Let’s go straight to the point: We’ve already seen how fast the realme 7 Pro charges in our previous video, but is there more to it than its 65W SuperDart fast charging? Here’s our full review of the latest addition to realme’s ever-growing list of smartphones for this year. Realme officially launched this in the Philippines on Wednesday (September 30, 2020) together with the realme 7 and realme Buds Q.
DISPLAY AND DESIGN
In case you’re wondering how it’s different from the realme 7, the realme 7 Pro is a bit slimmer and lighter. It weighs only around 182g, just 14.5g lighter than the realme 7. Advantages of getting a Pro variant include its 6.4” Super AMOLED Fullscreen – which isn’t bad considering its price point, a 90.8% screen-to-body-ratio, and 2400 x 1080 FHD+ resolution. It’s also splash-proof! However, it’s worth noting that the realme 7 Pro has a lower refresh rate at 60 Hz than the realme 6 Pro (90Hz), but it’s not really that bothersome for users like me.
The display is pretty decent even though it’s not entirely an upgrade from its predecessor. Colors are still vibrant and you still have options to tweak it further under its settings.
The realme 7 Pro has a “Mirror Space Design” which gives off a nice light effect when you look at the device at different angles. Like the recent releases of realme, the back part has a matte finish so it’s definitely not a fingerprint magnet, making it easy to clean and seem premium-looking– with or without the protective case. The Mirror Silver variant has a light blue tint to it while the Mirror Blue colorway has a darker blue hue. I personally prefer the latter!
At the back of the device, you’ll only find the cameras in the usual rectangular module since this doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor at the back. The realme 7 Pro sports an in-display fingerprint sensor in front, along with a hole-punch cut-out for the selfie camera on the upper left side, which looks like a small dot in your screen. I still personally prefer it being placed in the middle, though.
It also took me a few days to get used to the placement of the phone’s buttons since I’ve been using a phone that houses everything on the right side. The realme 7 Pro’s power button can be found on the right side, while the volume rocker and triple card tray can be found on the left side. On top, there’s nothing to see but it actually has a secondary noise-cancelling microphone.
At the bottom, you’ll find the 3.5mm audio port (which is great for users who prefer wired earphones), the primary microphone, USB Type-C port, and the loudspeaker.
Despite having a 4,500 mAh battery compared with the realme 7’s 5,000 mAh battery, the realme 7 Pro is still a force to reckon with, considering that it has a 65W SuperDart fast charging feature. In 7 minutes, I was already able to reach 25% which lasted for the rest of the afternoon. Charging it up to 100% only takes around 35 minutes so it’s definitely an excellent choice for people who value their time. This way, we don’t need to fret if we forgot to charge our phone overnight before heading out the next day or keeping our phone plugged in while playing games continuously for an entire day.
Although its predecessor (the realme 6) also has a 64MP quad-camera set-up, the realme 7 Pro has a powerful 64MP Sony IMX682 primary sensor on top of its 8MP 119° ultra wide-angle lens, 2MP macro lens and a B&W portrait lens. Plus, new filters and photography functions that work well with night shots and sky photos. Too bad we weren’t able to try taking photos of the sky as of this writing as the stars are nowhere to be found for the past few rainy days!
Personally, I also see an improvement in the 32MP front camera’s Portrait Mode as it now smoothly separates the subject from the background. The realme 7 Pro also has multiple functions: 64MP Mode, Pro Nightscape, Starry Mode, Super Nightscape, Panoramic View, Expert Mode, Timelapse, Portrait Mode, HDR, Ultra Wide Mode, Ultra Macro Mode, AI Scene Recognition, AI Beauty, Chroma Boost, Slow Motion, and Bokeh Effect Control, which all come in handy for photographers and content creators who rely on their phone for content on the go.
It’s not the best when it comes to sports-mode-like shots, but it still delivers outputs that make up for the blurred parts due to movements. Here are sample shots – a flower moving because of the wind and our playful cat munching a box:
Night shots and photos taken under minimal light also have excellent details. These sample shots are taken with the lights off and only minimal overhead and background lighting:
Overall, photo quality is amazing especially when you use the 64MP lens. The AI button also helps make the colors pop. All features are impressive, including video mode as it comes with stabilization and ultra night mode.
