Realme XT Full Review | World's First 64 MP Camera Smartphone
After the huge success of Realme X, Realme introduced new phone i.e. Realme XT. Realme is known to provide some great phones in the mid-range segment. They proved that right with some recent phones like Realme 5 Pro, Realme X, and Realme XT. Realme XT was launched in India at INR.15,999 for the base variant(6/64GB). Today we are here to review the Realme XT. And don’t forget to check out our full review of Realme 5 Pro and MI A3. Also checkout Realme XT Price in Nepal.
Realme XT Review
Unboxing the Realme XT
Realme XT has similar packaging as the Realme 5 Pro. So, you get some paper works, Realme XT phone which comes with a 20W VOOC charger. The XT retail box also contains a soft transparent case if you want to keep the back scratch-free for as long as possible. Realme XT also comes with a factory-applied (vert thin) screen protector even though it is rocking a Gorilla Glass 5 on top of its OLED.
Design and Build Quality
Talking about the design and built quality of this phone, Realme XT is one of the best-looking smartphones in the mid-range segment and realme has done a great job. The XT has a sleek design with no complications, sturdy build, and with minor highlights.
Talking about the built quality, Realme XT has corning gorilla glass 5 on both back and front of the phone. The glassy back looks so amazing and feels great on the hand as well. The only week point the inbuilt quality of this phone is the frame, the side frame is built with plastic. Though Realme has painted the side plastic and gave it aluminum finish. But still, plastic is plastic.
On the back of the phone, the phone features a quad-camera setup with 64 MP primary lens with Realme logo on the bottom. On the right side, we have a power button and volume keys on the left. On the bottom, we have speaker grills, USB Type C port, and a headphone jack. Yes, there is still a headphone jack on this phone and I am a huge fan of headphone jacks on smartphones.
On the front of the phone, Realme XT has a 6.4" Super AMOLED screen at the front with quite thin bezels with a waterdrop notch. The Realme XT has an optical under-display fingerprint sensor that is speedy and nicely accurate. Talking about the screen, the screen looks quite great and has vibrant colors and is bright on outdoor as well as we expect from an AMOLED panel. Realme promises a maximum brightness of 430 nits.
Talking about the performance, Realme XT runs on the Snapdragon 712 chipset - essentially the Realme X's Snapdragon 710 with minor tweaks such as 0.1GHz higher potential clock speed on the high-performance cores. According to Realme, Snapdragon 712 chipset has 10% boost over 710 on Realme X and Realme 3 Pro.
Talking about the geekbench score, it beats phones like Realme X, Realme 3 Pro, P30 Lite, galaxy A50 and Galaxy M30 only lacking behind MI 9T and Realme 5 Pro on Multi-core and single core. We tested different things in terms of performances like gaming, multi-tasking and other stuff. The phone can handle them easily like Multi-tasking is very smooth and the phone doesn’t lag. PubG mobile runs on medium graphics on default but when changed to high settings, there is not so much lag and the game was fluent.
The Realme XT runs Oppo's latest Color OS 6 over Android 9.0 - a combo we've already seen on the Realme X as well as the 3 and 5 families. For me, stock android is the best UI but still color OS is also quite great.
The Realme 5 XT is available in three memory configurations - 4/64GB, 6/64GB and 8/128GB.
Coming towards the camera, Realme XT features the same quad camera set up as Realme 5 Pro. A primary camera lens, with the ultra-wide-angle lens, depth sensor and the macro shooter. Realme XT features the first-ever 64 MP Quad Bayer Sensor by Samsung - ISOCELL Bright GW1. And then we have 8MP sensor (1.12µm pixels) with an f/2.2 aperture 119-degree wide-angle lens, 2MP depth sensor and 2 MP macro camera.
The images captured from a 64MP camera saves 16Mp images by default. In terms of image quality, there is plenty of detail on the images with natural colors. The noise level is very low and the overall images are great when captured on good lights. There is the so-called Ultra 64MP mode if you want to shoot in 64MP. There is a very slight difference in an image shot by a 64MP sensor. The benefit of having 64 MP shooter means you have a big sensor and images in higher resolutions.
