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Realme 7i review in 5 points: Is it a good buy for Rs 11,999?

Realme 7i is the third smartphone in the 7 series that borrows many elements from its bigger siblings but undermines some when compared to its predecessor.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | November 30, 2020 | Updated 14:17 IST

Highlights

  • Realme 7i has a 6.5-inch display with 90Hz but it is not 1080p.
  • The Snapdragon 662 SoC powers the Realme 7i which gives mixed a performance.
  • Realme 7i is available to buy at Rs 11,999.

Realme 7i launched in India a few weeks back. It comes as a trimmed-down version of the Realme 7, which forms the base for 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 of the Realme 6i, which launched not a long ago. For Rs 11,999, the Realme 7i comes as a decent device but that is not all to justify why you should invest your money.

I have several reasons why investing your money into Realme 7i will be fruitful only if you are upgrading from a Rs 6,000 or a 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 back, listing points that go in favour and against the most affordable smartphone in the Realme 7 series. This is a wrapup of the Realme 7i review so that it is easy for you to understand key points in a short manner.

Realme 7i review in 5 points

-- Realme 7i brings a 6.5-inch display, which is pretty large and well suited for watching movies and shows on YouTube and Netflix, along with good gaming. The display even supports the 90Hz refresh rate, which means scrolling on it is a lot smoother than the regular 60Hz displays on a range of phones in this price range. This is also good for when you are gaming on the phone.

But do not get your hopes too high here. The Realme 7i lacks a 1080p display, the resolution is capped at 720p resolution, which is a serious downgrade from the Realme 6i display, which is a Full-HD+ screen with 90Hz screen.

-- Realme 7i draws its power from the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor, which is a tried and tested chipset used on a variety of smartphones. But while it is a decent processor, it is no longer an apt one for smartphones in the price segment of Rs 11,000 to Rs 13,000. And this shows.

The Realme 7i, in my usage, gave a mixed performance. It was mixed because sometimes the smartphone would open apps and handle multitasking well but some other odd times, it would stutter a lot. And while this is occasional, the lag inside the camera app is visible. Moreover, the gaming on this phone is also not very pleasant, holding you back from showing off your skills among your friends in a battle royale game.

-- Cameras on the Realme 7i are theoretically better than those on the Realme 6i. Instead of the 48MP main camera on the back that is found on the Realme 6i, the Realme 7i brings a 64MP sensor. This might look like a serious upgrade to you because 64 is a bigger number. But that is not how camera technologies work.

A 12MP camera can shoot better photos than a 64MP camera because the processing technologies and lens of the camera have to be better. Realme 7i, despite having a 64MP primary sensor, clicks photos that look identical to those clicked on the 48MP camera on Realme 6i. The AI optimisation is also there on photos, which is good.

Overall, the cameras are good for daylight photography and below average for low light photography. Selfies are okayish too, good enough for social media.

-- The Realme 7i comes with a 5000mAh battery, which is a bit more capacious than the 4500mAh battery on the Realme 6i. The battery is perhaps the strongest point on the Realme 7i. It lasts more than a day, which is impressive. On normal usage, the battery dies only after the second has passed half. But while the battery is all too good, the 18W fast charging on the phone makes the charging time for more than two hours, which gets a little annoying sometimes.

-- Realme 7i has a very in-your-face design, including a slant line cutting the rear finish into two halves, both painted differently. This line runs through the fingerprint sensor on the back, making it look striking. I like this design despite the fact the glossy finish loves fingerprint smudges a lot. But a lot of people may not like this design, because it either blends or entirely does not.

Realme 7i review verdict

The Realme 7i is a decent device for the asking price of Rs 11,999. I will say it again. If you are upgrading from a very cheap device and have a budget constraint, 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 on Flipkart, Amazon sales where you can grab the better Realme 6 for the same price.

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