Realme 7i hands-on review and Specification.Since its inception, Realme has been churning out handsets at a breakneck rate with its happiest hunting ground in the budget market. Hot on the heels of the latest Narzo 20 trio-20A, 20 and 20 Pro, Realme has also chosen to update its Realme 7i sequence of numbers.
As the “i” suffix suggests, the Realme 7i is a slightly toned-down version of the vanilla Realme 7. In this case, the is a closer match than the due to the shared 64MP Quad-Bayer camera.Compared to the vanilla Realme 7, certain hardware cut-backs inevitably had to be taken in order to lower the price of the Realme 7i. These include, in particular, a slightly slower chipset, although one that doesn’t sacrifice modern connectivity, such as dual-band Wi-Fi ac, but captures FullHD video capture resolution.
- Body: 164.1×75.5×8.9mm, 188g; Colors: Aurora Green, Polar Blue.
- Display: 6.50″ IPS LCD, 720x1600px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 270ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm): Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver); Adreno 610.
- Memory: 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM; UFS 2.1; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
- OS/Software: Android 10, Realme UI.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF; LED flash, HDR, panorama.
- Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.1, 26mm (wide), 1/3″, 1.0µm; HDR.
- Video capture: Rear camera: 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS.
- Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 18W.
- Misc: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass.
The screen resolution is reduced to HD+, but the 6.5-inch diagonal of the display and the trendy refresh rate of 90Hz have been preserved. And the last major bit is probably the charging speed, which on the Realme 7i is set at 18W, compared to the Realme 7’s 30W.
All of these honestly sound like defaults that are easily justifiable and well-thought-out that do not tamper with the Realme 7i ‘s core knowledge.
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Design, materials, handling
The rear side of the Realme 7i has a two-tone design that is very interesting and distinctive. The surface ‘s material and finish are still the same and feel the same, but the geometric transition from glossy to mat is still quite unique and a talk-starter.
The surface is slick and a bit slippery on its own. Also, a major magnet with fingerprints. As you can imagine, prints are especially clear on the glossy top of the phone. This almost mirror-like segment also worries us about scratches and scuffs a bit more. It shouldn’t really be more prone to scratching than the matte bit because the back surface is identical throughout; it will just show scratches more easily.
Aside from aesthetics, the Realme 7i’s 164.1 x 75.5 x 8.9 mm body is decently comfortable to hold in-hand, but not ideal. Our best guess is that general ergonomics could have benefited from a thicker profile, like the 9.4 mm of the regular Realme 7, or more aggressive body curvature. That, though, is more of a nitpick on our side than anything else.