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Realme X First Impressions: Pop-up selfie camera, in-display fingerprint scanner and more

Realme has launched its flagship smartphone in India. The Realme X offers a pop-up selfie snapper, 48-megapixel rear camera and full-screen display at an affordable price point.

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  • The Realme X is powered by a Snapdragon 710 SoC.

  • It comes with a 16MP pop-up selfie snapper.

  • The Realme X also comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Earlier this year in May, Realme entered the Chinese smartphone market with Realme X and Realme X Lite. Now, the company has launched the Realme X smartphone in India, along with Realme 3i. The star product is the Realme X flagship smartphone which comes with a pop-up selfie snapper, in-display fingerprint scanner, and more. I got to use the smartphone for a few days and here are my first impressions.

Full screen, notch-less display

The first thing that you’ll notice about the phone is the full screen display, and there’s no notch. Instead, the phone has a pop-up selfie camera, which we will talk about later. In all, you get a massive 6.53-inch AMOLED screen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is a full HD+ panel and from what we used, it seemed pretty good.

Pop-up selfie camera

Another highlight is the pop-up selfie snapper of 16-megapixel resolution. Realme has added sapphire crystal glass covering to ensure that the mechanism doesn’t result in scratching the lens. Realme says the camera pops up in 0.74 seconds, and there is fall detection too which makes the selfie camera retract when fall is detected. The company also said it is tested to withstand 200,000 times popping up and down.

Otherwise, the front camera supports AI scene detection and portrait mode to help you capture professional looking photos. There are some filters that you can use for clicking your photos too.


48-megapixel rear camera

The high-resolution 48-megapixel sensor is the new talk of the town. The Realme X comes with dual cameras at the back – a 48-megapixel primary sensor (f/1.7 aperture), paired with a secondary 5-megapixel depth sensor. There is AI mode for scene detection, and the cameras support 960fps ultra-slow-motion video capture too. We didn’t get time to test the camera, but will share some samples soon.

In-display fingerprint scanner

This is another highlight of the Realme X, the in-display fingerprint scanner. It is not an ultrasonic one like the one used on the Galaxy S10, but the same optical one that we have seen on Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus smartphones. In the little time we tested, it seemed pretty accurate in unlocking the phone, but we can only talk about the performance when we review the smartphone.

Good specifications

Under the hood is a Snapdragon 710 SoC paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. To keep things ticking, you get a 3,765mAh battery with support for VOOC 3.0 flash charge. Realme claims that the smartphone can fully charge in about 80 minutes. On the software front, there is ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie OS.

Initial impressions

The Realme X price in India starts at Rs 16,999 for the base model. The top end model will set you back by Rs 19,999. The pricing is pretty aggressive considering the features you get. It will go on sale starting July 24 via Flipkart and It will compete with the likes of Samsung Galaxy M30 and M40, Poco F1, and Redmi Note 7 Pro to name a few. The one thing that sets it apart from these phones is the true full-screen display without any notch. The Redmi K20-series will soon launch in India and it will be interesting to see how aggressive Xiaomi can go with the pricing. We will soon come up with our Realme X review, so stay tuned for that.

Features Realme X
Price 16999
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
OS Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6
Display 6.53-inch -FHD+, 19.5:9 aspect ratio
Internal Memory 4GB RAM + 128GB storage
Rear Camera Dual 48MP + 5MP
Front Camera 16MP
Battery 3,765mAh
  • Published Date: July 15, 2019 3:21 PM IST

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