Realme 7i review, Latest Price, and Gaming Performance 2020
A relatively inexpensive and standalone smartphone
The Realme 7i recently debuted on the mobile market – a smartphone whose battery will be difficult for you to discharge in two or even three days, thanks to its 6000 mAh battery.
Design and build quality
I confess, my first impression of using the Realme 7i was ambiguous. On the one hand, this is not the most beautiful smartphone among all in the price category, on the other hand, it looks quite good. The design is not too conspicuous, which some will see as a disadvantage, and others as an advantage – a matter of taste. At the same time, the design of the Realme 7i is so unique that it is hard not to recognize it.
One way or another, the silver herringbone body, the square camera module (with three lenses and an LED) allow you to quickly understand what kind of model it is. The 7i’s case is made of quality plastic, although my test device made a slight creak from time to time. The case has one undeniable advantage that I must mention: it does not show fingerprints or dirt. And the aforementioned herringbone (or “V”) pattern – you feel under your fingers, which is quite nice.
The tested smartphone Realme is not the thinnest – its thickness is close to a centimeter. The weight is also worth mentioning, as much as 209 g, which has the excuse to use a 6000 mAh battery. If someone asked me if I would choose a thin and light phone with a smaller battery or a thicker and heavier one with a larger battery, I would take the latter.
The Realme 7i sits well in the hand thanks to its rounded edges. On the right there are volume buttons and a switch, on the left side there is a tray with a hybrid dual SIM card (2 × nanoSIM or nanoSIM + microSD).
The top edge remains unused while the bottom has a 3.5mm audio jack, USB-C port, microphone, and mono speaker. I will add that the smartphone is available in two colors: silver and blue. Alas, the device cannot boast of water protection, but for the price it is quite natural.
Unfortunately, I cannot point to the Realme 7i screen as an advantage. The very fact that it measures 6.5 inches and only 1600 x 720 pixels (HD +) shows that we shouldn’t expect too much. In fact, low resolution means not quite crisp fonts, although that shouldn’t be a problem – since we don’t use smartphones in close proximity to our faces.
At the same time, I must admit that I am pleasantly surprised by how the image rendered by 7i looks like. Contrast is good, as is brightness (both minimum and maximum), but the colors themselves seem a little washed out, although within reason. In the settings of the Realme 7i, there are standard options such as a dark mode for the eyes (blue light filter) or the ability to change the color temperature of the screen (slightly warm by default).
Interestingly, the Realme 6s, which can be bought for about a few thousand more than the smartphone I tested, has a higher screen resolution – Full HD + (instead of HD +), and a higher refresh rate – 90 Hz (versus 60 Hz).
Realme 7i camera
Increasingly, we can observe that in inexpensive smartphones we get fewer functional cameras. Like two lenses doing the same thing, and the lack of a wide-angle lens, which until recently seemed to be the standard. However, we have it in the Realme 7i, which should definitely please you, as well as the fact that professional mode is available here.
In terms of resolution, the main camera of the Realme 7i has a 48MP f / 1.79, and an 8MP f / 2.25 119 ° ultra-wide-angle lens with a 2MP f / 2.4 macro camera. There is also a maximum 10x zoom, but we are talking only about digital zoom, there is no optical approximation here.
Photos taken by 7i during the day can be a pleasant surprise. On the other hand, the fact that the device can very nicely, naturally, separate the foreground from the second, without having to use portrait mode, is really good news. The detailing, although not top-notch, can not be called bad in general.
Overall, the cameras only lack tonal range and slightly more realistic color reproduction. On the other hand, portrait mode can be unstable – in most cases it requires you to move a considerable distance from the subject and inaccurately separates the person / thing from the background, although the overall effect is not bad.
A macro lens should be able to shoot from a distance of about 4cm, but the footage is only 2MP, so don’t expect too good results. Night shots taken in auto mode look blurry or look like they were taken with a dirty lens. However, you immediately notice a lot of noise and a lack of detail. Switching to night mode clearly improves the situation with colors, slightly increases the contrast, however, it cannot be said that the final results are satisfactory in any case.
