Realme 7 5G: What The OnePlus Nord N10 5G Should Have Been
Realme 7 5G Hardware And Design
Everything else is pretty much identical: there's a 6.5-inch 1080p IPS screen, 6GB RAM / 128GB of storage (plus microSD), and even 30W fast charging. Where the Realme 7 5G really stands out is in terms of design and, of course, value. Like the OnePlus Nord N10 5G, the mid frame and back panel are made of plastic, and the display features a punch hole in the top left corner, plus an obvious chin. Even the camera pods are similar in shape and location.
But there’s a huge difference in execution. Thanks to a distinctive Baltic Blue satin finish, a side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor, and far less pronounced chin, the Realme 7 5G looks and feels more modern and premium than the OnePlus Nord N10 5G. It’s all in the details; like the Honor 8X-inspired band bisecting the camera bump and splitting the rear surface lengthwise into two visually contrasting areas that reflect light differently.
We also like the landscape-oriented Realme brand. As we already mentioned, the rear shooters -- which include a 48MP main lens, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor -- are mounted in a rectangular glass pod in the top left corner alongside an LED flash, just like many of today’s flagships. In front, there isn’t much going on beyond the 16MP punch hole selfie camera, earpiece, and chin (necessary for the IPS panel).
Along the sides, you’ll find the power/lock key on the right (which doubles as a capacitive fingerprint sensor), the volume rocker and SIM/microSD tray on the left, and the secondary mic on top. There’s a headphone jack, primary mic, USB Type-C connector, and mono speaker on the bottom. And speaking of cool design and fun details, we’re particularly fond of the blue gradient along the left and right edges -- it’s a nice touch.
You can check out our unboxing video and then we'll take a closer look at the goods...
|Processing And 5G||MediaTek
|Display||6.5" FHD+ IPS, 2400x1080
|Storage||128GB UFS 2.1 + microSD
f/1.8 Main PDAF - 8MP f/2.3 119º Ultra-Wide - 2MP f/2.4
Macro - 2MP f/2.4 Depth
|Front-Facing Cameras||16MP f/2.1
|Video Recording||Up to 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, 1080p slow-mo|
10 With Realme UI 1.0
|Dimensions||162.2 x 75.1 x 9.1mm|
|Connectivity||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1+LE,
NFC, USB-C, LTE, 5G
|Pricing||Find the Realme 7 5G On Amazon, Starting at £279
Realme 7 5G Display Quality
We do have one niggle, though, and that’s with the oleophobic coating. This screen is a fingerprint magnet, and is difficult to keep clean. It’s not something you’d expect on anything but the most budget of handsets these days.
Realme 7 5G Camera Performance And Image Quality
This isn’t the best 48MP sensor on the block, but the results are pretty good. It supports 4-to-1 pixel binning for better low-light performance, and outputs 12MP images by default. Photo modes include night (main, ultrawide, selfie), portrait and panorama, (main, selfie), manual and text (main, ultrawide), plus macro. Video recording maxes out at 4k 30fps / 1080p 60fps (main shooter only), and 1080p 30pfs (other cameras) -- all stabilized.
Macro video isn’t available, but audio is always captured in stereo. Video modes include manual (main shooter only, 1080p 30fps, 21:9), slow motion (main, 1080p 120fps / 720p 240fps), time lapse (main, ultrawide, 1080p 30fps), and two super stable modes (main, ultrawide, 1080p 30fps). The Realme 7 5G camera app is similar to Oppo’s. It’s very intuitive, and we like that it remembers the last mode selected.
The resulting pictures are quite lovely. Colors and exposure are accurate, low light performance is decent, and night mode helps with dynamic range. Selfies are often a bit soft, but that’s easy to fix in post. Macro shots are lackluster -- you’re better off zooming 2x with the main camera. Videos are perfectly serviceable, though. Overall, we’re satisfied with these shooters. The Realme 7 5G certainly bests the OnePlus Nord N10 5G here.
Realme 7 5G Audio, Data And Call Reception
Realme 7 5G Performance And Battery Life
Alongside the Dimensity 800U, the Realme 7 5G features 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage, plus microSD support. The rest of the specs are rather standard -- no surprises here. You’ll find CAT18 LTE, WiFi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth 5.1 (LE), NFC, A-GPS/ GLONASS / Beidou / Galileo positioning, and the usual collection of sensors (proximity, ambient light, accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass).
(Single-core) - 1765 (Multi-core)
|PCMark Work 2.0
|3DMark Slingshot Extreme
Filling up is a breeze thanks to 30W Dart Charge (0-100% in 65 minutes) -- with a compatible charger in the box. The capacitive fingerprint sensor is fast and reliable, and haptics are better than expected at this price point.
Realme 7 5G Software And User Experience
Realme UI also features Smart Sidebar, which is similar to Moto’s Edge Touch. It lets you access your favorite apps and tools via a menu that pops up when you swipe inward from the “pill” located on the right edge of the screen. There’s also a game mode/launcher called Game Space that does exactly what you’d expect. In all, Realme UI provides a speedy and friendly user experience without sacrificing customization.
Realme 7 5G Review Summary
Ultimately, we can’t help but think that Realme is out OnePlus-ing OnePlus here. The Realme 7 5G is exactly what the OnePlus Nord N10 5G should have been. It’s the better handset, and it’s more affordable. Maybe that’s the point? As OnePlus matures and becomes more like Oppo, Realme is swooping in and filling the void. If you live in Europe and are looking for an affordable 5G phone, the Realme 7 5G won’t let you down.
Alternatively, consider Xiaomi’s Mi 10T Lite (£229/64GB, £299/128GB). It’s bigger and comes with a 64MP main shooter. Here in the US, Google’s Pixel 4a ($349) is smaller and lacks 5G, but offers superb imaging performance and an OLED screen.