Realme 7 (5G) Review – What’s New?

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Realme 7 5G Unboxing

Following the success of the Realme 7, the brand released a 5G version of the value-for-money smartphone. But it offers much more than just an extra 5G modem.

The Realme 7 5G ships with the more powerful Dimensity 800U processor along with a smoother 120Hz display. However, these extra features also bump up the price to £279 for the base 6GB/128GB model.

So, is the Realme 7 5G still a good deal at this price point? Well, that’s exactly what we’ll be looking at in this Realme 7 5G review.

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Related: Realme 7 Pro Review

But first, here is a quick overview of this phone with its pros and cons, so you get an idea of what to expect.

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Pros

  • 120Hz FHD+ Display
  • MediaTek Dimensity 800U CPU
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • 30W Fast Charging
  • 5G+5G Dual SIM Dual Standby

Cons

  • Plastic Construction

Realme 7 5G Design

Design, Display & Build Quality

At first glance, the Realme 7 5G does look exactly similar to the regular Realme 7 with its polycarbonate casing and “split mirror” finish. However, on closer inspection, you’ll find that the 5G model is slightly thinner at 9.1mm and lighter at 195g.

Albeit a very subtle change, I did find Realme 7 5G a bit more compact and offering a more comfortable grip.

Coming to the display, the Realme 7 5G boasts the same 6.5” FHD+ IPS LCD panel, but the refresh rate is bumped to 120Hz from 90Hz. This results in a much smoother and more responsive user experience.

Screen Tech Specs: 6.5″, 120Hz refresh rate, ~405PPI, 1080 x 2400 resolution, 90.5% screen-to-body ratio, 480 nits brightness, 20:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Realme 7 5G Silver

Camera Review

The Realme 7 5G carries over the same quad-camera array with the 48MP Samsung S5KGM1 Sensor as the primary shooter, coupled with the 8MP ultrawide angle lens, a 2MP black & white lens, and a 2MP macro lens.

As such, you’ll get similar image quality as on the regular Realme 7.

Images turn out great under ample lighting but suffer from noticeable noise in low light conditions.

The 16MP Sony Sensor on the front also does an excellent job when it comes to clicking selfies. The edge detection is on point, which lends itself to creating convincing Bokeh effects.

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This phone is capable of capturing 4K @30fps or [email protected] from both the front and rear cameras. You’ll also get gyro-EIS support to help you shoot stable footage.

Rear Camera:

  • Primary 48MP Samsung S5KGM1 Sensor
  • 8MP Ultrawide Angle Lens
  • 2MP Macro Lens
  • 2MP Black&White Lens

Front Camera:

  • 16MP Sony IMX471 Exmor RS

Dimensity Mobile CPU

Performance

The Realme 7 5G ditches the MediaTek Helio G95 in favour of the MediaTek Dimensity 800U. Not only does it put 5G connectivity on the table, but it also revamps the overall performance of this phone.

For the sake of comparison, it’s far superior to the Snapdragon 720G on the Realme 7 Pro and even outperforms the Mi 10T Lite’s Snapdragon 750G 5G.

Performance Specs:
CPU: MediaTek Dimensity 800U CPU with Mali-G57 GPU
RAM:6GB/8GB
Storage: 128GB UFS2.1

Antutu Score:

  • Total Score: 329822

Geekbench Score:

  • Single-Core Score: 517
  • Multi-Core Score: 1641

Realme 7 5G Build Quality

Battery Life

The Realme 7 5G carries over the same 5000mAh battery we see on the regular non-5G variant paired with the blazing-fast 30W Dart Charger. However, thanks to the battery efficient Dimensity 800U chipset, you’ll get comparatively longer battery life on this phone.

On moderate usage, I was able to end up with 12-hours of screen-on-time stretched over 1.5 days. This includes some social media browsing, streaming YouTube and Netflix, and about a couple of hours playing PUBG.

