Realme X2 was launched in Nepal in December 2019 replacing the realme XT. It is a small improvement over the already excellent XT. The Nepalese launch was followed soon in January 2020. Though our team does not receive review units from phone companies, one member of our teams happens to be using the phone as his primary device. This long term review sums up his experience with the phone for 9 months! Let’s see in this full review of realme X2 what makes it the best phone under 40000.
Design and Build
Realme X2 is a very ergonomic device because of its slim body and just 182g weight. Even for people with rather small hands, the 6.4″ display is not much to handle. The back is made up of glass and features a trendy shiny design of its time. We have it in white colour and it’s the most beautiful colour. The back shines in many colours depending upon the source of light. The frame, as expected is made up of plastic as expected but there seem to be no major scratches.
There are absolutely no issues in the durability of the phone. There are quite many hairline scratches on the front as it was used for quite some time without tempered glass. Although, they are slightly visible at a certain angle and does not affect the content viewing experience. There are some hairline scratches at the back too but are slightly more noticeable. However, the phone seems to be a new phone at a first glance to most eyes. To sum up, the durability is fairly good as of now.
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The 6.4″FHD+ Super-AMOLED display has been the ISP of this device. It defeats other Redmi note phones, thanks to its display. The display is appropriately sized as is very comfortable to hold. As expected from AMOLED, it offers excellent contrast and punchy colours. The dark mode is a treat to use. The colour reproduction is fairly accurate in the Gentle mode. You will note miss a high refresh rate display here, I can vouch for that. The brightness at 450 nits is good but not excellent. In very harsh sunlight, the display is not completely illegible but will leave you wanting for a bit more brightness. It comes with Widevine L1 certification meaning Netflix can be streamed in FHD+ resolution. However, it does not support HDR content.
It comes with a modern 64MP quad-camera array on the rear and a waterdrop notch-centred selfie camera. This camera sensor was very popular and trendsetting of its time but today, most OEMs are moving to Sony sensors. Given the Samsung sensor, the details are not as sharp as those from the Sony sensor. The dynamic range performance is excellent whatsoever. Finer details are smudged to reduce noise. Human subjects, however, are produced quite well.
The wide-angle camera offers a wider field of view at the cost of image quality. The details are even softer, mostly at image corners. The 2MP macro camera is a fix focus camera, meaning you should try really hard to get a sharp image. On the video from, it shoots excellent videos at up to 4K resolution. Though, 60fps and stabilization are only available at 1080p. To cut the long story short, It is a very good point-and-shoot camera for casual photography and social media but the shortcomings are visible when you zoom in.
The front camera boasts a 32MP sensor but the photo quality is far from excellent. The shutter speed is slow, so getting a good selfie is a pain if you shake your hands even by a bit! The dynamic range is good but the portrait selfies are horrible. It is because HDR is not available in portrait selfies. Selfie videos are good, however, and are even stabilised electronically.
Gcam can mitigate most of these problems. Various Gcam mods are available which improve fine details and produce excellent selfies. Hence the camera is good if not the best.
Realme X2 is powered by the Snapdragon 720G, the best mid-range processor of today’s time. The performance is very smooth with no lags whatsoever. It can run COD mobile in high settings smoothly and the highest you can go on PUBG is HD and high frame rate. Other casual games run with no hiccups. It never makes you wanting for more power and that is something I can tell you from my long-term experience. Thus, The performance front is excellent and probably the best-in-class.
This phone comes with 4000maH cell which is a bit less by today’s standards. With most of the OEMs moving to at least 4500maH or more, this may seem insufficient. However, it’s not how it seems. It offers you 7-8 hours of screen-on-time. The AMOLED display and efficient processor are the secrets of its excellent battery life. It lasts you for a day easily which is very good with respect to its battery size. Realme X2 sports a 30-watt VOOC charging which, in my opinion, is more than enough for day-to-day use. It takes 90 minutes to charge the phone from 0 to 100%.
The phone comes with a single bottom-firing speaker. Though not as good as dual stereo speakers, The sound output is loud enough and rich in quality. It comes with Dolby atmos which improves your headphones experience. The only complaint about this device is that the speakers get muffled easily when holding the phone in landscape mode.
It comes with Android 9 out of the box based on Color OS 6. However, realme UI update based on Android 10 has already been rolled out. Even the realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11 is underway. The software experience to say in one word is smooth. Realme UI is a relatively light UI. Also, It makes fairly good optimization of battery but the RAM management could certainly have been better. I, myself prefer realme UI over MIUI for its relatively clean and lag-free experience.
To, conclude, This device was an excellent device when launched. As it has been over 10 months of its launch, it has aged quite well. Moreover, It still defeats the competition with its best performance, good cameras and that super-AMOLED display. The only thing I would like to change about this phone is its brightness and camera performance especially the front one. To sum up this full review of realme X2:
Price and Availability
Realme X2 was available in Nepal via Daraz at Rs. 35,990 but is currently out of stock.
|Realme X2 (8/128)||NPR. 35,990|
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