Realme 7 5G Quick Review: A cheap middle class with 5G
The Realme 7 5G is a good smartphone with 5G support in the mid-price segment. In the test, the excellent battery life and the fast charging time are particularly impressive. The 6.5-inch display has a sharp resolution and is very smooth to use at 120 Hz. In terms of camera and performance, however, we wanted slightly better values. Overall, however, you get a great device for, at the time of testing, just 230 euros.
Realme 7 5G Review: faster mobile communications as a figurehead
The name suggests it: One of the main focuses of Realme is on the fast, fifth-generation wireless standard. The manufacturer is thus expanding its 5G portfolio downwards after higher-priced devices such as the Realme X50 Pro 5G have already installed the new wireless technology.
You can use a total of two SIM cards, 5G only working with one tariff. If the 128 GB internal memory becomes scarce, the Realme offers a separate slot for an SD card. In contrast to some other mobile phones, the memory expansion does not occupy either of the two SIM trays.
You charge the battery via the USB-C input. You also get a 3.5 mm jack connection to use analog headphones. The Realme transmits via WLAN-AC, Bluetooth 5.1 and an NFC chip, which you can use to make contactless payments, for example. The smartphone can be biometrically unlocked using fingerprints and facial recognition.
Be particularly careful in wet weather and dirty surroundings: the cell phone does not have official water and dust protection. The equipment is perfectly fine for a smartphone below the 250 euro mark and therefore just gets a “good” rating (2.5).
Realme 7 5G technical test data specification:
|Product:||Realme 7 5G|
|Tested with:||Android 10|
|Height x width:||162 x 75 mm|
|Display: Diagonal:||6.5 in|
|Display: Diagonal (additional display):||–|
|Display: Size in millimeters:||68 x 151 mm|
|Display resolution:||2,400 x 1,080 pixels|
|Display: Pixel density:||404 ppi|
|Display: Refresh rate:||120 Hz|
|Display: Brightness:||439.1 cd / m²|
|Display: checkerboard contrast without ambient light:||143: 1|
|Display: Contrast in ambient light:||85: 1|
|Display: sRGB color space:||113%|
|Display: Color space DCI-P3:||81%|
|Loading time: PDF via WLAN:||50.5 seconds|
|Benchmark: GFX-Bench:||19.0 frames / s|
|Benchmark: PCMark:||8,451 points|
|Processor:||Mediatek MT6873 Dimensity 800|
|Processor clock:||2,000 MHz|
|Processor cores:||4 + 4|
|Random access memory:||6 GB|
|Battery: Capacity:||5,000 mAh|
|Battery: Online runtime:||18:33 hours|
|Battery: Charging time:||01:06 hours|
|Battery: Battery charge after 30 minutes:||57 percent|
|Fast charging power supply included:||Yes|
|WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS:||802.11 n, ac|
|LTE: Supported frequency bands:||800, 1,800, 2,600 MHz|
|LTE: speed:||600 Mbit / s|
|Camera: Gross megapixels of the sensor:||48 megapixels|
|Camera: Megapixel:||12.0 megapixels|
|Camera: slow motion (HD / Full-HD):||240 fps (720p) / 120 fps (1,080p)|
|Camera: Resolution:||1,506 cph / hour|
|Camera: Expert assessment Image quality:||3.1 (satisfactory)|
|Camera: Noise:||1.5 VN1|
|Camera: Optical image stabilizer:||–|
|Camera: Auto focus:||Yes|
|Camera: max. Video resolution:||3,840 x 2,160 pixels (30 frames per second)|
|Front camera: Resolution:||15.9 megapixels|
|Dual Sim:||yes (5G / 4G)|
|Dust and water protection:||–|
|Biometric unlock:||Fingerprint sensor, face recognition|
|Nominal memory:||128 GB|
|Free space:||109.4 GB|
|Memory card slot:||Yes|
|USB port:||Type-C USB 2.0|
|Headphone output:||3.5mm jack|
|Tested on:||December 16, 2020|
Excellent running time
5G technology in particular is very battery-hungry, a problem for cell phones with small batteries or poor energy management. Realme knows how to counter this: The huge battery capacity of 5,000 mAh ensures an online runtime of 18.5 hours.
This is a great value and is easily sufficient for more demanding tasks. Please note that the runtime will still be significantly reduced when using 5G.
If the battery is running low, it can be fully charged in just under an hour using the quick-charging power pack supplied. After 30 minutes you will have a 57 percent charge again. You have to do without wireless charging, but we gave the battery the top rating at the time of the test.
Fast LC display with high resolution
As with the normal Realme 7, the manufacturer relies on an LC panel. The high-contrast OLED is reserved for the more expensive devices. In return, the screen has an impressive 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, which corresponds to a high pixel density of 404 ppi at 6.5 inches.
The big difference to the Realme 7 or Realme X50 Pro can be found in the refresh rate: While the aforementioned ones rely on fairly smooth 90 Hz displays, the Realme 7 5G has a whopping 120 Hz Operation of the smartphone noticeably smoother, but also scrolling on websites and in apps.
You have to cut back on the brightness: It only shines with 439.1 cd/m². This may be sufficient indoors and in dark surroundings, but with strong light sources there are annoying reflections. The display cannot cover the DCI-P3 color space satisfactorily (81 percent), in the sRGB color space it still achieves 113 percent coverage. Overall, the screen was rated “good” (1.9).
Fast and easy to use
As with many previous models of the brand, the processor choice for the Realme 7 5G fell on Mediatek, especially the new MT6873 Dimensity 800 with a clock rate of 2,000 MHz. In the benchmark, the eight processor cores (4 + 4) achieve 8,451 points, which is a good average.
GFX-Bench indicates the graphics performance with 19 frames/s. So you should limit yourself to rather simple games.
The performance is easily sufficient for normal use. The surface can also be operated without jerking. For a somewhat better future security in terms of system resources, we would have been happy to have eight GB of RAM instead of the built-in six GB.
Good pictures need good light
The Realme 7 5G has a quad cam module with a 48 megapixel main sensor. Sounds great, but it tends to achieve middle class results: The objective measurement results largely coincide with the expert assessment of “satisfactory” (3.0).
Because good lighting conditions are almost indispensable for a few nice pictures. In low light, the details and dynamics decrease significantly, especially without a tripod.
In addition to the wide-angle main camera, you get the best results with the 16-megapixel front camera. The ultra-wide-angle lens with only eight megapixels in the sensor is already a little weak; You shouldn’t expect convincing snapshots from the portrait and macro lenses and each with 2 megapixels. The Realme 7 5G records videos with a maximum of 3840 x 2160 pixels and 30 frames per second.
Realme 7 5G Pros:
- 5G support
- Dual SIM and NFC
- Very good battery life
Realme 7 5G Cons:
- Only satisfactory photo quality