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Realme 7 Smartphone Review - China phone with great performance for the money

Price collapse. The realme 7 is significantly cheaper than its predecessor, but still comes with a 90 Hz display and even a larger battery. That sounds like a good offer, in our test we take a closer look.
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realme 7 (7 Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G95 8 x 2 - 2.1 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 405 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 114 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, USB-C
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41) , Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.4 x 162.3 x 75.4 ( = 0.37 x 6.39 x 2.97 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 48 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @2160p/​30fps (Camera 1); 8.0MP, f/​2.3, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 3); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, depth of field (Camera 4)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix In-display Selfie, f/2.1, Sony IMX 471, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, quick charger, USB cable, SIM tool, silicone bumper, 36 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
196.5 g ( = 6.93 oz / 0.43 pounds), Power Supply: 76 g ( = 2.68 oz / 0.17 pounds)
Price
179 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison devices

Bewertung
Rating Version
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
79.7 %7
11/2020
realme 7
Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4
196.5 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080
77.9 %7
10/2020
Motorola Moto G9 Play
SD 662, Adreno 610
200 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
79.5 %7
09/2020
Samsung Galaxy M21
Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3
188 g64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.40"2340x1080
79.9 %7
09/2020
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
199 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.53"2340x1080
80.7 %7
06/2020
realme 6
Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4
191 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080

Case, equipment and operation - Plenty of memory on request

Starting from 179 euro one gets the realme 7 already, then 4 GB RAM and 64 GB mass storage are built in. With 6 GB RAM you get this variant for 199 Euro and finally there is a configuration with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB mass storage, which we also have in our test lab and for which you have to pay 249 Euro. The prices are all significantly lower than the realme 6

The memory configuration is very appealing for this price range and the case also makes a good impression for around 200 Euros: Although the back side is made of plastic, the manufacturer has made an effort to make the optional blue or white case look chic. Under the matt finish, for example, light reflections can be seen which are refracted differently on the left and right of the camera module. The stability of the chassis is not outstanding, but OK for the price range.

WiFi 5, on the other hand, comes with all the comparable devices, the realme 7 shows itself to be on class level in terms of speed. Our test with the reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reveals this. Besides two SIM slots, there is also a separate slot for a microSD card. NFC is also on board so that mobile payment services can be used.

The touch screen is easy to operate and is sensitive over its entire surface. The fingerprint sensor is integrated in the standby button on the right. It is easy to touch and works quickly and reliably.

Size comparison

165.2 mm / 6.5 inch 75.7 mm / 2.98 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs162.3 mm / 6.39 inch 75.4 mm / 2.97 inch 9.4 mm / 0.3701 inch 196.5 g0.4332 lbs162.3 mm / 6.39 inch 77.2 mm / 3.04 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 199 g0.4387 lbs162.1 mm / 6.38 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 191 g0.4211 lbs159 mm / 6.26 inch 75.1 mm / 2.96 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 188 g0.4145 lbs
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Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
347 (172min - 352max) MBit/s ∼100% +1%
realme 7
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
343 (209min - 355max) MBit/s ∼99%
realme 6
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
338 (323min - 344max) MBit/s ∼97% -1%
Samsung Galaxy M21
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
304 (285min - 323max) MBit/s ∼88% -11%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
237 (21min - 330max) MBit/s ∼68% -31%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
355 (327min - 366max) MBit/s ∼100% +22%
Samsung Galaxy M21
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
332 (231min - 352max) MBit/s ∼94% +14%
realme 6
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
326 (162min - 354max) MBit/s ∼92% +12%
realme 7
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
290 (252min - 311max) MBit/s ∼82%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
239 (26min - 333max) MBit/s ∼67% -18%
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Cameras - Cheap realme with four cameras

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

The realme 7 has four camera lenses on the back, the main camera has a maximum resolution of 48 megapixels. By default, four pixels are combined for higher light output, resulting in images with 12 megapixels. This means that the resolution is lower than with the predecessor, but that doesn't necessarily mean poorer image quality in everyday use.

