Thursday, 04 February 2021 14:21

realme 7 5G delivers solid mid-range $499 phone Featured

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Fast-growing smartphone and technology company, realme, has released its realme 7 model in a new 5G-equipped model, reaching the $499 mark as 5G devices and 5G towers become ever more available in Australia and around the world.

With a dedicated and power saving 5G-enabled Mediatek Dimensity 800U processor, chipset and dual 5G-sim modem, an ultra smooth 120Hz display and 6.5-inches, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, a 5000mAh battery, a four camera system, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio and more, the realme 7 5G is staking its claim as the mid-range 5G you can affordably upgrade to today.

That means it's affordable enough, in two or three years, to affordably upgrade from too, given the expected high-end advances realme will bring to its models next year, let along in 2023, 2024 and beyond.

Now, it isn't realme's first 5G phone, and it isn't even its cheapest. Back in September 2020, itWire colleague Sam Varghese writing that realme had released a less powerful V3 5G model in China at a price of 999 yuan, the equivalent of A$199 or US$146 at the time, but this model wasn't brought to Australia.

This model never came to Australia, and obviously isn't as powerful as the realme 7 5G, coming with a Dimensity 702 SoC rather than the Dimensity 800U SoC of the 7 5G, with the cheapest competitor back I September being the OPPO Find X2 Lite at A$749. 

And there are cheaper 5G phones still listed in Sam's article from the report he quoted, showing 5G will eventually spread into the cheapest phones even at the Supermarket counter over the next two or three years.

But clearly, this isn't where realme is going with its new 7 5G, with the company wanting it to be a mid-range model that delivers on its promises of performance for the needs of the vast majority of everyday people living their digital lives of data, apps, photography, videos, games, calls, texts, video calls, reminders, note taking, email, Google and everything else.

Since realme first launched onto the Australian scene on October 17, 2019, at a launch I filmed in full and embedded into an article entitled "FULL LAUNCH VIDEO: realme, Australia's newest smartphone brand challenges with great features at amazing prices", and it's still the same case today.

Indeed, since that time, realme confidently states that "realme’s number series is most loved among Aussies, combining cutting edge technology with slick design all for an affordable price - and the realme 7 5G is no exception.

"The realme 7 5G is equipped with exceptionally fast 5G connection, 120Hz ultra smooth display, 30W dart charging capabilities that power the device up from 0 to 100% in a flash and also packs a massive 5000mAh battery - all for a price that doesn’t break the bank."

The 7nm Dimensity 800U 5G SoC obviously isn't as powerful as a top-of-the-line, ultra premium flagship worthy 5nm Qualcom 888 5G SoC, but it isn't meant to be, and for everyday users, should provide more than enough power for everyday gaming and everyday digital life, and we look forward to reviewing this model to see how it is in real life.  

Here is the official realme 7 5G intro video:

 

Commenting on the launch of the realme 7 5G, Andy Yang, Managing Director of realme Australia, says: “2021 is the year that 5G becomes a reality for Aussies across the country. At realme, we want to pave the way in ensuring all consumers can benefit from the capabilities of 5G by delivering pound for pound the best 5G device on the market.

“The realme 7 5G is our latest innovation that demonstrates our longstanding commitment to providing premium devices at a friendly price-point. This device combines all the features that we know Aussies want. From exceptionally quick 5G download speeds, to an ultra smooth display, the impressive 5000mAh battery and fast charging capabilities, the realme 7 5G is a game changer when it comes to making premium accessible to all.”

The company says its realme 7 5G model, which is available to purchase now in stores, includes the following features and benefits:

5G for Everyone

"Affordable 5G has arrived with the realme 7 5G. The Dimensity 800U processor provides a 5G connection that never stops. Whether video calling friends and family with the clearest resolutions, downloading the latest HD movies straight to the device, or immersing in anytime, anywhere gaming fun, there are ample entertainment possibilities on this device.

"But the fun doesn’t stop there. Equipped with a 5G + 5G dual SIM card, with the realme 7 5G users can make international calls, split work from play, or achieve speed superposition from two different networks. On top of all of this, the device also supports advanced 5G technology on both NSA and SA*networks, making an integrated and exceptional 5G experience a reality."

Supreme power and fast performance

"The opportunities for all day entertainment are endless with the realme 7 5G. Packed with an impressive 5000mAh battery, battery drain anxieties are a distant memory. Users can make up to 35 hours of calls, immerse in up to 17 hours of YouTube entertainment or just sit back and relax, rest assured that this device lasts "up to" 25 days on standby."

"The realme 7 5G comes with 30W Dart charge, a low-voltage and high-current solution that charges the device at lightning speeds. Powering up from 0 to 100% in just 65 minutes, or 60% in 30 minutes, users will never be left on low again.

