Realme is expanding its smartphone family with a new “expert member” called Realme XT. The main highlight of the Realme XT is the 64 megapixel sensor, a big step up from the 48 megapixel sensors we've seen recently. The name "XT" suggests that this phone is a successor or at least part of the Realme X product line, but it is more of a pimped version of the Realme 5 Pro. The Realme XT is located between the Realme 5 Pro and the Realme X, which compensates for price differences between these two models.
As far as competition is concerned, there is none at the moment when you look at the phone's main selling point. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, another 64 megapixel camera phone, is not yet available in India. This gives the Realme XT a free hand in its price segment and a mature opportunity for Realme to make the most of it until the real competition comes in. So, is this 64 megapixel camera all it has to offer? It's time to put the Realme XT to the test and find out.
Realme XT design
First, let's talk a little bit about the design. Realme had sent us the Pearl Blue version in August, but that was a preview device. We now have the last sales unit in Pearl White and not much has changed since our first impressions of the XT. On the surface, the Realme XT is similar to the Realme 5 Pro (review) with some major differences. On the back, the diamond pattern is divided into multi-colored stripes that become visible when the light is reflected at certain angles.
The second major change is the use of Gorilla Glass 5 for the back wall instead of polycarbonate, which is not easily scratched. The white finish looks really good and does a good job of hiding fingerprints. The body is still made of polycarbonate, but the silver paint gives it the look of aluminum.
The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Full HD + display of the Realme XT also features Gorilla Glass 5 for protection with a built-in fingerprint sensor that can be authenticated quickly and has not been misinterpreted when used. The phone has a dewdrop notch on the top that houses the 16 megapixel selfie camera. This is also used for unlocking faces, which, like previous offers, works very well during the day and at night. However, since there is no infrared camera, authentication fails when you put on sunglasses.
The buttons on the Realme XT are ergonomically arranged. On the left is a triple slot for two nano SIM cards and a microSD card. The USB Type-C port and a headphone jack are located on the bottom, which also contains a Dolby Atmos-compatible speaker.
The camera layout on the back is identical to that of the Realme 5 series, with the exception of the main sensor, which has been replaced with the new 64 megapixel sensor. There is also & # 39; AI Camera & # 39; text with symbols of four lenses engraved near the LED flash. The camera module protrudes quite a bit, but luckily you get a case in the box that helps to level out the bumps. Also included are a Type-C cable, a 20 W VOOC 3.0 quick charger, a SIM eject tool and manuals.
Overall, the Realme XT feels first-class, is comfortable to wear and not very heavy at 183 g.
Realme XT specifications and software
The Realme XT is powered by the Snapdragon 712 SoC and is available in three RAM and memory configurations – 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of memory (Rs. 15,999). 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage (16,999 rupees); and 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage (case 18,999), this is the version we have. The flash memory used is UFS 2.1. The Realme XT also features dual-band WiFi according to 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, dual 4G VoLTE, GPS, FM radio and the usual sensors.
The phone runs on ColorOS 6.0.1, based on Android 9 Pie with the security patch from July 2019. Nothing has changed in the Android experience itself since we tested Realme 5 (Review) and Realme 5 Pro (Review). The new version of the skin looks cleaner and you still get a variety of pre-installed apps. Most third parties like Facebook, UC Browser and others can be uninstalled.
The display menu also contains the so-called "OSIE vision effect", which apparently represents a visual improvement when displaying objects such as photos. However, this didn't seem to work with any of the apps we tested.
We also found no ads or unwanted notifications from the stock apps. Realme's app store tends to send notifications by push. However, you can deactivate this in the settings menu of the app. In our Realme 5 Pro test, we described all functions and adjustments in detail.
Google's digital wellbeing is still missing, but Realme tells Gadgets360 that this will be transferred to the Realme XT (and possibly other phones) via a future OTA update. At the kick-off event, Realme also spoke about other upcoming features such as a system-wide dark mode and the ability to change the font style.
Real XT performance and battery life
The daily experience of the Realme XT is not much different from that of the Realme 5 Pro (review), and that's a good thing. The phone is a bit too big for one-handed use, but you can activate one-handed mode for more convenience. The display is bright, legible when the sun is shining and the colors are punchy. The pre-installed screen protector is useful, but the edges don't line up with the side of the screen, so it rubs lightly on your fingers when you gesture. This is annoying.
We used the 8 GB RAM version of the Realme XT, on which Android ran without any problems. Multitasking was quick and the loading times of the apps were quick. Heavy games went well too. PUBG Mobile ran by default with the default setting "High" and the gameplay was smooth. The back of the phone got a little warm after a long gameplay, but not too hot. Battery discharge was also acceptable as we noticed a decrease in battery charge level of approximately five percent after a full 30-minute game.
The benchmark numbers were pretty good too. We have 7836 points in PCMark Work and 28,621 points in 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited. Thanks to Dolby Atmos, the sound from the lower speaker also got quite loud. The surround effect was not very noticeable, but did not sound thin and the music tracks contained a lot of audible details.
