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Realme 7i Smartphone Review - Cell phone for little money with real triple cam

Welcome to the family. The realme 7i is currently the cheapest phone that the Chinese manufacturer sells in its 7 family. You get a triple camera, where all lenses can really be used, and a huge battery. Is that enough for a recommendation?
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realme 7i (7 Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G85 8 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
, or 8GB
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 270 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 51 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, compass
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): 9.8 x 164.1 x 75.5 ( = 0.39 x 6.46 x 2.97 in)
Battery
6000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 18 Watt quick charge
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 48 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 8.0MP, f/​2.3, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/​2.0, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, USB cable, charger, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.98 W/kg (head), 1,10 W/kg (body), fanless
Weight
208 g ( = 7.34 oz / 0.46 pounds), Power Supply: 102 g ( = 3.6 oz / 0.22 pounds)
Price
160 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Possible competitors in comparison

Bewertung
Rating Version
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
77 %7
02/2021
realme 7i
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
208 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
80 %7
11/2020
realme 7
Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4
196.5 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080
75 %7
02/2021
Samsung Galaxy A12
Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320
205 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
76 %7
02/2021
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
SD 460, Adreno 610
200 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720

Case, features, and operation - NFC was spared

The realme 7i is 20 Euros cheaper than the realme 7, but it looks a bit simpler than the more expensive model: The plastic back is shiny and refracts the light with a V-shaped groove pattern, but it does not look quite as stylish. The casing's stability is quite decent: Pressure on the screen is transmitted to the liquid crystal, but the smartphone hardly twists at all. A screen protector is attached to the screen, which is noticeable at the edges, but the smartphone otherwise feels good in the hand.

The weight is a bit higher than in other smartphones in this price range due to the stronger battery, but this should hardly be noticed in everyday use. 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of flash storage for data are on board, which is typical for the class and a clear saving compared with the realme 7. realme has also saved on NFC, where Samsung's Galaxy A12 can score, for example.

Thanks to WiFi 5, the realme 7i is as fast as its more expensive brother in our WLAN test with the reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12 and much faster than one would expect in this price range.

The fingerprint sensor on the back is perhaps a bit far up for people with short fingers, but it unlocks the smartphone very quickly and reliably. Face recognition is also possible. The operation is very responsive.

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Size comparison

165 mm / 6.5 inch 75 mm / 2.95 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs164.1 mm / 6.46 inch 75.5 mm / 2.97 inch 9.8 mm / 0.3858 inch 208 g0.4586 lbs164 mm / 6.46 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 205 g0.4519 lbs162.3 mm / 6.39 inch 75.4 mm / 2.97 inch 9.4 mm / 0.3701 inch 196.5 g0.4332 lbs
Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
realme 7i
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
352 (319min - 359max) MBit/s ∼100%
realme 7
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
343 (209min - 355max) MBit/s ∼97% -3%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
802.11 b/g/n
58.5 (28min - 80max) MBit/s ∼17% -83%
Samsung Galaxy A12
802.11 b/g/n
44.8 (30min - 59max) MBit/s ∼13% -87%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
realme 7
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
290 (252min - 311max) MBit/s ∼100% +1%
realme 7i
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
288 (261min - 319max) MBit/s ∼99%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
802.11 b/g/n
63.5 (41min - 73max) MBit/s ∼22% -78%
Samsung Galaxy A12
802.11 b/g/n
50.3 (8min - 62max) MBit/s ∼17% -83%
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Cameras - True Triple Cam

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

The main camera of the realme 7i has the same resolution as the realme 7 and also offers pixel binning like its more expensive brother. The 48 megapixel resolution usually turns into 12 megapixels because four pixels are combined to increase the light yield. However, the full resolution can also be used in a special mode

The camera takes decent pictures, but bright areas are quickly overexposed. As with the realme 7, detail and sharpness are not that great, and colors look a bit pale. In low light and high contrasts, the autofocus has difficulties finding the right focus. We quite like the brightening when the illumination of the subject is very low.

