Oppo’s sub-brand Realme’s latest smartphone, Realme X is expected to be launched on 25th July in India this year as Realme 4 Pro. The smartphone has already been launched in China on 15th May.
The China-based company, Realme, which split from Oppo and established itself as an independent company last year on May 4, has been making huge strides in the smartphone industry with its economically priced phones which bring with them exceptionally impressive and cool features along with intricate and stylish designs.
The company has become one of the largest sellers of mid-range smartphones in India achieving the 3rd position within just 7 months of its launch.
All phones of the Realme Series have been a huge success with Realme 3 Pro being the last installment launched in India which featured dewdrop display, gradient color design, powerful hardware, and VOOC fast charging while preserving its alluring style quotient. Realme seems to be keeping up with the high bar of expectations which it had set for itself with the latest Realme X.
RealMe X Price: Rs. 15,390
- Battery: 3765 mAh with VOOC charging 3.0
- CPU: Snapdragon 710 processor
- OS: Color OS 6
- Android: v9.0 Pie
- Display: 6.53 inches (16.59 cm)
- Camera: 48 MP + 5 MP Dual Primary Cameras with 16 MP Front Camera
- Weight: 191 grams
- RAM: 4 GB
- Internal Storage: 64 GB
- Sensors: CMOS
- Colors: Steam White, Punk Blue
The latest installment of Realme is the tenth smartphone of the company and most definitely it is not just an ordinary phone as it seems to be having some cool features to be excited about! It certainly contains a lot of firsts for Realme phones which includes features like a full-screen notch-less OLED display, a really powerful 48 Mega Pixel camera and a type-c USB cable.
All the previous smartphones from the company had a micro USB port.
Apart from presenting such innovations, the Realme X, which is apparently going to be launched as Realme 4 Pro in India, is all set to give a remarkable competition to Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor.
Design and Display:
The phone weighing 191 grams, is sort of heavy but sturdy, giving the feel of an expensive phone. The back gives the illusion of having a premium glossy glass back design but actually is only plastic. The look of the phone is quite similar to the Realme 3 Pro, but it does have some obvious differences.
Both the camera and the logo are in the middle in Realme X as opposed to the positioning of the same towards the side of the Realme 3 Pro. The display is also larger with 6.53 inches as opposed to 6.3 inches of Realme 3 Pro and it is thicker and heavier, which makes it more appropriate for gaming.
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The company has also experimented with the advanced technology of in screen fingerprint sensor for the first time. The dimension of the phone is 76 X 161.2 X 9.4 mm and features a high resolution of 1080 X 2340 PX. The phone comes in two color schemes: Steam white and Punk blue.
Operating System and Performance:
The Realme X runs Color OS 6 over Android Pie, similar to Realme 3 and 3 Pro. The overall color scheme is light with soft accents and gradients, but some of the screens are dark, like the fingerprint enrollment screen. Now darker themes definitely have certain advantages over lighter ones in an OLED display.
The basic tools and apps come pre-installed, like Phone Manager, Photos, Music Player and File Manager. An app called Game Space is installed which helps you to choose which apps should be allowed to send you notifications specifically while you’re playing games, to avoid being interrupted while playing, which again shows its efficacy as a gaming phone.
The fingerprint sensor isn’t always activated, like in usual rear fingerprint sensors, but gets activated when you pick the phone up or press a button, depending upon the setting. Face unlock can be set in along with or instead of a fingerprint. The drop-down shade has a new design with notifications, toggles and brightness scrubber. The task switcher resembles that of Apple’s.
The Realme X version released in China has the same core hardware as the Realme 3 Pro which is the Snapdragon 710 processor. However, it was announced in a recent tweet that the Realme X will be launched in India equipped with a Snapdragon 730 processor and even though the prospects seem promising, how it fairs against the other phones with 730 processors is yet to be revealed.
The phone has a rear camera of 48 megapixels with a 5 M sidekick which is a massive up gradation from the 16 MP + 5 MP primary camera of Realme Pro 3. The camera uses the Sony IMX586 sensor and is paired with an f/1.7 aperture 26mm-equivalent lens. However, this setup lacks OIS.
The camera app offers sophisticated features, including AI scene recognition. A small icon pops up on the screen once a scene is recognized. It has three modes: Portrait, Photo, and Video. These modes can be interchanged through swiping. There is a Chroma Boost at the opposite end of viewfinder along with HDR mode, which is meant to provide improved dynamic range and better color saturation.
The app has a number of more shooting modes to offer: Pano, Expert, Time-lapse, Slow-mo, and Nightscape. Due to the absence of the telephoto lens, the 2X zoom toggle is only able to do a simple digital zoom.
The photos can be clicked in a variety of resolutions by changing the settings. The daylight shots look vivid and colorful with high contrast and satisfactory dynamic range, even though sometimes the intricate details get lost in certain pictures of predominantly high contrast. The photos were taken with Chroma boost mode, however, appear to be way too vigorously saturated. The best photos are generated with the AI on, HDR on auto and Chroma Boost off.
The front cam is 16 MP with f/2.0 aperture lens. The app features typical Chinese beautification options like skin smoothening, eye enlargement, etc. It works well in well-lit conditions but the sharpness and clarity of the selfies reduce greatly with the dimming of the light.
The RealmeX is powered by a 3,765 mAh battery. It is slightly smaller than that of Realme 3 Pro but the OLED display makes it more power efficient. However, while calling or browsing the internet, the 3 Pro lasts longer, and while playing games, the Realme X lasts longer, even though the differences are not too substantial.
Other than that it has VOOC fast charging and20W adaptor. The time taken to charge a fully depleted battery is 1:18h and reaches 50% within only 30 minutes.
Verdict: Should you buy it?
The Realme X is yet to be launched globally, with some modifications, like the processor. With the Realme X version of China, it is fair to say that the phone is a pretty decent choice at this price range, with a good display, battery life, and decent cameras. The phone could be especially favorable to the gamers as no phone in this price range can seem to beat its gaming performance.
However other phones in the market do give it a tough competition when it comes to other features. Like, if you want to go for the camera, vivo V15 Pro could easily beat it.
Xiomi Redmi Note 7 Pro in the similar price range has expandable memory up to 256 GB and bigger battery than the Realme X, with similar camera qualities due to which it could be a more favorable choice for the regular buyers, who don’t put any extra emphasis on gaming.
- Notchless Design
- Popup selfie camera
- OLED display
- VOOC fast charging
- Snadragon 710 processor
- Camera Quality
- Absence of microSD
- No ultra wide camera