The Realme 7-series launched final month however has now lastly come to the UK and EU.
It’s a little bit of a wierd launch, the earlier 6 sequence launched again in March, and never an ideal deal has modified since then.
Nevertheless, the Realme 6 and Professional have been each superb telephones for the value, and I’ve been utilizing the 2 new telephones for the previous week to see if I feel they’re much higher.
- Show: 6.four inch AMOLED 2400×1080
- Chipset: Snapdragon 720G
- RAM: 6GB or 8GB – my pattern 8GB
- Storage: 64GB or 128GB – my pattern 128GB
- Rear Digicam:
- 64 MP 1/1.73″ Huge
- eight MP ultra-wide
- 2 MP macro
- 2 MP depth
- Entrance Digicam:
- Battery: 4500 mAh with 65W charging
Realme 7 Professional vs Realme 7 vs Realme 6 Professional
I reviewed the Realme 6 Professional simply seven months in the past, so for a model new sequence to be launched, it could come as no shock that there’s not an enormous distinction within the specification.
Actually, taking a look at specs alone, it’s important to surprise whats the purpose of the Realme 7 Professional, you have got the identical chipset, similar decision fundamental digicam, similar RAM and reminiscence.
They’ve ditched the 12 MP 2x telephoto and stick in a barely helpful 2MP depth sensor, in change they’ve upgraded the show to a 60Hz AMOLED vs 90Hz IPS.
The battery has had a small bump to 4500mah, however extra importantly, the charging has had an enormous enhance from 30w to 65w.
As for the Realme 7, that has an IPS show working at 90hz, the brand new Mediatek Helio G95 which is fractionally quicker than the G90T on the Realme 6, a decrease specced digicam, it has a much bigger battery however slower charging. It’s then between £40 and £100 cheaper relying on the RAM/Storage possibility you select.
Design and Show
I actually like the general appear and feel of the Realme 7 Professional, whereas it makes use of a largely plastic construct it feels much less low-cost than earlier generations. Particularly, the Realme 5 Professional felt fairly low-cost in hand.
The plastic construct makes this good and lightweight too, there’s a 30g distinction between this and my Huawei P40 Professional, and you may actually really feel it.
The show is the stand out function for me, some could choose excessive refresh fee IPS shows, however I do not. Gone is the annoying pill-shaped punch gap, now’s a extra discrete single gap housing the 32MB selfie digicam. This show itself seems to be unbelievable, the 180hz contact sampling makes it really feel extra responsive than you’ll anticipate for a 60Hz display and I do not personally really feel like I’m lacking out on a lot by not having 90 or 120Hz.
Display visibility outside is the place this actually outshines the IPS counterparts. I used this together with the Realme 7 with a 90Hz IPS show when doing images, and the expertise was simply fully totally different. I repeatedly must squint to attempt to make out the show on a vibrant day, however AMOLED is significantly extra seen and usable.
There’s a small discrete punch gap for the selfie within the prime left nook, which I discover preferable to the pill-shaped one on dual-camera choices.
Then on the rear of the telephone is a kind of matte end which I feel seems to be a bit smarter than the mirrored end of the Realme 7.
Fingerprint Scanner and Facial Recognition
Whereas in-display fingerprint scanning is way from excellent, it has improved lots, and I’ve grow to be accustomed to it. So I a lot choose it than the side-mounted choices we see on telephones with IPS shows.
Unlock accuracy and velocity are each good on this with no main points to report.
Face unlocking works effectively too, although as at all times, with a single front-facing digicam and no depth sensor, it will not be as safe as a number of the 3D face unlock choices.
Whereas the 64MP decision is similar because the Realme 6 Professional, the Realme 7 Professional has switched from the Samsung GW1 to the Sony IMX682. This appears to have a big distinction in efficiency.
It’s a little disappointing that they’ve dropped the 2x telephoto lens, however I feel the efficiency improve with the primary sensor makes up for this. For the value, the Realme 7 Professional takes excellent pictures in my view,
Like most telephones, you possibly can change off the pixel binning to attain the complete 64MP decision, nevertheless, this then introduces a small quantity of processing delay. The top outcome would not supply that a lot over the usual 16MP pictures. Within the beneath instance of an outdated constructing inside a cemetery, the 64MP shot seems to be a bit of overexposed with the sky. The 16MP shot was maybe a bit of extra consultant of the uninteresting day it was.
With the Realme 7 Professional, you have got an possibility for AI Dazzle Color, with the Realme 7 it’s Chroma Increase. I assume these are totally different because of the two chipsets and their AI processing.
Chroma Increase introduces a noticeable processing delay, and the top result’s fairly a bit totally different than a standard photograph. Typically it seems to be good, others it may be a bit of synthetic. Grass, specifically, tends to have the inexperienced pop a bit of an excessive amount of.
With the AI Dazzle Color on the Realme 7 Professional the distinction is much less noticeable, and there’s no processing delay in any respect. The usual pictures of the Professional are likely to look much less uninteresting than the usual on the 7, so there may be not a lot work for it to do.
Ultrawide, like most reasonably priced telephones, is simply OK, it could possibly introduce fairly a little bit of barreling relying on the shot and objects that aren’t in the primary focus are likely to look a bit low high quality.
Low mild efficiency is kind of good too, that is usually one thing that differentiates telephone and mediocre. The efficiency is considerably higher than the Realme 6. At 5 am taking a photograph in my entrance backyard the Realme dealt with the poor lighting fairly effectively, with a tiny quantity of sunshine flare from the road lights. The Realme 6 however suffered badly with the road lights.