The wide-angle camera could also use more sharpness, but it does its job quite well in terms of exposure

Videos can be recorded in 1080p at most. The front-facing camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels and takes reasonably sharp photos, where fine details do not suffer too much.

It is not possible to switch between the lenses via zoom. The Marko lens is only used in a special mode, even though the software claims otherwise when the main camera is zoomed in strongly.

Image Comparison

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ColorChecker
16.1 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
16.3 ∆E
14 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
9 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
ColorChecker realme 7i: 11.06 ∆E min: 4.12 - max: 16.33 ∆E
ColorChecker
27.1 ∆E
44.9 ∆E
34.4 ∆E
35.2 ∆E
36.8 ∆E
52.4 ∆E
45 ∆E
29.4 ∆E
31.3 ∆E
26.2 ∆E
55 ∆E
55 ∆E
27 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
28.3 ∆E
63.5 ∆E
34.9 ∆E
39.7 ∆E
58.3 ∆E
59.9 ∆E
45.9 ∆E
35.1 ∆E
23.6 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
ColorChecker realme 7i: 39.44 ∆E min: 13.76 - max: 63.48 ∆E

Display - 60 Hz are normal, but...

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

The screen's 1600 x 720 pixels are standard in the price range, whereas the realme 7 offers Full HD. The screen's brightness is quite high, but the black level suffers from that, so the contrast value is only moderate and colors hardly shine.

The color reproduction is also quite inaccurate in the factory settings, as our tests with the software CalMAN and the spectrophotometer reveal. A slight blue cast is visible in grayscale.

Another difference to the realme 7: The screen only offers a frame rate of 60 Hz, so there are no advantages like a perceived smoother operation or smoother scrolling.

558
cd/m²
585
cd/m²
548
cd/m²
558
cd/m²
597
cd/m²
544
cd/m²
559
cd/m²
601
cd/m²
573
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 601 cd/m² Average: 569.2 cd/m² Minimum: 2.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 597 cd/m²
Contrast: 807:1 (Black: 0.74 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.47 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 6.9 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
93.5% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.363
realme 7i
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
realme 7
IPS, 2400x1080, 6.50
Samsung Galaxy A12
PLS-LCD, 1600x720, 6.50
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Response Times
23%
-52%
-29%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
40 (19, 21)
38 (19, 19)
5%
64 (31, 33)
-60%
59 (30, 29)
-48%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (13, 17)
18 (7, 11)
40%
40 (19, 21)
-33%
40 (19, 21)
-33%
PWM Frequency
925.9 (25)
337.8 (20)
-64%
869.6 (25)
-6%
Screen
15%
10%
19%
Brightness middle
597
525
-12%
458
-23%
471
-21%
Brightness
569
512
-10%
427
-25%
446
-22%
Brightness Distribution
91
90
-1%
85
-7%
90
-1%
Black Level *
0.74
0.55
26%
0.53
28%
0.38
49%
Contrast
807
955
18%
864
7%
1239
54%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.47
4.4
20%
4.04
26%
3.97
27%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
12.11
6.75
44%
6.84
44%
7.47
38%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.9
4.3
38%
4.8
30%
5.2
25%
Gamma
2.363 93%
2.3 96%
2.293 96%
2.285 96%
CCT
8091 80%
7472 87%
7535 86%
7791 83%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
19% / 17%
-21% / -7%
-5% / 6%

* ... 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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 17 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 240 (maximum) ms. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 21 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. » 47 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (37.8 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 detected 925.9 Hz ≤ 25 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 925.9 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 25 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 925.9 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 15366 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.


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

Performance, emissions and battery life - Lots of power and long runtime

We praised the realme 7 for its high performance, and we can also attest good performance rates to the realme 7i, but it also has to make concessions compared with the more expensive model.

MediaTek's Helio G85 is used as the SoC, which offers much more power than, for example, the Galaxy A12 or Motorola's Moto E7 Plus. The graphics performance is also significantly higher. However, our review sample cannot keep up with the realme 7.

The heating under longer load is locally limited and on the usual level; it could only become problematic in very hot outdoor temperatures.

