Realme is a name to which we are making a habit of playing with excellent devices, for a couple of years now, after a few months ago, a new product bake appeared and until today we have always encountered interesting devices with excellent value for money. For a few days now the seventh series on the medium-low range has been available: Realme 7 and Realme 7 Pro. They arrive in Italy just 5 months after the previous generation and in fact share many aspects of it. However, there are innovative aspects, one of which is fast charging at 65 Watts on the Realme 7 Pro that brings this type of technology to smartphones with the most affordable price for the first time.
Speaking to you bluntly there is nothing that makes your eyes open in this smartphone, but I can't say it's ugly or looks cheap. It is balanced in shapes and pleasant in satin colors, in short, without infamy and without praise.
I am happy to spend two positive words on the 6.4-inch Super AMOLED FullHD Plus display. Very bright and with unexpectedly valid color calibration and 90% coverage on ntsc color space. A great display relative to the price range and probably chosen ad hoc by Realme to contrast the main rival on the market namely Redmi Note 9 Pro, equipped with an LCD panel.
The only criticism I would like to spend on the display is the coverage in Gorilla Glass 3, perhaps you could make an extra effort and it would also improve the aesthetic effect with a thinner glass. This does not at least affect scratch resistance, in which the third generation of Corning glasses has always proved to be "a hard bone".
OPPO and Realme have long preached that they are different companies, a bit like Xiaomi and Redmi or Huawei and Honor, let's also call them "subbrands" even if they often and willingly produce more interesting smartphones than those of the parent company, but they all have one thing in common: they are the "assault" brands.
This means that you tend to buy a Realme, a Redmi, a POCO you will have on your hands a smartphone with superior technical characteristics and an enviable value for money. Realme 7 Pro does not escape this rule (although the younger brother paradoxically seems even better) and proposes an identity card almost without smudges and with some more than acceptable compromise.
If we really wanted to find a problem I would say the processor, which is great, but to be considered superlative it would have to be of the brand new generation (August 2020) that is a Snapdragon 732G instead of 720G (okay, you're allowed to freak me out)
- Display: Super AMOLED 6.4", screen-to-body ratio 90.8%, 90% NTSC Color Gamut, 409ppi, hole with a diameter of 3.69mm
- fingerprint sensor: integrated into the display
- Soc: Snapdragon 720G
- 6/8GB dual channel LPDDR4x RAM
- 128GB internal UFS 2.1 expandable
- Slot: 3 (2x SIM, 1x microSD)
- Battery: 4,500mAh dual 3C Cell with 65W SuperDart Charge fast charging (0 to 100% in 34 minutes)
- Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.1, USB-C, GPS, Beidou, Glonass, NavIC
- front camera: 32MP, f/2.5, UIS stabilization, nightscape, FOV 85°
- rear cameras:
- 64MP of 2nd gen Sony IMX682, 1/1.73", 26mm eq., 0.8um pixels, f/1.8, 10x zoom, 6P lenses
- 8MP wide angle, 16mm eq., FOV 119°, f/2.3
- black and white, f/2.4
- macro 4cm, f/2.4
- modes: starry mode, night filter, ultra nightscape video, AI color portrait, UIS and UIS Max, ultra wide angle video
- Audio: 2x speaker, Dolby Atmos
- size and weight:
- 182 grams
- Os: Android 10 with realme UI
- Colors: Mirror Silver, Mirror Blue
Realme 7 Pro moves really well within the interface and between applications, does not disdain some games and for the use of all the days does not make you in any way regret a mid-to-high-end device.
Where do you see the difference with top-tier models? Opening the photo app, in the speed of high-resolution image processing, opening games or navigation apps. However, we are talking about a few moments that do not affect the overall experience of use. In other words? A smartphone like this is very ready to meet the needs of most of us.
The keys to success are fast memory, let's realize that here we find LPDDR4X and UFS 2.1, technologies that were exclusive to the top of the range one year ago, as much as 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable storage. What else?
During the days I tested the Realme 7 Pro I realized how exhaustive it is for any type of need. Exhaustive is the right word because it is much more than enough, that is, it is not the classic good medium-low-end device that works discreetly and does not create particular problems, no, this is satisfying and always retains a nice margin wherever you look at it.
The reason is soon explained: it has excellent components in the key points and sacrifices the expendable who does not ruin the user experience.
