Realme 7 5G Review – A Realme V5 upgraded with Dimensity 800U chipset & 120Hz display becomes one of UK’s cheapest 5G phones

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Merely days ago, I wrote about the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite being the UKs cheapest 5G phone. So Realme has inevitably retaliated with their own affordable 5G phone.

Their claims of the most affordable 5G phone in Europe are a little misleading, there is no other phone with 6GB/128GB for this price, but the Xiaomi available for less.

Between the two brands, the affordable end of the market has become quite congested with a relentless launch schedule of phones all with minor incremental differences. This has become a little bit exhausting and confusing, both for myself, and no doubt consumers alike.

However, this aggressive competition has led to some amazing buys for the consumer, with price points and specs to suit everyone’s needs.

So what’s new with the Realme 7 5G?

Where is the Realme 7 Pro 5G

First up, you may be wondering why the Realme 7 gets upgraded to 5G and not the Realme 7 Pro? I certainly was, as I much prefer the Pro model, so would have loved a more powerful 5G model.

It looks like Realme was conscious about releasing too many phones all at once; instead, they are spacing them out. Coronavirus has introduced a lot of logistical issues too.

Madhav Sheth has indicated that in the new year they will launch more new models and these will use AMOLED displays. The Realme X7 is the likely candidate for the 7 Pro, however, that uses the Dimensity 800U, which would match the new 7 5G, so we may see a tweak here. I am also still eagerly waiting for a Realme X3 Pro.

Realme 7 5G Specification vs Realme V5 & Realme 7

Realme 7 vs Realme 7 5G
Realme 7 vs Realme 7 5G
  • Display: 6.5 inches, 2400 x 1080, 120hz
  • Chipset: Mediatek Dimensity 800U
  • RAM:  6G
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear Camera: 48 MP, 8MP, 2MP macro, 2MP depth
  • Front Camera: 16 MP
  • Battery: 5000mAh 30W charging
  • NFC
  • No IP rating

The Realme 7 5G is not just the international version of the Realme V5 5G, which has been rumoured for the past months.

It is almost the same but the chipset has been switched to the Mediatek Dimensity 800U, which offers a 20% improvement on frequencies on the two A76 cores.

Then the display has been bumped up to 120Hz vs 90Hz.

As for the Realme 7 I previously reviewed, that had the Mediatek Helio G95 chipset with a 90Hz display.

It is worth noting that my review sample came with 6GB/128GB for this phone. The Realme 7 came with 8GB/128GB. The alternative more affordable configuration for the Relame 7 is 6GB/64GB. I am unsure if the 5G model will come in multiple variations

Design and Display

While this is is a minor upgrade to the Realme 7 it has a slightly different design with the camera arrangement in a shorter and wider rectangle

Oddly, the Realme 7 lacked things like CE markings whereas the 7G then has them. It is a minor gripe, but it is a less clean look.

I am not sure of the full range of colours at launch, but I was provided Baltic Blue, and for the Realme 7 I had Mist Blue. They are almost identical and have the same brushed but slightly reflective rear.

All the buttons are in the same place, they both use a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and they both have a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom.

The display is also same, both being 6.5 inch IPS displays running at 2400×1080 with a 120Hz refresh rate. Back when I reviewed the Realme 7 I moaned a little about the screen visibility in bright light, it is now November in Blackpool so sunny days are few and far between. I imagine in the middle of summer it will also suffer from the same problem, like most IPS displays.

Beyond that issue, the screen is excellent; the 120Hz refresh rate makes everything feel ultra-fast and responsive, it feels like you are using a phone three times the price.

Camera

The camera is the same as the Realme 7, so you get a 48MP Samsung sensor for the main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP depth sensor to improve portrait images and then the largely useless macro lens.

For the front, you get a 16MP wide lens.

This can shoot video up to 4K or 1080P/60FPS, in comparison, the similar, but more expensive Oppo Reno4 Z caps out at 30fps for all modes.

There’s no optical image stabilisation, but you do get an electronic stabilisation on video recording and Realme offers a max stabilisation mode too.

Just like the Realme 7, camera performance is OK, like most cameras nowadays, in good conditions, it can take great shots, but the software processing doesn’t seem to be quite as good as the Oppo which has the same lens. Nor is it as good as the 64MP Sony sensor on the Realme 7 Pro.

Camera Samples

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