The realme 7 Pro has Dual Stereo Speakers that produce decent audio quality as it supports Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Sound Quality. These are loud enough for times that we want to binge-watch our favorite shows using a loudspeaker. However, I still prefer the quality via a TWS device. The realme Buds Q works well with this one! If you prefer sticking to wired earphones that do not need charging, the realme 7 Pro also has an audio port for that.
Albeit having the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset as the realme 6, it’s not really a big deal since it still delivers a decent performance. Apps launch smoothly despite having multiple apps in the background – something that people who multitask would appreciate, and it’s paired with an Adreno 618 GPU and 8GB RAM.
Since I’m already used to the realme UI based on Android 10, I have nothing new to say. It’s still neat-looking, customizable, and easy to navigate. It also comes with the File Manager and Phone Manager which makes our lives easier.
We’re not going into detail with benchmarks as the tech blogs already have that. But basing on my day-to-day tasks both for work and play, the realme 7 Pro was able to efficiently keep up. Not having to charge it multiple times also helps increase my productivity.
In terms of security, the in-display fingerprint scanner and face recognition options work well. It can easily detect our face and fingerprint even on different angles.
|Display||6.4” Super AMOLED Fullscreen Resolution: 2400 x 1080 FHS+ Screen-to-body ratio: 90.8%|
|Size||160.9 mm (H) x 74.3mm (W) x 8.7mm (D)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G CPU: 8nm, Octa-core (up to 2.3GHz) GPU: Adreno 618 AIE: 5th Generatino Qualcomm AI Engine Processor|
|Operating System||Realme UI based on Android 10|
|Storage||8GB + 128GB (largest available) RAM: 8GB LPDDR4x dual-channel ROM: 128GB UFS 2.1|
|Battery||65W SuperDart Charge 4,500 mAh USB Type-C port|
|Rear Camera||2nd Generation Sony IMX682 64MP Quad-Camera Sensor: 64MP Ultra high-resolution wide-angle camera (f/1.8 6P lens, Sony IMX682, 1/1.73”) 8MP Ultra wide-angle Lens: FOV 119° (f/2.3, 5P lens) 2MP B&W Portrait Camera (f/2.4, 3P lens) 2MP Macro lens, 4cm focus (f/2.4, 3P lens)|
|Video Recording||UIS Video Stabilization, UIS Max Video Stabilization, Pro Nightscape Video, AI Color Portrait Video, Ultra Wide-angle Video, Real-time Bokeh Effect Video, 4K/30fps video recording, 1080P/120fps, 720P/420fps slo-mo video recording|
|Front Camera||32MP wide-angle camera (FOV 85°, f/2.5)|
|Video Recording||UIS Video Stabilization, 1080P/30fps video recording, 720p/30fps video recording|
|Cellular and Wireless||3-card slot: 2 SIM slot + 1 MicroSD slot Wireless network 2.4/GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Bluetooth 5.1|
|Audio||Dual Stereo Speaker Double mic noise suppression Dolby Atmos Hi-Res Audio|
|Sensors||Magnetic Induction Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gyro-meter, Acceleration Sensor|
|Inside the Box||Realme 7 Pro unit, 65W SuperDart Charger, USB Type-C Cable, Protect Case, Protect Film (pre-installed), SIM Card Tool, Important Info Booklet with Warranty Card|
PRICE AND WHERE TO BUY
The realme 7 Pro (8GB+128GB) is now available nationwide for Php 17,990 and it has been launched together with the realme 7 (Php 14,990) and realme Buds Q (Php 1,490). To get the unit for a more affordable price or with freebies, all you need to do is purchase from the following platforms:
- Realme stores nationwide: Every purchase of the realme 7 Pro from September 30 to October 4, 2020 comes with a FREE automatic umbrella and a realme Band worth Php 2,390.
- Home Credit: The realme 7Pro will be available via 0% installment Plan of 6 & 9mos. First 10 purchasers of the realme 7 Pro will be getting a free realme Buds Q worth Php1,490 starting September 30.
- Lazada: First 200 purchasers will receive a realme Buds Q worth Php1,490 (make sure to add-to-cart through realme’s dedicated Product Page!)
- Credit Card Installmen: 6&12 mos 0% interest via Major Credit Cards in participating stores nationwide.
Considering the price, the parts that realme chose to upgrade are very reasonable. The charging speed alone is enough to convince me to upgrade to this one from my 6i. It helps me save time, be more productive, and continue multitasking via mobile for times when I can’t access my laptop.