Realme X2 Review: Incredible Features & Performance
The phone has been launched in response to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 Pro, which is the most powerful phone in the price segment of Rs 20,000 today. It appears from the name of Realme X2 that it is a variant of Realme X2 Pro. but it’s not like that. It is the powerful incarnation of RealMe XT.
The price of Realme X2 is around Realme XT. But it has a more powerful processor, faster charging and higher resolution front camera. On paper, it seems like an upgrade. But the most intriguing feature is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor which is meant for gaming enthusiasts.
Realme X2 Hands On Review
This processor claims to have better graphics performance than the Snapdragon 730. In performance, Snapdragon 710 is better than Snapdragon 712. RealMe X2 is the first smartphone of its segment to come with this processor. This has become possible due to the aggressive pricing of Realme.
Realme X2 Design
The design of Realme X2 is very similar to Realme XT, not like Realme X2 Pro. If both phones are kept together then it is very difficult to distinguish between them. If you took the Pearl Green variant then it is very different. Because this color variant has so far only come for RealMe X2. The color trim has a glossy frame, while the rest of the color variants come with a matte finish. The build quality and finish is excellent. The phone does not slip too much.
The screen is quite large. In such a situation, it is not easy to use the phone with one hand. Button position is good. At the same time, the position of the ports is the same as the old Realme phone. The speaker, USB Type-C port and headphone socket are at the bottom. RealMe X2 has support for microSD card. Apart from this, there are two Nano SIM slots.
We have also got the 6.4-inch full-HD + (1080×2340 pixels) display given in the smartphone. It is a super amoled panel and has an in-display fingerprint sensor. The display has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. RealMe has given this same glass on the back side. The camera layout of Realme X2 is similar to that of Realme XT. Which is quite big. But the cover given in the retail box removes this deficiency.
The content of the box is the same. You will get a SIM eject tool, USB Type-C cable, a cover and a fast charger. This Realme phone supports VOOC Flash Charge 4.0. That is, fast charging of 30 watts. If seen, this is the same Warp Charge 30T charger that comes with the new OnePlus 7T series phones. Actually, we used Realme’s charger in our OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition, so the phone identified it as a warp charger.
Realme X2 Price, Specifications and Software
RealMe X2 is the most attractive feature processor. It has Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor which we have seen in phones like Samsung Galaxy A80 and Oppo Reno 2. Both phones cost more than Rs 30,000. In such a situation, it is an achievement for the company to keep the price of the phone below Rs. 20,000.
Three variants of Realme X2 have been launched in India – 64 GB storage (Rs 16,999) with 4 GB RAM, 128 GB storage (Rs 17,999) with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage (Rs 19,999) with 8 GB RAM. All variants use LPDDR4X RAM. Connectivity features include dual-band Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 5, three satellite navigation systems and common sensors.
RealMe X2 comes with ColorOS 6.1. The review unit had a security patch for October 2019. It is expected that the company will update soon. We have also been introduced to Realme X2 Pro with software features. You will get Google’s digital wellbeing feature, system wide dark mode and many gestures and shortcuts. Many apps are pre-installed. Of these, only the third party can be removed. We have told you about these features in detail in the review of Realme X2 Pro, Realme 5 Pro and Realme XT.
Realme X2 Performance and Battery Life
We got an 8 GB model of RealMe X2 for review. As expected, Android ran very smooth. The in-display fingerprint sensor performs authentication very fast. You will find some different animation styles for the fingerprint position indicator. Face recognition also works well and you will be able to use it even in low light. There is no notification LED, but you can get information about work like time and alerts through Always On Display.
We did not receive any complaints about the phone heating up. Despite using the camera for a long time in the outdoor, the back of the phone did not heat up. Realme X2 gave solid performance in gaming. We played games with powerful graphics like PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9: Legends and Arena of Valor for testing. It ran very smooth and the phone did not get too hot. The phone also got good scores in the benchmark test.
In terms of audio quality too, the performance of RealMe X2 is good. It has only one speaker. But it comes with Dolby Atmus enhancements. This gives a boost to mid-range and low frequencies. Watching videos on the big screen is something else. This is due to punchy colors, excellent viewing angles and satisfactory brightness.
