Realme X7 Pro 5G review: A pleasant surprise!

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After much hype and anticipation, the Realme X7 Pro 5G has finally been launched in India. This phone is the second phone to launch in our country with the latest MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC; the first phone was, of course, the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G. Other key highlights include a 120Hz AMOLED display, a 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging and a 64-megapixel quad-rear camera setup. So, for its asking price of Rs. 29,999, is the Realme X7 Pro 5G worth it or not? Keep reading to get all the in-depth information about the X7 Pro that you need to know. 

Realme X7 Pro: Design and build

The Realme X7 Pro is a beautifully designed smartphone that comes in a thin and light body. In my opinion, the phone has an ideal weight of about 184 grams and it measures about 8.5mm thick. The phone’s frame is made out of polycarbonate, however, the in-hand feel is excellent, and I think that’s what matters the most. 

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At the bottom, you get a speaker, a USB Type-C port, a primary microphone and the phone’s dual-SIM slots. The power button is found on the right, that has a cool looking yellow accent to it. The volume buttons are found on the left. And these buttons! I must say that they are very clicky and offer amazing tactile feedback. Moving on, the phone’s earpiece that doubles up as a speaker and the secondary microphone are located at the top. For authentication, there’s an optical in-display fingerprint sensor, which is pretty fast and accurate in unlocking the phone. You also get face-unlock functionality. 

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Coming over to the rear, and I have to tell you that the Mystic black colour of the X7 Pro is very reflective but nevertheless, it looks so gorgeous in its glossy finish. Of course, this panel is a fingerprint magnet, so keeping a cleaning cloth handy would really help. There’s a Realme branding at the bottom and the phone’s 64MP quad-camera system is found at the top. 

Overall, I have no complaints about the phone’s design and build. The 20:9 flat display is a pleasure to use. Speaking of which, the curved rear panel makes it really comfortable to grip the phone in one hand. Thumbs up to the Realme X7 Pro in the design department. 

Realme X7 Pro: Display

The Realme X7 Pro features a 6.55-inch Full-HD+ Super AMOLED display, which refreshes at up to 120Hz and offers a touch sampling rate of up to 240Hz. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and this phone has a 91.6% screen to body ratio. There’s also a tiny non-obtrusive punch-hole in the top-left corner that houses the phone’s front camera.

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Realme claims that this panel has a maximum brightness of 1200 nits and I am happy to report that the display does get plenty bright. Apart from this, colours look punchy; there’s no bleeding around the edges and the viewing angles are pretty good. Whether you are watching videos or playing games or simply looking at photos in the gallery; any kind of content looks simply stunning on this phone’s display. Now some people can argue that the panel is kind of a bit too saturated for their liking. But, if you ask me, I think this is just okay, no complaints. 

In terms of features, you get the usual dark mode, eye comfort and auto-brightness. There’s also an Adaptive sleep toggle present here which I am guessing has something to do with how long the display stays awake. You also get Always-on display functionality that does the job. However, in terms of customisation and displayed content, the feature is pretty barebones when compared to the likes of say an OPPO or a Samsung smartphone. For that matter, you also get the option to set the screen colour temperature, but then again this is also very basic. Moving on, just like the Reno5 Pro, the OSIE visual effect feature, which helps to boost colours while watching content is present here as well. 

Last but not the least, if you go and look for realme Lab in Settings, you’ll find out that this phone also gets DC dimming, which helps in reducing the screen flicker. And there’s also Smooth scrolling, which to be honest feels the same, whether you turn on the feature or not. And by the way, I say this in a positive way because the display on this phone is already so buttery smooth at 120Hz, that I don’t know how much better it can get than this. 

Overall realme has done a fine job with the X7 Pro’s display, but this is nothing new that we haven’t seen before. The company has been giving us good displays for quite some time now.

Realme X7 Pro: Software

The Realme X7 Pro runs realme UI which is based on Android 10. Now, realme UI is essentially a version of ColorOS 11.1, however, ColorOS is based on Android 11 on the Reno5 Pro. So seeing the phone come with Android 10 out of the box could be a disappointment for some. But otherwise, the software on this phone is good for the most part.

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If you look at it visually; the notification panel, the app drawer, the settings menu; things look pretty neat overall. However, it is the amount of bloatware on this phone that turns me off. There are many useless apps, which I know can be uninstalled, but why put them here in the first place? Duplicate apps are again a problem, for example, Photos and Google Photos, File Manager and Files app, Browser and Google Chrome etc.

And yes, the browser app, or for that matter an app called HeyFun, which offers quick games; so during the review period, both these apps constantly used to bug me with spam notifications. So much so that after a point, I ended up uninstalling HeyFun and since I couldn’t uninstall the Browser, I simply disabled it. And so, these were few of the cons of Realme UI. On the bright side, you also get a tonne of neat features. Going into settings and you’ll find out that there are a lot of options to play around with. 