In fact, pictures look a bit blurred in detail, similar to the real 7 Pro, but the image dynamics and color rendering are quite acceptable for the price range. Even in low light and high contrasts, the smartphone camera cuts a decent figure. In the lab, the smartphone shows a quite sharp image under good lighting, even if there are problems with text in front of a colored background.

Of the three other lenses on the back, only two can be used for taking pictures: These are a wide-angle lens that has some catching up to do in terms of sharpness and allows pixel patterns to appear on surfaces, and a macro lens that can only be used in a special mode for extreme close-ups.

You can only switch between wide-angle and main lens directly, there is no hybrid zoom. The front camera has a resolution of 16 megapixels and makes good selfies.

The main camera records videos at a maximum of 4K and 30 fps. The image quality is good, changes in exposure are no problem and the autofocus works relatively solid

Image Comparison

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ColorChecker
12.6 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
12 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
6 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
4 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
ColorChecker realme 7: 9.62 ∆E min: 3.96 - max: 14.38 ∆E
ColorChecker
29 ∆E
48.6 ∆E
38.3 ∆E
34.3 ∆E
43 ∆E
57.5 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
34 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
28 ∆E
59.6 ∆E
59.1 ∆E
30.3 ∆E
46.2 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
66.5 ∆E
40.8 ∆E
40.8 ∆E
61.4 ∆E
64.1 ∆E
49 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker realme 7: 42.65 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 66.49 ∆E

Display - 90 Hz for 200 Euro

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

A somewhat strange decision is repeated with the realme 7 series: While the Pro model is equipped with an AMOLED screen with only 60 Hz, the cheaper realme 7 gets an IPS screen with 90 Hz refresh rate. The smoother scrolling and the perceived faster operation give the realme 7 a special feature that is not found on comparable devices.

With extended FullHD resolution the screen is otherwise on class level and offers decent brightness. The contrast value is slowed down by the only mediocre black level, so that the display looks a bit bland.

Colors and grayscales are displayed fairly accurately, but for the professional evaluation of printing colors, the accuracy is not sufficient.

The IPS display has the advantage that it shows no PWM flickering, even at the lowest brightness.

529
cd/m²
529
cd/m²
507
cd/m²
505
cd/m²
525
cd/m²
475
cd/m²
520
cd/m²
523
cd/m²
499
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 529 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 512.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 525 cd/m²
Contrast: 955:1 (Black: 0.55 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.4 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 4.3 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
99.3% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.3
realme 7
IPS, 2400x1080, 6.50
Motorola Moto G9 Play
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Samsung Galaxy M21
Super AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.40
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
IPS LCD, 2340x1080, 6.53
realme 6
IPS, 2400x1080, 6.50
Response Times
-63%
65%
-22%
11%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38 ?(19, 19)
52 ?(27, 25)
-37%
10 ?(5, 5)
74%
38.8 ?(19.6, 19.2)
-2%
35.6 ?(17.6, 18)
6%
Response Time Black / White *
18 ?(7, 11)
34 ?(17, 17)
-89%
8 ?(5, 3)
56%
25.6 ?(12.4, 13.2)
-42%
15.2 ?(6, 9.2)
16%
PWM Frequency
215.5
Screen
-2%
31%
63%
-4%
Brightness middle
525
450
-14%
617
18%
553
5%
456
-13%
Brightness
512
428
-16%
614
20%
527
3%
427
-17%
Brightness Distribution
90
88
-2%
95
6%
89
-1%
88
-2%
Black Level *
0.55
0.23
58%
0.12
78%
0.46
16%
Contrast
955
1957
105%
4608
383%
991
4%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.4
5.49
-25%
2.11
52%
3.8
14%
4.4
-0%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.75
10.19
-51%
3.41
49%
8.7
-29%
7.7
-14%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.3
7.5
-74%
2.6
40%
2.2
49%
4.4
-2%
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.495 88%
2.073 106%
2.3 96%
2.22 99%
CCT
7472 87%
8711 75%
6921 94%
6727 97%
7154 91%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-33% / -15%
48% / 39%
21% / 46%
4% / -1%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
18 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 25 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 40 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (37.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21061 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.


CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB

Performance, emissions and battery life - Lasts for a very long time

The still quite new MediaTek Helio G95 is used as SoC in the realme 7. It offers quite similar data as the Helio G90T in the realme 6, only the graphics unit clocks a bit higher. Nevertheless, the realme 7 is faster than most other comparable devices, which makes it a good value for money in its price range, if you only consider the pure processor and graphics performance.

Our reference microSD Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 is read and written quite fast, even the internal memory proves to be quite fast in comparison to other devices at this price level, thanks to the UFS 2.1 standard.

The maximum temperature that the real 7 reaches under longer load is not critical, at most it could become unpleasant to use the smartphone longer under load in very hot ambient temperatures.

The mono loudspeaker on the bottom edge can become somewhat loud, but at maximum volume the sound quickly becomes an indefinable mush. If you lower the volume, the speaker sounds a bit dull, so the spark doesn't really want to jump over. Via Bluetooth or 3.5mm jack you can connect external sound devices, then you get clean sound.

The realme 7 comes with a very strong 5,000 mAh battery, which lasts 16:46 hours in our WLAN test, which speaks for several days of normal use without charging. The device can be charged with up to 30 watts, it then takes slightly more than an hour until the battery is fully charged again.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
506 Points ∼83%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
314 Points ∼51% -38%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
349 Points ∼57% -31%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
356 Points ∼58% -30%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
545 Points ∼89% +8%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (506 - 532, n=5)
515 Points ∼84% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=257, last 2 years)
613 Points ∼100% +21%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
1622 Points ∼78%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1397 Points ∼67% -14%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1322 Points ∼64% -18%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1259 Points ∼61% -22%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
1715 Points ∼83% +6%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (1622 - 1689, n=5)
1665 Points ∼80% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=257, last 2 years)
2073 Points ∼100% +28%
PCMark for Android
Work performance score (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
14164 Points ∼97%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
8610 Points ∼59% -39%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
6043 Points ∼41% -57%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
11421 Points ∼78% -19%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
14669 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
 
