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Realme XT Review: One of the Best Camera on a Midrange

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The midrange smartphone continues to dominate sales in the Philippines. More and more midrangers are flooding the market this year. Realme, being known as a bang-for-buck smartphone brand has also entered the midrange market with the Realme 5 Pro and the Realme XT. As you read the title of this review, it may be a bold claim but does it really have the best camera system on a midrange phone? Let’s find out!

Realme XT specs:

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor
  • Adreno 616 graphics
  • 8GBRAM/128GB internal memory
  • Expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 6.4-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (2340 x 1080 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Rear Camera
    • 64MP f/1.8
    • 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide
    • 2MP f/2.4 macro
    • 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
  • 16MP f/2.0 front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (under display, optical), USB Type C
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • 4,000 mAh battery with 20W fast charge
  • Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6
  • Price: Php 16,990

HARDWARE

Like what we’ve mentioned before, the Realme XT’s looks is somewhat generic to us. It does look like a fusion of an old OPPO phone and Huawei P30 Pro. Putting it beside a Realme 5 Pro and you won’t know which is which unless you look closely.

There is still a headphone jack which we like and a dedicated microSD slot apart from the dual SIM card slot. Overall, the device is pretty light prbably due to its plastic build. We also love the gradient color we have here, Not to shiny though slippery. Just slap on that free silicone case included in the package.

One of the main difference between the its sibling, the Realme 5 Pro, is the XT has an AMOLED display. Colors are punchier and more lively. Watching movies and playing games will be more fun for an AMOLED display. It doesn’t go as bright though.

SOFTWARE

What we like most about Realme is their commitment on updates. We get monthly security updates and the company is also committed to update their phones to the latest Android version. On the other hand, ColorOS, the custom skin on top of Android is one of the smoothest experience we had. That’s true since we know people who has been using OPPO smartphones running older versions of ColorOS and remains smooth.

The reason of the Realme XT’s smoothness is the chipset that powers it. The Snapdragon 712 is tuned for gaming and AI capabilities for the camera. It is also battery efficient and can handle everything you throw at it very well. That is backed up with a generous 8GB RAM so having open apps in the background won’t be a problem.

CAMERA

Now the hanging question is, does it really have the best camera system in this price point? Well, for starters, we have a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide lens, a 2MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor. The main camera shoots 16MP by default but you can shoot full 64MP by tweaking the settings. Night shots are great as long as you turn on night mode. Ultrawide photos are very good as long as you use it during daylight. A macro lens is also a nice addition to the system. Shooting subjects up close is so fun. This is perfect for taking photos of flowers, small objects, insects and see the details on your shots. The 16MP selfie camera takes decent photos as well.

Night Mode

Macro photos

Random photos

Selfie

Ultrawide shots

BATTERY AND CONNECTIVITY

You will get all-day battery out of the 4,000 mAh mill. We managed to get around 7 hours of screen on time on our video loop test. If you are a moderate user, the phone will definitely last you two full days. If you ran out of juice, you get a 20W fast charger

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Connectivity thru 4G and WiFi have been surprisingly good. We usually get full bars on Smart network in an area we know that there is less signal quality. WiFi is also good even we are already far off the router. Internet speed are decent and calls are clear with no issues.

VERDICT

We can confidently say that the Realme XT has one of the best if not the best camera system in this price range. Apart from great cameras, you have a beautiful AMOLED display, good build quality, timely updates and decent battery life. If you love taking breathtaking Instagram-worthy photos with less edits to your liking, the Realme XT is you best bet. With that,we give our full recommendation.

You best alternative is the Realme 5 Pro which has a slightly lower price tag but with the same awesome cameras. You only lose that 64MP shooter. If you want a more stylish phone with also good cameras, you can check out its distant cousin, the OPPO Reno2 F. Another alternative is the Huawei Nova 5T which has a flagship chipset and quad cameras as well. But we think the Realme XT still takes better photos.

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