The speaker is not quite as loud as the realme 7, but it is sufficient for a medium-sized room. In terms of sound quality, it is very treble-emphasized, but sufficient for listening to individual songs. Headphones can be connected via 3.5 mm or Bluetooth, which works without problems.

With its 6,000 mAhbattery, the realme 7i is equipped above average and the 18-watt charging technology is also a great thing in this price range. Probably also due to the less energy-intensive screen, the smartphone lasts much longer than the realme 7 in our WLAN test: The device runs for almost 22 hours. It is then fully charged in just over 90 minutes.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
354 Points ∼61%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
506 Points ∼88% +43%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
169 Points ∼29% -52%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
254 Points ∼44% -28%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (354 - 369, n=3)
360 Points ∼62% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1604, n=244, last 2 years)
578 Points ∼100% +63%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1305 Points ∼66%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
1622 Points ∼82% +24%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1022 Points ∼52% -22%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1270 Points ∼64% -3%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1259 - 1351, n=3)
1305 Points ∼66% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4455, n=244, last 2 years)
1981 Points ∼100% +52%
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8655 Points ∼88%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
9797 Points ∼100% +13%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4983 Points ∼51% -42%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
5669 Points ∼58% -35%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (8655 - 8698, n=3)
8674 Points ∼89% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=260, last 2 years)
7923 Points ∼81% -8%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
22619 Points ∼57%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
29819 Points ∼74% +32%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
14087 Points ∼35% -38%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
16486 Points ∼41% -27%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (22619 - 23273, n=2)
22946 Points ∼57% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2920 - 117606, n=196, last 2 years)
40028 Points ∼100% +77%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
25311 Points ∼44%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
36546 Points ∼64% +44%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
13235 Points ∼23% -48%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
16610 Points ∼29% -34%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (24973 - 25311, n=2)
25142 Points ∼44% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2177 - 224130, n=196, last 2 years)
57258 Points ∼100% +126%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
16484 Points ∼71%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
18136 Points ∼78% +10%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
17853 Points ∼77% +8%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
16068 Points ∼69% -3%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (16484 - 18796, n=2)
17640 Points ∼76% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (8324 - 59268, n=196, last 2 years)
23237 Points ∼100% +41%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1838 Points ∼53%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3252 Points ∼95% +77%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
733 Points ∼21% -60%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1400 Points ∼41% -24%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1838 - 1898, n=2)
1868 Points ∼54% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 11256, n=257, last 2 years)
3439 Points ∼100% +87%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1697 Points ∼42%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3254 Points ∼81% +92%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
645 Points ∼16% -62%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1270 Points ∼32% -25%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1697 - 1759, n=2)
1728 Points ∼43% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (54 - 16670, n=257, last 2 years)
4029 Points ∼100% +137%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2590 Points ∼80%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3247 Points ∼100% +25%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1098 Points ∼34% -58%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2186 Points ∼67% -16%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (2590 - 2620, n=2)
2605 Points ∼80% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (607 - 5301, n=257, last 2 years)
2786 Points ∼86% +8%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1844 Points ∼45%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3170 Points ∼77% +72%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
879 Points ∼21% -52%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1421 Points ∼34% -23%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1844 - 1851, n=2)
1848 Points ∼45% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=278, last 2 years)
4136 Points ∼100% +124%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1693 Points ∼32%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3148 Points ∼60% +86%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
811 Points ∼15% -52%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1295 Points ∼25% -24%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1693 - 1696, n=2)
1695 Points ∼32% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 22052, n=278, last 2 years)
5238 Points ∼100% +209%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2684 Points ∼83%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3249 Points ∼100% +21%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1123 Points ∼35% -58%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2152 Points ∼66% -20%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (2684 - 2723, n=2)
2704 Points ∼83% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5784, n=276, last 2 years)
2982 Points ∼92% +11%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1400 Points ∼51%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
2722 Points ∼100% +94%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
367 Points ∼13% -74%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
854 Points ∼31% -39%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1400 - 1431, n=2)
1416 Points ∼52% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=253, last 2 years)
2640 Points ∼97% +89%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1237 Points ∼44%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
2599 Points ∼93% +110%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
298 Points ∼11% -76%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
726 Points ∼26% -41%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1237 - 1268, n=2)
1253 Points ∼45% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=253, last 2 years)
2791 Points ∼100% +126%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2600 Points ∼80%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3261 Points ∼100% +25%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1098 Points ∼34% -58%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2228 Points ∼68% -14%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (2600 - 2607, n=2)
2604 Points ∼80% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=253, last 2 years)
2819 Points ∼86% +8%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1411 Points ∼42%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
2784 Points ∼83% +97%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
478 Points ∼14% -66%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
853 Points ∼25% -40%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1411 - 1431, n=2)
1421 Points ∼42% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=277, last 2 years)
3358 Points ∼100% +138%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1243 Points ∼33%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
2682 Points ∼71% +116%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
423 Points ∼11% -66%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
727 Points ∼19% -42%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1243 - 1259, n=2)
1251 Points ∼33% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 12914, n=277, last 2 years)
3792 Points ∼100% +205%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2681 Points ∼83%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
3213 Points ∼100% +20%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1077 Points ∼34% -60%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2171 Points ∼68% -19%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (2681 - 2734, n=2)
2708 Points ∼84% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5793, n=277, last 2 years)
3027 Points ∼94% +13%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
706 Points ∼25%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
241 Points ∼8% -66%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
 
