With the Realme X2, the young manufacturer wants to mix the upper middle class strongly. In the price range around $300 the competition is currently manageable and especially with the Xiaomi Mi 9T the Realme X2 has to compete. The Pro version of the X2 then measures up against the Mi 9T Pro. The Realme X2 wants to score well with a 6.4 inch AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 730G processor and a 64MP Samsung GW1 main camera. Whether this really works and whether the complete package was convincing in the test, you will find out in the following.
For 300 USD we already know devices with fancy features like a pop-up camera. The Realme X2 uses a classic drop notch in a 6.4 inch display, which offers enough space for symbols on the left and right. The dual-glass design consists of Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, but the plastic frame with plastic buttons does not quite meet the premium standard. The power button is located on the outside right of the frame and the volume controls are located on the outside left (2 separate buttons). For me, the volume controls belong to the right and I have to admit that I often took screenshots by mistake, because I accidentally caught the silent button when switching on. The glass back is pleasantly rounded (3D curved glass) and haptically there is no reason to complain. The dimensions of the Realme X2 are 158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 millimeters and the device weighs 182 grams. Thus, the weight and dimensions of the device are currently exactly in line with the average. As usual, the back is equipped with a lot of lettering, so you can neither deny yourself “64MP” nor “AI Camera”.
Currently only 2 color options are available for the realme X2. Perl White and Perl Blue have the obligatory colour gradient and reflect light. The edges to the left and right of the display are sufficiently narrow with 3mm, the chin measures 6mm and above the display it is also only 3mm. The Notch protrudes 6mm into the display and offers space for the 32 megapixel front camera. Realme does without a notification LED in the X2, but there is an Allways On Display, which unfortunately doesn’t make up for it. The device can be unlocked either with an in-display fingerprint sensor or via the front camera via face unlock. The fingerprint sensor works excellently in practice and the mobile phone unlocks reliably in less than a second after 9/10 attempts. With the Face-Unlock this is even faster, but it’s not the safest method and even in the dark my face wasn’t recognized anymore. In the light of a street light it was still no problem.
At 1.6 millimetres, the quad camera protrudes a good deal from the back. The thick plastic cover in the scope of delivery also does not close flush, but protects the camera from lying directly on the table. The cover is of very high quality and also protects the front from contact with surfaces with protruding edges. The further scope of delivery consists of a 30 Watt VOOC Charge Adapter and a USB-C cable.
At the bottom you will find the matching USB-C port, the speaker, the microphone and even a 3.5mm headphone jack. At the top there is only a lonely noise-suppressing microphone. The SIM carriage sits outside on the left in the frame and it is a 3-way slot as usual from Realme. This allows you to use dual SIM and simultaneously expand the memory by up to 512GB. Simply great that Realme even offers this with a $300 smartphone.
Abstract: The plastic frame is not exactly in keeping with its status, but by no means a broken leg. The Realme X2 feels high-quality, but you have to live with fingerprints on the front and back. The included protective cover is more stable and of higher quality than that of the competition and effectively protects the smartphone. Instead of a notification LED, Realme relies on an Always-On display, which is currently unable to display any notifications. The rounded back provides for a very pleasant handling, only the volume keys on the right outside have confused me a bit in my week with the Realme X2. A dual-glass design with a plastic frame is also known from a much cheaper Redmi Note 8 and Realme can’t really stand out here. The highlight remains the 3-slot slot, which is not available from any competitor in this price range.
The Realme X2 has a 6.4 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. This results in 402 pixels per inch and all content is displayed in razor-sharp detail. With the Widevine L1 certification, Amazon and Netflix are now available in HD resolution. The color temperature can be infinitely adjusted in the option menu and is AMOLED typical in the standard already quite warm. Nevertheless, the AMOLED display is convincing with its accurate colour representation and the colourful and colourful Color OS system has a cheering effect in standard mode. The maximum brightness is 800 cd/m² and goes down to 10 cd/m². The automatic brightness control also showed no problems in test mode. Thus the readability outdoors was excellent and also at night the Realme X2 has enough playfulness to enable a very pleasant readability. A terminable reading mode makes the whole thing even more pleasant and reduces the blue light radiation. The contrast is AMOLED typically excellent and the Realme X2 turns out to be a perfect multimedia smartphone in the test and also convinces when reading in both light and dark.
