If there are any particular smartphone makers to worry about for Xiaomi, then Realme will definitely be one of the major threat for them to watch out in the coming years.
Despite being a relatively young company which was established back in May last year, Realme has grew rapidly this year – expanding it’s user base to more than 17 million globally.
Recently, the company has announced a new premium mid-ranger smartphone in Singapore known as the Realme XT which retails at an affordable price tag of just S$469.
After using the review unit for quite some time, we have to say that the Realme XT is defnitely one of the most value-for-money smartphone in the mid-ranger segment.
If you’re interested in the Realme XT, here is our in-depth review of the device.
Realme XT Design & Display
Although the Realme XT sports a pretty common front design featuring a water drop-notch display, but it do has an appealing rear design with an iridescent sheen known as Pearl Blue.
The device comes with a luxurious built that is shielded with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back to protect the device against accidental drops and scratches.
Surely, this “glass-sandwich” design isn’t something we normally see among most mid-ranger smartphones in the market. It definitely gives the device a more premium and attractive outlook as opposed to a mere plastic-built.
It’s 6.4-inch Super AMOLED front display offers a nice 1080 x 2340 pixels screen resolution which has an overall 403 ppi density. It has a good color temperature which is comfortable to the eyes even after prolonged usage.
Realme XT Performance
The Realme XT is driven by an octa-core, 10nm Snapdragon 712 SoC coupled with Adreno 616 GPU. In it’s memory compartment, there is also a respectable 8GB RAM under the hood which is more than sufficient to handle your daily multitasking chores without any visible lag.
For those who indulge in mobile gaming, the Realme XT also has a unique Game Space application that helps to boost gaming performance with custom optimizations and efficient system resource allocations. Furthermore, Game Space will ensure a strong and consistent network connectivity as it automatically restricts network access of background apps.
For this review, I’d spent a couple of hours entertaining myself with PUBG Mobile on this device to take it’s gaming performance on a ride. On the whole, I would say that I’m really impressed by the smooth game play even with Ultra HD Graphics toggled on. The overall frame rate has been pretty stable with very occasional drop in frames which I suspect might be due to overheating after prolonged game play.
The only minor issue we discovered is that the device do heat up a little on graphic intensive game modes after one to two hours of continuous game play.
Realme XT Camera
It’s camera is no doubt, the headlining aspect of the device. In case you do not know, Realme XT is one of the first few in the world to come equipped with Samsung’s 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor.
Besides the main sensor, there are 3 other sensors in the quad-camera setup comprising of another 8 megapixels ultra wide lens, 2 megapixels dedicated macro camera and 2 megapixels depth sensor.
In short, it’s rear camera is reliable in delivering flattering images with good dynamic range and decent contrast as seen in the day shots above.
Furthermore, the Realme XT also shines when it comes to night photography. The image appears vibrant and the buildings were well-defined. However, we also noted that some of the buildings on the right appear to be overexposed as well.
Before I forget, there is also a 16 megapixels (f/2.0 aperture) selfie camera sitting within the dew drop-notched on the front panel. Not really impressive in this aspect, but at least it’s still pretty decent.
Realme XT Software & Battery
Currently, the Realme XT runs on the ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie. However, according to the update roadmap released by Realme last month, the device is expected to receive the ColorOS 7 (based on Android 10) update as early as January 2020.
The new software will bring loads of new features to the device including an improved system-wide dark mode, Portrait Mode 2.0, Enhanced Night Mode, Super-Steady Mode for video recording and many more.
The Realme XT comes loaded with a mammoth 4,000mAh battery which supports 20W VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 technology. A full charge can comfortably supports you with more than a day of regular usage on the go.
With all these goodies under the hood for just S$469, it is clear that the Realme XT is one of the best offering at this price point.