REALME XT Full Review
Realme is adding a new ‘expert’ member to its smartphone family, called Realme XT. The highlight of the Realme XT is its 64-megapixel sensor, which is a big step up from the 48-megapixel sensor we’ve been seeing of late. The name ‘XT’ will make you believe that this phone is the successor or at least part of the Realme X line, but it is a smoked-up version of Realme 5 Pro. Realme XT is located between Realme 5 Pro and Realme X, plugging in whatever price gaps exist between those two models.
As for the competition, there is no such thing at the moment, if you consider the main selling point of the phone. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, which is another 64-megapixel camera phone, is not yet launched in India. This gives Realme XT free reign in its price segment and gives a ripe opportunity for Realme until the real competition arrives. So, can a 64-megapixel camera hypnotize everything? It is time to test and find out Realme XT.
- Feeling Premium, Nice Construction
- Nice set of cameras
- Strong overall performance
- Good battery life, quick charging
- Camera app lacks some basic features
Realme XT Full Specifications
- Brand : Realme
- Model : xt
- Release date : 13 September 2019
- Launched in India : yes
- Body type : glass
- Dimension (mm) : 158.70 x 75.16 x 8.55
- Weight (g) : 183.00
- Battery Capacity (mAh) : 4000
- No removable battery
- Fast charging VOOC
- No wireless charging
- Colors : Pearl Blue, Pearl White
- Screen size (inch) : 6.40
- Touch screen : yes
- Resolution : 1080×2340 pixels
- Security Type : Gorilla Glass
- Aspect Ratio : 19.5: 9
- Processor : 2.3GHz octa-core
- Processor type : Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
- RAM : 8 GB
- Internal Storage : 128 GB
- Expandable storage : yes
- Expandable storage type : microSD
- expandable storage : up to 256 GB
- Back camera : 64-megapixel (f / 1.8, 0.8-micron) + 8-megapixel (f / 2.25, 1.12-micron) + 2-megapixel (f / 2.4, 1.75-micron) + 2- megapixel (f / 2.4, 1.75 -Micron))
- Rear auto focus : yes
- Rear flash : yes
- 16-megapixel front camera
- Operating System Android 9 Pie
- Wi-fi : yes
- Wi-Fi supported : 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
- GPS : Yes
- Bluetooth : Yes, V5.00
- USB OTG : Yes
- USB Type-C : Yes
- Headphones : 3.5 mm
- Fm : yes
- Sim number : 2
- Active 4G : yes on both sim cards
- Sim type : nano sim
- GSM / CDMA GSM
- 3G : yes
- 4G / LTE : Yes
- Supports 4G in India (Band 40) : Yes
- Sim type : nano sim
- GSM / CDMA GSM
- 3G : yes
- 4G / LTE : Yes
- Supports 4G in India (Band 40) : Yes
- face unlock : yes
- Fingerprint sensor : yes
- Compass / magnetometer : yes
- Presence detection sensor : yes
- accelerometer : yes
- Ambient Light Sensor : Yes
- Gyroscope : yes
Realme XT Design
First, let’s talk a little bit about design. Realme sent us the Pearl Blue version back in August but it was a preview device. We now have the last retail unit in Pearl White, and not much has changed since our first impressions of XT. On the surface, Realme XT is similar to Realme 5 Pro (Review), with some major differences. The back panel digs out a diamond pattern for multi-colored stripes, which is visible when the light reflects it at certain angles.
The other major change is the use of Gorilla Glass 5 for the back panel instead of polycarbonate, which does not scratch easily. The white finish looks really nice and does a good job of hiding fingerprints. The body is still made of polycarbonate, but the silver paint job gives it an aluminum look.
There is also a Gorilla Glass 5 for protection on Realme XT with an in-display fingerprint sensor with 6.4-inch Super AMOLED full-HD + display, which is quick in authentication and we don’t encounter any maliciousness during our use Had to do. The phone has a dewdrop notch at the top, which has a 16-megapixel selfie camera. It is also used for Face Unlock, which, like previous offerings, works very well in the day and at night. However, since there is no infrared camera, if you have sunglasses, the authentication will fail.
Realme XT’s buttons are ergonomically placed and we have a triple slot for two nano-SIM cards and a microSD card on the left side. The USB Type-C port and a headphone jack are at the bottom, along with a Dolby Atmos capable loud speaker.
The camera layout on the back is similar to the Realme 5 series, except for the main sensor, which is swapped for the new 64-megapixel. The LED flash also has some ‘AI camera’ text along with symbols for the four lenses engraved. The camera module is quite stretched outward, but thankfully you get a case in the box that also helps take out the bump. Apart from this, the box has a Type-C cable, a 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charger, SIM eject tool and manual.
