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realme 7 Pro Unboxing, First Impressions, Camera Samples

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realme earlier confirmed that it will be launching the company's newest promising mid-range smartphone in the Philippines soon—the realme 7 Pro.
realme 7 Pro box

The handset boasts refinements and solid upgrades from the realme 6 Pro as it now sports an AMOLED display, the bigger primary camera on paper, larger battery capacity with faster-charging speeds, 

In particular, it now uses a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel "preferred" by its many users over a 90Hz LCD screen, 4,500mAh battery with 65W SuperDart Charge tech coming from 4,300mAh with 30W charge, 64MP Sony main camera from a Samsung sensor, and a 32MP selfie cam.

The handset retained the speed-enough 2.0GHz 8nm Snapdragon 720G octa-core processor, 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB UFS 2.1 expandable storage, 

But, it isn't using a glass back anymore. Also the telephoto lens and the secondary selfie camera are gone.

Let's find out if its upgrades will outweigh the "downgrades." Here's part 1 of our review, unboxing and first impressions.

Unboxing/Accessories

Unboxed

In a classic realme fashion, the realme 7 Pro box arrived in a bright yellow-orange minimalist packaging. First, you'll see a smaller box with the paper documents and a TPU dark translucent case for extra protection. Next, you'll be greeted by the phone itself followed by the 65W power brick, USB-A to USB-C data/charging cable, and SIM ejector tool.

Upon closer inspection, we noticed that the phone comes with a pre-installed clear case and that's very nice.
65W!
65W!

I would just like to highlight that this phone comes with a 65W fast charging power brick out of the box. It is not proprietary unlike other phones with super-fast charging solutions. Ahem Apple. Ahem Samsung.

Also, since the realme 7 Pro is a mid-range smartphone, it could be the most affordable with 65W charging in the country soon.


Build Quality/Design

Premium look!
Premium look!

realme used completely different materials coming from the realme 6 Pro. Instead of the glass back, you'll now see a glass-like (plastic) back. The frame is plastic as well. Coming from Gorilla 5, it is downgraded to just Gorilla Glass 3+. The SIM ejector tool doesn't have a rubber ring for water resistance anymore as well.

No water-resistance unlike realme 6 Pro

I get that they don't want to use an expensive glass with frosted finish and they settled for a glass-like frosted back to keep its cost down. I'm cool with that. However, they should have retained the Gorilla Glass 5 front and the 3 water resistance layers.

Don't get me wrong, the build is fairly okay for a mid-range. But frankly, it is a downgrade coming from the realme 6 Pro.
Two-tone colors
Two-tone colors

Design-wise, it is an upgrade. To my eyes, it looks cleaner and more minimalist than the flashy realme 6 Pro by removing unnecessary patterns. The two-tone colors of this phone in Mirror White and Mirror Blue simply screams premium.

It still has a curved back, but the frosted finish has a matte like texture that makes it more velvety to hold and prevents fingerprint smudges better than glossy glass.
Immersive display
Immersive display

In the front, it now uses a smaller 6.4-inch AMOLED display. But, that also means that its FHD+ 20:9 resolution is denser at 411 ppi vs 399 ppi versus the realme 6 Pro.

AMOLED upgrade!

In addition, the chin-bezel now looks slimmer and it only has a single punch-hole for the selfie cam for a more immersive viewing experience. The company claims that it has a 90.8 percent of the screen-to-body ratio.
The secondary speaker is found on its earspeaker
The secondary speaker is found on its earspeaker

Plus, personally, I agree with realme as I prefer the quality of a 60Hz AMOLED screen versus a 90Hz LCD IPS panel. The display of this handset simply looks punchy and great without oversaturation.

It also has an In-Display fingerprint reader instead of a side-mounted one. The handset is also more compact and slimmer at 160.9 x 75.4 x 8.7 mm.
Top, bottom
Top, bottom

On top, it has a microphone hole. Below, you'll see its 3.5 mm slot along with the second microphone hole, USB-C port, and the primary speaker.
Left and right
Left and right

On the left, you'll find the pin-hole for the triple-slot tray and the volume keys. At right, there's the power key.

The realme 7 Pro feels generally good to hold even with one hand. For an easier grip, use two hands. It weighs just fine at 182 grams.

Camera Samples


Taking a look at its camera samples, daylight shots are superb and natural as expected. just don't use the AI Dazzle Color that oversharpens and oversaturates the images unless the condition is a bit dim.

We also like that the colors on its ultra-wide camera are similar coming from the primary camera despite. Barrel distortion is noticeably not strong as well.

Despite the lack of optical zoom cameras, the digital zoom of this phone performed nicely.


The main shooter of this is powerful as even its close-up shots in indoor situations look superb. If you want to take super close-up images, the Macro mode works decently even for indoor use.

We also noticed that the Night mode of this handset has improved with lesser artifacts than realme's previous Night modes.


For videos, I enjoyed its AI Color Portrait and desaturated background effect (even for selfie videos. 4K is not available on the ultra-wide mode. But that's fine. Likely, you will use its 1080p UIS/UIS Max stabilization as is smoother and more stabilized than the regular shooting mode.

Despite the lack of an ultra-wide cam in front, the selfie cam is pretty wide. The crop is noticeable for videos though. There's no UIS for selfie videos as well.

realme 7 Pro Specs

Display: 6.4-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3+ protected Super AMOLED screen w/ FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 411 ppi
CPU: 2.0GHz 8nm Snapdragon 720G octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 618
RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X
ROM: 128GB UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 64MP f/1.7 Sony IMX682 w/ EIS + 12MP f/2.3 119-degree ultra-wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 4cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 mono + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 32MP f/2.5
Battery: 4,500mAh w/ 65W SuperDart Charge
OS: Android 10.0 w/ realme UI
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, FM Radio, GPS (L1 + L5 dual-band), dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: In-Display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio, Dolby Atmos, dual-mic, USB-C, Colors: Mist Blue, Mist White
Dimensions: 160.9 x 75.4 x 8.7 mm
Weight: 182 g
Price: PHP 17,990

As of the moment

No doubt, the realme 7 Pro is promising out of the box. I like its design choice, the display is beautiful and immersive, the battery is a bit bigger, and the fast charging speed is insane. The main 64MP and 32MP shooters have been upgraded as well. It even has stereo speakers.

We still have to fully test it, but expect the speed to be snappy due to its use of the 8nm Snapdragon 720G SoC paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

But, that is if you are coming from a lower-end or older handset. It will be a sidegrade for those who own the realme 6 Pro unless they want a phone with an AMOLED display and 65W fast charging.

We won't fully judge it until we know its official local pricing.
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