Now that Redmi K20 price is official, Realme X is the phone to buy under Rs 20,000

first_img Next Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJuly 20, 2019UPDATED: July 23, 2019 08:19 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme has tried to match and take on almost every Redmi phone out there right now.Many also believed that the Realme X would compete against the Redmi K20.With the Redmi K20’s price now official at Rs 21,999, it means the two phones now fall under two different price segmentsThe Xiaomi – Realme battle is getting more and more fierce by the day and the outcome of this is that consumers get some excellent affordable smartphones that offer great specs at disruptive prices. Realme has tried to match and take on almost every Redmi phone out there right now. Many also believed that the Realme X would compete against the Redmi K20. But with the Redmi K20’s price now official at Rs 21,999, it means the two phones now fall under two different price segments, leaving the sub-Rs 20,000 category for the Realme X.Despite the outrage over the price of the Redmi K20, we feel that the phone offers a great set of features for its starting price of Rs 21,999. In fact, it is the only phone in its segment to offer a Snapdragon 730 processor. Similarly, the Realme X is the only phone under Rs 20,000 to offer a combination of features that includes a notchless Super AMOLED display, 48MP dual camera, pop-up selfie camera, in-display fingerprint sensor and Snapdragon 710 chipset.Realme X is the company’s most premium smartphone yet, and its most disruptive phone as well. With a starting price of Rs 16,999, the Realme X offers a near flagship-level experience that cannot be matched by any other phone in this segment. While we do have some impressive phones like the Samsung Galaxy A50, Redmi Note 7 Pro and Vivo Z1 Pro in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment, the Realme X has a unique position as it brings the best of 2019 trends at an affordable price.advertisementThe Realme X offers a great combination of features at an affordable price of Rs 16,999.The display of the Realme X is easily one of the best features about the smartphone. It offers a large 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display without a notch or punch-hole cutout. During our review of the Realme X, we found the display offered excellent brightness levels along with punchy colours and deep blacks. It is a great screen to watch videos or play games on, but we would have liked to see Widevine L1 support here to support HD playback on platforms like Netflix and Prime Video.The only other phone that can match the display of the Realme X in this segment is probably the Galaxy A50, which also offers a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display as well as Widevine L1 support.The Realme X also offers a snappy in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock. It’s glossy rear panel comes in a couple of attractive colours with the Polar White option being a personal favorite.Realme has used a Snapdragon 710 chipset for the Realme X, which is the same processor powering the Realme 3 Pro as well. It is easy to understand this decision as the Snapdragon 710 is a great mid-range SoC that offers a fast and smooth performance. It also makes the Realme X a terrific gaming phone thanks to the Adreno 616 GPU. The phone handles games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 on high graphics setting with ease.The Realme X is also offered with 128GB of internal storage for both 4GB and 8GB RAM variants which is great because the smartphone unfortunately lacks support for storage expandability, which is one of the only major flaws to the device. The other issue being the company’s claim of 960fps slow motion recording.This brings us to the cameras, which is the other major highlight of the Realme X apart from its display. The smartphone sports a 48MP dual camera setup that includes a Sony IMX586 sensor primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary for depth sensing. The pop-up camera system houses a 16-megapixel sensor. Overall, the Realme X offers some of the best camera in its segment. The primary camera is capable of delivering sharp, high-res images while the selfie camera captures clear and attractive selfies. The camera also manages to hold its own in low-light conditions thanks to the NIghtscape mode. You can also capture saturated and colourful photos using Chroma Boost. However, we weren’t impressed with the 960fps super slo-mo video recording as we found the results to be choppy rather than smooth.Lastly, the Realme X delivers a full day battery life on its 3,765mAh capacity. While this may not sound like much compared to 4,000mAh phones like the Galaxy A50, the Realme X still manages to deliver a long-lasting battery thanks to some neat software optimization and smart battery saving features. But what’s more appealing is that it supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging which can charge the device from zero to 100 per cent in 80 minutes.advertisementThe Realme X offers a great set of features that is available at a price of Rs 16,999. One of the closest competitors to the phone would be the Vivo Z1 Pro, which is a little more affordable but offers a bigger battery, a better selfie camera and a marginally faster Snapdragon 712 chipset. However, the Z1 Pro won’t offer the kind of vivid display that you get from the Realme X’s AMOLED panel nor does it offer a high quality rear camera.The base model of the Reame X is what I feel consumers will be looking at the most as the Rs 19,999 top-end variant puts it in spitting distance of the Redmi K20. For a few thousand rupees more, the Redmi K20 can be found offering a Snapdragon 730 SoC and most of the features that the Realme X offers. Until Xiaomi decides to drop the price of the Redmi K20 by a few notches, we feel the Realme X is the one to go for under Rs 20,000.ALSO READ | Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro India price controversy: Xiaomi VP Manu Jain explains reason for high price in open letterALSO READ | Jio is now second-largest telecom operator in India, leads overall broadband sector by 55 per cent market shareALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi K20 quick review: The price is alright, folksGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow Realme Now that Redmi K20 price is official, Realme X is the phone to buy under Rs 20,000Realme X is the company’s most premium smartphone yet, and its most disruptive phone as well. With a starting price of Rs 16,999, the Realme X offers a near flagship-level experience that cannot be matched by any other phone in this segment.advertisementlast_img