Almost everything about the Realme X2 was officially revealed in advance, and save for its new name and price there weren’t many surprises. Of course, the build-up to a phone’s launch or any other marketing hype doesn’t really matter when you are out there buying a new phone and are trying to make a calculated decision. (Realme X2 review हिंदी में पढ़िए).
The Realme X2 has a lot going for it to reserve the top slot on your list of the potentials – It is the cheapest phone to be powered by Snapdragon 730G octa-core chipset, has an AMOLED display, and persevers with a 64MP sensor led quad-camera system.
The handset was earlier named and presented as Realme XT 730G, a more powerful option to Realme XT, but has now been introduced as the second fiddle to the more powerful current flagship, the Realme X2 Pro. Living with the phone through the course of our review, we gained new insights and are now in a position to answer if it’s a good buy.
Let’s elaborate on all that worked and all that didn’t in our Realme X2 review.
- Realme X2 Price and Specification
- Realme X2 Review: Design and Build
- Realme X2 Review: Display
- Realme X2 Review: Performance and Software
- Realme X2 Review: Camera Performance
- Realme X2 Review: Battery and Audio
- Realme X2 Review: Verdict
Realme X2 price in India and specifications
Model Realme X2 Display 6.4-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection; In-display fingerprint sensor Chipset 8nm octa-core Snapdragon 730G RAM 4GB/ 6GB/ 8GB LPDDR4x Internal Storage 64GB/128 UFS 3.0; Dedicated card slot Software Android 9.0 Pie-based Color OS 6.0 Rear Camera 64MP (f/1.8) + 8MP wide-angle 9f/2.25) + 2MP Macro + 2MP depth sensor Front Camera 32MP, f/2.0 Dimensions and weight 158.7 × 75.2 × 8.6 mm; 186 grams Battery 4000mAh, 30W SuperVOOC charger Price 4GB RAM + 64GB Storage: Rs. 16,9996GB RAM + 128GB storage: Rs. 18,9998GB RAM + 128GB storage: Rs. 19,999
Realme X2 review: Design and Build
Realme X2 has the exact same design as the Realme XT. It safely sticks to the modern design trends, is comfortable to hold and operate, and – for all it matters – has a real-glass back (Gorilla Glass 5).
Unlike the Realme X2 Pro, the side frame is still polycarbonate. The quad-camera system on the rear juts out quite a bit but the bundled case can even out the hump at the expense of making the X2 appear bulkier. Still, at 182 grams, the X2 is still lighter compared to than most other phones that we have tested through the year 2019. The bundled transparent case has raised edges to ensure all-round protection but robs the phone of that premium feel it deserves.
Speaking of protection, the display gets a pre-installed, good-quality screen protector – something we truly appreciate on all phones. The v-shaped notch cutout at the top feels a bit over-familiar and hackneyed at the end of 2019, but perhaps that’s not as big a point of contention.
Realme introduces a new Pearl Green color for the X2 that doesn’t quite align with our personal taste (the Pearl White is what we’d go for). Still, while analyzing its subtle reflections in broad daylight, we can make out why many users might want to pursue this particular choice.
The phone has an in-display fingerprint sensor that’s extremely fast and, more importantly, extremely reliable. Realme also deserves some praise for not missing out on basics like audio jack and a dedicated SD card slot.
Realme X2 Review: Display
The 6.4-inch AMOLED display is sharp and vivid. If you don’t mind the screen being less vivid, Realme adds an sRGB color mode in display settings that’s lighter on eyes, reproduces better whites, and is more color accurate.
The ‘Gentle’ sRGB mode might feel awfully bland in comparison, though. We would have appreciated a middling option between Vivid and sRGB mode.
The display is bright enough for occasional outdoor usage (430 nits), but visibility under direct sunlight is poor.
Thanks to characteristic high AMOLED contrasts, watching multimedia content is a pleasure. The Realme X2 has a DRM L1 certificate and supports HD content streaming on Netflix and Prime Videos.
Display settings have options like color temperature toggle, DC Dimming (lowlight flicker-free screen), and Always-on display (screen-off clock). The phone also has a well thought out dark mode.
Realme X2 Review: Performance and Software
The Realme X2 is powered by Snapdragon 730G octa-core chipset paired with up to 8GB LPDDR4x RAM and up to 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. This is veritably a powerful beast and an excellent choice for gaming enthusiasts.
All the games we tried ran butter smooth. PUBG mobile works in HD-high settings. In comparison, the MediaTek G90T powered Redmi Note 8 Pro supports HDR-Ultra settings and fairs better.
Day-to-day usage, scrolling, and multitasking worked as they should. The Color OS 6 on the Realme X2 is still an agreeable con. From a consumer’s perspective, It might not be as ghastly as it’s made out to be, but it does play a spoilsport to what could otherwise have been a spectacular experience.
The software is stable and feature-rich but is pushy with Oppo’s own apps, pre-installed bloatware, and spammy notifications. Realme assures that it will be replacing the software with a lighter and more tasteful version of Color OS 7.0, but at this point in time, we are not sure what to expect.
Realme X2 does not have NFC in India. Other popular connectivity options like dual VoLTE and dual-band Wi-Fi are all supported. We didn’t face any issue with call quality or connectivity in our area.
Realme X2 Review: Camera
Back in September, Realme swore by quad-camera modules for its upcoming phones and that’s what you get on the Realme X2. Once again, the 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor, which you’d find on both the X2 Pro and XT, is in the lead.
The main sensor is paired with an 8MP wide-angle camera, a basic 2MP macro lens, and a redundant 2MP depth sensor. There’s also a 32MP selfie camera on the front that outputs 8MP selfies.
The Realme X2 captures great images in broad daylight with ample details and wide dynamic range. Red colors still feel a tad oversaturated
The camera performance is also quite good in properly lit indoor settings.
In low light, however, camera quality steeply deteriorates. There’s a Nightscape mode that brightens up dark shots, but it has its limitations.
The portrait mode and macro mode do a decent job. The wide-angle camera isn’t much to write home about. The selfie camera performance is above average as well.
So as far as the camera goes, there isn’t much to complain and there isn’t much to be impressed with. If your subject is stationary and lighting is proper, you’d be able to capture great shots. The camera performance in less than ideal conditions can be a letdown.
Realme X2 Review: Battery and Audio
Battery backup on the Realme X2 is just awesome and something you need not worry about. At all. The 4000mAh battery lasts really long and is held up by magnificent 30W VOOC fast charging.
The loudspeaker is really loud and has Dolby Atmos’ support. The audio quality from the loudspeaker is average, but that’s certainly ok for the price. The audio quality via headphones is quite good.
Realme X2 Review: Verdict
The Realme X2 gets most things right and apart from the overdone rant on color OS, there isn’t much to complain about.
The X2 delivers excellent gaming hardware, we could tweak and customize the AMOLED screen to our liking, camera performance is at par with what we usually expect in this budget, and that battery pack and fast charging are phenomenal.
On the downside, the phone feels very generic on the outside and we blame unimaginative V-shaped notch for the repetitive look. Now that we are entering 2020, perhaps a pop-up module or a circular notch would have spiced things up for the better.
- Excellent performance
- Excellent battery experience
- AMOLED display
- Elegant design
- Fast and reliable in-display fingerprint sensor
- Retains audio jack and dedicated card slot
- Color OS plays spoilsport
- V-shaped notch feels dated