After having got our hands on a couple of medium range really not bad (the 5 Pro and 3 Pro models), the time has come to take a look also at the latest X series devices, starting right from the little one in the family, Realme XT. The device – launched in India in October and arrived in Italy in November – comes with a complete technical data sheet and a photographic sector which, at least on paper, leaves little room for doubt. Is it worth investing in this new mid-range of a young brand, but immediately able to conquer a good slice of the market and users? Find out in our Realme XT review!
Realme XT review
- Sales packaging
- Design and construction
- Hardware and Performance
- Benchmark – Realme XT Review
- Connectivity and audio
- Price and conclusions – Realme XT review
Realme XT review
The sales package of Realme XT looks like a white hardcover and inside the box we find the following equipment:
- soft silicone cover
- pre-applied protective film;
- 5V 4A fast charge power supply;
- USB data cable – USB Type-C;
- pin for the SIM slot;
Design and construction:
The device measures 158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm for a weight of 183 grams and comes with a proven and always effective design. The back cover is made of glass with 3D curvature, characterized by the Pearl Blue color (with blue and purple shades), very beautiful even if perhaps a little too flashy. In the upper left corner, we find the vertical Quad Camera accompanied by the LED Flash while at the bottom, the logo of the Asian brand. Frontally Realme XT offers a large panel with a drop notch (and the ear capsule flush with the body); the frames are well optimized, even the chin, but the step that frames the display slightly ruins the final effect. In short, the general look does not make a turn while the aforementioned step is likely to give a cheap air to the front.
Along the perimeter frame of the smartphone we have the microphone for noise reduction (in the other), the power button (on the right) and the SIM slot plus the volume rocker (on the left). The lower edge houses the speaker, the USB Type-C port, the main microphone and the 3.5 mm mini-jack input for headphones.Realme XT review
The build quality is the best and once again establishes Realme’s care and attention towards its smartphones. There are no imperfections or crunches and it can be easily held in the hand, without being too slippery when the supplied silicone cover is not present.
Realme XT Display:
The panel we find on board Realme XT is a solution Super AMOLED of 6.4 inches diagonal with a resolution of Full HD +, density of 402 PPI, surface / screen of 91.9% and Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The display looks like a really good unit, with fairly faithful colors, impeccable viewing angles, intense blacks and a couple of features that should not be underestimated. Inside the Settings dedicated to Display and Brightness we have the possibility to change the color temperature of the screen; going down we have the OSIE Visual Effect function, which allows you to have an improvement in colors with some supported applications, making them more loaded. Realme XT review
It is also possible to activate the blue light filter and – being an AMOLED panel – we also find DC Dimming (Eye protection without flickering at a low brightness level). Then always the Always-on Display.
Hardware and Performance:
Under the main body of Realme XT, we have the Snapdragon 712 chipset-the SoC octa-core is produced at 10 nm and the maximum frequency is 2.3 GHz-comes with 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB UFS 2.1 storage. Then it is possible to expand the memory to 256 GB via micro SD. In terms of performance, the device offers considerable performance due to the chipset’s capacity, especially 8 GB of RAM and UFS 2.1 storage.
Navigation within the interface is always fluid and snappy while there are no flaws and slowdowns in opening and closing apps, even those that are not in the background. The user experience is rewarding and quick, as one would expect from a respectable mid-range smartphone.
The graphic part relies on the Adreno 616 GPU, perfect for less expensive games in terms of resources but which does not disdain even more complex titles. Obviously do not expect to play with the graphic quality to the maximum, but apart from this detail the playability is excellent and there are no significant temperature increases.
Realme XT Software:
The Realme XT is equipped with Color OS 6.0.1 based on Android 9 Pie and with security patches updated in October 2019. Many things have been said about the latest version of the OPPO-branded software, but the juice remains the same: we are dealing with a mature and reliable proprietary interface, with a fresh look and many features that will certainly not please the most demanding. In the Settings it is possible to set the Full Screen Gestures, both with scrolling gestures from both sides of the display and from the bottom; obviously for traditionalists the virtual navigation bar is not missing, with the various buttons.
Digital Well-being and Parental Controls were present at the call, as well as the function to clone the apps, the Game Space to manage the performances (and notifications) during the game sessions, the Split Screen (which can be called up with a swipe towards the tall with three fingers).
