realme 7i Unboxed, Hands-on

A delectable treat

realme is not stopping from the realme 7 and 7 Pro launches, as the brand is set to launch its newest phone, the realme 7i, in the Philippines this month. It’s a 6.55-inch device with a 64MP rear quad-camera setup and a fast-charging 5000mAh battery with USB Type-C. Here’s what it looked like in our first take.

realme 7i specs

  • 6.55-inch HD+ IPS display, 1600 x 720 px
    90Hz refresh rate, 90% screen-to-body ratio
    Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
    Adreno 610 GPU
  • 128GB UFS 2.1 with dedicated MicroSD card slot
  • Quad-rear cameras with LED Flash:
    64MP f/1.8 main
    8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide
    2MP f/2.4 portrait
    2MP f/2.4 macro
  • 16MP Sony IMX471 f/2.1 selfie camera
  • 4G LTE, Dual-SIM (nano)
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS, Beidou, Glonass
  • 3.5mm headset jack, USB Type-C, rear fingerprint scanner
  • realme UI (Android 10)
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • w/ 18W Quick Charge
  • Colors: Aurora Green, Polar Blue

Let’s start with the unboxing. It’s the same as with other realme phone’s we’ve had in the past — the model strikingly seen at the front of the yellow-colored box with the phone, a jelly case, some documentation, a USB Type-C cable, and the 18-watt charger.

The back of the device, hands down, is one of the prettiest we’ve seen in a mid-range phone. The geometric mirror design is back, this time in an Aurora Green colorway that is said to be a representation of wonder and mystery inspired by the Auroras in the northern hemisphere.

It features the four rear cameras and the LED Flash in the protruding rectangular area, the fingerprint scanner in the upper middle part, and the realme logo at the lower left corner. Inside is a huge 5000mAh battery that’s sure to last longer than your current phone.

We have the usual ports on the sides. The right, this time, offers a power/lock button and the volume keys. They’re all protruding from the curved side.

The bottom part features a USB Type-C port, the loudspeakers, the 3.5mm audio jack, and the microphone.

The left side offers the tray slot dedicated for two nano SIM cards and the microSD card.

The front of the display is also reminiscent of the realme 7 series with the 6.55-inch IPS display with a punch-hole camera for the 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 selfie camera. That sure can take a lot of clear selfie photos, indeed.

As always, realme phones have realme UI baked with Android 10 right out of the box and the 7i is no exception. There’s also a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of expandable internal storage in this device.

Let’s go back to the cameras. Those four cameras at the back are made of a 64MP main, an 8MP ultrawide lens, and two 2MP modules for depth and macro.

Launching the camera app was really fast, and capturing shots didn’t take much time too. Here are some sample shots around the city:

No price has been set yet for the device, but expect it to be revealed on October 21 at realme’s official Facebook page. Our full review is coming soon, too, so stay tuned.

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