The Realme X2 can be controlled using on-screen buttons at the bottom of the screen, wipe gestures from the bottom of the screen or the familiar full-screen gestures. This also works great in practice without lags or other problems and the on-screen buttons are of course customizable again. The touch screen registers up to 10 touches at the same time and worked quickly and accurately in the test at any time. Gorilla Glass 5 reliably protects against scratches, yet a display protection film is already attached ex works. So-called stand-by gestures can of course be used without any problems and Color OS offers an extensive selection here.
What Realme has saved on the plastic frame seems to benefit the display. The Realme X2 has an absolutely top-class AMOLED display that satisfies even the most demanding users.
As a former Oppo subsidiary Realme still uses Oppo’s own Color-OS V6.1. Color OS is a very colorful and extensive system and is currently based on Android 9. The system is powered by a Snapdragon 730G, which we already learned to appreciate “without” G in the Mi 9T test. The processor is manufactured in the 8 nanometer process and is therefore very economical in consumption and always keeps a cool head. For a good performance 2 Kryo 470 cores with 2.2GHz clock and 6 additional Kryo 470 cores with 1.8GHz clock are available for standard tasks. The G version has a somewhat higher clocked Adreno 618 GPU, which according to Qualcomm provides 15% more power. You can see whether this is true in the benchmarks. In practice, you won’t notice a thing about it, because the SD730, like the 730G in the Realme X2, rewinds every demanding game from the Playstore without any problems. Realme also didn’t save on memory and only offers a version with 128GB UFS 2.1 memory (read/write speed: 510/188 MB/s) in the EU. The LPDDR4X RAM achieves transfer rates of 21 GB/s and is also very well rated at 8GB. This is how the Realme X2 performs in benchmark comparison:
Color OS version 6.1 ran perfectly smooth and stable in the test. There was also an update during the test period. Since the manufacturer is still very young, one cannot judge the update policy yet, but Realme really tries hard in many things. Recently the manufacturer published a manual for the UNLOCK of the bootloader. After that you can install custom ROMs without any problems and updates of the manufacturer can be of no concern to you. Here it goes to our manual for the bootloader Unlock. Our Realme X2 test device is the official Global version and can be purchased directly in Europe. The Playstore and all Google Apps are of course pre-installed and the German language is also available. There is also some Bloatware, so besides the Google Guard there is also Opera, Facebook, Aqua-Mail and Google News pre-installed. But the last four can all be uninstalled.
In the Color OS system you can meticulously configure the permissions of the individual apps and the notifications of the individual apps. Battery saving functions and many design and usability adjustments are also available. Here you first have to get used to the sheer flood of setting options and simply try out how to deal with them. Basically Color OS is a very colorful and cheerful system. You can switch between App-Drawer (overview page with all apps) and Home-Screens mode only. The system needs getting used to, like every other system of the China manufacturers somehow. It is certainly worth a try and if you don’t feel like it, Realme also offers the ROM change without idiotic waiting times. For all Xiaomi users with MIUI: The notification icons remain permanently on top of Realme.
Summary: With the SD730G in combination with UFS 2.1 memory, the Realme X2 offers noticeably more performance than classic mid-range smartphones. But you have to say that there is no difference to the Mi 9T with a normal SD730. The performance in the Color OS system is excellent and everything runs smoothly and quickly. The Realme X2 has enough reserves even for demanding smartphone users and the 8/128GB memory is super.
Let’s start with the many sensors and their functions. Main sensor is of course the Samsung GW1 and actually responsible for almost all purposes. Nevertheless, the Realme X2 is an 8 megapixel ultra wide-angle sensor to the side, which gives some disappointing results. With a Redmi Note 8 such a quality is still acceptable, but at 300 € we expect more. The photos are powerless and not really sharp. The macro sensor produced by the bank worse pictures than the main sensor and thus you can neglect this. For the separation between front and background is another 2 megapixel sensor ready. This delivers excellent results in combination with the 64 megapixel camera.
What we always dismissed as a gimmick with the old 48 megapixel Samsung GM1 sensor now even makes sense. The shots in 64 megapixel mode are razor sharp with enough light and have visibly more details than standard shots. This is only noticeable when you zoom into the images.
