Our Opinion

The realme 7 (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 128GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 7 (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  realme 7 (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
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Excellence Score
37.5
56.1
Value for Money Score
66.3
85.7
Price ₹ 18,999 onwards ₹ 16,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Sep, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.18 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2246 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 90 HzHigh
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.05 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with LiquidCool TechnologyRanked #15 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Mediatek Helio G95Ranked #21 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Mali-G76 MC4
RAM 6 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 5MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.9 Aperture; Dual Pixel Autofocus; 1.4um Pixel Size; Sony IMX363 sensor, 5MP: 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.0 Aperture, Portrait mode, EIS, Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Face recognition, AI Beautify, AI dirt detection, Slow motion video 64MP: f/1.8 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.3 aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; 22mm Focal Length; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: B/W Sensor; f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, Video: [email protected]/60, EIS, Super NightScape, Panoramic view, Expert mode, Time-lapse, Portrait mode, HDR, Ultra wide mode, Ultra macro mode, AI scene recognition, AI Beauty, Filter, Chroma Boost, Slow Motion, Bokeh Effect Control
Secondary Camera 20.0MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features LED flash, AI portrait mode, AI detection of 10 different scenes, Selfie timer, Face recognition f/2.1 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.8 mmMedium 9.4 mmThick
Weight 182 gmMedium 197 gmHeavy
Width 75.3 mmOk for one-handed use 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Quick Charge 3.0 Yes, 30W Dart Charge (100% in 65 min)
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features MIMO; WiFi Display; Noise Filtration; Dirac HD; Dual Smart PA Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Rugged design, with top-notch fit and finish - one of the most solidly built phones in recent times - comes with a polycarbonate chassis instead of a glass finish more commonly seen in this price bracket these days - what that means is that it looks less premium, but at the same time will be much more durable over the long term
  • Excellent IR based facial recognition - which works in the dark too (like the iPhone X) - the unlock time is just 0.1ms - in fact it works so well, that you will likely end up not using the fingerprint sensor at all (which itself, works very well too, in case you do want to use it)
  • Very good 6.18-inch FHD+ 19:9 display - excellent brightness levels ensure that there are zero issues with reading the contents on the screen under harsh sunlight as well
  • MIUI has always been one of the most refined Android UIs out there, and continues to get even better - it offers a good combination of aesthetics, useful added functionality, lots of customizability, and optimization - and now it also has an app drawer like stock Android (there are some preinstalled apps like UC Browser, Amazon, and Facebook, to Microsoft apps like Word and Excel, but all of these apps can be uninstalled if you don't need them)
  • And as is the case with all phones running Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, the POCO F1 offers Treble, and POCO says it will honor the warranty for those users that tinker with custom ROMs - in fact POCO is actively encouraging the modding community to make custom ROMs for the phone - which means that (unofficial) Android updates will continue to be available for the phone for a long, long time to come
  • Top-end performance, backed by the scorching Snapdragon 845 - the speed here is right up there with the likes of the OnePlus 6, and other flagships - it delivers blistering performance day in, day out - coupled with a well optimized MIUI, you are going to get butter smooth performance all through
  • To further differentiate the F1, POCO has incorporating liquid cooling in the device, which is designed to boost sustained peak performance times - there's a vapor chamber next to the chipset that siphons heat and dissipates it over a wider area, preventing the phone from overheating during prolonged gaming sessions - what that means is you could play graphics-heavy games for hours on end, and the phone doesn't warm up in any significant amount
  • Good dual rear camera setup, with plenty of AI chops - photos taken in daylight come out with plenty of detail and high dynamic range - bokeh shots come out well too - and low-light shots are decent too - overall the camera is pretty close to that on the OnePlus 6 in overall quality (and the OnePlus 6 costs much more!)
