Realme 7i Review

December 6, 2020

A budget smartphone that delivers on performance.

The Lowdown:

So for 799 AED, there’s a lot to like about the Realme 7i. It performs well, has a decent camera, and has solid build quality. If you’re looking for a budget device that delivers, consider getting the Realme 7i.

The Review:

In a smartphone market that’s mostly dominated by the big players like Samsung and Apple, brands often don’t have enough room to shine. But in the case of Realme, it managed to deliver a spectrum of devices that range from high-end to the highly affordable. 

Enter the Realme 7i, a 799 AED smartphone that doesn’t feel like a budget smartphone. It features a solid built from the all-screen display and the glossy back exterior that definitely feels premium. The volume rockers and the power button are located on the right side, with the SIM card tray located on the left side. Right down below you will find the USB-C port along with the speaker grill and a headphone jack. At the back, you will find the fingerprint sensor along with the camera array. 

The Realme 7i features a 6.5-inch display with a 720-by-1600 pixel resolution. It’s lower compared to other Android devices, but you’d barely notice any difference as the text still looks sharp since the LCD-based screen also supports a 90Hz refresh rate. It doesn’t support HDR, but the screen is good enough to deliver bright whites and brilliant colors considering its price.

Other hardware specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 CPU with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It’s an improvement over the Realme 6i’s Helio G80 CPU, and overall performance has been great. It worked well with some productivity apps and while it struggled with some games, most of the ones I normally play worked without any hiccups on the Realme 7i. 

The smartphone runs on Realme UI based on Android 10, but when setting up the device we were prompted for an update because the device is still on Android 9. Realme’s customizations are decent, and while I personally still prefer the stock Android experience, Realme UI is simple and clean and doesn’t include any bloatware. 

As for the camera, Realme has loaded the 7i with four lenses. This includes the 64-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, 2-megapixel macro camera, and the 2-megapixel monochrome camera along with a LED flash. There’s also a front-facing 16=megapixel camera.

In daylight, the Realme 7i’s camera performs well, and the 64-megapixel shots look crisp and detailed even when zoomed in at 100 percent. While it suffers in low-light, the images still look great again considering the device’s price point. It’s a decent everyday camera that should satisfy casual users. 

With the Realme 7i, you’re getting a 5,000mAh battery that should last for a day’s worth of normal usage. I managed to drain it faster when I took it out to take images outside, but on a normal day, there’s a good chance you won’t need to plug it in until nighttime. Even if you need to charge the Realme 7i the 18W fast charge should be able to fill it up in no time.

We Love: 

+ Affordable price

+ Great build and design

+ Decent performance

We Hate: 

– Minimal upgrades from the Realme 6i

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for www.T3ME.com which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.