Realme X Review

Realme X Review

Realme X price in India starts at Rs. 16,999, but we have the 8GB RAM variant (Rs. 19,999) in for review

Highlights
  • The Realme X is powered by a Snapdragon 710 and has up to 8GB of RAM
  • Other than the slightly large size, it scores well in all other areas
  • The 8GB version of the Realme X is priced at Rs. 19,999
Jump To

  • Realme X design
  • Realme X specifications and software
  • Realme X performance and battery life
  • Realme X cameras
  • Verdict

Realme introduced a new premium ‘X’ model back in May, as its first proper flagship in the Chinese market. With the Realme X, the company has tried to incorporate many flagship-level features while still hitting that sub-Rs. 20,000 price segment, in which it currently has some pretty popular phones, such as the Realme 3 Pro (Review). The Realme X is now in India, and while it might lack a true flagship-level processor, it tries to balance that out with a modern, notch-free design, pop-up selfie camera, and in-display fingerprint sensor — all at a very affordable price.

We currently have some really good options under Rs. 20,000 such as the Samsung Galaxy M40 ₹ 19,990 (Review), Redmi Note 7 Pro ₹ 14,500 (Review), and Vivo Z1 Pro (Review), so the Realme X has some tough competition. On paper, it seems as though Realme has covered its bases pretty well, and now it’s time to see if can deliver the kind of results we’re expecting in day-to-day usage.

Realme X design

The Realme X scores well in terms of design, and apart from the striking looks, it even feels premium. This phone is available in Polar White and Space Blue trims, of which we reviewed the former. The off-white finish complements the chrome-plated sides well. The phone is a little thick at 9.33mm, but it doesn’t feel too heavy, even at 191g.

Realme also launched the Realme X in special Onion and Garlic finishes in China, which will also be available to buy in India. There’s also a special Spider-Man: Far From Home edition which comes with a Spider-Man themed case, special theme, and a commemorative box.

Realme X front realme c1The Realme X has a large OLED display, which produces punchy and vivid colours

On the front of the Realme X, we have a large 6.53-inch, full-HD+ OLED display with Gorilla Glass 5. The bezels around the display are very slim, except for the slightly thick chin at the bottom. There’s no notch or hole, which means there’s no interruption to your content. The sides of the display aren’t curved, but overall, this phone resembles the OnePlus 7 Pro ₹ 48,999 (Review) quite a bit, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

Colours are vivid and punchy, and the brightness gets satisfyingly high which makes it easy to view content under any kind of light. Our review unit had a screen protector pre-applied, but its edges felt rough to us when interacting with the display, so we got rid of it.

The Realme X has an in-display optical fingerprint sensor from Goodix, which is fast at authenticating your finger, and we had a good success rate during our review period. You also get five different animations to choose from. There is face recognition too, using the centre-mounted pop-up selfie camera.

Realme says the pop-up mechanism on the Realme X has been tested to withstand around 200,000 cycles, so hopefully, you shouldn’t have any issues for as long as you own the phone. The material covering the front sensor is said to be sapphire glass, which is good for durability. There’s also a motion-triggered safety mechanism, which automatically retracts the camera module when the phone detects that it is falling.

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