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Realme X7 Pro is a good phone but do not buy it just for 5G

Realme X7 Pro has 5G but that should not be the reason why you should buy this phone.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | February 8, 2021 | Updated 16:13 IST
Realme X7 Pro in Fantasy colour.

Highlights

  • Realme X7 Pro comes with a Dimensity 1000+ processor.
  • The phone brings 5G connectivity on both SIM card slots.
  • But there is more to this phone beyond 5G.

Realme X7 Pro is a new, shiny phone that will be available to buy for under Rs 30,000 soon. Of course, if you are looking at this phone, you will weigh every aspect of it because you want to make a good investment. Buying a phone is not easy but understanding the pros and cons before you do that helps. In the case of Realme X7 Pro, that one thing that will catch your eye is 5G. Yes, 5G. The phone is ready for 5G network and Realme wants you to consider this merit. But should you?

Before I begin to elaborate on my assertion that you read in the headline, I want to make a few points clear. Some of these points are about the phone itself, the Realme X7 Pro while some belong to the situation of 5G in India at the current stage. Let me get a few things out of our way first. The Realme X7 Pro costs Rs 29,999 and comes in a single variant. It will go on sale on February 10 on Flipkart and Realme online store. There will also be some bank offers on the purchase that you can avail.

Now, first things first. The Realme X7 Pro has a large 6.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with a punch-hole cutout. This is an impressive screen with good colours and high brightness. There are 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rates on the display while the touch responsiveness is excellent. It is good for watching movies, shows with 1080p resolution and even playing games. The battery on the phone is long-lasting. It goes on for more than a day and when it dies out on you, there is 65W fast charging that tops the battery up in a little less than 40 minutes. The cameras are good for regular and night photography. The selfies also look quite good. And finally, the performance is also on par with other mid-range phones.

All good but what about the selling point of the Realme X7 Pro? What about 5G?

Smartphone companies began selling 5G phones last year. Realme was the first brand to launch a 5G phone. Back then, there was a little hope about 5G arriving in India. The spectrum auction was not being discussed, which allows for commercial network deployment, even though Indian telecom companies were strongly displaying their prowess in 5G development. A year later, things have not changed much. Of course, you have Airtel that recently demonstrated a successful 5G testing on a commercial network in the city of Hyderabad, and Reliance Jio that plans to roll out 5G until after the second half of 2021. That is it. These are claims for now that have millions of eyes set on. Spectrum auction for 5G is still pending and until that happens, there will be no 5G.

In that case, a smartphone with 5G defeats the purpose of being ready for 5G. Yes, this phone will be future proof and offer 5G as and when it begins to be rolled out. Until then, this phone will not offer your 5G download speeds. But while there is no 5G in India, there are several countries where you can experience 5G. The 5G phones selling in India come with bandwidth support for most carriers, which means 5G will work on these phones outside of India. However, international travel is prohibited right now for most locations due to the pandemic, depriving you of this privilege.

So, Realme X7 Pro makes a little sense as a 5G phone right now. By the time 5G will be deployed in India, you will have a huge deluge of 5G phones in the market. And these upcoming phones will be laced with the latest features, the ones that you will like to pay your money for. Sure, this is an impressive smartphone for all its features at the price of Rs 29,999 but if you are planning to get it only because it has 5G, I would suggest you do not. Better, you wait until the latter half of this year to get a 5G phone. But even then, do weigh in the 5G factor before getting your phone and do not overlook the rest of its specifications.

To make your decision about the Realme X7 Pro, you can read the in-depth review of the phone.

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