Transferring indoors, the room I used to be in was pitch black at first so I switched on the hallway mild to offer a tiny quantity of sunshine. On this situation, the Realme 7 Professional did fairly effectively, it struggled to deal with the article in addition to launched plenty of noise, so the top shot is a bit of fuzzy, however it dealt with the low mild effectively. Once more, the Realme 7 struggled. For reference, I additionally used the Huawei P40 Professional which has the biggest sensor available on the market and in addition prices round 4 instances the value. This had no points in any respect with any side of the low mild.
Efficiency and Benchmarks
With the chipset and RAM remaining the identical because the Realme 6 Professional, there is no such thing as a significant distinction in efficiency. The Snapdragon 720G is a wonderful chipset, Google has used the equally specced SD730G of their £349 Pixel 4a, and this has acquired rave evaluations.
For each day use, you’ll by no means have points with the chipset, that being stated, it could have been good for a bit of uplift in efficiency. The Poco X3 has the Snapdragon 732G and prices £50 much less so they provide a bit of extra bang to your buck on this regard.
So far as artificial benchmarks go, that is virtually equivalent to the Realme 6 Professional, which has precisely the identical chipset. Antutu is a smidgen greater, 3DMark is nearly equivalent, in Geekbench, the single-core rating is nearly equivalent, however the multi-core rating is a bit of greater.
Battery life is superb, being reasonably bigger than the 6 Professional you possibly can squeeze out a bit of additional time from this telephone. This could simply final you a day of the heavy consumer, in all probability two of average.
It’s also price noting that despite the fact that the battery is smaller than the Realme 7, the efficiency is considerably higher because of the extra environment friendly chipset.
I’ve been an enormous fan of the 65W cost because the Realme X2 Professional. Admittedly, working from house with little or no journey, I have never had any alternative to really feel its advantages. Nevertheless, with the ability to cost your telephone full in beneath 40minutes is a godsend when you find yourself travelling or working away, the place you might solely have 30 minutes downtime between actions.
Realme UI V1.zero is put in on this machine, and it’s pleasantly skinny on bloatware. There’s nothing to complain about right here, not like the X50 which had some teething points at first.
With me utilizing Realme telephones for some time now, I’ve grow to be accustomed to the UI, the settings are nonetheless specified by a little bit of a humorous approach, however that is the one difficulty I can consider.
With the shortage of bloatware and pointless gildings to the OS the general responsiveness of the interface is excellent.
Value and Different Choices
There is just one possibility launching within the UK that I’m conscious of; that is with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage for £279. I feel it is a unbelievable deal and makes it the most effective decisions available on the market.
Different choices above and beneath in pricing embody:
- Poco X3 for £229 – That is maybe extra of a substitute for the Realme 7 utilizing an IPS show. It has an analogous digicam spec to the 2 telephones, makes use of the quicker Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chipset and has a bigger battery (however slower charging vs the 7 Professional).
- Google Pixel 4a for £349 – Fairly a bit costlier, and on paper would not look notably aggressive, however it has been universally praised with a extremely regarded cameras, the most effective Android experiences available on the market and three years price of updates.
- Realme 6 Professional for £279 – That is nonetheless the identical value because the Realme 7 Professional, and for me, I choose the 7 Professional general. Nevertheless, it could begin to drop in value over the subsequent few weeks so might make it possibility.
- Realme 7 from £179 – Aside from the IPS show and slower charging, there may be not that a lot distinction between the 2 telephones. Whereas they use totally different chipsets, and technically the Helio G95 benchmarks higher, real-life efficiency is about the identical. Whereas the digicam spec is similar on paper, I discover the Professional mannequin performs a lot better.
- Realme X50 for £270 – The digicam just isn’t nearly as good, it has a smaller and slower charging battery, however the chipset is significantly extra highly effective, mixed with the 120Hz show, this may very well be the selection for players
- Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G for €279– Most likely a greater different than the Realme X50 with a much bigger battery and higher digicam spec.
At first, I wasn’t overly excited concerning the Realme 7 Professional, I knew it could be good, however on paper, there may be barely any distinction between the Realme 6 Professional.
Nevertheless, I’ve come to adore it, it fixes lots of the minor niggles I’ve with reasonably priced telephones. Whereas I respect many individuals love quick refresh fee IPS shows, I’m much less fond, display visibility outside is at all times an enormous downside with them, which AMOLED hardly ever suffers from. I’d have liked if it was a 90hz display, however I can reside with out it, and the 180hz contact sampling provides some elevated responsiveness.
Then there may be the digicam; this has at all times been considered one of Realme’s weaker factors. With the Realme 7 Professional, it looks like there was a big enchancment within the general high quality of images captured on the primary lens. It will not compete with a Huawei 3 times its value, however it’s the greatest performing reasonably priced telephone I’ve utilized in current reminiscence.
I’m not completely positive this deserves the 7 moniker, as a lot as I adore it, it is hardly a generational improve from the Realme 6 Professional.
Nevertheless, I’d completely select this over the Realme 6 Professional, I additionally assume it’s the best choice out of the 7-series. I’d additionally purchase this over the Realme X50 5G, although there are some caveats right here, for me, it’s higher, I do not sport a lot, there is no such thing as a 5G close to me, however I do use the digicam lots and use my telephone outside lots. Individuals much less within the digicam, need extra efficiency can be higher suited with the X50.
Total, it is a excellent telephone and simply the most effective sub £300 telephones available on the market proper now.
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