Read This Before You Buy Realme XT: Everything About Realme XT (India Unit)

Are you planning to buy Realme XT? Should you wait for Redmi Note 8 Pro instead? Here’s a complete breakdown of the Indian unit of Realme XT decoding the main features and functions. Read this before you plan to buy Realme XT, and know whether should you buy XT or wait for the Redmi Note 8 Pro to arrive and make a final decision.

Read This Before You Buy Realme XT: Everything About Realme XT (India Unit)

Realme XT is the world’s first 64MP camera smartphone to be launched in India. 

Redmi Note 8 series is launching in November. So should you wait till November or order Realme XT now? While they complement each other in many ways, there are departments where they differ completely. Here’s our in-depth Realme XT review (Indian unit) decoding every feature and detail.

Design & Build: Good Enough?

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.

In terms of looks and build quality, Realme XT does a good job here. In all, it’s good and feels good to be used. The overall ergonomics are perfect, the built makes it easy to hold. The smartphone is comparatively large, and is not apt for one-hand use.

Display: Thin Chin, Water Drop Notch & AMOLED Panel

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 Realme flagship comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Realme XT features a 6.4-inch full-screen AMOLED display with a notch. The display is quite vibrant with minimal bezels on the sides with a little chin down under and an in-display optical fingerprint scanner.

The chin is quite thin compared to some of the other bezel-less smartphones. Plus you have the advantage of an AMOLED display to help you with the best of darks.

Hardware & Storage: Snapdragon 712 Plays It Right? 

Realme XT is powered by the quite-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chipset. 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 three different models to choose from with upto 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Realme XT will be offered with 4GB, 6GB and 8GB of RAM along with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage.

As a plus, Realme XT will come with a dedicated triple card slot that can support two nano SIM cards and a microSD card, unlike the Realme X.

Software: ColorOS 6 Does It Fine?

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.

Many have complained about the heavy UI and are wanting a new OS for Realme smartphones, and they are listening to you. 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 launch event of XT, so we will have to wait further to know about the actual developments.

64MP Powered Quad Rear Camera: The Icing On The Cake?

Realme XT features a rear four camera system. Realme XT is the first 64MP quad camera phone in the country, and it’s in the news everywhere for the 64MP camera and obviously the affordable pricing. As the newly launched Realme 5 series, Realme XT comes with a rear quad camera system, powered by the much-awaited 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.

Going straight to 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.

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. 

Up front, Realme XT has the same 16-megapixel selfie camera as Realme X with HDR and AI beautification features.

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 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.

Battery: Big & Fast, But Capable Enough? 

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, 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 & Availability: Winning It All?

Realme XT is is going to be a part of the Realme X-series with premium mid-range features. The company has again dropped in a big budget superhouse at an affordable pricing. The company did a great job in pricing Realme XT in India, and they seemed to have hit the right chords just before the festive season.

You can the latest 64MP camera technology, a four camera system, an AMOLED display, in-display fingerprint sensor, good mid-range Snapdragon chip, glass body, all this starting at just Rs 15,999.

Realme XT in India starts at Rs 15,999 for the base model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The mid-end model with 6GB RAM with 64GB will be sold at Rs 16,999. Finally, the last model comes with the highest RAM and storage, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage at Rs 18,999.

The first sale of the Realme XT will happen on September 16 via Flipkart and Realme.com.

Realme XT Verdict: Should You Buy? 

Hell yes. It’s a damn good smartphone for the given price. It will directly challenge some of the higher priced flagships as Redmi K20 and also the upcoming Redmi Note 8 Pro, which also features the same 64MP powered quad camera system. To be plainly honest, Realme XT does offer some excellent features on-board, and the pricing hits the bull’s eye.

You can the latest 64MP camera technology, a four camera system, an AMOLED display, in-display fingerprint sensor, good mid-range Snapdragon chip, glass body, all this starting at just Rs 15,999.

While Xiaomi is yet to drop Redmi Note 8 Pro, the Note 8 series pricing may throw the competition to a different level altogether. It’s going to be a blockbuster as well, and it will directly take on XT in the same price range with some better features and specs.

The 64MP powered quad camera system is going to be Realme XT’s biggest USP, and it certainly does make a good option 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. 

Realme XT ticks all the boxes right. It packs in a solid performance backed by a really good midrange processor, bigger and good looking display, the brand new quad camera technology powered by the 64MP sensor, larger battery and 20W fast charging support, all starting at just Rs 15,999. 

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