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    Realme X review: Excellent amoled display, impressive camera & smooth multi-tasking make it a good buy


    The Snapdragon 710 is an octa core SoC that offers good levels of performance.

    Face unlock works fast but is not very secure and requires the pop-up camera to be used a lot – best avoided we think, especially since the in-display fingerprint scanner works so well.
    Price: Rs 16,999 (4/128GB), Rs 19,999 (8/128GB)
    Rating: ****

    Specifications: 6.53-inch FHD+ amoled display (2340 x 1080 pixels, Gorilla Glass 5, 19.5:9 aspect, 394ppi), in-display fingerprint scanner, Snapdragon 710 octa core, 4/8GB DDR4X RAM, 128GB UFS2.1 storage (non-expandable), dual real camera: 48MP f1.7 Sony IMX586 + 5MP f2.4 depth sensor, 16MP f2.0 front camera, WiFi ac, BT5.0, 3,765mAh battery, 191 grams

    Pros: Premium design, excellent amoled display, great value for what’s on offer, 20W Vooc charger supplied, fast in-display fingerprint

    Cons: Several pre-loaded apps, no water resistance, glossy polycarbonate (plastic) back panel, maxes out at 128GB and does not have expandable storage

    For a relatively new upstart like Realme to maintain a 7 to 8% smartphone market share in India is no mean feat! This is according to recent numbers announced by Counterpoint (9 June 2019). The company has done this by offering a heady mix of value, performance and design. Although originally a sub-brand of Oppo (they broke off and became independent in July 2018), the ties are still strong, evidenced by things like the Oppo Vooc charger in this Realme box and the similar design language.

    The X (it’s ‘ex’ and not ten, despite it being Realme’s tenth phone) is a noticeable step in to premium territory for the brand. It’s their first phone with an amoled display, their first bezel less, notch less display and (as a result) their first with a pop-up front camera and in-display fingerprint scanner. Considering you’re getting all this at a starting price of Rs 16,990 is staggering. Even at this price, you’re getting a base storage of 128GB. Strangely enough, that’s also the only storage variant on offer with no way to further expand it.
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    The interface is ColorOS 6 based on Android 9.0.

    Looking around the phone, it has a premium design that looks like glass + metal but is actually glossy plastic. That’s the first area of cost reduction though if you’re going to use it with a case, that shouldn’t matter at all. A nice case is included in the box, by the way. The power key has a distinctive touch of colour and you’ll see the 3.5mm jack and USB type C port too. Around the back, the dual camera module is very slightly protruding from the back panel but the phone does not wobble when kept on a table. The front pop-up camera is centrally placed as comes up with a bit of a flourish on the display.

    Coming to the display, it is a beauty. Bezels this small automatically point to a very premium device. About a year ago, this could easily be mistaken for a Rs 35,000 to 40,000 phone. Thanks to amoled technology, it has vibrant colour, deep blacks and excellent viewing angles. There is no system-wide dark theme or always-on display at the moment (which should be included by default with all amoled displays, we think) but we’re told these will be introduced soon with a software update.

    The interface is ColorOS 6 based on Android 9.0. There are a lot of features on offer, including clone apps, game space, split screen, call recording, home/lock screen magazine, gesture operation, theme store and adjustable colour temperature on the display. But I also counted nine other pre-loaded apps and two sponsored folders apart from ten of Realme’s own apps. A clean interface, this is not! Thankfully, you can uninstall most of these to gain some extra space.

    As for performance, the Snapdragon 710 is an octa core SoC that offers good levels of performance for all daily tasks and games. The interface is fast & fluid with no stuttering during app loading or multi-tasking. It is an older SoC though (mid 2018) if that matters to you. Face unlock works fast but is not very secure and requires the pop-up camera to be used a lot – best avoided we think, especially since the in-display fingerprint scanner works so well. The lower power (or more efficient, depending on how you look at it) processor also means that the battery is good for more than a day of use. Plus you always have the supplied Vooc 3.0 charger for a quick boost if needed.

    Realme X does a great job with the primary camera: it’s a half inch, Sony IMX586 48MP sensor, found even in phones that cost four times as much. By default it combines data from the 48MP sensor to give you high quality 12MP stills but you can also choose to shoot in 48MP mode. The shutter is fast and you get a lot of options like panorama, time-lapse, 960fps slow motion, portraits, expert, macro mode and nightscape. Apart from the amazing display, the camera quality is the next best thing about the Realme X. It captures excellent results in all lighting. Video is captured at up to 4K resolution at 30fps.

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    Now, about the competition – there is some from Realme’s own neck of the woods: Oppo. The Oppo K3 is very similar in both design and specs. It’s also priced at Rs 16,990 (4/64GB) though there are some offers on at the time of writing that being the effective price down to Rs 14,990. Both are priced at Rs20k for the 8/128GB but the Realme stands out as a clear winner because of the superior camera and higher base storage of 128GB. If you’re ok with a punch hole camera instead of pop-up, there’s always the Vivo Z1 Pro. And if you can stretch a bit further, we really like the Redmi K20 too (Rs 21,999 onwards). It has a Gorilla Glass 5 back instead of plastic, a newer and more powerful processor (SD730, from 2019), larger battery and dedicated 24-bit/192kHz DAC for better audio.
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    Vardaan Raj Singh307 days ago
    Why buy realme X when you have realme XT , believe me guys i speak from personal experience , XT is the better deal in every way , from the 712 processor to the 64 MP camera and expandable memory(256 GB) plus the 4k resolution videos, its got it have a look, STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
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