706 Points ∼25% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (153 - 7275, n=103, last 2 years)
2850 Points ∼100% +304%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
698 Points ∼24%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
238 Points ∼8% -66%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
 
698 Points ∼24% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 8672, n=99, last 2 years)
2964 Points ∼100% +325%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
18 fps ∼79%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
19 fps ∼83% +6%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
7.5 fps ∼33% -58%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
11 fps ∼48% -39%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (12 - 18, n=2)
15 fps ∼66% -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=281, last 2 years)
22.9 fps ∼100% +27%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
9.7 fps ∼37%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
21 fps ∼80% +116%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4.2 fps ∼16% -57%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
6 fps ∼23% -38%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (8 - 9.7, n=2)
8.85 fps ∼34% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=280, last 2 years)
26.4 fps ∼100% +172%
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
12 fps ∼79%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
12 fps ∼79% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4.7 fps ∼31% -61%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
6.5 fps ∼43% -46%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (12 - 12, n=2)
12 fps ∼79% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=281, last 2 years)
15.1 fps ∼100% +26%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.5 fps ∼34%
realme 7
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 8192
7.7 fps ∼75% +120%
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1.5 fps ∼15% -57%
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2 fps ∼19% -43%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (3.1 - 3.5, n=2)
3.3 fps ∼32% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=281, last 2 years)
10.3 fps ∼100% +194%
realme 7irealme 7Samsung Galaxy A12Motorola Moto E7 PlusAverage 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
41%
-14%
5%
-21%
56%
Sequential Read 256KB
316.4
529
67%
269.7
-15%
313.8
-1%
274 (95.6 - 704, n=172)
-13%
781 (41.9 - 2037, n=289, last 2 years)
147%
Sequential Write 256KB
187.2
200
7%
211.6
13%
192.7
3%
178 (40 - 274, n=172)
-5%
346 (11.9 - 1321, n=289, last 2 years)
85%
Random Read 4KB
77.4
153.3
98%
65.4
-16%
92.4
19%
58.6 (11.4 - 149, n=172)
-24%
139 (13.5 - 325, n=289, last 2 years)
80%
Random Write 4KB
89.5
151.3
69%
39.1
-56%
97.1
8%
28.7 (3.4 - 147, n=172)
-68%
125 (5.2 - 330, n=289, last 2 years)
40%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
83.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
84.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
77.4 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-8%
81.5 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-3%
77.4 (21.1 - 108, n=144)
-8%
76.2 (13.4 - 154, n=166, last 2 years)
-9%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
63.5 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
66.3 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
4%
61.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-3%
64.4 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
58.3 (11.2 - 83.3, n=144)
-8%
58.5 (8.4 - 83.3, n=166, last 2 years)
-8%

