Xiaomi really wants to beat Realme in its own game. Part of this strategy is to bring out many phones and variants with overlapping price ranges to offer potential buyers a wide choice. Realme is aimed at young, tech-savvy buyers who may replace their phones twice a year so they don't shy away from bringing updated models to the market every few months. The company now wants to grapple with Xiaomi again by announcing a smartphone with a 64 megapixel camera as the first company in the world. We have this phone, the Realme XT, with us today for a quick overview.
After the product launches of Realme X (Review), Realme 5 (Review) and Realme 5 Pro (Review), we now have a new family member, the Realme XT. Although this model has a 64-megapixel camera that can boast, it's not on top of the Realme X. Instead, it shares many features and design elements with the cheaper Realme 5 family.
Realme has not yet announced pricing for the Realme XT, but we can assume that this model can be used between the Realme 5 Pro and the Realme X offering, but it has some improvements over the lower end.
In terms of appearance, this phone is almost identical to the Realme 5 Pro. It has roughly the same proportions and a front with a water drop notch and the same protruding vertical camera module on the back. However, with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back and a built-in fingerprint sensor instead of a standard fingerprint sensor, the Realme XT improves performance a bit.
Realme has a shiny, iridescent effect on the back wall and no geometric pattern. The Realme XT will be available in pearl white and pearl blue, both of which are extremely reflective and lightly smeared. You will see multicolored reflections when you tilt this phone in your hands under the light.
In terms of size and weight, the Realme XT is easy to use. If you want, there is a smoky, translucent sleeve in the box for extra grip. The screen is a 6.4-inch Full HD + Super AMOLED panel that looked bright and clear enough for us in our limited time with the device.
We know that the Realme XT uses the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor as the Realme 5 Pro and that it will also be available in the same three RAM and memory configurations: 4 GB RAM with 64 GB or memory; 6 GB RAM with 64 GB storage; and 8 GB RAM with 128 GB storage. Fast charging with VOOC 3.0 is the second highlight of this phone after the camera. The battery capacity is 4000mAh.
Although we do not yet know the actual prices, we can assume that the price differences between the variants will roughly correspond to the price of the Realme 5 Pro. With this strategy, buyers can choose between variants of different models at many prices. For example, you could choose a lower processor phone but get a lot more storage space, or you could prioritize appearance and convenience instead.
Back to the Realme XT itself, we have a USB Type-C port on the bottom as well as a 3.5 mm audio jack and a speaker. On the left above the volume buttons is a compartment with three slots for two nano SIM cards and a microSD card. The on / off switch is on the right and has a small highlight for the design. Only the secondary microphone is on the top.
On our example unit, ColorOS 6.0.1 was run on Android 9 with the security patch from July 2019. We hope that this will be updated before the final launch. Interestingly, Realme would not commit to a schedule to update its phones to Android 10 if asked, and would only point out that it would take a lot of work. Given the frequency with which this company expects users to only buy new phones, we will keep this in mind.
We noticed an "Ultra 64 MP" mode in the camera mode menu and were able to take some pictures. The level of detail that can be achieved when enlarging a 64 megapixel photo is really impressive. However, we will save our opinion on photo quality for our final review, taking into account that the camera software will also be updated until then.
The main camera has an aperture of 1: 1.8 and electronic stabilization. The other three cameras are exactly what you get with the Realme 5 Pro – an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There is also a 16 megapixel front camera.
Overall, we have a strong feeling that, despite its name and positioning, this phone is essentially a "Realme 5 Pro Pro". Realme risks confusion between all of its models and variants, but the customer has a huge choice. It should be very interesting to see how the competition between this phone and Xiaomi's leaked Redmi Note 8 Pro will develop.
Note that this is only a preliminary overview of the Realme XT. The company has not yet announced when it will actually launch this phone, and we don't know what might change by then. In our detailed test you will learn a lot more about the performance, the build quality, the screen, the battery and of course the price-performance ratio of this cell phone. So stay tuned to Gadgets 360.