REVIEW: Realme 7 Pro

Published: Wed 7 Oct 2020, 11:45 PM

 
 

 
 
 
It comes with a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super Amoled display that's marketed as full-screen, because of the punch-hole selfie camera on the upper-left corner. Its bezels are thin enough for you to enjoy its fullness, but its chin is definitely noticeable. The display is super-bright at max brightness; getting your eyes too close might _____
 
Controls are scattered, with the power button on the right and the volume rocker on the left. Above the latter is the card tray, which can hold two nano-SIMs and a microSD card all at the same time; the latter can come in handy if you're a heavy user and easily fill up its 128GB internal storage. Below are the USB-C port and a 3.5mm audio port.
 
 
 

Right behind is a simple finish, with a line towards the left side creating a 3D effect. Even its quad-lens camera system is crammed neatly on the upper-left portion and it doesn't protrude that much. Fingerprint smudges aren't that noticeable, but you may have to apply a little more pressure to wipe them clean. And to give it some protection while not hiding its looks, Realme has included a clear protective case right in the box.
It's also fairly light and about your standard weight, and with its 20:9 ratio, it's comfortable to hold and carry around.
PERFORMANCE
Paired with the storage mentioned above is 8GB of RAM, which is pretty generous at this price point. That allows it to make the 7 Pro run smoothly; we didn't encounter any pain-inducing lags ____
From the home screen, swiping upwards will reveal the app tray, downwards will take you to search mode, to the left are apps outside the tray and to the right will reveal smart assistant, an easier access to common functions and important info, including from location to your activity (like steps taken) and from messages to your calendar. It's customisable and comes in handy when you don't want to dig in a lot to find something you need at the spur of the moment.
Aside from Realme's own take on apps such as photos and music, there really isn't anything that you can call bloatware around here (thank you).  There is, though, Realme's phone manager, which checks stuff like privacy permissions, performs app management, component checks and optimisation, and payment protection. One more useful app is Clone Phone, which, as you might know already, lets you transfer files from another Android device or even an iPhone.
You also get the tandem of biometric unlock options with the fingerprint scanner, located on-screen towards the centre below, and face unlock. Once you lift the phone, the scanner will automatically show itself; this is when the raise to wake function is disabled.
Now, if it's enabled, the screen will automatically turn on and try to detect your face (little fingerprint scanner doesn't want to miss out and still shows itself). Raise to wake, however, doesn't seem to work if you lift the phone slowly. Also, one thing we've noticed is that when you successfully unlock the device with face unlock and then you put the phone down - or at least hold it in such a position that it's lying down on its rear - the screen will automatically turn off again. This is a hassle especially if you'd want to use it that way for some reason. This is inconsistent; sometimes it doesn't happen, most of the time it does. I actually got a kick from watching it go bananas by face-unlocking it, holding it down and then repeating it over and over.
And in case fingerprint scanning is disabled and raise to wake is off, you have to press the power button to activate face unlock. We've also observed that face unlock is quicker than the fingerprint scanner, but the latter takes a little hit in total darkness especially if its brightness is at the lower levels.
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