In summary: it does not take stunning photos (but we will talk about it later), it does not have a bewitching screen, it does not have an abnormal battery but it is quick, it has rich and customizable software, it is a dual sim that takes wellHas beautiful stereo audio tough, comes with a packaged equipment that ridicules so many other products from over 1000 Euros (did anyone say iPhone?), ha the audio jack which is always convenient, a fingerprint reader under the precise display And... doesn't cost a kidney.
Well, I just didn't like the vibration, Realme 7 Pro is in good company with its direct rivals and that saves it in the corner.
I briefly introduce the discourse on Realme UI, which is the name given to android 10-based custom software. I admit that I started off a little biased because I do not like at all that Oriental sapor that some IU retain, among them the Color OS, of which Realme UI is a direct descendant.
I had to think again because going over some inaccurate translations and a bit of confusion in the menus, Realme 7 Pro is appreciated for many customization possibilities, advanced features such as DC dimming, various navigation methods, good AOD, play space and above all enviable stability.
Many possibilities are particularly well curated, one above all the dark theme that leaves no uncovered apps or display problems here and there, or a reading mode with blue or black and white light filter, programmable and customizable in intensity.
There's so much and it's all curated, no ads or useless apps pre-installed. Well so, I discovered an unexpectedly pleasant UI.
Using the supplied power supply in pack and its cable you can charge from 0 to 100% Realme 7 Pro in 34 minutes, tested and confirmed. Technology is called SuperDart and it's really impressive, as well as useful in some circumstances. It is the first time he has arrived on a 300 Euro smartphone and for this reason, rightly, Realme pushes precisely on this feature to promote its device (image above).
How can it work? The secret is in the chain of seamless elements prepared to give the maximum in terms of charging. The power supply, the cable, the smartphone battery to which temperature sensors are added and a chip dedicated to charging management.
To understand each other it is not enough to use any 65 Watt power supply to get the SuperDart and it is not enough for any smartphone with the Realme 7 Pro power supply to achieve the same charging efficiency. The specifications tell us about a voltage of 10 Volts at 6.5 Amps obtained thanks to the use of a battery divided into two parts with 3C cells.
SuperDart among other things has the advantage of not overheating the smartphone, preserving its integrity over time. In fact, the "dirty work" is carried out by the power supply that increases in temperature.
Is this really necessary? It depends on the needs, it certainly is not if you are used to charging your smartphone at night. It becomes more useful if you simply load when you need it, so you will no doubt have a few minutes.
Given the 4500 mAh of Realme 7 Pro, the approach to smartphone charging will change, after a few days I began to get used to the possibility of giving a "flare" of charging every now and then, to soon find myself losing count of the hours of screen on or the remaining autonomy. In fact it is an always on smartphone for which it is no longer necessary to pay special attention to the state of the battery, when a clutch comes down it attaches 5 minutes to the socket and is no longer thought of.
The autonomy is in any case more than good, we are talking about 6 and a half hours of active display with average use, in practice almost two days full of operations.
As scripted Realme 7 Pro has 4 rear cameras, a number that now seems to have become a standard to be achieved at all costs. The main one is 64 MP F/1.8, then there is an ultra-wide 8 MP F/2.3 with 119-degree FOV, a 2MP fixed-focus macro camera (4 cm) and a 2MP F/2.4 black and white camera for depth of field (to tell you the truth I didn't fully understand what it's for).
The photos come pretty well, but pass me the term are "mid-range." Don't expect something extraordinary, but still valid if you don't have any particular pretensions. You can see the gaps when the light conditions are not simple, for example with strong contrasts of light or in the tip and shoots in intermediate conditions, otherwise it defends well thanks mainly to Pixel-style colors, with accentuated contrasts instead of an exasperation of sharpness and a touch of heat that does not hurt. At night it juggles well even with the night mode, as long as there is not too much darkness, the macros instead are just enough, as well as the wide angles that are fine for souvenir photos but nothing more
I liked selfies, but not at all with blurry effect that creates a halo of light that even at noon in the middle of summer.
The final judgment can only be excellent, it is a concrete and practical smartphone, it has all the attributes in the right place to give the user a pleasant user experience, has some sacrifice on the camera and on the construction quality but shines for autonomy and multimedia sector, with a good AMOLED and thickness specifications.