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The Realme X
The Realme X

Realme X launched in China, looks an awful lot like the OnePlus 7 Pro

  • The company also launched the Realme X Lite, a rebranded version of the Realme 3 Pro previously launched in India
  • Realme X starts at 1,499 Yuan (about 15,300) for its base 4GB/64GB variant

Realme launched its new smartphone series in China today, the Realme X. The series has two variants, namely the Realme X and the Realme X Lite. The former is a brand-new smartphone from the company, while the latter is a rebranded version of the Realme 3 Pro that was launched in India a few weeks ago.

The Realme X comes in three storage variants of 4GB/64GB, 6GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB priced at 1,499 Yuan (about 15,300), 1,599 Yuan (about 16,400) and 1,799 Yuan (about 18,400) respectively.

The Realme X Lite starts at 1,199 Yuan (about 13,000) for its 4GB/64GB variant. There are two more storage variants— 6GB/64GB priced at 1,299 Yuan (about 13,300) and 8GB/128GB at 1,499 Yuan (about 15,400).

The Realme X is also available in a special onion and garlic edition that has a price tag of 1,899 Yuan (about 19,500).

Both smartphones would go on sale in China starting May 20.

Before we start talking about the specifications, it is important to note that Realme is a subsidiary of the BBK Group—a conglomerate that also owns Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus brands. The four brands often reuse and re-purpose technologies pioneered by either one of them.

That being said, let's address the elephant in the room—the Realme X is strikingly similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro launched yesterday in terms of design and aesthetics. Okay, let's move on.

The Realme X is lit by a notch-less AMOLED display manufactured by Samsung. It spans 6.53-inches and has a resolution of 2340x1080. The display has the same punchy colours and saturation that you find on a typical Samsung display. The AMOLED display tech also allows the smartphone to house an in-display fingerprint scanner.

To keep the notch at bay (literally), the smartphone uses a pop-up camera mechanism. The lack of curved display edges and frosted, matte glass back and the presence of a 3.5mm headphone jack are the only design elements distinguishing the smartphone from the OnePlus 7 Pro (to the untrained eye, of course).

Under the hood, however, the differences between the X and the 7 Pro are even more pronounced. The Realme X is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 SoC, which is also found within the Realme 3 Pro (and hence the Realme X), that is paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

The rear of the smartphone, however, sports the same primary sensor as the OnePlus 7 Pro—a 48MP Sony IMX586. This is paired with a 5MP secondary camera for calculating depth information. For selfies, the motorised pop-up camera hosts a 16MP Sony IMX 471 camera. It is back by a 3,765 mAh battery with support for VOOC 3.0 charging. Other features include Dolby Atmos support, Hyper Boost 2.0 gaming mode and UFS 2.1 flash storage. It runs ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie 9.

As far as the Realme X Lite is concerned, you have the same set of specifications as the Realme 3 Pro— a 6.3-inch FHD+ LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC, up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The same camera configuration comprising a 16MP+5MP setup serves photography duties, and a 25MP selfie camera housed within the display notch. It is fuelled by a 4,045mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging.

Realme X is expected to launch in India soon, Realme had earlier confirmed.

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