"Equipped with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage capacity and expandable storage of up to 256GB, users can download all the features, apps and tools they desire. Whether a passionate gamer wanting to play all day, a TikTok enthusiast editing endless hours of video content, or a professional photographer in the making - the realme 7 5G can handle it all."

Immersive entertainment experience

"The realme 7 5G is truly a feast for the eyes! Equipped with 120Hz ultra smooth display, 6.5” full screen, 90.5% screen-to-body ratio and 180Hz ultra-high sampling rate, users experience realistic and seamlessly smooth visuals with every swipe. This device simultaneously meets the demands of gamers seeking the clearest of graphics while boosting the experience for those wanting to sit back, relax and immerse themselves in video content.

"Alongside impressive visuals, users can submerge in the cleanest sound with the realme 7 5G Dolby Atmos & High-Res Audio. Even at full volume, this full-bodied and clear audio is guaranteed to take gaming, movie or musical experiences up a level."

AI Quad Camera Powerhouse

"The realme 7 5G has been designed for content creators seeking the latest in photography innovation. The 48MP ultra high-resolution lens perfectly depicts detail and sharp imagery, while the 8MP ultra wide-angle lens enables more to be captured within the frame, and the Macro Lens has it covered for those up close and personal shots. If that isn’t enough, users can test out the 2MP B&W portrait lens to add creative flair to their shots.

"For those that want to put their astrophotography skills to the test, the realme 7 5G’s Super Nightscape Mode is the perfect option. Using this, there’s no need for a professional camera. Just snapping away at the sky will capture stars light-years away in clarity.

"The photography boundaries are pushed even further with the 16MP ultra-clear front camera. Whether achieving depth-of-field effects using portrait mode, or capturing the perfect selfie with the 16MP In-display selfie functionality, this front camera offers up ample opportunities to get creative with content. There’s plenty of options to do more on the realme 7 5G."

Here is the official unboxing video, which uses the promo video for inspiration, after which you'll find the price, availability and specs. iTWire will be reviewing this model soon.

Pricing, availability and specs

realme 7 5G

realme 7 5G spec sheet

System

  • Product Name: realme 7 5G
  • Product Model: RMX2111
  • Android version: 10
  • ColorOS version: 7
  • Game Acceleration: Yes

Display  

  • Screen size: 6.5
  • Touch screen: Capacitive touch
  • Touch panel technology: in-cell
  • Screen texture: LCD
  • Screen resolution: FHD+ 2400×1080
  • Screen PPI: 405
  • Screen ratio: 90.50%
  • Screen Contrast: 1500:1 type/ 1100:1 min
  • Screen refresh rate: 120HZ Max
  • Screen colours: 16.7M
  • Color saturation NTSC: 81.5% typ
  • Maximum brightness: 480 nits typ
  • Touch screen glass material: GG3,2.5D
  • Touch points; 10
  • Oleophpbic coating No

Appearance

Size

  • length:162.2 mm
  • width:75.1 mm
  • thickness:9.1 mm"
  • Weight ~195g

Body color

  • Mist Blue, Flash Silver
  • Middle frame texture PC
    Back cover material PC+PMMA

CPU

  • CPU core 8
  • CPU platform Dimensity 800U
  • CPU frequency "A76 2.4GHz *2 A55 2.0GHz*6"
  • GPU Model ARM G57 MC3
  • CPU technology 7nm

Memory

  • RAM 8GB
  • RAM technology LPDDR4X
  • Flash specification UFS 2.1
  • ROM 128GB
  • External memory "256G
  • FAT、NTFS、FAT32、exFAT"
  • Standard SD card equipped NO

Front Camera

  • PPI 16M
  • Sensor Sizes/pixel data 1/3.1" 1.0um
  • Photo Size 4608*3456
  • Sensor type CMOS
  • Sensor manufacturer and model Samsung/S5K3P9SP
  • Focusing mode FF
  • Optical focusing NO
  • Rise time of front camera(Only for POP-up camera) NO
  • Wide angle of front camera 79.3°
  • Aperture F2.1
  • Maximum Zoom multiples No
  • Focal length /
  • Front flashlight NO
  • Front camera lens material /
  • Lens number 5P
  • Characteristic function for photograph
  • Ultra Steady Video,Portrait Mode,Timelapse , Panoramic view, Beauty Mode, HDR, Face-Recognition,
    Filter, Night Mode, Bokeh Effect Control
  • Ways of taking photos Timer, Touch,Volume Button
  • Continuous Capture modes No
  • Supported resolution and frame rate in video
  • default: 720p @ 30fps
  • support: 1080p @ 30fps
  • Slow motion No

