Realme X7 Pro Review: A Reliable Work Horse
We have only two months left in 2021 and we are already seeing devices that offer new and innovative improvements over their predecessors. MediaTek is pushing this year’s performance bar with its Dimension 1000+, a 7nm-based SoC that we saw on the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G and is now going to test on the Realme X7 Pro. This is the first phone to be launched in the country from Realme, and the brand is certainly starting on a strong footing, at least in terms of paper space. You get the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC, 8GB LPDDR4x RAM, a FHD + AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and of course, a very fast 65W fast charging. If you are thinking of buying this phone, here is what you need to know
Realme X7 Pro Performance
Realme X7 Pro is powered by MediaTek Dimension 1000+ SoC, with 4 performance cores and 4 skill cores. Running the chipset through our standard benchmarking process, we can see that its performance is higher than that of OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G. Further investigation reveals that the reason is that when the ROM detects a benchmark, it clocks a maximum of four performance cores. Although MediaTek has not traditionally known such benchmark results for inflation, it unfortunately makes benchmark-based comparisons unfair. While running the popular benchmark we see evidence of a partial boost by recording CPU frequencies, and we also see that in GeekBench5, the multi-core results lag behind the rest of the other devices.
Although benchmarking may not provide a reliable metric for performance, we are able to evaluate performance on a daily basis. Our gaming sessions were logged using GameBench, which allows us to evaluate second-by-second CPU data with frame rate and stability. CoD Mobile, Asphalt 9 and even Shadowgun Legends set their maximum graphics settings. Our data looks promising in multiple numbers. First, the frame rate for both Asphalt 9 and CoD: Mobile was 60fps average, 99 percent stability for the former and 100 percent stability for the latter. Shadowgun Legends also clocks an average FPS of 60fps, but stability is 99 percent. When gaming, we don’t encounter any performance problems, but we do notice some heat buildup. The Realme X7 Pro features a steam chamber for advanced thermal, but we hit certain parts of the screen up to 40-degrees Celsius. The phone isn’t uncomfortable, but it’s winter now, so a warm phone that feels good to hold now can feel unpleasant when rolled around in the summer.
On average, for everyday use, the Realme X7 Pro feels quick and surprisingly reliable. Everything from e-mail to photography and editing works well on the phone. Unlike gaming, the phone does not heat up significantly during daily use. Although our imaginative experience in using the phone has improved, the constant practice of increasing SoC performance for MediaTek’s benchmark has left us very disappointed. This type of practice makes it difficult to accurately peg the device’s performance in an objective manner, which prevents us from giving you an accurate account of the phone’s performance. Given that this behavior does not exist in the Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G, we want to say that it is in Realme to fix it.
Realme X7 Pro camera
It’s a bit crazy to see how fast the big-format-large-megapixel sensors have become democratic. The Realme X7 Pro features Sony’s new IMX 686 sensor with 64-megapixel resolution and 1 / 1.72-inch diagonally measured. The result is a great imaging experience for those buying Realme X7 Pro. The smartphone also offers an 8MP ultra-wide camera and two additional 2MP cameras; A macro and a monochrome. So let’s dive into image quality. Note that all the samples embedded below have been resized for the web You can see the original, unedited images in our Flickr gallery here.
For well-lit day shots, you can shoot in 64MP mode without worrying about image quality loss. Usually in the past, when you shot in non-bind mode, the resulting image would be less sharp, less saturated, and have a visually less dynamic range than the Tits Bind counterpart. This new sensor seems to have greatly reduced the gap in image quality. The only noticeable difference between the binned and non-binned results is the dynamic range, the binned result has a good representation of the shadows. It may not be a deal breaker in daylight shots, but it will be a great deal when shooting in night mode.
When shooting in low light, the camera will not automatically switch to night mode. However, once you toggle the mode, you are on your way to some very good results. The images from Night Mode are very well expressed and the HDR tone mapping allows you to present both shadows and highlights fairly without hitting the dynamic range. The phone also offers an ultra-low light mode, which for the most part, allows you to take cursed pictures in black. In fact, in our experiment, the only way to turn on the ultra-low light mode was to shoot our experiment scene in a near-pitch-black room. The results of the low light mode are certainly impressive, with very good sound control, impressive dynamic range and no visible color change. All of this is definitely impressive, but there is a catch. To shoot in low light mode you need to hold the shot steadily for 5-8 seconds. This means that there will be some incidents where your shots will be blurred due to handshake and capture any kind of open low-light moments is out of the question. If you can hold hands until then (the phone offers some level of EIS to keep the frame steady), then you must leave with impressive, social media worthy shots.
