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Realme X First impressions: Does it have an X-factor ?

By: Rohan Pal, The Mobile Indian, New DelhiLast updated July 15, 2019 1:29 pm

Realme X First impressions: Does it have an X-factor ?

We got the chance to spend some time with the device and here are our first impressions.
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Realme has today introduced its latest smartphone, the Realme X, in India. The device comes with a price tag of Rs 17,999 for the 4GB RAM + 128GB storage optione, while the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage option is priced at Rs 19,999 and it will be available for purchase from Flipkart strong from July 24, 2019. 

 

The latest smartphone from Realme comes loaded with a host of exciting features. To start with, the company has added a pop-up selfie camera along with some premium design language and up to the mark hardware. We did spend some time with the device and here are our first impressions. 

 

Design and display

 

Realme X

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Realme X comes with an attractive design language. The phone is available in two colour option, White and Blue. We got the white colour option for the review and it sure looks premium. The back panel comes with a gradient finish and you get S-shaped pattern when light falls on it. The edges are chrome-plated that adds some brownie points to the device. 

 

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The display comes without a notch, all thanks to the pop-up front camera. The right side of the device features power on/off button along with a dual-SIM slot, while the left features volume controls. The base is loaded with a USB Type-C port flanked between speaker grille and 3.5mm audio jack. The rear panel features a dual-camera setup along with an LED flash and there is Realme logo at the base. Overall, the phone does give a premium look, but it is still prone to smudges. 

 

Realme X

 

Coming to the display, the smartphone has a 6.53-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The images look crisp and the colours are punchy with decent viewing angles. The display comes with a 450nits brightness that makes checking Display in outdoor conditions a smooth affair.

 

Hardware and Software

 

On the hardware front, the Realme X has an octa-core  Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor along with Adreno 616 GPU. The phone is available in three different memory options: 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM, 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM and 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM. The memory can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card slot. 

 

Realme X

 

The smartphone is a first from Realme to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. Setting it up is quite easy and we found out that it is pretty fast as well. Just like other Oppo smartphones, you can change the animation of the fingerprint sensor. The phone is loaded with a face unlock feature, which is fast as well.

 

Coming to the software part, the Realme X runs on Android 9.0 Pie with the company's custom UI ColorOS 6.0 running on top of it. The user interface is smooth and the app drawer support is a welcome change. The user interface comes with Smart Assistant, which provides different shortcuts and information. However, we also felt that the user interface comes with a noticeable amount of bloatware. 

 

Camera

 

Realme X

 

Realme X is also the first smartphone from Realme to come with a 48MP rear camera. The primary lens comes with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.7 aperture along with a 5-megapixel secondary shooter with f/2.4 aperture. For the front, there is a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calling. The Camera user interface is quite similar to what we have seen in other Oppo and Realme smartphones. You get some standard modes like Portrait, Photo, Video, Nightscape, Pano, Expert, Time-lapse and Slo-Mo. 

 

In our initial testing, we found out that the camera does a decent job when it comes to daylight conditions and the macro shots came out to be good as well. In low light conditions, the phone does shimmer a bit. Coming to selfies, the photos in broad daylight come out to be decent and low light selfies were passable. 

 

Battery and Connectivity

 

Realme X

 

On the battery front, the Realme X is loaded with a 3765mAh battery and the company has added VOOC 3.0 flash charge technology. The battery should ideally last one day of normal usage, while the flash charge technology should be able to charge the phone quickly. On the connectivity front, the phone supports 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, GLONASS, dual-SIM and USB Type-C port.

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Verdict

Realme X is a premium-looking smartphone that comes with a sleek design language along with an immersive screen. The display looks Crisp and the hardware is in sync with the latest trend. The camera is one department that needs more testing and the user interface has its own sets of pros and cons. As for the competition is concerned, it will face tough competition from upcoming Redmi K20.

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