Finally! Realme XT is now in our hands. It’s the last surprise that the company has announced when it launched the Realme 5 Series in the Philippines. Unless you’re living under a rock, Realme has been teasing its first 64MP smartphone for months now. Now that it’s already in the flesh, let’s see what kind of hands-on experience we’re in for.
Realme XT Unboxing
Interestingly, the Realme XT retail box looks nearly the same as the Realme 5 Pro. Just a clean white box. Inside the box, you’ll find the pairing of VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 brick and USB Type-C cable. The box that contains the manual welcomes you to the Realme family. Aside from the sim ejector tool, there’s the clear transparent case and Realme XT itself. Yes, there’s no free earphones here.
Realme XT Hands-on and First Impression
The company’s first 64MP phone reminds us of Huawei P30 Pro, due to the main camera placement and the reflective hue of the glass panel. While our variant comes in Pearl White finish, the Pearl Blue version looks a lot like the Mystic Blue P30 Pro. However, XT has an artistic flowing water pattern. When it comes to being premium, there’s no shortage here. We have glass panels covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 5, with the back panel curving to the sides for a comfortable grip. While the railing is in a metallic finish, it’s actually plastic.
Up top reveals nothing but a microphone. Down below is a speaker grille, a USB Type-C port, another microphone, and a headphone jack. To the right, you have the power button. Over to the left are the volume rocker and dual-SIM tray. And right above the notch is the earpiece. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work as a secondary speaker for a stereo setup.
Yes, there’s a notch, but with this size, you’ll most likely get used to it. At 6.4″, it’s a large screen. Thankfully, the 1080p display is paired with a Super AMOLED panel, making content consumption such a joy. There’s an under-screen scanner for biometric and it’s on OnePlus-level when it comes to unlocking speed. Inside Realme XT is the Snapdragon 712. We were hoping to see the 730G version as it packs more power made for gaming. But if it’s for longer battery life, we don’t mind the more efficient chipset. Memory-wise, it comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 expandable storage. As for longevity, it packs 4000mAh capacity with support for 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging.
Now, for the main highlight. Realme XT is one of the few mid-range phones with a 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor. Normally, having a larger sensor means a smaller opening for light to pass through. In this case, the GW1 lens retains an f1.8 opening, similar to Sony’s 48MP Sony lens. Acting as the secondary camera is an 8MP ultrawide with 119-degree field-of-view. The third sensor is a 2MP macro for, well, macro photography. Last but not least is a depth lens. You can shoot up to 4K @ 30fps, with support for electronic image stabilization. That stabilization feature is also present on the 16MP selfie camera.
Realme XT is expected to be available on October 29 in the Philippines. While the price remains to be seen, expect yet another competitively priced phone from Realme.
Realme XT specs, price, availability in the Philippines
- Display: 6.4-inch Super AMOLED FHD+, teardrop notch, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Design: plastic frame, front and back glass
- CPU: Qualcomm SDM712 Snapdragon 712 (10 nm)
- GPU: Adreno 616
- RAM: 8GB
- Memory: /128 GB + dedicated microSD, up to 256GB
- Camera: 64 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/1.7″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.3, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm (dedicated macro camera)
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm, depth sensor
- Selfie Camera: 16 MP, f/2.0, 1/3.1″, 1.0µm
- Connectivity: 4G LTE A, Wi-Fi ac Bluetooth 5.0, LE, USB Type-C, a headphone jack(Dolby Atmos)
- Security: under-screen fingerprint scanner
- Battery: 4000mAh, 20W VOOC fast charging
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6 (Android 10 by Q1 2020)
- Release date: September 2019 in India, October 29 in the Philippines
- Price: Rs. 15,999(~P11,600) – Rs. 18,999 (~P14,000)