2D Face Unlock is quick and pleasant to use (as long as there is good lighting); in addition, the Super AMOLED display integrates a fingerprint reader, also in this case fast and reliable in unlocking.
One of the most interesting aspects of Realme XT is certainly the photographic sector, a module that represents the strength of the device, both from the very first teasers published by the Asian brand. On board the device is the main sensor Samsung GW1 from 64 MP (f / 1.8), accompanied by an ultra-wide form to 8 MP (FOV 119 °, f / 2.25), a macro lens 2 MP (up to 4 cm) and a 2 MP sensor dedicated to depth of field (both with aperture f / 2.4).
The shots taken in well-lit environments are rich in details (although perhaps we would have expected a little more, especially for more complex scenes), with faithful colors that can be improved thanks to the Chromatic Enhancement function, which serves to make the colors slightly more vivid, with an effect that more often than not returns good results. The macro lens does its job and the same goes for the ultra-wide sensor, although in the latter case some detail is lost and the final effect is not always convincing. The bokeh is also good, always very precise; in addition, scene recognition via AI is active by default, ready to change settings each time the foreground subject changes.
With artificial lighting and at night, the quality drops slightly, with more pasty images that can be recovered thanks to the Night Mode. While the main sensor tries harder and still remains able to offer worthy evening photos, the same cannot be said of the ultra-wide-angle module: better to use it during the day or in any case with impeccable lighting!
Frontally, inside the drip notch, we have a 16 MP selfie camera by Sony, a valid solution for some social self-timer even if in the evening it tends to lose shots. Overall – let’s talk about daytime photos – we have a good level of detail and a portrait mode capable of perfectly cropping the subject (or more than one). Finally, in terms of video, the device is capable of shooting in 4K at 30 fps and in Full HD (1080p) at 30/60 fps.
Realme XT Battery:
The Battery of the device relies on a 4000 mAh battery, capable of offering up to about 6 hours of access display, compared to a full charge in about 1 hour and 30 minutes – with the supplied charger – thanks to the support fast charging VOOC 3.0 20W. In short, you will arrive without any problem at the end of the day and if you are thrifty you can use the smartphone for the next day (or part of it).
Connectivity and audio:
The SIM slot on the left edge allows you to insert up to 2 cards and a micro SD card simultaneously. The 4G LTE module did not give any problems when browsing the web and reception was also proven to be reliable; good audio on call and the general quality of the calls. No problem even with satellite navigation via GPS / Beidou / Galileo, as well as with Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band. To top it off, we have NFC support, a detail that satisfies the most demanding and contributes to making Realme XT even more complete and palatable.
Headphone audio is also good, both via cable, via the mini-jack input, and with wireless solutions. As for its speaker present along the lower edge, it is able to reach a high and satisfactory volume but do not expect great performances: the more you go up and the more distortions increase, with a little clear audio.
Realme XT review
Price and conclusions:
We have come to the end of our review of Realme XT and the time has come to take stock of the situation. The smartphone has some flaws, first of all the step that frames the display, which – as already pointed out – perhaps tends to give the device a slightly too cheap appearance. Furthermore, the application and removal of the supplied protective cover can be annoying precisely because of the aforementioned step. However, the general design manages to maintain a high level of elegance, also thanks to a tried and tested look, and can be appreciated, thanks also to the Pearl Blue color. Realme XT review
Software and Performance:
In terms of software and performance there is nothing to complain: we are facing a mature UI and the Snapdragon SoCs are (almost) always a guarantee. In addition, the 8 GB of RAM and the UFS 2.1 memory arrive where everything else does not arrive, helping to offer respectable performance for a medium range. The photographic side has its ups and downs but we are still talking about a Quad Camera equipped on board a device that arrives at an affordable price. In short, we liked Realme XT and it is certainly recommended for those who aim for a photographic sector that offers many possibilities and a fluid and not at all frustrating experience.
The Asian company has hit the mark – even if, we repeat, there is no lack of defects – and now Realme can be said to be more than ready for comparison with Xiaomi, thanks to a complete mid-range device from all points of view. Below you will find the link to the purchase and with the discount applied by the store and the PNATALE19 Coupon the price drops to 250$ USD, a particularly greedy figure given the characteristics of the device.
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