Realme was on the phone in 2019 and we couldn't be happier. This company is one of the few that has enough backing to compete with Xiaomi, and as long as the two try to outdo each other, buyers get better and better products. The brand new Realme X2 seems to be aimed directly at the Redmi Note 8 Pro. 16,999. Its main features are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor used and the support for exceptionally fast charging. We managed to spend some time on a pre-release version of the Realme X2, and here are our first impressions.
First of all, we have to deal with the fact that the name and positioning of the Realme X2 are a little confusing. This device appears to be a successor to the popular Realme X (Review) and a cheaper counterpart to the recently launched Realme X2 Pro (Review). None of this is absolutely correct, as this new model is pretty much a minor update compared to the Realme XT (review), similar to how the Realme XT was a minor update compared to the Realme 5 Pro (review). Oh, and the Realme X2 is the same phone known as Realme XT 730G in some other markets.
We say this model is a small upgrade over the Realme XT as there are some updated specs and features – namely the processor, primary rear view camera and quick charge – but there are also some regressions. The first thing we noticed is that there is a drop of water for the selfie camera rather than a popup module. This was one of the main features of the Realme X and distinguished it in the Sub-Rs. 20,000 price range.
The unit we have with us is the new pearl green color option that is sure to be eye-catching and unique. The back is shiny polished, and stripes in slightly different shades become visible when you tilt and move the phone. The green here is a very rich, deep emerald tone and is balanced by a slightly lighter green on the frame that runs around the sides. The other color options are Pearl Blue and Pearl White, which are equally shiny.
The back is made of Gorilla Glass 5 and is slightly curved on the sides of the phone, which ensures a comfortable grip. The camera module on the back protrudes a little, causing the phone on the back to get a little out of balance.
The edges of the screen, including the chin, are quite narrow and make for an impressive experience. Realme ships this phone with the screen protector already attached, but we don't know what kind of reinforcement the display glass itself has.
The on / off switch is on the right and the volume buttons are on the left. They are all fairly low and can be easily reached with just one hand. On the bottom there is a USB Type-C port, a 3.5 mm audio jack and a speaker. At the top left is a compartment with slots for two nano SIMs and a microSD card.
As for the technical data, the Snapdragon 730G SoC is a variant of the more general Snapdragon 730 with increased graphics performance. According to Qualcomm, you can expect up to 15 percent better gaming performance with the integrated Adreno 618 GPU, which should definitely appeal to the large (and growing) audience of mobile games in India.
The Realme X2 will be available in three versions: 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of storage for Rs. 16,999; 6 GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage for Rs. 18,999; and 8 GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage for a price of Rs. 19,999.
Realme has developed a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD resolution of 1080 x 2340 and an integrated fingerprint scanner. The battery capacity is 4000 mAh and, according to Realme, can be charged to 67 percent in 30 minutes. You get a VOOC 4.0 30W charger in the box, which is great. Not surprisingly, it looks pretty much like the sister charger OnePlus' powerful chargers.
The main camera on the back offers a resolution of 64 megapixels thanks to the Samsung GW1 sensor and an aperture of 1: 1.8. There is also an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. You can record videos at up to 4K at 30 frames per second. Realme also has a new Nightscape 2.0 mode that can improve detail, brightness and dynamic range when shooting in low light. The front camera has a resolution of 32 megapixels.
In our brief experience with this phone, the screen looked pretty sharp and vivid, with rich colors and great viewing angles. The ColorOS 6.1 user interface was simple enough to get around, and the responsiveness of the system was not a problem at all. We will soon be running detailed tests that give us a better overview of the daily performance of this phone, as well as the display quality, battery life and more.
Does it seem like the new Realme X2 can beat the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Review)? Look forward to Gadgets 360, we have all this information and much more in our full review, which will be available soon.
Is Realme X2 better than Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi K20? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just click the play button below.