Talking about the 119-degree ultra-wide-angle lens, it’s not good as the primary sensor. The images have a bit lower detail and have more noise compared to primary lens. But overall, the ultra-wide-angle images are also good.
Some Camera Samples
In low light, 16MP default photos turned out good with decent detail left even after the noise reduction, while the colors are nicely rendered.
The Realme XT captures videos only with its main 64MP camera. It can go up to 4K at 30fps but there's also 1080p and 720p at both 30fps and 60fps. Slow-mo options max out at 720p@960fps. The 4K picture is rich in detail, the colors are spot-on, the noise is low, and the dynamic range is impressive.
Talking about the front-facing cameras, Realme XT features the same 16MP front-facing the camera as the OnePlus 7. Realme XT has portrait mode on front facing the camera as well. Overall the photos are good. I am happy with the front-facing camera.
Battery & Speakers
Realme XT is powered by a 4000mAh battery. Comparing the battery with Realme 5 Pro, Realme 5 Pro has a slightly bigger battery. Realme XT supports new VOOC 3.0 fast charging and you get a 20-watt fast charger out of the box which is capable to charge your phone from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes and 100% charge in around 85 minutes.
For me, the battery performance was decent. As I like to play a lot of games especially PubG Mobile and surf social media, the battery performance was normal. And I am happy with the battery performance.
Realme XT has only one bottom-firing speaker. The speaker was loud enough when music and video were played on the youtube. It doesn’t have stereo speakers but I was happy with the speakers when considered the price of this phone.
Realme XT specs
- Body: Gorilla Glass 5 front and back, plastic frame
- Screen: 6.4-inch AMOLED, 19.5:9, 1080p+, 402ppi
- Rear camera: Primary 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 Quad Bayer 1/1.72" sensor, 0.8µm, f/1.8 lens; 119° ultra-wide-angle 8MP camera; 2MP macro camera; 2MP depth sensor; LED flash; 2160p@30fps video recording, EIS
- Front camera: 16MP 1/3" sensor, 1.0µm, f/2.0 lens; 1080p video, EIS
- Chipset: Snapdragon 712: octa-core CPU (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver), Adreno 616 GPU
- Memory: 4/6/8GB RAM, 64/128GB UFS 2.1 storage; dedicated microSD slot for up to 256GB expansion
- OS: Android 9.0; Color OS 6.0 Realme Edition on top
- Battery: 4,000mAh, 20W VOOC 3.0 charging
- Connectivity: Dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, USB-C
- Colors: Pearl White, Pearl Blue
- Misc: Under-display optical fingerprint reader
Realme XT is an upgrade over Realme X. There is no doubt that Realme XT is a great looking smartphone in terms of design and I was surprised with its design at first glance. The screen is also quite great which can produce vibrant and bright enough thanks to AMOLED panel. The expected price of Realme XT in Nepal is Rs.28,000 where we can get some other great phones like Realme 5 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro and upcoming Redmi Note 8 Pro also comes under similar price range. Upcoming Redmi Note 8 Pro packs bigger battery but still features IPS LCD panel. So, the choice is yours. For me this a nice looking phone with good performance and great cameras. All the phones have some drawbacks as well, so below I have listed some of the good and bad points regarding Realme XT. So, you can figure out whether Realme XT is good for you or not.
- Dual Gorilla Glass 5 design, great looks, and handling
- Excellent and large Super AMOLED
- Snappy and dependable performance
- Superb battery life and fast charging
- The 64MP snaps high-quality 16MP images day and night
- The portrait shots are impressive
- Great video quality on all resolutions
- Excellent selfies and stabilized selfie videos
- A dedicated MicroSD slot, 3.5mm jack, FM radio
- Limited regional availability
- The macro and ultrawide cameras are uninspiring
- EIS is only available at 1080@30fps