Realme X shows how Xiaomi’s fiercest rival in India has grown up

The Realme X has a pop-up selfie camera

Realme has been one brand which has managed to get under Xiaomi’s skin with its brand of blitz marketing, tongue and cheek scrappiness and some really solid products which have held their own against the Redmi brand of devices. Its latest phone, the Realme X, has managed to iteratively improve and finally release a product which doesn’t only hold its own on the bedrock of features, marketing, affordability but also design. It is easily Realme’s most polished phone and sure does come with an X-factor which makes it one of the best smartphones for less than Rs 20,000 in India. 

What’s warped 

  • What sticks out immediately about the Realme X is its classy design. Of all the phones that are currently in the market, especially at that sub Rs 20,000 price point it boasts the most elegant design with a curved back, polished metal railings like the iPhone and soothing white colour to whacky garlic and onion themed matte finishes. There is a Spider-Man limited edition for MCU fanatics. 
  • The Realme X will be one of the most powerful phones in the market with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and up to 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. In day to day use, this phone feels very fast and even gaming is delightful with games like PUBG running smoothly on it. 
  • Perhaps, the biggest strength of the Realme X is its cameras. The back has a Sony IMX 586 48-megapixel camera paired with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. Yes, this is the same camera system that’s there on the OnePlus 7, but it works better than it. It is all in the tuning and Realme nails it, especially with a killer night mode. 
  • Even the front camera is a brute. Firstly, it’s got swag as it’s of the pop-up kind rising from the middle of the top of the phone. Secondly, it actually takes damn good selfies which isn’t surprising as it comes from Realme with tons of headroom as it has a 16-megapixel resolution. So, ya, basically, you’re getting the OnePlus 7 cameras which work better than the 2019 flagship killer. 
  • Battery life is a peach on this phone with the 3,765mAh juice pack managing to deliver almost 36 hours of battery life coupled with the 20W VooC charger which makes sure everything gets up and running within 1.5 hours. 
  • This is the first Realme phone with an OLED screen which is typified by vivid colours. Things are made even more immersive with the edge-to-edge nature of the screen offering a 91.2% screen to body ratio. It is the only phone currently sold in the price segment with such a display but will be soon joined by the Xiaomi Redmi K20. 

What’s not 

  • While the Realme X has a Super AMOLED screen, it is not the most vivid OLED panel I’ve used. This means it feels more like an LCD screen, though a nice LCD, but not the best screen in its class. The Samsung Galaxy M40 probably is currently the phone with the best display. 
  • Realme’s software has come a long way with Colour OS 6, but it is still a visual eyesore and not the nicest. Its user interface also gets cluttered by a litany of bloatware and the themes aren’t as good as the ones you get on Xiaomi’s Mi Store. 
  • Perhaps the biggest problem that the Realme X faces is competition with Xiaomi’s K20 landing on the same day as it with it coming armed with a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor and a triple camera system on the back. 

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