Smartphones today are compatible with other segments as well as the segments for which they were made. These phones appeal to different segments. This can lead to increased sales for the company. One such smartphone was the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. One such smartphone is the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is a premium smartphone that offers everything a premium buyer would want: 108MP camera and Snapdragon 865 SoC. It’s also priced lower than its premium counterparts. The smartphone is affordable for people who want a top-end mid-range smartphone. It’s priced in the upper 30s. This smartphone was a great deal for the money compared with the OnePlus 8T and the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. It appealed to middle-range buyers, who normally would choose an Oppo or Vivo but are willing to pay a few thousand more for greater performance.
The recently launched Realme X7 Pro falls under the same category as Snapdragon 865. This smartphone will appeal to budget-minded buyers as well as mid-range consumers looking for premium smartphones with comparable performance. Although it won’t be as fast or as powerful as the Snapdragon 865 SoC, the MediaTek Dimensity 1,000+ SoC is comparable in performance and price to match the Snapdragon 865.
The smartphone is a master of all trades and I found it to offer great value for money. There are some issues that can make the difference for some buyers.
The Realme X7 Pro belongs to the X Series. Design is a priority. While I don’t know the name of the more prominent “Fantasy” finish, I liked the Mystic Black option that was sent to me for review. It is made from 3D curved Gorilla Glass 5 and has a metal frame. It appears black straight up but becomes a more navy-colored shade when viewed at an angle.
Realme offered buyers the chance to remove the “Dare to leap” branding. This is a prominent feature on the back panel. I also had the Realme 7 Nebula color option. Then I asked my family and friends their opinions on the company motto printed on a cell phone’s back. It was loved by some and not so much by others. You can make that decision, but it is your choice. For those who want something subtler, I am glad there is one color that does away with branding.
A good OLED display.
This 6.55-inch FHD+AMOLED smartphone with hole-punch is a great deal. The smartphone comes with stereo speakers at both ends. It has slim bezels, a 120Hz refresh rate, and 240Hz touch sampling. It is ideal for gaming, and it allows fluid interactions with RealmeUI.
The colours are vivid, despite the sharp display. Although it is impossible to adjust the saturation, it can be managed and not too high.
In bright sunlight, it was easy to read. It is also resistant to cracking and scratching thanks to the Gorilla Glass 5. The OLED display can also include the Always-on Display (AOD), which is a great option even though it does not have an LED notification light. OLED displays also have an in-display fingerprint reader, which is very efficient.
Software can be as flexible and fluid as it needs
Realme UI 1.0 with Android 10 are pre-loaded on the handset. The handset comes preloaded with Realme UI 1.0 and Android 10. Realme informed customers that the handset will soon receive an Android 11 update.
Software-wise, AOD could be more customizable. You cannot change the default setting of the mantra, which is “Dare To Jump”, and it does not allow you to personalise it. This is far from the capabilities of ColorOS 11 on the Reno5 Pro 5G. Realme 2.0 allows for customizations. This is however a smaller version than its sibling.
The UI experience is outstanding on this smartphone. Realme’s request that the Realme UI be kept stock-and-light worked on the Realme 7 Pro, despite its 60 Hz panel. The 120 Hz OLED display on the X7 Pro makes this experience smoother. This makes UI interactions smoother.
There will be no lag, slowdown, or swiping to open applications and swipe away. The software has been optimized for the 120Hz panel. You can swipe with your fingers and everything will move along with you. You won’t find this in smartphones that are lower or higher priced. It feels fast and fluid.
No Snapdragon? No problem!
It also comes with the 5G-enabled MediaTek dimensity1000+ chipset, the Reno5 Pro. It performed as I expected. The Reno5 Pro’s panel at 90 Hz is better than the 120 Hz one. Because of its thicker waistline, the phone is liquid cooled. While gaming, I didn’t experience heat issues like with the Reno5 Pro.
Without heat, the phone was able to play Call of Duty: Mobile at extremely high frame rates and graphics (with Water Reflections ON since there is no AA MediaTek chipsets), with very high resolution. The gaming experience was great and the touch sensitivity was superb, making the X7 Pro a great phone for gamers on a budget. Asphalt 9: Legends at high quality, 60 frames per second mode turned on, ran stutter-free, something I couldn’t do with my Reno5 Pro.
Realme does not include earphones in the box. It does come with a Type C adapter to 3.5mm that will allow you to plug into third-party headphones. Stereo speakers provide a rich gaming experience. You can adjust the volume to your preferred level for listening to music and watching movies. The sound quality is crisp, clear and balanced with no bass.
Oppo Reno5 Pro uses a similar camera setup. I expected similar problems to occur with the X7 Pro. Realme’s camera tuning makes things so much easier.
The 64 MP primary camera can take crisp, vibrant photos even in bright daylight. The camera is extremely detailed, and I was able capture decent shots even using the digital zoom. The Realme X7 Pro was a better choice than Reno5 Pro which focused on the subject but blurred the background with some highlight cutting. The HDR system was smarter, and more effective. It was quick to fire up, which resulted in sharp images with good dynamic range.
No matter what lighting conditions, the 32 MP camera can take great selfies. Night mode was available for scenes that are too dark. Portrait mode was capable of taking sharp selfies and detecting edges with accuracy, but it sometimes displayed random or distorted colors against a blurred background. Realme has received my complaint and should be able fix it. These strange colours are not apparent in portrait photos taken with the rear-facing camera.
The 2MP camera is very capable and can work well in daylight. However, I prefer to crop images from my main sensor. This resulted in better results, despite the shallow depth of field. The 8 MP ultra-wide camera wasn’t very useful. It took only average images during daylight and blurry photos after sunset.
Video recording with the Realme X7 Pro was a pleasant experience. The camera records impressive video with great detail in both panning and steady scenes. Rarely can you find a smartphone that has a 4K 60fps mode at this price.
Overall, the Realme X7 Pro’s video and photo capabilities impressed me. The Vivo V20 Pro offers more detail thanks to its triple rear camera and dual front-facing cameras.
I was able to use the 4,500 mAh battery in my X7 Pro for a whole day. I wasn’t expecting any battery-related issues. I managed to get more battery life than I expected, even though I was playing a lot. If you decrease your gaming, you can get a full-day of battery life. These numbers were reached despite switching to 120 Hz refresh rate mode (default setting: Auto).
The 65W in-box charger can charge the battery to 100% within 35 minutes of it dying. Realme is really going after gold as premium flagships such as the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE can’t compete with their 33W/25W charging system. They are also more expensive.