Rear Camera

  • Number of rear cameras 4

PPI "Wide-angle:8MP
Primary: 48MP
Portrait: 2MP
Macro: 2MP"

Sensor Sizes/pixel data "Wide:1/4”
Primary: 1/2""
Portrait: 1/5""
Macro: 1/5"""

Photo Size "Primary:8000*6000
Wide:3264*2448;
Portrait: 1600*1200;
Macro: 1600*1200"

Sensor type CMOS

Sensor manufacturer and model "Wide-angle: hynix/hi846
Primary: Samsung/s5kgm1st
Portrait: OV/OV02B1B
Macro: 格科微/gc02K0"

Focusing method "rear wide FF
rear main AF
mono FF
macro FF"

Maximum Zoom multiples 10x didgital zoom

Aperture "Wide-angle F2.3
Primary: F1.8
Portrait: F2.4
Macro: F2.4"

Focal length "Wide-angle 15.72mm
Primary: 25.37mm
Portrait: 21.88mm
Macro: 23.21mm"

Wide Angle of rear camera "Wide-angle: 119°
Primary: 79.8°
Portrait: 88.8°
Macro: 88.8°"

Flashlight single flash

Rear camera lens material glass

Lens number "Wide angle 5P
Primary: 6P
Portrait: 3P
Macro: 3P"

  • Slow motion "240fps @ 720P, 120fps @ 1080P"
  • Characteristic function for photograph
  • 48MP Mode, Ultra Steady Video, Ultra Steady Max Video,Night Mode,Panoramic view, Expert, Timelapse, Portrait Mode,HDR,Ultra wide, Ultra macro, AI Scene Recognition, AI Beauty, Filter, Slow Motion, Bokeh Effect Control
  • Continuous Capture modes Yes 20
  • Ways of taking photos Touch/Key/Gesture
  • Image Format jpg
  • Supported resolution and frame rate in video 720p @ 30fps, 720p @ 60fps, 1080p @ 30fps, 1080p @
    60fps, 4k @ 30fps
  • Video storage format mp4

Battery

  • Full charge time(0-100%) 1%-100%:65 minutes
  • Battery capacity 5000mAh (Typical Value)
  • VOOC flash charge Yes, 30W
  • Wireless Charging No
  • Theoretical Calling duration (under 4G) 35Hours
  • Theoretical standby duration (under 4G) 25 Days
  • Energy density (under 4G) /
  • Simulated duration (under 4G) /
  • Theoretical Audio playing time (under 4G) /
  • Charging speed/power (under 4G) 5V6A
  • Theoretical Video playing time (under 4G) 17Hours

Others

  • Headset jack 3.5mm
  • USB jack type-C
  • USB transmission standard USB2.0
  • Flashlight Yes
  • Double mic noise suppression yes
  • Fingerprint Yes
  • Linear Motor No
  • Vibrating motor flat motor
  • Dual speaker No
  • Super linear speaker No
  • Glove Mode No
  • OTG Yes
  • HDMI No
  • SIM card slot Dual Nano(Sim2/TF)
  • NFC Yes
  • Infrared ray remote control No
  • Other Sensors Magnetic induction sensor / Light sensor / Proximity sensor / Gyro-meter /
    Acceleration sensor
  • FM No

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth version Bluetooth 5.1
  • Bluetooth Shared network Yes
  • Bluetooth support protocol A2DP、AVRCP、HFP、HSP、GATT、MAP、PBAP,PAN,HID
  • Wifi band 2.4GHz/5GHz
  • WLAN protocol 802.11b/g/n/a/ac
  • The maximum number of connected devices at a hotspot 10
  • WLAN Display Yes
  • WIFI antenna technology 1*1 SISO
  • GPS navigation GPS/AGPS、Beidou、Glonass,Galileo
  • Dual frequency GPS No

Entertainment

  • Video format MP4/3GP/ASF/AVI/FLV/M2TS/MKV/MPG/TS/WEBM/WMV
  • Audio format AAC/APE/FLAC/AMR/MID/MP3/OGG/WAV/WMA/MKA
  • Image format JPG/BMP/PNG/GIF/HEIC
  • Supported WideVine level L1
  • Record format MP3
  • Vdeo record format MP4
  • Ringtone format OGG
  • HD format YES
  • Web page video play YES
  • Sound effect type Dolby Atmos

Packing List

  • Handset 1
  • Adapter 1, 5V6A
  • Headset No
  • Type-C USB Cable 1
  • Important Info booklet with Warranty Card 1
  • Quick Guide 1
  • SIM Card Tool 1
  • Screen Protect Film yes
  • Case 1

More information on the realme 7 5G here


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