So, if your day-to-day activities involve less resource-intensive workloads, then you can expect a proper 2-days battery backup from this smartphone.

Battery Specs:

  • 5000 mAh Battery
  • ~12 Hours of Screen-on-Time
  • 30W Dart Charging
  • 0-100% charge in 65mins

Realme 7 5G Display

Connectivity

The Dimensity 800U gives you 5G+5G DSDS (Dual SIM Dual Standby) support, which outclasses the 5G+4G connectivity option on the Mi 10T Lite. The Realme 7 5G also covers all the UK 5G bandwidths, so you won’t have any issues regarding network coverage.

Other notable improvements you get over the regular Realme 7 is Bluetooth 5.1 support and the Galileo GPS system on top of the regular GPS tech.

UK Network Support: Full 4G + 5G
US Network Support: Partial 5G + Partial 4G
WiFi: Dual-Band WiFi 5 (ac)
Headphone Port: Yes
SIM Support: 5G Nano + 5G Nano
GPS Module: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
Sensors: Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
Bluetooth: v5.1
USB: Type-C

Realme 7 5G Unboxing

Realme 7 5G – The Verdict

The Realme 7 5G comes with better specs compared to the regular Realme 7. But does that make it a better deal considering its price point? Well, to answer that, let’s take a look at the competition.

The 6GB/128GB model of the Realme 7 5G costs £279 going neck and neck with the £249 Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G.

Now, for that extra money, you’re getting the Dimensity 800U SoC on the Realme 7 5G, which offers better CPU and GPU performance, including proper 5G+5G dual SIM support.

But on the flip side, the Mi 10T Lite gives you a larger display, a better 64MP camera, and a premium glass-sandwich build.

As such, if you’re an avid mobile-gamer and need that extra boost in performance, then get the Realme 7 5G. Otherwise, the Mi 10T Lite 5G offers a better deal at £249.

Realme 7 5G vs Realme 7 (non-5G) – Full Tech Specs Comparison

Smartphone Realme 7 (5G) Realme 7
Screen Size 6.5″ 6.5″
Pixel Density ~405PPI ~405PPI
Screen Resolution 1080 x 2400 1080 x 2400
Screen To Body Ratio 90.5% 90.5%
Screen technology IPS LCD, 120Hz IPS LCD, 90Hz
Thickness 9.1mm 9.4mm
Weight 195g 196.5g
Material Polycarbonate back and frame Polycarbonate back and frame
Colours Available Only Baltic Blue (Mist Blue) Mist Blue, Mist White
Storage 128GB UFS2.1 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1
Processor (CPU) MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G Mediatek Helio G95
Graphics (GPU) Mali-G57 Mali-G76
RAM 6GB/8GB 4GB/6GB/8GB
Android Version Android 10 Powered Realme UI Android 10 Powered Realme UI
IP Rating (Water, dust) NA NA
Micro-SD Card Tray Expandable up to 256GB Expandable up to 256GB
Notification LED NA NA
Fingerprint Sensor Side-mounted Side-mounted
Infrared NA NA
USB Type USB Type-C USB Type-C
5G Bands n1/3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41/77/78 NA
4G Bands FDD B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/ + B/66

TDD B38/39/40/41

FDD B1/3/5/7/8/20/28

TDD B38/40/41

3G Bands WCDMA_B1/2/4/5/6/8/19 WCDMA_B1/2/4/5/8
2G Bands GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
SIM Support Hybrid Dual-SIM Support

5G+5G DSDS (Dual SIM Dual Standby)

Proper Dual-SIM Support

Dual 4G Nano SIM (Dual Standby)

WiFi Dual-band WiFi 5 (ac) Dual-band WiFi 5 (ac)
GPS Tech GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Bluetooth Version Bluetooth 5.1 Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
Sensors Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
Battery Size 5000mAh 5000mAh
Fast Charging 30W Fast Charging 30W Fast Charging