realme 7i 128GB  +1 variation

price₹ 12,999 onwards

launchOct, 2020

39.1

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83.3

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Design

  • 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 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

Display

  • 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
  • Sunlight legibility is poor
  • Resolutions on the lower side at HD+, phones like Redmi Note 9 offer Full HD+ display at similar price

Software

  • 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
  • There are still several pre-loaded apps however (though most of these can thankfully be uninstalled)

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • 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
  • The 2MP macro camera is not great, and even photos taken in broad daylight look quite poor

Battery

  • 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

Verdict

  • 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
  • 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

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  1. It is a decent phone but the Realme 6i is a much better deal
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realme 7i 128GB Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.5 inches
Screen Resolution720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignPunch Hole
Screen Refresh Rate90 HzHigh
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 662Ranked #46 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 610
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity5000 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 18W Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight188 gmMedium
Thickness8.9 mmMedium
Width75.5 mmOk for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
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
Secondary Camera16MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • f/2.1 Aperture
  • 26mm Focal Length
  • 1/3.1" Sensor Size
  • 1.0um Pixel Size
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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