When you go for ultra-wide lenses, the lack of autofocus limits your framing. This does not change the fact that daytime results from this 8 megapixel shooter are certainly acceptable. The reason for not classifying the shots as exceptional is because there is a lot of distortion in the half through the frame, making your subject visually expand. Fringing is also seen in some photos, but this is a common occurrence in ultra-wide lenses, so we can’t blame Realme X7 Pro for this.
Perhaps the two most unnecessary additions to the camera stack are the macro and monochromatic lenses, which find no use outside of the innovation factor. Macro lenses are, for the most part, unusable due to lack of auto-focus and image stabilization. Add to that the fact that to get the subject into focus, you have to go very close (about 3 cm) and this can often cast a shadow on the subject, ruining the shot. Again, this is not Realme’s fault, but the fault of the smartphone industry in general, forcing users to have half-baked, practically useless cameras because obviously “better.” Not this. For the most part you’re going to limit yourself to using the primary camera and Ultra-Wide, the funny thing is, you can take quite decent close-up shots in 64MP mode (or even Bind mode) and then crop it. Images to get better results from macro camera than you.
Realme X7 Pro display
One of the strongest differences between the Realme X7 Pro and the Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G is the display. Realme has all out and given users and FHD + AMOLED displays with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. The combination of these two features adds a highly responsive feel to RealmeOS, which for some reason is still in version 1 and is based on Android 10. Regardless, the display can be set to work at 60Hz or 120Hz, allowing the phone a third option. To move dynamically between the two (don’t get confused with the adaptive sync on the Mi 10i).
The Realme X7 Pro also boasts of a super bright display, hitting 1200 nits peak brightness, but we only measured the maximum brightness up to 660 nits. This is because the display pumps up to 1200nits when HDR content is played on the screen. Unfortunately, at the time of testing, the phone was not compatible with HDF content playback from Netflix or Amazon Prime, so we could not verify Realme’s claim at 1200-nits bit. Other than that, the display is actually quite great. It is easy to use outside, regardless of the condition of the light. The pre-applied screen protector, however, is of a rather poor quality, as it easily retains fingerprints and also tends to host reflection. Removing the screen protector has greatly relieved both of these issues, so we recommend that you try to find a high-quality screen guard to protect your phone’s screen once you get it.
Realme X7 Pro build and design
Realme X7 Pro doesn’t break any mold when it comes to design. It is available in three colors, of which the bright finish is the most unique. Our black unit looks quite similar to last year’s Realme 7 Pro and other Realme smartphones. Still, simple design language is a good thing. The phone feels well balanced in the hand, comfortable to place a button. The power button on the right and the volume rocker on the left create a well-designed aesthetic, although it is a completely personal choice. The black color is extremely prone to fingerprints, and although it has Gorilla Glass 5 on the back, we strongly recommend using the TPU case provided to keep the phone clean and safe. There’s no headphone jack and no microSD card slot in this phone, two things that seem to be disappearing fast from smartphones these days.
Realme X7 Pro Battery Life
The Realme X7 Pro has a 4500mAh battery with the company’s 65W SuperDart charging support. Now in our use with the display set to 120Hz, the phone rarely lasted for heavy use all day long when the 60Hz mode got us until the next morning. Although we’re not too worried about these numbers, since the 65W charging phone tops up from 0 to 100 in 40 minutes, which is incredible. Your phone’s battery may be 2 percent, go for a bath, and when you’re ready to go to work, the battery is already charged enough to last you into the evening. 65W charging which redeems otherwise average battery life in this phone and this is a big plus in our book.
Realme X7 Pro Conclusion
The Realme X7 Pro, in our use, has fascinated us a bit. From gaming performance to its super fast charging makes the phone a great daily driver. For those who like to take casual pictures, the camera stack will provide a very good and consistent performance, without the flute with excessive settings. For those of you who are a little more specific about numbers, Realme X7 Pro is configured to improve itself for the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC benchmark run, so we won’t rely on them.