Overall, the Realme XT feels premium, is comfortable to carry around and is not too heavy on the 183g.
Realme XT specifications and software
Realme XT is powered by Snapdragon 712 SoC and is available in three RAM and storage configurations – 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (Rs 15,999); 6GB RAM and 64GB storage (Rs 16,999); And there is 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage (Rs 18,999), which we have. The flash storage used is UFS 2.1. Realme XT also has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, dual 4G VoLTE, GPS, FM radio and a general suite of sensors.
The phone runs on ColorOS 6.0.1, based on Android 9 Pie with the July 2019 security patch. Until we reviewed Realme 5 (Review) and Realme 5 Pro (Review), nothing has changed for the Android experience. The new version of Skin gives a cleaner look and you still get a host of pre-installed apps. Most third-party ones such as Facebook, UC Browser and others can be uninstalled.
There is also a thing called ‘OSIE Vision Effect’ in the display menu, which looks like a visual enhancer from instructions when viewing things like photos. However, it does not work with any of the apps we have tried.
The Realme XT app runs ColorOS well on the Realme XTRealme XT and provides a lot of extra shortcuts and gestures.
We did not encounter any advertisements or unwanted notifications from stock apps. Realme’s App Store carries the notification forward but you can opt out of it from the Settings menu of the app. We have detailed all the features and customizations in our Realme 5 Pro review.
Google’s digital wellbeing is still absent, but Realme tells Gadgets 360 that it will be coming to Realme XT (and possibly other phones) via future OTA updates. At the launch event, Realme talked about other upcoming features such as system-wide dark mode and the ability to change the font style.
Realme XT performance and battery life
The daytime experience of Realme XT is not very different from that of Realme 5 Pro (review), and it is a good thing. The phone is slightly longer for one-handed use, but you can enable one-hand mode for more convenience. The display is bright, with good sunlight and the colors are punchy. The pre-applied screen guard is useful, but the edges don’t sit flush with the edge of the display, so it rubs against your fingers when making gestures, which is annoying.
We used the 8GB RAM version of Realme XT, which ran Android smoothly without any hiccups. Multitasking was fast and app loading time was quick. Heavy game also went well. PUBG Mobile ran by default on the ‘High’ preset and the gameplay was smooth. After extended gameplay, the back of the phone became slightly warmer but not too hot. Battery drain was quite acceptable, because even after a full 30-minute match, we saw a five percent drop in battery levels.
Benchmark numbers were very good. We got 7836 marks in PCMark Work and 28,621 in 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited. The audio from the bottom speaker was quite loud, thanks to Dolby Atmos. The surround effect was not very noticeable, but it did not sound and the music tracks had a good amount of audible detail.
Realme XT has a 4000mAh battery, which is very good in our battery loop test, lasting 20 hours and 36 minutes. With actual use, we easily managed to go a full day with heavy usage and almost a day and half to medium light usage. During our test period, we noticed that the phone would run smoothly for a full day even after a lot of camera usage, gaming testing and running benchmarks. Fast charging helps to drain the battery quickly. We were able to arrive at a 46 percent fee in half an hour; 88 percent in one hour; And Realme XT took about half an hour to fully charge.
Realme XT Camera
Now we come to the main reason that someone will take this phone above Realme 5 Pro (review) or even Realme X (review) – ie 64-megapixel sensor. It is the first phone in India to feature Samsung’s GW1 image sensor, which boasts a 1 / 1.72-inch sensor and 4-in-1 pixel binning, which delivers a 16-megapixel resulting image. You can also shoot at full 64-megapixel resolution if necessary.
We were expecting some new additions to the Realme XT’s camera app, noting that it is Realme’s ‘expert’ camera phone, but sadly no one is. You still cannot shoot video using a wide-angle camera; And there is no way to adjust the level of background blur in portrait mode. One good news is that according to Realme, Nightscape will also be available for selfie cameras in future updates.
The main 64-megapixel sensor captures wide, pixel-binned shots. HDR works well, has good saturation of colors and autofocus is quick. We noticed a slight decrease in the viewfinder several times, which made it a bit tricky, but it was not a consistent issue. Distant objects look good in the landscape, though sharpen slightly. Shooting at full 64-megapixel resolution allows you to zoom very close to objects and is capable of resolving very fine detail.
