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The realme 7i 128GB is a slightly better phone than the realme Narzo 10, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 7i 128GB!

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Excellence Score
35.9
32.0
Value for Money Score
79.0
74.0
Price ₹ 12,999 onwards ₹ 11,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2020 May, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.52 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 90 HzHigh 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 662Ranked #47 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G80Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Mali-G52 MC2
RAM 4 GB 4 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 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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, 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 N/A
Secondary Camera 16MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.1 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size N/A
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 GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.9 mmMedium 9 mmThick
Weight 188 gmMedium 195 gmHeavy
Width 75.5 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
Battery Capacity 5000 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 Fast Charging Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Trendy rear design - the Realme 7i features a similar design as other Realme 7 series phones, the glossy back creates some interesting patterns when light hits it
  • The front too looks similar with a hole-punch and thin bezels all around
  • Face unlock and the side-mounted fingerprint sensor are quick
  • The Realme 7i gets a vibrant 6.5 inches IPS LCD - the 90 Hz refresh rate is a class leading feature
  • The 90Hz refresh rate makes for smoother scrolling and animations
  • 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
  • Average, inconsistent performance from the Snapdragon 662 - regular tasks such as scrolling, opening apps, texting is fine for a phone, but it is inconsistent, stuttering animations and delayed app load times bugs the overall performance
  • 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 - this setup is similar to the one on the Realme 7 and in real-world scenarios, it performs similarly
  • 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
  • Overall, the cameras on the Realme 7i are a bit improved than the previous gen, which always a good thing
  • Very good battery life from the 5000 mAh battery - even with medium to heavy usage, it will get you a day and half of runtime on one charge
  • Decent fast charging - the 18W fast charger fills up the big battery in just over 2 hours
  • The Realme 7i is a good smartphone, considering all the features and specifications it offers at its price - the 90Hz display is appealing, on top of that, Realme has thrown in a 64-megapixel camera, which none of its rivals feature
  • Fresh, sophisticated and premium-looking rear design - it features a pattern of vertical pinstripes down the rear that seem to shift from side to side when you move the phone around under the light
  • Front looks slick with a dewdrop notch at the top
  • It's relatively easy to use and live with because of its tall and narrow footprint
  • The fingerprint reader is on the back and performs well
  • Large 6.5-inch HD+ display - it's crisp enough for gaming and video streaming
  • Software is one area where Realme has taken a big leap, the Realme UI is easy to use - it is also packed with features such as Game Space, Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, Dark Mode, and Riding Mode among others
  • Good performance from the new MediaTek G80 chipset (similar to the Snapdragon 712) - the phone smoothly handles day-to-day task with ease and heavy games like PUBG Mobile run reasonably well
  • Decent quad-camera setup at the back - a 48MP primary camera, a 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor
  • Shots with primary camera, under bright sunlight have lots of detail and exposures are well balanced - it works well for casual photography
  • The ultra-wide-angle camera delivers fairly decent shots and captures more of the scene in the frame, as long as there is good lighting
  • The portrait mode works well with well defined subjects and natural looking bokeh
  • The selfie camera is decent - it also takes quite good portraits
  • Excellent battery life with the 5000 mAh battery - it easily lasts for 2 days of moderate use
  • Decent fast charging with the supplied 18W charger - it fills the phone's battery to the brim in about 2 hours
  • The Narzo 10 is a very strong contender if your priority is performance and battery life, and for its target audience, which are gamers, these are the things that matter
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The plastic material doesn’t feel solid, it catch scratches easily - additionally, it loves dust and fingerprint smudges
  • The Realme 7i is on the heavier side weighing at 188 gms
  • Sunlight legibility is poor
  • Resolutions on the lower side at HD+, phones like Redmi Note 9 offer Full HD+ display at similar price
  • 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
  • However, the Redmi Note 9 is a more well-rounded package at the same price, there's also the Motorola Moto G9 which offers better overall experience (stock Android), superior battery life and decent cameras
  • A bit thick at 9mm and relatively hefty at 199g
  • Competition offers better displays with FHD+ resolution
  • The display isn't particularly bright and could be a problem to use in direct sunlight
  • There are still a number of pre-loaded apps however - though most of these can thankfully be uninstalled
  • Low-light photography is just average, as expected from a budget phone
  • Macros are blotchy and rough, with the limited resolution, this camera should be used more for fun than anything else
  • However, if you can spend a little more, you might want to consider the Realme 6 and the Redmi Note 9 Pro instead, as they offer much better performance and cameras
Expert Reviews
  1. It is a decent phone but the Realme 6i is a much better deal
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  2. Good but Realme 6i a better deal
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Narzo 10 is a very strong contender for the price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A decent gaming-centric smartphone for youngsters on a tight budget
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Another budget option for buyers
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Durable build, great battery life
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A rather middling experience
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Realme Narzo 10 is good budget smartphone which delivers stable performance
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A durable budget phone
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Realme Nazro 10 is a budget smartphone that ticks most of the boxes, except a better screen
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A solid offering for the price
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Good for the money
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
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