As we head into the final stretch of 2020 and into the new year 2021, realme Philippines will be unleashing the realme 7 into the market, the successor to the highly successful realme 6 that came out back in May 2020.

READ: realme 6 review: The exciting new norm!

Though it has only been four months, it appears that the brand is not letting the pandemic slow it down, with realme 7 being the world’s first smartphone running on MediaTek’s new Helio G95 as well as the world’s first smartphone to attain TUV Rheinland product certification to attest to the brand’s commitment to performance and quality.

realme Philippines is preparing something exciting for the realme 7 series livestream launch on September 30 – in the meantime, read on for our hands-on first impressions review, or hit the play button above to watch our first-ever baby unboxing featuring the realme 7!

Flatlay back on box - realme 7 (Philippines)
Flatlay back on box – realme 7 (Philippines)
realme 7 specs snapshot
  • Display: 6.5”, 1080×2400, IPS LCD,Gorilla Glass 3, 90Hz refresh rate
  • OS + UX: Android 10 (Q), realme UI 1.0
  • CPU + GPU: Octa-core Helio G95 (2.05GHz max) + Mali-G76 MC4
  • Memory + storage: 8GB + 128GB
  • Camera: Quad 64MP (wide) + 8MP (ultrawide) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth) + 16MP (selfie)
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh; 30W DART Charge
  • Price (Philippines): TBA (September 30, 2020)

Out of the box, the realme 7 looks and feels just like the realme 6: you could even swap their cases and they would fit each other almost perfectly. For added protection, the phone comes with a pre-installed screen protector.

Flatlay front - realme 7 (Philippines)
Flatlay front – realme 7 (Philippines)
Both phones pack the same 6.5-inch 90hz IPS LCD display with that hole-punch notch that they like to call the “in-display selfie”, referring to the 16MP front-facing camera. The panel on our unit appears to have a slightly yellowish tint which is easily fixed by moving the color temperature slider under the display settings panel to the left (cool).

The edges also look identical, from the power button with its built-in fingerprint scanner to the I/O panel at the bottom which contains a 3.5mm audio port to the USB Type-C connector which supports 30W fast charging (VOOC / Dart Charge).

Power button fingerprint scanner - realme 7 (Philippines)
Power button fingerprint scanner – realme 7 (Philippines)
Users who need to use a micro SD card will be happy to know that the realme 7 comes with a triple card tray, so we get dedicated slots for nano-SIM cards along with the micro SD card.

Moving to the back, we find that realme 7 now sports a new, multi-layered chroma change look with a matte finish. The move away from glossy coating is a welcome change, as the realme 6 tends to become very greasy and smudgy over time, and the chroma changing design allows the phone to stay visually interesting despite being less flashy.

64MP AI triple camera - realme 7 (Philippines)
64MP AI triple camera – realme 7 (Philippines)
The area occupied by the camera area is much larger, although the hump remains about the same. The 64MP main camera uses a 2nd-generation Sony IMX 682 sensor, augmented by 3 additional cameras: 8MP ultrawide, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor.

It also features several built-in filters that mimic popular, trendy looks such as Flamingo, Cyberpunk, and Modern Gold.

Click on the un-edited sample photos to view the full image.

How much will the realme 7 cost in the Philippines?

realme Philippines will be revealing the price of the realme 7 during the livestream launch, however, we can make a few educated guesses:

  1. The realme 6 (8GB+128GB) was priced at 13,990 PHP, and the realme 7, having better specs, should be priced higher than that
  2. realme 7 Pro is also coming to the Philippines, but the price hasn’t been revealed yet
  3. The realme 6 Pro (8GB+128GB) was priced at 16,990 PHP when it came out 4 months ago

Given these factors, we can guess that the price of the realme 7 in the Philippines must be somewhere in between 14-17 thousand pesos.

Check back here on September 30 for the full review and price reveal!

Handheld front - realme 7 (Philippines)
Handheld front – realme 7 (Philippines)
realme 7 technical specifications (Philippines)
  • Display: 6.5 inches; 1080 x 2400 pixels; IPS LCD; 90Hz; Gorilla Glass 3
  • SIM: Dual SIM (nano-SIM, dedicated slots)
  • OS Android 10 (Q); realme UI 1.0
  • Chipset (SoC): MediaTek Helio G95
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MC4
  • Memory (RAM) + storage: 8 GB + 128 GB
  • Expansion: microSD (dedicated slot)
  • Main camera (rear): 64MP f/1.8 (wide) + 8MP f/2.3 (ultrawide) + 2MP f/2.4 (macro) + 2MP f/2.4 (depth)
  • Selfie camera (front): 16MP f/2.1
  • Connectivity: 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 5.0
  • I/O: USB Type-C; 3.5mm audio jack; fingerprint scanner (side)
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh; 30W Dart Charge
  • Colors: Mist Blue, Mist White
  • Price (India): 16,999 INR
  • Price (Philippines): TBA (September 30, 2020)