- Realme X is also confirmed to reach the Indian market.
- Realme X's biggest draw is arguably the display.
- Realme X is one of the cheapest phones to get a motorised camera mechanism.
The Realme X is the company's most loaded flagship phone yet. It takes a lot of what makes the Realme 3 Pro so great and adds a few more interesting features that makes it look like a phone that belongs in 2019. Some popular features this year includes pop-up camera, 48MP camera, notchless display and gradient design, among other things. The Realme X brings together all these elements at a pretty competitive price point, making it a fantastic debit phone for the company in China.
The Realme X is also confirmed to reach the Indian market and there should be a lot of excitement for this device in the country as well. The Realme 3 Pro has already received a lot of positive responses from consumers and reviewers alike. It is largely considered one of the best phones you can get right now under Rs 15,000. Could the Realme X, then, potentially be the one to beat under Rs 20,000? Here's a look at some key features of the Realme X that you should watch out for.
Notchless AMOLED display
The Realme X's biggest draw is arguably the display. It's 6.5 inches big with negligible bezels on the top and sides and a pretty thin chin. There's no notch or hole-punch on the display to distract you. The resolution is FHD+ and the AMOLED panel is from Samsung. All of this essentially means the Realme X is the company's most wholesome display yet, offering a bright and vivid panel that is quite attractive for watching videos and playing games.
A bonus feature that comes with an AMOLED display is that the company was able to add an in-display fingerprint sensor as well. Granted it won't be as fast as a tradition physical sensor, but if you wanted a 2019 phone, you've got it with the Realme X.
Another buzzword this year that the Realme X ticks off is the 48MP camera. The phone gets a Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.7 aperture. A lot of popular phones this year are coming out with 48MP cameras like the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the OnePlus 7 Pro. The Realme X getting a similar sensor allows it to comepete against these devices with the possibility of offering similar high quality photos.
But a 48MP camera isn't the only things that makes the Realme X exciting. The camera is backed by modes like Nightscape that lets you capture clear and impressive low-light shots. There's Chroma Boost that can make photos look rich and vivid by boosting saturation, turning what could be a pale picture to something you would want to share on your social media account.
Pop-up selfie camera
Again, not a new feature but the Realme X is one of the cheapest phones to get a motorised camera mechanism. Realme is the latest brand under BBK to bring a pop-up camera which only makes sense as the company utilises Oppo's technology. The pop-up camera is placed at the top center as Realme believes it's the best position for capturing selfies.
The pop-up camera rises in about 0.7 seconds and can retract automatically when detecting fall, which is something OnePlus boasts about as well with the OnePlus 7 Pro. It's clear that more than the selfie camera, the Realme X is about offering flagship-like features at affordable prices. If the Realme X launches in India at around Rs 15,000, it will very well be one of the most affordable phones with a pop-up camera, and if the 16MP selfie camera works well enough, that would be a bonus.
A phone can have a great battery life or a decent one. If it's a decent one, then one tends to appreciate fast charging even more. Like the Realme 3 Pro, the Realme X comes with VOOC 3.0 fast charging support that should charge the 3,765mAh battery in about 80 minutes or so.
I've been using the Realme X for a couple of days and the battery life has been decent, lasting a full day despite heavy camera usage. I'll need more time with the device to understand how the battery holds up under differently workloads, but I can vouch for the fast charging tech inside and it is easily a feature consumers would appreciate in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment.
Snapdragon 710 SoC
The Realme X is the second phone in a month to come with a Snapdragon 710 chipset. The Realme 3 Pro was launched with this processor and it's easily one of the better mid-range chipsets out there. The 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 processor that powers the Realme X is a smooth performer that should be able to handle day-to-day usage with ease. It's too early to tell how well the chipset and Android Pie software have been optimised for the Realme X, but our initial impressions have been positive.
The Snapdragon 710 is notably an impressive processor for gaming. We tested the Realme 3 Pro and ran games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 at high graphics and found the performance to be smooth and largely lag-free.
The Realme X looks like a jazzed up version of the Realme 3 Pro. If priced well, the Realme X should get a lot of attention from consumers in India. Whether or not the Realme X makes more sense compared to the Realme 3 Pro will largely depend on how the company justifies additional features like the 48MP sensor, pop-up camera and AMOLED display.
Disclaimer: The reporter's travel and stay in Beijing have been arranged by Realme.