  • Good front camera too - delivers some great vanity shots, and is surprisingly good in portrait mode, getting most of the edges right, and blurring out background beautifully
  • Video recording quality is pretty good too, with quality 4K and 1080p shots
  • Good call quality and dual VoLTE support
  • The speaker is one of the best you'll find at this price point, and the F1 gets loud — playing games and watching videos is a delight on this phone - a major reason for that has to do with the fact that the phone has Dirac HD Sound — a mainstay on Xiaomi phones in the past - the earpiece also doubles up as a secondary speaker
  • The F1 is in a class of its own when it comes to battery life, outclassing even the battery powerhouse Redmi Note 5 - thanks to the combination of the 10nm Snapdragon 845, the 4000mah battery, and well-optimized MIUI - you'll easily get two days' worth of use out of the F1
  • The F1 supports Quick Charge 3.0, and Poco is bundling an 18W charger in the box - it takes just under two hours to charge the device fully, and you'll be able to go from flat to a 50% charge in just under 30 minutes
  • Combine the excellent battery life + the excellent fast charging, there isn't a single flagship that comes close to the F1 in terms of battery life
  • On the whole, the Poco F1 gives incredible performance at an unbeatable price - nothing comes close - and some great devices like ASUS' ZenFone 5Z, and the OnePlus 6 start to look expensive in comparison (which is saying something) - the F1 is a durable all-rounder flagship that will serve you well in all areas - and it comes right now with an incredible value-for-money proposition
  • Charming, fresh rear design - the Realme 7 features a mirror-split design, which creates some interesting patterns when light hits it
  • The front is identical to the Realme 6 with a hole-punch and thin bezels all around
  • Even though it uses plastic for the frame and back panel, the Realme 7 feels well-built and sturdy
  • Face unlock and the side-mounted fingerprint sensor are quick
  • The Realme 7 gets the same large 6.5 inches IPS LCD as the 6 - it can get very bright, and colours are nicely saturated
  • The display supports up to 90Hz refresh rate which makes for a smooth experience - games that support 90Hz displays, like Alto's Odyssey, are particularly enjoyable to play
  • Software on the Realme phones is much improved since the company switched to Realme UI, it is easy to use - it is also packed with features such as Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, Dark Mode, and Riding Mode among others - there are some exciting and useful features like Realme Dual-Mode Audio, which allows you to connect a Bluetooth and a wired headset at the same time to listen to music on the smartphone
  • Rapid performance from the new MediaTek Helio G95 chipset - the SOC performs similar to the Helio G90T with an updated GPU, so apart from smooth regular usage, you would be getting a boost in your gaming sessions
  • Good quad cameras at the back - the main unit boasts a 64MP sensor, with an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP micro and a 2MP depth sensor - Realme has upgraded the main sensor with a Sony sensor instead of a Samsung sensor on the Realme 6, everything else remains the same
  • The daylight photos from the main sensor preserve the natural colour and have good exposure - it exhibits improved dynamic range, with better details compared to the Realme 6 - the new sensor is slightly better than the old one in the Realme 6
  • The ultra-wide camera captures a wider perspective but details and colours are weaker compared to the main sensor as expected
  • Portrait shots generally look good, and you get the option to adjust the background blur before shooting
  • Low light photos look cleaner too, with less grain - shots captured using Night mode look more pleasing, compared to what the Realme 6 can produce
  • The 16MP camera can take decent selfies - The selfie portrait mode is useful as it manages to correctly crop out the background, and there's also Night mode for bright selfies even in the dark
  • Video rec. is decent, you have the option to rec. up to 4K without stabilisation - there's also Ultra Steady mode which offers great stabilisation but videos look a bit soft - ultra-wide camera videos are stabilised but less detailed, the resolution is limited to 1080p
  • Overall, the cameras on the Realme 7 are a bit improved than the previous gen, which always a good thing
  • Excellent battery life from the 5000 mAh battery, which is a big upgrade the Realme 6 - even with medium to heavy usage, it will get you a day and half of runtime on one charge
  • 30W Dart Charge fast charging is very good and takes just about an hour to fill up the phone - it also supports 15W USB-C Power Delivery fast charging, which is handy
  • The Realme 7 isn't a major update over the Realme 6, but it's a good enough refresh with its larger battery and better primary camera sensor - overall performance is very good, battery life is excellent, and the 90Hz display makes general usage feel smooth and fluid - the Realme 7 also looks great, it offers good value for your money
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The polycarbonate design means that it definitely doesn't look quite as premium as the OnePlus 6, or the Zenfone 5Z (although what it lacks in looks it makes up for in durability, so it depends on what you value)
  • The display has fairly significant bezels around it, compared to the tall displays on other flagship phones
  • Low light performance is one area where it's not quite as good as the OnePlus 6 camera, since it lacks OIS
  • Like other recent Xiaomi phones, the Poco F1 does not support HD streaming from Netflix and Amazon Prime (the content is streamed at max 540p), due to a certification issue, so you might want to keep that in mind if you plan to use these services on your phone
  • The Realme 7 is actually thicker (9.4mm) and heavier (196.5g) than the 6, and this is very noticeable in daily usage - one-handed texting or photography can get fatiguing really quickly due to the additional weight
  • There are still several pre-loaded apps however (though most of these can thankfully be uninstalled)
  • The 2MP macro camera is not great, and even photos taken in broad daylight look quite poor
Expert Reviews
  1. A remarkably well-rounded budget smartphone
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A Pocket-Friendly Flagship Slayer
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Xiaomi has hit the ball right out of the park
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Deal of the Century
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. At Rs 20,999, it can’t get any better
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Incredible value for money
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. A good phone, but an amazing deal
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. At this price, Poco F1 is a steal
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Unmatched value for money
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The phone is so fiercely priced for a package this well rounded, that it is hard for us to not recommend it
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Xiaomi redefines flagship with this hard-to-beat smartphone
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Simply the best value for money smartphone you can buy
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. The Realme 7 is a no-brainer
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Good enough refresh with its larger battery and better primary camera sensor, offers good value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Realme 7 is a great package for mobile gaming enthusiasts on a budget
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Realme 7 gets the photography right, it has a smooth display and packs a long-lasting battery that charges quickly
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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