The new Realme X7 Max will take over the recently released and upcoming models from OnePlus, Xiaomi and Vivo, among others. Less than six months after the release of the Realme X7 and X7 Pro, this new model raises the stakes in terms of power and CPU performance to stay relevant in the sensitive sub-R. 30,000 segments. Realme X7 Max is prices starting from Rs. 26,999 th most common which is significantly lower than Rs. 29,999, in which the X7 Pro starts, although it has a higher-end processor.
The biggest update is MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoCwhich is said to be not only more powerful but also more efficient than the Dimensity 1000+ which powers Realme X7 Pro (Review). This processor has eight cores plus integrated Mali-G77 graphics. There is a system for cooling stainless steel and copper vapor, which helps to ensure sustainable operation.
Realme also boasts the comprehensive 5G support that this SoC provides, which includes multiple bands, dual standby and standalone mode on both SIM cards, and aggregation of 5G carriers. 5G is still a long way from becoming a mainstream in India, but we will test the processing power of this SoC in our full review.
Another significant change is the style of Realme X7 Max. Gone is the huge slogan “Dare to Leap” on the back, which we saw in the more colorful versions of Realme X7 (Review) and X7 Pro, and which was inevitable on Realme 8 series. Instead, we have a smaller version of it in a box along with the Realme logo. It is still quite convex and captures light at certain angles, but it is much less in your face than before.
The back panel is mostly made of matte textured plastic, but through the camera module passes a thick, shiny, non-central strip, in which you will find the new arrangement with a logo. While the tape is highly susceptible to fingerprinting, the rest of the back isn’t, but it also feels surprising as one of Realme’s C-Series budget phones, not as a premium model. There is even a slight bending of the back panel if you press it with your finger.
Weighing 179 g and 8.4 mm thick, it makes it quite comfortable in the hand, although one-handed use may require a little stretching. The body is IPX4, rated as splash-proof, and Realme used Asahi Dragontrail glass on the front. There are three color options – Asteroid Black, Mercury Silver and a finished one called the Milky Way, which even the company says is hard to describe, but looks like an iridescent light purple.
You get a 6.43-inch full-HD + Super Amoled screen with a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz and a sampling rate of up to 360 Hz, which gamers can appreciate. HDR is not mentioned in the specifications of the phone, but the maximum brightness is 1000nits and has a stated 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color range. The display has a fingerprint sensor and a small opening for the front camera in the upper left corner. The stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos support should contribute to the good overall entertainment, which we will see for ourselves in the full review. Interestingly, there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the bottom, which is missing from the Realme X7 and X7 Pro. The company cites consumer feedback once again as the reason for this change.
Realme has released two options, one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage at a price of Rs. 26,999, and the other with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of Rs memory. 29,999. It is worth noting that the Realme X7 Pro only starts with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of memory, but for Rs. 29,999. The company uses UFS 3.1 storage, which will help applications load quickly, but there is no microSD slot for additional storage. The battery capacity of 4500mAh is quite average for this segment. The X7 Max charges up to 50W and, like its siblings, comes with a 65W charger in the box.
The three rear cameras sit flush with the raised rear module. You get a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Realme introduces several new features enabled by the capabilities of the Dimensity 1200 as well as the Realme UI 2.0. The most interesting of these is the enhanced Nightscape mode, which captures and processes 64-megapixel photos in full resolution to increase detail. There is also a potentially very useful AI Passport Photo mode, which should allow you to take selfies and cut out the background completely.
The new Realme X7 Max will compete with the recently released Mi 11X (Review), OnePlus North (Review) and is forthcoming replacement, and Samsung Galaxy A52 (Review), between many other smartphones. Depending on the price, it can take on the upcoming ones A little F3 GT which is based on the same Dimensions 1200 SoC.
If you’ve bought the Realme X7 Pro recently, you’re probably more than a little annoyed by the launch of the X7 Max with better specs at a lower price in such a short time. However, we still need to complete our full review of this new model, so we’ll give you a better idea of how the two are facing each other in the real world. This is coming soon on Gadgets 360, so stay tuned.