Realme X2 Battery, Camera, Durability Test – Everyone real me is continuing its onslaught of phone releases. This brand is really well known in Asia for releasing well-made budget and mid-range phones at pretty low prices. Now they’re coming to Europe and promising to shake up the markets. In fact, they already have caught a lot of attention with the Realme X2 Pro. Which is in that hyper-competitive, flagship killer a part of the markets. However, with that, you might have totally missed its mid-range sibling, the Realme X2. So is this the phone and get a 300 euro or should you look at something else.
Realme X2 is a beautiful phone. The back is an eye-catching pearl white with colours that reflect differently depending on the angle. The cameras and texture are all lined up on the back, so nothing looks awkward unlike under Realme X2 Pro. It doesn’t look or feel cheap despite the price. It’s made of Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, with a plastic frame that mimics real metal exceptionally well. There’s no IP protection certification, and as far as overall durability goes, I’d definitely use the case included.
First, it’s see-through, so you get to enjoy the gradient. And second, there’s quite a bit of wobble without it. So a case makes phone use on flat surfaces much less irritating. in hand the x2 feels relatively light and comfortable. The edge protrudes a little, but it doesn’t dig it to your palm. But the screen of 6.4 inches it’s a bit smaller than the x2 pro, but not by much. Still, general one-handed use is quite comfortable.
The Realme X2 isn’t top-heavy, so you won’t feel like it’ll fall out of your grasp when you’re typing with one hand. If you swipe down from the middle of the phone and get a search option for the entire phone. Or if you stretch a little, you get a full-screen notification shade that actually requires fewer swipes depending on what you’re looking for. The X2 has two types of gesture navigation options. Along with the classic navigation button so scrolling through the phone feels easy.
The actual buttons are clicky, but not surprising. And you’ll find an expandable microSD card slot right about the volume buttons. Actually, one fantastic thing is unlocking the phone. The optical fingerprint reader is one of the fastest we’ve tested and definitely the fastest in its price range. You can choose between two animations but from what I can tell the flash animation feels, well faster.
So something I don’t really talk a lot about is typing. But this phone has an adorable haptic vibration system. So typing is incredibly satisfying. And so is gaming at least with games that take advantage of it. On that topic, the phone has a Snapdragon 730 G., which is a pretty competent mid-range chipset that performance standard for the class. It’ll handle everyday use cases with ease, and supposedly it’s better for gaming than the vanilla Snapdragon 730. Although you probably won’t notice too much of a difference in the real world.
The 6.4 inches full HD AMOLED display is a perfect one. And has excellent colour accuracy in the so-called gentle mode. The notch isn’t obtrusive, and you’ll still see most of the notifications just fine. However, brightness only goes up to 430 nits which are decent but not very competitive. For instance, me 90 has a notch list display that goes up to 646 nits. Well the Realme X2 pro has an insane 90 Hertz refresh rate. And brightness that goes up to 708 nits.
On the audio front, the x2 has a single bottom-firing speaker and a headphone jack. The speaker has a good sound quality instead, but it’s not one of the loudest handsets around. Sound with wired headphones is good but not mind-blowing, especially if you’ve got hi-fi headphones. The phone supports Bluetooth 5.0, but sadly there’s no aptX HD codec here, so audio junkies should look elsewhere. The Realme X2 has a four thousand milliamp-hour battery and got a good hundred and five hours of endurance.
We actually expected it to get more because it doesn’t have a display with the 90 Hertz refresh rate, and it has a more power-efficient chipset. Still, it’s a good showing and once the battery hit zero charging is impressive. You can get from zero to sixty-seven per cent in half an hour, and the full charge takes less than an hour and 15 minutes. The Realme X2 features colour OS 6.1 on top of Android PI. in general, it’s a pretty snappy skin with plenty of options and features.
For example, there’s a system-wide dark mode. Which can even get applied to apps that don’t already have a dark mode in Android 9 like the Google Play Store. There is also the choice of an app drawer or having everything available on the home screen. On the home screen itself, you’ll also see an optional sidebar with a few shortcuts and options. The Realme X2 has a quad-camera setup, but really it’s strength is a 64-megapixel primary camera with an F 1.8 aperture. Other than that it has a macro camera, ultra-wide and a depth sensor.
The primary camera outputs excellent 16-megapixel photos with rendering similar to the x2 pro. Colour is dynamic range and detail was generally great, but there were a bit too much noise and some corner softness. Zoomed photos don’t hold up to optical zoom cameras although you can get a decent image if there’s enough light. The ultra-wide camera had very different processing from the main camp. Colours were punchier more highly contrasted and had little shadows. Photos were softer, especially at the corners and there’s a lot of noise.
Ask for a nightscape itself, it produced brighter images and extracted more information from the shadows. But it made images softer and created something of a jittery effect. The ultra-wide camera really struggled at night and produced very soft and is images. Colours were nice at least. Nightscape is available for it too, but it doesn’t do much for it as it makes photos even softer. Portraits had a natural look with nice bokeh. The edge of detection was impressive and is best when you leave the slider at 60%.
4K videos had natural-looking colour as plenty of detail and okay dynamic range. However, some highlights were Clips due to overexposing. We’ve seen, but our 1080p videos and detail were lacking. But at least the processing was the same as in 4k. Stabilisation is only available at this resolution, and you can’t turn it off. So if you want the wider field of view, you need to switch back to 4k.
Selfies aren’t all that impressive due to the narrow dynamic range, dull colour is in semi-permanent beauty effects. At least there’s plenty of details and nightscape for poorly lit environments. The Realme X2 is an excellent phone with its one weakness being decent. But mediocre camera setup. It beats most of the competition with ease except for the Xiaomi MI 9T.
MI 9T has a slightly better camera system and a brighter notch list display. So, in the end, it’s gonna become a matter of priorities. Do you prefer the fast charging and expandable storage of the Realme X2. or the cameras and display of the Xiaomi MI 9T. I think a lot of people are actually going to go with a Xiaomi MI 9T. Because of those factors and because Xiaomi is a better-known brand in Europe. However, if the Realme X2 is caught your eye, I think this is definitely one of the best phones at this price.