Despite using more, RealMe X2 gave support for about a day after being fullcharge. Its battery is 4,000 mAh. In HD video loop test, this phone did not give very good results. In the test, Realme X 2 succumbed in 13 hours 11 minutes.
The charging speed was commendable. We were able to charge the RealMe X2 from zero to 60 percent in just half an hour. It took over an hour to charge the phone 95 percent. This is possible due to the VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 feature and the 30 watt charger provided in the retail box.
Realme X2 Cameras
In RealMe X2 you will get a 32 megapixel selfie camera. Its aperture is F / 2.0. The camera shoots a common selfie in native resolution. But in portrait mode, the pixels bind and go to 8 megapixels.
Using the front camera in good light, we found that the image quality was excellent. There was no shortage of details. Colors are accurate and exposure is usually balanced. Even when shooting in contrast to light, we found that HDR works well. Our face and background were well exposed. In low light, the selfie was of very average quality. Noise was clearly visible in the pictures and there was also a lack of detail.
In Realme X2 it is possible to use Nightscape mode with a selfie camera. It corrects exposure in low light areas. But work is needed beyond this. The screen is flash bright and proves to be effective in lighting up the face.
With Realme X2, you will be able to shoot 1080 pixels selfie video. The details were captured correctly in good light. Colors came to Natural. The videos came stabilized. But electronic stabilization caused little distortion. You can’t turn it off. There is a new bokeh mode for selfie video. It works well, even if there are two faces in the frame. It shows you the background blur effect in real time. Selfie videos are not the best recorded in low light. But Artificial Lightning records satisfactory videos.
The rear camera setup is the same as the Realme XT in a portrait right. You will get a 64-megapixel primary camera with f / 1.8 aperture. Apart from this, there is also an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The camera app has the same features that we have also found in RealMe X2 Pro. You will also be able to shoot video with a wide-angle camera. There is also an ‘Ultra Steady’ shooting mode. You can also determine the level of blur during portrait shoots and videos.
Realme has talked about giving ‘Super Nightscape Portrait’ shooting mode which will be available through software updates in future. As the name suggests, this feature will allow Nightscape mode to be used in portrait shots. Hopefully the feature will prove interesting.
The 64-megapixel primary camera takes 16-megapixel photos by default. The image quality was excellent during testing. Edges of objects came sharp and completely defined. There was also no shortage of details and HDR did the right thing. There was a little noise at the edge of each frame. But it comes out only when zoomed in. Autofocus problems occasionally occurred with close up objects. But this was not the case every time.
The results of portrait mode also satisfied us. The depth camera detects the edges well. There was no lack of sharpness and detail on the face of our subject. Macro camera is useful. But the details are not always good. Also for good shots you will need enough light. Wide-angle camera was also useful. The barrel distortion was not very visible. Details and colors were good. But this cannot be compared to the performance of the primary camera. The sensor is not of much use in low light. The details were very weak. Exposure was poor, even when nightscape occurred.
We found that 1080 pixels with 20 frames per second video from the primary camera had the best quality. Electronic stabilization worked fine. There was no shimmer in the video recording output moving in the light of day. With RealMe X2 you will also be able to shoot 4K videos. But without stabilization. The ‘Ultra Steady’ mode showed us a very smooth video in the viewfinder, but the recorded video had noticeable jerks. The dark area was noticeable in low light.
Realme X2 really takes the success of Realme XT forward. This is another great all-rounder smartphone for under Rs 20,000. In today’s date, buying it instead of RealMe XT or Realme X (Review) is a more correct decision. Because you spend a little more money to get software with Realme X2 Pro and also a hardware upgrade. Realme X2 has Dewdrop Notch. If this design does not embrace you, then you can choose RealMe X which comes with a notch design and has a pop-up selfie camera.
Video quality may be slightly better in low light. There is no FM radio, which was part of RealMe XT. Apart from this, you get a good display, great battery life, fast charging, capable cameras and strong gaming performance. If you are not a gaming enthusiast, then Realme X2 is the best phone of Realme for less than Rs 20,000.