Realme XT Full Review In 8 Points: Good Enough For Redmi Note 8 Pro?
Realme XT is here. Just within a couple of weeks of Realme 5 series release, the company is now ready with its next, the world’s first 64MP camera smartphone. We still don’t know who would win the race, but at least in India now it seems to be Realme.
The ex-Oppo sub-brand has already confirmed that they would be launching Realme XT in India in September.
Xiaomi India is yet to give us a date for the Note 8 series launch. Keeping all things apart, let’s see what you would get with the all-new Realme XT, the 64MP camera smartphone.
We got the Realme XT early and we tested it throughout to see if Realme is keeping up what it promised. We will be keeping it short, and discuss the whole Realme XT review in few points covering every aspect. Can it take on the upcoming Redmi Note 8 Pro?
Here’s our quick review on Realme XT decoding every feature and detail.
Design & Build: It’s Glass This Time
The Realme XT comes with a high-quality glass body, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It does feel premium. The glass sandwich built is backed by some of the striking gradient colour schemes. There’s no rear mounted fingerprint sensor. The colour mixes are stylish, and the smartphone feels very premium.
It’s glossy on the out. The company packs in a good-durable TPU case. Use it to stay away from fingerprints and smudges.
Design & Display: Better Hues & Splash Resistance
The company has used the same design as Realme X, and even the same display. Unlike Realme X with the pop-up sensor, Realme XT comes with a notch. The rear camera module sits on the left top without any physical fingerprint sensor. The mid-range flagship comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Realme XT features a 6.4-inch full-screen AMOLED display with a notch. The display js quite vibrant with minimal bezels on the sides with a little chin down under and an in-display optical fingerprint scanner. Plus, the AMOLED helps with the best of darks.
In terms of looks and build quality, Realme XT does a good average job here. In all, it’s good and feels good to be used. The overall ergonomics are perfect and the built with 3D curves make it easy to hold.
Hardware & Storage: Snapdragon 712 Okay?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chipset has been used for Realme XT. It’s the second Realme smartphone in the country to use the new Qualcomm chip after Realme 5 Pro. Based on an 10nm architecture, it couples with Adreno 616 GPU. Snapdragon 712 is almost 10 per cent faster than Snapdragon 710 chip.
It offers 45 per cent better graphical performance and 2 times better AI performance, helping the Realme smartphone deliver around 25 percent better overall performance.
In terms of daily performance, Realme XT can run almost all tasks and mid-end games without any hiccups. There won’t be any noticeable difference in daily use given the memory-heavy apps and social media.
It does a great job when it comes to extended gaming and extensive multitasking. There are different models to choose from with upto 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Realme XT will be offered in three models with 4GB, 6GB and 8GB of RAM along with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage.
Realme XT comes with a dedicated triple card slot that can support two nano SIM cards and a microSD card, unlike the Realme X.
Software: ColorOS 6
Realme XT runs on Android 9 Pie, but with Color OS 6 UI on top. The UI comes loaded with features and bloatware, and delivers a clean performance as any other non-stock device. There’s bloatware and customisations, but it isn’t bad.
The company has added a ton of features in their latest edition of the software, and it does look fresh and sorted.
The company is reportedly working on its own UI, RealmeOS.
It’s supposed to launch by the end of the year, and will be pushed to all the existing Realme smartphones via OTA updates. Though the company didn’t mention anything about RealmeOS at the Realme 5 series launch event, we need to wait to know further about the actual developments.
Quad Rear Camera Setup: How Does It Perform?
Realme XT features a rear four camera system. Realme XT is the first 64MP quad camera phone in the country. As the newly launched Realme 5 series, Realme XT comes with a rear quad camera system, powered by the 64MP camera sensor.
Realme XT has the 64MP Samsung camera sensor as its main lens with three additional sensors for different purposes: an ultra wide-angle sensor, a depth sensor and a 4cm macro sensor. The 64MP Samsung GW1 1/1.72? sensor can create shots 1.6 micron individual pixel size using image sensing technology via Tetracell to produce 16-megapixel images in low-light.