Remember, this is a budget phone – you shouldn’t expect much from it. The wide-angle lens works well during the day, although you should definitely look at the edges of your photos, which are often blurry. At night, he copes with his task even worse – regardless of whether we shoot in automatic or night mode. On the front of the Realme 7i is an 8-megapixel camera housed in a drop notch in the center of the screen. Video, the smartphone will record the main camera in Full HD format at 60 frames per second, while with the front camera – in Full HD, but at 30 fps.
Performance and software
The Realme 7i is powered by an eight-core MediaTek Helio G85 (MT6769Z) processor with a maximum clock speed of 2GHz cores, paired with 4GB of RAM. All this is complemented by the Android 10 OS with Realme UI 1, which is not overwhelmed with many add-ons and applications. The components used here are not the best, but thanks to them the smartphone works properly.
The handset is great for basic tasks like instant messaging, web browsing and calling, and that’s what it was designed for. The more applications we open and demanding programs, the more performance problems we will observe – the animation will start to slow down, applications will take a long time to open, restart, and so on.
In general, however, I must admit that working with the 7i, considering the price, is comfortable – it does not freeze or crash during normal tasks.
When it comes to day-to-day use, unfortunately the lack of HD display support is making itself felt. Just look at the settings of the Netflix app, and everything becomes clear – Realme 7i only has Widevine L3, which means that it can only play content in SD quality. In synthetic tests, the 7i from Realme shows very decent results – similar or even better than, for example, Vivo Y70 or Huawei P Smart 2021.
If you want to play games, go for the less graphically advanced ones. In the settings, you will also find an option responsible for locking the screen with a double tap (only works on the home screen), an intelligent sidebar (with selected applications and shortcuts), game space, a split screen and several gestures for control.
Connectivity and call quality
Communication capabilities of the Realme 7i include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE and GPS. All modules work well, without deviations from the norms. Unfortunately, there is no NFC here, which means you won’t be able to pay with your smartphone using Google Pay. The quality of the phone calls is absolutely impeccable.
Audio and sound quality
There is only one speaker here, Mono, in addition, it is located at the bottom end, which means that it is very easy to drown out the sound with your palm. Realme 7i does not allow us to listen to music at maximum volume, everything merges together, which is perceived unpleasantly. Things are a little better when we don’t use the full potential of loudness, but this is a very simple monaural speaker.
Biometrics and Security
Looking closely at the body of the Realme 7i, you will immediately notice a circular fingerprint scanner located on the back, just below the camera level. This is a standard solution to make it easier to find your scanner in the dark. Every time you put your finger on the 7i’s fingerprint sensor, even if inaccurate, it will unlock your phone.
Autonomy Realme 7i
We come to the most important feature of the 7i and its main advantage. The 6000 mAh battery for less demanding users can allow you to forget about charging for a few days. And here I’m not talking about two, but three, four or five days. Sounds impressive, right? This is not a joke, but reality. Only once did I manage to completely unload the Realme 7i in a day, and I was also driving.
After traveling 700 km by car, the screen showed that the SoT was 12.5 hours (time on screen), but I still had 8% left. With average to normal smartphone use throughout the day with Wi-Fi, I was able to drain the battery in four days, reaching SoT over 13.5 hours. Next time I decided to check how long the device will last if I watch Netflix most of the time. I ran the series with a screen at 50% brightness, Wi-Fi, and standard use when I needed it. Two days later, on the information screen, I saw that the SoT was 18 hours.
I have already mentioned many times in reviews that the cheaper the smartphone, the more compromises we must be willing to make. The same goes for the Realme 7i. The question is, are you willing to put up with his compromises?
The 7i’s biggest drawbacks are its HD + screen resolution, lack of NFC, and the need to use only SD quality VOD services. What we get in return is truly sensational battery life, USB-C and 3.5mm audio jack. Last but not least, we have an ultra-wide-angle camera that hasn’t been the standard in this price range lately.
Should you buy?
If you don’t expect your smartphone to replace a DSLR camera and game console, and instead offer long battery life, the 7i from Realme is really one of the more interesting proposals.