The Realme 7 Pro price in India starts at Rs 19,999 which is much higher than the launch price of the 6 Pro. The main rivals of the new phone currently include the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (Review) and the Poco X2 (Review). ) and, to some extent, the Redmi K20 (Review) and Oppo F17 Pro. Now is the time to know if the new Realme 7 Pro is worth buying or not.
Realme 7 Pro: design and display
The Realme 7 Pro has the same split mirror design as the Realme 7, but it is much thinner (8.7mm) and lighter (182g) than the Realme 6 Pro. Due to this you will have a good grip on the phone and it is much more comfortable to use. The frame and back panel are still made of plastic, but the build quality is excellent and the phone feels sturdy. The matte finish on the back means it doesn’t pick up fingerprints easily and we love the look of the mirror blue unit. The phone is also available in white color.
Button placement is good, and at the bottom is the headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and speaker. With a 6.4-inch screen size, the Realme 7 Pro is smaller than the 6 Pro in terms of display, but it packs a Super AMOLED panel with Full-HD+ resolution. Realme also claims to have used Gorilla Glass in the series, though it’s unclear which version. The screen is bright, the colors are good, all the credit goes to the panel. Always visible and in-display fingerprint sensor is available on 7 Pro. The experience of unlocking the phone was good and the phone was also fast at facial recognition.
Unfortunately, the phone omits a great feature present in the Realme 6 Pro, which is a high refresh rate display. Realme 7 Pro gets a standard 60Hz refresh rate, which is a bit disappointing. We can’t even call it a deal breaker, but considering that its predecessor and the cheaper Realme 7 in the same series have a 90Hz display panel, it’s a disappointment. Also, the screen doesn’t come with HDR10 certification, which again is a bit disappointing considering that the cheaper Motorola One Fusion+ (Review) offers this feature.
In the Realme 7 Pro box, you get the smartphone, the 65W SuperDart fast charger, and some standard accessories.
Realme 7 Pro: performance and features
The Realme 7 Pro performed well during our time with it and I’m not surprised considering it packs the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset as the 6 Pro. It’s still a good chip. It does its job well and doesn’t get too hot even under a lot of stress. The base variant of the Realme 7 Pro offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and costs 19,999 while the higher-priced variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will set you back Rs 21,999. revision. RAM and storage in the phone come in LPDDR4X and UFS 2.1 formats respectively. Realme also claims that the 7 Pro is the first smartphone to pass TUV Rheinland’s Smartphone Reliability Verification test.
Realme UI worked very well on this high-end variant. Whether launching an app, switching between multiple apps, or playing a heavy game, the phone handled each task with ease. The high refresh rate falters a bit, but that could be because we’ve recently tested a number of phones with 90Hz displays.
The Super AMOLED screen was great for watching videos, and the experience was enhanced by the stereo speakers. The stereo effect is good, and Dolby Atmos helps increase the volume and fidelity of the audio. The games were also good.
Realme 7 Pro: battery life
The Realme 7 Pro packs a 4500 mAh battery, which easily lasts more than a day on average on a single full charge. Our HD video loop test also showed decent results. The phone worked for more than 22 hours. Plus, it takes a very short time to fully charge, thanks to the included 65W fast charging adapter. In our tests, the 7 Pro’s battery charged up to 87 percent in half an hour, taking just another 10 minutes to reach 100 percent.
Realme 7 Pro: cameras
The rear cameras of the Realme 7 Pro are similar to those of the Realme 7. It comes with a 64-megapixel Sony IMX682 primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. For selfies, it has a 32-megapixel camera sensor, in which the F/2.5 aperture is available. Compared to Realme 6 Pro, Realme 7 Pro lacks ultra-wide selfie camera and rear telephoto camera sensor. Realme claims that the new 64-megapixel main camera can offer better clarity compared to the 2x optical telephoto camera.
Let’s see how well the setup works. In the first shot, we noticed this tree, which was a short distance away. If we zoom in to check both images, the main camera of the Realme 7 Pro and the telephoto camera of the 6 Pro captured very similar details. Using the 2x digital zoom on the 7 Pro resulted in great results, but the 6 Pro’s telephoto camera still produced slightly better detail and a smoother depth of field. In general, if you want to take decent enlarged photos with the 7 Pro, taking a 64-megapixel photo and then cropping it is a good option.
Regular photos taken in daylight generally turned out fine. The camera handled HDR well, details came out well, and colors looked natural. Something similar happened with close-ups, in which the background blur seemed natural. The ultra-wide camera couldn’t capture as much detail as the main camera. We found that there was some chromatic effect in landscape photos taken with this camera.
Portraits turned out well, with good edge detection and the background was also well blurred. The macro camera was decent and could capture some decent images if we held the phone steady enough.
Low-light photos were fine. There wasn’t much noise in the photos and the details were good, even if the photo was taken in the dark. You can illuminate the subject using night mode. The difference in the photos in this mode was clearly visible. The Realme 7 Pro also comes equipped with other night modes such as Starry Mode and Pro Night Mode. The ultra-wide-angle camera doesn’t give very good photos in low light.
The front camera, with its native 32-megapixel resolution, captured decent selfies during the day. Portrait mode worked well too. The selfie camera’s HDR capabilities were equally impressive, managing to adequately expose bright backgrounds without losing detail in the subject’s face. Selfies taken indoors in good artificial light also look good. However, in very low light conditions, detail suffered.
Verdict: Should you buy the Realme 7 Pro?
All things considered, we think Realme has done a great job making the 7 Pro. It brings major upgrades over the Realme 6 Pro in the form of features like AMOLED display, stereo speakers, and ultra-fast charging. The main rear camera performs better thanks to the new sensor, but overall, we think that all cameras in general still need some improvement in low light conditions. Perhaps it would have been better to replace the depth sensor with an ultra-wide selfie camera.
Looking at the competition in this segment, we don’t think the Realme 7 Pro can emerge as an outright winner. It’s hard to ignore the good value you’ll find with the Motorola One Fusion+, which packs a pop-up selfie camera, a slightly faster chipset, and an HDR10-certified display. Poco has also been preparing to launch the Poco X3. If the phone launches around the price of the Realme 7 Pro, the competition will surely intensify.