The Realme XT has a 4000 mAh battery, which did very well in our battery loop test with a runtime of 20 hours and 36 minutes. With the actual usage, we easily managed to spend a whole day with heavy usage and about a day and a half with medium to light usage. During our test period, we found that the phone can easily last a whole day even after a lot of camera use, game tests and benchmarks. Fast charging helps to charge the battery quickly. In half an hour we were able to charge 46 percent. 88 percent in an hour; It took about half an hour to fully charge the Realme XT.
Realme XT cameras
We now come to the main reason why you would choose this phone via the Realme 5 Pro (review) or even the Realme X (review) – this 64 megapixel sensor. This is the first phone in India to be equipped with the Samsung GW1 image sensor, which features a 1 / 1.72-inch sensor and 4-in-1 pixel binning, resulting in a resulting image 16 megapixels is saved. If necessary, you can also record with the full 64 megapixel resolution.
We expected some new additions to the Realme XT's camera app as this is Realme's “expert” camera phone, but unfortunately there are none. You still cannot record videos with the wide-angle camera. and there's no way to adjust the level of background blur in portrait mode. Good news is that, according to Realme, Nightscape will also be available for the selfie camera in a future update.
The 64 megapixel main sensor captures detailed, pixel-precise images. HDR works well, the colors are well saturated and the autofocus is fast. We occasionally noticed a slight drop in the frame rate in the viewfinder, which made the frame a bit difficult, but this wasn't a constant problem. Distant objects in landscapes look good, although they're a little too sharp. If you shoot at the full 64 megapixel resolution, you can zoom in very close to objects and resolve very good details.
Compared to images with pixel binn, the photos taken with Realme XT have a slightly cooler color tone in full resolution and the noise is somewhat lower in shadow areas, but the textures are also softer. In poor lighting conditions, the sensor detects good colors and the details are quite good. A slight grain is visible in shadow regions, but this is only noticeable when you zoom in completely.
When comparing 64-megapixel full images taken with the Realme XT with 48-megapixel camera phones, the former turns out to be a bit more edgy, because the additional resolution not only gives you a higher zoom factor, but also makes the details a little more readable are .
Close-ups have good details and there is a good dose of natural bokeh. The focus speed is fast and the built-in AI does a good job of identifying objects. In low light conditions, the focus speed is still high and the XT achieves good colors and details with hardly any visible noise. The camera app sometimes tends to add a little bit of color, which makes the scene or object look vivid and dramatic, but it's not always the most accurate representation.
The other cameras are the same as in Realme 5 Pro. You can capture interesting perspectives with the 8-megapixel wide-angle camera. Details are decent in daylight if you don't mind that the objects on the sides of the frame are slightly crooked, but the colors aren't too accurate. The 2-megapixel macro camera is also suitable for extreme close-ups. However, it is best if there is enough light.
The Realme XT also does a good job in portrait mode. The edge detection is excellent thanks to the special 2-megapixel depth sensor and the details are sharp. Nightscape is available, which also works for the wide-angle camera. The camera trims the frame a little to compensate for handshakes, but the end result is brighter images. Finer textures are somewhat suppressed when trying to reduce noise, which can make the surface of objects look a little flatter. As long as you don't crop the image too much, you should be fine.
The 16 megapixel front camera of the Realme XT does a decent job with selfies. Beauty mode is not too aggressive and HDR works well. Details are also pretty good. In low light conditions, the phone takes usable pictures with decent skin tones. The screen flash also works quite well. There's portrait mode here too, which is okay but not great. Just like the Realme 5 Pro, the videos are stabilized by the selfie camera.
The video recoding is again exceeded with 4K resolution and 30 frames per second, but without stabilization. The image quality is good, but the colors are slightly enhanced. In low light at 4K, some work still needs to be done, as a purple color can be seen in the lower left corner. You can record 1080p videos at 30 fps or 60 fps. The image quality is better because the colors are not raised too much and the stabilization works well in daylight. In low light conditions, electronic stabilization causes slight picture disturbances when you move. However, the picture is not too noisy.
The Realme XT is another solid addition to the company's smartphone range, and buyers in this segment now have an even wider choice. The choice between Realme XT, Realme 5 Pro (Review) and Realme X (Review) depends on what you're looking for in a smartphone, as you can't go wrong with any of them. The Realme 5 Pro and Realme XT are very similar in terms of specifications and features. If the budget allows it, we would rather recommend the Realme XT. With it you get the newer sensor with higher resolution and a glass bottom, which makes it feel a bit higher quality.
The top end version of the Realme XT, priced at Rs. 18,999, lies in the middle of the two versions of the Realme X. Between these two everything comes down to what you are looking for – style compared to cameras. If you absolutely hate display notches and want a high-end look, the Realme X makes sense. If you're looking for cameras, the versatile set of four Realme XT cameras is much more useful.
The Realme XT offers many features for the price. Still, it would have been nice to have a more feature-rich camera app, considering that the phone's main focus area and video take a bit of work in low light at 4K. Otherwise there is not much to complain about. Now it's Xiaomi's turn to show us what the Redmi Note 8 Pro is all about, which should make things a lot more interesting.