Temperature

Max. Load
 42.6 °C
109 F
37.8 °C
100 F
36.3 °C
97 F
 
 41.4 °C
107 F
37.4 °C
99 F
36.7 °C
98 F
 
 39.9 °C
104 F
36.9 °C
98 F
36.7 °C
98 F
 
Maximum: 42.6 °C = 109 F
Average: 38.4 °C = 101 F
33.5 °C
92 F
35.5 °C
96 F
38 °C
100 F
33.7 °C
93 F
36 °C
97 F
39.6 °C
103 F
32.9 °C
91 F
35.6 °C
96 F
37.7 °C
100 F
Maximum: 39.6 °C = 103 F
Average: 35.8 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  38.6 °C = 101 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.4 °C / 101 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 42.6 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.4 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 39.6 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 32.8 °C / 91 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side

Loudspeaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.540.32532.635.23127.528.44030.2295032.333.26325.527.18017.818.310022.621.812514.615.716013.324.12001129.62509.733315840.64008.649.750011.257.563013.761.580015.364.4100017.469.8125010.370160010.567.3200010.666.5250011.263.3315012.563.6400014.369.2500015.270.563001568.1800016.167.31000017.371.51250016.265.91600016.951.8SPL26.179.5N0.744median 13.7median 63.6Delta2.813.142.83437.532.629.334.431.929.637.832.529.123.419.519.419.920.516.517.314.826.813.133.412.542.110.850.410.555.614.861.8146513.466.913.569.512.169.611.772.81269.613.164.213.569.614.572.115.471.316.367.316.968.517.872.918.463.519.247.666.569.771.626.681.620.725.524.90.850.6median 14median 651.912.6hearing rangehide median Pink Noiserealme 7irealme 7
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
realme 7i audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 36.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 70% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 23% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 81% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 14% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

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
» 57% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 73% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

realme 7i
6000 mAh
realme 7
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A12
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto E7 Plus
5000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
1307
1006
-23%
1288
-1%
946
-28%
899 (425 - 2000, n=294, last 2 years)
-31%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
21h 47min

Pros

+ comparatively much performance
+ very bright screen
+ Camera with three usable lenses
+ very long battery life
+ Fast charging
+ fast WLAN

Cons

- no NFC
- weak contrast on the screen

Verdict - Slimmed down, but still a good offer

On review: realme 7i. Test device provided by realme Germany.
On review: realme 7i. Test device provided by realme Germany.

The realme 7i primarily offers long runtimes and a good camera configuration for its price range. The bright screen and the fast charging technology also speak for the smartphone. The high performance for the class and the fast WLAN also make the realme 7i attractive.

The casing may not be anything special and the speaker will certainly not win any prizes, but the screen also offers little contrast and is quite inaccurate in color reproduction.

However, the biggest problem of the realme 7i is its more expensive brother, the realme 7. You have to sacrifice a lot for a savings of 20 Euros: You do not get FullHD and 90 Hz on the screen, no NFC, less working and slower mass storage, a less powerful processor and a lower-resolution front camera. You also have to live with a 12-month shorter warranty, since the realme 7i is not part of the promotion that includes a 3-year warranty for some models.

The realme 7i is not quite as well equipped as its more expensive brother, but it offers great runtimes and a lot of performance for its class.

Especially the limitations of the display weigh heavily and thus the realme7 is the better choice in our opinion if the 20 Euros are not important. If the price difference increases or if runtime is one of the most important criteria for you, then there are definitely good arguments for the realme 7i

Price and availability

The smartphone can be purchased directly from the manufacturer for 159 Euros. You can only get the blue variant on Amazon, but with a surcharge or hefty shipping costs from abroad.

realme 7i - 02/23/2021 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
79%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
43 / 70 → 61%
Weight
88%
Battery
94%
Display
82%
Games Performance
17 / 64 → 26%
Application Performance
70 / 86 → 82%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
54 / 90 → 60%
Camera
54%
Average
71%
77%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 871 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
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