Compared to pixel-bound images, full-resolution images captured using Realme XT have a slightly cooler color tone and have slightly less noise in shadow areas, but the textures are also softer. In low light, the sensor captures good colors and details are quite good. A little grain appears in shadow areas but is only noticeable when you zoom all the way.
Compared to the full 64-megapixel images captured using Realme XT to bump a 48-megapixel camera phone, the former has a slight edge because not only do you zoom higher due to the extra resolution, but the details are also more appropriate. Huh. .
The close up has good detail and helps in natural bokeh. The speed of focusing is quick and the underlying AI does a good job in identifying objects. In low light, the focus speed remains quick and the XT manages good color and detail, with barely any visible noise. The camera app at times gives a slight boost to colors, which make the scene or object vivid and dramatic, but it is not always the most accurate representation.
The other cameras are the ones we have seen before in Realme 5 Pro. The 8-megapixel wide-angle camera lets you capture interesting views. The details are decent in daylight, if you don’t mind the slight skewness of the objects on the edges of the frame, but the colors are not very accurate. The 2-megapixel macro camera is also useful when shooting extreme close-ups, but is done with barely enough light.
Realme XT also works well when using portrait mode. Edge detection is excellent thanks to the 2-megapixel depth sensor and details are crisp. Nightscape exists, which also works for wide-angle cameras. The camera crops the frame slightly to compensate for the handshake but the end result is brighter images. Fine texture is slightly suppressed in an effort to reduce noise, which can make the surface of objects look a bit flat, but as long as you don’t cut the image too much, you should be fine.
The 16-megapixel front camera on Realme XT does a good job with selfie. The beauty mode is not very aggressive and HDR works well. The descriptions are also quite good. In low light, the phone captures usable images with decent skin tone. Screen flash also works decently. There is also portrait mode, which is fine but not great. Like the Realme 5 Pro, videos from the selfie camera are also static.
Video recoding at 4K resolution and 30fps topped, but once again, without stabilization. The image quality is good, but the colors are slightly enhanced. Low light video at 4K needs some work as a visible violet color appears in the bottom left corner. You can shoot 1080p video at both 30fps or 60fps. Image quality is better because colors are not promoted too much and stabilization works well in daylight. In low light, electronic stabilization causes some mild panic in the video when you move about it, but the image is not very noisy.
Realme XT Summary
Realme XT is the first phone in India with 64-megapixel sensor. It shares the same design as the Realme 5 Pro, but instead of a plastic back, it uses Gorilla Glass 5. The body feels premium and there are not many fingerprints left behind. It has a USB Type-C port, a triple slot for two nano-SIM cards, and a microSD card. The 6.4-inch display also offers Gorilla Glass 5 protection and the panel produces vibrant colors. Face unlock is additionally fast and then is that the in-display fingerprint detector.
The phone has Snapdragon 710 SoC and comes in 3 RAM and storage variants. The 8GB version we reviewed ran smoothly without any problems. The phone also runs on ColorOS 6.0.1 which is based on Android 9 Pie. The new skin has a cleaner layout for the menu and you still have the same set of shortcuts and gestures we’ve seen before.
The main attraction is the 64-megapixel camera, which captures wide landscapes and close-ups in most light conditions. You can shoot at full resolution, allowing you to zoom more than the entire 48-megapixel, while maintaining good detail. The 16-MP selfie camera works well underneath most lighting conditions. Video recording is also good but quality can be better in 4K resolution in low light.
Finally, the 4000mAh battery makes a good zone, which lasts all day on a single charge. It also has fast charging, which can quickly lift the battery in just one hour.
Realme XT is yet another solid choice for the company’s smartphone lineup and now, buyers have even more options in this segment. Choosing between Realme XT, Realme 5 Pro (review) and Realme X (review) really depends on what you are seeing in the smartphone as you cannot go wrong with any of them. Realme 5 Pro and Realme XT are very close in terms of specifications and features and between the two, we would be willing to recommend Realme XT if budget permits. With this, you get a new high resolution sensor and a glass back, making it feel a bit more premium.
The top-end version of Realme XT, priced at Rs. 18,999 sits the smack between the two variants of Realme X. Between this two, it all boils down to what you’re looking at- style vs. camera. If you find out completely and want a high-end look, then Realme X makes sense. If this is your later camera, the Realme XT’s versatile set of four cameras would be a lot more useful.
Realme XT packs in a lot of features for the price. Having said that, it would be good to give a more feature camera app while watching the primary focus area of the phone and low-light video in 4K, for this a little work will be done. But other than that, there is not much to complain about. Now it is Xiaomi’s turn to show us what is found with the Redmi Note 8 Pro, which should make things more interesting.
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