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When it comes to delivering great value at all levels, only a few can do better than Realme at the moment. This also extends to the killing spree with the flagship, where the Realme GT line has been paying attention lately. Especially the Realme GT 5G, which among other things offers a Snapdragon 888 chipset and 120Hz Super AMOLED panel on a budget.
By spice things up further and in an ultimate quest to give the customer the greatest choice, Realme also created the Realme GT Neo. That’s what we have in the office today. To be more precise – our review device is the Realme X7 Max 5G, which is pretty much the same device as it is already sold in India. For now, the GT Neo is an exclusive China.
What Realme did is essentially take the Realme GT and swap the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset out for a MediaTek Dimensity 1200. The latter is currently the top dog in the Dimensity lineup and is not a particularly widespread chip. In fact, this is the first time we see Dimensity 1200.
Overview of Realme X7 Max 5G specifications:
- Body: 158.5×73.3×8.4mm, 179g; Glass front, plastic frame, plastic backing; Splashproof.
- Screen: 6.43 “Super AMOLED, 120Hz, 1000 nit (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.
- Chipset: MediaTek MT6893 Dimensity 1200 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (1×3.0 GHz Cortex-A78 & 3×2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G77 MC9.
- Memory: 128 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 12 GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- OS / software: Android 11, Realme UI 2.0.
- Rear camera: Wide (head): 64 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, 1 / 1.73 “, 0.8 µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.3, 16 mm, 119 degrees, 1 / 4.0 “, 1.12 µm; Macro: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
- Front camera: 16 MP, f / 2.5, 26 mm (wide), 1 / 3.0 “, 1.0 .m.
- Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30 / 60fps, 1080p @ 30/60 / 480fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps.
- Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 50W, 50% in 16 minutes (announced), Reverse charging 2.5W.
- Various: Fingerprint reader (on display, optical); NFC; 3.5 mm jack plug.
In addition to this chipset swap, the X7 Max / GT Neo is pretty much identical to the Vanilla Realme GT. You get the same 6.43-inch, 120Hz, Super AMOLED screen as well as an identical camera setup based on a 64MP headphone jack, with an 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro camera and a 16MP selfie. There are also some minor differences, mainly related to the slightly different feature sets of the two chips.
For example, the Realme X7 Max 5G is limited to 50W fast charging on its 4,500 mAh battery instead of the 65W that the vanilla Realme GT gets. Dimensity 1200 is equipped with Bluetooth 5.1 instead of the 5.2 modem on the regular model. In addition to this, however, Dimensity manages to deliver virtually all features, including 5G connectivity and DSP capabilities.
In fact, the adoption of the MediaTek chip could even be behind a strange difference in handling high refresh rate that we observed on Realme X7 Max 5G compared to other recent Realme phones. But we get to that in the performance section of the review, which will probably be the most interesting bit in general, as we see how the Dimensity 1200 is a kind of experience.
Before we go any further with the review, we must point out once again that while virtually all of our findings also apply to the Realme GT Neo, we base our review on a Realme X7 Max 5G device.
Looking at the two specification sheets also reveals that the X7 Max 5G officially advertises a few extras that the Chinese counterpart lacks, or at least does not officially advertise. These include splash resistance, Dragontrail Glass on the front for protection and 2.5 W reverse charge support.
Finally, to the best of our knowledge, there is no 6GB RAM version of the Realme X7 Max 5G available while the Realme GT Neo offers it in its base class.
The Realme X7 Max 5G starts it with 8 GB of RAM and goes up to 12 GB. That’s what we have in our review unit along with 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage that can’t be expanded.
Our Realme X7 Max 5G device came in a nice, thick two-piece silver liquid. In terms of accessories, you get a charger and a USB Type-A to Type-C cable as well as a nice clear TPU case. A valued addition so you can get started right away.
For fast charging, the X7 Max has 5G SuperDart. It maximizes at 50W on the side of the phone. Although the included charger we got is capable of up to 65W SuperDart charging. This is done with a [email protected] output. Clearly a non-standard output, which is why you need the included USB cable to make it work, as it has an extra pin for negotiation. Without the cable or wall compartment, you are limited to 10W charging, which the included charger also supports with a 5V @ 2A output.
Using a proprietary cable is far from ideal, and we want Realme to switch to a Type-C to Type-C implementation of their charging, preferably with USB PD support, rather than later.
It is also worth noting that according to some of the official Realme documentation we received, the X7 Max 5G may come with a 65W SuperDart charger in some places. However, it has little practical consequence for buyers.