The Samsung’s 64MP GW1 sensor uses 4-in-1 pixel merging technology to merge four 0.8 micron pixels into a single 1.6-micron pixel to offer detailed images in low light conditions. It can shoot raw 64MP photos with the main sensor.
Starting with the setup, it features a 64-megapixel Samsung GW1 sensor, an 8-megapixel 119-degree ultra wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel macro lens and 2-megapixel depth sensor.
Up front, Realme XT has the same 16-megapixel selfie camera as Realme X with HDR and AI beautification as Realme X.
The selfies we took had a lot of details and it supports multiple shooting modes and filters to enhance selfies. The AI-powered modes do a good job in terms of capturing details. The colours were a bit overdone and slightly artificial, but in overall, the front camera does a good job, be it wide shots or low light shots.
The four camera setup has multiple sensors for multiple purposes.
Realme XT can take good detailed and sharp pictures in bright light with accurate colours. In poorly lit conditions, Realme XT manages to click decent photos with almost accurate details and colours. We are yet to test the camera in-depth, but the initial results are very impressive.
The dynamic range is good and it captures quite accurate details and produce good colours.
The HDR works fine, and the ultra-wide lens work fine. The macro lens and portrait sensor does their job decently.
The camera interface is quite minimal and it’s loaded with AI-powered modes to enhance the overall photography. AI works on both sides to adjust to the particular lighting and adjust the filters. In all, all thee three do good and make use of their respective lenses to take up some great shots.
Big Battery, 20W VOOC 3.0 Fast Charging Tech
Realme XT houses a slightly bigger 4,000mAh battery. Compared to Realme 5, it’s slightly smaller, but the smartphone supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging with a Type C powered 20W fast charger included in the box.
Realme XT can charge up the whole device under 80 minutes from 5 to 100 percent.
Coming to how it performs, the Realme XT can easily last more than a day on heavy usage, and even a day and a half on moderate use.
With continuous video playback, gaming and performing multi-tasking processes, the Realme smartphone can easily shoot up for a whole day without being charged. The company ships a fast 20W charger inside the box, so you won’t have to buy a fast charger separately.
Pricing: Under Rs 16,000?
Realme XT is expected to launch on September 4. The company has already sent the review units, and it may be just another week from now. The smartphone is going to be a part of the Realme X-series with premium mid-range features. As the current X model, Realme XT also features a notchless Super AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Realme X runs on Snapdragon 710 processor, and the new Realme XT is powered by the new Qualcomm chips as Snapdragon 712 chip.
If the smartphone drops in before Redmi Note 8 Pro, Realme XT would become the first smartphone to come with a 64MP quad camera setup using Samsung’s new 64MP GW1 sensor. Redmi Note 8 series will launch on August 29, and Note 8 Pro is said to sport the much talked-about 64MP camera sensor.
We still don’t know who would win the race, but at least in India now it seems to be Realme. The ex-Oppo sub-brand has already confirmed that they would be launching Realme XT in India in September, while Xiaomi India is yet to give us a date for the Note 8 series launch. The device may start somewhere around Rs 16,500.
Realme XT Verdict: Better Than Redmi K20?
Realme definitely have big aspirations with Realme XT, but the smartphone doesn’t seem to be much of an improvement over the current Realme X except for the 64MP powered quad camera. It will directly challenge Redmi K20 and the upcoming Redmi Note 8 Pro. While definitely the device has its own positives, but it first needs to fight against the likes of other budget bestsellers in the range.
To be honest, Realme XT does offer some excellent features on-board, and we expect the price to be very affordable as well.
The 64MP powered quad camera system is going to be Realme XT’s biggest USP, and it certainly does make a good choice considering some of the departments as performance, cameras, display and battery.
In all, Realme XT packs in a solid performance backed by a good processor, big display, a large battery and finally the four cameras for different occasions with the much talked-about 64MP Samsung lens backing it up.
If the company can bring in the new 64MP camera and quad camera smartphone technology at a budget price, Realme XT will have a heads up against the upcoming competition from Redmi Note 8 Pro and K20 mid-ranger, Redmi K20.
In all, Realme XT ticks all the boxes right. It packs in a solid performance backed by a really good processor, bigger display, the brand new quad camera technology powered by the 64MP sensor, larger battery and 20W fast charging support.