14164 Points ∼97% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2689 - 19989, n=179, last 2 years)
10200 Points ∼70% -28%
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
9797 Points ∼93%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
6296 Points ∼60% -36%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
5892 Points ∼56% -40%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
8698 Points ∼83% -11%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
10512 Points ∼100% +7%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (9797 - 10153, n=3)
9969 Points ∼95% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=224, last 2 years)
8160 Points ∼78% -17%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
29819 Points ∼71%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
22131 Points ∼53% -26%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
23670 Points ∼57% -21%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
30326 Points ∼72% +2%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (29819 - 31558, n=3)
30664 Points ∼73% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2920 - 117606, n=157, last 2 years)
41891 Points ∼100% +40%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
36546 Points ∼61%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
23379 Points ∼39% -36%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
25024 Points ∼41% -32%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
36463 Points ∼60% 0%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (35214 - 40738, n=3)
37499 Points ∼62% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2177 - 224130, n=157, last 2 years)
60369 Points ∼100% +65%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
18136 Points ∼76%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
18647 Points ∼78% +3%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
19902 Points ∼84% +10%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
19084 Points ∼80% +5%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (17643 - 21013, n=3)
18931 Points ∼79% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (8324 - 59268, n=157, last 2 years)
23831 Points ∼100% +31%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3252 Points ∼92%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1862 Points ∼53% -43%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2110 Points ∼60% -35%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3127 Points ∼88% -4%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (2542 - 3511, n=4)
3127 Points ∼88% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 11256, n=226, last 2 years)
3542 Points ∼100% +9%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3254 Points ∼79%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1743 Points ∼42% -46%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2092 Points ∼51% -36%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3108 Points ∼75% -4%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (2398 - 3592, n=4)
3201 Points ∼77% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (54 - 16670, n=226, last 2 years)
4132 Points ∼100% +27%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3247 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2444 Points ∼75% -25%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2176 Points ∼67% -33%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3194 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (2372 - 3253, n=4)
3024 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (607 - 5301, n=226, last 2 years)
2852 Points ∼88% -12%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3170 Points ∼72%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1891 Points ∼43% -40%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1662 Points ∼38% -48%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3003 Points ∼68% -5%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (3120 - 3336, n=4)
3230 Points ∼73% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=253, last 2 years)
4401 Points ∼100% +39%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3148 Points ∼55%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1786 Points ∼31% -43%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1601 Points ∼28% -49%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
2965 Points ∼52% -6%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (3148 - 3335, n=4)
3272 Points ∼58% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=253, last 2 years)
5690 Points ∼100% +81%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3249 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2384 Points ∼73% -27%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1917 Points ∼59% -41%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3143 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (2547 - 3392, n=4)
3128 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (640 - 5784, n=251, last 2 years)
3086 Points ∼95% -5%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
2722 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1177 Points ∼43% -57%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1563 Points ∼57% -43%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
2515 Points ∼92% -8%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (2587 - 2754, n=4)
2702 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=223, last 2 years)
2729 Points ∼100% 0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
2599 Points ∼90%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1022 Points ∼35% -61%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1445 Points ∼50% -44%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
2384 Points ∼83% -8%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (2599 - 2643, n=4)
2627 Points ∼91% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=223, last 2 years)
2889 Points ∼100% +11%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3261 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2499 Points ∼77% -23%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2186 Points ∼67% -33%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3114 Points ∼95% -5%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (2436 - 3261, n=4)
3039 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=223, last 2 years)
2873 Points ∼88% -12%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
2784 Points ∼77%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1184 Points ∼33% -57%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1650 Points ∼46% -41%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
2568 Points ∼71% -8%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (2682 - 2849, n=4)
2767 Points ∼76% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=255, last 2 years)
3618 Points ∼100% +30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
2682 Points ∼63%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1034 Points ∼24% -61%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1532 Points ∼36% -43%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
2433 Points ∼57% -9%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (2682 - 2743, n=4)
2715 Points ∼64% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 16221, n=255, last 2 years)
4235 Points ∼100% +58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3213 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2399 Points ∼75% -25%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2260 Points ∼70% -30%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3188 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (2488 - 3405, n=4)
3005 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (626 - 5793, n=255, last 2 years)
3120 Points ∼97% -3%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
19 fps ∼75%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
15 fps ∼59% -21%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
9.2 fps ∼36% -52%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
18 fps ∼71% -5%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (16 - 19, n=5)
18.2 fps ∼72% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=266, last 2 years)
25.4 fps ∼100% +34%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
21 fps ∼70%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
8.3 fps ∼28% -60%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
10 fps ∼34% -52%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
20 fps ∼67% -5%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (19 - 21, n=5)
20.4 fps ∼68% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=266, last 2 years)
29.8 fps ∼100% +42%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
12 fps ∼71%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
9 fps ∼53% -25%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
5.6 fps ∼33% -53%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
11 fps ∼65% -8%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (10 - 12, n=5)
11.4 fps ∼67% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=267, last 2 years)
17 fps ∼100% +42%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
7.7 fps ∼67%
Motorola Moto G9 Play
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2.8 fps ∼24% -64%
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
3.5 fps ∼30% -55%
realme 6
Mediatek Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
6.9 fps ∼60% -10%
Average Mediatek Helio G95
  (6.8 - 7.8, n=5)
7.48 fps ∼65% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=267, last 2 years)
11.5 fps ∼100% +49%
realme 7Motorola Moto G9 PlaySamsung Galaxy M21Xiaomi Redmi Note 9realme 6Average 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-20%
-10%
-14%
4%
6%
20%
Sequential Read 256KB
529
315.2
-40%
487.8
-8%
306.57
-42%
524.92
-1%
769 ?(427 - 1011, n=92)
45%
843 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=270, last 2 years)
59%
Sequential Write 256KB
200
187.2
-6%
192.7
-4%
248.14
24%
203.91
2%
270 ?(13.6 - 707, n=92)
35%
382 ?(11.9 - 1321, n=270, last 2 years)
91%
Random Read 4KB
153.3
98.4
-36%
126
-18%
65.13
-58%
179.4
17%
147 ?(92.6 - 239, n=92)
-4%
148 ?(13.5 - 325, n=270, last 2 years)
-3%
Random Write 4KB
151.3
96.1
-36%
124.2
-18%
146.94
-3%
165.29
9%
124 ?(18.2 - 290, n=92)
-18%
138 ?(5.5 - 330, n=270, last 2 years)
-9%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
84.6 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
85.4 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
77.9 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-8%
84.37 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
84.57 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
76 ?(13.4 - 88.3, n=43)
-10%
76.2 ?(13.4 - 154, n=133, last 2 years)
-10%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
66.3 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
65.3 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-2%
62.2 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-6%
63.51 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-4%
63.73 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-4%
59.6 ?(8.4 - 72.4, n=43)
-10%
58.7 ?(8.4 - 83.3, n=133, last 2 years)
-11%