For instance, smart sidebar lets you access your favourite apps from any screen. And the good part is that you can add as many apps to the sidebar as you want. With screen-off gestures, you can perform specific gestures to complete a certain task or action while the screen is off. A swipe up with three-fingers lets you enter split-screen mode in supported apps, while a three-finger swipe down takes a quick screenshot. Doing the back gesture and holding it lets you quickly multitask between two recent apps. Besides this, there are a lot of other cool features such as App Cloner, Assistive ball, App Lock, Private space etc. 

Gamers would also appreciate Game Space, that aims to offer an immersive gaming experience by blocking notifications and boosting performance. Speaking of which, let’s now focus on the phone’s hardware. 

Realme X7 Pro: Hardware and performance

I have already mentioned earlier that the Realme X7 Pro is the second smartphone to ship in India with the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC. This also makes this phone 5G ready for the future, although, don’t get your hopes high, 5G isn’t coming anytime soon. Anyway, this phone comes in a single variant only (price: Rs. 29,999), i.e. with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM coupled with 128GB of UFS 2.1 non-expandable storage.

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In terms of benchmark scores, the phone scored a decent 513487 on Antutu. Geekbench 5 reported a single-core score of 771 and a multi-core score of 2968. Finally, Androbench’s storage benchmark showed sequential read and write speeds of 966 MBps and 492 MBps respectively. 

As for the real-world usage, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset is absolutely impressive. Now I have already tested this processor on the Reno5 Pro, and I’ll once again say that I have no complaints with the Dimensity 1000+ inside the Realme X7 Pro whatsoever. The software flies on this phone. Apps open fast; transitions and animations are slick; multitasking is handled well, and the phone doesn’t overheat. 

I was easily able to play Asphalt 9: Legends and Call of Duty Mobile at the highest graphics settings without facing any lags or frame drops. For that matter, I tried pushing the chipset and played a graphics-intensive game called Genshin Impact. Good news is that the Dimesity 1000+ handled this game like a boss. Now, the game did stutter a bit at the start, but that was only at the start. Once I got in the groove and the phone settled in, there were zero lags or frame drops whatsoever. 

Now after playing Genshin Impact for about an hour, the battery level did drop by about 15%, but there was no sign of overheating. To be honest, the rear panel does get warm to the touch; I mean of course even a Snapdragon 865 phone will get warm if you push it like this, but then again, it was just warm and nothing as such that made me uncomfortable to grip the phone. 

Realme x7 Pro: Audio and haptics

The Realme X7 Pro comes with a stereo speaker setup; one speaker at the bottom and the other speaker at the top, which is also the phone’s earpiece. In terms of audio quality, I feel the Realme X7 Pro almost offers flagship-grade performance, i.e. the audio output from the speakers do sound loud and they pack a punch. Now, I won’t call the audio quality perfect, since I really feel bass could’ve been handled better. However, to my ears, the phone does a decent job of dealing with mid-range tones and offering precise treble output. 

For that matter, the phone performed equally well while I tested its wireless performance. For the review period, I used the Realme X7 Pro with my AirPods Pro, and I have no major complaints regarding the audio quality or even the connection. 

As for the haptics, once again, zero complaints. I mean, whether you open the multitasking screen, unlock the phone or simply type a message; the phone has a good vibration motor and hence it offers precise haptic performance. Now, this is something that I can only tell you about. That said, if you really care about the haptics and vibrations on a phone, trust me you won’t be disappointed here. 

Realme X7 Pro: Battery and connectivity

The Realme X7 Pro features a large 4,500mAh battery under the hood and it supports 65W fast charging. Battery life on this phone has been good throughout the review period but the standby times haven’t been great. While I was able to last a full day on a single charge with the phone’s display set at 120Hz, I couldn’t ignore the 10-12% drop in battery level every morning. That said, the phone does come with fast charging, and it is very very fast. I mean you can go from 0 to 100% in just about 30 minutes and that’s it. So charging the phone isn’t a problem at all. 

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Overall, the Realme X7 Pro offers a decent battery performance, i.e. if you are a casual user. However, if you are a heavy user and you feel you might end up draining the battery earlier than usual, I’d say just keep the charger handy wherever you go and you should be absolutely fine. 

Also a quick disclaimer; I didn’t test the phone’s performance in 60Hz. And this is because I feel that why would anyone want to test the 60Hz performance when you have 120Hz at your disposal? I mean if anyone wants to get a 120Hz screen phone and run it at 60Hz refresh rate, then why not just get a phone with a 60Hz refresh rate? Not only will that phone consume less battery, but its cost will also be less that way. 

Anyway, in terms of cellular and wireless connectivity, you get dual-Nano SIM slots on this phone along with support for most of the major Wi-Fi bands. This phone also supports Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX HD. I tested the phone on the Jio 4G and I didn’t face any problems regarding network connectivity or call drops. 

Camera

 The Realme X7 Pro comes with a quad-rear camera setup that comprises a Sony IMX686 64MP primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture. This is coupled with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with an f/2.3 aperture. A 2MP B&W Portrait camera with an f/2.4 aperture and a 2MP Macro camera with f/2.4 aperture. At the front, there’s a 32MP selfie camera with an f/2.5 aperture. 

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A quick note before we dive into the details. So, the cameras on this smartphone are absolutely great. I mean, they offer very good performance for a mid-range smartphone. Check out some of the samples. 

