GANDHINAGAR, WNS: The Realme X7 Pro 5G was launched in China almost five months ago, so straight off the bat, it isn’t a dramatically new phone. However, it does bring to India MediaTek’s top-drawer 5G SoC, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+. The processor has gained a fair amount of reputation in the silicon world, a large part of which is its commendable price to performance ratio. Benchmark tests have so far shown that while through 2020, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 was the king of the hill in the Android ecosystem, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ was actually not too far behind. Now, Realme has brought this chipset to India, with its Realme X7 Pro 5G.
One of the biggest draws in the Realme X7 Pro 5G, personally, is its 120Hz Super AMOLED display -- apart from the processor, of course. Super smooth frame rates are just one of those things that make a bigger difference in real life than what it sounds like on paper. Apart from that, there isn’t a whole lot to get excited about in the X7 Pro, since it’s about as standard as you’d expect a mid-premium segment smartphone to be. It has a 64-megapixel quad rear camera at the back featuring the Sony IMX686 image sensor (and no optical zoom), claimed display brightness of 1,200 nits, 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage, 4K 60fps video recording, a 32-megapixel selfie shooter in the corner drill-hole slot, Wi-Fi 6 support, Bluetooth LE support, and a 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging.
So, then, given the standardised spec sheet, can the Realme X7 Pro 5G find a niche to offer its audience, and stand out as a smartphone worth being recommended? At Rs 29,999, its immediate rivals include the OnePlus Nord, the Google Pixel 4a, the Samsung Galaxy M51 and the Vivo V20 Pro. Of this lot, the OnePlus Nord has been our go-to recommendation for all, the Pixel 4a we’ve recommended for its camera prowess, and for the Galaxy M51 and the V20 Pro, we’ve noted that they are both good phones on their own accord, but don’t have enough to lead the segment. Can Realme shuffle this up?
PERFORMANCE: THE REALME X7 PRO 5G’S STAND-OUT FEATURE
As it so happens, Realme is betting on the chipset inside the phone carrying it all the way. The MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ is pretty impressive, offering really smooth everyday operations, and easily stepping up the speed when it comes to gaming. Our standard test games of Asphalt 9, Mortal Kombat and Call of Duty: Mobile all play without any noticeable stutters, and the added support for 120Hz refresh rates are well utilised by the Realme X7 Pro here. The chipset can keep up with the faster frame rates, constantly delivering the sort of smoothness of gaming that you would associate with flagship phones.
The point here is, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC is a flagship-grade chipset, albeit being a direct competitor of Qualcomm’s 2020-generation of 8-series processors. Naturally, the smoothness and fluidity in performance can be expected, and the X7 Pro does deliver on it without any major qualms. For everyday tasks, our typical work-day setup of multitasking with three simultaneous email apps, four communication apps, two browsers (each with 10+ tabs actively open), one connected smartwatch and a music streaming app running in the background was pulled off with considerable ease by the Realme X7 Pro. We struggled with the interface of the phone (more on this later), but in terms of pure performance and smoothness of app switching, the X7 Pro did rather well.
While it does have a 256GB variant as well, India only gets a single variant – 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. What’s important to note here is that in terms of pure performance, the Realme X7 Pro outperforms the Pixel 4a, the Galaxy M51 and the V20 Pro. In fact, by benchmark terms, it even outperforms the OnePlus Nord, which clearly means that Realme’s up to something here. As for the rest, this is where questions are raised.
Unless you are a photographer with a super-keen eye for minute details, the Realme X7 Pro 5G’s cameras will appear sufficient to you for casual usage. In fact, the main 64-megapixel IMX686 camera unit is quite good in terms of fine details, noise reduction, dynamic range and low light fidelity. It is biased towards the warm tones and Realme’s camera algorithms bias the colours towards the high saturation-end. But, you can more than make do with what this camera offers, and on overall terms, I personally found the main camera to be quite decent – good, in fact.