“The Realme X is expected to launch in India soon, but we managed to get our hands on the smartphone at its global launch event in China”

What seemed like a one-off implementation to achieve the holy grail of an all-display fascia suddenly seems to be the ‘in’ thing these days. You might have guessed it right. We’re talking about the trend of pop-up selfie cameras. And the latest brand to board this bandwagon is Realme. The brand ventured into the Chinese market with the introduction of the Realme X and X Lite. While the latter is just a rebranded Realme 3 Pro (review), the former does bring some interesting features to the table. We managed to get our hands on the Realme X and here’s how we’ll sum up our initial impressions.

As soon as you lay your eyes on the Realme X, what catches your attention is the phone’s impressive screen-to-body ratio. The use of an elevating selfie camera module also means that the handset is able to offer a larger-than-usual screen size of 6.53-inches. With full HD+ resolution, the panel offers sharp visuals with good colour reproduction. The Gorilla Glass 5-protected screen also comes with a sixth-gen under-display fingerprint scanner which works as advertised.

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Coming to the pop-up selfie shooter, it’s not as fast as we’d have liked. However, the brand has mentioned that the units we tested aren’t final and things would change when the Realme X becomes available commercially. The pop-up module holds a 16-meg f/2.0 snapper for capturing selfies. The other design elements are fairly standard, and it’s good to see the brand offering the Type-C port for charging and data transfers.

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Another big change over the Realme 3 Pro is that the Realme X flaunts a high-res 48-megapixel IMX586 f/1.7 shooter on the back, which is paired with a 5MP depth-sensing unit. As usual, you get features such as AI scene recognition, and super slow-mo video recording on the phone. In our brief usage, the cameras seemed to offer a good level of detail in test shots, though we’d like to refrain from passing any judgment at this point.

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With regards to the internals, the Realme X isn’t much different from the Realme 3 Pro. The smartphone is fuelled by the Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor, which is paired with 4GB / 6GB / 8GB RAM. Depending upon the variant you go for, the handset ships with 64GB or 128GB user-expandable storage.

On the software side of things, the Realme X boots Color OS 6.0 running atop Android 9.0 Pie. Powering the show is a 3,765mAh battery which comes with Super VOOC 3.0 support.

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The handset is available in White and Blue hues, but you can also opt for special Onion and Garlic editions. The Realme X price in India hasn’t been announced yet, but we do know it’ll arrive in the country sooner than later. And if its Chinese pricing of RMB 1,499 (~Rs 15,500, for the base variant) is any indication, then the mid-range segment has the potential to be shaken up by Realme, yet again.

Photos by Keshav Khera