bright colors that look like they are running an Instagram filter. I did not like them. Even on a color-accurate monitor, it seemed a bit too busy.
Although the 16MP selfie camera may seem less powerful than the 32MP camera on the 7 Pro, it still managed to capture exceptional selfies in portrait mode under all lighting conditions.