Realme 7 Pro review
Quick verdict: Calling it a "Pro" phone might be a bit of a stretch, but the realme 7 Pro is otherwise a dependable mid-range phone with good battery endurance.
- Insanely fast battery charging
- Accurate fingerprint sensor
- Good cameras
- Snapdragon 720 is good, not great at this price
- Lacks a pro-grade 90Hz display
- No 5G
2400 x 1080px
64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Finder rated as Excellent vs similar phones
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- 6.4-inch AMOLED display is nice, but not realme's best
- Two-tone display on a plastic back
- Still has a headphone jack
The realme 7 Pro isn't a huge design departure from previous realme phones we've reviewed, and that's mostly a good thing. The focus of realme to date has largely been on the more affordable and mid-range sectors, and while the realme 7 Pro sits as the company's effective "flagship" right now, at $599 it's still an eminently affordable phone.
In design terms, that buys you a device with a 6.4-inch 1080x2400 pixel Super AMOLED display, which is nice at this price point. However, it is a little odd, because the non-pro realme 6 released earlier this year features a slightly larger display with 90Hz capability. That phone ran on an LCD screen, and the shift to Super AMOLED does bring with it better colour clarity, but it's still unusual to see a step back to a simple 60Hz display for a supposedly "Pro" handset.
That price point also only buys you a phone with a plastic back, available either in "Mirror Silver" or "Mirror Blue" finishes. It's "Mirror" because there's a split point about 1cm in from the left of the phone where a high gloss finish gives way to a matte finish, giving it a pleasing two-tone effect. There's no rear fingerprint sensor, with realme instead opting for an in-display optical sensor.
These are typically pretty ordinary affairs, but I was quite pleased with the general response of the sensor on the realme 7 Pro. Equally pleasing was the inclusion of a headphone jack, because we're starting to see more mid-range phones drop that particular feature.
- Quad camera, but telephoto is MIA
- Shoots well for a mid-range phone
The realme 7 Pro features a quad-lens camera array at the rear, but with a rather predictable recipe for the actual sensors that you get to shoot from. There's a primary 64MP f/1.8 sensor that uses pixel binning to up its light intake, a secondary 8MP ultrawide 119º f/2.3 and tertiary 2MP f/2.4 macro sensor to take actual photos with, along with a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor to give your images a little more bokeh.
That's not a bad recipe for general smartphone photography, but it's also one we've seen on a lot of smartphones this year. Simply put, the mid-range is where we've seen a big shift towards quality photography, and while the realme 7 Pro doesn't massively falter in terms of most of its camera capabilities, it also doesn't really quite live up to that Pro designation either.
Just like every other 2MP Macro camera on a mid-range phone this year, you'll struggle a little to get good quality shots. Just like every other 64MP sensor on a mid-range phone this year, you'll get fair-but-not-stellar telephoto shooting via digital cropping. Even around the front, where the realme 7 Pro features a 32MP f/2.5 sensor in a holepunch camera, you'll get selfies that can be enhanced with a very fake looking beauty mode along for the ride.
None of which means that the realme 7 Pro has a bad camera. It's entirely fine for most shooting tasks… but that's about it.
- Snapdragon 720 provides decent but not standout performance
- realmeOS is still garish
The realme 7 Pro runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 processor with 8GB of onboard RAM, which in itself makes it a rather unusual phone. That's because there's really not that many smartphones sold locally at this price point that use the Snapdragon 720; much of what we've seen in the mid-range at this price point has opted for the Snapdragon 765G instead. That puts the realme 7 Pro in a tricky situation, because the 720 is a slightly slower processor with slightly lesser GPU and no 5G support.
5G may not matter to you just yet, but I was curious to see just how much of a gap there was in performance terms between the realme 7 Pro and the array of Snapdragon 765G phones already available. Here's how it compares using Geekbench 5's CPU test:
The realme 7 Pro acquits itself pretty well here, keeping pace with most phones and even beating out a few that cost more than it does in straight line CPU tests.
It's a slightly less flattering picture on the graphics front. Here's how the realme 7 Pro's Adreno 618 GPU compares to the Adreno 620 in the Snapdragon 765G phones using 3DMark's benchmarks:
The realme 7 Pro runs on Android 10, and like other realme phones it's somewhat obscured by the company's own launcher, realmeOS. When realme launched in Australia it was with phones that used stablemate Oppo's ColorOS, but it now promotes its own take on what Android should look like. Still, there are similarities in terms of very bright interfaces and redesigns that don't really feel like they add all that much to the core Android experience.
- 4,500 mAh battery runs very well
- Insanely fast 65W charging
BBK Electronics has a wide range of brands locally, including Oppo, Vivo and of course realme, and they all tend to ship with very fast chargers indeed. The realme 7 Pro ships with a 65W charger for ultra rapid charging of the handset. There's understandably a little warmth involved with the phone when you use the official charger, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't slightly hypnotic watching the battery percentages tick up in real time when you plug it in. The claim here is that you can get to a 100% charge in 34 minutes flat, and it's not wrong.
Fast charging is great, but it's also backed up with some very solid actual battery life. The sealed battery in the realme 7 Pro is a 4,500mAh lithium ion unit. I ran it through our standard battery endurance test, streaming a full HD YouTube video at maximum brightness and moderate volume for an hour from fully charged to get a comparative picture of its performance. As a reminder, what we look for here is at least 90% battery remaining, because that's usually a good sign of a phone that can handle a day's heavy use without going flat.
Here's how the realme 7 Pro compares:
Should you buy the Realme 7 Pro?
- Buy it if you want a good all-rounder with great battery life.
- Don't buy it if you want 5G or telephoto lenses.
I'm still not sold on the idea that the realme 7 Pro deserves that "Pro" suffix to speak of, because it's an unusual mix of mid-range approaches that sits just below the rather large assortment of 5G capable Snapdragon 765G handsets, some of which are available at the same price point or just above. It's a worthwhile mid-range option though, especially if you've got no plans to connect up to a 5G service any time soon.
Pricing and availability
PriceRRP: From $599
Where to buy
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Images: Alex Kidman
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