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8.2/10
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The Realme 7 currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 23 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

More for the buyer who just wants a reliable phone that keeps up with the basics without too much trouble, the Realme 7 isn’t going to win any awards. However, what it offers -- and the price they ask for it -- is perfectly acceptable.

What's good

  • 90Hz screen
  • Large internal storage with microSD support
  • Dual SIM support
  • Fast charging
  • All-day battery

What's bad

  • Good but not great camera
  • Primarily made of plastic
  • Mono speaker

The Realme 7 promises a lot for such a low price tag. With all the competition out there in the budget-friendly price ranges, where does the Realme 7 stack up?

Design

The shape and size of the Realme 7 don’t look all that different from a lot of smartphones. You’re certainly not losing any screen real estate for the price with a 6.5-inch screen.

It does, however, have a primarily plastic shell. There’s also a noticeable camera bump. But it disappears if you use the included phone case.

The back piece is a matte finish similar to frosted glass with a shinier stripe down around the camera bump, leading down to the company's logo. This means fewer fingerprints and a better grip than most glossy plastic or glass phones. It’s also more rounded than boxy, which adds to the ease and comfort of one-handed use.

Display

To keep the phone's cost down, the Realme 7 chose an LCD screen. This means blacks look more grey and colors aren’t amazing. Reviewers still thought the display was okay to look. The 90Hz refresh rate makes up for a lot of shortcomings of the LCD panel, as it allows menus to glide smoother and performance to feel extra snappy.

Performance

This isn’t the sort of phone that will compete with Apple or Samsung’s high-end offerings. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not good in its own right. For the price, it performs shockingly well. Again the 90Hz refresh rate is a factor here.

Overall, reviewers had nothing overly negative to say about the performance on the Realme 7. It’s good enough for daily use and reasonable for the price.

Software & Storage

The phone runs Android 10, reasonably up to date for the price. Storage goes up to 128GB with two different card slots for MicroSD and SIMs. This means you’ll probably never run out of space on the phone, and if you do it’s cheap and easy to add more!

Cameras

Camera performance did not thrill reviewers but they were quick to point out that few phones this price feature amazing cameras. Given the budget-friendly nature of the phone, it’s a nice piece of equipment. Again, colors can look washed out and less sharp than they should be and contrast is lacking. But if you’re looking for a cheap phone to snap pictures for Facebook or Instagram, it will probably get you by.

Battery Life

The mid-tier specs and a monstrous 5,000mAh battery saw the Realme 7 blow most battery reviews away. There’s no reason the phone shouldn’t last you all day and well into the night. Better still, it includes a 30-watt speed charger for quick top-ups should you need one.

Audio

Having only one speaker means that the listening experience only gets so good. Reviewers described the audio as plenty loud even if it was flat and lacking any sort of dynamic projection. But thanks to a USB-C port and a headphone jack, you can easily attach your favorite set of headphones to enhance your listening experience.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 6.5-inch LCD display
  • MediaTek Helio G95 processor
  • 4/6/8 GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 128GB of onboard storage with MicroSD option
  • 48MP camera and selfie punchout
  • 5,000mAh battery

Bottom Line

While the Realme 7 isn’t going to win any awards, what it offers -- and the price they ask for it -- is perfectly acceptable. It may be more suited to someone who isn’t all about the latest games or the ultimate media experience though. It’s more for the buyer who just wants a reliable phone that keeps up with the basics without too much trouble.

Tech Radar says, “Realme has delivered more budget phones in a couple of years than many smartphone makers launch in a lifetime.”

Gadgets 360 states, “The Realme 7 isn't a major update over the Realme 6, but it's a good enough refresh with its larger battery and better primary camera sensor. Overall performance is very good, battery life is excellent, and the 90Hz display makes general usage feel smooth and fluid.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.05 GHz
Screen Size
6.5"
Camera
48+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Review Hub

Yes, if you’re looking for an affordable smartphone with top-tier gaming-ready performance, excellent connectivity (NFC, FastCharge, AC WiFi) a good main camera and crazy good battery life for less than £200. You’ll want to add the Realme 7 to your shortlist. It’s a hard phone to ignore thanks to th...

- Andy Wilson, Review Hub
Android Headlines

Realme 7 keeps all of the goodness of the Realme 6 and delivers a quantifiable leap in battery life. It checks pretty much all the boxes in terms of what constitutes a good smartphone – great hardware design, a 90Hz refresh rate display, snappy performance, and stellar battery life. In addition, it...

- H Ranpura, Android Headlines
T3

The Realme 7 immediately becomes one of the best budget Android handsets on the market, as we've come to expect from Realme at this point. There are some compromises here, but ultimately you're getting a lot of smartphone for not very much money.

- David Nield, T3
Notebookcheck

The realme 7 offers a pretty impressive performance for a smartphone that you can get for well under 200 euros. We even like it better than the Pro model, the difference in performance is not that big and if the more elegant appearance of the Pro model is not important to you, then the realme 7 is i...

- Florian Schmitt, Notebookcheck
NextPit

The Realme 7 surprised in the review with a very good performance. Although the manufacturer does not use Qualcomm components, the Realme 7 is on par with the Pro version when it came to benchmark comparisons. Moreover, some users might also like the display better thanks to the 90 Hertz refresh rat...

- Benjamin Lucks, NextPit


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Common Questions


Realme released the 7 on September 10, 2020.


Realme backs up the 7 with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.


If your 7 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Realme support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Realme's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.5"

The Realme 7's screen size is 6.5 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.05 GHz

There is a MediaTek Helio G95 (12nm) Octa-core 2.05 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5000 mAh battery. Realme's performance ratings are 2138 minutes, 1115 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Realme 7 Specs

Overview
Release date September 10, 2020
Regions available United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor MediaTek Helio G95 (12nm) Octa-core 2.05 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
RAM 4/6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.99 W/kg
Body: 0.93 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 896 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 1115 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 2138 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Mist Blue, Mist White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.23 x 0.94 x 7.54 cm (6.4 x 0.4 x 3 in)
Weight 196.5 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel density 405 pixels
Size 6.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 90Hz refresh rate
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
48+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (8 MP, F2.3, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Macro), 4th camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Depth), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.1
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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