Realme 7i launched in India a few weeks ago. It comes as a trimmed version of the Realme 7, which forms the basis of the series. This means that there are several things that are borrowed from the marquee device, while some of them are a little less powerful comparatively. Realme 7i also comes as a successor to the Realme 6i, which was launched not long ago. For Rs 11,999, the Realme 7i comes as a decent device, but that’s not all to justify why you should invest your money.
I have several reasons why investing your money in Realme 7i will be fruitful only if you are upgrading from a Rs 6,000 or Rs 7,000 phone or even a feature phone. Otherwise, if you have a Realme 6i or some other budget-range device, you should look for other options in the market. I reviewed the Realme 7i a few days ago, listing the points that go for and against the more affordable smartphone in the Realme 7 series. This is a summary of the Realme 7i review to make it easy for you to understand the key points of a short way.
Realme 7i review in 5 points
– Realme 7i brings a 6.5-inch screen, which is quite large and very suitable for watching movies and shows on YouTube and Netflix, along with good games. The display even supports the 90Hz refresh rate, which means scrolling through it is much smoother than normal 60Hz displays on a range of phones in this price range. This is also good for when you play on the phone.
But don’t put your hopes too high here. The Realme 7i lacks a 1080p display, the resolution is limited to a 720p resolution, which is a significant downgrade from the Realme 6i display, which is a Full-HD + display with a 90Hz display.
– Realme 7i gets its power from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 octa-core processor, which is a tried and tested chipset used in a variety of smartphones. But while it is a decent processor, it is no longer suitable for smartphones in the price segment of Rs 11,000 to Rs 13,000. And this shows.
The Realme 7i, in my use, gave mixed performance. It was mixed because at times the smartphone would open apps and handle multitasking well, but at other weird times, it would stutter a lot. And while this is occasional, the lag within the camera app is visible. Also, the gameplay on this phone is not very nice either, preventing you from showing your skills among your friends in a battle royale game.
– The cameras of the Realme 7i are theoretically better than those of the Realme 6i. Instead of the 48MP main camera on the back found on the Realme 6i, the Realme 7i brings a 64MP sensor. This may seem like a serious update to you because 64 is a higher number. But that is not how camera technologies work.
A 12 MP camera can take better photos than a 64 MP camera because the camera lens and processing technologies have to be better. Realme 7i, despite having a 64MP primary sensor, clicks photos that look identical to the ones that were clicked on the 48MP camera on Realme 6i. AI optimization is also present in photos, which is good.
In general, the cameras are good for daylight photography and below average for low-light photography. Selfies are fine too, good enough for social media.
– The Realme 7i comes with a 5000 mAh battery, which is a bit more spacious than the 4500 mAh battery in the Realme 6i. The battery is perhaps the strongest point of the Realme 7i. It lasts more than a day, which is impressive. In normal use, the battery runs out only after the second has passed halfway. But while the battery is too good, the 18W fast charging on the phone makes the charging time over two hours, which gets a bit annoying at times.
– Realme 7i has a very straightforward design, including a slanted line that cuts the rear trim into two halves, both painted differently. This line runs through the fingerprint sensor on the back, which makes it look eye-catching. I like this design even though the glossy finish loves fingerprint smudges a lot. But many people may not like this design, because it is combined or not.
Realme 7i review verdict
The Realme 7i is a decent device for the starting price of Rs 11,999. I will say it again. If you are upgrading from a very cheap device and have a limited budget, Realme 7i is what you can consider among other phones. But if you have Rs 1,000 more, go for Realme 6i and keep an eye out for Flipkart, Amazon sales, where you can get the best Realme 6 for the same price.