Comparison: OnePlus 7T vs Realme X2 Pro | Which is Better Budget Flagship?

Sabin Tamang 29 Nov, 2019

Recently, Realme launched its first flagship phone i.e. Realme X2 Pro at a great price and that means the phone is competing against budget flagship phones like OnePlus 7T and Redmi K20 Pro. Now to be perfectly honest with you guys the Realme X2 Pro is better than the Redmi K20 Pro in almost every aspect with the display, the chipset, the speakers and the charging. So, how good is Realme X2 Pro is against OnePlus 7T which has similar specs. Let’s find out in this comparison between Realme X2 Pro and OnePlus 7T.

Design, Build Quality & Screen

Well, let's take it to step by step starting off with the design. Comparing the Realme X2 Pro and the OnepPlus 7T side-by-side well yeah they both look almost identical from the front but from the back, the design is quite different. They have differently styled camera setups and both of these phones look and feel very premium. But I like the design of OnePlus 7T as the logo placement is in an awkward place for me in Realme. When it comes to functionality, there are similarities as well.

Both the phones have dual SIM slots but no micro SD slot, both have dual stereo speakers which sound fairly loud and crisp and both the phones also have the in-display fingerprint scanner. And both the scanners are very fast and very similar. One key difference that these phones have is the headphone jack. OnePlus 7T lacks the headphone jack whereas X2 pro features it and I am a huge fan of headphone jacks.  

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Let's compare the displays, both of these phones are very similar. Both these phones feature a 6.5 inch AMOLED displays with HDR 10 plus support Gorilla Glass 5 and most importantly the same high 90 Hz refresh rate. And both these displays are sharp and vibrant with beautiful blacks and the 90 Hz refresh rate makes the smooth transaction.

Camera

Moving on to the cameras where things are a bit different. The Realme X2 Pro features a quad camera setup including a 64-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a telephoto lens capable of 20x zoom and a depth sensor. On the other hand, OnePlus 7T features a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and a telephoto lens.  

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Here are the daytime shots from these phones and let me tell you straight away that these phones take very similar photos as you can see however there are a few subtle differences.

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Coming towards the videos, both the camera can shoot 4K videos at 60 fps. And both the videos can shoot great videos but the videos of 7T are more stable all thanks to OIS. But Realme X2 pro has a new feature that OnePlus 7T lacks which is the live portrait videos. So, both these phones have their own advantages and disadvantages. But for me, I like the overall camera of OnePlus 7T.

Performance

Moving towards the hardware and performance, both these phones feature top-level flagship i.e. Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+. Even the phones like Samsung Galaxy Note 10 features Snapdragon 855 so, thanks Realme and OnePlus for providing the new 855+ chipset.

Now, if you see the GeekBench score, OnePlus 7T has a better score compared to Realme X2 Pro. But in real-time, both these phones perform great and there is no lag and can run any applications smoothly.

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OnePlus has a huge advantage over Realme X2 Pro in terms of OS. Both the phones come with the latest Android 10. But Realme X2 pro comes with Color OS 6.1 whereas OnePlus 7T features Oxygen OS. Though Color OS has a lot of features including new dark mode on another hand, Oxygen OS brings better software experience.

Battery

Lastly, there's the battery and the charging, the Realme X2 Pro has a slightly bigger battery here and it has super-fast for charging compared to the OnePlus 7T.  Realme X2 Pro is powered by a 4000mAh battery whereas OnePlus 7T is powered by a 3800mAh battery. When it comes to the battery performance port, both phones are similar and should last you a day easily. However, the difference is on charging. OnePlus has always talked about their fast charging speeds with pride but Realme has that beat with the X2 Pro. So the 7T charges from 10 to 100% in around 55 minutes which is fast no doubt but the X2 Pro goes from 10 to 100 percent in an insane 25 minutes.