This photo was taken during daylight and there’s no doubt that the camera has done a very good job. Dynamic range is good, highlights and shadows are handled nicely and most importantly the photo looks detailed.

Primary Camera (AI Off)

Primary Camera (AI Off)

Now the same photo was also taken with the AI enhancement on, and you can straightaway notice the colours look more punchy and vibrant than the earlier photo. To be honest, I actually kind of preferred photos that were taken with the AI setting turned on.

Primary Camera (AI On)

Primary Camera (AI On)

As for ultra-wide angle camera, once again, good performance. Now the details do suffer when you zoom in on the photos, but overall I think the photos look good if you view them on the phone’s screen.

Ultra-wide camera (AI On)

Ultra-wide camera (AI On)

One more thing to notice is that the colour science across both the primary lens and the ultra-wide-angle lens is also consistent.

Primary Camera (AI On)

Primary Camera (AI On)

Ultra-wide Camera (AI On)

Ultra-wide Camera (AI On)

Anyway, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Here are some samples that I took using the realme X7 Pro.

Ultra-wide Camera (AI On)

Ultra-wide Camera (AI On)

Primary Camera (HDR)

Primary Camera (HDR)

Primary Camera (Close-up)

Primary Camera (Close-up)

Primary Camera (AI On)

Primary Camera (AI On)

Ultra-wide camera (AI On)

Ultra-wide camera (AI On)

Primary Camera (AI On)

Primary Camera (AI On)

Portrait Mode

Portrait Mode

Portrait Selfie

Portrait Selfie

In terms of low-light photography, this particular photo taken during the night looks decent, to be honest. I’d say the photo is detailed however the camera does struggle a bit while dealing with highlights, that you can see in the bottom right corner of the photo. For that matter, the sky also looks distorted.

Primary Camera (AI On)

Primary Camera (AI On)

But, turn on night mode and you’ll see a stark difference in the output. The sky, the overall colours, detail and even the sharpness; everything looks much better.

Primary Camera (Night Mode)

Primary Camera (Night Mode)

Actually, I was amazed at how good the camera is at producing such detailed images at night. So, here are a few sample photos taken with and without night mode. Check these out and drop in your thoughts in the comments. 

Primary Camera (Night Mode On)

Primary Camera (Night Mode On)

Primary Camera (Night Mode On)

Primary Camera (Night Mode On)

Ultra-wide Camera (Night Mode On)

Ultra-wide Camera (Night Mode On)

Primary Camera (Night Mode Off)

Primary Camera (Night Mode On)

Ultra-wide Camera (Night Mode Off)

Ultra-wide Camera (Night Mode Off)

Primary Camera (Night Mode Off)

Primary Camera (Night Mode Off)

Primary Camera (Night Mode On)

Primary Camera (Night Mode On)

Selfie (Night Mode On)

Selfie (Night Mode On)

Portrait Selfie

Portrait Selfie

In terms of videos, the rear camera can shoot at up 4K resolution at 60fps. While the front camera can record up to 1080p videos at 60fps. Videos shot at 4K 60fps exhibited good details and colours. And while the electronic stabilisation did a decent job at reducing shakes and jerks, I really wish this phone had Optical image stabilisation.

But that’s where you get an Ultra steady mode that tries to electronically mimic OIS. However, you can only shoot 1080p 60fps videos in Ultra-steady video mode. During my testing, I found out that the Ultra steady video does a pretty good job at minimising jerks and shakes.

And by the way, the camera can also shoot in Ultra steady mode using the front camera. Now if you ask me, I’d say the performance is quite decent when you consider the fact that this is a mid-range phone.

In terms of footage shot during the night, 4K videos do have visible noise that you can’t ignore and stabilisation could have been better. Also, the camera does a decent job when it comes to maintaining details and handling exposure, but overall the output was just satisfactory.

As for the Ultra steady videos shot during the night; while the stabilisation did look improved, the footage completely lost out on detail and there was a lot of visible noise, distortion and shimmer in the output.

Finally, in terms of the front-facing video recording, I was once again very impressed by the output when I compared it to the rear-facing video samples taken at night. 

Verdict

It’s verdict time, and I would only say that I am absolutely impressed by the Realme X7 Pro. To be honest, I wasn’t very confident in this phone initially. But I don’t know everything just changed after I took that first picture with the camera and I was like, this photo that looks so amazing has been taken by a mid-range phone! And since that moment, the phone has just grown on me. 

For what it’s worth, I would totally recommend that you go and purchase this phone for all the good things on offer. The display is gorgeous, build quality is terrific, battery life is good and charging times are even awesome. And the cameras, well that’s the most surprising element on this smartphone. 

As for the cons, my only humble request to the company would be that guys please tone it down a bit, when it comes to including bloatware apps or for that matter, duplicate apps. Otherwise, everything is cool. Realme UI is good and well optimised. 

And that was my review of the realme X7 Pro where I tried to cover each and every aspect that I could think of for this smartphone, but still, if you have doubts, reach out to me in the comments or you can also connect with me on social.

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