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Realme X unboxing and first impressions: bringing the ‘X-factor’ to the Realme line-up

Realme has lately been eyeing Xiaomi’s throne in the Indian handset market, especially the budget segment. To take on the latest Redmi K20 from the competitor, the phonemaker launched its Realme X in India today. The Realme X is being touted as the first premium smartphone from the brand in India. We received the Realme X ahead of the launch, and here’s how I feel about Realme’s latest premium offering.

The packaging of the Realme X is pretty standard with a white box featuring the branding, logo and phone graphics all around. As you lift the lid, you will find a white sheath containing the documentation and a frosted black case for the Realme X. Remove the cardboard sheath, and you will find the Realme X lying atop the 20W VOOC charging adaptor and USB Type-C cable. As expected, you don’t get earphones with the smartphone, however since the Realme X flaunts a 3.5mm audio jack, these aren’t hard to come by.

Speaking of the 3.5mm audio jack, it’s accompanied by the Type-C port and loudspeaker grille on the bottom. There’s a gold-accented power button on the right edge with a dual nano-SIM slot. There is no dedicated slot for a microSD card, which means the Realme X doesn’t offer expandable storage. On the left, you will find the volume buttons and on top, there is the cutout for elevating selfie camera. 

Despite being modelled from polycarbonate in its entirety, the Realme X looks very premium thanks to the extremely glossy finish and gradient design. Especially, the Space Blue variant that I have in my hands. On the back, you will find the dual-camera module and Realme branding placed perpendicularly along the centre of the device.

Where’s the fingerprint scanner you ask? The Realme X is the first smartphone from the brand to feature an in-display fingerprint scanner and an all-screen display. During my short stint with the phone, the Goodix optical fingerprint scanner was pretty fast and accurate. As for the display, the 6.53-inch AMOLED panel offers full HD+ resolution and impressive screen to body ratio of 91.2 percent despite having a small chin. As for the actual visuals, the colours are punchy with sharp text, there are no viewing angle woes and the screen is sufficiently bright to be legible outdoors.

The Realme X features the 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor with 4GB and 8GB RAM. Both variants come with 128GB native storage. I have the high-end variant with me and it offers around 99GB storage out of the box. During my short stint with the phone, it managed to multitask and handle everything thrown at it with ease. However, I will reserve the judgement for our detailed review, which should be up soon. On the software front, the Realme X flaunts Color OS 6.0 based on Android 9 Pie, and comes with tons of features like Game Space. App Split-screen, Clone Apps and more.  You also get a fair share of third-party bloatware, which can be uninstalled to free up resources. Powering the smartphone is a 3,765mAh battery with support for 20W fast charging.

The dual camera module on the back of Realme X houses a 48-megapixel f/1.7 primary lens assisted by 5-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The camera is loaded with features like Chroma Boost, Nightscape, HDR, EIS, 960fps slow-motion video shooting, and 4K video shooting at 30fps. As for selfies, there is an elevating 16-megapixels f/2.0 snapper with smart 4-in-1 pixel binning and an AI beauty mode. The Realme X managed to impress me with its imaging prowess through the initial images I shot using both front and rear cameras. However, I will leave the actual evaluation of the cameras to our complete review.

It goes without saying that the Realme X is nothing like the smartphones Realme has launched in the past. While the latest offering is the most ambitious yet by the brand, it falls short of the Redmi K20 which offers a better processor, cameras and battery. Of course, the Realme X has the advantage of an excellent price point, and we’ll have to wait and see how Xiaomi prices the K20 to find out which one offers better value for money.

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