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Verdict

Well, that's pretty much all the major points to compare between the Realme X2 Pro and the OnePlus 7T and well one thing is pretty clear both of these phones are very similar. Yes, the OnePlus 7T brings in the better software experience and the Realme X2 Pro brings a slightly bigger battery and way faster charging and the headphone jack so at the end of it all comes down to the price. And that's where the Realme X2 Pro is an amazing deal. The price of the base variant of Realme X2 Pro is 30k in India whereas 7T costs 38K. And that’s a huge price difference. For me Realme has done an amazing job with X2 Pro. For these specifications, the pricing is very good.

Realme X2 Pro specs

  • Body: 161 x 75.7 x 8.7 mm, 199g; metal frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back.
  • Display: 6.5" Super AMOLED, 90Hz, HDR10+ support, 1080 x 2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 402 ppi; .
  • Rear camera: Primary: 64MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1/1.7" sensor size, 0.8µm pixel size, PDA. Ultra wide: 8MP, f/2.2, 1/3.2", 1.4µm pixels; PDAF. Telephoto camera: 13MP, f/2.5, 1/3.4", 1.0µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom; Depth sensor: 2MP; 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@480/960fps video recording.
  • Front camera: 16MP, f/2.0, 1µm.
  • OS: Android 9 Pie; ColorOS 6.1.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ (7 nm): Octa-core (1x2.96 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485), Adreno 640 (700 MHz) GPU.
  • Memory: 6GB/8GB of RAM; 64/128/256GB storage; no microSD card slot.
  • Battery: 4,000mAh; 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge, Support for 18W USB Power Delivery and Quick Charge 4.0+.
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; LTE-A, 4-Band carrier aggregation, LTE Cat-20/ Cat-13; USB-C; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, GPS; Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE;
  • Misc: Under-display fingerprint reader; Stereo loudspeakers, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack, 64GB version comes with UFS 2.1 and the rest are UFS 3.0.

Pros

  • Bright and smooth 90Hz class-leading OLED panel with a minimal notch
  • In-display fingerprint sensor
  • Good quad-camera setup with a 64MP main camera
  • Dependable battery life
  • Crazy-fast 50W SuperVOOC fast charging, also supports USB Power Delivery and Quick Charge 4.0+
  • Extremely loud, great-sounding stereo loudspeakers
  • 3.5mm audio jack

Cons

  • The ultra-wide and the telephoto cameras are unimpressive and can't record 4K video
  • The Nightscape (night mode) camera mode needs more work
  • The phone gets rather warm when charged with its original 50W wall charger
  • No microSD slot 

OnePlus 7T specs:

  • Body: 160.94 x 74.44 x 8.13 mm, 190g, 3D Gorilla Glass frosted backside,
  • Screen: 6.55" Fluid AMOLED, 2400 x 1080 px, 20:9 aspect ratio; 402ppi
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+; Octa-core (1x2.96 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485); Adreno 640
  • Memory: 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB/256GB UFS 3.0 dual-lane storage
  • OS: OxygenOS based on Android 10
  • Rear cameras: Main: Sony IMX586 48MP (f/1.6) 0.8µm pixel size, PDAF, OIS, EIS; Telephoto: 12MP (f/2.2) 1.0µm pixels; Ultra-wide: 16MP (f2.2) 117-degree field of view
  • Front camera: Sony IMX471 16MP, 1.0µm pixel size
  • Battery: 3,800 mAh battery, Warp Charge 30W
  • Misc: Alert slider, stereo loudspeakers, NFC, in-display fingerprint scanner, USB-C 3.1 port, available in Frosted Silver and Glacier Blue.

Pros

  • Excellent display with strong brightness and great sunlight legibility
  • Snappy fingerprint scanner
  • Attractive new rear design
  • Fast and fluid Snapdragon 855+ performance and fast UFS 3.0 storage
  • Oxygen OS 10 is more customizable and faster than ever
  • Warp Charge 30T is awesome

Cons

  • No official IP rating
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Generic-looking front design


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