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Realme 7 Series: A fresh budget brand for the German market

Alongside other brands such as Xiaomi or Honor, Realme now also wants to make a name for itself on the German market for solid budget smartphones. Outside the EU, Realme has already been active since 2018 and has now launched five generations of smartphones. The Oppo subsidiary celebrated its debut in Germany in March 2020 with the Realme 6 series. In this review, I will take a look at the successor, the Realme 7 series.

Workmanship and Design

Realme 7 Pro in Mirror Silver color
The Realme 7 and 7 Pro both feature a plastic back and frame. The back comes in the so-called “Mirror Design”. Here, the surface is divided into two sections that refract light in different ways. This creates a boundary surface that acts like a mirror – hence the name “Mirror Design.” Although the cases of both devices are made of plastic, they feel more valuable than the price would suggest. However, a Google Pixel 4a still feels a bit more high-end workmanship, even though this one is just as largely made of plastic. The front is kept nice and simple. Apart from the flat display, there isn’t much bezel on either device here besides the selfie camera embedded in a punchhole. The camera modules on the backs also look very modern and are reminiscent of the module on the Samsung Galaxy S20, although the 7 Pro’s module has a more square shape than the Realme 7’s rather elongated module.

Hardware and Specsheet

Hardware

Realme 7 (left) and 7 Pro (right)

Realme 7

The Realme 7 is built on Mediatek’s Helio G95. In addition, there are 4, 6 or 8 GB of RAM depending on the selected model. Either 64 GB or 128 GB of UFS 2.1 memory is available for photos, videos, apps or other data, depending on the model. However, this is also still expandable via a microSDXC card.

Realme 7 Pro

In terms of the processor, Realme relies on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G for the Pro model. In addition, there is still the choice between 6 or 8 GB of RAM. All versions of the Realme 7 Pro have 128 GB of internal UFS 2.1 storage. This is also expandable by a microSDXC card, just like in the normal Realme 7.

Specsheet

realme 7

Network Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
Release Announced 07/10/2020
Published 21/10/2020
Case Size 162.3 x 75.4 x 9.4 mm
Weight 196.5 g
Material Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), plastic back, artificial frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano SIM)
Display Type IPS LCD, 90Hz, 480 nits brightness
Size 6.5 inches, 102 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2400 px, 20:9 ratio (~405 ppi pixel density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Platform Operating system Android 10, Realme UI
Chipset Mediatek Helio G95 (12 nm architecture)
CPU Eight-core (2 x 2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU Mali-G76 MC4
Memory Expansion microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal 64 GB 4 GB RAM / 64 GB 6 GB RAM / 128 GB 8 GB RAM
Type UFS 2.1
Main camera Quad 48 MP, f/1.8, 26 mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8 µm, PDAF 8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚, 16 mm (ultra-wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12 µm 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro) 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 4K@30 fps, 1080p@30/60/120 fps, Gyro-EIS
Selfie camera Single 16 MP, f/2.1, 26 mm (Wide), 1/3.1″, 1.0 µm
Features Panorama
Video 1080p@30/120 fps
Audio Speakers Single
3.5mm jack Present
Connectivity WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, Low-Energy
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes
Radio FM Radio
USB USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
Features Sensors Fingerprint (lateral), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass
Battery Type Lithium polymer 5000 mAh
Charge Fast charge 30W, 50% in 26 min, 100% in 65 min (advertised)
Other Colors Mist Blue, Mist White
Price UVP from 179€

Realme 7 Pro

Network Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
Release Announced 03/09/2020
Published September 14, 2020
Case Size 160.9 x 74.3 x 8.7 mm
Weight 182 g
Material Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3+), plastic frame, plastic back
SIM Dual SIM (Nano SIM)
Other Water repellent coating
Display Type Super AMOLED
Size 6.4 inches, 98.9 cm2 (~82.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~411 ppi pixel density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3+
Features Always-on display
Platform Operating system Android 10, Realme UI
Chipset Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm architecture)
CPU Eight-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver)
GPU Adreno 618
Memory Expansion microSDXC
Internal 128 GB 6 GB RAM / 128 GB 8 GB RAM
Type UFS 2.1
Main camera Quad 64 MP, f/1.8, 26 mm (wide), 1/1.73″, 0.8 µm, PDAF 8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚, 16 mm (ultra-wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12 µm 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro) 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 4K@30 fps, 1080p@30/60/120 fps, Gyro-EIS
Selfie camera Single 32 MP, f/2.5, 24 mm (Wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8 µm
Features HDR, Panorama
Video 1080p@30/120 fps, Gyro-EIS
Audio Loudspeaker Stereo
3.5mm jack Yes
Connectivity WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, Low-Energy
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, NavIC
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
Features Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery Type Lithium polymer 4500 mAh
Charging Fast charging 65W, 50% in 12 min, 100% in 34 min (advertised)
Other Colors Mirror Blue, Mirror Silver
SAR values 0.73 W/kg (head), 0.52 W/kg (body)
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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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Alongside other brands such as Xiaomi or Honor, Realme now also wants to make a name for itself on the German market for solid budget smartphones. Outside the EU, Realme has already been active since 2018 and has now launched five generations of smartphones. The Oppo subsidiary celebrated its debut in Germany in March 2020 with the Realme 6 series. In this review, I will take a look at the successor, the Realme 7 series.

Workmanship and Design
Realme 7 Pro in Mirror Silver color

The Realme 7 and 7 Pro both feature a plastic back and frame. The back comes in the so-called „Mirror Design“. Here, the surface is divided into two sections that refract light in different ways. This creates a boundary surface that acts like a mirror – hence the name „Mirror Design.“

Although the cases of both devices are made of plastic, they feel more valuable than the price would...

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