The Realme X2 shoots 16 megapixel shots in normal mode with lots of detail, hardly any noise and a high dynamic range. The Samsung sensor GW1 finally equals the Sony IMX586 48 MP sensor, but can’t beat it. The daylight shots are similar to those of the Realme 5 Pro, which is anything but bad.
Here we take the cheaper Redmi Note 8 Pro as a comparison, which ultimately delivers similar results to the Realme X2. Xiaomi’s night mode is not the best and there is still enough need for optimization. The shots quickly become blurred and the number of details drops sharply in less light. Nevertheless, the pictures are justifiable for around 300€, but with a Huawei P30 Pro the picture quality can’t keep up for a long time.
The Selfie camera does boast 32 megapixels, but as with the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the shots are not always perfectly sharp. That’s a high level of complaining, but with some Selfies the focus just isn’t right. The situation is different with videos, because Realme surprises us with a stabilization (EIS) and really good sound. Both are not even found in Xiaomi’s flagships.
Realme surprises us in the test with a good stabilization of recordings and very good sound. Otherwise, the camera is at the current mid-range level and can’t beat the Sony IMX586 sensor of the Realme 5 Pro. But this was already clear after the Redmi Note 8 Pro test. Night shots get an “Okay” and the daylight shots and videos are excellent. Only at 4K you have to use a gimbal – or have a damn steady hand, because these shots are not stabilized.
This does not apply to the China version, so always make sure you order the Global version as well. The call quality is high and the proximity sensor reliably switches off the display at the ear. The speaker generates a usual echo, but can still be used. There were no conspicuous features in the reception and the realme is on a par with almost all smartphones on the market. VoLTE and VoWIFI are currently not supported by the Global ROM, this could change. VoLTE in particular is available on the Indian realme smartphones.
Realme of course also provides NFC for participants in the mobile payment revolution. For old-school fans, however, there is no FM radio app. You can’t get this either and FM radio is therefore not usable with the Realme X2 despite 3.5mm headphone connection. The 3.5mm jack plug delivers a high volume and high quality. The mono loudspeaker on the underside is definitely suitable for one or the other Youtube video, sound technically well tuned, but unfortunately also quieter than the competition.
WIFI uses the ac standard to transmit in 2.4 and 5GHz networks without any noteworthy restrictions. The range is high and the data throughput at a normal level. Bluetooth 5.0 also does a good job with Bluetooth devices of all kinds. The GPS reception was always accurate to 4-5m during the test period and navigation in the car and as a pedestrian was possible without any problems. In addition to the 3 standard sensors (acceleration, proximity and brightness sensor) there is also a gyroscope and a compass.
The Realme X2 uses a 4000 mAh battery, which provides a decent, albeit not exceptional battery life. In the PCMark battery test, the Realme X2 runs solidly for 10 hours and 30 minutes at a time, with a display brightness of 200cd/m². In practical use, the Realme X2 is a 2-day device for Otto-Normal users. After 7-8 hours of active use, the Realme X2 must be plugged in at the latest. Gamblers and hardcore users will manage one day without any problems, but much more is then no longer possible. The standby consumption overnight (8 hours) was quite high in comparison with 6%. So Realme still has optimization potential here. Here are a few values for orientation during use:
The highlight is Realme’s VOOC charging technology, which charges the Realme X2 with up to 30 watts via a special power supply unit and charging cable (both included in the scope of delivery). A complete charging process takes only 1 hour and 5-10 minutes. If you recharge for a short time in between, you will get a full 40% battery charge in 20 minutes, for example. Alternatively, you can also charge quickly with PowerDelivery adapters (18 watts) or with QuickCharge 3/4/4+ charging adapters (10 W).
In summary, as a mid-range phone, the Realme X2 has no obvious shortcomings. Although the overall performance of the Snapdragon 730G is still far from the current top 855 Plus, if you don't have such high performance requirements, it will be sufficient for daily game entertainment.
- Outstanding AMOLED display
- Good pictures and videos in daylight
- Top system and game performance (SD730G)
- Good battery life + 30 Watt charging adapter
- Fingerprint and face unlock very good
- Triple slot (Dual-Sim + Micro-SD)
- No notification LED
- AOD display shows no notifications
- Weak ultra wide angle camera