Realme XT UnBoxing & Hands on


The Realme XT is coming hot on the heels of the Realme 5 series and it's going down in history as the first smartphone to be released with a 64MP camera. Being a sequel to the Realme X, the XT is packing an AMOLED screen on top of an attractive glass design, but it also inherits the quad-camera setup from the Realme 5.

We have given up on trying to figure out how Realme is spinning so many plates, but it's a fact that the maker is announcing phones at an unprecedented rate, while still managing to put enough novelties on each new one to make it a worthy upgrade.

The Realme XT, while named as a successor to the X, is more of a mixture between it and the Realme 5 Pro. The XT keeps the Super AMOLED screen and cool glass design but goes with a waterdrop notch for the selfie camera rather than a pop-up module.

Then, the XT has the same Snapdragon 712 chip as the Realme 5 Pro, and a very similar four-camera setup - a high-res primary, an 8MP ultrawide, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP portrait snappers. But here comes the headliner - the main camera employs the new 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 Quad-Bayer sensor and that's among the largest to ever make it to a smartphone, much less in this price range.

The selfie camera has gotten an updgrade too. It's the same 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor as on the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro. We hope it will make up for cutting a piece of that large OLED screen.

Before we go on let's take a closer look at the Realme XT's specs sheet.

Realme XT specs

  • Body: Gorilla Glass 5 front and back, plastic frame

  • Screen: 6.4-inch AMOLED, 19.5:9, 1080p+, 402ppi

  • Rear camera: Primary 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 Quad Bayer 1/1.72" sensor, 0.8µm, f/1.8 lens; 119° ultra wide-angle 8MP camera; 2MP macro camera; 2MP depth sensor; LED flash; 2160p@30fps video recording, EIS

  • Front camera: 16MP 1/3" sensor, 1.0µm, f/2.0 lens; 1080p video, EIS

  • Chipset: Snapdragon 712: octa-core CPU (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver), Adreno 616 GPU

  • Memory: 4/6/8GB RAM, 64/128GB UFS 2.1 storage; dedicated microSD slot for up to 256GB expansion

  • OS: Android 9.0; Color OS 6.0 Realme Edition on top

  • Battery: 4,000mAh, 20W VOOC 3.0 charging

  • Connectivity: Dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, .

  • USB-CColors: Pearl White, Pearl Blue

  • Misc: Under-display optical fingerprint reader

Unboxing the Realme XT

The Realme XT has the largely the same retail package as the Realme 5 Pro - meaning you are in for a treat. The XT model comes packed with a 20W VOOC charger and the enhanced USB-C cable needed for the VOOC charging to work properly.

The XT retail box also contains a soft transparent case if you want to keep the back scratch-free for as long as possible.


Design

The Realme XT is arguably the best looking smartphone the maker has done to date. The XT has a sleek design with no complications, sturdy build, and with minor highlights where it maters the most.

The Realme XT is the first dual-glass Realme - the maker has used two pieces of Gorilla Glass 5 by Corning. The front one is completely flat, while the rear is bent towards the longer edges. Few mid-rangers get Gorilla glass panels for protection, let alone two of them.

The only potential weak point is the frame that's made of plastic. Realme has made the sides look metal, painting them in aluminum-like gray and adding a frosted finish, but they are still plastic and as such might scratch fairly easily if left unexposed.

The Realme XT has a 6.4" Super AMOLED screen at the front with quite thin bezels. This is a departure from the 6.53" AMOLED panel on the Realme X for two reasons - it's a bit smaller and has a waterdrop-like cutout. Those used to the uninterrupted viewing experience as on the Realme X might be disappointed, but those still unconvinced by the durability of pop-up modules might be happy with the trade-off.

The AMOLED screen looks bright and punchy, and while its flatness might take away some of the premium looks compared to flagships it actually offers better grip.



As we said, the display is covered by a Gorilla Glass 5 piece, but Realme also puts a screen protector during manufacturing, so the XT is double shielded out of the box.

The Realme XT has an optical under-display fingerprint sensor that is speedy and nicely accurate. The sensor lights up upon picking the phone or when you take it out of your pocket or purse, and it unlocks in a flash upon successful recognition. Without the screen protector the reader couldn't be slowed down even when the glass was all smudgy, but a smudged protector does take away from its reliability, so you should consider peeling it off if you find the performance inadequate

The selfie camera got a nice upgrade, so we may forgive Realme for that notch after all. The company has opted for the 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor - that's the same camera behind the OnePlus 7 series front snappers. We've already seen it does great, so we have high expectations for the XT, too.

Now, let's turn the Realme XT over - the curved Gorilla Glass 5 on our Pearl While model looks really impressively. It has a predominantly white hue, but thanks to some additional layers the whole thing reflects light and changes colors in a very cool way, rainbow-like is probably the closest way we can describe it.

The quad-camera sits on a giant hump in the upper left corner. The vertically aligned setup contains the 8MP snapper with ultrawide lens, the 64MP primary shooter, the 2MP depth sensor (a.k.a. portrait camera), and the 2MP macro cam - in that order.

Once again, just like on the Realme 5, the maker put these cool yellow rings accompanied with the 64MP inscription on the wrong camera. It does look better on the top, sure, but it still doesn't make sense.


Next to the camera mountain, there is the AI camera logo, next to the LED flash, with four aperture icons. While this was totally unnecessary, some might appreciate the Half-Life vibe it provides.

The Realme XT wobbles a lot when left on a flat surface, but this is inevitable with such a big hump. On the upside the bundled case goes a long way to alleviating the issue.

Finally, let's talk about the plastic frame. It's quite busy - the left side has the triple card slot and the volume keys, the bottom is where the USB-C port and audio jack are, while the right side has the power key with a nice yellow accent to match those on the back. We really appreciate the dedicated microSD slot and not giving up on the audio port.

And thanks to this plastic and very grippy frame, the Realme XT is actually not a nightmare to hold. On the contrary, the phone and its frame provide more than enough grip to compensate for the glass design and we felt it safe when handling in naked no matter what we did.

The Realme XT measures 158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm - just 1mm taller and wider than the Realme 5 Pro, but 2mm shorter than the Realme X. The phone weighs 183g - about the same as 5 Pro and 8g lighter than the X model.



Well, the notch might make its looks second to the original X, but the Realme XT indeed feels like the most premium Realme we've had so far. The dual Gorilla Glass build is an excellent choice and works fantastic with the grippy plastic frame, while the chameleon paint does make for some stunning view at the back. Overall, an excellent body and handling experience we had with this Realme XT.


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