Temperature

Max. Load
 42.5 °C
109 F
38.8 °C
102 F
35.8 °C
96 F
 
 42.2 °C
108 F
39.3 °C
103 F
35.9 °C
97 F
 
 42.2 °C
108 F
39.3 °C
103 F
36.4 °C
98 F
 
Maximum: 42.5 °C = 109 F
Average: 39.2 °C = 103 F
32.6 °C
91 F
36 °C
97 F
40.6 °C
105 F
33.3 °C
92 F
36.9 °C
98 F
41.9 °C
107 F
34.4 °C
94 F
37.3 °C
99 F
40.6 °C
105 F
Maximum: 41.9 °C = 107 F
Average: 37.1 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.3 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 21.9 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.2 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.5 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.9 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.6 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.8342537.532.63129.334.44031.929.65037.832.56329.123.48019.519.410019.920.512516.517.316014.826.820013.133.425012.542.131510.850.440010.555.650014.861.8630146580013.466.9100013.569.5125012.169.6160011.772.820001269.6250013.164.2315013.569.6400014.572.1500015.471.3630016.367.3800016.968.51000017.872.91250018.463.51600019.247.6SPL66.569.771.626.681.6N20.725.524.90.850.6median 14median 65Delta1.912.632.826.826.225.723.323.821.924.72831.519.920.919.122.819.919.316.525.519.637.117.540.317.544.413.95113.955.215.862.415.267.11473.51474.413.972.713.472.713.872.214.374.81476.914.581.614.678.714.571.614.769.615.170.4157014.859.126.587.40.866.3median 14.6median 70111hearing rangehide median Pink Noiserealme 7realme 6
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
realme 7 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 33.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 58% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 74% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

realme 6 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 33.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.1% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 43% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 64% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 28% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

realme 7
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto G9 Play
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy M21
6000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
5020 mAh
realme 6
4300 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
1006
962
-4%
1298
29%
867
-14%
971
-3%
903 ?(442 - 1953, n=276, last 2 years)
-10%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
16h 46min

Pros

+ relatively high power
+ long lifetimes
+ fast loading
+ no PWM
+ decent cameras
+ 90-Hz-Screen

Cons

- screen with low contrast
- mediocre speaker quality

Verdict - The better offer

In review: realme 7th test device provided by realme Germany.
In review: realme 7th test device provided by realme Germany.

The realme 7 is a good offer for buyers with small purse: One looks for a 90-Hz-Display otherwise in the price region around 200 euro usually in vain, also the capacity is high. The battery lasts very long and is recharged quite quickly, the cameras deliver decent picture quality and the Internet is quite fast. The optional large memory capacity is also a great argument for the smartphone.

One can complain about the moderate speaker sound and the moderate contrast of the screen, which often makes the content look a bit dull.

The realme 7 is not perfect, but at prices around 200 Euros a clear price-performance tip.

All in all, however, the realme 7 offers a pretty impressive performance for a smartphone that you can get for well under 200 euros. We even like it better than the Pro model, the difference in performance is not that big and if the more elegant appearance of the Pro model is not important to you, then the realme 7 is in our opinion the better and much cheaper choice.

realme 7 - 11/13/2020 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
47 / 70 → 66%
Weight
88%
Battery
91%
Display
85%
Games Performance
29 / 64 → 46%
Application Performance
80 / 86 → 93%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
58 / 90 → 64%
Camera
55%
Average
74%
80%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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