The Realme 7 5G, Mobile Value For Everyone
Or Buy Your Teenager A Flagship Phone, You Do You
Top end phones are fun for power users, as having that much processing power in your pocket can be useful if you know what you are doing but for many the idea of dropping over $500 on a new phone, or signing up for an equivalent contract is inconceivable. It gets even harder to justify if you are shopping for a replacement for a phone that died a few months into a new contract. At that point you may be shopping for a phone in the $200-$300 range, but the challenge is to find one that doesn’t sacrifice features you actually want.
The Realme 7 5G is a new phone in that price range you might want to keep your eyes out for, especially if you are looking to replace a phone that is likely doomed to a short life. The phone is 6.5″ and offers a 1080×2400 resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate, 6GB of RAM, 128GB local storage and all powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC. The SoC includes a 5G modem and two 2.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A76 cores and six 2GHz Cortex-A55 cores as well as a three core ARM Mali-G57 MC3 GPU.
The cameras include a 48MP S5KGM1ST sensor, a 8MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 2MP macro lens, though unfortunately The Register found it less than perfect at snapping those super close ups, though the other cameras functioned as expected. The battery is 5,000mAH, not wonderful but certainly enough to give you a full days use at the very least and it supports quick charging over USB-C.
Pop by The Register for a closer look and keep your eyes out for the Realme 7 5G.
I should hate this phone. It's emblematic of a trend within the smartphone industry that's making it harder to pick and choose between devices. Priced at £279, the Realme 7 5G sits in a price band that historically housed slow, feature-crippled phones with awful cameras. And yet this handset has pretty much everything a normal person wants from a phone, and then some.